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The tombstone for J. B. Scott lies in eastern Cabell County, WV on the north side of Union Ridge Road just west of the junction with Bryan Creek Road . Although Union Ridge Cemetery is less than a mile to the west, D. B. Scott was buried alone and perhaps forgotten. Is there a story about this isolated grave?


The stone reads: J. B. Scott - died July 28, 1858 - in the 40th year of his life. When you see this lonely tombstone, your first reaction is "why is he here, I just pasted a graveyard? There is nothing near the stone and never has been. So why is it here? There are several stories.

Joseph B. Scott was the overseer for the Jenkins Plantation at Greenbottom on the Ohio River, and according to the 1850 census he was born in New York.

Local story tellers claim he was not a popular man, either on the plantation nor in the local community. Supposedly, "he was messing with the women". On July 1858, Scott was riding in a carriage returning to Greenbottom after attending the slave market in Barboursville. (about 25 miles one way) He was stopped at this lonely spot, murdered and buried.

Gebheart, Hazel - historian for the Union Ridge community (deceased)

Eldridge, Carrie: Cabell County Census Locator

Federal Census - 1850 Cabell County, VA