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Old Mt. Aries Cemetery, Middlebourne, Tyler County, West Virginia

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Old Mt. Aries Cemetery
Middlebourne, Tyler County, West Virginia

Date: April 3,2001

Cemetery: Old Mt. Aries
Established: 1818
Street: Old Rt # 18
City: Middlebourne
Township: Ellsworth District
County: Tyler
State: West Virginia
Zip: 26149
Nearby: Rt # 18
Reached by: Crossing property-public
Location: Urban-developed
Land: Flat
Water: No
Features: lawn, garden
Sign: No
Land Type: Private
Access: Closed
Surrounded by: None
Gate: None
Status: Abandoned
Size: Medium
Unmarked graves: Yes
Gravestones: 1 Several missing
Broken gravestones: No
Toppled gravestones: No
Buried gravestones: Yes
Removed Gravestones: Yes
Weather problems: No
Pollution problems: No
Oldest grave: 1818
Newest grave: unknown
Association: No
Records: Unsure
Inventory: Unsure
Records location:
Condition: Cemetery in danger of destruction
Vandalized: Yes
Police report: No
VA: Stolen gravestones
VA: Graves desecrated
Vegetation: None
Vegetation: Access problem
Vegetation: Disturbing-graves
Vegetation: Disturbing gravestones
Vegetation: Damaging gravestones
Vegetation problem: Overgrown-ground cover
Drainage: Good
Problem: Disintegrating Headstones
Work Status: No work started as of yet
Owner: Private
Use: Agricultural
Bordering: Residential
Change: Unknown
Reason: Agriculture
Visited: Rarely
Archeology: Unknown
Previous contacts: owner of property

Other information

About 4 years ago my mother and I went to this cemetery such as it was and found only 1 grave marker. A lot of the older residents in Tyler County remember this cemetery quite well. Describing it to be quite large with several graves, and having an iron gate and a fence enclosing it. Also there was one large marker in the middle of this cemetery. After visiting this cemetery and marking down the inscription from the lonely grave we went to the local court house to see if we could find it on record , there was none. Several weeks had passed and my mother phone me to tell me the grave marker that we had seen was gone. It was large in size. I immediately contacted the owner of the property and ask what had become of it, he tried to tell me that there was never a grave marker there. I then sat down and wrote a letter to the editor of the local paper explaining what had happen and ask for any one who had might have prior knowledge of this cemetery to contact me I got several replies. After the editorial ran I received another phone call from my mother and she informed me that a grave marker had appeared but not the one we had previously seen. This one is smaller and the name on the marker is different. The property is rented and the owner does not want to discuss this matter. If fact where the gravesite of the graves that once were is where the renters of the property plant their garden yearly.

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Tyler County Historical Society

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name: Carol Turkaly
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