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Woods Cemetery - Cowen, WV
Cowen, WV

Directions: Located three and one-half miles south of Cowen on WV Rt. 20. A large white sign is posted at the entrance to a dirt road which turns to the right off Rt. 20. The sign reads "Woods Cemetery." The cemetery is located one -half mile north on this dirt road at the top of a hill. there is a left-hand turnoff to the cemetery which is clearly visible from the road as one nears the top of the hill. The cemetery is fenced, well-maintained and is accessible throughout the year

Located up Dry Branch (AKA Dry Bread) near Halo about five miles out of Cowen towards Erbacon. Go up Dry Branch about one mile there is a barely visible road behind the next to last house (house currently belongs to  George and Elaine Mick). Cemetery is on top of mountain at end of road,  possible access by 4 wheel drive vehicle. Cemetery is well maintained.

Nancy Hall
Edward H. Wise

ROW 1 starting on left, front of cemetery

Harry G. Woods Nov 25 1910 Apr 17 1974

Effie May Woods Nov 5 1878 Aug 6 1955

Robert Lee Woods 1876 1963

There are several home made markers made by cutting stone in rough shape of rectangle with oval top then carving letters into the face of the stone, then either whitewashed or painted. Every stone containing the letter 'S' has that letter carved backward. There are also small homemade rectangular markers at the foot of each of these graves.

Cerilla Miller born 1830 died 1910

Samuel C. Miller born 1828 died 1913


Large Marker reading simply WOODS and at the foot of the two graves are two smaller stone markers reading Fannie May Woods Mar 2 1927 Dec 9 1999 Jesse Martin Woods July 23 1915 Dec 31 1999

Double stone WOODS Clinton Elihu Dec 23 1886 Jan 21 1970 Elizabeth Hamrick Sept 27 1895 July 28 1978

(more home made markers same as above)

Martha Woods Born 1890 died 1896

J. H. Woods Age 39 born 1852 died 1891

Fanny Woods Age 84 born 1853 died 1937

Henry H. Woods born 1891 died 1891


Two unmarked graves

Triple stone MCELWAIN Elizabeth A 1855 1892 William D. 1852 1950 Martha C 1860 1904

unmarked grave footstone contains initials E M E

G.L Wain Dec 23 1877 Mar 9 1896

Two unmarked Graves


Base of stone reads WAIN, top of stone missing, foot stone intitials read M D W

Triple Stone MCELWAIN Stella T. 1892 1980 A. Floyd 1885 1982 Blanche B. 1884 1914

Helen Mcelwain 1926 1977

According to the neighbor there are several more graves marked by rocks in the underbrush off to the side of this cemetery.  Before his death Floyd McElwain (always used the last name Wayne or Wain during his life) wrote out a list of all the people buried in this cemetery at that
time.  The list was once in the possession of George and Elain Mick, but is currently missing.

HOLCOMB CEMETERY read Spring 2000 by Michael Henline

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