Doors to the Past

Swann (Hezekiah) Cemetery

SWANN CEMETERY
Cabell County, West Virginia
(Hezekiah Swann)


Swann Detail List

Latitude: N 38 20.956
Longitude: W 082ー 13.084
Elevation: 639 feet
Accuracy: 25 feet


From Barboursville, WV  take McComas Rd. toward Roach.   After you cross the second railroad tracks go 02. mile to the last house on your Left (Red Brick).  The cemetery is up on the hill behind the house and is in a field.   It is very overgrown and some of the markers are laying on the ground.  At one time it had a fence around it but not much left of it now.

The following list was compiled by actual reading of the tombstones. All the information, excluding annotation, is written on the tombstone.

Submitted by Barry Huffstutler.
Read   December 22, 2005.

Updated: February 15, 2008
Updated: February 19, 2008

New Info furnished by George Swann


AVIE  DAVIS
1886 覧 1954

Footstone:  "MOTHER"
[ Headstone ]


DAVIS
 
D
 
CLARK  DAVIS
1907 覧 1930
Gone but not forgotten.

[ Headstone ]


GERALDINE
JOYCE
DAU  OF
J. L.  &  AVIE
DAVIS
1926 覧 1927
A bud too soon faded.

[ Headstone ]


CYNTHIA  A.  KEENAN
BORN
SEPT.  24,  1831
DIED
MAY  25,  1902
覧覧
A angle from our household is gone.
A voice we loved is stilled.

Cynthia Ann Keenan
d/o Patrick Henry & Rebecca Keenan

[ Headstone ]


ANZANETTA
WIFE  OF
W. B.  SPURLOCK
BORN    JUNE  11,  1865
DIED    FEB.  6,  1898

Anzanetta (Swann) Spurlock
d/o Ballard Smith & Nancy (Keenan) Swann
w/o William Burwell Spurlock - lived in Wayne Co., WV

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INFANT
Dau.  of
W. E.  &  F. E.
SWANN
BORN  &  DIED
NOV.  24,  1899

d/o Walter E. & Florence Emma (Gill) Swann

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INFANT
Son  of
W. E.  &  F. E.
SWANN
BORN  &  DIED
Oct.  2,  1898

s/o Walter E. & Florence Emma (Gill) Swann

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INFANT
Son  of
W. E.  &  F. E.
SWANN
BORN  &  DIED
OCT.  8,  1900

s/o Walter E. & Florence Emma (Gill) Swann

Note:  the above 3 are on the same marker.

[ Headstone ]


B. S.  SWANN
BORN    OCT.  1,  1828
DIED    FEB.  2,  1908
IN LOVING MEMORY

Footstone:  "FATHER"

Ballard Smith Swann
s/o Hezekiah & Catherine (Hatfield) Swann

   (after losing 3 children, Walter & Florence finally had Hezekiah in 1901.)  

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"FAREWELL DEAR MOTHER"
CATHERINE (HATFIELD) SWANN
DIED  DEC.  2,  1877
AGED  74YRS.  9MO.  29DS.

Note:  Stone is broke in half and is leaning against a fence post.

(Feb. 3, 1803 - Dec. 2, 1877)
 d/o Adam & Mary (Williams) Hatfield
w/o Hezekiah Swann


H. L.  SWANN
SON  OF
B. S.  &  N. SWANN
DIED
FEB.  28,  1881
AGED
19ys,  9ms,  10ds.
覧覧覧
O' think that while you're weeping here
His hand a golden harp is stringing
And with a voice serene and clear
His Saviour's praise id singing

Hezekiah L. Swann
s/o Ballard Smith & Nancy (Keenan) Swann

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FAREWELL
 
HEZEKIAH  SWANN
DIED
DEC.  28,  1871
AGED
74Ys.   16Ds.
 
He is not dead but Sleepeth

  Born: Dec. 12, 1797 -- Died: Dec. 28, 1871
Age:  75ys & 16ds
s/o Leven C. Swann & Elizabeth Jenkins

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ISAIAH  C.  SWANN
DIED  AUG.  26,  1856
AGED  29YRS.  8MO.

(Dec. 1826 - Aug. 26, 1856)
aged 29yr. 8ms
s/o Hezekiah & Catherine (Hatfield) Swann
Stone is broken and leaning against a fence post.
Part of it is missing

"A tree fell on him
     while he out was chopping timber. When he was found, he was
     on the ground trying to reach his ax. He was unable to talk and say
     exactly what happened. He died the same night." -Taken from
     F.B. Lambert Collection in M.U. Murrow Library.


NANCY    WIFE  OF
B. S.  SWANN
BORN    DEC.  23,  1833
DIED    AUG.  31,  1911
MOTHER HAS GONE FROM OUR HOME,
BUT NOT OUR HEARTS,  SHE IS
NOT DEAD,  BUT SLEEPETH.

Nancy (Keenan) Swann
d/o Patrick Henry & Rebecca Keenan
w/o Ballard Smith Swann

[ Headstone ]


Note:  There are 7 graves marked with field stones and at least
           15 unmarked (sunk spot) graves.

Unmarked Burials:   Source: George Swann

1.  Elkins,  Elizabeth French (Swann) Noel
                 Born: Apr. 9, 1863 - Died: July 2, 1938
                 d/o Henry Chilton & Mary Ann (Morrison) Swann
                 w/o Arthur Noel & William Hager Elkins

                 Obit in Herald Dispatch said she was buried in the Swann Cem.

2.  Elkins,  William Basil
                 Born: Feb. 1, 1897
                 Died: July 6, 1898
                 s/o William Hager & Elizabeth French (Swann) Noel Elkins

3.  Noel,  Arthur D.
                Born: 1853 -- Amherst Co., VA
                Died: 1890

                His Will was recorded in Cabell Co. -- Nov. 1890

4.  Swann,  Benjamin Franklin
                   Born: 1793 - Died: July 2, 1870
                   Age:  76
                   s/o Leven C. & Elizabeth (Jenkins) Swann

                   He was living with Hezekiah in 1870 Census.

5.  Swann,  Florence Emma (Gill)
                   Born: June 4, 1874 - Died: Jan. 20, 1950
                   w/o Walter E. Swann 

                   Her obit in Herald Dispatch shows her buried there.

6.  Swann,  Henley Chilton "Dick"
                   Born: Mar. 26, 1831 - Died: June 6, 1900
                   s/o Hezekiah & Catherine (Hatfield) Swann

7.  Swann,  Hezekiah Ballard Patrick "Hezzie"
                   Born: Sep. 10, 1901 - Died: July 23, 1969
                   s/o Walter E. & Florence Emma (Gill) Swann

                   His Obit said he was buried in the family cemetery.
                   Bernice (Davis) Johnson, who lives below the cemetery and was
                   a family friend, confirms he was buried there.

8.  Swann,  Infant
                   Born: Sep. 7, 1865 - Died: Sep. 22, 1856
                   Daughter of Henley C. & Mary A. Swann

9.  Swann,  John W.
                   Born: Jan. 25, 1877 - Died: Mar. 16, 1909
                   s/o Henley Chilton & Mary Ann (Morrison) Swann

                   Obit in Herald Advertiser said he was buried at Inez.

10.  Swann,  Mary Ann (Morrison)
                     Born: Oct. 10, 1840 - Died: June 26, 1924
                     d/o John Tyler, Jr. & Nancy B. (Peyton) Morrison
                     w/o Henley Chilton Swann

                     Death Records said he was buried at Roach.

11.  Swann,  Nancy C.
                     Born: May 11,  1859 - Died: bet. 1860 - 1870
                     d/o Henley Chilton & Mary Ann (Morrison) Swann

                     Not in any Census records after 1860

12.  Swann,  Walter E.
                     Born: July 30, 1869 - Died: Mar. 4, 1942
                     s/o Ballard Smith & Nancy (Keenan) Swann
                                    
                    His obit. in Herald Dispatch and the WV Vital records
                    website show him buried there.
 

Other Possible Burials:  Source: George Swann

1.  Swann,  Elizabeth "Betty" (Jarrett)
                   Born: abt. 1797 - Died: bet. 1861 - 1869
                   w/o Benjamin Franklin Swann
                   *** They were living in Mason Co., WV in 1860 Census.
                          Benjamin is living as a Widower with Hezekiah
                          in the 1870 Census.
                          She may be buried here or in Mason Co.

2.  Infant Child of
     Jesse Jr. & Rita Davis
     (No dates)

3.  Harrell & Darrell Murphy (Twins)
     Born: Jan. 24, 1940
     One was Stillborn and the other lived about 5 days.
     Parents:  James Ira Murphy & Anna Mildred Wilson
     Source for Number 2 & 3 (Word of mouth from family members)


Just some Notes:
 

Also, possible burials are Benjamin Franklin Swann (1793 - Jul. 2, 1870)
and Elizabeth (Jarrett) Swann (b.1797 - d.1861-69)
They are both living in Mason Co. in the 1860 census. The 1870
Cabell Co census lists Benjamin was a widower living with his
brother Hezekiah. But when he died July 2, 1870, his death was
reported by brother Josiah. Ben and Elizabeth are buried in either the
Leven Swann Cemetery at Ousley's Gap or the Hezekiah Swann
Family Cemetery at Roach.

Ballard & Isaiah had another brother Henley Chilton Swann (1831-1900).
He & his family lived up Cavill Creek, on the hill around Roach Auto Parts.
The location of where his family is buried is not known. It may be at the
Hezekiah cemetery, or one of the Morrison cemeteries around Roach
(he married a Morrison), or possibly the Fry cemetery (where the old rocks
& stones have all been removed).

 

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