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Ellison Cemetery

Oliver Twp Twp.
Adams County

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For those that are perhaps seeing these transcriptions for the first time, the transcriptions may give on first glance, the appearance of a great many typos, so I feel obligated to explain that the abundance of y, m, and d represent abbreviations for year, month and day. Although you will find most engravers follow similar patterns, it seems there are several different abbreviations used to represent these three time terms including: y, yr, yrs, yr's & years; m. mo, mos, mo's, and months; d. da, das, da's, and days and on rare occasions, h, hr, hrs, hr's, and hours. I tend not to use commas except to seperate surname from given name, given name from date, except where found on actual inscription, same goes for the [.] (period). When you see the symbol [_] (underscore), I use it to represent missing or unreadable letters, or if a lot of letters are unreadable I may express it by several periods, such as Jos...h . Sometimes you will find raised letters such as " c" in surnames such as in McClain, or if the engraver added smaller letters that were left out and added later, when I encounter them, tend to express them, when possible, as found on the stone. Sometimes engravers will use the term , this is just a term that generally replaces the work "aged". One last comment, all actual text found engraved, will come first in bold text. All comments, observations, personal knowledge remarks added by submitter, concerning an individual, but not inscribed on stone, will then proceed in regular text. R.M. Sizelove.

These tombstone photos have been generously donated by Jerry McNeiland, Mar. 05, 2005.
This cemetery is located on Hattie Osman's property, on Route 5 E (Spurgeon Rd.) east of Dunkinsville, going east towwards Brush Creek.

Please Note: Click on underlined name to view tombstone image.
McNeilan, Rev. Wm., born may 1, 1808, in Tyrone County, Ireland, died in Adams County, Ohio, Sept. 19, 1876, aged 68y 4mo & 18days -"Why should our tears in sorrow flow, When God calls his own, And bids them leave a world of woe, for an Immortal crown. Then let our sorrows ceaseto flow, God has called his own, But, let our heart in every way, Still say, Thy will be done"- Rev. William McNeilan is our first American ancestor (that we know of). He came over in 1839 with his wife, Sarah, (Sally) Robinson McNeilan, who is buried next to him, and his family: a son, Samuel, born in 1830, twin sons, William (Billy) & James (Jimmy), born Aug. 1, 1832, son John, born 1836/1837, and daughters Jane (1838-1840), Eliza (1841 0 1842), and Margaret (Feb. 2, 1847). Rev. Wm. was the first superintendant of the county poor house. Billy was a horse trader and Jimmy was also a minister.
McNeilan Close view of William's memorial stone.

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