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Old 01-26-2009, 03:58 PM   #143
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Graves of Heroes - Lewis Co.

Located on CR 1 south of Jackson's Mill appx 3 miles at Turnertown. This marker is listed as missing in the WV records, but, as you can see, is present and accounted for. [Edit - Jan 26: Mr Geiger emailed me that this sign was recently replaced - it had been missing for some time] Here's a bit of information about Paulser Butcher copied from the website listed below:

Paulser was born as Balthaser Metzger in Frederick Co., MD. 26 Jan 1753. He was baptised at the Frederick Evangelical Lutheran Church on 3 Mar 1753. He was sponsored by Balthasar Bach and the single daughter Maria Elisabeth Fautin. Paulser or Balser is a nickname of Balthasar for in German "b's" and "p's" are pronounced the same.

He served as a soldier in the Rangers & Spies company which was made up of the best riflemen and outdoorsman. In "Border Settlers of Northwestern VA" pg 445 - stated 20 Dec 1838, = David W. Sleeth of Licking Co.,OH then - "was well spoken of in connection with his testimony for Jacob Bush and perhaps others, and he seemed to stand well with the settlers in general. Mrs. Elizabeth Butcher, John Cutright and Mrs, Phoebe Cunningham testified in behalf of Sleeth. Mrs. Butcher was the widow of Paulcer Butcher, a member of the same company of spies with Sleeth, who was a resident on Leading Creek in Lewis Co., 1834. "

The tombstone in Butcher Cemetery said "born in England". That is wrong.
The will of Pauler was probated Sept court 1832. He 1829 Weston, Lewis Co., WV.
He is buried in Butcherville, near Weston, Lewis, WV. Directions --
"At the corner of Main Ave. and Fourth St. in Weston, Lewis Co., WV, Road (west side of the river going north and numbered County Rt.1) Go to Turnertown. In Turnertown take the first side street to the right, beside Brooks Body Shop. Cross the railroad tracks, continue past the first side street, turn right at the 2nd side street. Proceed on this street until you reach cemetery at the end of the street. There is a parking lot at the cemetery. The cemetery is in good condition and is still being used as a burial ground. It is commonly known as the Butchersille or Butcher Cemetery. In the center, is found one of the oldest stones we have seen so far. It was hand carved fieldstone..." This headstone they are refering to is that of George B. Bush, wo was said to be related to Paulser's wife, Elizabeth Bush. The little diagram of this says "Died George B. Bush in the 107th year of his age Febry 17, 1813."
There is a little community of houses in Butchersville and border the cemetery. It is a very old cemetery but there are some much newer graves in it. It is said that if you don't have directions to this cemetery, you never would find it.
There is a star on the headstone of Paulser's grave and it is believed that was done to all who were veterans of our wars. Adam Flesher, neighbor and son of Paulser's closest friend was honored with a DAR marker on his grave in the Butcher cemetery in Turnertown, Lewis Co., WV. They lived on the West Fork River at the mouth of Stone Coal Creek.. This includes much of the town of Weston today. In those days, there were forts every ten or twenty miles because of the Indian problem. This Butcher cemetery is also called Riverside and is right off of Old Mill Road. See picture in the scrapbook of that cemetery.

Prior notes from website:

Historical Marker located on CR 1 appx 3 miles south of Jackson's Mill. From Rt 19, go past the Historic Jackson's Mill area to the end of the road (1/2 mile). Turn left (south) on CR 1.

Located on a nice County Road with lots of houses and driveways. Watch for vehicles entering/exiting road. The marker is located on a wooded hillside.

The road up the hill to the cemetery was a sheet of ice. Not today, folks. It's a good excuse to ride back down here in the spring.
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