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Parkersburg in Wood County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

Tavenner Cemetery

 
 
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By J. J. Prats, September 28, 2018
1. Tavenner Cemetery Marker
Inscription. To the east of this cemetery, on the banks of the Little Kanawha River, in 1785, Captain James Neal formed the first permanent settlement in Wood County, Virginia. The vast acreage owned by Captain Neal and his son-in-law, Colonel Hugh Phelps, was later transferred to Thomas Tavenner. In Tavenner’s will of 1857,he directed that “two acres and twenty six poles be used as a public burying ground.” Captain Neal died during the “sickly season” of 1821, perhaps becoming the first burial at this site. Thomas Tavenner, Colonel Phelps and his wife Hannah Neal Phelps and other Parkersburg early pioneers are also buried here.
 
Erected 2013 by Capt. Robert Ellyson Chapter of the West Virginia Society of the National Society Colonial Dames XVII Century.
 
Location. 39° 15.291′ N, 81° 33.07′ W. Marker is in Parkersburg, West Virginia, in Wood County. Marker is on Camden Avenue (West Virginia Route 95) east of Hamilton Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Parkersburg WV 26101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Block-House (approx. ¼ mile away); Col. Hugh Phelps (approx. ¼ mile
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By J. J. Prats, September 28, 2018
2. Tavenner Cemetery Marker
away); Neal's Station (approx. ¼ mile away); The Toll House (approx. ¾ mile away); Old Tollgate House (approx. ¾ mile away); Old Turnpikes (approx. ¾ mile away); West Virginia's First Governor / Parkersburg Governors (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wood County Court House (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Parkersburg.
 
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By J. J. Prats, September 28, 2018
3. Tavenner Cemetery Gate
The brown sign reads: “James Neal’s Original Grave. A stone here marks the first resting place of Captain James Neal, the father of Parkersburg, and honors the pioneers who braved the uncertainty of the western frontier to start a new life in this nation, the United States of America. Dedicated May 23, 2010, by the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society as part of the Parkersburg Bicentennial Celebration, 1819-2010. Historic Tavenner Cemetery
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By J. J. Prats, September 28, 2018
4. Tavenner Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 5, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 5, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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