View of Weir Cemetery from Memphis Road; taken 04/05/98. The cemetery had not been cut or mowed for some time.
Bill Smith, Union Township Trustee, has taken an important first step in getting the weeds cut back at Weir Cemetery; taken 08/02/98.
This cemetery is located on Memphis
Road, 1-1/4 miles southeast of Memphis, Indiana, on top of Deuser Hill,
on the west side of the road. It is adjacent to property addressed as 11512
Memphis-Charlestown Road. Latitude N 38º 28.307', longitude
W 085º 44.67'. Click here
for a topographical map showing the location of Weir Cemetery in the NE
1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 186, on the west side of the road. (Note
the cemetery notation under below the "EM" in the name "Memphis
Road" on the topographical map.)
Union Township Trustee Bill Stewart, CCCPC Union Township Captain Nancy Monroe, Kathie Danner, Paul and Pat Coffman flank the concrete tree stump stone of Richard Meloy (1831-1895) in the recently cleared Weir Cemetery.
The change at Weir Cemetery is most dramatic and we are encouraged at the possibility of eventually restoring this site in cooperation with Mr. Stewart.
Previously unindexed stone, found after August 1998 clearing of site; first name "Cyrus"
One unique aspect of Weir Cemetery
is that it is not only
bi-racial but is believed to be tri-racial.
There is a White section in the front of the cemetery, with the Black section
behind that and, many believe, there is a Native American section in the
back end of the cemetery. Of course, since Native American graves
are usually unmarked in what we consider the "usual" sense, it would be
difficult to prove or disprove this claim.
Concrete "Tree Trunk" marker of Richard Meloy (1831-1895)
Weir Cemetery on 8/2/98 after initial cleaning under the auspicies of Bill Stewart, Union Township Trustee
Weir Cemetery in 1997; since restored
|The index below was done on 10/08/1979
by Kenneth G. Wilcox and was found at the Jeffersonville Library. Mr. Wilcox
estimates there are about 50 graves total and that it was at that time
"very over grown with trees and weeds".
In the Spring of 1998, the condition of the site had not improved at all, though several groups of volunteers have cleaned it from time to time over the years. (See photo at left of Ruth Dawson's overrun grave before the Summer 1998 cleanup was started.)
We first visited Weir Cemetery on Memorial Day 1997 and found that it had not been mowed at all during 1997. It remained "very over grown" in the Spring and early Summer of 1998. But in July 1998, the Township Trustee took an important first step by getting a crew of inmates from the Clark Co. Jail in there to cut back the weeds. Much, much more remains to be done, but one can at least get inside the cemetery now. Most of the standing stones are now visible. Thank you, Mr. Stewart and thank you, Sheriff Mike Becher.
We visited Weir Cemetery on November 4, 2000 and found it to be in remarkably good condition, especially considering its terrible condition just a few years earlier.
|BIBBS Adaline No dates No dates|
|BIBBS Emma No dates No dates|
Martha, wife of James
Buchanan, aged 61 yr.,
8 days; "Gone home" b. ???? d. 12/27/1862
Arthur (son of J. D.
and H. BUTNER) b. 1882 d. 1882
Elizabeth (wife of
John; broken stone) b. 10/12/1796 d. 10/15/1859
NOTE: On 11/04/2000, this stone was badly broken and largely undecipherable.
No dates No dates
with initials "R. D."]
Alf'd (Co. A, 119th [or 113th]
"U.S. Colored Troops",
Civil War Veteran) No dates No dates
|HEAD Capitolia Lucile b. 06/11/1905 d. 09/06/1919|
|HEAD William Hobart b. 07/08/1896 d. 05/06/1897|
Harriet F. (wife of
Richard) b. 05/08/1830 d. 03/30/1913
Babies' stone; badly worn; appears to read:
Martha -- born and died 02/21/1857
I. O. Leona (daughter
of R. & H. F. Meloy;
age 4 yrs, 13 days) b. 12/17/1876 d. 12/30/1880
Inscription: "A light is from our household gone. A voice we loved is stilled. A place is vacant at our hearth. Which never can be filled."
|MELOY Richard b. 01/23/1831 d. 06/02/1895|
Ida, daughter of R. & b. 09/__/1871 d. 10/23/1871
H. F. Meloy, age 30 days
Matilda (wife of John) b. 09/26/1834 d. 12/07/1896
(shared stone with husband)
John (same stone as
Matilda) b. 02/18/1819 d. ????
Katharine Schumacher, wife of
Fred Scholl; age 84) b. ???? d. 09/1859
|Stone not found
Barbara George (1st
wife of T. T.; daughter
of Adam George and
Nancy _________) b. 1845 d. circa 1870s
Cyrus ______? (perhaps
Weir); "son of J. & E."
(perhaps John & Eliza Weir);
rest of stone is missing
Weir; top of stone is
missing); could be the
remainder of Cyrus'
stone Only date: 10/15 or 13/1856
Eliza J. McCormick (wife
of John Y. Weir) b. 01/20/1814 d. 06/14/1879
Similar inscription as on John Y. Weir's grave:
John Y. (son of
Robert; husband of
Eliza McCormick) b. 06/21/1814 d. ????
Inscription from John Y. Weir's stone:
[NOTE FROM LOIS: I can't determine if the last line is part of the inscription or a description of the condition of this marker. I didn't get this inscription transcribed on 11/4/2000.]"Sleep on dear father, sleep. Your family mourns your loss. Around the silent grave to weep, All covered over with grass."
Mary M. (wife of
Melvin) b. 1839 d. 1917
Melvin (son of John,
husband of Mary M.) b. 1838 d. 1908
Mollie (near the stones
of Mary and Melvin) No dates No dates
Inscription from index: "Little Mollie Weir lieth here."
Robert (husband of
Sarah; age 74) b. 06/02/1769 d. 09/22/1843
Inscription from monument: "They lived together a happy life for over 50 years and died within a few hours of each other and now rest here waiting the Resurrection."Note from index: "Robert Weir and Sarah McCampbell were married in Rockbridge Co., Virginia on May 9, 1792."
Sarah (wife of Robert;
age 73) b. 03/21/1770 d. 09/21/1843
Inscription from backside of their monument: "In memory of Grand Father and Mother by Merrill A. Weir"
Sarah M. (2nd wife of
Travanian T. Weir;
daughter of Joseph
Carr and Mary Woodson) b. 1845 d. 05/19/1911
Travanian T. (son of b. 1840
B. D. or R. D. (roughly
etched on small stone) No dates No dates
Gracie B. (daughter of
A. D. and L.) b. 11/06/1886 d. 10/31/1895
Inscription: "Beautiful, loved, she was but given a fair bud to earth to blossom in heaven."
Samuel (consort of J. A.
Wilson; 76 years) b. circa 1808 d. 10/23/1874
John (son of L. T. &
T. A.) b. 07/18/1872 d. 07/07/1873
Inscription: "We loved the tender little one. And would have wished his stay. But let our Father's will be done. He shines in endless day."
|Unknown burial, unexplained large flat stone, buried just below the surface; could have been a base for a large monument, but no sign of one found nearby.|
Row 1, Grave 1
Robert WEIR and Sarah McCAMPBELL WEIR, with footstones
Row 1, Grave 2 Footstone for J. Y. M.
Row 1, Grave 3 Unknown, unexplained large flat stone, buried just below the surface
Row 1, Grave 4 Catherine SCHUMACHER SCHOLL
Row 1, Grave 5 Footstone for R. J. W., F. J. W. or E. J. W.
Row 2, Grave 1
Row 2, Grave 2 Field stone
Row 2, Grave 3 Broken stone; Cyrus ________ (perhaps WEIR)
Row 2, Grave 4 Field stone
Row 2, Grave 5 Eliza J. WEIR
Row 2, Grave 6 Broken stone; unknown; death date of 10/15 or 13/1856
Row 2, Grave 7 Field stone
Row 2, Grave 8 Mary M. WEIR
Row 2, Grave 9 Melvin WEIR
Row 2, Grave 10 Broken stone; all that remains is "Lieth Here"; probably Molly WEIR
Row 2 Gap
Row 2 Sunken grave (double)
Row 3, Grave 1
Row 3, Grave 2 Martha and Dezihia MELOY (babies)
Row 3, Grave 3 Field stone
Row 3 Gap
Row 3, Grave 4 Depression
Row 3, Grave 5 Field stone
Row 4, Grave 1
I. O. Leona MELOY
Row 4, Grave 2 Richard MELOY and Harriet F. MELOY
Row 4, Grave 3 Field stone
Row 4 Gap
Row 4, Grave 4 Arthur BUTNER
Row 4, Grave 5 John WOODYARD
Row 5, Grave 1
Row 5, Grave 2 Elizabeth COTTER
Row 5 Gap
Row 5, Grave 3 Matilda RIALL
Row 5, Grave 4 John RIALL
Row 5 Gap
Row 5, Grave 5 Field stone
Row 6, Grave 1 Gracie B. WILSON
Row 7, Grave 1
Row 7, Grave 2 Depression
Row 7, Grave 3 Depression
Row 7, Grave 4 Field stone
Row 7 Gap
Row 7, Grave 5 Samuel Wilson
Row 7, Grave 6 Possible depression
Row 8, Grave 1 Depression
Row 8, Grave 2 Illegible marker
Row 8, Grave 3 Illegible marker
Row 8, Grave 4 Illegible marker
Row 9, Grave 1 Field stone
Row 9, Grave 2 Field stone and depression
Row 9, Grave 3 Field stone and depression
Row 9 More depressions
Row 10, Grave 1
Row 10, Grave 2 Field stone
Row 10, Grave 3 Field stone
Row 10, Grave 4 Alfred EBEN (U.S. Colored Troops, Civil War)
Row 10, Grave 5 Depression
Row 10, Grave 6 Field stone
Row 10, Grave 7 Field stone and depression
Row 10, Grave 8 Field stone and depression
Row 10 Gap
Row 10, Grave 9 Field stone
Row 11, Grave 1
Row 11, Grave 2 Emma BIBBS
Row 11, Grave 3 Unmarked stone; most of stone buried; it was excavated and is blank
Row 11 Gap
Row 11, Grave 4 Field stone
Row 11, Grave 5 Depression
Row 11 Gap
Row 11, Grave 6 Capitolia Lucile HEAD
Row 11, Grave 7 William Hobart HEAD
Row 11 Gap
Row 11, Grave 8 Ruth DAWSON
Row 11, Grave 9 Depression
Row 12, Grave 1 Field stone
Row 12 Gap
Row 12, Grave 2 Depression
WEIR, Ann Gilmore TEEL, Benjamin V. M. 14-Oct-1819 WEIR, Caesar PATTON, Mary 11-Jul-1838 WEIR, David TOWNSEND, Ann Eliza 31-Dec-1826 WEIR, Eleanor MILLER, Jesse R. 24-Nov-1836 WEIR, Elizabeth CHAPMAN, William 08-Apr-1825 WEIR, Hannah E. TEEPLE, John P. 19-Jan-1833 WEIR, James OWEN, Lucy 24-Feb-1831 WEIR, Jane CARR, Absalom 28-Oct-1812 WEIR, John Young McCORMICK, Eliza Jane 02-Jan-1833 WEIR, Mary HARROD, Samuel 19-Dec-1814 WEIR, Milton EPLER, Sarah 31-Jan-1829 WEIR, Nancy HESTER, William A. 17-Feb-1831 WEIR, Sarah MOORE, Samuel 20-Oct-1817The following is from the 1820 Clark County, Indiana Census and may be useful to those researching the Weir/Wier line:
Wier, James CHARLESTOWN TWP Page 018 Wier, James CHARLESTOWN TWP Page 038 Wier, James, Jr. CHARLESTOWN TWP Page 018 Wier, Robert CHARLESTOWN TWP Page 018
And in the 1860 Clark County, Indiana Census, we find:
Page 618 WEIR, James A. 40 - Sarah E. 26 - Sarah C. 7 - Rebecca J. 4 - James H. 1 - Winnie 70 (born in VA) Page 698 WEIR, George C. 27 - Elizabeth 22 - Alonzo G. 5 - Viola 3 Page 584 WEIR, John Y. 46 - Eliza 46 (born in VA) - Trevanion 19 (male) - David 14 - James 12 - William 7 - Andrew 5 Page 585 WEIR, Melvin 22 - Mary 22 - Mary 1 Page 930 WEIR, Sarah 12; in the household of HILL, Elliott 57 (born in PA) - Mary 52 (born in VA) - PATTERSON, Mary 83 (born in VA)I have no further information on this cemetery. This index was obtained from the Jeffersonville Township Public Library, 211 East Court Avenue, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130, telephone: (812) 285-5635.
E-mail: Dee Pavey
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