- North side of Wilmington Road (County Road 7), just
west of Interstate 71, Washington Township, Warren County, Ohio
- "Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003"
by the Ohio Genealogical
Society , Cemetery #12323, "Olive Branch Cemetery"
- Coordinates: 39° 25' 48"N,
84° 04' 45"W
- Virginia Military District: Survey
- USGS GNIS - Olive
Branch Cemetery Feature ID #1044154
map at coordinates 39° 25' 48"N, 84° 04' 45"W
County Auditor for "Cemetery", Property
# 7205902, Parcel ID 14364000010] - 1 acre
Image of the cemetery location from Windows
Military District Survey #828 from Warner's 1867
Warren County Ohio Wall Map
- Beers History
of Warren County
"On the hill east of the river, Joel Drake settled, in 1815,
where John Wilkerson now lives; he was from Southampton County, Va.,
and was a soldier of the Revolution, taking part at Yorktown and witnessed
the surrender of Cornwallis; he and his brother, Jordan Drake, left
Virginia in 1807, and encountered a terrible tornado after crossing
the Ohio. They arrived at Anderson’s Fork (they supposed at the
time), in Clinton County, now Snowhill; but milk sickness prevailing,
they disposed of their property and removed to Warren County and settled
on the head of Olive Branch in 1815, Jordan Drake settling near by where
Samuel Craig now lives. Jordan Drake raised a large family, his daughter
in law, Mrs. John W. Drake, and his grandson, Henry M. Drake, remaining
in this township. Joel Drake was an active and influential member of
the Methodist Episcopal Church; his death occurred in 1841."
"There were a great many Methodists in the settlements, mostly
in Clinton County, till about 1810, when Joel Drake and Jordan Drake
settled on Olive Branch, where a society was organized and a log house
built in 1821 or 1822. James Davidson and Adjet McGuire were preaching
at different places before this time, and are spoken of as early preachers
at Olive Branch. Some years after, a frame structure was erected, and,
about 1843, was improved and finished in a comfortable manner.
I have just been reliably informed that Leroy Swormstedt, while quite
a young man, preached for some three years at Rev. Joel Drake’s
house prior to the building of the church.
The first person buried in the graveyard attached was Jordan Drake,
aged about twenty one; the next, Mrs. Isaac Stutsel."
"Olive Branch Methodist Episcopal Church has a well-filled
graveyard on the church lot, Jordan Drake, a young man, being the first
one buried, about 1823; Mrs. Isaac Stutsel, about 1824; then a young
woman named Almira Houston, who was killed by falling from a swing."
- Capital University Law School, Law Review Vol.
32, Issue 2,
Standing of the Dead: Solving the Problem of Abandoned Graveyards"
by C. Allen Shaffer [link is to a pdf file] includes discussion of the
Olive Branch Cemetery situation.
Transferred," The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), Thursday,
November 24, 1924
- D.A.R. Turtlecreek Chapter & Warren
County Historical Society (available at the Historical Society Library)
- Early Vital Records Volume 19, page 90-93
- Warren County Genealogical
- Other Known Transcriptions
- Bowers, Dale, and Anita Short. Gateway
to the West. Baltimore, Md: Genealogical Pub. Co,
1989 page II:692-693 (recorded 3 Apr 1968 by Mrs. HerretW. Everitt
& Mrs. Ralph Giehls)
This was republished from the magazine, Gateway to the West, Volume
I, Number 3, July 1968, pages 113-114
- Lisa Franklin from Alabama visited and photographed
the cemetery in 2006. Visit her blog at http://trackingyourroots.com/lisa.htm
and see the entry for 4 Sep 2006 which contains a link to download
Depression Era Plat Map of Olive Branch Cemetery
(#78) for the Veterans Grave Registration Project by the WPA
Plat shows retangular grid of 20 graves by 40 graves
with the "Drake Lot" shown as a 6 grave parcel.
The only burial recorded on the plat was for Civil War
Veteran William Grey. Other veterans known
to be buried here are John W. Barkley
(died while serving in the Civil War), Rev.
Joel Drake (Revolutionary War Veteran), and George
Zentmyer (War of 1812 Veteran)