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Rossburg Cemetery
Harlan Township, Warren County, Ohio

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Rossburg Cemetery is a inactive, landlocked cemetery, surrounded by private property.that is located [mostly] on the south side of 1st Creek a little west of the Little Run Rivulet. There is no indication of a cemetery at this location on the 1856 Warren County Wall map but later maps from 1867 to 1932 all show the approximate location of a cemetery at this location. It is thought to be a public burying ground as none of the maps show any churches in the immediate vicinity of the cemetery.

From Bobbi Tindle, (proofreading by her daughter, Warren County Genealogical Society member Nicole Tindle)
"Research on this cemetery was done by Ron and Bobbi Tindle on May 6, 2006. Bobbi’s family has lived in the area of this cemetery since the 1950’s. Little is known to her family about the history of the cemetery. Her mother, Judith A. (Smith) Booher still lives in the area. Judith was told that the people were buried in that location due to having died of the plague. Since the first known burial occurred in 1833 and the last in 1884, I doubt that to be true information. It is possible that maybe 1 or several people buried there did die of the plague but doubtful that all of them did. The land now owned by Judith was once owned by her step grandfather, Phillip Enz who inherited the land from his father, Jacob Enz. That is the family that probably would have known more about the history.

"This cemetery is in very poor shape. I believe that the residents who live closest to the cemetery are the ones mowing it once in a while but nothing more is being done. At one time, some neighborhood kids had gone into the cemetery and broke many of the stones. I also heard that some of them were even thrown over the hill toward the creek. I would bet that quite a few of the stones are no longer located in the correct places. They have been moved."


Location:

  

  • Starting at the private property located at 8226 Morrow-Rossburg Road (County Road 27), opposite Morgan's Run Drive, this landlocked. cemetery is about 1200 feet north northeast (across private property) to the south side of First Creek a little west of the Little Run Rivulet.
  • Cemetery #12255 in "Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003" by the Ohio Genealogical Society
  • Coordinates: 39° 18' 48"N, 84° 07' 20"W
  • Virginia Military District Survey #3795
  • From Bobbi Tindle
    In the map to the left (courtesy of www.epodunk.com) you can see what looks like a white square to the left of the arrow pointing to the cemetery. This white square indicates the house that is there now before it was completed. You can also tell where the main road is and where the private drive for that house is. The private drive looks just a little wider
Links:  
  • USGS GNIS National Mapping Information for Gheils Cemetery ID #1040847
  • TopoZone map at coordinates 39° 18' 48"N, 84° 07' 20"W
  • Warren County Auditor Property Summary for the Rossburg Cemetery - Property Account #3512703 [Parcel ID 17043000030] which indicates that the eastern boundary of the cemetery parcel crosses 1st creek for roughly 60 feet to the northeast corner of the lot. Also see image from tax map
  • Aerial Map from Windows.Live Local
Transcriptions:  
  • D.A.R. Turtlecreek Chapter & Warren County Historical Society (available at the Historical Society Library)
    • Early Vital Records Volume 4, page 35
    • Early Vital Records Volume 8, page 42
    • Arthur L. West who owns the land to the east of the cemetery visited the cemetery grounds in April 2003 and again in April 2006. He provided a transcript and background information about the cemetery to the Warren County Historical Society, a copy of which is also available at the Warren County Genealogical Society.
  • Warren County Genealogical Society
Variant Names:  
  • Ghiel or Old Rossburg listed as variant names in "Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003" by the Ohio Genealogical Society
  • Gheils or Ghiel in the USGS GNIS
  • note the local maps below which all spell the name as Geihls or Giehls (with or without the s on the end)

Rossburgh on 1867 Wall Map
H. Geihls land to west
M. Fetz farm to east

Rossburgh from 1875 Atlas
H. G__hls land to west
M. Fetz farm to east
Rossburg from 1891 Atlas
Sophia Geihl to west
Philip Enz to east
Rossburg from 1903 Atlas
Geihls to west
Ents to east
Rossville from 1932 Plat Book
H. Giehls to west
Jacob Entz to east
Photographic Records. [Click on the thumbnail images for larger photos]
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The following stones were read on previous readings of the cemetery but were not found during the 6 May 2006 visit.
If you have photos of these stones, please consider sharing them with us.
NAME Died AGE COMMENTS OTHER
Susan -?-     dau. of Jacob and (Va? Ma?) (Collins?)
surnames, etc. worn
H. Clinton       or A. Clinton for Archbald?
Sarah Clinton        
Jacob Smith Jan 8, 1835 2-5-28 son of Peter & Elizabeth Smith
 
Valentine P. Smith 8 Jan 1835 2-7-1 son of D. H. & Elizabeth Smith  
James Thompson 20 Oct 1860 46-2-23 son of Benj. & Sarah Thompson  

Cyrus Bennett
son of M. W. & P. Bennett
Died Apr. 26, 1844
Aged 9 months & 5 days

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006 

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Elizabeth Bennett
Wife of William Bennett
Died Feb. 28, 1849
Aged 69 years

from Bobbi Tindle
[My personal family research has led me to believe that Elizabeth is the d/o William & Catherine (Custer) Runyan but I have no evidence to prove that]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006 

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

In Memory of
George Bennett
Born July 16, 1821
Died Apr. 22, 1849
Aged 27 years, 9 months & 8 days

from Bobbi Tindle
[My personal family research has led me to believe that George married Catharine Runyan, d/o David & Elizabeth (Layman) Runyan but I have no evidence to prove that]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

  Moses W. Bennett
Died Mar. 11, 1845
Aged 24 years, 11 months & 17 days

from Bobbi Tindle
[Was married to Prudence Brown in 1841 as per WCGS Marriages online. He is also listed in the WCGS Chancery Records 1824-1851]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006
Wm. Bennett
Died Jan. 21, 1864
Aged 85 years & 11 months

from Bobbi Tindle
[William can be found in the 1860 census in Salem Twp, Warren Co, OH]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Hannah Clinton
Daughter of Archibald & Sarah Clinton
Was born Feb. 7, 1832
And
Died July 15, 1833

from Bobbi Tindle
[This is the first known burial. Hannah can be found in the Miami Valley Ohio, Pioneers book available from WCGS]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Jacob Collins
Died Mar. 7, 1837
Aged 63 years, 5 months & 26 days

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008



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Frederick Eixmann
Died May 15, 1855
Aged 52 years, 3 months & 10 days

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Our ?
Alvah Hill
Son of E.A. & M.J. Hill
Died Sep. 19, 1862
Aged 2 years, 9 months & 7 days

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Anna Hill
Daughter of J. & L. Hill
Died May 13, 1863
Aged 16 years, 8 months & 21 days

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Jackson Hill
Died July 1, 1849
Aged 25 years, 2 months & 29 days
[others readings have interpreted the age as 25-7-29. His birth date of 11 Nov 1823 from page 1033 of Beers History of Warren County would make his age 25-7-20]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008


John Hill

Lavinia Hill
        
John Hill
Died May 9, 1857
Aged 61 years, 7 months & 7 days
Lavinia Hill
Wife of John Hill
Died Jan. 9, 1875
Aged 69 years
from Bobbi Tindle
[John can be found in the Miami Valley Ohio, Pioneers book avail. At WCGS & the 1850 census in Salem Twp, Warren Co, OH.
He is also mentioned on page 1033 of Beers History of Warren County]
from Bobbi Tindle
[Maiden name is Ross according to the Miami Valley Ohio, Pioneers book. She can be found in the 1860 census for Salem Twp, Warren Co, OH]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

William Little
Died Sept. 2, 1851
Aged 66 years & 4 months

from Bobbi Tindle
[William can be found in the Miami Valley Ohio, Pioneers book avail. at WCGS & WCGS Marriages 1803-1834. He married Dorcas Liggett 1809]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

  Susanna Price
Wife of Thomas Price
Died Jan. 26, 1864
Aged 26 years, 5 months & 12 days

from Bobbi Tindle
[WCGS marriages online lists Thomas Price & Susanna Watkins 1860]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006
In Memory of
Sarah Ann Sever
Daughter of Joseph & Elizabeth Sever
Who died Jan. 7, 1850
Aged 1 year, 7 months & 20 days

from Bobbi Tindle
[Sarah is listed in the 1850 census in Hamilton Twp, Warren Co, OH]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Alvah Smith
Son of D.H. & E. Smith
Died Feb. 8, 1841
Aged 4 months & 17 days

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Arvilla Smith
Daughter of D.H. & P. Smith
Born March 13, 1848
Died June 4, 1853

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

David Smith
Son of D.H. & E. Smith
Died Feb. 3, 1835
Aged 5 months & 23 days

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

David H. Smith
Born Jan. 22, 1804
Died Dec. 22, 1884

from Bobbi Tindle
[Last known burial. David H. can be found in the Miami Valley Ohio, Pioneers book, WCGS Marriages 1803-1834, WCGS Chancery Records 1824-1851, & census 1850, 1860, 1870, & 1880 in Salem & Harlan Twps, Warren Co, OH.
In addition, his biographical sketch can be found on page 1041 of Beers History of Warren County]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Elias J. Smith
Son of D.H. & Elizabeth Smith
Died June 23, 1853
Aged 25 years, 7 months & 12 days

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Elizabeth Smith
Wife of D.H. Smith
Born Apr. 1, 1805
Died Dec. 16, 1840

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Joseph Smith
Son of D. & E. Smith
Died Aug. 17, 1854
Aged 18 years, 7 months & 12 days

[Year of his death has also been interpreted as 1851. Page 1041 of Beers History of Warren County indicates that Joseph was born 5 Jan 1836 which would substaniate the 1854 date]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Prudence Smith
Wife of D.H. Smith
Born Dec. 10, 1817
Died Aug. 12, 1853

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Sarah L. Smith
Died Aug. 15, 1868
Aged 29 years, 10 months & 3 days

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Infant Smith
Daughter of D.H. & Prudence Smith
Born & died March 16, 1844

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Infant Smith
Daughter of John & Elizabeth Smith
Born & died Apr. 18, 1851

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Infant Smith
Son of Elias J. & Cynthia Smith
Born & died July 31, 1852

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

In Memory of
Melissa Snell
Wife of Wm. Snell & daughter of John & Lavinia Hill
Born Sep. 13, 1830
Died Feb. 18, 1850
Aged 19 years, 5 months & 5 days

from Bobbi Tindle
[She is listed in the WCGS marriages 1834-1854. Marriage date is 1849]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

James M. Thompson
Son of Benj. & Sarah Thompson
Died Oct. 20, 1865
Aged 45 years, 2 months & 3 days

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

Sarah Thompson
Wife of B. Thompson
Died Sept. 21, 1874
Aged 74 years, 1 month & 4 days

from Bobbi Tindle
[She is listed in the WCGS marriages 1803-1834. Marriage date is 1818 & maiden name is Bennett]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

by
Girl Scout Troop 1594
26 May 2008

 

Susan Varner
Wife of Jacob Varner
Died Aug. 5, 1850
Aged 72 years & 7 days

[broken stone - inscription mostly from Warren County Cemetery Records Volume 2]

by
Bobbi Tindle
15 May 2006

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