Virginian's Burying Ground
aka McCoy or Dragoo Cemetery
Buchanan Township

Section 26 Buchanan Twp
Located at 936 Chippewa Street, in Buchanan, MI.
On Private Property

Photos by: Teresa O'Riley

stone
Catherine - wf of Wm McCoy
illegible stone
Barnhouse
Elizabeth Tomlinson  
Elizabeth M Tomlinson
R. Warfield
R. Warfield

This cemetery sits in the yard of a private residence and only a very few stones are left. Always ask permission of owner for access when viewing any cemetery on private property.

Virginian's Burying ground was incorrectly named as McCoy Cemetery in the 1980's. Also known to locals as Dragoo Cemetery because of burials connected to that family for over 50 years.
It was actually known as Virginian' burying ground because a number of settlers buried there were from Virginia.

Nancy Heib (nancyheib@aol.com)   donated the burial listing and history noted below. She has many of the individual histories of the people below on Find a grave .

Brief Cemetery History per Nancy Heib - This Dragoo family cemetery is for the family of Jacob and Isabella Dragoo who came from Monongalia County Virginia to Buchanan, Berrien County Michigan with their children in 1834. The other surnames listed in this cemetery, are related by marriage, to this Dragoo family. There were burials in this Dragoo family cemetery for 53 years, from 1837 to 1890, spanning four generations of the Dragoo family. There is also one Civil War Veteran who is buried there (William Harrison Barnhouse), who married Jacob Dragoo's granddaughter Isabel Dragoo. The first person buried there was Jacob and Isabella Dragoo's daughter Christianna (Dragoo) Hines (not Christianna Ewell). Second and third burial is thought to be that of parents Isabella and Jacob Dragoo in 1838.
Susannah (Ingleright) Weaver, there is a record of her also being buried in the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Buchanan, MI with her husband Jacob Weaver. I am not sure if her body was actually moved, or if the family just had her name added to the headstone in Oak Ridge.

Nancy has four "direct" ancestors buried in "The Virginian's Burying Ground". (Jacob and Isabella Dragoo, and their son Ewell and his wife Jane (Barnhouse) Dragoo). She has written a book on this cemetery and this Dragoo family titled: "The Virginian's Burying Ground, Buchanan, Berrien County Michigan, and The Family of Jacob and Isabella Dragoo". There are copies of this book in the Buchanan District Library, the "Library of Michigan", and the Allen County Public Library, in Fort Wayne, IN.

Note: There are two other young children not listed, who "possibly" could also be buried here:
1. Lavina (or Livina) Dragoo, the daughter of John Fleming Dragoo Sr.
2. Edith Darie Kirkendall, the child of John F. Dragoo's daughter Lurinda and her husband Wm. "Van" Kirkendall. Note:
This cemetery has since been destroyed by vandalism.

Burial Listing

Name DOB or Yrs DOD Notes
Barnhouse, Nancy A. Upton May 28, 1801 Jan. 14, 1866 do - Samuel Upton and his wife Mary Ann Lanham -
Monongalia County Virginia.
wo Samuel Barnhouse
Barnhouse, Nellie A 3 days March 3, 1876 infant do William & Isabel Barnhouse
Barnhouse, Samuel Dec 9, 1801 Aug, 1878 so Henry Barnhouse
Barnhouse, Samuel Newton Mar. 1, 1876 Sep. 12, 1876 so William Harrison Barnhouse
Barnhouse, William Harrison Jul. 29, 1840 Sep. 25, 1876 Husband of Isabel Dragoo
CW Vet - Co. L., 2nd Reg. Mich Cav,
rank - Sgt. Enl. 2 Oct 1861 at age 21 yrs
Dragoo, Ewell "Uel" 1813 Sep. 29, 1887 so Jacob Dragoo and his wife Isabella Jones
Wed - Nov. 20, 1833 to Jane Barnhouse
Dragoo, Fanny Aug 1, 1840 Sep 16, 1840 do John Fleming Dragoo Sr.& wf Barbara Ann Level
Fanny's sister Mary died at birth in 1847.
Fanny's father John died in 1861 at the age of 44.
Mother than went to Nebraska
Dragoo, Isabella (Jones) Apr. 4, 1792 Jul. 25, 1838 do Fleming Jones & wife Christianna ("Christina") Kern
wo Jacob Dragoo
Dragoo, Jacob Sep. 30, 1782 Sep. 27, 1838 so John Dragoo Sr. & 1st wife Elizabeth
Dragoo, Jane (Barnhouse) 1813 Sept. 29, 1868 do Henry Barnhouse & 1st wife Anna Maria Baker
wo Ewell Dragoo
Dragoo, John Fleming Sr Nov 4, 1817 Nov 9, 1861 so Jacob Dragoo & wife Isabella Jones
Dragoo, Mary Mar. 25, 1847 Mar. 25, 1847 do John Fleming Dragoo Sr. & Barbara Ann Level
Dragoo, Peter Mar. 12, 1822 Nov. 19, 1848 so Jacob Dragoo & Isabella Jones
Hines, Christianna Jane Dragoo Feb. 4, 1811 Aug. 1, 1837 do Jacob Dragoo & wife Isabella Jones
wed John Hine[s] on Feb. 5, 1835
1st known person buried in this cemetery
Knight, Emma Almira Oct. 28, 1844 May 30, 1850 do William Seymore Knight & Margaret Maria Dragoo
Knight, Herbert Clyde Sep. 20, 1879 Jul. 22, 1880 so Isabel (Dragoo) Barnhouse & her 2nd husband Melvin L. Knight
Knight, Mary Amelia Dec. 26, 1846 Jul. 3, 1850 do William Seymore Knight & Margaret Maria Dragoo
McCoy, Catherine Weaver 1837 Sep. 29, 1859 eldest do Jacob Weaver Sr & Susannah Ingleright
wo William A. McCoy
Price, Catherine C. Hines Jul. 6, 1836 Jan. 13, 1878 do John Hines & Christianna Jane Dragoo
wo John B. Price
Smith, Fanny Weaver 1839 Oct. 23, 1864 do Jacob Weaver & Susannah Ingleright
Tomlinson, Albert 1816 Aug. 20, 1890 husband to Lucinda Level
Tomlinson, Elizabeth M. 1846 May 11, 1864 do Albert Tomlinson & Lucinda Level
Tomlinson, Harriet A. Barbour May 7, 1848 Mar. 11, 1877 wo Benjamin F. Tomlinson
Tomlinson, Lucinda Level Mar. 30, 1815 Apr. 20, 1876 Stephen & Barbara Ann Level
Warfield, Libby A. unknown unknown  
Warfield, R unknown unknown  
Weaver, Charles 1862 1862 infant so Jacob Weaver Sr. and 2nd wife Orpha Crum.
Weaver, Susannah H. Ingleright Jan. 17, 1820 Jul. 1, 1846 1st wo Jacob Weaver Sr
Other possible research sources and publications see our main cemetery list.

©   Deanna West - June 2010

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