Local historian Jim Surkamp suspects that there are many unmarked burials on the site. The Dandridge family, who once owned the most slaved in the county throughout the mid-1800s, had property in what is now Kearneysville. The family owned a farm that was located around the cemetery site and likely buried deceased slaves on the property that is now the Boyd Carter Cemetery. This theory was supported when grave sites were found using ground penetrating radar technology.
The most recent burial in the cemetery took place in 1999. Today, the cemetery is maintained by a crew of volunteers, many of whom have relatives buried on the property. While it has become overgrown in recent years, the cemetery is still visited by family members of the deceased. The cemetery is now threatened by the Rockwool sewer development project and the Mountaineer Gas pipeline. Volunteers Jennifer King and Addison Reese have noticed discrepancies in the cemetery's proportions on the construction plans and the actual property maps. The women have begun protesting the construction plans on the grounds that severe damage will be done to this historical site if the plans persist. The heavy machinery and frequent traffic through and around the site pose a threat the preservation.