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Ellis Chapel Cemetery

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Franklin Twp.
Licking 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 Robert M. Sizelove, Sr., on 19 Mar., 2009.
This cemetery has no sign at the entrance or gate area, located off the west side of the road in a little hillside glen, just west of 6600 Pleasant Chapel Rd. This is about 3 miles north of Linnville, OH. It appears to be a Franklin Township owned cemetery, with minimal care, as many stones are broken, toppled. The burial ground is quite old, with many very old worn sandstone memorials that are no longer readable, but also contains few modern granite stones belonging to individuals with only birthdates inscribed, and I would assume they are still living. I would estimate the cemetery to have been established near or over 200 years ago. It is also known as Ellis Cemetery. I recently stopped at the Licking County Genealogical Society archives and found a book called "History of Licking Co., O., 1798" by A.A. Graham & Co. Publishers, 1881. The book did make references to Ellis Chapel Church, no mention of the cemetery, but did note the Methodist Society was the first religious organization in Franklin Twp., about 1809 by John Siglar. By 1818, the first church, a hewed log building was erected on the site which served the congregation until being superseded by a new building in 1851. One of the early ministers of the society was Michael Ellis. I haven't researched the early maps to determine who owned the land where the cemetery was established, but would be a good guess it was named after a person that donated the land or to honor one of its outstanding citizens. All remnants of the building are long removed and forgotten. There is a private residence next to the cemetery and would be my guess that this may have been the original site of the church. I don't know if this was due to an eventual failure of the congregation, or perhaps they relocated the church to a different site. The burial ground is quite old, as I found very early death dates (1810's) inscribed. It's surrounded by nice antique wrought iron fence which is in good repair. A lot of small sapling trees growing against and near the tombstones, which will eventually cause them to be toppled. My readings are random, not in ordered rows, so I have alphabetized them to aid in searching surnames. I would estimate I have transcribed about 25% of the stones in this rural cemetery. rms

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Armstrong, Mary, dau. of Joshua & Elizabeth Armstrong, died Dec. 28, 1848, aged 28ys & 3ms
Beall, Mary Pearl Hirst, 1876 - 1956; George William, 1869 - 1950
Beall, Frances, Aug. 5, 1986
Cheesman, Mary Ann, daughter of J_ & Lorran Cheesman, died Aug. 30, 1844, aged 4yrs 8days
Courson, Howard L., 1881 - 1963; Rachel V., 1842 - 1932; James S., 1838 - 1912
Cumins, Martha, wife of Moses Cumins, died Nov. 23, 1837, aged 26yrs 10mo. 4ds
Cumins, Amanda A., daughter of Moses & Martha Cumins, died Oct. 26, 1837, aged 2yrs 4mo
Cumins, Martha C., daughter of Moses & Martha Cumins, died June 1, 1842, aged 4yrs 7mo 1d
Danner, Jacop, died April 19, 1835 in the 54 yr of his age [The given name Jacop, may have been engraving mistake for Jacob?]
Danner, In memory of Katharine, wife of J. Danner who died Jan. 5, 1843, aged 58y 9_
Drumm, Daniel W., 1868 - 1916; Mary, 1870 - 1960
Duckworth, Anna, Consort of Aaron Duckworth, who died January 23rd AD, 1833, aged 45y 8m and 28days
Duckworth, Catharine, departed this life Aprile 29th AD 1832, aged 14y 8m and 17days
Duckworth, Michael B., died Dec. 5, 1863, aged 61y 5m 9d
Duckworth, Lavina. daughter of Aaron & Anny Duckworth, died June 16, 1825, aged 9mo and 13 days "Happy infant dearly blest. Rest in peaceful slumber rest.
Fary, Mary, died Nov. 19th 1844, aged 90yrs 11d
Frances, Donald, 1934 - 1936
Frances, Richard, 1940 - 1941
Frances, Earl, 1905 - 1950
Handley, David E., son of G. W. & Catharine Handley, died Sept. 7, 1849, aged 3ys _m's 7d's
Hann, John, died Oct. 19, 1839, in the 24 yr of his age
Hartman, Dianna S., 1854 - 1926; Joseph, 1854 - 1910
Hirst, George H., son of J.T. & J. G. Hirst, died Mar. 25, 1881, aged 1y 10m 20d
Hirst, John T., born May 29 1818, died June 5, 1892
Hirst, Zoa Lillian, 1882 - 1918
Hirst, Thomas A., born in Loudon Co., VA, Feb. 26, 1821, died Oct. 18, 1874, aged 53y 7m 22d
Hirst, Adalaid A., died Nov. 3, 1868, aged 48y 1m 7d
Hirsts, Elizabeth, wife of Richard Hirsts, died Oct. 12, 1858, aged _ys 11mo & _ds [age lived looks like 25y's, but can't be sure]
Hirst, Semir_t, dau. of R. & E. Hirst, died Sep. 12, 1835, aged 12y 4m 24d
Hirst, Thomas A., son of Richard & Elizabeth Hirst, born Sep. 9, 1844, Enlisted in Co. A, 9th O.V.C., Feb. 11, 1864, died at Nashville, Tenn. Apr. 12, 1864 [Company A, 9thOhio Volunteer Cavalry, Civil War Veteran]
Hirst, Martha U., dau. of R. & E. Hirst, died Apr. 21, 1870, aged 20y 11m 12d
Hirst, Sina C., dau. of Richard & Eliabeth Hirst, died Feb. 22, 1888, aged 45y 5m 27d
Hoskinson, Arthur, 1874 - 1913; Lizzie M. Drumm, his wife, 1870 - 1957; George A., 1902 - 1909
Hull, _abel [Mabel?], daughter of uli & Rac_ _ Hull, died Jan _, 1833, aged 7 years _ [very worn stone]
Inlow, Abraham, died Mar. 19, 1899, aged 76y
Inlow, Jacob W., son of A. & E. Inlow, died Sep. 19, 1884, aged 31y 11m
Irwin, To the memory of William, who died Feb. 21, 1843: aged 70years
Irwin, To the memory of Sarah, wife of Wm. Irwin, who died Sep. 3, 1846, aged 68 years
Irwin, [To the memory of _] Sarah, who died August the 12, 1824, aged 13yea 7mo & 27days [probable dau. of Wm. & Sarah Irwin]
Irwin, In memory of Samuel, died Nov. the 8, 1839, aged 37 yea 10mo & _days
Irwin, Sacred to the memory of Susanna, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Irwin, who died January 17, 1855, aged 4y 6m and 7days
Irwin, Infant son of Samuel & Elizabeth Irwin, died Nov. 30, 1838, aged 2m_ & _days
Irwin, Francis, died March 13th 1845, ag_d 39 years 1 m__th & 12 days
Irwin, James, died July 4, 1862, aged 87y 5m
Irwin, Sarah Ann, daughter of S_ & Sarah Irwin, died Dec. 20, 1854, aged 7 yrs 11mo 19d
Irwin, Charity, wife of James Irwin, died _ 4, 1852, aged 77y 27d [stone broken into two major fragments, month of death missing at break] Click here to see overview of some Irwin memorials.
Irwin, John, son of Samuel & Rachel Irwin, died Oct. 23, 1842, aged 9 years
Irwin, Elizabeth Ann, daughter of Samuel Jr. & Rachel Irwin, died May 21, 1837, aged 13mo & 11 days
Irwin, Samuel, died Sept. 14, 1882, aged 81years
Irwin, Rachel, wife of Samuel Irwin, born Nov. 5, 1813, died Apr. 14, 1896
Irwin, Elijah, born in Harford/Hartford MD., Feb. 25, 1801, died Sep. 27, 1879, aged 78y 7m 2d
Irwin, Caroline M., died Mar. 7, 1878, in the 41 year of her age
Irwin, William H., son of John & Charlotte Irwin, died Oct. 19, 1857, ag'd 19y's 4m
Irwin, Emeline L., dau. of J. & C. Irwin, died Mar. 27, 1856, ag'd 8y's 7m's 27d's
Irwin, Alvina, dau. of J. & C. Irwin, died Sep. 27, 1862, ag'd 21ys 3, 19d
Irwin, John, died June 8, 1849, aged 43ys 5mo 8ds
Irwin, Nathan, son of James & Betsy Ann Irwin, die 25, 1832 in the 12yr of his age
Irwin, Benton, died June 13, 1876, aged 29y 2m 13d
Irwin, Kezia, wife of Robert Irwin, died April 24, 1850, aged 27ys 5m 3d
Irwin, Homer B., son of N. & M.E. Irwin, born Apr. 5, 1871, died Aug. 19, 1872; "budded on earth; bloom in heavan"
Irwin, Hamilton, 1817 - 1901; Catherine, 1816 - 1877
Irwin, Allie R., dau. of William & Sarah Irwin, born Aug. 3, 1873, died May 19, 1884, aged 10y 9m 16d "Our Darling"
Irwin, William, born Mar. 6, 1843, died Mar. 11, 1896, aged 53y 5d
Irwin, Sarah A., dau. of H. & C. Irwin, died Jan. 17, 1864, aged 7y 8m 3d
Irwin, Charles O., son of M. & M. Irwin, died Sep. 2, 1891, aged 7m 23d
Irwin, Edna L., dau. of M. & M. Irwin, died Feb. 14, 1895, aged 5y 2m 6d
Lake, Willis, died Nov. 21, 1875, aged 53y 5m 9d
Modray, John, died May 21, 1847, aged 71 yrs 6mo [age lived is difficult to read, not 100% sure of age]
Parr, James A., born Jan. 16, 1851, died Aug. 15, 1915; Samantha, wife of J.A. Parr, born Aug. 15, 1851, died Dec. 9, 1904
Parr, John, 1844 - 1914; Martha Jane Snelling, his wife, 1846 - 1913; married Sept. 27, 1868
Pitzer, Emeline, wife of Asa Pitzer, died_ [Sorry no dates, only upper fragment found]
Rutledge, Zachariah, died Apr. 6, 1885, aged 78y 1m 15d
Rutledge, Samantha, dau. of Z. & S.E. Rutledge, died Dec. 21, 1872, aged 23y 6m 15d
Ships, Nathan, died July 17, 1823, aged 12ys 5ms & 29ds
Ships, Elizabeth, wife of Nathan Ships, died Feb. 14, 1858, aged 70y's 11ms & 7ds
Shannon, Susanna H., wife of Lanty Shannon, died July 14, 1841, aged 25y 4m & 1day
Siglar, Jacob, son of Peter & Susanna Siglar, who died September 19th 1813, aged 11 months and Twenty two days [Unusual inscription, numeral 9 is engraved backwards, 11 months is engraved with a backwards 4 in numeral (11)months, then days are expressed in text form]
Siglar, William Harison, son of Richard & Rebecca Siglar, died Nov. 30, 1840, aged 4yea 8mo & 6days
Siglar, Susannah, daughter of Pillip & Anna Siglar, died June 10, 1843, aged 24ys 4mo & 23d
Sigler, Wm., died Feb. 4, 1873, aged 72y 3m 17d
Sigler, Abigal, wife of Wm. Sigler, died Aug. 31, 1877, aged 73y 6m 14d
Sigler, Jacob, died Sept. 1, 1874, aged 56y 9m 26d
Sigler, John W., son of Jacob & Jane A. Sigler, died Oct. 7, 1851
Snelling, Samuel, son of Benn & Polly Snelling, died May 15th 1841, aged 19yrs 10 months
Snelling, Harvey, 1856 - 1927; Pheby C., 1855 - 1940
Wise, Elizabeth, wife of Jacob Wise of Belmont Co., O. died April 13, 1841, in the 61 year of her age
Wolf, George, died April 29, 1857, aged _
Wolf, Hannah, wife of Geo Wolf, died Jan. 15, 1873, aged _

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