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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."

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Updated Information for Butcher (AKA Walnut Grove) Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio

Click on title to open up a December, 2012 revised version (in PDF format) of the Butcher Cemetery (AKA Walnut Grove Cemetery) that is posted on North Lewisburg Village's website.  

I submitted my updated information to them for their records to help others who may be researching their North Lewisburg area ancestors.  

Currently, there are 99 known (by gravestone inscription readings that were published) or otherwise documented burials from the Freeman Funeral Home in North Lewisburg, listed for Butcher Cemetery on Find A Grave, and one burial that was recently posted that is in dispute.  The burial in dispute is that of a gentleman named George Reams who died in 1934.  His name does not appear on any published gravestone transcriptions nor has there been a gravestone found for him at the Butcher Cemetery.  His death certificate shows that his funeral was handled by the Freeman Funeral Home in North Lewisburg and that his body was taken there, however, no actual cemetery name is shown.  

The last known burial at the Butcher Cemetery that has a gravestone belongs to Nancy J. (Brock) Butcher, wife of  Dr. John Butcher who died in 1898:

September 22,1823
Per Butcher Family Bible
August 8, 1898
Per Butcher Family Bible
(latest known burial with stone)
74 yrs. 10 mos. 16 days