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CEMETERIES


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Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik 26 May 2003 & 7 December 2003

Sources:
The History of Warren County Ohio
Part IV Township Histories
Turtle Creek Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)
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The first burials of the early settlers of Turtle Creek Township were made in the graveyards connected with the two earliest churches. There was a graveyard connected with the Turtle Creek Presbyterian Church at Bedle’s Station, and one connected with the Turtle Creek Baptist Church east of Lebanon. Other old burying-grounds were established, generally in connection with a church, but occasionally a lonely grave was to be seen in the forest, or a family place of burial on some neglected hillside.

On the 7th of September, 1806, Jonathan Tichenor and Abner Smith, as Trustees of the Presbyterian Church at Lebanon, in consideration of $40, purchased of John Shaw a lot, which is now in the western part of Lebanon, for a graveyard, and is known as the Old Presbyterian Graveyard. This is the oldest graveyard at Lebanon. It is much older than the date of the deed to the Presbyterian society would indicate, as it is known that it was used as a place

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of burial as early as 1799. There are no inscriptions upon the gravestones marking the earliest graves. Capt. Robert Benham was buried here, but there is no inscription upon his gravestone. The grounds have long been neglected, and are grown up with weeds and briers. Many remains interred here have been removed to the Lebanon Cemetery. Among the names of well-known families of Warren County, the following are found on the gravestones in this yard: Beller, Ferguson, James, Randolph, Dill, Perlee, Dunlap, Halsey, Monfort, Miller, Blackburn, Beedle, Braden Bone, Brown, Liddell, Krewson, Cowan, Perrine, Tharp, Goodwin, McCrary, Dunham, Crane and Benham.

About 1811, the Baptists removed their church from the site east of Lebanon to a lot in the western part of the town, as since enlarged. The churchyard from that time was used as a burying-ground, and is still known as the Old Baptist Graveyard. Here are the graves of Judge Francis Dunlevy, Elder Daniel Clark, Judge Joshua Collett, Judge Matthias Corwin (the father of Gov. Corwin), and Keziah Corwin (grandmother of the Governor). In this yard was buried a daughter of Henry Clay, the inscription upon whose gravestone is as follows: “In memory of Eliza H. Clay, daughter of Henry and Lucretia Clay, who died on the 11th day of August, 1825, aged twelve years, during a journey from their residence at Lexington, in Kentucky, to Washington City. Cut off in the bloom of a promising life, here parents have erected this monument, consoling themselves with the belief that she now abides in heaven.”

What is known as the Methodist Graveyard, which adjoins the Baptist burying-ground on the south, does not seem to have been used as such until about 1820. There is now no line marking the boundary between the two yards, both being within the same inclosure, and the whole comprises a square within the corporate limits of Lebanon. Although some of the remains have been removed to the new cemetery, the grounds are still kept in good preservation, and no steps have as yet been taken for their abandonment as graveyards.

The Lebanon Cemetery Association was organized at a meeting in the town hall of Lebanon, June 20, 1850. The capital stock of the association was divided into twenty-five shares of $50 each, and one share was taken by each of twenty-five stockholders. The first officers were: A. H. Dunlevy, President; John E. Dey, Jacob Egbert, Robert Boake and William M. Charters, Trustees; Horace M. Stokes, Clerk; and William F. Parshall, Treasurer. The grounds of the association at first consisted of eight and one-half acres, which were tastefully laid out according to a plat drawn at the request of the President, by John Van Cleve, Esq., of Dayton. Additions have since been made to the grounds, until they comprise nearly fifty acres. The first interment was that of Hannah Seely, who was buried August 29, 1850. In 1881, there were 450 lot-holders, and the total number of burials in the cemetery was 1,913, of which 208 were remains removed from the older graveyards. The grounds contain many beautiful and costly monuments, among which is the family monument, simple and chaste in design, of one of Ohio’s most distinguished men – Thomas Corwin.

The following list of the names of persons buried in the three old graveyards at Lebanon was obtained by the writer with the assistance of Mr. S. C. Drake. Most of those named were born prior to 1800. Some of the gravestones marking the graves of the pioneers have fallen down, and on others the inscriptions are almost illegible. Many graves are marked by rough stones, without any inscription. In a few instances, the date of death and age have been ascertained from other sources than the gravestones, and are given in the list:

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BAPTIST GRAVEYARD

NAME DIED AGE NAME DIED AGE
Elizabeth Van Pelt 1814 31 Thomas L. Phillips [gravestone photo] 1822 50
Nathaniel Tichenor [removed to Lebanon Cemetery 24 Apr 1895] 1825 44 Mrs. Mary Billmire [gravestone photo] 1860 70
Thomas Tindall [gravestone photo] 1825 62 Ephraim Culy 1865 65
Martha Tindall [gravestone photo] 1853 82 Elizabeth Culy [gravestone photo] 1853 52
John Merrett 1828 75 Margaret Gibson 1855 77
Sophia Merrett 1839 83 Hannah Thomas [gravestone photo] 1856 90
Thomas Humphreys [gravestone photo] 1843 69 Mrs. Rhoda Bowers [gravestone photo] 1849 49
Sarah Humphreys [gravestone photo] 1853 76 Mrs. Lydia Bowers [gravestone photo] 1856 58
Mary (Corwin) Hart 1836 42 Ichabod Corwin [gravestone photo] 1834 67
George Kesling 1860 77 Sarah Corwin [gravestone photo] 1853 81
Zephania Hart [gravestone photo] 1865 89 William G. Corwin 1850 58
Mary Hart 1851 64 Eliza Corwin 1822 26
Mary (Russell) Benham [gravestone photo] 1825 30 Kezia Corwin [gravestone photo] 1816 79
Adam Horn [removed to Lebanon Cemetery 4 May 1895] 1848 81 John Osborn [gravestone photo] 1859 90
Rebecca (Penton) Horn [removed to Lebanon Cemetery 4 May 1895] 1843 76 Mary Osborn [gravestone photo] 1814 41
Sarah Corwin [gravestone photo] 1852 85 Rev. Daniel Clark [gravestone photo] 1834 90
Maria Probasco 1848 53 Sarah Clark [gravestone photo] 1842 86
Samuel Gallaher [gravestone photo] 1833 64 Eli Foster 1820 51
Sarah Gallaher [gravestone photo] 1862 88 Esther Foster 1858 80
Francis Dunlevy [gravestone photo] 1839 78 Silas Hutchinson 1858 86
Mary (Craig) Dunlevy [gravestone photo] 1828 64 Margery Hutchinson 1838 64
John C. Dunlevy, M.D. [gravestone photo] 1834 38 Mrs. Elizabeth Tingle [gravestone photo] 1844 69
Mrs. Rebecca Jameson [gravestone photo] 1842 79 Mrs. Mary McCarty 1842 57
John Eddy 1829 36 James McCreary [gravestone photo] 1814 46
Christopher M. Jones [gravestone photo] 1823 43 Mary McCreary [gravestone photo] 1853 77
Mitchel Hart [gravestone photo] 1836 63 Benjamin Collett [gravestone photo] 1831 38
Elizabeth (Corbley) Corwin [gravestone photo] 1855 81 Joshua Collett [gravestone photo] 1855 73
David Corwin [gravestone photo] 1872 96 Eliza (Van Horne) Collett [gravestone photo] 1846 69
Hannah Corwin [gravestone photo] 1851 68 Stephen Gard [1845 gravestone photo for Mary Gard] 1845 66
John B. Drake [gravestone photo] 1837 39 Lavinia (Budd) Van Horne [gravestone photo] 1837 89
Thompson Lamb [gravestone photo] 1843 53 Isaac Evans [gravestone photo] 1850 49
Caroline W. Lamb [gravestone photo] 1826 28 Susanna Jones [gravestone photo] 1865 80
Ann (Benham) Lamb [gravestone photo] 1861 67 Abraham Keever, Sr. [gravestone photo] 1839 66
Joseph Lamb [gravestone photo] 1828 78 Margaret Keever [gravestone photo] 1860 80
Ruth Lamb [gravestone photo] 1842 78 Margaret G. Boyd [gravestone photo] 1863 75
James Hill [gravestone photo] 1855 65 Abraham Probasco [gravestone photo] 1861 89
Maria Hill [gravestone photo] 1846 51 Jane Probasco [gravestone photo] 1844 66
Benjamin H. Corwin 1829 43 Edward Dunham [gravestone photo] 1842 57
Rebecca Corwin 1833 ... Elizabeth Dunham [gravestone photo] 1857 76
John Halsey [gravestone photo] 1845 67 Elizabeth Dunham [gravestone photo] 1839 51
Margaret Halsey [gravestone photo] 1860 85 John Lincoln  [gravestone photo] 1835 79
Matthias Corwin [gravestone photo] 1829 69 Mary Lincoln [gravestone photo] 1832 72
Patience Corwin [gravestone photo] 1818 57 Mrs. Rachel Kell [gravestone photo] 1835 53
Lewis Drake [gravestone photo] 1849 82 Mrs. Mary Hathaway [gravestone photo] 1847 53
Mary (Russell) Drake [gravestone photo] 1821 50 Mrs. Mary Watters [gravestone photo] 1831 38
Rachel (Lincoln) Drake [gravestone photo] 1845 55 Mrs. Sarah Evans [gravestone photo] 1831 79
Samuel Drake [gravestone photo] 1865 72 James S. Duval [gravestone photo] 1833 31
Mary (Corwin) Drake [gravestone photo] 1860 68 George Duckworth [gravestone photo] 1849 65
Joseph Corwin 1835 64 Sarah Duckworth 1850 70
Susannah Corwin [gravestone photo] 1822 52 Nathan Sharp [gravestone photo] 1849 63
John Wickerham [gravestone photo] 1837 48 Joseph Bundy [gravestone photo] 1868 76
Joseph Eddy, Sr. 1824 61 Hannah (Bracher) Bundy [gravestone photo] 1849 55
Jabish Phillips [gravestone photo] 1837 68 Abiel Gustin [gravestone photo] 1839 60
Rhoda Phillips [gravestone photo] 1854 87 Mary Gustin [gravestone photo] 1849 67
John Phillips [gravestone photo] 1837 47      

METHODIST GRAVEYARD

NAME DIED AGE NAME DIED AGE
Aaron Brandenburg [gravestone photo] 1825 64 Elizabeth Van Note 1825 40
Jedediah Tingle 1827 61 Samuel Chamberlin [gravestone photo] 1863 83
Mrs. Ann French [gravestone photo] 1827 30 Hannah J. Chamberlin [gravestone photo] 1850 63
Rev. Joseph Borden 1851 61 Lewis Chamberlin [gravestone photo] 1854 48
Mary (Steele) Borden 1820 27 James Frazier [gravestone photo] 1847 80
Jacob Sellers [gravestone photo] 1853 87 Sarah Frazier [gravestone photo] 1820 49
Christena Sellers [gravestone photo] 1841 63 John Martin [gravestone photo] 1821 62
William Van Note [gravestone photo] 1833 57 John W. Colbert [gravestone photo] 1831 46
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METHODIST GRAVEYARD - Continued.

NAME DIED AGE NAME DIED AGE
Elenora P. Colbert [gravestone photo] 1862 76 Eliza Jane Harnsberger [gravestone photo] 1852 75
Christopher Earenfight [gravestone photo] 1850 71 William Sellers [gravestone photo] 1844 47
Mary Earenfight [gravestone photo] 1845 63 Parthena Sellers [gravestone photo] 1828 26
Mrs. Prudence Bone [gravestone photo] 1824 31 Henry Share [see memorial at Lebanon Cemetery] 1830 67
Henry Harner [gravestone photo] 1851 75 Elizabeth Bratton [gravestone photo] 1825 66
Sarah Harner* [gravestone photo] 1844 40 Robert Wood 1822 41
Mary Harner* [gravestone photo] 1844 38 Mary Ann Nixon [gravestone photo] 1824 68
Elizabeth Harner* [gravestone photo] 1844 35 Eliza Nixon [gravestone photo] 1824 33
Ann Harner* [gravestone photo] 1844 27 Sarah H. Nixon [gravestone photo] 1828 32
Jeremiah Pinneo 1823 ... Priscilla Punneo 1826 37
John Adams 1824 57 George Foglesong [gravestone photo] 1831 47
Christian Adams [gravestone photo] 1834 47 Catherine Foglesong [gravestone photo] 1831 43
Rebecca Lowry [gravestone photo] 1820 71 Zaccheus Ray [gravestone photo] 1836 55
Hannah Hackney [found spelled as Hannah Hadley in other records] 1829 39 Josiah H. Barton 1848 47
John Lackey 1827 27 John Shurts [gravestone photo] 1833 46
William B. Geoghegan [gravestone photo] 1821 28 Sarah Shurts [gravestone photo] 1827 35
Edmund Geoghegan [gravestone photo] 1833 34 James Brown [gravestone photo] 1820 27
John Pauly [gravestone photo] 1823 54 Betsey Edwards [gravestone photo] 1825 62
Margaret Pauly  [gravestone photo] 1832 55 James Edwards [gravestone photo] 1825 60
Daniel Birdsal 1839 58 Daniel Ulm [gravestone photo] 1858 82
Joshua Hollingsworth [gravestone photo] 1841 66 Jane Ulm 1833 57
Richard Parcell, Sr. [gravestone photo] 1839 72 Rhoda Mulford [gravestone photo] 1843 56
Ann (Voorhis) Parcell [gravestone photo] 1834 64 Joseph Mulford [gravestone photo] 1833 57
Daniel Skinner [gravestone photo] 1839 73 William Spining  [gravestone photo] 1819

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Isabella Skinner 1855 85 John R. Klingling [gravestone photo] 1841 36
Ruth Roe [gravestone photo] 1840 74 Esther Paxton 1848 76
William M. Wiles [gravestone photo] 1837 50 Jane Shinn [gravestone photo] 1834 47
George Mix [gravestone photo] 1830 37 Mrs. Catherine Crawford [gravestone photo] 1828 57
Diantha Mix [gravestone photo] 1824 33 Adam Koogle [gravestone photo] 1833 53
James D. Camp [gravestone photo] 1824 47 Mary Koogle [gravestone photo] 1870 89
Michael Shurts [gravestone photo] 1843 49 George Bundy [gravestone photo] 1848 67
William Worley 1828 68 Elizabeth Bundy [gravestone photo] 1850 71
Nancy Worley [gravestone photo] 1837 82 Benjamin Bundy [gravestone photo] 1859 84
Samuel Z. Price [gravestone photo] 1856 60 Ruth Bundy [gravestone photo] 1846 77
Elias Spinning [gravestone photo] 1851 66 Robert Hamilton [gravestone photo] 1841 81
Phebe Spinning [gravestone photo] 1836 39 Wyllys Pierson [gravestone photo] 1833 61
Matthias Spinning [gravestone photo] 1830 80 Mary Pierson [gravestone photo] 1827 50
Hannah Spinning [gravestone photo] 1837 84 Capt. Jonathan Cushing [gravestone photo] 1818 30
Mrs. Mary Morris [gravestone photo] 1837 64 Nancy Stewart [gravestone photo] 1866 72
Joseph Foote  [gravestone photo] 1833 42 John Henderson, Sr. [gravestone photo] 1849 87
Sarah Compton 1859 61 Catharine Henderson [gravestone photo] 1843 80
John Conrey [gravestone photo] 1864 72 John Henderson [gravestone photo] 1838 89
Margaret Conrey [gravestone photo] 1847 52 Mrs. Jane Hall [gravestone photo] 1862 63
James Harrison  [gravestone photo] 1832 62 Thomas Anderson [gravestone photo] 1839 71
Anna Harrison [gravestone photo] 1839 64 Hesther Anderson [gravestone photo] 1840 66
George Harnsberger [gravestone photo] 1825 41 Thomas Rockhill [gravestone photo] 1825 65

*Four sisters killed by lightning near Lebanon, May 30, 1844.

PRESBYTERIAN GRAVEYARD

NAME DIED AGE NAME DIED AGE
John Tharp [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1819 69 Ann Maria Russell
[removed to Old Section Lot 406 at Lebanon Cemetery in 1906 no stone]
1846 39
Hannah Tharp [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1841 88 Benjamin Blackburn 1852 62
Ann Perrine [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1823 34 Peter Perlee [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1844 77
M. S.
January 8,
1821 ... Rachel Perlee 1853 84
Cornelius Voorhis 1814 46 David Randolph 1856 82
Samuel Braden 1855 75 Rebecca Randolph 1828 50
Mary Braden 1828 43 Sophia Maskal 1853 58
Ezekiel Ervin [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1843 84 John Grigg [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1846 76
William Braden [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1844 59 William Ferguson [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1831 61
Elias Beedle [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1846 63 Catherine Ferguson [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1813 30
Martha Beedle [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1846 62 Thomas Krewson [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1833 47
Joseph Halsey [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1868 83 James Cowan [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1838 83
Mary Halsey [removed to Section H Lot 64-5 at Lebanon Cemetery in 1906] 1854 70 Mary Cowan 1820 ...
Dr. David Morris [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1850 81 James Cowan 1873 85
William Russell [removed to Old Section Lot 406 at Lebanon Cemetery in 1906] 1829 73 Mary Cowan 1826 35
Jane Russell [removed to Old Section Lot 406-3 at Lebanon Cemetery in 1906] 1814 46 Charles Cowan [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1850 66
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PRESBYTERIAN GRAVEYARD - Continued

NAME DIED AGE NAME DIED AGE
Jane W. McPherson [removed to Lebanon Cemetery, Old Section Lot 367 in 1906] 1816 56 Samuel Manning [photo of gravestone at Lebanon Cemetery] 1837 75
Jacob Monfort 1817 23 Thomas Bowes [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1838 43
Elizabeth Monfort [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1817 58 William Jackson [photo of gravestone at Lebanon Cemetery] 1868 68
Lawrence Monfort  [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1830 77 Charlotte Jackson [photo of gravestone at Lebanon Cemetery] 1866 70
Maria Aten 1828 36 Thomas Freeman [removed to Lebanon Cemetery, Old Section Lot 332 in 1906 - no gravestone] 1818 33
Cyrus Bone  [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1837 51 John Kesler [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1843 73
Sarah T. Bone [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1856 66 Jacob Beller [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1842 56
James Bone [removed to Lebanon Cemetery, Sec A Lot 24 in 1906 - no gravestone] 1838 60 Elizabeth Beller [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1846 49
Agnes Bone 1858 76 William Roof [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1842 43
Mrs. Jane Reeder 1842 64 Mrs. Christena Sellers [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1807 36
Mrs. Jane Krewson 1847 64 Mrs. Ann McCain [removed to Old Section Lot 282-10 at Lebanon Cemetery in 1906] 1848 70
Mrs. Eunice Goodwin [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1814 18 Francis Dill 1834 87
William Porter [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1833 81 Ann Dill [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1814 66
Mrs. Elizabeth (Ross) Winans [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1815 26 William Dill [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1852 63
John McCray [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1836 66 Aletty Dill [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1843 63
Abner Smith 1818 64 Francis Dill [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1830 34
William Whitaker [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1847 62 Mrs. Mary Dill [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1827 54
David Dunham 1835 66 Alexander Dunlap [gravestone photo at Lebanon Cemetery] 1813 26
Mrs. Rachel Brown [photo of gravestone at Lebanon Cemetery] 1852 58      

FOOTNOTES: [a place to add additional information that you might want to submit]

7 Dec 2003
Arne H Trelvik

The square occupied by the old Baptist and the old Methodist graveyards remains as a cemetery now called the "Pioneer Cemetery". The square does not contain the old Presbyterian graveyard which no longer exists. The grounds of the old Presbyterian graveyard are now occupied by an automobile dealership.

The 3 indivual listings of burials in the Old Baptist Graveyard, Old Methodist Graveyard and Old Presbyterian Graveyards preceeding this note have been transcribed by John L. Cowan, Ph.D., of Baltimore, MD, into a single table identified as PIONEER CEMETERY IN LEBANON, OHIO . As noted above, the Old Presbyterian Graveyard is not included in what is now called the Pioneer Cemetery.

10 Mar 2005
Arne H Trelvik
About 1907 remaining stones in the Old Presbyterian Cemetery were relocated to Lebanon Cemetery - see photos

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