Tuesday, May 28, 2019

52 Ancestors - AT THE CEMETERY: Jollett Cemetery

You’ve heard of “Throwback Thursday.” Consider this “Throwback Month.” While on vacation, it is impossible to do new research and post fresh stories, so for now, please enjoy a “throwback” from 2012.

The Jollett Cemetery is located on a hill
Jollett Cemetery on the hill
photo courtesy of Lois Emswiler
behind the Jollett United Methodist Church in Jollett Hollow in Page County, Virginia. 

Before I started my research on the Jollett family, I always assumed this is where the bulk of my ancestors were buried. After all, Fielding Jollett lived along Naked Creek from 1822 until he was too old to live alone sometime after 1870. He owned land there and sold it to his children. This was the stomping grounds of MY line. The area was named for them. It stands to reason they’d die and be buried there, right?

As it turns out, most of my ancestors through my great-great grandfather James Franklin Jollett are not buried in the Jollett Cemetery at all, rather in Coverstone Cemetery in Shenandoah, Virginia. James Franklin himself is in a church cemetery in Augusta County. The few Jolletts who are in the Jollett Cemetery are actually the family of James Franklin’s brother John Wesley Jollett.      

The land where the church and cemetery are located originally belonged to Revolutionary War veteran Jacob Smith and his wife Winna. Upon their deaths the land went to their youngest son Gabriel Smith. Then in 1866, Gabriel’s widow sold the land to John Wesley Jollett who had married Sarah Elizabeth Smith, Jacob and Winna’s great granddaughter.

John Wesley Jollett was a much loved Methodist minister. He gave the land for the church and the cemetery to the Methodist Conference. While the area bears his name, there are only three tombstones with the name Jollett.

Sarah E. wife of

Rev. J. W. Jollett
Died Jan 30 1917
Aged 82 Yrs
8 M and 8 DS

Rev. J. W. Jollett
Died Oct 18 1916
Aged 84 yrs
6 M and 12 DS

Precious in the sight of the Lord is
the death of His saint

John and Sarah’s two daughters are there as well, but only one son is buried in the Jollett Cemetery.
Hiram Frank Meadows is buried between his two wives.
"We will meet again"

To the Memory
Artubine J.
Son of John and
Jollett born
Dec the 16th 1853
and died Oct 27
th 1862 aged 8
years, 10 months,
and 11 days

Most of the graves in the Jollett Cemetery are of descendants of Jacob and Winna Smith. 
Love this view!
A bit of the Jollett United Methodist Church
is visible through the trees.
Except for paved roads and more modern brick houses, this rural area probably looks much like it did in the 1800s. 

Amy Johnson Crow continues to challenge genealogy bloggers and non-bloggers alike to think about our ancestors and share a story or photo about them. The challenge is “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.

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  1. I have a similar cemetery in my family. The Bean Burying Ground, now Lakeview Cemetery in Hatley, Quebec contains surprisingly few Beans although several collateral ancestors even though it was carved out of my ancestor Bean's farm. The Reverend has a very cool looking monument.

  2. That is a beautiful view! A very peaceful resting area. It is interesting that included on the tombstones were how many years, months and days they had lived. I hadn't seen that before.


  3. Great to see a "family" cemetery, though they were distant relations. It's an interesting thing that people didn't have their birth dates on their tombstones, but how many days/months/years they'd lived, so it could be figured out. I wonder why they did that!