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Warren County, Ohio Virtual Cemetery Project
a project of the Warren County Genealogical Society a chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society
in partnership with the Warren County OHGenWeb Project.

Pioneer Cemetery
The north half was originally the Baptist Graveyard
The south half was originally the Methodist Graveyard
Lebanon, Ohio

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Pioneer Cemetery Restoration Clinic
Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sponsored by the Warren County Genealogical Society
with the generous support of the City of Lebanon

The 3rd annual Cemetery Restoration Clinic was a great success with participants coming from all over southwest Ohio and as far away as Ashland, Ohio. We started out with a frosty fall morning but it was a beautiful sunny day which warmed up nicely. Walt and Micki Walters from the Graveyard Groomer presented an outstanding program.  We are grateful for the time and effort devoted to the clinic by chairman Terry Easton and chairwoman Dana Palmer who were supported in a variety of ways by other Warren County Genealogical Society volunteers including Vicki Bergerhouse, Marti Daubenmire, Diana Linkous, Candy Taylor and Arne Trelvik.  We must also thank the City of Lebanon for the support they provided for the clinic, especially Scott Brunka, Deputy City Manager and Sonny Redmon who heads up the care and maintenance of both the Pioneer Cemetery and the Lebanon Cemetery. Free morning coffee was provide by The Village Ice Cream Parlor in Lebanon.

The primary purpose of the clinic was to educate those attending.  The clinic presented graphic demonstrations on suitable restoration techniques to deal with various problems experienced in older cemeteries and provided commentary on the cause of those problems both in the past and continuing today. Each participant received a heavily illustrated 155 page workbook covering all of the topics addressed during the clinic.  Those who weren't able to attend may purchase a copy of the workbook from the Warren County Genealogical Society [513 695 1444 or] for only $10 plus $2 shipping and handling. Ohio residents should add 6 1/2% sales tax.
GRAVESTONES WORKED ON DURING THE CLINC. [Click on the thumbnail images for larger photos]
We are only showing the before and after photos on this page. See the workbook for the techniques used.
Eliza C. Fisher
wife of E. Fisher
died Oct. 25, 1853
aged 33 years 8 months 1 day
Baptist Graveyard site #192
Jno. Frazier
Co. G
79th Ohio Inf.
Methodist Graveyard site #59
John Frazier and his wife Malinda (West) Frazier were living in Warren County when he enlisted as a 43 year old Private in the 79th OVI on the 22nd of January 1864. He died of disease less than a month later on 13 Feb 1864. Hundreds of soldiers from Warren County served in this regiment which was originally organized in July of 1862 in Warren, Clinton and Hamilton counties.  His gravestone was leaning heavily to the right so that the inscription was hidden by the stone next to it and by the cedar tree sapling that had sprouted up between the two stones.  The sapling was removed and the stone was straightened. Lebanon's VFW Post 6069 has provided a G.A.R. flag holder to commenorate the ultimate sacrifice made by Mr. Frazier and his family.

Margaret Ann Worley
wife of Brice Worley
born Nov. 25, 1804
died Feb. 11, 1848


left right
James Corwin
son of J. B. & Rebecca Corwin
died June 17, 1844
AE 5 months
Anna Corwin
daughter of J. B. & Rebecca Corwin
died March 2, 1846
AE 6 weeks
James and Anna Corwin were the infant children of Jesse B. Corwin and his 2nd wife, Rebecca (Knox) Corwin and the grandchildren of Ichabod Corwin, one of the founders of Lebanon.  These two gravestones once again stand in line with those for other members of their family.


In memory of
James H. Benford
son of Wyatt & Sarah Benford
born Mar. 10, 1849
died July 1, 1849
aged 3 months 20 days


Benham Family Monument
[inscriptions are located on three of the four sides]



Baptist Graveyard


In memory of
Elizabeth VanPelt
who departed this life
April 29, AD 1814
in the 31 year of her age
Found and unearthed by Bruce Barricklow and Debbie Schneider who reset the gravestone in the spot where it was found. Elizabeth was the wife of Alexander VanPelt and the oldest of nine children of Judge Mattias Corwin and Patience (Hallock) Corwin. Her gravestone is located adjacent to that of her father. Governor Thomas Corwin was her brother.

Baptist Graveyard

Esther Foster
wife of Eli Foster
born at Cape May N.J.
Feb 2, 1778 [birth date from previous readings]
died June 23, 1858
aged 80 years 4 months 11 days
Found and unearthed by Terry Easton.  The stone was reburied in the same location where it was found, between the Rebecca Leaming gravestone (#121) and the John Eddy gravestone (#123) until repairs can be made.
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