Hinchman Cemetery

Route 10
McConnell, West Virginia

Not for commercial use.

From Logan Courthouse, take Route 10 south, several miles to McConnell. Across from the old former post office [ask someone if you can’t find this] on the east side of RT 10, there is a road that goes up the mountain. This is a steep hill. Near the top you will see a small nearly new apartment complex to your left. Park in the apartment’s parking lot. [The owner must give permission per agreement – but please be courteous.] The cemetery is located behind the apartment building at the crest of the hill.

      Allen, Christina                  Hall, Mary
                                              Oliver Wendal
      Atkins, Peechie
                                        Hinchman, Albert
      Bishop, John                                Alex
              Ora                                 John E.
                                                  Marie
      Bittner, Ruby                               Martha J.
                                                  Ralph
      Bright, Cordie Hins                         Relma L.
                                                  Virgil A.
      Buchanan, Kesiah
                                        Hopkins, Anna
      Burgess, Lillian                           Bernard
               Leonard                           Jeff N.
               Mary L.                           Lizzie
               'Unk'
                                        Keyser, Teddy
      Chatfield, Bernard
                 Martha Perry           Lewis, Mildred

      Claypool, Frank                   Long, Eunice Thompson
                George                        Monroe
                Letteil
                Minnie                  Perry, Albert Sr.
                                               A. J.
      Burgess, Lillian                         Elizabeth
               Leonard                         Lewis W.
               Mary L.
               'Unk'                    Riffe, Gorden
                                               John D.
      Chatfield, Bernard                       Gordon
                 Martha Perry
                                        Ruggles, Lewis Alfred
      Claypool, Frank
                George                  Spratt, Phylis
                Letteil
                Minnie                  Thompson,Cledus
                                                 Elmer
                                                 Elizabeth
      Clevenger, Dixie Jane                      Florence
                 Jimmy                           Hattie C.
                                                 Henry
      Cook, Cora                                 James
                                                 James W.
      Ghiz, Ady Klele                            Jennie Catherine
            Harvey Jr.                           Julius
            Mary                                 Lorenzo Dow
                                                 Lola
      Gilpin, Baby E.                            Louvernia
              Cora                               Malinda May
              William M                          Mary
                                                 Maude
      Gore, Bessie Mullins                       Melvin B.
            Eli Preston
            Emil S.

There are several stones that cannot be read among the older stones.  Also I’ve included the funeral home’s name wherever a “tag” was found.  This may help in finding further information on that person.   My comments are included in [ ] brackets.

Part of this section of the cemetery was created when the original old pathway was filled in and built up to add the apartment building.  This added an expanse of land that could hold additional graves.

1st Row

    HOPKINS
       Anna Myrtle     Jan 25,1912     Nov 16, 1992

       Bernard B.      Feb 6, 1912     Apr 11, 1973

       Jeff N.         Feb 8, 1917     Jan 21, 1970
                       "Staff Sargent USMC WWII"

       "Easy" J.B.     Aug 16,1883     Apr 25, 1957
                       "He Died as he lived, a Christian"

       Lizzie          1887             1952
                       "Dying is but going home"

    THOMPSON
       Hattie C.       Jul 25,1885     Jan 29,1950

       Melvin B.       Nov 1, 1884     Dec 12,1958

    BURGESS
       Lillian         Apr 16,1912     Nov 25, 1988

       Leonard         Jan 18,1913     Apr 4,  1998

    THOMPSON
       Lola            Mar 17,1915    Jan 29,  1954

    KEYSER
       Teddy           Aug 13, 1969   Feb 11,1971
                       "Son of Carl & Kathy Keyser"
                              "At Rest"

2nd Row

    HINCHMAN
        Nora                   1902           1985
                       [No stone - Honeker Funeral Home Tag] 

        Virgil A.      Jan 21, 1900    Mar 3, 1953
                       "Father"

        Martha J.      Jun 21, 1867?   Nov 21,1950
                       "Mother"

        Marie          Dec 16,1911     Aug 15,1968
                       "In Memory of Mother  Asleep in Jesus" 

(Pathway)

        Alex F.        Sep 29, 1889    Nov 30,1951
                       "In Memory of [?]"
                       [Faintly visible at top of stone] 

    THOMPSON
        Elizabeth              1912           1990

        Elmer                  1909           1992
                       [Family stone only - both graves have
                                      James Funeral Home tags]

3rd Row

    HINCHMAN
        Ralph O.        Jan 21,1906     Dec 21,1968
                        "In Memory of Husband & Father" [top]
                        "Gone But Not Forgotten" [bottom]

        Relma L.        June 25 1909    Feb 4, 1991
                        "In Memory of Wife & Mother" [top]
                        "Gone But Not Forgotten" [bottom] 

4th Row
    CLEVENGER
        Jimmy           Apr 15,1933    Jun 15,1994

        Dixie Jane      Mar  3,1937    - - -
                        "Whether Thow Goest I Will Go"
                        [one large stone with circle showing
                                         one hand in another]

THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF THE OLDER SECTION OF THE CEMETERY

5th Row

    GILLPIN
        [Damaged - Footstones & remnants of headstone]
        William M.             1908           1930
        Cora [wife]            [?]            [?]
        Baby E.                [?]            [?]
                        "Son of William M. and Cora Gilpin" 

PATHWAY

    BITTNER
        Ruby            July 3,1906     Nov 3,1937

    THOMPSON
        Florence        Dec 12,1880     Jul 1,1957

    UNKNOWN             [Hand chiseled foot stone with rock for
                                                a head stone]

6th Row

    GORE
        Bessie Mullins          1894          1979

        Eli Preston             1889          1967

    UNKNOWN             [May be or Ermin S. Gore 1911 - 1926
                         This stone found where a walkway
                         should be (between to posts)into an
                         area that had been marked  by metal
                         fence posts. No chain, and some posts
                         missing]

PATHWAY

   UNKNOWN              [Small stone - no writing Also a second
        2 graves        hand chiseled stone with no writing]

   LEWIS
        Mildred         Nov 18, 1926    Oct 9,1927
                        [Broken headstone]

   UNKNOWN/BRIGHT[?]
        2 graves        [No stones - however from the way a
                        large headstone sits, it is probably the
                        graves of the following people. These
                        graves are beginning to sink. The graves
                        look as if they sit facing opposite of
                        the other graves in this cemetery]

   BRIGHT
        Cordie  Hins    Nov 5, 1884   Mar 28,1928
                        "Rock of Ages"
                        "She hath done what she could"
                        [This is the large stone mentioned above
                         The front had "Bright" engraved
                         on bottom back with the the Cordie Hins
                         on front (away from sunken graves.)
                         The Rock of Ages inscription is at the
                         bottom front.]

7th Row

   GORE
        Emil S.               1913              1991
                        [Evans Funeral Home tag]

   RIFFE
        John D.               1895              1967

8th Row

   PERRY
        Albert Sr.            1936              1993
                        [James Funeral Home tag]

        Lewis W.        Apr 29,1907      Mar 6,1949
                        "Gone But Not Forgotten"

9th, 10th, & 11th Rows 

   GHIZ                 [Very large monuments]
        Harvey Jr.      Apr 2,1919       Dec 6,1935
                        "Son of Harvey and Ady"

        Ady Klele       Feb 15,1888      Jul 13,1932
                        "Wife of Harvey Ghiz, born in
                        Damascus, Syria"
                           "Kind mother of love thou
                            art gone to thy rest.
                            Forever to bask amid
                            the joys of the best"

        Harvey          Dec 15,1873      July 1,1924
                        "Born in KiFair, Syria"
                           "Kind father of love thou
                            art gone to thy rest.
                            Forever to bask amid
                            the joys of the best"

        Mary            Mar 20,1845      Aug 23,1922
                           "Rest mother rest,
                               in quiet sleep,
                               While friends in sorrow
                               o'er thee weep"

It is here that the rows lose their clarity. To the left of the pathway is the above Khiz family site. To the right, is the enclosed ‘L’ shaped Thompson family site. Within the ‘notch’ of the ‘L’, are several graves that I have listed as in the “Notch”. These persons were not related to the Thompson family.

The Thompson Family site has one large pink marble stone with “Thompson” on it in the center of the site with a rail and stone post fence around it. Surrounding this main stone, are low wedgeshaped pink marble stones naming the individuals.

There is a threshold with “Thompson” engraved in it.

    THOMPSON
         Malinda May            1890             1978
                         [Malinda Elizabeth May
                         b. 8/5/1890  Roach, WV
                         d. 9/8/1978  Roanoke, VA
                         m. L.D Thompson 1/1/1907]

         L.D.                   1885             1941]

                         [Lorenzo Dow (Sr)
                         b. 9/10/1885  Logan Co WV
                                       (prbly nr McConnell)
                         d. 6/4/1941   Holden, WV]

                          Lillian Thompson Hall
                          dau of L.D. & Malinda

         Oliver Wendel Hall     1917              1980

         Mary                   1907              1923
                         [dau of L.D. & Malinda]

         James W.               1924              1934
                         [son of L.D. & Malinda]

         Mary Hall       Jul 21,1943   Jul 21,1943
                         [stillborn]

         Monroe Long            1911              1960
                         [Foot stone - "Cpl., Co. 'B' 429th Inf.
                                       WWII  5/21/1911-9/8/1960"]

         Eunice Long            1908              1995
                                        [d. 12/13/1995]
                         [dau of L.D. & Malinda]

        Next two gravesites are reserved for the remains of:

         Elizabeth Murray Jul 29,1922       Dec 13,1995
                            "She was a lady"
                         [dau of L.D. & Malinda - wife of H.D.]
                         [Eunice and Elizabeth died the same day]
         Hazel Dewitt Murray Oct 5,1918     Jul 5,1996
                           "He was his lady's man"
  Notch

Outside the 'L'shaped, L.D. Thompson cemetery site,
are the graves mentioned above as in the 'Notch' 

     JOHNSON
        Eunice          Nov 27,1886       May  3,1940

        Unknown         [These two badly sunken graves
        Unknown               are marked only by rocks]

12th Row

   Behind the Ghiz family site is looks as if there may be some
   very old stones and corner stones - unable to tell due to
   heavy dead leaf and brush coverage.

   Also behind the Ghiz family site is:

      BURGESS
         Mary L.        Jul 24, 1889       Feb 25,1911
                        "Wife of G.W. Burgess"

         [???] gess     Dec 26, 1908       Jan 16, 1909
                        [broken stone - prob G.W. Burgess]

PATHWAY

   At least 4 unmarked sunken graves - probably more-unable to
   tell - but it looks like several have been marked by only a
   rock for a foot stone. These rocks appear to be chiseled to
   be a marker and not just random rocks found in the area.

13th Row

      PERRY [double stone - recorded as on stone]
         "Mother"                    "Father"
         Elizabeth Perry             A. J. Perry
         b. Jul 23,1852              b. Jun 21,1847
         d. Jan 29,1924              d. Jan  9,1919
         Aged 71yrs 6mo 6da          Aged 71yrs 6mo 18da

PATHWAY

      CHATFIELD
         Benard L.       Mar 11,1922      Jun 29,1922

         Martha Perry    Jan 23,1903      Mar 22,1939
                         "Our Mother knew the Lord"

14th Row

    Again the rows 'wobble' a bit here. To the far left there is
    another Thompson family site, surrounded with the stone post
    and rail for fencing. There are only two graves within this
    fenced area. A distance toward the bottom of the fenced area
    (this site goes over the hill), is one grave, by itself.

      McKINLEY
         A.J.             May 3,1882       Sep 29,1920
                          "Gone Home"

    Near the top of the site is the grave of:

      THOMPSON
         Mary             As written: Died Feb 19,1903
                                         Age 38yrs
                                        "Only sleeping"

                         [Mary Elizabeth Allen Thompson was the
                          mother of L.D. Thompson listed above]

   The rail of this site comes between Mary's grave and her
   husband's grave. Next to him, are several other Thompson
   family member's graves. They are as follows:

     James Thompson        --               Oct 12,1897
                                            Age 53 yrs
                                  "Gone But Not Forgotten"

     [He was the husband of Mary Elizabeth Allen and father of
     L.D. Thompson. The '7' in the '1897' has been damaged -
     but the death date has been validated by other sources]

     Christina Allen                      **"Died 1863"
                                            "Age 63 yrs"

     Christina was the mother of Mary Elizabeth Allen Thompson.

     **NOTE: This date is in ERROR!**
     Christina (Gunnoe) Allen is listed in the Logan Co.
     1880 Census as 49 years old. It is known she married
     Nehemiah Allen in 1858 in Wyoming Co., WV who died in
     the Civil War. She was the mother of 3 known children,
     Scott Allen listed as 37 in 1900 Census, Mary Elizabeth
     (listed above)aged 35 in same census and Belle who was
     listed also listed as 35 (Belle listed as 12 in 1880 and
     is more in keeping with family information).

      Cletus Thompson      Oct 26, 1910       Feb 11, 1911
                               "In God's Care"
                               [son of L.D. & Malinda]

      Julius Thompson      Sept 25, 1896      Mar 20, 1922
                                 "Gone Home"

                              [bro of L.D. Thompson]

14th Row

      UNKNOWN              [stone with no writing]
      ?UNKNOWN?            [possible sunken grave]

15th Row

      HINCHMAN
         Albert          Jul  8, 1864      Mar 31, 1933

         [Blank, handmade broken stone - ? child]

         [Blank, handmade stone -  ? child  1897]

         John E.         Jul  4, 18?       Jun 19,1898
                         "Aged 11 mo 15da"
                         "Son of A.L. & M. Hinchman"

         [Stones as head and foot markers - no written markings]

         [Stone broken-Flat-looks like E ? T H scratched on it
                          Handmade          "?1872"]

       THOMPSON
         Henry                   1848             1940
                         [Uncle of L.D. Thompson & brother
                          of James earlier listed earlier]

         Louvernia               1857             1951
                         [wife of Henry]

         Jennie Catherine Jun 3,1918        Jun 21,1919
                         "Dau of Melvin & Hattie Thompson"
                         "Safe in the Arms of Jesus"

       ATKINS             [Family Stone]
         Peechie                 1894             1944

       CLAYPOOL           [Family Stone with Claypool Threshold
                           but no fence - Heavily overgrown]
         Minnie M.               1898             1929

         George Robert           1882             1941

16th Row

       UNKNOWN

         [Child/infant - stone - no writing]

         [Child/infant - Stone - no writing]

         [Child/young adult - sunken, no head or footstones]

         [Child/young adult - sunken, no head or footstones]

         [Child/young adult - sunken, no head or footstones]

         [? Jagged edge of ?footstone]

       BISHOP
          Ora                      1877           1935
                                    "Mother"

       THOMPSON            [Family Stone]
          Maud May           May 7 1892    Sep 16,1895
                               "Safe in the Arms of Jesus"

       HINCHMAN          [3 old gravesites - Severe overgrowth
                          with one nearly burried, broken stone
                          marked as follows:]
                             Apr 16,1911   Jul 9, 1911

17th Row

       CLAYPOOL
           Frank                    1913          1958
                          [Stone looks recent but is half buried
                           and severely overgrown. Harris Funeral
                           Home tag]

       COOK                [Family Stone]
           Cora              Aug 29,1869   Dec 28,1922
                         "None Knew thee but to Love thee"

       BUCHANAN
           Kesiah         "Born about 1834
                           Died about 1908
                           Aged aout 71 years
                         "Her tools are past, her work is done
                                                   She fought the fight the victory won"

       CLAYPOOL
           Lettiel                  1882           1918

           "Baby"           "Infant daughter of John and Lettie
                             Claypool - 1915"
                            [This is a marker at the front of the
                             above stone.]

18th Row

        PERRY
           Samuel Thummond   Nov 19,1941    Nov 22,1941

        BISHOP
           John                     1872           1935
                                "Father"

        UNKNOWN              [broken marker - no writing]

        RIFFE
           Nancy C.           Apr 18,1862   Jan 29,1936
                              "Gone But Not Forgotten"
                                 "RIFFE"

           Gordon             Nov 10 1846    Mar 24,1923
                              "A Friend To His Country and
                                  a Beliver in Christ"
                                 "RIFFE"

        SPRATT
           William                   1880           1933
                                [This is a round log-like stone]

           Phylis              Oct  6,1923   Jun 30,1925
                                 "dau of Lee & Hattie Spratt"
                                 [At edge of cemetery boundary
                                         under brush]

OUTSIDE ADDITION

        At the northwest corner of Hinchman Cemetery, but NOT
        officially part of it are the following graves. 

        [This area is on the hillside and has been "built" up to
        accommodate new graves. There is some question as to
        the stability of this area. At sometime it is possible
        these graves may need to be moved. Hopefully not.]

        RUGGLES
           Lewis Alfred          Mary Louise
           Jan  4, 1904          June 17, 1907
           Apr 26, 1967

        WEBB
           Alfred Sr             Alfred Jr
           Jun 22, 1924          Jan 21, 1957
           Mar 31, 1993          Feb 22, 1995
           PFC US ARMY           "In God's Grace"
           WWII

Please leave a comment if you have any corrections or new information on any of these entries. I welcome all input!

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5 Responses to Hinchman Cemetery

  1. Melinda Thompson says:

    Thank you but my great great grandmother Minni Conley Thompson was married to Hugh Thompson

  2. elena Thompson says:

    Im trying to get information on the henchman estate was things ever finalized & disbursement made

  3. Bob Piros says:

    Becky, if you go to http://www.familysearch.org, you will find a Minnie Thompson born in 1902 in Lincoln County WV. She married William Collins in 1926. She is also in the census records. Take care.

  4. BECKY LLOYD says:

    PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY INFO. THEY WERE IN MILTON WEST VIRGINA .

  5. BECKY LLOYD says:

    MY GRANDMOTHERS NAME IS MINNIE E THOMPSON AND SHE MARRIED
    WILLIAM HARVEY COLLINS . HER MOMS NAME FROM WHAT I WAS TOLD IT WAS FANNIE . JUST TRYING TO FIND OUT ANYTHING ABOUT THEM . MY MOMS NAME WAS PANSY LEE COLLINS.

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