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Old Quaker Cemetery at Roachester
Hopewell Preparative Meeting of the Miami Monthly Meeting of Friends
Salem Township, Warren County, Ohio

Index to Available Gravestone Photos
A-G - H-R  S-Z List of Burials  [no surname/illegible] [Old Quaker Cemetery Home page]

August 2011
[see more area photos at the bottom of the page]

Beers History of Warren County, page 665-666 contains the following regarding this cemetery
" The Friends Meeting House, a one-story brick building at Roachester, was erected about the year 1818. The ground upon which it was built, one acre, was deeded October 17, 1816, by James and Mahlon Roach to Isaac Thomas, Jr., Benjamin Nincle, Jonah Cadwallader and Andrew Whitacre, Trustees of the Friends of "Hopewell Meeting." It was given for both church and burial purposes. The following-named persons were the heads of families then belonging to this society of Friends: Benjamin Butterworth, Robert Whitacre, Thomas Cadwallader, Ruth Tribby, Elijah Thomas and Jesse Williams. Years prior to the building of the meeting house, Robert Whitacre was instrumental in the organization of this meeting, which was called Hopewell, after a meeting of Friends in Virginia. They worshipped for some time in a small log house which stood about three-quarters of a mile southeast of the present building. About the close of the late civil war, the society became weak and the meeting was "laid down." In 1872 it was revived, but again suspended in the Spring of 1882. Since the division in the Society of Friends, it was a Hicksite congregation."

The purchase of this property by the Quaker church was recorded in Volume 6, Page 386 of the Warren County Deed Records.  On 12 Jul 1976 the Trustees of the Miami Monthly Meeting of Friends, Ernest Cook, Harold Whitaker and Charles McCulloch, sold a 1.35 part of the original tract to Fernando & Nona Cress for $5,000 which was recorded in Vol 492 page 916 of the Warren County Deed Records,  This parcel contained the old meeting house and the surrounding land except for the "L" shaped burial grounds.  The deed provided a 20 foot right of way "for the benefit or advantage of the grantor and for all other persons desirous of visiting the burial place of the dead situated on the property owned by Miami Monthly Meeting of Friends, which is a part of the original tract ..."  Since the 1976 sale, the former meeting house has been used a private dwelling with the property changing hands numerous times.  After the latest sale on 3 Sep 2009, the deteriorated meeting house was torn down and the 1.35 acre property surrounding the cemetery is being cleaned up by the new owners who live next door. 

  • Landlocked parcel on the East side of Ward Rd. (TR#199), 363 feet northeast US Route 22 & 3. The cemetery is in the back  of the property at 4736 Ward Road.  There is a 20 foot easement along the south and west borders of the 4736 Ward Road property for public access to visit the cemetery.
  • "Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003" by the Ohio Genealogical Society , Cemetery #12287 [Old Quaker Cemetery] at 39° 21' 31.17"N, 84° 05' 44.21"W
  • Coordinates: 39° 21' 31.17"N, 84° 05' 44.21"W
  • Virginia Military District Survey #1494
Variant Names:  
  • Roachester Quaker Cemetery; Hopewell Preparative Meeting Burial Ground

Inset map of Roachester from Warner's 1867 Wall Map of Warren County. by
Arne H Trelvik
7 November 2009
Map of Roachester from L. H. Everts 1875 Combination Atlas Map of Warren County Ohio

Arne H Trelvik
7 November 2009

Old Quaker Cemetery #77 on Map Page 11 from WPA Veteran Graves Registration Project

Although there are a number of veterans buried here, they are not identified on the WPA plat.

Arne H Trelvik
7 November 2009

1976 Survey of the property showing the 0.46 acre cemetery and 20 foot right of way providing access to it

Source:  Volume 33 Plat No. 58 Warren County Engineers Record of Land Division,

Arne H Trelvik
7 November 2009
April 2006 photo looking north from Ward Road towards the old Meeting House. by
Arne H Trelvik
7 November 2009

21 Oct 2009 photo looking in a westerly direction shortly after the demolition of the old Meeting House

21 Oct 2009 photo looking west towards back half of the cemetery

21 Oct 2009 photo from back of property looking south towards Ward Road

Bing map showing approximate boundaries for the cemetery and adjacent property. (see 1976 survey for actual property lines)

Index to Available Tombstone Photos
A-G - H-R  S-Z List of Burials  [no surname/illegible] [Old Quaker Cemetery Home page]
[To contribute your photos email them in jpg format to Arne H Trelvik with any other details that you would like to share]

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