Floyd County Historical Society

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Floyd, Virginia  24091-0292

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Cemeteries of Floyd County, VA



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W 08013.226


                                    SISSON CEMETERY


This Floyd County cemetery was established near Simpsons, circa 1865 by members of the Ludlow B. and Catherine Grisso Sisson family.  A large number of the first burials in the cemetery were marked with local flat fieldstones showing no identification.  Commercial markers were used in later years and some of the native stones were replaced with the new modern cut stones.  From Simpsons, VA on road 653, Shawsville Pike, turn left on Diamond Knob Road and travel about one mile.  Turn left on School House Lane (Washington School used to be in this vicinity).  You will be on a very narrow road and will come to a “No Trespassing” sign.  Stop a little beyond the sign and the cemetery will be up the hill on your left.  You will have to back out until you can find a place to turn around.  Words in parentheses have been added for clarification.


Some of the unindentified burials there are known to be:

Ludlow B(ranham) Sisson, b. 03 Feb. 1797, in Rockbridge Co., d. 12 Mar. 1886 (son of Stanley Sisson & Catrin/Catherine Kirkwood.  Stanley was born in Orange County, VA)


Catherine Grisso Sisson, b. 1696, d. after 1870 (wife of Ludlow, dau. Of Mathias Grisso, an immigrant from Italy, who married Elizabeth Greenlee of Lancaster, PA)


John H. Sisson, b. 25 April, 1818, d. 1891 (son of Ludlow & Catherine)


Hannah Wilson Sisson, B. 1817, d. 1895, (wife of John H. Sisson)


David Sloan Sisson, b. 25 Nov. 1833, d. 23 Nov. 1915 (son of Ludlow & Catherine, his grave was marked with a Confederate marker in 1996, after it was identified by his grandson, Raymond T. Sisson.  David was the husband of Sarah Magdalene Coon Sisson, b. 02 Jan. 1841, d. 18 Feb. 1937.  She was buried in Wheatland Cemetery in Botetourt County, VA, due to inclement weather at the time of her death.


Edna Ann Coon, b. abt. 1843, d. before 1929.


Thomas Sisson, b. 1873, d. 1889 (son of David & Magdalene)


The following are marked graves with commercial stones:


James Madison Sisson, b. 04 Oct. 1831, d. 23 Nov. 1900 (son of Ludlow & Catherine; a Civil War Veteran, his marker was replaced with a Confederate marker in 1995.)


Eliza(beth) J(ane) Coon Sisson, born  07 March 1834, d. 13 Sept. 1884 (wife of James)


(Nancy) Catherine Coon, b. 07 Nov. 1837, d. 05 Dec. 1897

Luemma Hester Sisson, b. 15 April 1866, d. 22 Feb. 1884 (dau of James & Eliza)


Ballard Madison Sisson, b. 15 April 1866 d. 21 Oct. 1895 (son of James & Eliza and twin to Luemma)


Andrew William Boone, b. 03 Sept. 1830 (in Franklin Co. VA), d. 04 Sept. 1886 (in Floyd Co., (son of Jacob Boone and Rachel Kessler of Franklin County.)


Margaret Clementine (Mason) Boone, b. 25 Jan. 1851, (in Roanokd Co.) d. 17 Aug. 1894, (in Floyd Co. 2nd wife of Andrew, dau. Of Samuel Mason & Lydia Garst, half-sister to the above four Coon sisters.)


George C(lifton) McNeil, b. 12 Jan. 1892, d. 17 May 1894 (son of James Ireson McNeil & Margaret Clementine Mason Boone-2nd marriage for both)


Eliza Jane Magdalene, Edna Ann and Catherine Coon were daughters of Samuel Coon & Lydia Garst.


This list recorded by Sebert L. Sisson who was instrumental in getting this old cemetery fenced along with much tree felling and brush cutting.  Clyde Sisson and one of his sons from Shawsville do the maintenance.


Additional information provided by Mary Frances Conner Williams, 120 Virginia Court, Pulaski, VA  24301-2518  marycwms@verizon.net.  This was done in May 2000. ( She is the great granddaughter of Andrew and Clementine Boone)















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