Thursday, July 21, 2011

Stories in Stone: Old Glenville Cemetery

 It's a quiet, small cemetery, riding the crests of small ridges on the campus of Glenville State College. Yet among its inhabitants are two who died untimely deaths:

What I know: his father Herbert was a World War I veteran who died in Martinsburg, West Virginia in 1958--perhaps at the veteran's hospital? His mother was Elva Turner Brannon who passed away in 1955. They are buried at the Brannon Cemetery in Minnora, WV. Their son Robert is buried at the Old Glenville Cemetery on the grounds of Glenville State College. What I don't know: how did he die? who killed him and why? There is a story here, a sad one, I am sure, but for now this is all I know of Robert Lee Brannon.  There must be more to learn.

 Quiet graves among the trees,

and a stone that marks the passing of one un-named.

The grave of Sarah "Sis" Linn, who was murdered not far from this spot in 1919.

Grave marker of the parents of Sis Linn, the ghost of Glenville State.

Sophronia Linn, Sis Linn's mother, and Robert, her father, are resting close by their daughter's grave.


Rowan said...

What a lovely peaceful place to be laid to rest. It would be interesting to find out more about Robert Lee Brannon - there's obviously a very sad story there.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Sophronia Linn - that name has got to be worth a story too!

Granny Sue said...

That's what I thought, Rowan. I want to find out--someone needs to tell his story. The stone is so poignant--and angry too, I think.

John, my thoughts exactly! Isn't that a lovely name? And there's a little community (read wide place in the road) called Linn about 20 miles from Glenville. I'm sure it was named after the same family.

Anonymous said...

I am a desendent of Brannon's out of WV, interesting head stone, would love to know the story behind it. May you rest in peace Robert Lee Brannon.

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