First Green Plain Friends Burial Ground
Battin - Howell Rd, Madison Twp., Selma, Ohio
as transcribed by Julie Noble October 13, 2002
History of this cemetery
This burial place was the first to be used by the Green Plain Monthly Meeting ( Friends ) in Madison Township. History eludes to the fact that the land itself belonged to Amaziah Beeson, and the first burial was that of Sarah Vickers in 1811.
The last man laid to rest in this burial place was William Hartwell who died in 1885, and his was the last marker visible as of a reading done in July 1988 by Mr. Roger Boone. It has been said recently that this marker too has disappeared. It is unknown as to whether or not this was the first cemetery in Selma. This cemetery sits on private property, and it is NOT accessible to the public. It appears today only as an overgrown grassy patch of land in the middle of the field.
All of the following entries are transcribed from a copy of the cemetery records given to me by Mr. & Mrs. R. Allen Battin, life time residents of Selma and members of the Green Plain Monthly Meeting (Friends). As of 1988, these records were deemed accurate to the best of their knowledge.
|Beeson, Amaziah||5/23/1766||9/4/1820||(gave land for meeting house and
Friends Burial Ground)
|Brown||no dates||no other names|
|Cook||no dates||no other names|
|Embree, Esther||8/11/1830||77y 11m 30d||(w/o Thomas)|
|Embree, Thomas||7/30/1833||77y 11m 20d|
|Hartwell, William||2/15/1811||10/9/1885||last marker visible as of 1998|
|Hatten||no dates||no other names|
|Johnson, Horace||9/5/1829||10y||(s/o Jeptha & Ruth)|
|Johnson, Milton||8/9/1834||8y||(s/o Jeptha & Ruth)|
|Johnson, Ruth||3/20/1794||5/13/1827||(w/o Jeptha Johnson; d/o Seth & Elizabeth Smith)|
|Little||no dates||no other names|
|Paist, James||3/31/1817||1/22/1822||(s/o Chas & Abigail (Perkins) Paist|
|Paist, Lydia||8/18/1819||9/1/1819||(d/o Chas & Abigail (Perkins) Paist|
|Smith, Elizabeth||8/12/1833||8/3/1835||(d/o Seth Jr & Deborah (Wildman) Smith)|
|Smith, John||12/30/1824||7/18/1828||(s/o Seth Jr & Deborah (Wildman) Smith)|
|Smith, Mahlon||11/6/1849||24y 7m 9d||body removed and re-interred at
present Hicksite FBG
|Smith, Seth, Sr.||5/19/1761||4/1/1837||76y 1m||body removed and re-interred at
Green Plain FBG (cemetery) #2 (s/o Joseph & Rachel (Beals) Smith)
|Vickers, Richard||12/6/1822||54y 7m 21d|
|Vickers, Sarah||10/12/1810||4/5/1811||(d/o Richard and Celia Vickers)|
|Williams, William||2/7/1818||11/22/1822||4y 9m 22d||(s/o Peter & Nancy (Willis) Williams)|
|Willis, Levi||6/22/1810||no death date||(s/o Wm & Henrietta (Chance) Willis)|
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