HIETT (Jonathan) Graveyard,
between Pleasant Dale and North River Mills, WV.
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Located at North River is in the vicinity of Maud Pugh's ancestral home, about equidistant from Rt. 50 and Rt 29 (Augusta to Slanesville Rd). This is a large graveyard, with most stones well-inscribed, some in script by artist Aaron Malick (1801-1895). The cast iron fence at Hiett's was the same fence that surrounded the Hampshire County Court House until about 1926. You must take care in climbing to reach this cemetery.
A metal fence surrounds the graveyard. It was stated that the fence came from the courthouse grounds in Romney, when the courthouse was rebuilt during the 1920s. All visible tombstone inscriptions are included below:
Jonathan Hiett: son of Evan and Sarah (Smith) Hiett, was born on Feb. 13, 1781, and died on Dec. 5, 1861, aged 80 years, 9 months, 22 days. His wife, Hannah Harrison, was born in 1789 and died on Oct. 14, 1866.
Jane Hiett: daughter of Jonathan and Hannah (Harrison) Hiett, born on Dec. 10, 1813 and died on Nov. 5, 1853. She married Wesley Park and, according to Maud Pugh, in Capon Valley..., Park died out west and Jane returned to Hampshire County, where she died and was buried in the Jonathan Hiett graveyard on North River, Hampshire County, Va.
Jonathan Hiett, Jr.: was born on Sept. 10, 1822 and died on March 7, 1907, of "old age," according to courthouse death record. He was born in Hampshire County. Dr. E. B. Martin reported his death to the Hampshire County Clerk. (Note: These dates should be checked against other sources.) Maud Pugh, in her Capon Valley..., stated that his parents were Jonathan and Hannah (Harrison) Hiett, and that Jonathan, Jr. died on March 7, 1902. Jonathan's tombstone appears to give 1907 as the death year. His wife, Mary M. Arnold of Burlington, W.Va., was born on Dec. 2, 1837 and died in 1921.
Sarah Hiett: daughter of Jonathan and Hannah (Harrison) Hiett, died on March 4, 1900, aged 83 years and 17 days, "Gone but not forgotten."
Margaret Hiett: daughter of Jonathan and Hannah (Harrison) Hiett, died on July 27, 1887, aged 74 years, 4 months, 14 days.
Infant Hiett: was born and died on Aug. 1, 1831.
Jeremiah Hiett: son of Jonathan and Hannah (Harrison) Hiett, was born on Nov. 8, 1829 and died on Oct. 9, 1893. His wife, Emily S. Burkett, was born on Sept. 18, 1830 and died on Feb. 21, 1896. The graveyard where they were buried was called 'the Jerry Hiett graveyard,' by Maud Pugh, local historian.
Evan Hiett: son of Jonathan and Hannah (Harrison) Hiett, was born on March 5, 1808 and died May 9, 1887. His wife, Barbara Wise, was born on Aug. 15, 1806 and died July 6, 1858. These inscriptions were carved onto the same monument: Hannah J. Hiett, was born on April 12, 1850 and died in Nov. 1861; William Wise Hiett was born on March 15, 1845 and died on Dec. 25, 1861; Elizabeth Hiett was born on May 28, 1838 and died on Jan. 27, 1862 and; Jonathan Hiett was born on June 8, 1838 and died on Sept. 16, 1840. [Note: Miss Maud Pugh did not mention Jonathan, who should have been listed on page 107 in Volume II of Capon Valley.]
Eli Delaplane: was born on Oct. 1, 1792 and died on Nov. 3, 1878, in Hampshire County, W.Va., aged 86 years, 1 month and 2 days. His funeral text was from Isaiah, chapter 10 or 40. According to a military pension record in the National Archives (War of 1812), Eli married: (1) Elizabeth Kurtz and (2) Emily Smith, daughter of Jacob and Rachel (Rhinehart) Smith, on Oct. 27, 1846. She was born on June 15, 1818 and died at Slanesville, W.Va., on Sept. 27, 1905.
Wesley Smith: son of Jacob and Rachel (Rhinehart) Smith, was born on Oct. 24, 1829 and died on Sept. 8, 1904, aged 74 years, 10 months, 14 days. Mary Moreland, daughter of Basil Moreland, died on Feb. 3, 1899, aged 70 years, 10 months, 17 days. [Note: I believe this Basil Moreland is the one who owned what later became the Frederick Kump place, now owned by the Gilson family. This Basil allegedly fell off a cliff into North River near the mill, about 1846. He left a number of small Moreland surviving children, according to the 1850 census.]
James W. Smith: son of Wesley and Mary (Moreland) Smith, died on April 9, 1891. Miss Maud Pugh stated that he was a young person when he died.
Bethuel Pugh: was born circa 1740 and died in 1822. His stone is not inscribed. Aaron Malick stated that he dug this grave in 1822, as told to Asa Hiett, according to Miss Maud Pugh. Bethuel married a Miss Tansy, and they were buried together. Miss Pugh believed that Bethuel Pugh was a son of John Pugh I, but proof was not supplied. [Note: I have often wondered whether the name Bethuel was from an old Quaker surname that was more commonly spelled Bethel. One George Bethel died in Park's Valley in 1812, and was buried there in the Quaker graveyard, grave unmarked.]
Matilda Roomsburg: wife of George W. Roomsburg, 1853-1884, "Gone but not forgotten."
John Stewart: was born on Jan. 1, 1812, and departed this life A.D. 1862. Probably his wife, Lucinda Wolford, was buried adjacently, marked by an uninscribed fieldstone.
Information supplied for this cemetery: Credited: Historical Records of Old Frederick and Hampshire Counties, Virginia by Wilmer L. Kerns, (Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, Inc.), 1992, pp. 68-69.