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Ansted in Fayette County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)

Westlake Cemetery

Burial Place of Julia Jackson

Westlake Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 3, 2012
1. Westlake Cemetery Marker
This is one of the earliest identified cemeteries west of the Allegheny Mountains. William Tyree, owner of nearby Tyree Tavern, and Confederate Col. George W. Imboden, brother of Gen. John D. Imboden, are buried here. The cemetery is best known, however, for the grave of Julia Beckwith Neale Jackson Woodson, the mother of Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. She was born on February 28, 1798, in Loudoun County, Virginia, and moved with her family two years later to the Parkersburg vicinity. She married Jonathan Jackson, an attorney, on September 28, 1817, and the couple had four children, including Thomas Jonathan Jackson born on January 21, 1824. Jonathan Jackson died two years later, deeply in debt, leaving his family destitute.

On November 4, 1830, Julia Jackson married Blake G. Woodson, a man fifteen years her senior, who in 1831 became the court clerk of newly created Fayette County. Mired in poverty despite his position, he resented his stepchildren. When Julia Woodson’s health began to fail in 1831, she sent her children to live with relatives, and Thomas J. Jackson moved to Jackson’s Mill in Lewis County. He returned
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here once, in the autumn of 1831, to see his mother shortly before she died.

The exact date of Julia Woodson’s death is uncertain. Her tombstone, erected many years later, states that she died in September 1831. She gave birth to a son, however, on October 7, and other documentary evidence points to a death date of December 4, 1831. A wooden headboard or footboard once marked the site, but by 1855 it had disappeared.

> In August 1855, Thomas J. Jackson, later famous as Stonewall, came here in hopes of finding his mother's grave. He stayed at Tyree Tavern, and William Tyree escorted him here. Jackson wrote: "[Tyree] was at my mother's burial and accompanied me to the cemetery for the purpose of pointing out her grave, but I am not certain that he found it. There was no stone to mark the spot. Another gentileman, who had the kindness to go with us, state that a wooden head or foot board with her name on it had been put up, but it was no longer there." Years later, Capt. Thomas R. Ranson, formerly in Jackson's brigade, erected a marker for Julia Jackson.
Erected by West Virginia Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the West Virginia Civil War Trails series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1854.
Westlake Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 3, 2012
2. Westlake Cemetery Marker
38° 8.226′ N, 81° 5.892′ W. Marker is in Ansted, West Virginia, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of Cemetery Street and Clay Street on Cemetery Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ansted WV 25812, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jackson's Mother (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); New Haven Veterans' Memorial (about 500 feet away); History Around the Cupola (about 600 feet away); Hawks Nest Strike (about 600 feet away); Hawk's Nest Tunnel Disaster (about 600 feet away); William Nelson Page (about 600 feet away); Did You Know? (about 600 feet away); Tyree Tavern (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ansted.
Westlake Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, August 3, 2012
3. Westlake Cemetery Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,031 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on May 15, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2012, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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