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Bogal Ridge Triumph Cemetery
Bogal Ridge, Wood County, West Virginia

Contributed by Teresa Fordyce, Sep 14, 2011, last edited Sep 27, 2011 [s82c43@frontier.com]. Total records = 10.

Take Rt. 21 South out of Mineral Wells to Wolf Run Road in Rockport. Turn left onto Wolf Run Road and travel for about 3 ˝ miles to Slate Creek Road. Follow Slate Creek Road for about 2 miles. Turn left and follow the road that leads to the Slate Chapel Cemetery. It is marked with a white sign. Follow the road past the Slate Chapel Cemetery. Follow this road for about 4 miles. The cemetery will be on the right side of the bank. This road is a logging road and is not accessible by car, you will either need to walk or take a 4-wheeler.

This cemetery belonged to the Bogal Ridge Triumph Church. The church was built in the mid 1800s, burials in the cemetery began as early as 1860. The church has not been used since the early 1900s and no longer stands. The only part left is few foundation stones.

I spoke with Mr. Earl Ryan, who gave me the information on the cemetery. His grandparents once attended the church and are buried in the cemetery. His grandfather, George Brand, was the last burial in the cemetery in 1934. Mr. Ryan said that there were many burials in the cemetery, but did not know how many. The cemetery has been neglected since the church closed and is very overgrown with weeds and brush.

I only found 8 readable stones. The cemetery has been vandalized several times and most of the stones were destroyed. Several years ago some teenage boys dug up the grave of a Confederate Civil War Soldier that was killed in action and buried here. The boys stole the soldiers scull and left the metal casket exposed, which is still visible. There was no marker at the soldier’s grave.

This is a complete reading of all existing headstones when I walked and transcribed this cemetery in Sep 10, 2011.
- Teresa Fordyce

Brand, George Harvey, b. Nov 8, 1849, d. Jun 21, 1934, s/o Francis M. and Catherine Rice Brand, No Stone
Brand, Martha, b. May 18, 1852, d. Apr 30, 1899, w/o C.H. Brand
Brand, Mary Ann Goudy, b. May 18, 1852, d. Apr 30, 1889, w/o George Harvey Brand, Married Jan 17, 1874, d/o Robert M. and Harriett J. Goudy, No Stone
Hopkins, Almeda, b. Nov 3, 1893, d. Mar 2, 1895, d/o George and Lillie J. Crouser Hopkins
Hopkins, Bertha Alice, b. Jan 2, 1875, d. Mar 24, 1888, d/o J.N. and Amanda Hopkins
Hopkins, Sarah I., b. Sep 24, 1880, d. Aug 6, 1881, d/o G.W. and Mary Catherine Boice Hopkins
Hopkins, Thomas B., b. Feb 5, 1830, d. Aug 10, 1897, Co. F. 11th W.Va. Inf. Civil War, s/o John and Edith Hopkins
King, Albert, b. Oct 11, 1880, d. Dec 10, 1892, s/o G.W. and I.B. King
Marshall, James Blaine, b. Jun 28, 1892, d. Oct 2, 1892, s/o G.R. and S.J. Marshall
Weekly, Annie M., b. Oct 8, 1887, d. Dec 6, 1887, d/o F.F. and Ida M. Weekly

Misc:
There were six large stones that may have been used to mark graves.
I noted the grave of the Confederate Soldier that had been left exposed.
Mr. Ryan said that there were 4 small children of J.P. and Emma Goudy buried here also but I found no stones for them.

 

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