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Cemetery Name:

Leonard Wood Grave


Leonard Wood gravesite, Leon, Mason Co., WV  Leonard Wood gravesite, Leon, Mason Co., WV

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County: Mason
USGS Quad: Elmwood
Coordinates: 38.7118N -81.8696W
Maintained by: Not maintained - no marker
Land owner: R. Smith
Date added to WVCPA register: April 2004
Condition of cemetery**: Abandoned (November 2005)
Accessibility: This grave is located several yards off the north side of Tribble Road on a small rise in the pasture behind one of the outbuildings on the Smith farm.  No marker is visible today, though in the past a field stone may have marked the burial place of this Confederate soldier.  The only off-road parking is the Smith driveway or by their barn, as there is little to no shoulder on Tribble Road here as it winds down the run towards Elmwood.
** Condition of cemetery as observed on the given date -
may not be representative of care at other times of the year
Scale: Excellent - Good - Fair - Poor - Abandoned

Last Name: First Name: Born: Died: Inscription: Photo: Source:
Wood Leonard unknown unknown [no marker - Confederate soldier - died in service]   Source: WVCPA research





Dates in Red are not inscribed on the tombstone and have either been calculated based on death date or are as a result of research on the individual.

According to local historians, Wood's party was camped nearby when he succumbed to sickness of some sort.  His comrades buried him here, the date of when this happened is unknown. It is not known for certain that his first name was Leonard, though that is the name that has been passed down in local history.  WVCPA research through available C.S.A. records has, as yet, not turned up any further clues as to his verifiable identity.  

According to Russell Smith, the current landowner and local history buff, up until several years ago, there were what he thought may have been family members visiting this burial site every year or so from down South somewhere to lay flowers on the grave.  They were quite old then, and he assumes they've either passed away or are no longer fit to travel so far. 

If anyone has any further information on this Civil War soldier, the circumstances under which he found himself in this area, or who may have been visiting this grave regularly, please let us know.  If you wish to visit this grave, please check with Mr. Smith (they live in the brick house across the road from the grave and the barns) before going into the field.  

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