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Shrader Cemetery

                 Directions to this cemetery::
                        The earliest "written in stone" legible death date is 1896.
                                                                                                   The latest death date is 1935.
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                .........SHRADER(Swader) Cemetery, Windmill Gap Mtn., 
                                                                           Coaldale, Mercer County, West Virginia

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.......................from Bluefield, north on Route #52, to Bluewell;
                     .......................from Princeton, west on Route #20, to Bluewell;
                 .......From Bluewell, West Virginia:
                        -----North on Route #52,
                                     past Pinnacle Rock State Park,
                                           down the mountain,
                                                   passing the Bramwell / Simmons / Freeman area;
                        -----in the community of Coaldale,
                                     turn right(north) on Windmill Gap Road,
                                            for about two and one-half miles. 
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                        -----There are no "good" defineable land marks,
                                       that can be described for
reference points. 
                                                Even the local folks do not know about this cemetery, 
                                                       
which dates prior to 1900.
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                    .....This cemetery was visited, once again, in November, 2002,
                                                    by a group of cousins: 
                                     -----Woody and Norma Pigg Duncan, of Princeton, wv
                                              -----Eve Wyesloiff Sheets Welch, of Lexington, NC;
                                                       -----Celeste Davidson Schnabel, of Columbus, OH;
                                              -----Sonny and Betty Auton Farmer Bircham, of Lexington area, NC; and,
                                     -----Arthur L. Davidson, of Columbus, OH.
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                    .....The group project for the day was to:
                                 clean the cemetery;
                                        cut and remove the
underbrush, briers, fallen trees; 
                                                 rake and remove leaves;
                                                         stake and
ribbon the
sunken, un-marked grave sites;
                                                                 take photographs; and,        
                                                                         prepare for another such enjoyment for 2003.
                        
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                           Our discovery, on that 2002 date, is that there may be fifty (50)  grave sites,
                                       possibly more, that are sunken, and do not have markers, or, any type 
                                       of identification.
 
We have family members in some of these
                                       sunken areas. 
                            The vital records reveal that many family members died, in such a short period
                                       of time, often within days or weeks, during the influenza epidemic, of
                                       the 19-teens, and, early 1920's, that the conclusion may be valid, that
                                       the then economic situation, did not have the flexiblility, for such an
                                       outlay of resources, for the cost of placing permanent markers. 
                             Also, there were other family members, that survived, but, were too
                                       incapacitated, at the time of the death of their other family members, that
                                       they could not participate in the burials.
                             After recovery, from this family-break-up disease, and, in subsequent years,
                                       sanity may have insisted that
"it is best to forget".
                       
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                   .....Another cousin, Kenneth Davidson,
                                         of Freeman, West Virginia,
                                                        had a scheduling conflict, and
                                                                        was not able to particpate, 
                                                                                         in this fellowship and activity.
                                                                        Kenneth "found" this cemetery a few years ago; 
                                                        he and his brother, Roger Davidson, 
                                         have
cleared the grave sites of our "written in stone" relatives, 
                                                        on an annual basis, 
                                                                        since
that discovery.
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                         ...........Transcribers of this Shrader Cemetery are:
                                    ............Norma Duncan, of Princeton, WV;
                                    ......................Eve Welch, of Lexington, NC;
                                    ................................ Arthur Davidson, of Columbus, OH.
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