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Fairmont in Marion County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Graves of the Pierponts

In Memoriam

 
 
Pierpont Graves Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gena Wagaman, circa March 2010
1. Pierpont Graves Marker
Inscription.  
Francis H. Pierpont, governor of the Restored Government of Virginia and the "Father of West Virginia" died on March 24, 1899. He is buried here with his wife, Julia Augusta Robertson Pierpont. They first met when he interviewed her in 1847 for a governess's position for his neighbor Judge Thomas Haymond. She accepted the position. In 1854, she married Pierpont. Three of their four children also are buried here. The fourth, Mary Augusta, died in Laurel, Maryland, where the family lived while Pierpont served as Virginia's governor in Alexandria. Two West Virginia governors, 113 Civil War veterans, and West Virginia's first state school superintendent are buried elsewhere in the cemetery.

Pierpont and his family returned from Richmond, Virginia to Fairmont and their Quincy Street house in 1868 when his term as governor ended. He resumed his career as an attorney, served in the West Virginia legislature, and taught school for Fairmont's African Americans. Becoming ill in 1896, he lived with his daughter Anna Siviter in Pittsburgh until his death.

Julia Pierpont died in Fairmont on March 25, 1886. While in Richmond, in May 1866
Graves of the Pierponts Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 21, 2014
2. Graves of the Pierponts Marker
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she and her children and several friends cleaned and decorated the neglected graves of Union soldiers in Hollywood Cemetery. In this event and others elsewhere are the origins of our nation's Memorial Day.

On April 20, 1910, during day long ceremonies in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Governor William E. Glasscock presented a statue of Pierpont to the United States Congress. In his presentation address, Glasscock said of Pierpont, "He was the benefactor of Virginia, assisting her... to rise, phoenix-like, from her own ashes. Had there been no restored government [of Virginia], there would have been no State of West Virginia."
 
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesGovernment & PoliticsWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 24, 1899.
 
Location. 39° 29.354′ N, 80° 8.218′ W. Marker is in Fairmont, West Virginia, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of Maple Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue (U.S. 19), on the left when traveling east on Maple Avenue. Located at the entrance to Woodlawn Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 335 Maple Avenue, Fairmont WV 26554, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Veterans' monument Woodlawn Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Gena Wagaman, March 8, 2017
3. Veterans' monument Woodlawn Cemetery
This aspect shows the bronze plaque for the Civil War veterans. There are three other plaques for Revolutionary, WWI and WWII, one on each of the other three sides. A new flagpole and plaque is to the right and behind the monument dedicated to the veterans of all other wars.
walking distance of this marker. Veterans Monument (here, next to this marker); Woodlawn Cemetery Chapel (a few steps from this marker); Woodlawn Cemetery Historic District (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alpheus F. Haymond / Thomas S. Haymond (approx. ¼ mile away); Francis H. Pierpont Home (approx. ¼ mile away); Attack on Fairmont (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fairmont (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fairmont.
 
Also see . . .  Francis H. Pierpont - Encyclopedia Virginia. (Submitted on October 8, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Francis H. Pierpont image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne
4. Francis H. Pierpont
“Governor of Virginia. 1861 to 1865, with state government at Alexandria. Provisional Governor, Appointed by President Johnson, 1865 to 1868.”
from The Soldier in our Civil War Frank Leslie et al., 1893
Grave of Francis Pierpont image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, May 1, 2021
5. Grave of Francis Pierpont
"The Father of West Virginia"
Grave of Julia Augusta Robertson Pierpont image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, May 1, 2021
6. Grave of Julia Augusta Robertson Pierpont
The wife of Francis Pierpont, "She organized our Memorial Day".
Grave of Aretus Brooks Fleming, 8th governor of West Virginia image. Click for full size.
By Gena Wagaman, March 21, 2017
7. Grave of Aretus Brooks Fleming, 8th governor of West Virginia
A. B. Fleming name plate at the base of his obelisk image. Click for full size.
By Gena Wagaman, March 21, 2017
8. A. B. Fleming name plate at the base of his obelisk
Matthew Mansfield Neely, governor and Senator of West Virginia image. Click for full size.
By Gena Wagaman, March 21, 2017
9. Matthew Mansfield Neely, governor and Senator of West Virginia
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2010, by Gena Wagaman of Fairmont, West Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,117 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on May 1, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1. submitted on September 6, 2010, by Gena Wagaman of Fairmont, West Virginia.   2. submitted on June 21, 2014.   3. submitted on March 8, 2017, by Gena Wagaman of Fairmont, West Virginia.   4. submitted on October 1, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5, 6. submitted on May 1, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia.   7, 8, 9. submitted on March 22, 2017, by Gena Wagaman of Fairmont, West Virginia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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