Tombstone Tuesday

P.A. Shuck Cemetery White Oak Rd, Fayette County, WV

For Tombstone Tuesday it seems only proper to begin with the place where my love for genealogy was born, the P.A. Shuck Cemetery.  The P.A. Shuck Cemetery gets its name from the man who set aside the land for the cemetery in his 1917 will[1], Perry Addison Shuck, my Great-Great-Great Grandfather.

Perry Addison Shuck

Perry Addison Shuck

The cemetery sits behind a horse pasture, property still owned by members of the original Shuck family, at the end of a narrow right of way.  A simple fence surrounds the small cemetery and the many headstones are placed randomly around the enclosure with few defined paths.

Some of the stones are simple and handmade, rough etchings sometimes barely legible.  Many of the stones belong to veterans, still proudly proclaiming military service long after death.  One bears my own first name, the stone for the woman for who I was named.  Some belong to babies and young children sad reminders of a family tragedy.  A lot I know through memory or stories, while others still are unknown.

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It’s a sacred place, that old mountainside.  You can feel it in the air as you walk among the stones.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GRid=84981968&CRid=2437579&

[1] Will Books, 1832-1969; Author: West Virginia. County Court (Fayette County); Probate Place: Fayette, West Virginia Title West Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1724-1978 Author Ancestry.com Publisher Ancestry.com Operations, Inc. Publisher Date 2015 Publisher Location Provo, UT, USA

 

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