G. W. and William Saville were brothers who came from Virginia about the same time. As one looks at the 1850 census for Hampshire County, VA, they are listed as sons of Abraham and Eliza Saville of Hampshire County, VA.
The 1880 Vernon County census shows that George Washington Saville and family lived in Harrison Township. That means that they lived west of the town of Moundville but probably not far west. The census badly misspelled the name as Sivil. It lists:
This tells us that the family was still in Virginia in 1882 but had moved to Missouri by 1886.
G. W. Saville died February 8, 1881 and was buried at Moundville Cemetery a once abandoned cemetery just to the west of Moundville. The early cemetery directory suggested that G. W.'s birth year was 1813 but that is almost certainly incorrect. It appears that the engraving was misread- mistaking what was possibly 1843 for 1813. However, there is no verification of his birth date. Buried beside G. W. are two young children:
A GGG grandson of George and Lizzie tells that G. W.'s wife and surviving children moved back to WVA following George's death. George had fought for the South during the war. Lizzie married a second time and raised a family of six sons by that husband.
The grave marker to the left is that of G. W. Saville in Moundville Cemetery. As you walk in the gate, it will be the first grave that you encounter. As you can see, the engraving is nearly gone but you can see the death year as 1881 and the bottom line says SAVILLE if you know what it says.
The stone on the ground is apparently that of the children, Eliza and Charles. It is positioned face down so that nothing is currently readable, so the information about these children is from old and new cemetery directories.
William Saville was listed in the 1880 Moundville Township census. It lists:
William and Sarah Saville remained in Vernon County for the rest of their lives. The 1896 English School enumeration listed three children:
English school was in Moundville Township, just north of the town of Bronaugh. The 1900 census also listed them in Moundville Township:
Census records tell that William and Sarah (Sally, Sallie) had fourteen children but only six survived. The 1910 Census shows William and Sarah living in Lake Township near Nevada and the 1920 census shows them living in Clear Creek Township. William and Sarah Saville are buried at Marvin Chapel Cemetery, southeast of Nevada:
This unreadable grave marker is beside the Saville
children. It could be another Saville death since the census
said that William and Sally had had 14 children and only 6
This unreadable grave marker is beside the Saville children. It could be another Saville death since the census said that William and Sally had had 14 children and only 6 survived.
George W. Saville had married Anna Elizabeth Shanholtzer in 1870 in Hampshire County, VA. She was a daughter of Jacob Shanholtzer. His brother, William Saville's wife was Sarah Virginia Shanholtzer. George and William's older sister, Rachel Saville was the wife of Bushrod Shanholtzer who lived just north of Bronaugh in Moundville Township. This surely explains why the Saville's came to Vernon County - Shanholtzer kin already in the area.
The Saville families' early years around Moundville was a time of tragedy with seven Saville burials in Moundville Cemetery between 1878 and 1872.
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