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Riley Ward Family Cemetery

Grayson County, Virginia

Location: West of Cox’s Chapel

Directions: From the junction of Cox’s Chapel Rd (Rt 601) and Potato Creek Rd (Rt 708) go 0.85 mile west on Potato Creek Rd to barn on right (north) side of road. The cemetery is in back of and west from barn on a hill.

GPS Coordinates: N36.577694 W81.256482

Surveyed by: Rich Ballard; 18 April 2004

Comments: The cemetery is fenced and maintained. When surveyed in 2004 there was no reliable information on who is buried here. Since the land has been in the hands of descendants of “Big John” Cox it is likely that some may be buried here. Someone, possibly the current owners, placed the following monument in the cemetery: “In memory of all who sleep here.” A listing from Paul Herndon’s files shows the following information:

Stone - In Memory
In Memory of All Who Sleep Here

Riley Ward Family Cemetery, Grayson County, Virginia
Name Birth Death Comments
OSBORNE, Andrew “Andy” 1799 1848 [buried elsewhere?]
OSBORNE, Nancy 15 Jan 1803 30 Nov 1894 [nee Sturgill. buried elsewhere?]
WARD, Zenna 26 Oct 1891 6 Nov 1897 [remains were moved to Cox Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery by her sister, Hazel Ward Phipps]
WARD, Carlie R. 3 Sep 1888 25 Apr 1890 [remains were moved to Cox Chapel Methodis Church Cemetery by her sister, Hazel Ward Phipps]
WARD, Riley 1820   [s/o Zachariah, Sr. and Tabitha Hash Ward; h/o Rebecca Osborne Ward. Their children: Elbert, Andrew, Zachariah Fielden, Tamsa, Oscoe and Zack]
WARD, Rebecca 1831   [d/o Andrew and Nancy Sturgill Osborne; w/o Riley Ward]
PARSONS, Tamsey     [d/o Riley and Rebecca Osborne Ward]
PARSONS, _____     daughter
WARD, Osco     [small child]
unknown, Bob     [a black person]