First Street Cemetery, Moundsville
Backstory and Context
In 1899, the remains of 19 Civil War soldiers were transferred from this cemetery to the veteran's section of Moundsville's Mount Rose Cemetery. In 1904, some additional remains were moved from this cemetery to Mount Rose in order to accommodate widening the town's main road (Rt. 250).
In the early 20th century the cemetery was neglected and it
took a considerable community effort in the 1910s and again in the 1930s to
take inventory of the stones and restore the cemetery. The cemetery is now under the care
of two Moundsville United Methodist churches: Simpson, which pays for the insurance,
and Calvary, which takes care of the maintenance.
Among the influential citizens buried at First Street Cemetery include members of the Purdy family, the owners of the original town plot. Members of the McClean family who acquired land south of Moundsville from George Washington are also buried here. Members of the Cockayne family who owned the world-renowned sheep farm known as Glen Dale are also buried at the cemetery.