Historic Hampshire County, WV
West Virginia's Oldest County


King Cemetery, North River, WV.

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There was a road that started on the west side of Sandy Ridge that forked to the right from the Cold Stream Road (an old stable in the background). That might be the same as dirt road Rt.4/4 on an older county road map. That dirt road is open for only a short distance before it turns into an old roadbed. .The fork of the road was on Adam Loy's (born in the 1780s) old property. If you follow the tracks of this old road-not open to vehicular traffic- you will cross Pine Mountain. Continuing to North River you will pass on the left side of roadbed the huge abandoned house of Benjamin McDonald II. Continue across North River on the foot-bridge, where the trail is difficult to pickup, but across a ridge the tracks are more visible. This roadbed, if followed, will bring you out at the beginning of Critton Owl Road where it dead-ends on the Slanesville-to-Bloomery Road. The nearest neighbor at that juncture is the Baker family who live on the south side of the road. He has done logging on that uninhabited land. There is a large bed of oyster shells along that roadbed. The King cemetery is on the left side of road about equi-distant from North River and Critton Owl Road (esimated). Coming from Critton Owl Road, the cemetery is on the right side of the roadbed. The cemetery is run down. There is no fence, but no cattle are within miles of the cemetery. If you want to visit the cemetery, it is suggested that you have a guide. Most locals have never heard of the cemetery. The best approach is from the Slanesville-to-Bloomery Road there ar Critton Owl Road.

  • Reasin King: died Jun 1, 1871; "Aged 77 years, 6 months, 16 days". The courthouse death record indicates that Reasin King, son of William and Susan, was born on Dec. 6, 1793 and died on June 12, 1871. His wife Elizabeth (may have been a Brelsford, not proven) died on April 6, 1866, aged 71 years, 9 months, 13 days.
  • Mary King: died Apr 8, 1892; "Aged 58 years, 5 months 17 days" "Wife of William King, Jr". It appears that her husband William King (Jr.) is buried next to her but his stone is not inscribed.
  • Isabella King: died Dec 5, 1874; "Aged 75 years, 7 months, 3 days" "Daughter of William & Susan King. Her husband was Jesse Crouse.
  • William King, Jr.: born Dec. 25, 1787.

  • Athena King: (possible daughter of William and Susan King). Married Apr 22, 1814 to William Braithwaite Jr. in Frederick County, VA. She belongs to this family but isn't buried at this cemetery.

    Information on this cemetery was supplied by Dr. Wilmer Kerns from his research of Hampshire Co. in the 1980s.


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