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Unity Cemetery
aka Gilbert Cemetery
Deerfield Township, Warren County, Ohio

Index to Available Tombstone Photos
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Unity Cemetery
Est. 1813
Preserved by Deerfield Township Trustees
Albert Schutte Jr., Pres.; Bobby Carter; Francis Palmer; Lee Hamilton, Clerk
1981
In Memory of The Early Settlers Buried Here Whose Names are Unknown
A large number of the extant tombstones have been reset into a common, slanted concrete base. As shown in this photo, other stones remain in the wooded areas on the perimeter of the cemetery, awaiting "rescue".

Location:  
  • North side of Bethany Roade (CR 59) opposite Hickory Woods Drive, about 1/2 mile west of Mason-Montgomery Road (CR 21)
  • Cemetery #12215 in "Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003" by the Ohio Genealogical Society
  • Coordinates: 39° 22' 51"N, 84° 19' 21"W
  • Range 3 Township 4 Section 31
Links:  
  • USGS GNIS - Gilbert Cemetery; FID #1040860
  • Google Map at coordinates 39° 22' 51"N, 84° 19' 21"W
  • Warren County Auditor for the Unity Cemetery. - Property Account # 1126586 [Parcel ID 12311010080] - 0.805 acres [132' x 240']
  • Aerial Map from Windows.Live Local
  • Google Map
  • Beers History of Warren County, Ohio, page 642 says,
    "One of the oldest burying-grounds was the now unused part of the Unity School lot. It was set apart about the year 1800, when the first bodies were buried there. In 1813, J. D. Lowe gave a lot, adjoining the one he gave to the Unity Church. In this many bodies have been interred, but it is no longer used as a burying-place."
  • "From Palmyra To Kirkwood - The Early Progress Of Mason" by Dallas Bogan says,
    "In 1808, just seven years before the founding of Mason, the Presbyterian denomination was founded and were gathering in each other's homes for worship. At this time they called themselves the Unity Congregation of the Presbyterian Church. On December 3, 1812, Noah Cory and David Williamson, the first elders of the church, acquired a lot for $10 from Susan and George Howard. An adequate church was built. Families of the first church were: George, Mary, Peter and Hannah Williamson; John and Hannah VanDyke; Judge Jacob D. Lowe; Peter and Catherine Wikoff; John and Jane Lynn; John and Mary Monfort; and Noah and Hannah Cory.
    In 1813, Jacob D. Lowe gave to the Unity Congregation a lot just west of the location of their church to be used as a cemetery. This cemetery was used until the early 1870's.
Transcriptions:  
Variant Names:  
  • Gilbert Cemetery, C. E. Gilbert Cemetery

Range 3 North, Township 4 East, Section 31 from Warner's 1867 Wall Map of Warren County Ohio

WPA Graves Registration Project Plat of 0.52 acre C. E. Gilbert Cemetery #32
[no veterans burials listed on the plat]
Rose Marie Springman Drawing
May, 1981
My first drawing of a project I offered to the township trustees. This is not a Mason Historical Society project.
South View (left to right):
Joshua Bercaw
, Malcolm Monfort, Louisa Scott, Lydia Vandyke, Patrick Meighan, Charity Meighan, Mary Cory, George Cory, Hannah Cory, Rhoda Cory Allen, Mary and Emily Cory, Plaque, Peter Wikoff, Ruliff Schenck, Hannah Schenck, John Schenck, Elizabeth Linn Schenck, Luther Ball, Elizabeth Ball, Sarah Ingersoll, Hannah Ingersoll
North View (left to right):
Nicholas Rynearson
, Abigal Coulson, Martha McKeig, Garret Statts, David Ammons, Samuel Ammons, William Ammons, Mable Ulm, Hiram Ulm, Sarah Ulm, Benjamin Ulm, Amanda Ulm, Lucretia Peterson, Samuel Peterson, Elizabeth See, Felix See, Joseph Dunlap.
MISSING STONES
Surname Given Name Born
Died
Age
Other
Cory Adam  
[no dates]
 
Brewer Cornelius  
26 Jul 1836
4m 4d
 
Bunnel John  
[no dates]
son of Henry & Christena Bunnel
Bunnel Benjamin  
11 Feb 1854
37y 3m
 
Hamilton Thomas          Revolutionary War
Meighen Abigail  
23 Oct 1830
 
Murphy Mary  
20 Dec 1834
12y 24d
dau of John Murphy
Peterson Samuel  
5 Aug 1854
74y 5m
 
Rynearson Jane  
[no dates]
80-11-6
 
Schenck Hannah M.   24 Aug 1850 13-4-26  
Smith Ann Eliza  
26 Sep 1849
9 years
dau of Jas. & Adrean Smith
White Caroline  
16 ___ 18__
dau of Thomas & Sarah White [see notes]
White Thomas 18 May 1784
11 Jul 1866
83rd year
 
Wikoff Catharine  
16 Sep 1830
6m 24d
 
Wikoff Infant son  
[no dates]
son of Peter & Goretty Wikoff; buried with Goretty Wikoff
Wikoff Catharine Tice  
26 Dec 1857
89 years
 
Wikoff Helen  
16 Sep 1830
2y 11m
 

Index to Available Tombstone Photos
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