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Hamilton Township Early Graveyards


Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik 27 May 2004


The History of Warren County Ohio
Part IV Township Histories
Hamilton Township by Horace Clinton
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


The early settlers, in many instances, interred their dead on their farms; yet there are throughout the township a number of graveyards of a very early date. The one known as Hill’s Graveyard, on the hill near the Clermont County line, was used for this purpose as early as 1800, in which year there was buried J. Hill, as shown by the rude headstone. The first interment at Bethel Graveyard was that of Annie Spence, in the year 1806. The Hopkinsville Burying Ground owes its origin to the following incident: At an early date, a body (the name not remembered) was being taken to Deerfield for burial, and when the funeral train reached the river they found it too high to ford. They returned to Hopkinsville, and after much persuasion, obtained permission from Col. John Hopkins to bury the body on the site of the present burying grounds.

There are other old graveyards in the township, notably the one east of Zoar, at the foot of the hill, but the writer cannot give names of first burials. The Maineville Burying Ground is of later origin. The following, copied from an inscription on a stone, probably marks about the time of its establishment as a resting-place for the dead: “Sacred to the memory of Peter Dudley, who departed this life October 22, 1819.”

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