Place:Tavenner Cemetery, Parkersburg, Wood, West Virginia, United States

NameTavenner Cemetery
Coordinates39.2547°N 81.5508°W
Located inParkersburg, Wood, West Virginia, United States
Also located inSouth Parkersburg, Wood, West Virginia, United States    

Copied from Find-a-Grave website:
"Camden Ave between Hugh and Hamilton Sts, Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia
This cemetery is located on land granted to Colonel Hugh Phelps (died 1824) who came to Parkersburg in the 1780s with his father-in-law, Captain James Neal, and later served as the county's second sheriff. In 1823, Phelps sold the property to his son-in-law, Thomas Tavenner. Born in Loudoun County, Virginia, in 1776, Tavenner settled in Wood County in the 1790s. He amassed such huge quantities of property that when he died in 1857, he owned 2 1/2 square miles of land. According to its earliest legible tombstone inscriptions, burials took place in this cemetery as early as 1816. There doubtless were gravesites predating even this year, however, as the lettering on the oldest stones is worn away."

Copied from Parkersburg Nostalgic Gazette: "Situated along the 2200 block of Camden Avenue, Tavenner Cemetery is the oldest surviving cemetery on the south side of Parkersburg, West Virginia. It is close to the site of Neal's Station, a pioneer fort and the first permanent settlement in the area. The cemetery's establishment date of 1821 is based upon the death and burial of the fort's builder Captain James Neal. (He was disinterred from Tavenner in 1916 and relocated to Mt. Olivet Cemetery.) Neal's son-in-law, Col. Hugh Phelps (large landholder of the area, including the cemetery's property at that time), and his wife Hannah Neal Phelps, were buried there in 1823 and 1824, respectively. Even though the graveyard was used by many families of the early Tygart district, it earned its name "Tavenner" from the internment of the Colonel Thomas Tavenner family (Thomas, his wife Elizabeth Beauchamp Tavenner, his son Thomas Jefferson Tavenner, and several other members of Thomas Jefferson's family)."

On this site "is a list of known burials, compiled from headstone readings, newspaper obituaries, etc. Each entry contains the following information (if available): decedent's name, date of birth, date of death, parents' names, spouse's name, military service, headstone notation, source notation, and obituary information. The "headstone" or "footstone" notation indicates the presence of a gravestone for that individual as of 2011. The source notations (the numbers following each entry) correspond to the sources used. A complete list of the sources appears at the end of this list. "All remaining gravestones have been photographed and can be viewed here. Names that are underlined are linked to a photo. To see the photo, just click on the name."
An interesting site!

Parkersburg Nostalgic Gazette burials, photos and sources

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