Franklin Township, Smyrna Road
GPS: 38˚ 50’ 11.5”
N 84˚ 4’ 51.01’ W
Stones I could not locate
Directions: Take St. Rt. 32 from Batavia towards Mt.
Orab. Exit the St. Rt. 133 exit, turn right. Upon
entering St. Rt.
276/133 intersection- turn left and enter the Village of
Williamsburg. Continue on St. Rt. 133 out of town and turn
to continue on St. Rt. 133 at the “Y”.
Enjoy the country drive. Pass through Bethel. Enter
the Village of Felicity – stay
right entering the town limits. Turn left on Walnut
Street. This will run directly into Felicity –
Higginsport Road. Continue
on Felicity-Higginsport Road and you will come upon Smyrna Road (turn
left). Cemetery is located down the “no
road on the right. Park on the road at the widening allotted
for cemetery parking. Easy access.
Pictures and additional inscriptions taken by Pamela Smith,
CCGS member, in July, 2007. This cemetery is
in pretty bad shape. A lot of the stones are buried very
deep. I was reluctant to dig too much as I was a
little skeptical in regard to the Indian “Sweet
Lips” being buried at this site and the supposedly
weird happenings stated by Richard Crawford, a Clermont
Historian. I did not want to disturb any
sacred Indian burial ground. (see below). A lot of broken
stones. I plan on making another trip in
the dark to witness this “haunting”.
Anderson, James H.
Goodwin, Cally F.
Logan, Lewis Ashby
McKibben, Eliza W.
Pollard, Geo B.
Reynolds, Helen T.
Wise, Charles (the info previously recorded was for Nannie his
Wise, Martha Ann
Smyrna Cemetery is haunted by an old Shawnee sorceress,
“Sweet Lips”, who was killed by her tribe for
betraying them. There are stories of what appears to be an Indian woman
roaming around the Smyrna Cemetery
searching for her people. She is reported to be seen on foggy moonlit
nights bent over in grief hoping to make amends
with her people who left her behind more than 200 years ago. A bright
gravestone can be viewed (glowing) in the darkest
nights where it is believed Sweet Lips is buried.
Donald R. Johnson