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GRAVEYARDS
(Source: History of Madison Township, Franklin Co., Ohio - 1902)
Chapter XXIX

"Friend after friend departs,
_ no hath not lost a friend!
There is no union here of hearts,
That finds not here an end;
Were this frail world our final rest,
Living or dying, none were blest."
                                   
MONTGOMERY

     To many, graveyards are hallowed places; here lies all that is mortal of husband, wife, father, mother, brother, sister, or friend; and how common the custom for persons of all grades of cultivation to seek a lonely fellowship with their beloved dead while sitting by their silent tomb.
     Who does not cherish the sweet hope that under the willow they are nearer to their departed one than in all the world beside.

"There is a dreamy presence everywhere,
As if of Spirits passing to and fro;
We are almost hear their voices in the air,
And feel their balmy pinions touch our brow."

     Respect for their memories, and for their bodies, out embalm in our hearts the spot where they lie and constrain us our hearts the spot where they lie and constrain us oft to pay our devotions of love there.  How sad the feeling, when one visits one of the old burying grounds to see time doing its inevitable work of destruction and decay.  Only a few more years and every tombstone that marks the last resting place of the pioneer will be gone; and with these sandstone and marble slabs will disappear even the name of these sturdy, simple-lived people, for even now no living person can tell the tone of their silent voice or their form or feature, or the expression of their eye or face.  Some of these old burial places we found very badly and disgracefully neglected, and many of the stones broken or fallen down; in some cattle and hogs running over them; those fenced in so overgrown with briars and undergrowth that it was almost impossible to find the graves, and aften found to decipher the weather worn inscriptions.  We have in our possession as complete a copy of the inscriptions on every tombstone as could be secured in the spring of 1899.
     In going about from cemetery to cemetery, transcribing the inscriptions, we were impressed with the fact that even graveyards have marked individualities, and that they perhaps reveal somewhat of the estimation of the church and religion held by the friends of those buried there.
     In some the silent inhabitants were dead; the most hopeful thing said of them is that "they are gone to the bourne from whence none ever return."  In others the larger number of those buried there were only "sleeping," "resting," "waiting for the resurrection," telling of the life to come in such strains of hope and faith that as we read from stone to stone a feeling steals over our mind that "to die is gain."
     The following are a few of the more curious and interesting epitaphs:

"The mortal body here is laid
No more to mourn and die,
The living spirit now is gone
To live with God on high."

"Beyond, oh, ye ransomed souls,
Your help is from the sky,
And seraphs guide your fearful path
To yon bright homes on high;
Oh death thou art the gate of heaven
To those who feel their sins forgiven."

"We've laid our lowly in the earth,
The child of hope and love,
The light and music of our hearts
Our own sweet cradle dove."

"Fare well dear friends, if there be room
For memories fond and true,
In the bright world beyond the tomb,
I will remember you."

"His Fight is Faught
His Rase is Run
His Joyes in heaven
Is now begun."

"Weep not my dearest friends,
Nor shed your tears in vain,
My face you'll see no more
Till called to rise again."

"Sleep on sweet babe of rest
For such they Savior blest."

On John Colman's marble slab:

"Finish then thy new creation,
Pure and spotless let it be;
Let us see thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in thee,
Changed from glory into glory
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crown before thee
Lost in wonder love and praise."

"Stoop down, my thoughts that used to rise,
Converse awhile with death,
Think how a dying mortal lies
And pants away his breath."

"The bud had spread a rose,
The Savior, she closed."

"Stop, my friend and view,
The grave allotted you,
Remember all must die,
And turn to dust like I."

"Is this the fate that all must die,
Will death no ages spare?
Then let us all to Jesus fly
And seek for refuge there."

"Go home my friend
Dry up your tears
I will arise
When Christ appears."

"I knew full well the loveliest are always the first to go,
To finely wrought they sink beneath the pressure here below.

"Weep not for me my parents dear,
I am not dead, but sleeping here."

"How greatly will my soul rejoice,
How happy I will be
When I shall hear my Savior's voice
Say, Come until me."

     The following is not a complete list of all the persons buried in the various graveyards of the township, but only such as will recall the names of persons who have lived in the township.  The names are alphabetically arranged.  Many, very many- perhaps fifty per cent - of the burials are unmarked.

Asbury Graveyard
located in Section No. 9

Cox (or Sharp) Graveyard
Located on Abner Behm's land, in Section No. 30.

Edwards Graveyard
Located on Mary S. Page's and Elmer D. Sharp's land in Section No. 18

Gander Graveyard
Located on William Haustine's land, in Section No. 29

Groveport Cemetery
Gray Graveyard
Located on L. E. Davis's land, in Section No. 4
Hendren Graveyard
Located on Kalita Sallee's land, in Section No. 20
Hopewell Graveyard
Located on Section No. 9, near Hopewell Church
Huddle Graveyard
Located on Margaret and Wesley Huddle's land, in Section No. 6
Kile Graveyard
Located on John W. Kile's land, in Section No. 9
Kramer Graveyard
Located on B. F. Ashbrook's land, in Section No. 31
Middletown Graveyard
Located on Section No. 1 near Oregon
Menonite Graveyard
Located on David Martin's land, in Section No. 24
Powell Graveyard
Located near Brice, on Section No. 25, Truro Township
Rarey Graveyard
Located on Rachel Rarey's land, in Section No. 4
Stevenson Graveyard
Located on B. F. Bowman's land, in Section No. 11
Truro Graveyard
Located on C. M. Chittenden's land, in Section No. 3
Tussing Graveyard
Located on C. R. McGuffey's land, in Section No. 23
Union Grove Cemetery

     The Union Grove Cemetry Association of Madison Township is organized under the general laws of the state, passed Feb. 24, 1878, providing for the incorporation of cemetery associations.
     Prior to the organization of this association the burials about Winchester were made in the Lutheran and Reformed graveyard, although it was recognized as an unsuitable place of interment.  During the wet seasons it was often necessary for some one to dip the water from the grave even up to the time when the funeral cortege entered the gate to the grounds.  No particular person other than the Trustees had charge of the grounds, but when a death occurred neighbors would volunteer to dig the grave.  At teh Annual Joint Meetings of the two congregations, when the election of Trustees for the old graveyard came up, would also come up for consideration "under drainage of the old" or the "establishment of a new burial place." and on several occasions the Trustees were instructed to call a meeting of the citizens of consider the selection of a more suitable site.  Finally a meeting for the purpose of forming an association was held in the Public Reading Rooms at Canal Winchester, on the evening of Nov. 19, 1877, at which the following citizens were present, viz.: James H. Sommerville, Philip Game, Oliver P. Chaney, Peter E. Ehernhart, James B. Evans, Elisha B. Decker, Michal E. Shrock, John S. Lehman, Chas. P. Rees, Martin C. Whitehurst, Christian Gayman, J. Kidwell Miller, and Rev. Jas. Heffly.  After adopting the articles of incorporation the following persons were elected to serve as Trustees for one year, viz: E. B. Decker, O. P. Chaney, Philip Game, P. E. Ehrenhart and J. S. Lehman, and at the meeting of the Trustees held on December, 4th, the following organization was effected: Philip Game, President; Rev. James Heffly, Secretary; and E. B. Decker, Treasurer.  The cemetry consists of thirteen acres and was purchased Apr. 5, 1878 from Nathaniel Tallman for two thousand dollars.  On Aug. 14, 1888 the Trustees purchased the tract in the northeast corner, that Mr. Tallman had reserved in the former purchase, and known as the Hughes graveyard, paying therefore one hundred dollars.  The grounds are admirably located and adapted for the purpose and were platted by the late John H. Speilman during the summer of 1878, and on the 6th day of September of the same year were dedicated with appropriate ceremonies.  A residence for the use of the Superintendent was erected on the grounds in the spring of 1879.
     The Superintendent's have have:  John Dietz, Feb. 4, 1879 to Feb., 1884; J. A. Crabbs, Feb., 1884 to Feb. 1888; Stephen Boyd, Feb., 1888 to Feb. 1898; Oscar E. Taylor, Feb., 1898 to Sept. 1900; Geo. H. Zwayer, Sept. 1900 to June 15, 1901; since which time Stephen Boyd is serving.  The Secretaries of the association have been:  James Heffly, from the organization to Jan., 1888; Philip Game, Jan. 14, 1888 to Apr., 1890; Al. F. Crayton, Apr. 1, 1890 to June, 1891; S. E. Bailey, June 6, 1891 to May, 1895; since May 7, 1895 J. K. Miller has served.
     The Trustees and date of election have been: John S. Lehman, 1877, 1885, 1888;  Philip Game, 1877, 1879, 1881, 1891, 1893, 1895; Elisha B. Decker, 1877, 1879; Peter E. Ehrenhart, 1877, 1879, 1884; Oliver P. Chaney, 1877, 1880; George Locks, 1879; John Rohr Jr., 1879, 1880; John Helpman, 1880, 1882; James P. Kalb, 1881, 1883; John Brenner, 1881, 1883, 1892, 1894, 1896; Irwin E. Stevenson, 1882; George Powell, 1883, 1886, 1891, 1893; James P. Kramer, 1884; John Nicodemus, 1885, 1887, 1889; William Leidy, 1885; Jacob Bott, 1886, 1896; John A. Whitzel, 1886, 1887; Robert Thrush, 1887; John H. Dietz, 1888, 1890, 1892, 1894; George L. Hendren, 1889; Erwin Moore, 1889; S. H. Tallman, 1890; George Delong, 1891; Albert Bachman, 1893, 1895, 1897, 1898-1902; J. K. Miller, 1895, 1897, 1898-1902; R. J. Tussing, 1897, 1898; Robert W. Bolenbaugh, 189801902; William M. Game, 1899-1902; Philip Weber, 1901, 1902.

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Welton Graveyard.
Located on Josiah Flatterys land, in Section 2.
Reformed and Lutheran Graveyard.
Located at Caual Winchester
(Canal Winchester)
Vandemark Graveyard.
Located on George Vandemark's land in Section No. 18.
Whims Graveyard.
Located on Minnie M. Whim's land, in Section No. 18.

THE END.
"'Tis grievous parting with good company.
                
GEORGE ELIOT.

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