Doors to the Past
Clay (Jim) Cemetery
JIM CLAY CEMETERY
Clay (Jim) Detail List
Latitude: N 38° 17.297
From Barboursville take Alt. 10 and Rt.10 till you come to Upper Heath Creek Rd. (7.6 miles). Turn Right onto this road and go to the crossroads (3.1 miles). Turn Left onto this road and go to the next crossroads (0.8miles). Do not turn at this road. Keep going straight up this road (Bowen Cr. Rd.) Go 1.2 mile. You will come to a gate on your Right. Go through this gate and cross the creek and go up to the barn. The Cemetery is up the hill to the Right of the barn. It is on the 3rd. flat (Bench) on the hill. You will have to climb the hill to the Cemetery. It is best to take the old road behind the barn to the Cemetery. The Cemetery is fenced but is overgrown with brush.
James Clay / Wesley Cremeans Family Cemetery
Bowen Creek Road on the hill directly behind the former Carmell Adkins residence
On October 30 2006 Barry Huffstutler and Ed Prichard visited this cemetery and the following was observed:
The cemetery is wedge shaped with an average of 4-5 graves to a row surrounded by barbwire. There were 44 + recognizable graves, most marked with fieldstones.
Legible markers of James Clay, Wesley Cremeans, Mahala Cremeans, Arminty Debar, Hirum Cremeans and Maud Adkins
The James Clay or "Jim Clay" Cemetery is located on a hillside overlooking Bowen Creek Road in Cabell Co WV. It is also the family cemetery of Wesley and Mahalia Frances Jefferson Cremeans. The Clay and Cremeans homesteads were located on opposite sides of Bowen Creek Road. It is known as the "Jim Clay" because at one time his was the oldest legible marker in the cemetery. James Clay was born in 1843 ( wife Cintha, b 1836)) and had one son, Burton born in 1870. This is according to the 1880 Cabell County Census of the McComas District. Several Cremeans children are proven or suspected of being buried in this cemetery. The 1934 Cabell Co death certificate for Typhus Cremeans lists his burial place a Bowen. This may be the Jim Clay / Wesley Cremeans Family Cemetery on Bowen Creek, Cabell Co WV. Prichard family history states the Mary Elizabeth Cremeans Prichard, Ella, d/o Wesley and Mahalia was buried in the Jim Clay Cemetery with her two dead paternal twins, Golden and Goldie, between her legs.
James Clay and Wesley Cremeans Sr. were found on the same page of the 1880 Cabell Co, McComas Dist. Census!!! (page 127a)
Location: 2nd. Row - 3rd. Grave
Maud Prichard Adkins, was born January 12 1890. She was the first child of William Prichard and Mary "Ella" Cremeans. She was the wife of Lloyd Adkins, son of Andrew G. Adkins and Alafair. Lloyd lived on Hickory Ridge and Maud lived on Stringtown Hollow which heads on Hickory Ridge. Maud died March 14 1918 and was buried in her mother's family cemetery, The Jim Clay Cemetery.
Source: Ed Prichard
Location: 3rd. Row - 5th. Grave
Note: This grave is marked with a Medal
Hiram or Hirum Nickname was "Sonny"
Location: 5th. Row - 5th. Grave
Location: 1st. Row - 2nd. Grave
Location: 1st. Row - 3rd. Grave
Note: This stone is old and very hard to read.
Location: 5th. Row - 1st. Grave
Note: From the Cabell Co. Death
Other Possible Burials:
Clay, Burton G. (mar 1870 - 17 Aug 1897)
Unmarked Graves (Rocks)
Cremeans, Minnie Booth (02-27-1884
Cremeans, Typhus (Type) --
(Aug. 1878 -- 06-24-1934)
Cremeans, Joseph -- (Died Jan.
18 1922 -- Age:74)
Cremeans, Glen -- s/o Hirum
Note: The below info was sent in by Ed Prichard
believe that Arminta DeBar was Minta Cremeans B 1837
Joseph, (also burried in Jim Clay), was f/o Hirum Geter Cremeans,
h/o Kate Cremeans, d/o Wesley!!
All this is substantiated with the census.