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Warrick Rhodes Cemetery
aka Lewis Farm Cemetery, Old Farm Cemetery, Westfield Baptist and New Light
landlocked parcel 670 feet east of State Route 123 starting at a point 4/10ths of a mile north of State Route 122
Clearcreek Township, Warren County, Ohio

Index to Available Tombstone Photos - Name is clickable if a photo is available
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z [Warrick Rhodes 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]

History

H E L P!
Based on previous readings, we're missing photos of 37 of 58 known burials in this graveyard. If you have any photographs from this cemetery, or know of addition burials or other history, please consider sharing them with us by emailing them to
Arne H Trelvik

From previous readings of this cemetery, we know of 58 burials that occurred between 1822 and 1873 with over 2/3rds of these occurring by 1850. The first was for a John Roberson who died on 8 Jul 1822 and the last was for Hannah Decker who died on 7 Mar 1873. One of those buried here was a Revolutionary War soldier, Issac Morris (1741-1828). Another was Sylvester E. Crane (1841-1862) who died while serving in the 2nd OVI during the Civil War. [Sylvester, however, is also found to be listed as being buried in Springboro Cemetery]. The Plat of the cemetery drawn for the WPA Veteran Graves Registration Project identifies the graveyard as the Lewis Cemetery but only lists a Nathan Stroughbridge (Civil War Veteran) as the only veteran being buried here. There is no mention of him in any of the other readings done for this cemetery.

This graveyard has quite a variety of names associated with it. Beers History of Warren County tells us that a New Light (Christian) Church was established near Red Lion as early as 1815 or 1816 and that they had erected a "good brick church" that existed in 1882 but was not being used by the New Lights at that time. From Warner's 1867 Warren County Wall Map, we see that a Christian Church was located on the site of this cemetery when the map was drawn. The 1875 atlas marks the location as a cemetery (no name on map) and the 1903 Atlas shows the location as a part of the Charles Lewis Farm with nothing to indicate the presence of the cemetery. The 1932 Warren County Plat book again identifies the cemetery location in the corner of the C. L. Lewis farm with F. F. Lewis owning adjacent farms to the north and wast of the cemetery. The graveyard is also known as the Westfield Baptist Church Cemetery but I do not have any information on when the baptists began using it. Westfield was the original name of Red Lion. Correspondence on file at the Warren County Genealogical Society indicates that in 1982/83 the cemetery was heavily overgrown with saplings, brush and tall grass which was removed by bush hogging the entire lot, breaking and damaging many of the gravestones in the process.

The Setember, 2007 photographic survey of the cemetery by Glenna M. Porter provided photos of 21 of the 58 known burials. Interestly, Glenna photographed 2 gravestones marking 2 burials that had not been recorded in previous readings of the cemetery - Rachel Gustin who died 30 Aug 1823 and Margaret Jane Decker who died 28 Nov 1836. Unfortunately, one of the missing stones is that for Revolutionary War soldier, Issac Morris.

Location:  
  • landlocked parcel 670 feet east of State Route 123 starting at a point 4/10ths of a mile north of State Route 122
  • "Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003" by the Ohio Genealogical Society , Cemetery #12203 [Lewis-Old Farm-Rhodes-Warrick-Westfield Baptists]
  • Coordinates: 39° 29' 53"N, 84° 15' 13"W
  • TRS: Range 4 North Township 3 East Section 15
Links:  
Transcriptions:  
  • D.A.R. Turtlecreek Chapter & Warren County Historical Society (available at the Historical Society Library)
    • Early Vital Records Volume 4, page 92-94 [listed as "OLD FARM CEMETERY north of Red Lion]
    • Early Vital Records Volume 10, page 84-85 [listed as "FARM CEMETERY (Old) north of Red Lion]
  • Warren County Genealogical Society
    • Currently not included in any of their publications
    • Warren County Genealogical Society volunteer, Glenna M. Porter photographed all extant tombstones on 12 Jun 2007 for the "Warren County Virtual Cemetery" Project. All of her photos have been added to this website and will be incorportated into the new cemetery books planned by the society. Glenna reports that additional stones were piled up around the edge of the cemetery and inaccesible to her at that time. Some other photos were contributed by Lynn V. Dotson who grew up near the cemetery and by Sue Frary. If you have any older photos from this cemetery please consider sharing them with us.
  • Other Known Transcriptions
    • Warren County, Ohio Cemetery Records by Lindsay M. Brien, page 44-45 [Lewis Farm (Old) north of Red Lion]
Variant Names:  
  • Christian Church (New Light) Cemetery
  • Farm Cemetery (old)
  • Lewis Farm Cemetery
  • Old Farm Cemetery
  • Rhodes Cemetery
  • Warrick Cemetery
  • Warwick Cemetery
  • Westfield Baptist Cemetery [Westfield was the original name given to Red Lion]

annotated aerial view Entrance with sign by Clearcreek Twp View of West Side
Logs have been pushed around the perimeter and they took stones also
Area Sketch Plat of Lewis Cemetery #58 from
WPA Veteran Graves Registration Project

Index to Available Tombstone Photos - Name is clickable if a photo is available
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z [Warrick Rhodes 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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This page created 12 November 2007 and last updated 14 October, 2008
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