Above is a photo of the James Maynard marker
Photo courtesy Bobby Maynard
Ronald Maynard and his son Robert
Two weeks ago, after ten years of intense searching, and checking hundreds of Wayne County cemeteries, Robert (Bobby) Maynard and his father, Ronald (Ron)
Maynard, members of The Wayne County Genealogical and Historical Society, located the grave of James Maynard in the Queens Ridge Cemetery. Robert said that
he actually laid down on the ground to make sure this was the grave of his Maynard ancestor. He then applied chalk to bring out the hidden images on the
field stone. He discovered the initials J. M. first. Then he could identify the numbers 175__. It was then that he realized that the zero was the missing
Genealogical records indicate that James Maynard was born around 1750. From the location on the crown of the hill, and the closeness of his son, Jesse
Maynard, with whom James was staying in the 1850 census of Wayne County, VA/WV, another clue was found. This cemetery has had excellent care over the
years, and it contains many field stones. Several of these field stones still have readable images after so many years. There are hundreds, possibly
thousands, of descendants of James Maynard still living.
The Queens Ridge Cemetery is located on property which is nearly surrounded by the property of Penn Coal Corporation, and it can be reached by following
the Coal Haul Road from the Cabwaylingo Park Road near Missouri Branch, Wayne County, WV.
James Maynard, the Revolutionary War Soldier, was born in Virginia in 1750, moved to Wilkes County, N. C., served in the Revolutionary War there, and
moved to Kentucky around 1816. He was listed as a member in the "Roaring River Baptist Church," in the late 1780’s and 1790’s prior to moving to Floyd
James Maynard , a resident of Wilkes Co. N.C. enlisted for six months as a private under Captain Jesse Franklin and Colonel Benjamin Cleveland. He moved
from Wilkes Co. N.C. to Floyd County, KY, and from there to Pike County, KY. He was granted a pension on Sept 1, 1832, as a citizen of Pike Co. KY. In
1841 he was living in Cabell Co. VA (that part of Cabell which became Wayne Co. in 1842). He died Oct 13, 1852, in Wayne County, VA/WV, and the location
of his grave became unknown until discovered by Robert and Ronnie Maynard.
The widow of James Maynard, Chaney Smith, whom he married Dec. 25, 1801 in Wilkes County, NC, was allowed a pension in her application on February 28,
1857, at which time she was seventy seven years of age and living in Wayne County, VA/WV. Chaney died several years later, and is believed to be buried
near her husband, James. Also known to be buried in this cemetery is James’ son, Jesse Maynard and his wife Sarah (Welch) Maynard. James was living in the
Jesse Maynard household at the time of his death.
Words cannot express the gratitude that the Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society has for the two Maynard descendants who found the grave of
their Revolutionary War Ancestor.
Plans are now being made to provide a suitable stone for both James Maynard and his wife, Chaney Smith Maynard. We believe the Veterans Administration
will furnish a Rev. War Marker for James. We are now pursuing the filing of such application.
Fund raising has also begun to provide a Revolutionary War Roadside Marker for James Maynard. These signs are procured through application to the
State Government, and cost about $1,800.00 each. All donations should be made by making your check payable to WCGHS, then mail it to WCGHS, P.O. Box
787, Wayne, WV 25570.
For additional information, contact the Wayne County Genealogical Society at email@example.com or Herb Dawson at 304-393-3792 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Jarrett Peters at 304-429-2033 (email@example.com)
On Thursday, February 25, The Wayne County Genealogical and Historical Society forwarded an application to the Veterans Administration for a grave marker
for James Maynard. Along with the application, numerous other files concerning documentation for the application were sent. It is our hope that the
application will be approved in the near future, so that we may get the grave marked. If approved, these markers are provided free of charge. We will
keep this site updated with any progress.
March 14, 2016
The Wayne County Genealogical And Historical society has obtained an application for a raodside marker to commemorate Rev. War Soldier James Maynard.
This application will soon be completed and forwarded to the West Virginia Department of Archives and History, who are responsible for having these markers
made. After the application has been approved, they will order the construction of the marker. When it is ready for delivery, we will need to make full
payment for it.
I am informed that the current price for these markers is approximately $1975.00. The marker will need to be set on the Department of Highways right-of-way.
The location will need to be decided.
In the meantime, we must get serious about raising this amount of money to honor James Maynard. Donations will be made to the Wayne County Genealogical
and Historical Society. (WCGHS) Make your checks payable to WCGHS and mail to WCGHS, P.O. Box 787, Wayne, WV 25570. Your donations will be greatly
While WCGHS is sponsoring this monument, we are not capable of paying for it, so all who are interested in having this memorial erected to honor James
Maynard, must join in and support this project.
DONATIONS AS TO DATE
Ronald & Robert Maynard
Sara E. Marcum
Ervin G. Barker
Linda (Marcum) Parsons
Larry B. Maynard
Ron & James Maynard
Westmoreland Chapter NSDAR
Mrs. Connie Jackson Mcagg
Ms. Wylma Carole Skean
Mrs. June Booth Ashworth
Thelma Lee Maynard
James H. Ferguson
Robert & Mary Jervis
Richard & Fannie Casey
Hi & Cora Vance
Cuba (Vance) Thomas
Tolbert & Judith Maynard
Mary Jane Sutton
W. Kenneth Napier
We are proud to announce that we have reached our fundraising goal for the James Maynard Roadside Marker. The application has been submitted to the West
Virginia Department of Archives & History. They have informed us that it will be between three and four months for the completion and setting of the
marker. We will be posting updates on the process and when we will plan a dedication ceremony for the marker.
The Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society wishes to thank all who have participated in this process.
April 5, 2016
Today, the grave marker for James Maynard arrived at the Morris Funeral Home in Wayne, West Virginia. The marker will remain at that location until we are
prepared to set it. Plans are underway now for the setting of the marker, and will be posted here as soon as they are complete.
May 17, 2016
At our monthly meeting in May, it was decided to forego our regular June (June 18, 2016) meeting in Kenova. Instead, we will meet at or near the Church
at the Queen’s Ridge Cemetery. Please bring your own lunch, as no food is available in that area.
We will have our meeting and lunch and afterward we will erect the monument on the grave of Rev. War Soldier James Maynard. The monument has arrived and
is in custody of the Morris Funeral Home.
In case of bad weather, the installation will be the following Saturday.
Please join us in this historical event. James Maynard was born in 1750 and died in 1852, so this is indeed a one-time event. If you wish, bring along
From State Route 152, turn left toward Cabwaylingo State Park. Continue to the first blacktop road which turns left. (The Coal Haul Road) Follow this
road to the Cemetery.
PLEASE TRY TO ATTEND
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May 17, 2016
On June 18, 2016 the installation of the magnificent marker for James Maynard, which was supplied by the Department of Veterans Affairs, was completed. There
were 33 people who attended this event. Below are some photos of the day.
The James Maynard Highway Marker Has Been Erected.
The Department of Highways has erected the Highway Marker for Rev. War Soldier James Maynard. It was erected the first week in June. The marker is
located about one mile south of Dunlow, on the road to Cabwaylingo State Park. It is at the mouth of the "Coal Haul Road". The Wayne County Genealogical
& Historical Society is planning an unveiling ceremony at 1 PM on Saturday, August 12 of this year. The ceremony will be held at The Dunlow Community
Center. After the ceremony, we will proceed to the site of the marker for the unveiling. A convoy will then proceed to The Queens Ridge Cemetery, where
James Maynard is buried. This cemetery is about ten miles from the site of the marker.
James Maynard Roadside Marker Dedication
On August 12, 2017, the Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society held a dedication ceremony in honor of James Maynard, Revolutionary War
The Master of Ceremonies was L. Herbert Dawson, Vice President of WCGHS, who did a wonderful job presenting the program.
The ceremony began at the Dunlow Community Center, beginning at 1 p.m. The Tolsia High School Jr. ROTC posted the Colors and then led the
audience in the Pledge Of Allegiance. This was followed by the singing of the National Anthem by the audience. An invocation followed led by
The Rev. Ronald Maynard then proceeded with a presentation about the life of James Maynard, after which the Westmoreland Chapter DAR presented a
program honoring James Maynard.
Tolsia High School Jr. ROTC
Rev. Ronald Maynard
A benediction was given by Robert Maynard, son of Rev. Ronald Maynard. It was Ronald Maynard and his son Robert who discovered the rock marking
the grave of James Maynard, about a year ago.
After the retiring of the Colors by the Tolsia High School Jr. ROTC, a lunch break was taken, where lunch was served to the audience by Sara Marcum,
Secretary of the WCGHS.
We also had present a number of groups which we were honored to have. These included The Westmoreland Chapter, DAR; Poage Chapter, Dar of Ashland,
KY; Louisa Chapter, DAR of Louisa, KY; General Andrew Lewis Chapter, SAR of Huntington, WV; American Legion Post 93 of Ceredo-Kenova, which included
the Honor Guard; Dunlow Volunteer Fire Department; Tolsia High School Jr. ROTC, Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner of the West Virginia Department of
Culture and History in Charleston, WV., Connie McCagg and her husband, Howard, who had cleaned off the grounds around the Marker and applied mulch,
and to Bill and Addie Likens who manage the Community Center - what great hosts. All together, there were eighty plus persons in attendance.
Ladies from the Poague Chapter DAR, Ashland, KY
Teresa Melvin, Debbie Mecca and Marilyn Oppenheimer.
L. Herbert Dawson, Howard Osburn, John Jarrett Peters and Sara Marcum.
After lunch, a procession to the site of the Highway Marker took place. The Tolsia High School Jr. ROTC again presented the Colors, after which the Marker was
unveiled by the officers of the WCGHS, John Jarrett Peters, L. Herbert Dawson, Sara Marcum and Howard Osburn.
Maynard Descendants at the marker.
American Legion Post 92 Honor Guard
Then, the American Legion Post 93 Honor Guard, after a brief talk by the Post Chaplain, Bill Spencer, delivered the 21-gun salute, followed by the Pledge of
Allegiance. Now, it was time for the trip to the Queen’s Ridge Cemetery, where James Maynard is buried. This convoy was led by the Dunlow Volunteer Fire
Department. Many opted to make this ten mile trip, taking pictures and looking around for graves of additional relatives.
Ladies from the Westmoreland Chapter DAR at the gravesite.
Wylma Skean, Linda Parsons and Connie McCagg.
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P.O. BOX 787
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