Woodyard Cemetery

Located in Parkersburg, Wood County, W.Va.

Woodyard Cemetery is a small family graveyard located on Franwood Place, off of Packard near 36th Street, north Parkersburg, W.Va. It is the final resting place of members of at least four generations of the pioneer Presley and Ann Woodyard family that settled here in their "forest home" in 1816. The oldest known generation buried there is Presley and Ann's son Harrison Woodyard and his wife Rhoda (first generation). Also buried there are Harrison's son Rev. Richard Lee "Uncle Dick" Woodyard and his wife Julia, and two of Harrison's daughters (second generation), six of the eight children born to Richard and Julia (third generation), and one grandchild of Richard and Julia (fourth generation).

Below is a list of burials, compiled from headstone readings, newspaper obituaries, etc. Each entry contains the following information (if available): decedent's name, date of birth, date of death, parents' names, spouse's name, military service, headstone notation, source notation, and obituary information. The "headstone" or "footstone" notation indicates the presence of a gravestone for that individual as of 2011. The source notations (the numbers following each entry) correspond to the sources used. A complete list of the sources appears at the end of this list.

All remaining gravestones have been photographed and can be viewed here. Names that are underlined are linked to a photo. To see the photo, just click on the name.

Known Burials


1 Some Early City, Village, and County Burying Grounds, by John A. House, “Woodyard Graveyard”
2 Wood County Cemetery Inscriptions, "Woodyard Cemetery," recorded by Mrs. Shirley H. Bee, Chairman, Old Bible and Cemetery Records Committee (Parkersburg, W.Va.: West Augusta Genealogical Society, 1964)
3 Obituary from local newspaper (most obtained through use of Russell Roy's Wood County, West Virginia Obits index)


DSJ = Daily State Journal
PMN = Parkersburg Morning News
PS = Parkersburg Sentinel
PSWS = Parkersburg Semi-Weekly Sentinel
PWS = Parkersburg Weekly Sentinel
WSJ = Weekly State Journal
WVWT = West Virginia Weekly Times