Jimtown is located in Roaring Creek District of Randolph County on present day Country Route 151, (formerly U.S. Route 33), about seven miles west of Elkins, West Virginia. Jimtown was formerly known as Fair Hope for the one room school (late 1800s - c.1952) which was located at the present day intersection of Fair Hope, Findley, and Yeager roads. It was named for James Jefferson "Squire Jim" Phillips (1855-1937), a farmer who served as a Justice of the Peace for Roaring Creek District and whose family owned a majority of the land that now encompasses the community.
The Phillips Chapel United Methodist Church is the center of the community. The congregation was organized in the early 1940s by Rev. Meade Gutshall and local families. Services were held outdoors, weather permitting. A church was finally constructed in 1951 with the help of many residents of the community who pulled together the funds and their own labor to complete the building. The land on which the church stands was sold to the congregation by the Midland Corporation, aka the West Virginia Coal and Coke Company, for the sum of $1.00 in 1945. Many family reunions and civic groups utilize the church's adjacent park and pavilion.
The Phillips Cemetery was established by the Moses J. Phillips family around the 1870s as a burial ground for the poor and indigent. Civil War veteran, farmer, and coal miner Moses J. Phillips served as a county Overseer of the Poor from 1872 through 1877. The oldest known grave is that of War of 1812 veteran Dudley A. Gibson, which dates back to the year of 1873. Both Union and Confederate veterans of the Civil War are buried there. Many Phillips family descendants, as well as residents of Jimtown, are also resting there.
Historical Marker - Side #1 - Located on CR 151 (Old Rt 33) in Jimtown WV.
GPS: Lat 38.915607 Lon -80.001147
Historical Marker - Side #2. Being the curious type, I wanted to find the Phillips Cemetery and visit Private Gibson's grave.
View northeast on CR 151 (Old Rt 33) towards Norton.
View southwest on CR 151 (Old Rt 33) towards Buckhannon.
The Phillips Cemetery is ahead about 200 meters, then right another 200 meters.
Phillips Cemetery located on Jimtown Road about 300 meters (as the crow flies) south-west of the marker.
GPS: Lat 38.915565 Lon -80.003689
Cemetery has many veterans' graves - well marked.
After a little searching, I found the grave of Private Dudley Gibson.
Closeup of Private Dudley Gibson's grave marker.