Another Day, Another Graveyard

Morrison Cemetery, Berlin, Lewis Co., West VirginiaSunday was sunny but cool, and we had done a lot of yard work Saturday.  (I will be so pleased when we get to a stage where we can describe it as gardening.  Most of what we are doing is moving dirt, stone, trash, cut and fallen branches and trees, and vast quantities of noxious weeds.)  We decided to take the day to be out and about.  The first stop was the Morrison Cemetery on Hacker’s Creek at Berlin, on the John Hacker homestead.  It is visible from the Hacker historical marker, but only going west, because it is up the hill (although not on top) behind a modern house.

My great-grandfather Alexander Morrison’s grandparents, and a great-grandmother, are buried here.  They are his father Mark Hersman’s parents, Mary “Polly” Kiger and Mark Hersman; his mother Margaret Ann Morrison’s parents, Mary “Polly” Brake and William Bascom Morrison; and Polly Brake’s mother, Catherine Shook. Polly Brake’s father, John, was first married to Elizabeth Wetherholt. Their daughter Elizabeth married Edward Jackson, grandfather of  Stonewall Jackson and Catherine and John’s sons Jacob and Isaac married Edward’s daughters by his first wife, Rachel and Mary, just a few of the many Brake-Jackson marriages.  John Brake is buried in the Jackson cemetery at Jackson’s Mill.

There is a downed and illegible stone next to Polly Kiger Hersman which is probably her husband Mark’s.  Several of their and William and Polly Morrison’s children and spouses are buried here, as are four children of Mark and Margaret Morrison Hersman, who moved to Roane County in 1852.  Alexander Morrison, William’s brother, and wife Margaret Brake, Polly Brake Morrison’s sister, are also here.

Catherine Shook Brake stone

Catherine Shook Brake

Polly Kiger Hersman

Polly Kiger Hersman

Mary "Polly" Brake Morrison stone

Mary "Polly" Brake Morrison

William Bascom Morrison stone

William Bascom Morrison