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Gutridge Cemetery

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Hopewell 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 14 May, 2011.
The small family cemetery is located on a very secluded & wooded section of what once was about 160 acres of privately owned land. The cemetery is west of Ballou Rd (CR 335) north of route (US 40) on private land, in Hopewell Twp., Licking Co., Ohio. It is now part of a property consisting of about 80 acres that sold to a new owner in January 2011. I met the new owner on May 13, 2011. He was very kind to allow us to visit, transcribe, and photograph the well kept little cemetery. The new owner showed much interest in being a good caretaker for this site, planning to keep the trees trimmed and area free of brambles. I was delighted to be invited to accompany the group of mostly descendants of the ancestral loved ones buried here. Wish to thank all who came and assisted in the transcriptions and wonderful stories they shared about how and why these pioneers settled this area of Licking County, in the early days of our statehood. I would estimate the cemetery to be about sixty feet square in size, surrounded by large moss covered field stones, to help serve as a barrier marking the parameter of the graveyard. It appears at a later date, farm fence topped with barbed wire were also erected to perhaps help keep livestock out of the cemetery area. The earliest death date I found was that of William Monrow in 1826. It's possible that the cemetery was established at an even earlier date, as many sandstone tombstones were no longer readable and could have contained even older death dates. The cemetery contained a larger than normal amount of field stones protruding from the ground which made the recovery of lost or forgotten tombstones more difficult to recover. The most recent death date inscribed was that of Sarah Gutridge, in 1900, so the little cemetery served the needs of the Gutridge and related families for about 80 years. There have been no burials at this cemetery for the past 111 years. Due to the condition of some memorials, I can't be 100 % sure on all readings, so use this research where no other records can be found, but don't substitute these readings where good public or church records present different dates or spellings. I'm sure the engravers tried to be accurate with information inscribed, but have found over the years that although not often, the engraver made errors that went overlooked or uncorrected. My readings are alphabetized to assist in searching this report. The actual location of each memorial has been recorded by others, with even a nicely drawn map to indicate the actual location of each tombstone. There may be upward to an additional six to ten headstones that were simply too deteriorated to read. This information is available at the Licking County Genealogical Society archives, and I will add this report to their archives. Want to thank Marilyn Norris, for providing me with a copy of the transcription done in about 2007, Ada Gutridge and other family members for inviting me to visit this cemetery. Anyone having better research than what is presented here are welcomed to share it with me and I'll update this page.

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Gutridge, Dianna, wife of John Gutridge, died June 1, 1851, aged 54 years 5mo. 16 ds. [tall marble stone]
Gutridge, Henry, born Aug. 8, 1813, died Jan. 23, 1894, aged 80y, 5m, 15d Verse: To those who shared him well, We trust his soul is now at rest, And doth with angels dwell.
Gutridge, James M., son of H. & S. Gutridge, died Mar. 19, 1864, aged 5y 11m 24d [marble stone found buried near parents memorial, broken into two major fragments]
Gutridge, John, died Jan. 6, 1882, age 83 Y 10 M 23 D; Beneath this stone lies precious dust. To those who shared him well. We trust his soul is now at rest. And doth with Angels dwell.
Gutridge, Lewis W., son of H. & S. Gutridge, died Mar. 1, 1854, aged 11mo. 6ds
Gutridge, Peter, died June 3, 1849, aged 79 yrs.
Gutridge, "Our Father and Mother" [opposite side of previous memorial]
Gutridge, Lucinda, wife of Peter Gutridge, died Aug. 17, 1843, aged 70 Yrs. [this on 3rd side of previous stone]
Gutridge, Peter, died June 3, 1849, aged 79 years [This large tombstone, lying flat on ground, duplicates same data found on newer upright marble memorial stone]
Gutridge, Sarah, born Sep. 24, 1820, died Nov. 10, 1900, aged 80y 1m 16d
Gutridge, William, son of H. & S. Gutridge, died Sep. 8, 1852, aged 2years 4mo 14d.
Gutridge, William, son of John & Diana Gutridge, died July 17, AD 1832, aged 5mo & 3 days [ornately carved sandstone, still very readable]
__idge, Wi_ [partial reading from a very deteriorated headstone. The stone could be William Gutridge, but no way to be sure]
Gutridge, J.G. [footstone for John Gutridge]
Lackron, Matthias, died Aug. 29, 1844, aged 10yr 3mo 15ds [sorry no image]
Lampton, Mary, wife of Robert C. Lampton, died Mar. 28, 1879, aged 81y 4m 29d "Dearest Mother…[verse getting hard to read]
Lampton, Robert C., died May 3, 1853, aged 63y 11mo 10da
Lampton, Samuel, died July 30, 1835, aged 84 years, 8 mo. & 11days; [verse] "Blessed are the dead whitch die in the Lord. Thus saith the Spirit. That they may rest from their labor. And their works do follow them."
Gutridge, L.G. [footstone]
McCracken, Lilly May, Daughter of Eleazer & Nancy McCracken, died Aug. 30, 1866, aged 2y 11m & 20days [marble stone]
Monroe, Margaret, wife of Wm. Monroe, died Feb. 22, 1851, aged 66ys 4mo
Monrow, In memory of Wm. Munrow, died Sept. 7, 1826, In the 46 Yr: of his age
Monrow, An Infant son of Huda & Fanny Monrow, died Apr., 26, 1834 [rather difficult to read, not 100% on father's given name.]
Monroe, M.M. [footstone for member of the Monroe family]
Nichols, Isabel, wife of Elijah Nichols, died July 11, 1849, aged 38 yrs, 10mo. 17ds [ There is an Elijah Nichols, who died in 1852, buried not far from here, in the Hupp-Hoskinson Cemetery, next to Rachel Nichols, who was born about 1773, died in 1835. Isabel, could be a 2nd wife of Elijah. The other possibility being that Elijah, born about 1769, had a son also named Elijah, since there would have been quite a difference in ages, as Isabel would have been born about 1810 or 1811.]
Norman, ,Mary S., wife of Hezek__on Norman, died Aug. 20, 1844, age_ … [older reports say her husband was Noah, but given name on tombstone is at least nine letters, not four][Much of the inscription on this sandstone memorial has flaked off including the years lived, and no longer readable]
Parr, William J., son of H. & S. Parr, died July 19, 1858, aged 11mo 7ds [marble stone]
Parr, Levina A., Dau. of H. P. & S. Parr, died Aug. 22, 1867, aged 5y 5m 6d; Sweet coredens notes are all over. How lovely she sleeps in the day. Her cheeks warm with.. [remaining verse not readable]
Payne, Susan, wife of Daniel Payne, died Aug., 9, 1858, aged 84 yrs.
Unknown, _, son of All_ __ , died _ 12, 1827, aged 19 years [surname looks like it ends in "ter, but not sure]
Unknown [Unknown footstone, earlier reports by family researchers mention H.&S. Parr, had stillborn twin siblings buried here, this could be a footstone for them.]
Unknown [Unknown fragment of an early headstone, not readable, but portions of verse at bottom]
Gutridge, W.G. [probable footstone for Wm Gutridge]
Gutridge, W.G. [2nd different footstone containing the initials wg, probable footstone for William Gutridge]

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