Union Cemetery (present name)
Old Guinea Pike Cemetery – Guinea Pike School Cemetery --
Branch Hill Guinea Pike, Miami Township
GPS N 39° 12.927 W084°
14.479, 929 Elev, within 22 ft.
Directions: Take St. Rt. 28 out of Milford towards
Goshen. Pass Buckwheat Road thenWoodville (on right). Next light,
turn left on Branch Hill
Guinea Pike. Pass Deerhaven Ct. Next light is Weber-Cook Road. After passing through light
turn right --immediately intochurch parking lot (First Church of Jesus Christ). Easy
access – good parking. You will
have to unlatch a heavy wood fence to enter. Some stones in
poison ivy covered woods.Make sure to also access the
top of the hill at far end of cemetery
– a few stones hidden up on the hill to right.
Pictures and additional inscriptions by Pamela Smith, CCGS
member, during May, 2007.Cemetery kept
mowed but a lot of stones buried. You can tell some have
been misplacedthroughout the cemetery.
Footstones are not in correct location. I went
back a second time just to probe and dig – with not much luck. James
Smith is buried next to an old rooted stump, could not bring it up but have pic of parts of name
to verify it
is his. I don’t know if a lot of stones are buried 12 inches deep or have been removed.
lot of very old families in this cemetery. Benjamin Collins and Sarah Collins Smith (his
first wife) were
placed here from a private cemetery on Wolfpen Pleasant Hill Road in the
1970’s. I found all the stones
that were documented in 1970’s, so the below have been
missing a long time.
Stones previously recorded I could not find
Biggs, David F.
Dericks, Alice M.
Liming, Gabriel (one of two)
Liming, Martha M.
Martin, Jeremiah (one of two)
Noble, unknown (found a WN footstone)
Smith, Mary Elizabeth
Smith, Benjamin(I was told that his stone was moved from Wolfpen Road
along with Benj
Collins and Sarah Collins Smith (his second wife-could not find him)
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