Daggs died in 1873 and is buried near his wife, who died 20 years earlier. Their daughter, Margaret, the widow of a War of 1812 veteran, is buried a short distance downslope.
"The cemetery wasn't kept up well when I was growing up, back before the country club was built," Hudson said. "There were briars and brush and a little path leading through them to the cemetery."
The cemetery was not disturbed by the construction and development of Berry Hills, and the country club has remained a good neighbor through the years, Hudson said.
"It's a unique situation, having an old community cemetery surrounded by a classy golf course," he said.
French Cemetery contains about 450 burials, including grandparents on both sides of Hudson's family, and is approaching capacity..
Hudson set up a bank account in 1991 to hold donations for cemetery maintenance. Contributions can be sent to French Cemetery Maintenance Fund at 1859 Middle Fork Drive, Charleston, WV 25314.
"It's a beautiful place, overlooking the golf course, tennis courts and clubhouse, and in the shade of about 50 centuries-old cedar trees," Hudson said.
"There's a couple from Florida who came up here to attend a brother's service, and loved what they saw there," he said. "They made arrangements to be buried here, too."
Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelham...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5169.