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Bellas Cemetery
Volcano, Wood County, West Virginia

Contributed by Teresa Fordyce, Sep 14, 2011, last edited Sep 28, 2011 [s82c43@frontier.com]. Total records = 18.

Take Route 50 east out of Parkersburg for 12 miles to Volcano Road. (Mountwood Park entrance). Turn right onto Volcano Road. and travel about 2.6 miles to where the road forks at the bottom of the hill. Take the left fork and travel about 1.5 miles. The cemetery is located in the woods about 200 yards behind the home of Wayne and Lisa Morrison. You will need to obtain permission from the Morrisons to cross through their property to the cemetery.

This was one of Wood County’s forgotten cemeteries until March of 2011 when a logging company timbering the area stumbled upon it. Three of the stones where damaged by equipment. The Wood County Historical Society has repaired the damaged stones and cleared the brush from the cemetery.

The original cemetery was a 7 acre plot of ground set aside to be used by the residence of the booming oil town, Volcano. The town burned in 1879 and most of the residence moved away. Now the area is all wooded and overgrown. It is not known how many burials are actually in the cemetery. Death records for some of the interred also list the name as Volcano Cemetery. Also called Barris Cemetery by some.

This is a complete reading of all existing headstones when I walked and transcribed this cemetery on Apr 16, 2011.
- Teresa Fordyce

Babig, Joseph, No Dates, Sgt. 48th PA Inf. Civil War
Bayer, Willie H., d. Aug 28, 1877, s/o J.J. and R.R. Bayer
Cramer, Infant, d. Feb 11, 1876, c/o Corban G. and Julia Emma Cramer
Cramer, Infant, no dates, c/o Corban G. and Julia Emma Cramer
Crawford, Captola Jeneva, d. Feb 27, 1878, Aged 6 years, 1 month and 4 days, d/o M.L. and J.C. Crawford
Crawford, Nettie, d. Aug 11, 1884, Aged 41 years, w/o M. Crawford
DeMoss, James, d. Apr 24, 1878, Aged 3 years and 8 months, s/o Nathaniel and Phoebe Hawk DeMoss, No Stone
DeMoss, Louisa, d. Dec 26, 1882, Aged 2 years and 9 months, d/o Nathaniel and Phoebe Hawk DeMoss, No Stone
DeMoss, Nathaniel, b. Apr 1, 1844, d. Nov 22, 1931, Co. C. 19th VA Cav. Civil War, s/o William and Annie DeMoss
DeMoss, Phoebe Hawk, b. Feb 17, 1851, d. Feb 15, 1937, w/o Nathaniel DeMoss, No Stone
DeMoss, Seth, b. Feb 6, 1898, d. Apr 25, 1910, s/o William and J.H.B. DeMoss
DeMoss, Walter, b. May 3, 1905, d. Sep 30, 1906, s/o William and Ann Morrison DeMoss
Hamrick, Louisa, d. Feb 26, 1879, Aged 45 years, 6 months and 8 days, w/o Samuel Hamrick
Hamrick, Samuel, no dates, Sgt. Co. C. 18th Ohio Inf. Civil War
Harman, William E., b. Apr 2, 1897, d. Apr 2, 1897, s/o J.W. and Lizzie Harman
McGonigal, William, d. Aug 23, 1890, Aged 50 years, Corpl 87th PA Inf. Civil War
Morrison, Roana P., b. Sep 22, 1845, d. Apr 12, 1914, w/o W.H. Morrison
Sprouse, William, b. May 17, 1906, d. May 18, 1906, s/o David B. and Lillie R. Sprouse

Misc:
1 broken stone only the base remained
1 unreadable stone
5 obvious unmarked graves
There were several large rocks scattered about but it was unclear from the condition of the ground if they were possible markers or not.

 

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