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Quaker (Friends) Cemetery

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North Lewisburg
Rush Twp.
Champaign 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 separate 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 latin term Æ or æ, this is just a term that generally replaces the word "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 Linda Jean (Limes) Ellis, on 23 Oct., 2005.
This cemetery is also known as Friends Cemetery, located on the Friends Church Grounds, on the corner of Windor & Elm Streets in the village of North Lewisburg, Rush Twp., Champaign Co., OH.
The church closed in 1997. However, by 2003 after renovation of the building, the structure became a branch of the Champaign County Library. What a wonderful use for this 1879 red brick building. The Friends of the Library committee were instrumental in making this worthwhile transformation become a reality. History and knowledge converge on a corner whose future was bleak and uncertain at best to that point. The cemetery is inactive. On July 29, 2006, this cemetery along with the former Friends Church (now branch of the Champaign County Library) were honored by a dedication ceremony of an Ohio Historical Marker on the propery. I attended the event and also provided a short speech about some of those buried at this cemetery, including my 3rd great grandfather, Harmon Limes (whose name sppears on the cemetery side of the marker.) It was an honor, especially since about 9 years ago the cemtery, church and entire property had an uncertain future.
The most recent update to this page made on 30 Mar., 2008.

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Limes, Harmon, born Oct. 22, 1791, died Feb. 8, 1861 My 3rd Great Grandfather, Harmon Limes, Jr., who was the first Marshall of North Lewisburg in 1844. His wife Mary (McKee) Limes moved sometime following his death and she is not buried in this cemetery.
Fell, William Wright, Private, Company A, 94th Ohio Volunteer Infantry & Company H, 11th Michigan Infantry, Civil War, 1843 - 1864 The only Civil War Veteran found buried at the Friends Cemetery is Pvt. William W. Fell. Here is a unique tombstone photo. It was taken while the new stone was still in it's shipping box. This tombstone photo was taken on May 2, 2004 while placed in waiting at the maintenance building in North Lewisburg. The Champaign County Veterans Office assisted with the ordering of this stone. Mr Dick Holycross of North Lewisburg installed it in time for Memorial Day of 2004. My appreciation goes out to both for helping identify a veteran who obviously died too young and had been too long forgotten. Please contact Linda to view a copy of a word document concerning her re-work of a DAR stone reading that perhaps may be of some help or interest to folks researching this cemetery.
Pim, Caroline S., wife of Issac Pim, born Nov. 17, 1805, died May 18, 1885
Berry, Little Forest, son of J.D. & S.E. Berry, aged 1year 10 months & 16 days This memorial has a touching verse below his dates: "Little graves the footsteps of angels".
Winder, Hope, wife of A. Winder, died 1 mo. 3rd 1864, aged 77 years 8 months 28 days She died Jan. 3, 1864. Wife of Abner Winder, maiden surname, Ballinger. Her death reference is listed on page 1300 of the Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Volume IV by William Wade Hinshaw. Abner & Hope had 12 children.
Winder, Linvill, son of M.L. & S.S. Winder, died December 6, 1876 Linvill's parents were most likely Seth S. & Margaret (Linvill) Winder. Seth was a grandson of Abner & Hope Winder.

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