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Dils Cemetery

Contributed by Teresa Fordyce

Located on East 7th Street, just inside the Parkersburg City limits. It is directly behind the Parkersburg branch of the Williamstown National Bank, on the south side of E 7th Street, and east of Harrison Street. This is one of the oldest cemeteries in Wood County. It was started about 1800 on property owned by Philip Dils, and was used as a private family cemetery. By the 1830's it was being used as a community cemetery and had grown to about an acre in size. The last public execution in Wood County took place in this cemetery. On Mar 06, 1868 Joseph Eisele (aka John Schaefer), was hanged for murder. His body was buried in the cemetery in an unmarked grave.

The cemetery is no longer used. The last burial I noted was in 1933. Sadly it is not very well kept. It is not mowed on a regular basis. The stones are all very old and most of them are very weather worn. Many have fallen over and are broken. County historian John A. House visited the cemetery in 1913. He noted several stones that I was unable to locate. The stones he noted will be marked with an asterisk (*). This will no doubt account for some of the unreadable and missing stones that I noted. Complete accuracy of this transcription cannot be guaranteed. Please verify with other sources.

This is a complete reading of all existing headstones when I walked and transcribed this cemetery on May 24, 2005.

Allton, Catherine
d. Oct 17, 1855
aged 23 years
w/o Montraville Allton*

Baker, Catherine
d. 1877
aged 73 years

Baker, Jacob
d. 1884, aged 81 years

Barnes, J. M.
No Dates
Co. F. 4th W.Va. Inf. Civil War

Bosley, Franklin B

b. 1887, d. 1897
s/o H. C. and R.L. Bosley

Bosley, Henry C
b. 1852, d. 1905

Bosley, Racheal L
b. 1853, d. 1930
w/o Henry C. Bosley

Bosley, Thomas O
b. 1890, d. 1933
s/o H.C. and R.L. Bosley

Bosley, William A
b. Oct 7, 1876, d. Aug 5, 1897
s/o H.C. and R.L. Bosley

Brown, Hannah
d. Mar 7, 1848
aged 76 years
w/o Thomas Brown

Creel, Edwin L
d. Nov 3, 1866
aged 13y 5m 3d
s/o H. P. and D. E. Creel

Creel, Hugh

b. May 8, 1824, d. Aug 27, 1865

Creel, James B

d. Mar 26, 1857
/o H.P. and D.E. Creel*

Creel, Robert K
d. Feb 11, 1856
aged 7y 2m 3d
s/o H.P. and D.E. Creel

Creel, Willie M
d. Apr 2, 1874
aged 24y 5d
s/o H.P. and D.E. Creel

Dils, Albert L
b. Mar 30, 1834, d. Nov 10, 1843
s/o H.P. and S. Dils

Dils, Ariantha

d. Jul 26, 1843
aged 68 years
w/o William Dils*

Dils, Arthur Alonzo
d. Jan 15, 1833
aged 1 year
s/o P. and E. Dils

Dils, Belinda Jones
d. Jun 2, 1896
aged 71y 5m 1d
w/o William Smith Dils

Dils, George
b. Aug 26, 1836, d. Feb 26, 1839
s/o H.P. and S. Dils

Dils, Henry
d. Jul 25, 1865
aged 66 years

Dils, Hugh P. Jr.
b. May 27, 1843, d. Mar 23, 1867
s/o H.P. and S. Dils

Dils, Hugh P

b. Dec 26, 1802, d. Sep 30, 1868

Dils, James

d. Mar 9, 1853
aged 39y 11m 9d

Dils, Lieut. P. E. (Peter)
b. Dec 8, 1831, d. Jun 14, 1881
Co. G. 6th W.Va. Inf. Civil War

Dils, Lorena
b. 1829, d. 1831*

Dils, Louisanna
b. Sep 1, 1840, d. Oct 13, 1840
d/o Henry and Catherine Pilcher Dils

Dils, Mary
b. 1742, d. 1815
w/o Philip Dils*

Dils, Moses P
No Dates*

Dils, Philip W
b. Sep 17, 1788, d. Nov 7, 1849
s/o William and Ariantha Dils

Dils, Philip
b. 1742, d. 1801*

Dils, Samuel P
d. Aug 1, 1890
aged 37 years
s/o W.S. Dils*

Dils, Sarah
b. Jul 25, 1839, d. Jul 7, 1840
d/o H.P. and S. Dils

Dils, Stephen P
d. Sep 11, 1850
aged 26y 10m 18d
s/o Henry and Catherine Pilcher Dils

Dils, Susan
b. Sep 29, 1807, d. Feb 29, 1884
w/o Hugh P. Dils
d/o Henry Logan Sr.

Dils, W. S. (William Smith)
d. Jul 8, 1876
aged 60 years
s/o Philip W. and Lucy Foley Dils
Co. A. 39 KY Inf. Civil War

Dils, William
b. 1761, d. 1810*

Dils, William
b. Nov 1799, d. Aug 12, 1817*

Dils, William
d. 1840
aged 19 years*

Earl, John A
d. Sep 1877
aged 17 years
s/o J. and C. Earl*

Farnash, Charles
b. Jul 7, 1846, d.
Co. D. 15 W.Va. Inf. Civil War

Farnash, Debby
b. Dec 29, 1835, d. Aug 27, 1896
w/o Charles Farnash

Farnash, M.C.
b. Apr 13, 1848, d.
w/o Charles Farnash

Fickisen, Elizabeth Erb
b. Feb 18, 1837, d. Oct 21, 1901
born in Pittsburg, PA
w/o Jacob Fickisen

Foley, Bushrod W
d. Aug 17, 1862
aged 32y 5m
s/o M. and H.H. Foley

Foley, Hannah H
d. Jun 9, 1866
aged 74y 5m 26d
w/o Mason Foley
d/o Hugh Phelps

Foley, Hugh P
d. Apr 4, 1862
aged 48y 1m 2d

Foley, James
b. 1727, d. 1808
Capt US Army Rev. War

Foley, Mary (Langfitt)
d. Mar 13, 1835
aged 72 years
w/o James Foley

Foley, Mary A
d. Nov 11, 1870
aged 39y 11m 20d
w/o B.H. Foley Jr.

Foley, Mason
d. Feb 24, 1876
aged 95y 1m 8d

Foley, Priscilla
b. Dec 25, 1819, d.
w/o Hugh P. Foley
d/o Thomas and Priscilla Creel

Headley, Marry Katheryn
b. Feb 19, 1901, d. Mar 13, 1901
d/o A.N. and Bertha V. Headley

Hill, Sarah Ann
d. Oct 21, 1846
aged 27y 6m
w/o Alfred Hill
d/o Henry and Catherine Pilcher Dils

Hopkins, David
b. Sep 27, 1798, d. Dec 14, 1862

Hopkins, David
d. Jul 1, 1837
aged 5 years
s/o David and Francis Hopkins*

Hopkins, Francis G
b. Mar 2, 1799, d. Mar 31, 1882
w/o David Hopkins

Hurst, Millard M
b. Apr 19, 1900, d. May 13, 1901

Johnson, Elizabeth
d. Jul 13, 1847
4 weeks old
d/o E. and A. Johnson
Johnson, Infant
d. 1847
c/o Ebenezer and Ann Lyons Johnson*

Johnson, James N
d. Jul 22, 1853
aged 26 years

Johnson, James
d. May 6, 1844
aged 46 years

Johnson, Reta Inez
b. Sep 13, 1874, d. Jan 17, 1887

Kibler, Charles
d. 1868
s/o D.J. and S.A. Kibler*

Kibler, Estelle M
b. Sep 4, 1897, d. Dec 19, 1898

Kibler, Leanah
b. Sep 18, 1803, d. Apr 12, 1896

Kibler, Samuel E
b. 1837, d. 1862

Kibler, Samuel
b. Jul 9, 1802, d. May 17, 1896

Kibler, Sarah
b. May 1, 1845, d. Dec 23, 1899
w/o D.J. Kibler

Kibler, Thomas
b. 1833, d. 1852

Linhart, Nancy
d. Nov 15, 1877
aged 65y 7m 20d
w/o Samuel Linhart

Lucas, Elda Florence
b. Dec 4, 1895, d. Jun 16, 1903
d/o W.N. and Emma F. Lucas

Lucas, Emma Florence
b. Apr 3, 1866, d. Jul 25, 1903
w/o W.N. Lucas

Lyons, Infant
No Dates*

Lyons, Joseph Jr.
b. 1855, d. 1899
s/o Joseph and Margaret Lyons

Lyons, Joseph
b. Nov 15, 1824, d. Oct 11, 1874

Lyons, Margaret
b. 1827, d. 1909
w/o Joseph Lyons
d/o Henry Dils

Lyons, Zachariah Taylor
b. Apr 9, 1847, d. Jun 4, 1910
Civil War Soldier
s/o Joseph Lyons*

Marr, Esther R
b. Mar 1, 1898, d. Mar 11, 1898
d/o H.E. and M.E. Marr

McCombs, Charlie
d. May 5, 1865
s/o N. and F. McCombs

McCombs, Neil
d. Aug 6, 1870
aged 40 years
Native of Bellacastle Co., Antrim, Ireland

McCulley, James

b. Mar 17, 1827, d. Aug 4, 1898

McCulley, Nelly N
b. Sep 28, 1878, d. Mar 6, 1879
d/o E.J. McCulley

McHenry, Samuel
No Dates
Co. K. 1 Ohio L.A. Civil War

Murdy, Mary
d. Jun 4, 1852
aged 16 years
d/o A. and E. Murdy*

Nofsinger, John
b. Aug 4, 1827, d. June 30, 1903
born in Belmont Co., Ohio

Nofsinger, Sivilla
b. Apr 16, 1829, d. Jan 5, 1902
w/o John Nofsinger
born in Belmont Co., Ohio

Pilcher, Moses
b. Jan 16, 1771, d. Aug 19, 1822

Pilcher, Sarah
b. Dec 10, 1771, d. Apr 20, 1835
w/o Moses Pilcher

Riley, Silas
No Dates
Co. D. 10th W.Va. Inf. Civil War*

Robinson, Dora M
b. Aug 8, 1880, d. Oct 22, 1885

Robinson, Dudley
b. Aug 17, 1841, d. June 7, 1889

Robinson, Learmont L
b. Jan 13, 1864, d. Dec 20, 1886

Robinson, Mary E
b. Mar 7, 1867, d. Sep 13, 1886

Rose, Olevia
d. May 20, 1872
aged 28y 6m 15d
w/o J.H. Rose

Seargeant, William H
b. Jun 2, 1858, d. Jul 29, 1862
s/o Wm. H. and Ellan Seargeant

Smith, Jonah F
d. Jun 23, 1872, aged 29 years*

Smith, Maria
unreadable*

Sotherland, John
d. Sep 4, 1836
aged 65y 10m 3d

Stephenson, Agnes Boreman
No Dates
w/o James M. Stephenson
(Moved to Mt. Olivet)*

Stephenson, James M
b. Nov 4, 1796, d. Apr 16, 1877
s/o Edward and Elizabeth Dils Stephenson
(Moved to Mt. Olivet)*

Sutherland, John J
b. Apr 9, 1803, d. 

Sutherland, Mary
d. May 5, 1882
aged 74y 2m 27d
w/o J.J. Sutherland

Thompson, James
unreadable*

Tucker, Harlan C
b. Jul 1, 1894, d. Mar 13, 1902
s/o L.M. and S.L. Tucker

Tucker, Virgil O
b. Oct 22, 1897, d. Mar 20, 1898
s/o L.M. and S.L. Tucker

Ward, Leannah
d. Jan 13, 1851
aged 61years
w/o Richard Ward

Watkins, Joseph D
d. Dec 3, 1860
aged 2m 15d
s/o J. and E.J. Watkins

Willis, George S
b. Jul 3, 1858, d. May 20, 1882

Willis, Henry L
b. Jun 21, 1849, d. May 18, 1877

Willis, Jeremiah
b. Apr 5, 1822, d. Aug 4, 1876

Willis, John T
b. Jul 1, 1856, d. Dec 5, 1877

Willis, Linnie P
b. May 24, 1882, d. Aug 26, 1882

Willis, Maggie
b. Nov 6, 1876, d. Feb 28, 1877

Willis, Margaret A
b. Apr 11, 1861, d. Jan 3, 1879

Willis, Martha M
b. Jan 13, 1863, d. Dec 23, 1878

Willis, William J.M.C.
b. Sep 18, 1872, d. Dec 17, 1876
s/o A.J. and M. Willis

Willis, William R
b. Aug 11, 1851, d. May 30, 1883

Misc: 
45 -
Unmarked graves, may be more, but these were obvious

18 -
Broken stones, only the bases remain

27 -
Unreadable and broken stones

1 -
Fieldstone with no information

5 -
Graves marked only with large stones

1 -
Fieldstone with the initials W.R.W.

Unreadable Kibler Stone

Unreadable Creel Stone

Unreadable
except for the name Thomas

Fieldstone
with the initials S.D.

Fieldstone
with the initials W.W.C.