Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

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"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been Removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Monday, June 15, 2009

Spain Cemetery adjacent to Maple Grove Cemetery - North Lewisburg, Rush Township, Champaign County Ohio

Many thanks to Ralph Coleman, Jr. for providing the following information regarding the inactive, "Spain Cemetery" in Rush Township, Champaign County, Ohio:

"The Spain Cemetery is the older area of the grounds, established about the time the earliest pioneers settled in and around North Lewisburg. It is at the southern end of the cemetery complex, close to Gilbert Road and just north of Spain Creek. Burials began here as early as about 1803. Most of the engravings on the stones have faded away. The grounds are mowed as part of the Maple Grove Cemetery work. There are no known official records for this cemetery and the burials here. Over the years some folks have transcribed the inscriptions on the stones which existed; there are some records in the Champaign County Genealogical Society library. Unless some original records are found in someone's attic or shed, the burials here will be lost to posterity."