Rockcastle Church (a.k.a. Sayre)
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|Date added to WVCPA register:||24 January 2004|
|Condition of cemetery**:||Excellent (October 2004)|
|Accessibility:||Easily accessible in good weather. The gravel road heading in to the Rockcastle Church and cemetery area can be pretty wet and muddy at times of high water, and the last stretch of road going up the hill to the cemetery is pretty narrow in places with not much between you and the bottom of the deep gully below, so drive carefully! The cemetery itself is located on the crest of a hill north of the old Rockcastle Church.|
** Condition of cemetery as
observed on the given date -
|Last Name:||First Name:||
Plot Map Ref#:
|Woodall||Terence R.||1911||[husband & wife - shared stone]||1|
|Hill||Joel||1871||1953||[husband & wife - shared stone]||2|
|Morrison||Oscar C. "Mike"||21 May 1924||13 February 1979||"S2
US Navy World War II"
"In Loving Memory"
[husband & wife - shared stone]
|Morrison||Bonnie Chaney||17 June 1935|
|Morrison||George P. "Carter"||15 November 1877||21 November 1961||[husband & wife - shared stone]||5|
|Morrison||Mary Cain||25 August 1886||24 January 1963|
|Morrison||Clayton Denver||23 January 1948||27 May 1948||6|
US Army World War II"
[husband & wife - shared stone]
|Hill||J. Henry||1878||1944||"Gone, But Not Forgotten"||9|
|Hill||Reba||11 June 1923||28 December 1925||"Daughter of H. & M. Hill"||10|
|Morrison||Doyle Lee||9 May 1959||10 May 1959||11|
[on foot stone]
|Morrison||George M.||1852||1914||[husband & wife - shared stone]||14|
|Hill||Ulysses E.||5 June 1883||23 January 1966||15|
|Morrison||Leroy S.||12 September 1825||9 June 1871||[husband & wife - shared stone]||16|
|Morrison||Analiza||18 January 1830||4 April 1902|
|Sayre||Nora J.||abt 1840||21 June 1906||"Wife
of J.W. Sayre"
"Aged 66 Ys."
|Sayre||John W.||24 November 1843||14 February 1903||18|
|Sayre||Jessie P.||7 May 1879||28 August 1879||"Aged 3 mo., 21 da."||19|
|[illegible - located in front of Enoch Sayre's tombstone]||20|
|Sayre||Enoch||18 August 1814||23 January, 1853||"In Memory of Enoch Sayre, son of Daniel & Sarah Sayre" "Was born August the 18th 1814 and departed this life January 23, 1853 Age 38 years, 5 months, 5 days"||21|
|Sayre||Elizabeth Shinn||13 April 1822||[front of tombstone illegible - according to "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III": "Elizabeth is the daughter of George & Lucinda Stone, wife of Enoch, married 2nd to George W. Shinn" Elizabeth is actually buried at Fairplain Cemetery in Jackson Co. alongside her first husband George]||22|
|Furgeson||John A.||22 December 1884||23 December 1900||"Aged 16 yr., 1 da"||23|
Click on the cemetery plot image to the left of this text to open full size in a new window. In the full image, click on the letter and arrow near the mini cameras to see a photo overview of the cemetery from that particular angle.
WVCPA wishes to thank Rockcastle Cemetery historian, Tracy Cain, for all his hard work in making a current reading of this cemetery (as of October 2003), taking all the great tombstone photos, and for providing the cemetery plot diagram you see here. He has also provided photos of the nearby abandoned Rockcastle Church. As soon as we have completed a web page relating the history and photos of Rockcastle Church, we will provide a link here and on WVCPA's Historic Churches page.
|Work completed under auspices of WVCPA:||
Update: In October 2004, WVCPA staff and local
Sayre family historian Hope Sayre Absten and her husband Cecil visited this
cemetery, Rockcastle Church and the Stone Cemetery in the vicinity. We
found both of the cemeteries well cared-for and the roads in pretty good
shape, despite the high water that must have washed through there following
the after-effects of the season's hurricanes that sent their torrents of
rain up along the Ohio River Valley. The Rockcastle Church, though
vandalized by considerable graffiti on the inside walls, windows knocked
out, and some of the siding torn off (with appearances that it had been used
for campfires nearby - so sad!), was still in quite a solid state. The
floor was quite sturdy, and the roof showed no obvious signs of
leakage. Of all the old, unused church buildings we have visited, this
one was - by appearances - the one that would take the least amount of work
to restore to at least a glimmer of its former self. Perhaps someone will,
We took a number of photos of the church and will be adding them to those taken by Tracy Cain and others during the course of this winter.
Updated: 07 September 2012