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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."

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sharing the Documented Surnames of People Buried at the Shannon Cemetery in Bluffton, Allen County, Ohio

Thanking Mr. Ray Mumma of  "Save Shannon Cemetery" for the information listed below:

"Here is a list of 70 plus names and surnames we have documented, sources not listed, of some of those buried in Shannon Cemetery Bluffton, Ohio. 

We have since May 2015, and still are researching names for, those buried there.

Why is it that the Village and or it's agent not made public ALL the names they have researched in the 15 years they say they have worked on this project.

We have sources documenting 12 rows of graves. We have documented the location by row and plot number of 41 known individuals. Of the 42 stones the Village removed, we have the location by row and plot number for 27 of those stones.

We can reestablish the 12 rows and place 27 of those stones back on their graves. The Village is worried about Liability, where was this concern when they removed the 42 stones?
                         If anyone has an ancestor with a listed name, please contact us at:


Anderson, William; Arnold;

Battels; Battels, Caroline; Battels, John; Bentley; Berry, John; Boedicker, Martin; Bryan, Tabatha; Bryan, Wesley; Bufford;

Casey; Clifford, A.B.; Clifford, J.H.; Clifford, M.F.; Clifford, Rosann; Clifford, S.E.; Clifford, S.M.; Commer, Hannanh; Commer, Issac; Conkle, Lydia S.P.; Connell, Mary;

Dearth, Daniel; Dearth, Nancy; DeFord, Joseph – Government Issued Gravestone; Drumm, Emma Belle Clemings; Dunlap, Caroline; Dunlap, Eli;

Easton; Edder; Elder; Elizabeth Hoffman; Ewing, Elizabeth Clemmens; Ewing, John Henry;

Fitzgerald, Martha Linn Goble; Fenton, Delia; Fenton, Robert; Ford; Foreman; Gardner, Samuel – stone reads: Gardener; Gaskill, John E.;Gaskill, Katherine; Gaskill, Minerva; Gaskill, Moses; Gaskil, Phoebe McHenry; Gatter; Goble, Daniel C.; Gufford; Gutman, Jacob;

Harberhauer; Hipsher, Samuel – Government Issued Stone; Hipsher, Wm. (William) – Government Issued Stone; Huber, Barbara; Huber, Jacob L.; Hurter; Husher;

Iden, Rosanna Clemings; Kipfer;

Long, William; Long, Rachel A.; McDowell, Alonzo;

McHenry, Eliza; Murray; Murray, George W.;

Owens, Infant; Owens, James K.; Owens, Martha J.;


Smith; Stratton, Daniel; Stratton, J.;

Wilson, Montgomery; Wilson, Susan; ????, Sarah; ????, Rosann."