Joshua Williamson Family Cemetery

Also known as Hays - Williamson Cemetery

Friendly, Tyler County, West Virginia, USA
Memorials 16 added (63% photographed)

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This family cemetery is located 1 mile north of Friendly on the east side of Route 2, on a farm that probably originally belonged to Thomas Moses Williamson (1786 - 1860) and then to his son Joshua R. Williamson (1836 - 1918). The farm was inherited by Joshua's daughter Nancy 'Nannie' Georgian (Williamson) Murrey (1867 – 1931) and her husband Charles Albert Murrey (1872 – 1957). It was later inherited by their daughter Gladys M. Murrey (1904 - 1999). The cemetery sits beside a pond behind the homes on Rt. 2.

The Hays and the Williamsons were neighbors and lived on the West Virginia shore of the Ohio River, adjacent to Mill Creek Island. The Hays family operated a ferry from West Virginia (Hays Landing) to Matamoras, Ohio and probably also farmed. The Williamsons were farmers. The families became linked when Nancy Hays (1820 – 1913) married William Williamson (1817 – 1897). Nancy was the daughter of Adam Hays (1775 – 1862) and Elizabeth (Poole) Hays (1795 – 1845). William was the son of James Williamson (1780 – 1855) and Margaret (Ball) Williamson (1790 – 1865).

West Virginia Vital Records (WVVR) variously indicate burials here as "family grave-yard on farm", "Williamson Cemetery", "Hays Cemetery", etc. Headstones in the cemetery are also cataloged on this website: The location of the cemetery also comes from that site. There it is referred to as the Hays - Williamson Cemetery. The main index page for that site is:

and it has links to many burials in Tyler County not yet cataloged on Find a Grave. Thanks to Gary Patterson for visiting the site and publishing his research.

If you visit this cemetery I hope you will share your photos.

** To avoid confusion, please be aware of the separate Fairview (Williamson) Cemetery at Friendly. David Smythers Williamson and his family are buried there. David was an older brother of Joshua R. Williamson.


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GPS Coordinates: 39.5255, -81.04603

  • Added: 6 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2383531