ABOUT WARD CEMETERY
- Mason W. Mounts - Killed In Action in Italy on March 4, 1944
- Ralph Slate - Killed in Action in Italy on September 21, 1944
- James E. Akers - Killed in Action in France on March 11, 1945
INFORMATION FROM THE KANAWHA COUNTY ASSESSOR PARCEL DATABASE
Owners: WARD D ESTATE ETAL
NOTABLE HEADSTONES OF WARD CEMETERY
Coal camps such as Ward were giant melting pots of different races, nationalities, and ethnic groups. Ward Cemetery has never been segregated along racial, ethnic, or religious lines. Many headstones in Ward Cemetery tell the story of the immigrant workers who came to West Virginia to work in the mines. Coal miners, railroad workers, veterans, civic leaders, union organizers, homemakers, educators, descendants of pioneer families and religious leaders of different faiths all worked together in building the community and all rest together in Ward Cemetery. (Click on photo thumbnail to view larger photo. You may need to disable any ad blocking software or popup blockers.)
The Morris family was the first white family to permanently settle the Kanawha Valley (Walter Kelly having been killed by Indians several months before the Morris family arrived). In 1774 William Morris settled his family in the Kanawha River Valley at the mouth of Kelly's Creek. Descendants of this pioneer family continue to live in the area and many are buried in Ward Cemetery. According to his descendants, Virginia's Chapel in Cedar Grove was built over the grave of William Morris.
Hungarian miners were second only to Italians as the most numerous immigrant group to work in West Virginia coal mines after the turn of the 20th century. There are several headstones in Ward Cemetery inscribed in the
Hungarian language (Magyar). Translated from Magyar to English, the above headstone reads:
Mrs. Steven Antal,
Born 1887 May 8
Died Nov 30, 1919
Many of the Russian born coal miners came to West Virginia from the coal fields of Pennsylvania. Gregory Chirokoff was a coal miner born in 1876 in Moscow, Russia to Mr. and Mrs. Constantine Chirokoff. Gregory
immigrated to the U.S. in 1906. At the time of his death in 1930, he had been living on Seng Creek Road in Garrison, Boone County, WV, and was working as a coal loader for Anchor Coal Company. He died from injuries sustained in a mining accident.
Many veterans are also buried in Ward Cemetery. One of the most notable veteran's headstones is this Union Civil War headstone for Sergeant John D. Martin. John D. Martin was a Confederate soldier who served with the 44th Battalion, Virginia Cavalry, (Thurmond’s Partisan Rangers), so we are unsure as to why he was issued a Union headstone.