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Lake Cemetery

Liberty 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 07 Aug., 2000.
The most recent update to this page was made on 28 June, 2008.
I wish to present my transcriptions of the ancestral loved ones that are buried at Lake Cemetery. It lies on the northern edge, Section 5 of Liberty Township, next to Bennington Twp., Licking Co., Ohio. The earliest burial that I have knowledge of, at this cemetery, is that of Belinda Overturf, who died August 30, 1829. This was a privately owned family Cemetery, probably established by the Lake and Overturf families, which became the responsibility of the township at an early date. It is nicely mowed and well cared for by Liberty Township Trustees and descendants of the loved ones buried there. It's situated on a piece of land adjacent to county road (13) Crouse-Willison Road, just north of township road (TR53) Harmony Church Road. The cemetery is slightly elevated near the road, sloping downward at the back. Although I have made every effort to correctly read the inscriptions, I make no warranty of being 100% correct. I am responsible for all the readings contained with in this report, with the exception of a few bits of data marked with a * symbol. I have included information from Mr. Blynn Evans report of the early 1970's, only when this information no longer exists and would other wise be lost. All data outside of brackets [ ] being information taken directly from the memorials. Information within brackets without * symbol being additional information of my personal knowledge, research, and/or observations. Will be pleased to change or revise the data contained here, when additional verifiable information improves upon what I have set forward. Have included names of sources, when known for all information supplied to me by the kindness of others with the symbol (*) or (**). Transcriptions & photo documentation completed, 7 August, 2000, revised 9 August, 2000 - 2004 copyrights reserved, Robert M. Sizelove, Sr.

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Row 1
i.OVERTURF, Elizabeth, died June 14, 1881, In the 84 year of her age
ia. OVERTURF, Solomon, died March 6, 1846, In the 52 year of his age
ii. WOODARD, Mary, Ann, wife of John Woodard, died Feb. 13, 1857, aged 39 years
iii. WOODARD, John, born July 10, 1810, died Aug. 20, 1867, aged 57 y 1m & 10d -Father has gone to a mansion of rest from a region of sorrow and pain to the glorious land by the Deity blest, Where he never can suffer again -
Row 2
i. [Overturf], [footstone inscribed] Mother
ii. OVERTURF, Solomon, died March 6, 1846, In the 52 year of his age [this stone echoes data on stone in first row, probably older original stone]
iii. [Overturf], [footstone inscribed] Father
iv. LAKE, George, L., born Apr. 12, 1820, died Nov. 16, 1895, FATHER
iva. LAKE, Sarah, J., born Dec. 5, 1819, died Apr 14, 1900, MOTHER
v. LAKE, Lory, J., daughter of Elija & Susannah Lake, died Apr. 6, 1840, aged 2 years, 4 months- Physicians could not save my body from the...Nor the graceful... W..-[difficult to read]
Row 3
i. McLAIN, James, died Feb. 10, 1846, aged 83 years, 7 mo & 24 days
ii. OVERTURF, Hiram, S., born Oct. 5, 1824, died Aug. 29, 1899 At
iii. [foot stone], R.O. [foot stone for Rebecca Overturf]
iv. OVERTURF, Rebecca, wife of Hiram S. Overturf, died Nov. 4, 1865, aged 35y 4m & 10d
v. OVERTURF, Infant, Two infant sons of Hiram ...& Rebe...Ove...rf, who died A...1848 [stone very deteriorated]
vi. OVERTURF, Belinda, dau. of Geo. & Jane Overturf, died Aug. 30th 1829, aged 7years 8m & 23 days [This is oldest stone I found at this cemetery]
vii. OVERTURF, Jane, wife of George Overturf, died Sep. 17, 1883, aged [85] y 10m 13d
viia. OVERTURF, George, died June 5, 1862, aged 63y 6m 13d
viii. OVERTURF, George, W., 1841 - 1899
viiia. OVERTURF, Delia, A. , his wife, 1844 - 1926
Row 4
i. VANFOSSEN, Manerva, J., (Overturf), died Nov. 4, 1913, aged 83y 2m 4d
i. VANFOSSEN, Jesse, died July 30, 1885, aged 58y 9m 9d, - Dearest husband thou hast left us. Thy dear face no more we see. Tis Gods hand that has bereft us, thou can all our sorrows heal- Click here to view verse at bottom of memorial.
ii. VANFOSSEN, Martha, A., daughter of Jesse & Manerva Vanfossen, died Jan. 27, 1859, age 4mo & 22d [b. Sept. 5, 1858]
iii. VANFOSSEN, Norman, son of Jesse & Manerva Vanfossen, died Mar. 4, 1857, aged 3y, 2m, 3d
iv. VANFOSSEN, Ransom, son of Jesse & Manerva Vanfossen, died Feb. 15, 1853, aged 4months [born Oct. 18, 1852, source, page 132 of The VFF in America]
v. [Overturf], G.O. [foot stone for Geo. Overturf]
vi. CASTLE, Ida, (May), dau. of B. S. & E. Castle, died Aug. 18, 1862, aged 2m & 10d
vii. CASTLE, Elizabeth, (Overturf), wife of B. S. Castle, born Apr. 30, 1838, died Aug. 14, 1892
viii. LAKE, Clarissa, E., died Jan. 2, 1871, aged 33y 6m 7d [inscrip. below date not readable]
ix. LAKE, Harrison, E., died Aug. 22, 1866, aged 24y, 4m, 13d [Civil War Vet. medal, and Masonic symbol]
x. LAKE, Janie, dau. of Geo. L. & S.J. Lake, died June 17, 1855, aged 1y, 2m, 7d
xi. HOOVER, Lida, Jane, (McWilliams), wife of Elam C. Hoover, 1851 - 1924 [**mother of Alva & Earl Hoover][**information given to me by the kindness of g-grandson]
xii. McWILLIAMS, Wm., W., died Jan. 18, 1882, aged 76y, 5m, 23d [Civil War Veteran medal w/flag]
xiii. HOOVER, Emanuel, died July, 13, 1826, aged 46 years [**stone not at orig.burial location, broken into several fragments]
xiv. LAKE, Charlie, R., son of W.S.& M.C. Lake, born Jan. 2, 1880, died March 13, 1889, aged 9y, 2m, & 11d
Row 5
i. [Lake], [*E] van, son of ...&...ke sr.., died Sep. 24, 1856 [or 1858], aged 6y, 3m
ii. [Vanfossen], [footstones for Vanfossen family]
iii. [Vanfossen], [footstones for Vanfossen family]
iv. [Vanfossen], [footstones for Vanfossen family]
v. [Vanfossen], [footstones for Vanfossen family]
vi. [Lake], [footstones for Lake family]
vii. [Lake], [footstones for Lake family]
viii. [Lake], [footstones for Lake family]
Row 6
i. MOREHEAD, W., P., Co. D, 8th IA. INF [military stone3, very hard to read]
ii. BIGLEY, Lucinda, departed this life July 28, 1879, aged 53y 4m 28d
iii. BIGLEY, Mary, S., departed this life June 20, 1875, aged 21y 3m 16d Click here to view verse at bottom of stone.
iv. BIGLEY, Nathan, B., son of Joseph B. Bigley, died Oct. 16th. 1844, aged 3mo & 16ds
v. BIGLEY, Nathan, son of N.B. & Elizabeth Bigley, died July 5, 1851, aged 22 years, 7mo, 11 d's, weep not friends dry your eyes. I will arise when Christ appears [this stone broken, found much of inscription under ground]
vi. WINEGARDNER, John, H., 1850 - 1917
vi. WINEGARDNER, Sarah, wife of John H., 1852 - 1881
vii. [Winegardner], C.L.W.[foot stone] 1926 - 1928
vii. [Winegardner], N.A.W.[foot stone] 1927 - 1927
viii. McCAMLY or McCAMEY, Lora, P. or B., daughter of R.W. & R.A. McCamly, died Apr. 28, 1888, aged [1 or 4] m & 2d [very difficult stone to read]
ix. LAKE, Laura, J., died Apr. 6, 1840, aged 2y 4m, dau. of E & S Lake Click here to view bottom of stone.
x. SNARE, Vincent, son of J. & M. Snare, died Sep. 19, 1849, aged 1y 4d Rest here sweet baby till he who took you...from your fondling...bless his love... sorry no image
xia. LAKE, Susannah, wife of Elijah Lake, born Sep. 22, 1795, died July 15, 1894 [Vanfossen]
xi. LAKE, Elijah, died Sep. 20, 1873, aged 75y 8m 12d
xii. PIPER, Mae, F., 1899 - 1975
xii. PIPER, Robert, E., 1883 - 1967
xiii. PIPER, Grace, F., wife of Robert Piper, 1889 - 1907
xiv. BOWERS, Jacob, 1924 - 1913
xiv. BOWERS, Sally, 1824 - 1900
xv. [Lake], C.R.L. [footstone for Charlie R. Lake]
Row 7
i. [Bigley], [footstone for Bigley family member]
ii. [Bigley], [footstone for Bigley family member]
iii. [Bigley], [footstone for Bigley family member]
iv. CUNNINGHAM, Jeremiah, son of J. E. & Olivia Cunningham, died March 27, 1847, aged 5yr's, 2mo's, & 6 days -cease weeping friends, from tears refrain...my eternal gav..- [inscription very difficult to read] Click here to view lower inscription.
v. [Lake], [footstones for Elijah & Susannah Lake]
Row 8
i. [unknown], [headstone fragment, unknown burial]
ii. LAKE, Jane, _Feb., 18__ [very deteriated stone, inscrip. almost worn off][*dau. of J. & Vincent Lake]
iii. LAKE, William, son of G.D.& [*Vincent] Lake, died Nov. 3, 1837, aged 3m & 11d
iv. NIDEY, Catharine, S., died March 18, 1839, aged 63y 2m & 24days
v. McDANIELD, Mary, wife of James McDanield, died Sept. 26, 1872, aged 73y 6m 18d
vi. [Cunningham], [foot stone for Jeremiah Cunningham in row 7]
vii. McWILLIAMS, Amy, S., 1867 - 1948
vii. McWILLIAMS, Thomas, E., 1852 - 1917
viii. RHUICK, Thomas, son of S.B. & J. Rhuick, died Feb. 8, 1878, aged 8m & 25d
viii. RHUICK, Infant, daughter of S.B. & J. Rhuick, died Feb. 22, 1880, aged 5 days
Row 9
i. LAKE, [footstones for Lake family]
ii. LAKE, [footstones for Lake family]
iii. McDANIELD, [footstone for Mary McDanield, from row 8]
iv. BEVIER, Marlene, M., Oct. 10, 1933 -
iv. BEVIER, Jerry, A., Nov. 28, 1931 - Feb. 4, 1990 -Till we meet Again-
v. COE, Wm., Frederick, 1880 - 1953
vii. COE, Annie, 1845 - 1902
Row 10
i. McCURDY, Bertha, dau. of J.W. & G. M. McCurdy, 1926
Row 11
i. unknown, [unknown burial marked with granite field stone]
ii. unknown, [unknown burial marked with granite field stone]
iii. unknown, [unknown burial marked with granite field stone]
iv. [WINEGARDNER], L., H., L.H.W., 1910 - 1928 [probably child of Mary & Alvey Winegardner]
v. WINEGARDNER, Leland, Dale, 1937 - 1939 [only marker is a metal funeral home marker]
vi. WINEGARDNER, Mary, M., 1891 - 1952
vi. WINEGARDNER, Alvey, E., 1883 - 1957
The following burials no longer have memorial stones existing and I 'm including this information gleaned from previous readings by Blynn Evans, in the 1970's, this information with * symbol, given to me by the kindness of Helen Perkins of Bennington Twp., Aug. 2000. [* key]
i. [* CASTLE], B., S., [* Civil War Veteran] [this stone no longer exist]
ii. [* McCOMIS], John, [* no stone, step-father of Clyde Moore]
iii. [* McDANIEL], Catherine, S., 1776 - 1839 [this stone no longer exist]
iv. [* WORLEY], W., T., USA Soldier, no dates [stone no longer exist]
This concludes my readings of Lake Cemetery, 7 August, 2000. Robert M. Sizelove, Sr., rsizelove@windstream.net

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