Looking for info on Smell Cemetery located on Wilson Ridge near Thornton, in Taylor Co., WV. Inventory of cemetery made by WPA on 22 June 1937 [LDS FHL film 0250210] gives the following information on this cemetery: "... private burial ground; 1/8 acres in size; not fenced; no landscaping; condition bad. Lots not marked; graves marked by monuments, no burial records kept. No longer in use as burial ground. Earliest *stone dated 1850. Marked graves - 5; unmarked 3."
Does anyone know if it still ... exists ... ???
It is possible this Smell Cemetery might be located somewhere *on Rd 13" (that travels through "Siggens [phoenetic spelling for Czigans] Hollow") from hwy 50 to 30.
Elizabeth Smell d. 8-17-1894 - " d. of G.W. and S. Smell "
George W. Smell [Jr] d. 2- 1-1865 - " vet CW - 30y 5mos 14ys "
infant Smell d. 4- 7-1864 - " 24 dys" [dau. of George W. [Jr.] & Sarah [Osborn) Smell ]
John Smell d. 1- 1-1852 - "son of G.W. and S." [ Sarah Czigan Smell ]
Sarah Smell [Czigan] d. 10-16-1850 - " wife of Geo. Smell "
[ NOTE: Additional information in brackets added by researcher. ] There was an additional burial in Smell Cemetery according to another inventory made by Ruth L. Mason in 1977 [Depository: Taylor County Public Library, 200 Beech St., Grafton, WV, 26354] which may account for one of the unidentified 3 burials: i.e., "George M.D. Thorn ... 7 May 1844 - 18 Oct 1931 ... 88y-05m-11d ... buried Smell Cemetery, Taylor Co..." which has been documented by his death record #14267, WV Dept of Vital Records.
According to item under "debts & Expenses" submitted by John Nine, administrator of estate of John Czigan, dated 5 June 1848: "...Doctor Thorn submitted and received $5.00, for building coffin..." [Taylor Co. VA (WV) Inventories Book 1, pgs 19-23, 36-38 ]. It is possible this "Doctor Thorn" *MAY* have been the father of the George M.D. Thorn who is buried in the Smell Cemetery.
??? NOTE: Researcher wonders --IF-- this cemetery may be located on the original John Czigan tract of land... IT MAY BE *** POSSIBLE "** that John Czigan is buried in one of the unmarked 3 graves" ... AS WELL AS son-in-law George Smell whose date of death has not been found by researcher at this time.