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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.


  Besler Cemetery
Union Township, Warren County, Ohio
 


Location:  
  • This is a landlocked cemetery about 1/4 acre in size, surrounded by the 119.76 acre farm at 4376 Cox-Smith Road (TR 241) that is about 2/10s of a mile south of Mason-Morrow-Milgrove Road (CR 38). The cemetery is a 104' x 114' parcel off the road about 1800 feet south of the first bend in Cox-Smith Road.
  • "Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003" by the Ohio Genealogical Society , Cemetery #12314 [Besler Cemetery]
  • Coordinates: 39° 21' 54.23"N, 84° 15' 34.58"W
  • RTS: Range 3 North Township 4 East Section 13
Links:  
  • USGS GNIS - Not Included
  • Google Map at 39° 21' 54.23"N, 84° 15' 34.58"W
  • Warren County Auditor for Union Cemetery Association, Property Account # 6606679, Parcel ID 12134000050, 0.272 acre
  • Range 3 Township 4 Section 13 from Warner's 1867 Warren County Ohio Wall Map -
    [Nothing is shown to indicate the presence of a cemetery which at the time would have been on the 248 acre farm of J. D. Smith]
  • Beers History of Warren County, page 712
    " . . . David Fox, Sr., settled on Muddy Creek, west of Deerfield, about 1797 or 1798. He lived on the farm, on which he settled, until his death. In connection with his son Absalom, he built a grist-mill on Turtle Creek and operated a copper still. In the Fellowship Churchyard are tombstones with these inscriptions: " David Fox, died January 23, 1847, aged eighty-two years six months and sixteen days." "Sarah, wife of David Fox, died June 7, 1850, aged eighty-two years eight months and twenty-six days." David Fox was accompanied on his removal to this township by his brother Jonathan and his brother-in-law, Sampson Sergeant. . . ."
Transcriptions:  
  • D.A.R. Turtlecreek Chapter & Warren County Historical Society (available at the Historical Society Library)
    • None
  • Warren County Genealogical Society
    • Not included in Current Cemetery Books - See Besler Cemetery web page
    • 4 Dec 2009: Our thanks to LaVonne Smith who photographed all extant gravestones for the "Warren County Virtual Cemetery" Project. The gravestones for Absalom, Jonathan and Hannah Fox were found surrounded by briar bushes in an open field.
    • 13 Mar 2012: The property owners have cleared the brush away. LaVonne Smith and Dana Palmer visted the cemetery on 13 Mar 2012 and photographed all extant gravestones. The property owners indicate that the burial ground was used by Smith, Cox and Fox families.
    • All of the photos have been added to this website. These efforts will be incorporated into the new cemetery books planned by the society.
  • Other Known Transcriptions
    • None known of
Variant Names:  
  • Current property owner is listed as Union Cemetery Association


Here Lies
Absalom Fox
son of
___ __d Rachel
[fragment of broken stone]

by
LaVonne Smith &
Dana Palmer
15 Mar 2012

Absalom Foxs
died Oct. 28, 1850
aged 46 years 5 months 22 days

by
LaVonne Smith &
Dana Palmer
15 Mar 2012

2009 photo

Hannah Fox
wife of Jonathan Fox
died June 12, 1853
AE. 61 years & 11 months

by
LaVonne Smith &
Dana Palmer
15 Mar 2012

2009 photo

Jonathan Fox
died Oct. 13, 1851
AE. 73 years & 3 months

by
LaVonne Smith &
Dana Palmer
15 Mar 2012

S. S.

[footstone]

by
LaVonne Smith &
Dana Palmer
15 Mar 2012

stone fragment - no visible markings

by
LaVonne Smith &
Dana Palmer
15 Mar 2012


2009 photo

2009 photo

2009 photo

2009 photo

COMMENTS:
20 Apr 2011 Michael Sellers email:
"I find 68 year old Hannah Fox and 73 year old husband, Jonathan Fox, listed on the 1850 Census living in Union Township, Warren County, Ohio. I have little doubt they are the same Hannah and Jonathan buried in Besler Cemetery. Son Absalom Fox was also listed as living with them, age 46. Jonathan Fox was listed with a real estate value of $5600 and both he and Hannah were listed as being born in Pennsylvania while son Absalom was listed as being born in Ohio."

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