Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

Dedicated to cemetery preservation in the great state of Ohio

"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."

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Spain Cemetery (AKA Maple Grove/Spain) Cemetery - Rush Township - Champaign County, Ohio

The above two stones are the same, the one on the left is photographed in color and the one on the right re-done in black and white to better bring up the year of death.
Tombstones photographed at the "Spain" AKA Maple Grove/Spain Cemetery on September 5, 2009

Butcher Cemetery - North Lewisburg - Champaign County, Ohio - Broken stone found for Civil War Veteran - Captain J.M.S. Butcher, son of Dr. J. M. & Nancy (Brock) Butcher

We visited the Butcher (AKA Walnut Grove, AKA North Lewisburg) Cemetery on Saturday, September 5, 2009.  A broken stone for Capt. James M. S. Butcher was found at the back of the cemetery. 
I carried it down the hill of the cemetery and placed it in front of his father's (Dr. J. M. Butcher) stone.
Thanks to a collateral line Butcher descendant, I have a copy of the obituary for Captain James M. S. Butcher.  It is posted it here as well as a close up view of Captain Butcher's broken stone.   

The Butcher Cemetery had five known Civil War veterans; and now we know it has six.