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Jefferson County
West Virginia

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Jefferson County

Index to Locations

  • Charles Town Edge Hill Cemetery
  • Charles Town Zion Episcopal Churchyard
  • Harpers Ferry Harper Cemetery
  • Shenandoah Junction Darke-Engle-Ronemous Cemetery
  • Shepherdstown Elmwood Cemetery
  • Shepherdstown Old Episcopal Church Cemetery


    Edge Hill Cemetery
    Charles Town, Jefferson County, West Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
    William L. Wilson William Lyne Wilson (1843-1900) — also known as William L. Wilson — of Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va. Born near Charles Town, Jefferson County, Va. (now W.Va.), May 3, 1843. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1880 (member, Credentials Committee); Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1880; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1883-95; U.S. Postmaster General, 1895-97; president, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., 1897-1900. Died in Lexington, Va., October 17, 1900 (age 57 years, 167 days). Interment at Edge Hill Cemetery.
      Cross-reference: Newton D. Baker
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: The Parties and The Men (1896)
      George William Johnson (1869-1944) — also known as George W. Johnson — of Parkersburg, Wood County, W.Va. Born near Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va., November 10, 1869. Democrat. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 4th District, 1923-25, 1933-43; defeated, 1924, 1942. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Knights of Pythias; Kiwanis; Elks. Died February 24, 1944 (age 74 years, 106 days). Interment at Edge Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George Dallas Johnson and Ann Elizabeth (Henry) Johnson; married to Mary A. McKendree (1876-1961).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Harvey Lee Milbourne (1895-1966) — also known as Harvey L. Milbourne — of Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va. Born in Rockville, Montgomery County, Md., May 10, 1895. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; U.S. Vice Consul in Amoy, 1919-20, 1927-28; Swatow, 1920; Tsinan, 1920-24; Tientsin, 1925-26; U.S. Consul in Hankow, 1928-29; Cologne, 1930-32; Quebec City, 1932; Windsor, 1936-41; Calcutta, 1941; SAINT Lucia, 1941; Chungking, 1943-46. Baptist. Member, Phi Gamma Delta. Died March 16, 1966 (age 70 years, 310 days). Interment at Edge Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Lodowic Ralph Milbourne and Virginia (Strickler) Milbourne; married, May 31, 1932, to Helen Victoria Pasderin.
    Frank Beckwith Frank Beckwith (1848-1937) — of Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va. Born in Jefferson County, Va. (now W.Va.), July 26, 1848. Democrat. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Jefferson County, 1881-82, 1887-88; member of West Virginia state senate 15th District, 1915-18. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Royal Arch Masons; Knights Templar. Died July 25, 1937 (age 88 years, 364 days). Interment at Edge Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George Hite Jennings Beckwith and Anne Lloyd (Scollay) Beckwith; married 1886 to Leacy McDonald (1858-1925; daughter of Angus William McDonald (1829-1914)); father of Francis Jennings Beckwith, Jr..
      Political family: Beckwith-McDonald family of Charles Town, West Virginia.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: West Virginia and Its People (1913)
      Clayton L. Haines (1875-1941) — of Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va. Born in Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va., December 7, 1875. Democrat. Owner and publisher of the Spirit of Jefferson newspaper, 1914-30; mayor of Charles Town, W.Va, 1914-18; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Jefferson County, 1931-32; member of West Virginia state senate 15th District, 1937-38; appointed 1937. Methodist. Member, Knights of Pythias; Redmen; Patriotic Order Sons of America. Died in 1941 (age about 65 years). Interment at Edge Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of George W. Haines (1844-1914) and Cassie Grace (Reeder) Haines (1846-1912); married, December 31, 1901, to Annie Elizabeth Ramey (c.1871-1934); married, October 31, 1935, to Ella (Ramey) Trussell (1889-1983).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      James McIhany Thomson (1924-2001) — also known as James Thomson; "Landslide Jim" — of Alexandria, Va. Born in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, La., August 9, 1924. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II; lawyer; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1956-78; defeated, 1977. Died, following a heart attack, in Berryville, Clarke County, Va., July 22, 2001 (age 76 years, 347 days). Interment at Edge Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Paul Jones Thomson (1884-1938); brother of Gretchen Bigelow Thomson (1917-1989; who married Harry Flood Byrd, Jr. (1914-2013)); married to Sarah Jennings (divorced); nephew of James McIlhany Thomson.
      Political families: Marshall-Harrison-Randolph-Cabell family of Virginia; Clark-Thomson family of Iowa and Virginia (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Wikipedia article
    Angus W. McDonald Angus William McDonald (1829-1914) — of Berryville, Clarke County, Va.; Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va.; Morgan County, W.Va. Born in Romney, Hampshire County, Va. (now W.Va.), May 16, 1829. Democrat. Lawyer; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1861; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Morgan County, 1895-96. Died in Jefferson County, W.Va., October 24, 1914 (age 85 years, 161 days). Interment at Edge Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Angus William McDonald (1799-1864) and Leacy Anne (Naylor) McDonald (died 1843); married, February 17, 1857, to Elizabeth Morton Sherrard (1833-1892); married, June 5, 1894, to Mary Elizabeth Riddle (1851-1923); father of Leacy McDonald (1858-1925; who married Frank Beckwith); grandfather of Francis Jennings Beckwith, Jr. (1892-1966).
      Political family: Beckwith-McDonald family of Charles Town, West Virginia.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Image source: West Virginia and Its People (1913)
      Francis Jennings Beckwith, Jr. (1892-1966) — also known as Frank J. Beckwith, Jr. — of Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va. Born May 19, 1892. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; lawyer; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Jefferson County, 1921-22. Episcopalian. Member, Freemasons; Phi Kappa Sigma; Delta Theta Phi; American Legion. Died in Jefferson County, W.Va., March 5, 1966 (age 73 years, 290 days). Interment at Edge Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Frank Beckwith (1848-1937) and Leacy (McDonald) Beckwith (1858-1925); married, August 31, 1935, to Margaret Shannon Denny (1899-1990); grandson of Angus William McDonald.
      Political family: Beckwith-McDonald family of Charles Town, West Virginia.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      Raymond Walker Riddleberger (1910-1975) — also known as Raymond Riddleberger — of Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va. Born in Jefferson County, W.Va., March 24, 1910. Republican. Chair of Jefferson County Republican Party, 1961-63. Died in Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va., February 4, 1975 (age 64 years, 317 days). Interment at Edge Hill Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Benjamin Holt Riddleberger (1880-1969) and Cecilia F. 'Sadie' (Kingan) Riddleberger (1884-1944); married, January 16, 1931, to Kathleen Elizabeth Albin (1908-1998); grandnephew of Harrison Holt Riddleberger; second cousin of James Williams Riddleberger (1904-1982); third cousin of Harry Earl Riddleberger.
      Political family: Riddleberger family of Woodstock, Virginia.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Zion Episcopal Churchyard
    Charles Town, Jefferson County, West Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      William Lucas (1800-1877) — of Virginia. Born in Virginia, 1800. Democrat. Member of Virginia state legislature, 1830; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1839-41, 1843-45 (15th District 1839-41, 10th District 1843-45). Died in 1877 (age about 77 years). Interment at Zion Episcopal Churchyard.
      Relatives: Brother of Edward Lucas (1780-1858).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Harper Cemetery
    Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, West Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Edward Lucas (1780-1858) — of Virginia. Born in Virginia, 1780. Democrat. Member of Virginia state legislature, 1820; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1833-37 (15th District 1833-35, 12th District 1835-37). Died in 1858 (age about 78 years). Interment at Harper Cemetery.
      Relatives: Brother of William Lucas (1800-1877).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Darke-Engle-Ronemous Cemetery
    Shenandoah Junction, Jefferson County, West Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      William Darke (1736-1801) — of Berkeley County, Va. (now W.Va.). Born in Bucks County, Pa., May 6, 1736. Colonel in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War; delegate to Virginia convention to ratify U.S. constitution from Berkeley County, 1788. Died in Jefferson County, Va (now W.Va.), November 26, 1801 (age 65 years, 204 days). Interment at Darke-Engle-Ronemous Cemetery.
      Darke County, Ohio is named for him.
      The community of Darkesville, West Virginia, is named for him.
      See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Elmwood Cemetery
    Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, West Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Cornelius Decator Scully (1878-1952) — also known as Cornelius D. Scully — of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., November 30, 1878. Democrat. Lawyer; mayor of Pittsburgh, Pa., 1936-46; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1940, 1944. Episcopalian. Member, American Bar Association; Kappa Sigma; Freemasons; Eagles. Died in Hillcrest Nursing Home, Winchester, Va., September 23, 1952 (age 73 years, 298 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of John Sullivan Scully and Mary E. (Negley) Scully; married, June 10, 1905, to Rosalie Pendleton.
      Henry Bedinger (1812-1858) — of Virginia. Born near Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, Va. (now W.Va.), February 3, 1812. Democrat. U.S. Representative from Virginia 10th District, 1845-49; U.S. Charge d'Affaires to Denmark, 1853-54; U.S. Minister to Denmark, 1854-58. Died in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, Va (now W.Va.), November 26, 1858 (age 46 years, 296 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      Relatives: Nephew of George Michael Bedinger (1756-1843).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — U.S. State Dept career summary
      Thomas Van Swearingen (1784-1822) — of Virginia. Born in Virginia, 1784. Member of Virginia state legislature, 1810; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1819-22 (2nd District 1819-21, 16th District 1821-22); died in office 1822. Died in 1822 (age about 38 years). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Alexander Robinson Boteler (1815-1892) — of Virginia. Born in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, Va. (now W.Va.), May 16, 1815. U.S. Representative from Virginia 8th District, 1859-61; Delegate from Virginia to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; Representative from Virginia in the Confederate Congress, 1862-64; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Died in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, W.Va., May 8, 1892 (age 76 years, 358 days). Interment at Elmwood Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page


    Old Episcopal Church Cemetery
    Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, West Virginia
    Founded 1745
    See also Findagrave page for this location.
    Politicians buried here:
      John Baker (d. 1823) — of Virginia. Born in Frederick County, Md. Lawyer; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1798-99; U.S. Representative from Virginia 2nd District, 1811-13. Died in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, Va (now W.Va.), August 18, 1823. Interment at Old Episcopal Church Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial


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