Section 26 Buchanan Twp
Located at 936 Chippewa Street, in Buchanan, MI.
On Private Property
Photos by: Teresa O'Riley
Catherine - wf of Wm McCoy
Elizabeth M Tomlinson
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 (email@example.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.
|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
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")
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
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|
|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|
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© Deanna West - June 2010
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