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Franklin Township Cemetery
aka St. John's Lutheran 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 08 June, 2009.
This nicely cared for cemetery is located on a steep hillside on CR311 (Linnville Rd.), north of Flint Ridge Rd. (CR312) about 3 and half miles north of Linnville and SR40 (National Road), in Franklin Twp., Licking Co., OH. The cemetery is quite old, has readable memorials, early as 1830, and still in use to this date. I would estimate it to be several acres in size, divided into several tiers, with drive way lanes dividing across each section, leading up and encompassing the outside perimeter. The upper area provides a dizzying but impressively beautiful view of the lower sections and valley below it. The church is located high on a hillside across the road from the cemetery. My readings are preliminary and this report being probably less than a fourth of the tombstones existing at this cemetery. The readings are not segregated by sections, but rather alphabetized to make surname searches more convenient. Many of the early tombstones are made of sandstone and no longer readable due to excessive deterioration. Transcriptions & photographs for this report were made on Saturday 6 June, 2009.

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Armstrong, Margaret, wife of John Armstrong, died April 13, 1857, aged 26 yrs 8mos & 23ds
Armstrong, Catharine E., daughter of John & M…Armstrong, died Feb. 5, 1863, aged 17yr's 3mo & 3D's
Armstrong, Stephen D., 1860 - 1907 [Click here for close view of statue]
Armstrong, John, died Dec. 4, 1863, aged 46 yrs 11 Mo & 19Days
Armstrong, J. Edgar, 1863 - 1929
Armstrong, George D., born Sep. 7, 1851, died Sep. 20, 1873
Armstrong, Alice M., born Oct. 26, 1848, died June 4, 1890
Armstrong, George, died April 5, 1840, in the 79th year of his age
Armstrong, George, died Aprile 7, 1840; in the 78 year of his age [Almost appears to be dupliction of previous tombstone.
Armstrong, Elizabeth, wife of George Armstrong…
Bailor, Amanda P., died June 1, 1870, age 30 Y 8M 10D, Sister
Ball, Rosa Mae, Feb. 14, 1919 - Mar. 9, 1971
Benner, Catherine, 1827 - 1908
Benner, Elizabeth, 1866 - 1928
Benner, James, 1861 - 1937
Benner, David O., died May 5, 1876, age 24y 3m 11d
Benner, Elva V., 1869 - 1961; George H., 1864 - 1950
Benner, George Arthur, Ohio, Cpl. US Army, World War I, Oct. 10, 1894 - June 15, 1966
Bixler, James M., July 4, 1924 - Jan. 19, 1974
Bourst, Lester S., Ohio, Pvt. Armd Repl Tng Center, World War II, Jan. 19, 1904 - Jan 24, 1963
Brown, Ray A., Pvt. US Army, World War II, 1898 - 1978
Brown, Effie A., July 31, 1878 - Oct. 6, 1911; Samuel I., Sept. 5, 1867 - Aug. 23 190_
Brown, Carl S., Ohio Pvt. 147 Engrs, World War I, December 7, 1896 - Nov. 21, 1940
Buchecker, E.E., 1st Sgt., Co. G, 4th U.S. V.V. INF, Jan. 2, 1841 - Oct. 11, 1909 [Veteran Volunteer Infantry]
Buchecker, Thos F., Corpl. Co. F, st Kans. INF, Apr. 9, 1837 - Mar. 27, 1915
Buchecker, Rebecca, died May 23, 1871, age 64y 6m 25d, Mother (
Burner, Magdalena, wife of Henry Burner, Sr., died June 23, 1838, aged 62ys 5m 6d
Click here, for close view, and here for overview. [Magdalena (Cullers), born 17 Jan. 1776, married Henry Burner, born 1768, both of Shenandoah, VA. Henry, Sr., son of Arehart Burner of Germany. They had seven children: Abraham; Henry, Jr.; Catherine; John; Rebecca; Sarah and Mary Magdalene.]
Burner, Jackson, born Oct. 2, 1832, died Oct. 16, 1832; Infant son, died Dec. 7, 1836; Infant son died Nov. 13, 1841 [Probable children of Henry, Jr. and wife, Catherine (Wilkin) Burner]
Burner, Henry, Jr., born Nov. 1, 1806, died May 18, 1844, aged 37ys 6m 17d; Catharine, born Dec. 31, 1807, died June 25, 1879, aged 71ys 5m 24d "Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye know not the son of man cometh."
Carter, Emra D., Ohio, Sgt. 4130 Base Unit AAF [Army Air Force] World War II, March 27, 1907 - March 22, 1968
Carter, Mary, 1900 - 1950
Clover, Benjamin, son of Wm. & Nancy Clover, died Aug. 23, 1849, agd 26 ys 8m 20d
Cole, Dawn Leana, 1949 - 1952
Cooper, Nancy, wife of Saml. Cooper, died Sep 3, 1874 [or 1871], aged 38ys 8m 28d
Cooperrider, M. Matilde, May 31, 1902 - Jan. 25, 1993; H. Earl, Jan. 12, 1896 - Apr. 13, 1967
Cooperrider, Laura d., 1879 - 1978; Oren E., 1869 - 1964
Dumm, Minnie A., 1866 - 1937; Lewis B., 1861 - 1938
Dustheimer, Harvey Elmer, 1855 - 1937
Dustheimer, Naomi S., 1856 - 1907
Dustheimer, James M., 1850 - 1916; Elnora H., 1851 - 1947
Ernst, Elizabeth, died Feb. 14, 1864, aged 65ys.
Ewers, Victoria A., 1855 - 1928; Adelbert A., 1853 - 1939
Ewers, Barton, died Oct. 30, 1860, aged 82ys 8ms & 11ds
Ewers, Rachel, wife of Barton Ewers, died Dec. 5, 1865, aged 85y 4m 28d
Ewers, Harriet A., 1871 - 1950; Arthur W., 1876 - 1956
Francis, Maggie E., Jan. 24, 1907 - July 5, 1991; Peck, Marion E., Oct. 2, 1931 - Nov. 4, 1990
Franks, Dorothy L., 1908 - 2003; Walter e., Sr., 1908 - 1970
Foster, Dan, died July 2, 1867, aged 56y 20d
Foster, Maranda, died July 7, 1889, aged 75y 6m 9d
fraternity, marker, [Knights of Phythias flag holder]
Fry, Mary, wife of Michel Fry, died Oct. 7, 1834, in the 52 yr of her age
Fry, Michel, died Dec. 3, 1850, aged 77 yr & 6m
Fry, Ruth, 1st wife of Michel Fry, died May 4, 1822, aged 49ys 1m
Fry, Ongobier, died Feb. 8, 1888, aged 82y 7m 25d; "Not lost blest thought, But gone before, Where we shall meet, To part no more." "Dearest mother thou hast left us and thy loss we deeply feel, Tis the Lord that has bere_ us Of one we loved so well" (
Fry, Thomas, died Dec. 4, 1882, aged 31y 4m 25d [year hard to read]
Fry, Susanna, dau. of Thomas & Ingobur, May 6, 1844 - Mar. 2, 1901
Fry, John, 1842 - 1917; Sarah, 1840 - _
Fry, Clarence, Michigan, Pvt. 665 Replacement Co., World War II, Nov. 16, 1920 - Aug. 11, 1963
Geiger, In memory of S/Sgt. Marion S., 1920 - 1942, Buried in Philippines [centotaph]
Gorley, John L., 1871 - 1967; Fannie M., 1875 - 1929
Gorley, Chester A., Mar. 16, 1911 - Dec. 17, 1988
Greenlee, Flossie I., June 2, 1913 - October 19, 2001
Greenlee, Lawrence James, S.Sgt. US Army Air Corps, World War II [military marker]
Guinta, Levi Robert, February 2, 1983 - April 15, 2005
Hazlett, Mary Alta, 1876 - 1962; Alva J., 1872 - 1969
Hazlett, Sarah E., his wife, 1848 - 1925; Thomas M., Co. G, 32 Reg. O.V.I., 1847 19_
Hirst, John B., 1894 - 1904
Hirst, Myrtha A., 1874 - 1952
Hirst, Thos. Benton, 1874 - 1949
Hisey, Sarah, wife of J. Hisey, died Nov. 8, 1883, aged 87y 3m 25d
Hisey, Mary, wife of Jacob Hisey, died Oct. 26, 1892, aged 67y 1m 26d
Hisey, Jacob, born Mar. 25, 1825, died Sept. 14, 1900
Huffman, Thelma G., Sept. 18, 1917 - Mar. 26, 1977, Wife & Mother
Huffman, George V., May 30, 1926 - Aug. 30, 1995, Husband & Father
Huffman, Donna L., Dec. 18, 1930 - Aug. 28, 1953, Wife & Mother
Hoskinson, Stephen, 1834 - 1920; Mary E., 1839 - 1910; A. Lee, 1864 - 1888
Larabee, John, died Feb. 6, 1846, aged 91yrs "he was a soldier under Washington…" [Rev. War Veteran medal & flag]
Larabee, Margareta A., daughter of John & Mary Larabee, died Aug. 24, 1835, aged 12y 2m & 29days
Larabee, Noah W., son of S. & _ Larabee, died Aug. 16, 1861, age 1y 6m 11d
Love, Marie, Mar. 12, 1906 - Jan. 3, 1972; Allen, Dec. 7, 1895 - Nov. 28, 1977
Luce, David L., Sr., Capt. US Army, Ranger, Vietnam, Purple Heart, May 23, 1946 - May 23, 1996
McCoy, Anna L., Jan. 2, 1924 - _; Edward B., Nov. 18, 1921 - Aug. 29, 1984; married Apr. 28, 1943
McCoy, Edward Bushnell, S1 US Navy, World War II, Nov. 18, 1921 - Aug. 29, 1984 [Seaman 1st Class]
McKinley, Edgar L., Jan. 14, 1909 - Oct. 9, 1981; Mary E., Dec. 13, 1916 - May 10, 2008
McKinley, Edgar L., S.Sgt. US Army, World War II, 1909 - 1981 [military marker]
McKnight, Peter, Co. D, 76th Ohio INF
Mechling, Orrin E., July 29, 1880 - July 9, 1935
Melick, Wallace F., Ohio, TEC5 Co. A, 45th Engr Const. Bn. World War II, June 18, 1916 - May 18, 1956
Mentzer, Barbary, died March 1, _aged _ yrs [very deteriorated stone]
Merrick, Della I., 1889 - 1977; Irvin A., 1884 - 1946
Monroe, Rose A., wife of E. Monroe, died Nov. 6, 1887, aged 44yrs
Monroe, Lydda, wife of E, Monroe, died Dec. 11, 1912, aged 67y 9m
Monroe, Myra L., Feb. 18, 1895 - Feb. 15, 1986; Jasper S., May 18, 1881 - Feb. 7, 1967 To view close images, click here & here.
Motherspaugh, Samuel, born June 21, 1826, died Aug. 28, 1889
Motherspaugh, Annie R., wife of S.J. Motherspaugh, 1851 - 1926
Motherspaugh, Samuel J., 1850 - 1924
Motherspaugh, Chester C., son of S.J. & A. R. Motherspaugh, 1885 - 1899
Motherspaugh, Infant Dau. of S.J. & A.R. Motherspaugh, Aug. 3, 1880
Motherspaugh, John, born June 21, 1825, died Feb. 17, 1896, aged 70y 7m 26d; Barbara, born Dec. 27, 1830, died Aug. 4, 1918, aged 87y 7m 6d
Motherspaw, Dorothy, 1913 - 1980
Motherspaw, Goldie M., 1891 - 1988; Carl C., 1889 - 1983
Neibarger, Mary Emma, Mar. 26, 1913 - May 29, 1983, Wife; J. Howard, Feb. 17, 1910 - July 2, 1970, Husband
Nichols, Mary Lou, Jan. 13, 1929 - July 21, 1997; Leonard "Nick", Feb. 23, 1925 -_, Married 50 years
Odell, In memory of Hiram P., son of Stephen & Mary Odell, who died Jan. 28, 1846, aged 19y 4months & 11 days
Odell, Mary, wife of Stephen Odell, died Jan. 17, 1856, aged 52 yrs 11mo & 1d
Orr, Stephen, son of J. B. & E.A. Orr, died Sep. 24, 1863, aged 1y 4m 20d
Orr, Martha Ann, Daug. Of John & Eliza Ann Orr died May 28, 1860 aged 7yrs. 10 mo 17d
Orr, Fred C., 1885 - 1951
Orr, Frances A., 1861 - 1937; Harvey, 1858 - 1940
Orr, Mary, June 29, 1908 - 1991
Osburn, G.R., son of T.E. & E.P. Osburn, died Oct. 29, 1875, aged 5y 10m 28d
Overhurt, Eliza, wife of John Overhurt, died Apr.2, 1848, aged _[very deteriorated, can't be sure of date]
Parr, Jonathan, son of Geo. & Leanah Parr, died June 8, 1865, aged 21y & 6m
Parr, George D., born Sept. 2, 1818, died Apr. 11, 1898, aged 79y 7m 9d; Leanah Hisey, born Sept. 13. 1821, died Sept. 29, 1898, aged 77y 16d; Jonathan, born Dec. 9, 1843, died June 8, 1865, aged 21y 5m 29d
Parr, Sevilla C., 1853 - 1954; Samuel J., 1851 - 1910
Parr, Elizabeth, died May 2, 1868, aged 47y 9m 26d
Parr, Amelia A., died July 10, 1855, aged 57y 9m 1d
Parr, Samuel, died Mar. 25, 1845, aged 52y 3m 23d
Painter, Pamela A., Oct. 17, 1948 - _; Donald L., Jan. 25, 1948 - Jan. 7, 2001, Married Apr. 6, 1992
Ponser, Raymond C., T. Sgt. US Army, World War II, Jan. 30, 1915 - Oct. 16, 1987
Quick, Erected In memory of James K. Polk, son of John & Nancy, who died Nov. 5th 1845, aged 11 months & 7 days
Quick, Erected in memory of Lucinda, daughter of John & Nancy Quick, who died August 21, 1837; aged 1year, 4 M and 12 days "sleep on sweet Lucinda And take your rest For such is …Surley…" [not all of verse readable]
Quick, Erected in memory of Lvina L. _uick, daughter of John & _ancy Q___k, who died Feb. 23, AD 1845, aged 2yrs 6m 16ds [Probable dau. of John & Nancy Quick]
Row, Jacob, died April 25th 1857, in the 54 year of his age
Row, Jacob, died Apr 23, 1837, aged 54y
Row, Elizabeth, died Sep. 28, 1871, aged 83y 3m
Rutledge, William B., 1833 - 1915; Martha J., his wife, 1843 - 1922
Rutledge, Edgar W., 1864 - 1938
Sanford, Robert, died Jan. 6, 1852, aged 74yrs [unsure of years lived]; Sarah wife of Robert Sanford, died Dec. 18, 1855, aged 73 years
Scott, Jane, wife of H. Scott, died Jan. 20, 1839, ag'd 72yrs 10mo 29ds
Scott, Hugh, died Apr. 17, 1849, ag'd 86 Y'rs. 7m's 23D's
Sickles, Mary V., 1881 - 1969 ; James O., 1878 - 1968
Shockley, Marie Sickles, 1906 - 1932
Smith, Gideon S., 1864 - 1944; Ada L., his wife, 1875 - 1918
Stevens, W.H. N., Sept. 15, 1895 - Jan. 21, 1947, Lawyer-Minister, Mayor 1924 - 1928
Sudduth, Rachel, wife of J.M. Sudduth, born Mar. 7, 1837, died Nov. 16, 1880
Swan, Harriet Jane, Sept. 11, 1880 - Mar. 16, 1958
Swan, Robert E., 1908 - 1943, Pvt. Co. d, Coast Art.[World War II veteran]
Swan, Bobby, 1938 - 1947
Swisher, Hannah, first wife of A. Swisher, second wife of J. emry, died Jan. 26, 1889, aged 83y 9d
Swisher, Abram, died Dec. 10, 1830, aged 25y 1m 11d
Swisher, Jonathan Allen, 1850 - 1918; Harriet Elizabeth, 1849 - 1930
Swisher, Sarah F., born May 25, 1820, died July 18, 1904; Alva, born Dec. 35, 1826, died June 27, 1911; E. Lousina, born Dec. 13, 1852, died _ 1905
Tavener, Barton E., 1849 - 1927; Rachel A., 1856 - 1930
Tavener, Jonathan, 1838 - 1919; Mary, his wife, 1846 - 1908
Tavener, Cora B., 1872 - 1943
Tavenner, George W., born May 24, 1815, died Sep. 6, 1858, aged 43y 3m 12d
Tavenner, Leah, wife of George Tavenner, born May 26, 1814, died Aug. 18, 1880, aged 66y 2m 22d
Taylor, Richard L., US Army, World War II, Oct. 6, 1921 - Jun 1, 2003
Vance, Beatrice L., 1880 - 1963; Elmer E., 1859 - 1929
Varner, John, born May 12, 1832, died Jan. 4, 1907
Varner, Minerva A., wife of John Varner, died Dec. 13, 1893, aged 58y 3m 7d
Varner, Louis, died Sept. 18, 1890, aged 50years
Vermillion, Rachel J., Aug. 9, 1850 - Aug. 20, 1945, Mother
Vermillion, James M., Oct. 25, 1849 - May 12, 1938, Father
Vinning, Mabel M., May 18, 1898 - Sept. 24, 1968
Wetzel, Emma F., 1855 - 1925
Wilkin, Jacob, died May 19, 1852, aged 781 yrs 3ms 19ds[husband of Catherine (Burner), married on Nov. 14, 1822]
Wollard, James A., Ohio, Pvt. 112th Signal Corps, World War I, Sept. 13, 1884 - May 11, 1964
This is just a sampling from a very large cemetery.

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