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Hill's Graveyard
also known as Rosebud Acres and as Seyforth Cemetery
Hamilton Township, Warren County, Ohio

The Hill Graveyard is an inactive, overgrown cemetery located in a wooded area on the north side of ravine located west of Schlottman Road and east of Baxter Road, very close to the Warren - Clermont County line [N39° 16' 28", W84° 14' 04"]. It is located in Virginia Military Survey #2192. At one time, Baxter Road extended eastward to Schlottman Road (formerly called Williamsburg Pike) and provided access to the cemetery. That eastern part of Baxter road was abandoned sometime after 1903, causing the cemetery to become landlocked.

This cemetery is mentioned in some of the earliest references to burials in Hamilton Twp. Beers History of Warren County says "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 Beers History also refers to the cemetery in discussions of early settlements and early churches of Hamilton Township (see links below).

On the 23rd of May 1842, Philip Hill transferred 1 acre and 33.75 poles of land to the Trustees of the Methodist Epsicopal Church for $1 and the public good for the special purpose of a burying ground and meeting house. The deed is recorded in Warren County Deed Book 25, page 287. The Warren County Auditor lists the property as a 1.465 acre parcel which can be seen in the aerial image obtained from the Warren County GIS Department. On 18 May 2005, the Methodist Church transferred a 1.393 acre parcel to Hamilton Twp. Trustees.

A plat of the cemetery (created by the WPA during the depression) shows 176 plots arranged in a 22 rows containing 8 plots each. The only grave identified on the plat is that of Jno. Simonton, a civil war veteran. Based on where the Jno. Simonton grave is positioned, it would appear that the WPA has the plat upside down.

Location: 
 
  • Landlocked - north side of ravine located west of Schlottman Road and east of Baxter Road, very close to the Warren - Clermont County line
  • "Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003" by the Ohio Genealogical Society
    • Cemetery #12244 as Rosebud Acres - Seyforth Acres in Hamilton Twp, Warren County
    • Cemetery #1789 as Hill Cemetery in Goshen Twp, Clermont County
  • Coordinates: 39° 16' 28"N, 84° 14' 04"W
  • Virginia Military Survey #2192 [see 1867 Wall Map of Warren County]
Links:
  
Transcriptions:  
  • D.A.R. Turtlecreek Chapter & Warren County Historical Society (available at the Historical Society Library)
    • Early Vital Records Volume 4, page 16 [26 burials for deaths from 1841 to 1890 for the cemetery under the name "Rosebud Acres"]
  • Page 702 in Volume 2 of GATEWAY TO THE WEST [Greeneville, OH: Anita Short & Dale Bowers, 1978] has an undated transcription (by Mrs. Gordon M. Hower) which records 30 burials for deaths from 1813 to 1890.
  • "Monument Inscriptions prior to 1900 from Cemeteries in Clermont County, Ohio, Vol 10" lists 36 burials found during a ca. 1959 reading of the "Hill Private Cemetery" by the Beech Forest Chapter D.A.R. They list the cemetery as being in Goshen Twp, Clermont Co.
  • About 1999, Jim and Mary Baldwin who live nearby, read the cemetery and recorded 20 burials, one of which was not in either of the above listings.
  • On 19 Aug 2000, a group visited the cemetery in conjunction with a reunion of the descendants of Adam Simonton of Ohio and found all of the Simonton tombstones [except Ann Simonton] noted in previous readings of the cemetery.
  • Warren County Genealogical Society
    • Not currently in one of their 12 cemetery books but the results of the following readings will be added to the next edition of Volume 5
      [see online index]
    • On 3 July 2003, Kim Wilmes, Chuck Griffin and Arne Trelvik visited the cemetery on behalf of the Warren County Genealogical Society and found the gravestones listed below.
    • On 7 Jun 2006, Larry W. Collins visited the cemetery on behalf of the Warren County Genealogical Society and photographed all extant tombstones. Larry unearthed additional stones not found during the 2003 visit.
Variant Names:  
  • Also referred to as Seyforth Cemetery and as Rosebud Acres

Photographic Records. [Click on the thumbnail images for larger photos]
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CLINTON

no given names or dates visable on the monument

[See the Horace Clinton Biography for more information about the Clinton family buried in this cemetery.]

by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
&
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006
  CLINTON
top middle bottom
Ellen Clinton
born Feb. 14, 1796
died Feb. 24, 1882
Rachel Clinton
died Jan. 30, 1846
Elizabeth Clinton
died 21 Nov. 1858

Stone is lying on the ground and could not be moved to check side facing down.

by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
Jos. Clinton
died Feb. 13, 1878
aged 78 years 4 month 19 days
Mattie Clinton
wife of J. Clinton
died April 10, 1865
aged 70 years 6 months
by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
&
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006

Mary Donnels
departed this life April 11, 1847
aged 23 years & 3 [or 8 or 13] days
by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
&
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006

Mary Donnels

nothing beside the name is legible

by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
&
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006
In memory of
Junius Gillespie
who died Apr. 3, 1851
aged 28 years 10 months 6 days
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006

Girton? [giveen name not legible]
daughter of M. & S. A. Girton
d. April 18, 1855
aged 14 years 4 months 2 days

[This is probably Sarah Girton, daughter of Marshall and Sarah A. Girton]

 

by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
&
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006
   

E. H.

1 of 2 footstones marked E. H.

by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
 

E. H.

2nd of 2 footstones marked E. H.

by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 

     
Lucinda Henry
wife of J. D. Henry
born Sept. 15, 1822
died Jan. 18, 1873
aged 50 years 4 months & 3 days
James D. Henry
born Aug. 20, 1813
died Jan. 22, 1875
aged 61 years 5 months & 2 days

April 3,, 2007  Edie Suttle writes:
James D. Henry and Lucinda Hill, were married on June 30, 1840 in Warren County, Ohio. Lucinda was the daughter of James Hill and Amelia Harris. Their daughter Sarah Jane Henry is the daughter of James D. Henry and Lucinda (Hill) Henry.

Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006


Sarah Jane Henry
daughter of James D. & Lucinda A. Henry
died Nov. 8th, 1861
aged 20 years 2 months & 26 days

Footstone inscribed S. J. H.

by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
&
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006
  Amelia Hill
wife of P. W. Hill [has also been interpreted as "daughter of P. W. Hill"]
died Sep. 4, 1854 [or Sep. 1, 1851?]
aged 25 years 5 months & 19 days [or 25 years 4 months & 19 days?]
by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
 

Anna Belle Hill
daughter of J. & Elizabeth E. Hill
died May 29, 1859

[broken stone - 1959 reading said aged 8 months ]

Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006
Benjamin Hill
son of Philip & Elizabeth Hill
died Feb. 6, 1841
aged 36 years 10 months & 12 days
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006

James Hill
died June 5, 1863
aged 68 years 4 months & 5 days

"To Our Parents"

by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
&
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006
 

Julia Ann Hill
daughter of Wm. & E. Hill
died 22 Apr 1855

  • DAR listed as "daughter of J. C. and Elizabeth Hill" with same date but 1865 handwritten in margin.
  • Gateway to West had month of death as March instead of April

 

by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
   
       
Philip Hill
born Feb. 3, 1769
died Jan. 10, 1848
AE 78 years 11 months 7 days
Elizabeth Hill
wife of Philip Hill
died Jan. 16, 1851
aged 77 years
 
March 28, 2007  Edie Suttle writes:
My husband is the 5th great grandson of Phillip and Elizabeth (Spicer) Hill. All the people in this particular cemetery are related to my husband.
Phillip W. Hill
was born 03 FEB 1769 in Frederick County, Maryland, and died 10 JAN 1848.
Elizabeth (Spicer) Hill
was born 12 DEC 1774 in North Carolina, and died 16 JAN 1851.
by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
&
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006

William Hill
died May 12, 1878
aged 76 years 6 months & 6 days

by
Arne H Trelvik

6 Jul 2003 
&
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006

Jno. Simonton
Co. G.
1st Ohio Cav.

[Note: It is believed that this is John David Simonton, husband of Nancy Haines and son of Bennett Simonton and Margaret (Peggy) Hall. See below for mother and siblings.]

by
Arne H Trelvik

15 Jul 2003 
&
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006
Ellen Simonton Family [a small 4-sided monument]
top bottom

Ellen Simonton
born 1766
died Sep. 29, 1848
aged 82 years

Mary E. Ramsey
born Jan, 1850
died Feb. 1852
aged 2 years
top bottom

infant daughter
born Oct. 1842
died Oct. 1842
1 day old

Peggy Simonton
born 1798
died Aug. 29, 1845
aged 47 years
top bottom

Alonzo L. Simonton
born Aug. 22, 1845
died July 10, 1869
aged 23 years 10 months 18 days

[no legible inscription
ca. 1959 reading lists
Ann Simonton
born 1766 - no death date]
top bottom

Thirza Simonton
born June 22, 1833
died Sept. 29, 1864
aged 31 years 3 months 7 days

Mary Simonton
born Jan. 13, 1820
died May 23, 1867
aged 47 years 4 months 10 days

Notes:

  • Ellen Simonton is the mother of Bennett Simonton (1799-1879) who married Margaret (Peggy) Hall in 1819. Ellen and Peggy are listed on the monument along with 4 children of Bennett and Peggy ("infant daughter", Alonzo L., Thirza & Mary) and Bennet Simonton's granddaughter, Mary E. Ramsey.
  • Ellen (aka Eleanor & Elery) Simonton's connection to the rest of the Simonton family in Hamilton Twp has not been identified. It has been speculated that she might be the wife of the John Simonton mentioned in the Amos Irvin Letter and Bennett Simonton could have been the child referred to the the same letter as being born as they reached Ohio in 1799.
  • It is believed that Mary Ramsey is the daughter of George Ramsey and Elizabeth Simonton and the granddaughter of Bennett and Peggy Simonton
  • from 1819 Marriage Consents, Peggy Simonton was Margaret (Peggy) Hall was the daughter of Alexander Hall
by
Arne H Trelvik

15 Jul 2003 
&
Larry W. Collins
16 Dec 2006

Unknown/Illegible Markers

6023
no visible markings
(near Simonton stones]
6026
unreadable footstone
6027
unreadable fieldstone
6112
small illegible stone
Stones Not Found
Previous readings of this cemetery listed stones for the following individuals which were not found during the 2003 and 2006 visits by the Warren County Genealogical Society
  photo needed _____
aged 53 years 8 months 2 days
[only information listed]
 
  photo needed
Isaac Clinton Elizabeth Clinton James Clinton
[no dates] [no dates] born Sep. 24, 1806
died Feb. 27, 1890
    son of Isaac and Elizabeth Clinton who emigrated to Ohio from county Armaugh, Ireland in 1792
 
  photo needed Arthur Elliot Girton
son of G. W. & L. E. Girton
died Apr. 3, 1863
aged 1 year & 3 months
 
  photo needed ___ Hill
daughter of P. W. & A. Hill
aged 1 year and 1 day
 
  photo needed Eliza Hill
wife of William Hill
died Mar. 31, 1862
 
  photo needed William Hill
died Mar. 31, 1862
 
  photo needed Sarah E. Ramsey [?]
wife of John Ramsey [?]
died Dec. __, 186?
aged 22 years [eroded stone]
 
  photo needed Ann Simonton
born 1766
[same stone as the Ellen Simonton family]
 

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