Location, Location, Location
Samuel Carter Cemetery on Dempsey Branch (Laurel Creek) behind Doggett Chapel, Fayette County, West Virginia
- Carter Cemetery in Fayette County,
- Dempsey Cemetery in Raleigh County, and
- Dempsey Cemetery in Fayette County.
One death certificate included in the search stated "Epperly Cemetery", which after a documentation review hinted to Kanawha County being a more likely spot.
We found coordinates for Doggett Chapel on an old list of churches:
and at least according to Google maps, the community of Dempsey is centered right across the street.
Take US-19 (N) to Fayetteville. Turn left on Laurel Creek Rd, Route 8. Go about 4 miles. Right where Rt 8 takes 110 degree right, stay straight on Dempsey Rd/Wriston Rd/Rt 81. The church should be 50 feet on left, and the cemetery hopefully nearby.We found an opportunity to explore the whereabouts based on the data found. Without error, we drove to the Doggett Chapel UMC, however when we scanned the area around the church the cemetery wasn't in sight. We talked with a neighbor, and after securing his attention and letting him calm his guard dog, he said it was about 250 yards up a rutted road, but we couldn't get there in our truck.
Pinpointing the cemetery looked to be more involved than the original indication that the cemetery was behind the church. We were in for a mountainous hike and would need a full day commitment.
|Road to Carter Cemetery|
Sherry spied a likely spot for a cemetery off to the left of the trail, so she and Joseph went to investigate while Samuel and I continued following the fence line.
Sherry and Joe were unsuccessful in their pursuit and began backtracking. They report that they heard a bear knock over a rotted tree below them, and they hightailed it up the trail. They spotted the muddy footsteps on the gate that we scaled when we detoured off the main trail, so they were able to follow behind.