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Monongalia County
West Virginia

Cemeteries and Memorial Sites of Politicians in Monongalia County

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  • Morgantown East Oak Grove Cemetery
  • Morgantown Oak Grove Cemetery
  • Morgantown Woodlawn Cemetery


    East Oak Grove Cemetery
    Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Joseph Simpson Farland (1914-2007) — also known as Joseph S. Farland — of West Virginia. Born in Clarksburg, Harrison County, W.Va., August 11, 1914. Lawyer; FBI special agent; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II; U.S. Ambassador to Dominican Republic, 1957-60; Panama, 1960-63; Pakistan, 1969-72; Iran, 1972-73. Member, American Bar Association; Beta Theta Pi. Died in Chesterfield County, Va., January 28, 2007 (age 92 years, 170 days). Interment at East Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Richard Ashville Farland (1880-1950) and Grace (Simpson) Farland (1887-1964); married 1939 to Virgina Christopher (1919-1978; died from self-inflicted gunshot).
      See also U.S. State Dept career summary — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial


    Oak Grove Cemetery
    Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Waitman Thomas Willey (1811-1900) — also known as Waitman T. Willey — of Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va. Born in Monongalia County, Va. (part now in Marion County, W.Va.), October 18, 1811. Republican. Lawyer; delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1850-51; U.S. Senator from Virginia, 1861; delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861; U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1863-71; delegate to West Virginia state constitutional convention, 1872. Methodist. Slaveowner. Died in Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va., May 2, 1900 (age 88 years, 196 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of William 'Blint' Willey (1766-1861) and Sarah (Barnes) Willey (1779-1814); married, October 11, 1834, to Elizabeth Evans Ray (1812-1884); father of William Patrick Willey; third cousin twice removed of Joshua Coit, Augustus Seymour Porter (1769-1849), Samuel Lathrop and Peter Buell Porter (1773-1844); third cousin thrice removed of Henry Scudder; fourth cousin once removed of Ebenezer Huntington, Calvin Willey, Augustus Seymour Porter (1798-1872), Peter Buell Porter Jr. and Peter Augustus Porter.
      Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Otis family of Connecticut; Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell family of Virginia; Conger-Hungerford family; Monroe-Grayson-Roosevelt-Breckinridge family of Virginia and Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Ellsworth Glasscock (1862-1925) — also known as William E. Glasscock — of Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va. Born near Arnettsville, Monongalia County, W.Va., December 13, 1862. Republican. Monongalia County Superintendent of Free Schools, 1887-90; lawyer; Governor of West Virginia, 1909-13; delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1912, 1924 (member, Committee on Rules and Order of Business). Died April 12, 1925 (age 62 years, 120 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Daniel Glasscock and Prudence (Michael) Glasscock; married, August 15, 1888, to Mary Alice Miller.
      See also National Governors Association biography
      Ralph Lazier Berkshire (1816-1902) — also known as Ralph L. Berkshire — of Monongalia County, W.Va. Born April 8, 1816. Republican. Judge of West Virginia supreme court of appeals, 1863-66, 1868-72; member of West Virginia state senate 10th District, 1875-77. Died November 8, 1902 (age 86 years, 214 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Epitaph: "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints."
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      George Cookman Sturgiss (1842-1925) — also known as George C. Sturgiss — of Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va. Born in Poland, Mahoning County, Ohio, August 16, 1842. Republican. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Monongalia County, 1870-72; candidate for Governor of West Virginia, 1880; U.S. Attorney for West Virginia, 1889-93; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1907-11; circuit judge in West Virginia, 1912-20. Died February 26, 1925 (age 82 years, 194 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Frank Llewellyn Bowman (1879-1936) — also known as Frank L. Bowman — of Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va. Born in Masontown, Fayette County, Pa., January 21, 1879. Republican. Lawyer; postmaster at Morgantown, W.Va., 1911-15; mayor of Morgantown, W.Va., 1916-17; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1925-33. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons. Died in Washington, D.C., September 15, 1936 (age 57 years, 238 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of J. A. Bowman and Sue (Llewellyn) Bowman; married, June 3, 1903, to Pearl Silveus.
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Frank Cox (1862-1940) — of Monongalia County, W.Va. Born June 18, 1862. Republican. Judge of West Virginia supreme court of appeals, 1905-07; resigned 1907. Died September 18, 1940 (age 78 years, 92 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Thomas Wilson (1765-1826) — of Virginia. Born in Staunton, Va., September 11, 1765. Lawyer; member of Virginia state senate, 1792-95, 1800-04; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1799-1800, 1816-17; U.S. Representative from Virginia 1st District, 1811-13. Died in Morgantown, Monongalia County, Va (now W.Va.), January 24, 1826 (age 60 years, 135 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of James Wilson (1715-1809) and Rebecca (Wilson) Wilson (1728-1820); married to Mary Belle Poage (1777-1817); father of Edgar Campbell Wilson; grandfather of Eugene McLanahan Wilson (1833-1890).
      Political family: Morris-Willing-Wilson-Griffin family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      Edgar Campbell Wilson (1800-1860) — of Virginia. Born in Morgantown, Monongalia County, Va. (now W.Va.), October 18, 1800. Lawyer; U.S. Representative from Virginia 21st District, 1833-35. Slaveowner. Died in Morgantown, Monongalia County, Va (now W.Va.), April 24, 1860 (age 59 years, 189 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Thomas Wilson (1765-1826) and Mary Belle (Poage) Wilson (1777-1817); father of Eugene McLanahan Wilson.
      Political family: Morris-Willing-Wilson-Griffin family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (subset of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Find-A-Grave memorial
      John Marshall Hagans (1838-1900) — also known as J. Marshall Hagans — of Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va. Born in Brandonville, Preston County, Va. (now W.Va.), August 13, 1838. Republican. Lawyer; Monongalia County Prosecuting Attorney, 1862-64; mayor of Morgantown, W.Va., 1866-69; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1868; delegate to West Virginia state constitutional convention, 1871; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1873-75; defeated, 1874; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Monongalia County, 1879, 1887; delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1880; district judge in West Virginia, 1888-1900; died in office 1900. Died in Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va., June 17, 1900 (age 61 years, 308 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Presumably named for: John Marshall
      See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page
      Charles S. Armistead (1914-1997) — of Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va. Born in Bluefield, Mercer County, W.Va., July 21, 1914. Democrat. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during World War II; member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Monongalia County, 1959-60, 1965-68. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; Sons of the Revolution; Sigma Nu; Phi Delta Phi; American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars. Died August 19, 1997 (age 83 years, 29 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of F. S. Armistead and Anne Aileen (Akers) Armistead; married, April 6, 1938, to Betty Sue Baker.
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial
      William Patrick Willey (1840-1922) — also known as William P. Willey — of Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va. Born in Morgantown, Monongalia County, Va. (now W.Va.), May 24, 1840. Democrat. Lawyer; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1872. Died in Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va., December 19, 1922 (age 82 years, 209 days). Interment at Oak Grove Cemetery.
      Relatives: Son of Waitman Thomas Willey and Elizabeth Evans (Ray) Willey (1812-1884); married, May 28, 1873, to Lida Baldwin Allen (1841-1911); third cousin thrice removed of Joshua Coit, Augustus Seymour Porter, Samuel Lathrop and Peter Buell Porter (1773-1844).
      Political families: Kellogg-Adams-Seymour-Chapin family of Connecticut and New York; Otis family of Connecticut; Breckinridge-Preston-Cabell family of Virginia; Conger-Hungerford family; Monroe-Grayson-Roosevelt-Breckinridge family of Virginia and Kentucky (subsets of the Three Thousand Related Politicians).
      See also Find-A-Grave memorial


    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Morgantown, Monongalia County, West Virginia
    Politicians buried here:
      Virginia Dent Reay Kurtz (1904-1987) — also known as Virginia Reay Kurtz; Virginia Dent Reay — of Weston, Lewis County, W.Va. Born in Morgantown, Monongalia County, W.Va., October 5, 1904. Member of West Virginia state house of delegates from Lewis County, 1939-40; appointed 1939. Female. Presbyterian. Member, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Died in 1987 (age about 82 years). Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery.
      Relatives: Daughter of David C. Reay and Marguerite K. Reay; married, August 17, 1928, to Kenneth S. Kurtz; mother of Kenneth Reay Kurtz (born1929); descendant *** of Marmaduke Herbert Dent.
      Political family: Kurtz-Dent family of West Virginia.

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