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Pet In A Churchyard - Woodville VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member La de Boheme
N 38° 36.278 W 078° 10.520
17S E 745970 N 4276688
Quick Description: The beloved cat of the Colliers was buried in a church cemetery.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 2/25/2012 11:00:23 AM
Waymark Code: WMDV36
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Blue Man
Views: 3

Long Description:
St. Paul's Episcopal CemeteryClick for related waymark to open in new window in the small town of Woodville, VA has burials spanning over 150 years and some unusual memorials and monuments. Notables such as former senator and presidential candidate, Eugene McCarthy, and former NBC newsman, Frank McGee, are buried here. But even with the wide and diverse selection of graves, one remains distinctly out of place. A small flat marker on the west side near the fence that surrounds the cemetery is inscribed:

Dovey Collier
Beloved pet of
the late
Rev. C. W. Collier
& Ella V. Collier
Nov. 12, 1919
I love you my
darling & I miss
you & am lonely
without you.

Even though many members of the same family are buried here, Dovey is the only Collier. A local resident says that Dovey was a cat.

Very little is known about the Colliers. What scarce references reveal about a Rev. C. W. Collier or Ella V. is that they were probably not from this area. Ella may have been the daughter of the reverend. A blurb in a newspaper extractClick for related waymark to open in new window from Berkeley County, WV mentions a Miss Ella V. Collier, daughter of Mrs. C.W. Collier of Martinsburg.

St. Paul's Episcopal Church which was established circa 1850 was destroyed by a tornado in 1929 leaving only the cemetery. Dovey died in 1919 which means this 'beloved pet' was buried while the church was still standing.

First Name: Dovey

Last Name: Collier

Died: 11/12/1919

Born: Not listed

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