Creed T. Wray
|Coordinates:||near 38.6205ºN -82.1277ºW|
|Land owner:||Randal McCarty|
|Date added to WVCPA register:||August 2007|
|Condition of cemetery**:||Unknown (August 2007)|
|Accessibility:||The cemetery is located, according to family researcher Sherry Wray; "on Randal McCarty property deep in the woods. From Ashton, WV, left on Ashton-Upland Road (3 to 4 miles) to Mt. Olive Road, turn left. The road "T"s at this point and the Randal McCarty property is off to the left. You must ask at this point. A stream runs through the property and is deeper just in front of where the log cabin sat. Also beside the stream was a hand dug well and a piece of metal machinery pulled over top of it to prevent an accident. That is how I can find the location, by finding the machinery. Almost no one knows about the cemetery today. A hill goes up to a cave. It is part way up this hill the 5 gravesites are located. Only 2 were readable. One appeared to be a baby's grave. Burial site was directly behind the cabin."|
** Condition of cemetery as
observed on the given date -
|Last Name:||First Name:||
|Wray||Creed T.||1789||before 1850||[Only initials "C.T." visible - see first photo to the right - Creed's tombstone is just to the right of Lucy's in the photo]||
|Wray||Lucy||27 December 1805||14 August 1883||"Aged
77Y 7M 18D"
[2nd wife of Creed Wray]
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 a note in "Mason County, W.Va. Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. 5, pg. 175, there were only two tombstones still standing (per the early/mid-1970's). Creed and Lucy Wray, listed above, were the parents of 4 known children, one of whom was Creed F. Wray (1826-1905) that is buried at Moore's Chapel. There were, at the last reading by Jean Templeton of Apple Grove, several visible stone markers without inscriptions. The last reported burial here was for a Mrs. Curtis in about 1940.
WVCPA was contacted by a Wray descendant, Sherry Wray from Ohio, who had visited the cemetery in 1978. According to her, this cemetery is located behind the Creed Wray family's log cabin (long gone). At that time, they took photos, and at a visit to the cemetery in 2005 she found that the tombstones standing earlier had, sadly, been knocked down and destroyed by grazing cows. The photos we have included on this page are from her 1978 visit, and are the last known photographic record of the tombstones of Creed and Lucy Wray. Sherry writes:
"It was quite a walk (in 1978) to get to the cemetery and homestead. Randal McCarty owned the land at that time. His wife, Louise Wray from William T. (Bub) Wray line. His sons own it in 2001. In 1999 the cows had nearly destroyed the cemetery. It takes a guide to find it, very hidden. "
Our thanks to Sherry for sharing this treasured photo with us, and allowing us to post it on this page for posterity!
Updated: 07 September 2012