West Virginia Cemetery Preservation Association

Cemetery Reading

Cemetery Name:

Rockcastle Church (a.k.a. Sayre)

 Rock Castle Church Cemetery, Mason Co., WV

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County: Mason
USGS Quad: Elmwood
Coordinates: 38.7417N  -81.8155W
Maintained by: unknown
Land owner: unknown
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 -
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:

Plot Map Ref#:

Source:

Woodall Terence R. 1911   [husband & wife - shared stone] Click for photo of tombstone 1 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Woodall Elva Morrison 1912 1982
Hill Joel 1871 1953 [husband & wife - shared stone] Click for photo of tombstone 2 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Hill Mary E. 1876 1947
Morrison  Oscar C. "Mike" 21 May 1924 13 February 1979 "S2 US Navy World War II"
"In Loving Memory"
[husband & wife - shared stone]
Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
4

3

Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Morrison  Bonnie Chaney 17 June 1935  
Morrison George P. "Carter" 15 November 1877 21 November 1961 [husband & wife - shared stone] Click for photo of tombstone 5 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Morrison Mary Cain 25 August 1886 24 January 1963
Morrison Clayton Denver 23 January 1948 27 May 1948   Click for photo of tombstone 6 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Morrison Ray Wesley 1919 1977 "PFC US Army World War II"

[husband & wife - shared stone]
Click for photo of tombstoneClick for photo of tombstone 8
7
Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Morrison Bernice W. 1921 2000
Hill J. Henry 1878 1944 "Gone, But Not Forgotten" Click for photo of tombstone 9 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Hill Minnie E. 1887 1969
Hill Reba 11 June 1923 28 December 1925 "Daughter of H. & M. Hill" Click for photo of tombstone 10 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Morrison Doyle Lee 9 May 1959 10 May 1959   Click for photo of tombstone 11 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Morrison Dencil Royall 1949 1949   Click for photo of tombstone 12 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Morrison Bert 1879 1970 "Father" [on foot stone]

Click for photo of tombstone 13 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Morrison Maggie 1884 1954
Morrison George M. 1852 1914 [husband & wife - shared stone] Click for photo of tombstone 14 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Morrison Sarah E. 1854 1934
Hill Ulysses E. 5 June 1883 23 January 1966   Click for photo of tombstone 15 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Morrison Leroy S. 12 September 1825 9 June 1871 [husband & wife - shared stone] Click for photo of tombstone 16 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Morrison Analiza 18 January 1830 4 April 1902
Sayre Nora J. abt 1840 21 June 1906 "Wife of J.W. Sayre" 
"Aged 66 Ys."
Click for photo of tombstone 17 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Sayre John W. 24 November 1843 14 February 1903   Click for photo of tombstone 18 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Sayre Jessie P. 7 May 1879 28 August 1879 "Aged 3 mo., 21 da." Click for photo of tombstone 19 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
        [illegible - located in front of Enoch Sayre's tombstone] Click for photo of tombstone 20 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
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" Click for photo of tombstone 21 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
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] Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
22 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette
Furgeson John A. 22 December 1884 23 December 1900 "Aged 16 yr., 1 da" Click for photo of tombstone
Click for photo of tombstone
23 Source: Rock Castle Cemetery Historian, Tracy Cain, and "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. III" by J. Burdette

 

Comments:

Click for full size plot map

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, Lord willing...

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.

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