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Hodam Cemetery Roane County, WV

According to Cemeteries of Roane County, WV Volume II, a 1999 publication by the Roane County Historical Society, this cemetery has 172 unmarked graves and only 90 marked graves.  The information here is about those persons who have connections with my family in some way.  For information about purchasing any of the publications of cemetery readings or other publications about Roane County history visit their site

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Special thanks to my mother Dorothy Pauline Walker Dotson who recorded many of these stones

This cemetery was named for Rev Adam Daniel Hodam (1821-1903) and was also called the "Walker Cemetery" at one time. Rev. Hodam kept a diary, and notes and records remain from his writings.
About 1850 Rev Hodam made a deed for church location and cemetery lot off his farm now known as Hodam Chapel and Cemetery. He says upon this lot was erected a commodious log church and here for many years "we had a large and flourishing class, an excellent Sunday School and preaching once a month by the Circuit Rider". Those who assisted in raising this log church were Rev. A. Ward, Anderson Taylor, A Parril, Able Strader, Rev Eli Radabaugh, H. H. Lane, S. Lane, George W. Feathers, D. C. Heaton, James H Hodam, John Wheatman, G. Beverlin, B. D. Corbitt, D. Grady, Wash Greathouse (2nd husband of Mary Jane Boggs Walker ), and John Hodam, who was father of Rev. A. D. Hodam. The Rev. John A. Goff preached the first sermon in this new church, text was 1st John, 3rd chapter, 2nd verse. Others besides Rev. Hodam were Rev. Samuel Sheppard, Rev W. S. Mays, Rev Sam Brannon, Rev Samuel Black, and Rev Radabaugh. The Hodam Chapel Church was razed by fire accidentally about 1880. Later a smaller one was built there which is still standing.

This is a partial listing of those buried in the cemetery and stone markings (information in parentheses or italics is added from my files):

Carl Hylbert 1901-1969
(Carl Camden Hylbert born September 1902 died Nov 9, 1969 son of George Andrew and Mary Stutler Hylbert)

George Hylbert 1863
(George Andrew Hylbert Born May 5, 1863 in Wirt County died March 19, 1942 - son of Henry Barnabas and Mary McCutcheon Hylbert, husband of Mary Stutler)

The Charleston Gazette Saturday, March 21, 1942 Page 9
Services Will Be Conducted At 10:30 A.M. Sunday At Hodam Church
George Andrew Hylbert, 78, prominent farmer and stockman of Roane county and father of Chief of Police C. W. Hylbert of Parkersburg, died Thursday night at his home, Spencer, RFD, after several months illness. Services will be held at 10:30 a. m. tomorrow at the Hodam church with Rev. L. E. Bolte officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with the Hardman-Conrad mortuary at Spencer in charge.  Mr. Hylbert was born in Wirt county on May 5, 1863, the son of Barney and Mary McCutcheon Hylbert and had lived in and around Roane county all his life. He was a member of the Spencer Moriah Masonic lodge and the Gilboa Baptist church. Surviving are two other sons, Carl of Reedy and Bernard of Sugar Creek, O.; three daughters, Mrs. Pearl Eskew and Mrs. Kate Garwin of Fayetteville and Mrs. Lillian Tackett of St. Albans; a sister, Mrs. Sallie Hickman of Gifford, Ill.; a half-sister, Mrs. Bessie Gerht of Iowa, and two half-brothers, Leonard Hylbert of Gifford, Ill., and Lewis Hylbert of Shanghai, China.

Mary Hylbert 1865-1924
(Mary Stutler born August 6, 1866 died April 21, 1924 d/o Josiah Nelson and Rebecca Goff Stutler - wife of George Andrew Hylbert)

Roxie Greathouse 1912
(Maiden name Roberts married Jesse Greathouse)

Roxie R. Monroe - Parkersburg Sentinel
Roxie R. Monroe, 93, of Elizabeth, W.Va., died Tuesday morning, Dec. 6, 2005, at the residence of her daughter, Rose Ruble, with whom she resided.  Born in Grace Community, Roane County, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Mary Ann Davis Roberts. She was the oldest living member of Hill Grove Baptist Church and was a member of the Wirt County Farm Bureau since the late 1940's. Surviving are five daughters, Alice Davis and Ruth Kendall of Spencer, Mary Nicholas of Brohard and Patsy Merrill and Rose Ruble of Newark, W.Va.; a half sister, Wanda (Lorene) Jones of Illinois; 23 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jesse Greathouse in 1945 and Alfred J. Monroe in 1998; nine brothers and sisters; two stepchildren, Harold Monroe and Dora Gick; and two great-grandchildren. Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Matheny Pomroy Funeral Home of Elizabeth, with the Rev. Terry Holly officiating. Burial will be in the Hodam Cemetery of Spencer. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the funeral home. 

Herbert Jess Greathouse 1908 - 1945 (son of Ambrose Edward and Rachel Powell Greathouse.  He was born 17 June 1908 in Roane County, WV and died 20 November 1945).

John L Hickman 1870-1960
(John Lewis Hickman born in 1870 married 15 October 1891 Alice Harriet Vandal d/o William B and Arminta Davis Vandal)

H. Alice Hickman 1870-1928 

(See John Hickman above)

Charlie Hickman March 20 1911 - January 11, 1975 Pvt US Army

Hoy Taylor 1891-1973
(Son of Thomas - b. 11 Aug 1870 d. 10 Jan 1940 and Mary Ellen Walker Taylor b. 8 May 1875 d. 6 Mar 1969 - both are also buried at Hodam Cemetery)

Etta Taylor 1900-1984
(Vandale maiden name - wife of Hoy)

A L (Led) Knapp 1909-1970

Justine Knapp 1914 -

Carter D. Hickman December 14, 1889 d. December 1, 1960

Iva B Hickman b. August 16, 1904

Charles Epler b. June 3, 1888 d. February 17, 1972

Grace Epler born December 26, 1889 d. January 22, 1963
(Grace Truman Fox d/o Franklin Pierce and Regina M Sapp Fox - wife of  Charles)

Earl Matics 1903-1969 (Earl R son of Scoffield M and Anna Catherine Cheuvront Matics)

Hetty Matics 1905 -
(Hettie McCrosky - wife of Earl)

John Taylor b. June 2, 1901 d. November 2, 1975
(Son of Thomas and Mary Ellen Walker Taylor)

Nora Taylor born January 11, 1910 died May 6, 1970
(Nora Matics - wife of John Taylor)

Lester G. Kelly born July 17, 1917 died August 12, 1974
(Son of Hoyt and Mary Matilda Walker Kelly)

Susie K Kelly born December 20, 1930
(wife of Lester)

Fred Thomas b 1908 d. 1991
(James Frederick Thomas son of Ellis McCarl and Bertha Lukens Thomas was born February 22, 1908 and died June 1, 1991)

Hazel Thomas b. 1905 d. 1977
(Hazel Marie Starcher d/o Bert and Mary Champ Starcher was born October 10, 1905 - wife of Fred)

Rev James E Thomas born February 29, 1928 died September 29, 1971
(Son of Fred & Hazel Thomas)

Everett Greathouse born March 29, 1870 died April 20, 1951
(Son of James Washington "Wash" & Mary Jane Boggs Walker Greathouse)

Nancy E Greathouse born April 7, 1975 died August 31, 1950
(Nancy Evelyn "Annie" Jones - wife of Everett William Greathouse who was son of "Wash" and Mary Jane)

Patricia Mae Kelly born February 14, 1944 died April 6, 1947

J B Lukens born February 28, 1860 died April 28, 1945
(John Bruner Lukens son of Thomas Drummer and Amelia Narciss Bruner Lukens)

E J Lukens born July 7, 1860 died January 30, 1935
(Elizabeth Jane Connolly Deviese Lukens - wife of J B Lukens - d/o Elias and Matilda Greathouse Connolly)

Howard Lukens b. 1926 d. 1940 

George R Boggs son of M.D.W. Boggs d. 7-7-1870 age 30 years
(George Robert Boggs son of Marmaduke William & Charity Vandal Boggs)

J W Hylbert 1856-1926
(John William Hylbert born May 18, 1856 died August 16, 1926 son of Henry Barnabas and Mary McCutcheon Hylbert)

Obituary Reedy (WV) News October 10, 1922 Farewell, J W Hylbert
John William Hylbert one of the prominent citizens of Roane County died at his home at Grace on Reedy route 3 Sunday August 15, 1926, He had been in failing health for the past two years. HJe was a son of the late Barney and Mary McCutcheon Hylbert and was born May 18, 1856 being at the time of his death at the age of 70 years 2 months and 28 days. J. W. Hylbert was united in marriage with Bertha Lockhart of Wirt County and to this union three sons and four daughters were born. Those surviving are Elmer Hylbert of Reedy route 3, Mrs. Silas Walker of Kingston, Mrs. Dwight Walker of Reedy, Mrs. L. C. Fowler of Clarksburg, and Miss Mattie Walker at home. Mr. Hylbert is also survived by two brothers James H Hylbert of Reedy route 2, George A Hylbert of Cainsburg and fours half brothers, S. L. Hylbert Gifford, Ill, Jerome Hylbert of Iowa and Louis C. Hylbert a missionary in China. Two sisters Mrs. Sallie Hickman of Gifford, Ill and Bessie (Hylbert) of Iowa. early in life the deceased was converted and united with the Baptist Church and thereafter, took an active part in Sunday School and church work being prominent in the councils of his church. He also taught school in his early manhood, worked at the printers trade when a boy, later in life becoming an expert farmer and fruit grower. My Hylbert was a member of the Masonic Lodge. The Lodge held their burial services for him. The funeral services were conducted Tuesday at the Gilboa Church by his pastor Rev L Springston, and interment was made in the Hodam cemetery the remains in charge of T. W. Dye funeral director. 

Bertha F Hylbert 1866-1943
(Bertha Frances Lockhart d/o of G. Harrison and Phoebe Cheuvront Lockhart born October 18, 1866 died August 26, 1943 - wife of J W Hylbert)  

Mrs. Bertha Hylbert, 76, died Aug. 26, 1943, after an illness of several months at her home near Gilboa Baptist Church on Specer Route 4. She was a daughter of the late Harrison and Phoebe Lockhart of Wirt county. She was united in marriage to J. W. Hylbert who preceded her in death. Of this union there survive four daughters Mrs. Silas (Marie ) Walker and Mrs. D. L. (May) Walker, twins, who both reside in Parkersburg. Mr. L. C. (Fern) Fowler of Clarksburg and Miss Mattie Hylbert at home. Two sons Everett T and Elmer J. Hylbert and the eldest daughter Mrs. Clara Littell, preceded her in death. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and four great-grand children. All but one of her six grandsons are in the U. S. service. She was a member of the Gilboa Baptist Church in which she had been a faithful worker for many years. Funeral services were conducted at the Gilboa Church by Rev. L. E. Bolte of Spencer. Many beautiful floral tributes were offered. The body in charge of T. W. Dye of Reedy was laid to rest in the Hodam Cemetery. Pall bearers were her three sons-in-law Silas and Dwight Walker and L. C. Fowler and husbands of three granddaughters Fred Hawthorne, Orris Stutler and Clyde Dotson. Among those from a distance attending the funeral were: A sister Mrs. Roberts of Elizabeth, Mr. and Mrs. Silas Walker, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hawthorne and son Robert, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Hylbert, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hylbert, Golden McCutcheon and son Rufus McCutcheon, Mr. Noble and Mr. Roberts all of Parkersburg. Mrs. Helen Simmons Hylbert of Danville, Roane County. Mrs. Holly Simmons of Pt. Pleasant, Miss Faye Walker of Washington D. C., Brooks Walker, Naval student of Bethany College. Mr. and Mrs. Orris Stutler and son, Miss Daisy Simmons and Mrs. L. E. Bolte of Spencer. Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Dotson and two children of Grantsville. Mr. and Mrs. Basil Scott of Gandeeville. Mr. and Mrs. Reynolds of Clarksburg.

Elmer John Hylbert 1892-1930
(Born March 23, 1892 d. October 25, 1930 - son of J W and Bertha Hylbert)

Mr. Elmer John Hylbert was born at Grace, WV March 23, 1893, son of Mrs. Bertha (Lockhart) Hylbert and Mr. J. W. Hylbert. He died Saturday, October 25, 1930, at 12:30 noon at Stark, West Virginia, where he had resided for the past two years in the teaching profession and the mercantile business. He was united in marriage April 4, 1917 to Miss Helen Virginia Simmons of Cainsburg, West Virginia, who with the following survice: three sons, Phillip Eugene, Maurice Asutin and Robert Marshall; his mother Mrs. Bertha Hylbert; and fours sisters, Mrs. Mae Walker of Reedy, WV, Mrs. Silas Walker of Kingston, WV, Miss Mattie Hylbert of Jeffrey WV and Mrs. L. C. Fowler of Clarksburg, WV. His father, J. W. Hylbert, two brothers, Homer and Everett, and one sister, Clara Little preceded him to the great beyond. In his youth he was converted and joined the Gilboa Baptist church, to which he was a faithful member until his death. Besides his immediate relatives who deeply mourn the loss of a husband, father, son and brother, there are hosts of friends in this neighborhood and likewise in the several communities in which he has lived. He was well liked by all who knew him. It is with deepest regret that the time has come to say goodbye, but not forever.

Helen Virginia Hylbert 1898-1986
(Helen Virginia Simmons d/o Filmore Simmons born September 19, 1898 died October 25, 1986 d/o Millard Filmore and Dora Bartlett Simmons married to Elmer John Hylbert)

Everett T Hylbert 1887 - 1925
(Everett Thomas Hylbert Born June 3, 1887 d. October 14, 1925 - son of J W and Bertha Hylbert married to Gelia Dell Fox)
Everett T. Hylbert, son of J. W and Bertha (Lockhart) Hylbert was born June 3, 1887. He was married to Gelia Fox and to their union was born one son Kenneth. At the age of 11 years he was converted and united with the Gilboa Baptist Church and has since been one of its most progressive members and has filled many of the offices of the church, such as: Church Clerk, Sunday School Superintendent and teacher and for the past six years with Good Hope Association. He departed this life October 16, 1925 being at the age of 38 years 4 months and 13 days. He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, son, father and mother, one brother Elmer J Hylbert and four sisters Mrs. Dwight Walker, Reedy Rt. 3, Mrs. Silas Walker, Kingston, WVa, Mrs. Fannie Fowler Clarksburg and Miss Mattie Hylbert at home. Funeral services were conducted Monday October 19th at the Gilboa Baptist Church by Rev. J. M. Fox who preached from the following texts: "If a man die, shall he live again?" "Whosoever believeth in me though he were dead yet shall he live". "Because I live, ye shall live also. Rev L. E. Springston assisted in conducting the service. Burial was made at Hodam Chapel by Funeral Director T. W. Dye of Reedy.

Gelia D. 1894-1987
Spencer W. Va. - Gelia D Hylbert McCutcheon, 92, of Elizabeth, W. Va. died Friday at the home of her son, Kenneth Hylbert of Elizabeth W. Va., after an extended illness.She was bon in Grace, W.Va., a daughter of the late Jarrett N and Mary McInturff Fox. She was a homemaker and a member of Gilboa Baptist Church where she was the organist for many years.She is survived by her husband, Roy D. McCutcheon; one son, Kenneth Hylbert of Elizabeth; two stepdaughters, Evon McCutcheon of Elizabeth, W. Va. and Lucille Bennett of Lancaster, Calif; three grandchildren, Mrs. Thomas D Pinkerton, and Dr. Kenneth W Hylbert Jr., both of State College, Pa., and Mrs. Charles Walker of Basking Ridge, J. J.; and seven great-grandchildren.Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Gilboa Baptist Church with the Rev Lester Walker and the Rev Paul Russell officiating. Burial will be in the Hodam Cemetery. 

Karen Marie Hylbert August 12, 1951 - December 8, 1951
(Karen d/o Kenneth and Doris Agatha Bryan Hylbert and granddaughter of Everett and Gelia Hylbert. Karen's grave was moved at the death of Gelia Fox Hylbert McCutcheon so Gelia could be buried by her first husband Everett Hylbert)

Phyllis Larine Walker August 9, 1916-August 16, 1916
(Daughter of Silas and Mary Jane Hylbert Walker)

Philip Harmon Dotson Dec 4, 1953
(Stillborn child of Orville Clyde and Dorothy Pauline Walker Dotson)

Dan Connolly born April 12, 1862 d. April 13, 1940
(Daniel Connolly Son of George Coleman and Sarah Jane Null Connolly)

Hannah Connolly born February 28, 1864 d. July 1, 1961
(Hannah Wells wife of Daniel, d/o Timothy and Mary Ruckman Wells)

Fieldon Walker born August 14, 1853 d. October 11, 1922
(son of Willis and Mary Jane Boggs Walker; Roane County death records show birth in Roane Co WV in 1853; death cause was tuberculosis; date of death 10/11/1922 age 69 years, 1 month, 27 days. Farmer, married. Coroner T. W. Dye; informant was C. Connolly)

Sarah Walker born July 1 1853 d. October 29, 1930
(Sarah Jane Connolly d/o Charles Elias and Matilda Greathouse Connolly - m. 1st Edward Starcher; 2nd wife of Fieldon Walker)

Willis Walker
born March 12, 1822 d. April 13, 1855 33 yrs 1 mo. 1 da.
(Son of James A and Nancy Legg Walker)

Mary Jane wife of J W Greathouse 1828 - 1884
(Mary Jane Boggs was daughter of James R & Harriet Walkup Boggs. She was born January 1828 and died August 27 1884. She was first married to Willis Walker and then J W "Wash" Greathouse. From  Rev Hodam's Diary: "Sunday, January 20, 1856. Again the spotless snow is coming down thick and fast. In afternoon went with Rev. Samuel Sheppard to Mrs. Mary Jane Walker's (widow) home where I saw her united in bonds of matrimony to J. W. Greathouse in presence of Susan Parril, Miss Sarah Jane Greathouse and James H Hodam after which we immediately returned home. Snow fell all day. Winter! Winter!")

Kelly, Mary M September 18, 1882 d. October 28, 1965
(Mary Matilda Walker d/o Fieldon and Sarah Jane Connolly Starcher Walker)

Kelly, Hoyt A born September 21, 1881 died January 8, 1963
(Parents unknown - brothers were Abe and George - husband of Mary M Walker)

Timothy A Kelly born January 5, 1970 died March 1, 1970

C. M. Walker b. November 3, 1918

Anna G. Walker 1909 - 1974

Nora Alice (Davis) Jones Born May 11, 1913 d. December 11, 1951
(Daughter of George Edward and Addie Myrtle Fox Davis)

Paul Matics 1905 - 1949
(Son of Scofield M and Anna Catherine Cheuvront Matics)

Ina Matics 1903-1985
(Ina Battin; Wife of Paul Matics)

Ross Simmons Born February 9, 1897 d. January 15, 1989
(2nd husband of Ina Battin Matics; Ross was son of Millard Filmore and Dora Barlett Simmons)

Stella Blosser 1877 - 1940

Cornelia A Blosser 1869-1957

Eliza E Hodam 74 yrs 3 mo 18 days Wife of A. D. Hodam
(Eliza Ellen Grant Hodam d/o David and Mary Boggs Grant born 26 Jul 1811 in Greenbrier County, VA; died 13 Nov 1885. Wife of Adam Daniel Hodam )

Frank M Simmons Born October 21 1859 d. August 16, 1934 with wife Sallie 1862 - 1917
(Frank Maxwell Simmons son of James Monroe and Elizabeth Ann Boggs Simmons; Sallie was Sallie Webb)

Mary R Hickman wife of R. B. Hickman 1843 -1902 (Possibly wife of Reuben B Hickman, son of Elisha and Levina Enoch Hickman)

Rachel Belle Greathouse wife of Ambrose Greathouse Born May 1, 1865 died May 15, 1948
(Rachel Belle Powell d/o Melvin and Malinda Huff Powell)

William Dountain Dotson 1884- 1869
(Date of birth is incorrect. William Dountain Dotson was born June 15, 1883 - Father and mother Amos Asbury and Eveline Peck Harper Dotson are buried at Hill Grove Cemetery in Wirt County, WV)

Obituary:  Jan 13, 1969 The Parkersburg Sentinel
"Rites Thursday for Rev W. D. Dodson"

Funeral services for the Rev. William D. Dotson, 85, of Spencer, Rt 4, who died Monday in the St. Joseph's Hospital will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gilboa Baptist Church near Reedy.
The Rev. Paul Morrison and the Rev Leon Strickland will officiate with burial to be in the Hodam Cemetery near Reedy. Born in Wirt county, he was a son of the late Amos and Eveline Peck Dotson. The Rev. Mr. Dotson had served in the Baptist ministry in Wirt, Calhoun and Roane Counties for over 50 years. Also a retired farmer, he was a member of the Mt. William Baptist Church near Reedy. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Nora Criner Dotson, eight sons, William A Dotson of Mason, Harry T Dotson of Walnut Grove, CA, Delbert V Dotson of Parkersburg, Omer Clair Dotson of Reedsville, OH, Clyde Dotson of St. Petersburg, FL, Charles H. Dotson of Asheville NC, Quentin Dotson of Decatur, IL and the Rev. Darrell P Dotson of Portland, OR; two daughters, Mrs. Pearl DeQuaisie of Parkersburg and Mrs. Evelyn Newlon of Reedy; three step sons, Orland R Criner of Reedy, Harold S. Criner of Miami, FL and Robert L Criner of Bellefontaine, OH; two stepdaughters, Mrs. June Channels of Barberton, OH and Mrs. Carrie Williams of Reedy; three sisters, Mrs. Nettie Corbitt of Massillon, OH, Mrs. Dorothy Thornberry of Oakland, CA and Mrs. Orma Paul of Marysville, CA; 28 grandchildren;; 22 great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren and four step great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mrs. Mary Emma Miller Dotson, who died in 1955. Friends may call at the Vandale Funeral Home, Spencer.

Mary Emma Dotson 1881 - 1955
(Daughter of Henry Hamilton and Elvira Ann Thorn Miller was born September 9, 1881 and died June 13, 1955; her parents are buried at Buffalo Church Cemetery in Wirt County, WV)
Obituary "The Parkersburg Sentinel" Tuesday June 14, 1955 Mrs. Mary E. Dotson
Mrs. Mary Emma Miller Dotson, 73, of Spencer, Rt 4 died Monday afternoon at the Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.  Mrs. Dotson was born in Wirt County, September 9, 1881, the daughter of H.H. and Elvira Miller and had been living with her daughter, Mrs. Glenn DeQuaisie of 4409 Emerson Ave. She was a member of the Mt. William Baptist church of Reedy. Surviving are her husband, Rev. W. D. Dotson; eight sons, W.A. of Nitro, H.T. of Piedmont, CA, D.V. of Mason, WV, Omer C of Parkersburg, O. Clyde of Lancaster, OH, C. H. of Ravenswood and F. Q of Park Forrest, IL; two daughters, Mrs. Glenn DeQuaisie at whose home she lived and Mrs. J. S. Newlon of Reedy; 24 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Sadie Perry of Clarksburg, OH, Mrs. S. H. Griffin of Rushville, OH and Mrs. E. L Anderson of Parkersburg; one brother D. S. Miller of Alma MI.  The body is at the Leavitt Funeral Home.