Maplewood Cemetery, Kingwood, Preston County, West Virginia

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Trowbridge & McGrew -

Map to the Maplewood Cemetery (sometimes refered to Kingwood Cemetery), Kingwood, W.Va. The James Clark McGrew house is a historic site and open to the public.

Detailed map of Maplewood Cemetery with the approximate locations of Trowbridge and McGrew plots.

One of the entrances to the Maplewood Cemetery at E. Hight Street and Gibson.

Just off Gibson street is the large monument to the family of James Clark McGree and his wife Persis Hagans McGrew. James C. McGrew was the uncle of my great great grandfather, James McGrew Trowbridge. Jane McGrew Trowbridge, sister of James C. McGrew was my great grandfather's mother. My granddaughter Jolie Madia in this picture accompanied in my Trowbridge searches.

The inscription on the back of the McGrew monument. George H. McGrew was a lawyer with a degree from Harvard. After practicing law for awhile in Kingwood he obtained a degree as a minister and was ordained in the Methodist-Episcopal church and served 10 years as a missionary in India. There he met his wife, Dr. Anna Julia Lore a medical missionary. In 1917 while visiting relatives in Kingwood he fell ill and died at his sister's home.

James Clark McGrew was a U.S. Congressman and mayor of Kingwood. He was part of the delegation from the western counties of Virginia who broke with the state in 1865 and formed West Virginia.

On the same row a short distance from the McGrew stone are the graves of Samuel Ruble and wife Susan (Sheets) Trowbridge. In the photo is my daughter Tonya Madia.

Close up of Samuel R. and Susan grave stones.


Daughter Martha Trowbridge Parks was responsible for these monuments to her parents.

Just behind Samuel and Susan's graves is their daughter Margaret Jane Trowbridge, Mar. 6, 1830, Mar. 17, 1903. Apparently she never married. My granddaughter Jolie Madia in 2009.

Martha Parks's grave, daughter of Samuel Ruble and Susan Trowbridge, is a little west and down the hill from those of her parents. I have been unable to identify her husband.

At the back end of the cemetery, off the cemetery's Maplewood Drive is the Trowbridge plot where my great great grandparents are buried. Their graves are immediately behind this stone.

My great great grandfather, James McGrew Trowbridge, (1826-1909) headstone and grave.

James McGrew Trowbridge, photograph probably taken in the early 1900s. My grandmother Osa (Westfall) Corbett (born 1998) remembered carrying a chair outside for her grandfather (and his white beard) so he could enjoy a view.

My great great grandmother Sarah Ann (Snyder) Trowbridge's grave. Her stone is next to her husband's.

My great great grandmother Sarah Ann (Snyder) Trowbridge 1834-1913.

Corporal Madison Ellsworth Trowbridge is buried in the Trowbridge family plot next to his grandparents, James M. and Sarah A. Trowbridge. Madison was the son of Joseph Madison Trowbridge and Zonie Elizabeth Farnsworth who died giving birth to him. His father was the sister of my great grandmother, Luvenia Margaret (Trowbridge) Westfall.

Corp. M. E. Trowbridge welcoming a friend to his camp. There is no inscription on the back of the photo to tell this if the photo was taken in the U.S. or France. Madison died in the trenches, one of an estimated 5 million U.S. soldiers who died from combat and the horrendous conditions of trench warfare. He was nineteen years of age. This photo was among a packet of photos sent to me by a kind lady who rescued them from and estate sale in Florida. Madison's family moved to Fort Pierce, Florida between 1918 and 1920.

Thomas Jefferson Trowbridge and his wife Mary E. Schaeffer are buried in the section about midway on the southern edge of the cemetery. Thomas was the son of Jesse Trowbridge and Sarah Pugh. His father was the brother of Samuel Ruble Trowbridge whose information we gave above.

Israel Schaeffer Trowbridge was the son of Thomas J. and Mary Schaeffer Trowbridge. His headstone is next to that of his parents. I have no other information on him.

Mary G. Hagans and Lowrie B. Hagans were very likely close relatives of Persis Hagans McGrew.

I have no further information on the two. It would be my guess that the two were mother and daughter, but that would need to be proven.

Ronald N. Wall
Modified: 04 September 2017