WARD CEMETERY BURIAL RECORDS
MARKED GRAVES - THE 1999 LIST
There are no deeded plots in Ward Cemetery. In the past, the burial records for the cemetery were kept in a small office on the cemetery grounds. Unfortunately the office building burned down many years ago and all of the original burial records with names, plot numbers, maps, etc. were destroyed in the fire. The cemetery was later mapped out in grids and a cemetery grid map was created by then caretaker Lee Roy Smith. A field survey was conducted by the caretakers and a new burial list was created based on the headstones and temporary funeral markers that were found in the cemetery at that time. Plot numbers were assigned to these marked burials to correspond to the grid map. This burial list is current to December 15, 1999, but is not a complete list of cemetery burials. The 1999 list contains only the names of MARKED graves (those with headstones or funeral home markers) that were found in Ward Cemetery at the time of the field survey.
IF YOU NEED A PLOT LOCATION FROM THE 1999 LIST OF MARKED BURIALS, OR IF YOU WANT TO SEE IF SOMEONE IS ON THE LIST, PLEASE CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org OR USE THE CONTACT FORM ON THIS WEBSITE. YOU MAY ALSO CALL (304) 981-1116 FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING BURIALS IN WARD CEMETERY, OR FOR LOOK UPS OF PLOT LOCATIONS.
LIMITATIONS OF THE 1999 LIST
Although mostly accurate with regard to MARKED graves, the list does have some limitations. For example, some of the burials on the 1999 list have since been disinterred from Ward Cemetery and have been reinterred in other cemeteries, while others on the list may have headstones located in Ward Cemetery but afterwards they or their family decided on burial in another cemetery. So the 1999 list is actually an inventory list of headstones/markers found in the cemetery as opposed to actual burials. Not everyone who has a headstone/marker in Ward Cemetery is actually buried there.
Many graves in Ward Cemetery do not have headstones, so those names could not be included on the 1999 list. In addition, some of the temporary funeral home markers may now be missing due to theft and grass cutting activities, so those graves may no longer be marked. Sometimes flat markers sink and become completely covered by dirt and grass and the burial may appear to be an unmarked grave. Headstones are sometimes purchased many years later by grandchildren and great grandchildren or other family members who know the location of the grave, so some burials not included on the 1999 list may now be marked with a headstone purchased by their descendants who knew the burial location.
CEMETERY RECORDS 2000-2019
As a result of illness and the subsequent deaths of some of the past cemetery caretakers, the 1999 Ward Cemetery inventory list was not updated for many years. Record keeping resumed in late 2010 and has remained current since then. Burials for the years 2000-2010 were researched in an attempt to bring the cemetery records current. Over two hundred names have been added to the records since the 1999 list. Information for the years 2000-2010 was collected from various sources, such as obituaries and headstones, and may contain errors and/or omissions. We request that cremated remains buried by families be reported to Ward Cemetery for inclusion in our records. Unfortunately these burials often go unreported, so those names cannot be included in our records if we are not notified. The 2000-2019 burial list is in alphabetical order by year, and can be downloaded in PDF format by clicking the link below:
UPDATED MARCH 28, 2019
If you know someone who has been omitted from the above 2000-2019 list, or if you see something that needs corrected, please contact email@example.com or call (304) 981-1116 for burial records information. If there is no answer, please leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible. You can also use the CONTACT FORM on this website. Corrections and additions are always welcomed.
PLEASE NOTE: The Ward Cemetery is very old and the terrain can be very rugged and steep. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK! No person associated with Ward Cemetery (such as but not limited to cemetery caretakers, volunteers, or independent contractors) assumes liability for any loss, damage, accident, or injury incurred by anyone entering the Ward Cemetery for any purpose.