Evans Cemetery

Click here to view old stone sign, and here and here for overview of church foundation looking west & here for additional overview looking east.

Newark 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 June, 2007.
Records mention this cemetery was first founded by Sharon Valley Calvanistic Welsh Church Members in about 1837, but after reading several memorials, I found that the burial grounds were used for burial purposes as early as 1832, which is about 5 years earlier than the records show. The church base footer stones are all that remain of the original school/church building that once proudly stood at the front north-eastern corner of the cemetery lot. I roughly measured the old fragments of the building footer and find them to be about as mentioned (20' by 30') in historical accounting. The cemetery is now known as Evans Cemetery, but probably once known as Sharon Valley Welsh Calvanistic Methodist Cemetery. It's located on the north side of Sharon Valley Rd., about 7/10 mile west of Country Club Dr., very near to the Granville Twp. line. The founders of the church and cemetery were Welsh immigrants, and many of the stones contain beautifully inscribed verses in the Welsh language. The cemetery has a large number of very aged cedar trees surrounding two sides, mowing and care are probably now the responsibility of the Newark Township government. It appears that a great many burials are now missing their headstone, as many are broken beyond transcription or completely missing. My readings for this cemetery are from left to right, in rows starting at the western entrance, progressing in rows eastward. The most recent update to this page made on 13 Apr., 2009.

Click here to view picture of old church taken just before it was removed from cemetery. This photo was given to me by Carol Philipps, provided by the kindness of Granville Cambrian Society. Also want to thank a dear friend of mine, whom I have known for over 50 years, Larry West O'Callan, for his kindness with translation of Welsh inscriptions, he plans to supply additional conversions soon.
Please Note: Click on underlined name to view tombstone image.
Row 1
Thomas, John, son of David O. & Ann Thomas, born Mar. 15, 1868, died Aug. 10, 1888
Thomas, David O., 1822 - 1913; Ann, 1833 - 1912
Jones, John, died Apr. 22, 1885, aged 70yrs
James, J. H., born Mar. 25, 1845, died Oct. 13, 1893
Jewett, Ella I., wife of S.B. Jewett, died Sept. 25, 1895, aged 42y 2m 18d
Row 2
Williams, In memory of Thomas J. who died Apr. 18, 1860, aged 42yrs & 16months
Williams, Evan, died [line of Welsh text] Aug. 26, 1832, aged 2yrs & 1 mo; Gemima, died Sept. 28, 1832, aged 6years & 1 mo. -Children of William & Sarah Williams- Welsh verse at bottom of stone.
Williams, In memory of Wm. T., Native of Llanddauddig, Carmarthrn Shire, S.W., born Jan. 27, 1793, died Apr. 13, 1873 -Emmigrated to America 1832- Several lines of additional verses in Welsh, at bottom of this memorial.
Williams, Sarah, wife of W. T. Williams, died March 19, 1858, aged 65yrs, Native of Carmarthrn Shire, South Wales
Jenkins, David, died Dec. 21, 1864, aged 60yrs
Evans, Ellen, daughter of Morgan H. & Hellen C. Evans, died Feb. 9, 1881, aged 1y & 9d Parents given names are difficult to read, not 100% sure of spelling.
Row 3
Hughes, John Elias, son of David & Mary Hughes, died May 26, 1863, aged 7y 5m 23d
Hughes, John E., died Aug. 21, 1896, aged 26y 9m 4d
Hughes, Mary, wife of David Hughes, died Aug. 27, 1871, aged 47y 5m 17d
Hughes, David, died Dec. 20, 1890, aged 72y 2m 14d
Hughes, John Elias, son of David & Mary Hughes, died May 26, 1863, aged 7y 5m & 23d This inscription echoes text on previous (separate) stone.
Row 4
Evans, Sarah Jane, 1844 - 1921
Walters, Owen, son of Robert & Hannah Walters, died July 17, 1864, aged 24y 9m 20d
Click here for close view of Welsh inscription at bottom of memorial.
Walters, Robert, died Sept. 7, 1869, aged 63years
Walters, Hannah, wife of Robert Walters, died Aug. 28, 1854, aged 36y & 6m
Walters, Margaret, daut. of R. & H. Wallters. died Aug. 11, 1854, aged 1y & 10d
Unknown, Burial Only fragment at turf level remains.
Evans, William, son of John T. & Ann Evans, died Oct. 18, 1844, aged 16 days Welsh verse at bottom of memorial.
Unknown, Burial Missing headstone.
Unknown, Burial Missing headstone.
Evans, Jane, daughter of John & Sarah Evans, died Jan. 7, 1845, aged 18 years Click here to view lower half of broken memorial stone, leaning against Sarah L. Evans's memorial.
Evans, Sarah L., daughter of John T. & Ann Evans, died Apr. 27, 1863, aged 17y 7m 11d
Evans, John T., born Dec. 22, 1817, died Sep. 3, 1883; Ann, wife of J. T. Evans, born Feb. 12, 1823, died Mar. 12, 1908
Evans, Eleanor, born Feb. 26, 1851, died June 5, 1875; Morgan H. Evans, born Jan. 16, 1853 - [no death date]; William A Evans, born Nov. 30, 1854, died May 24, 1901; Jemima, born May 15, 1857 - [no death date]
Evans, Mary H., born Dec. 16, 1861, died May 18, 1887; Margaret E., born Nov. 24, 1869 -[no death date]; Alice, born Mar. 24, 1868, died Mar. 11, 1869; Infant born & died 1865
Evans, William, born Oct. 2, 1844, died Oct. 18, 1844; Sarah L., born Sept. 16, 1845, died Apr. 27, 1863; Thomas, born Sept. 29, 1847, died Oct. 15, 1849; Ann J., born July 10, 1849 - [not death date]
Jones, Ellen M., wife of Maurice R. Jones, died June 5, 1876, aged 24y 4m 15d [No other inscriptions found on this stone]
Row 5
E.M.J., Footstone
W.J., Footstone
Rowlands, David, A Native of Llaghg_th, Cardigan South Wales, died Aug. 13, 1850, aged 35ys The head stone broken into two major sections.
Jones, __iam, _ of David & __abeth Jones, died June 24, __39, aged 4y 3mo Very badly worn memorial with Welsh verse at bottom. My best guess would be the given name is William, son of David & Elizabeth Jones, with death date of 1839.
H. W., footstone Probable footstone for Hannah Walters in previous row.
Evans, Eleanor, daughter of John & Sarah Evans, died Feb. 10, 1851, aged 21 years
Evans, John J., died June 22 1855, aged 63 years & 10 months
Evans, Sarah, wife of John J. Evans, died Sept. 25, 1861, aged 68 yrs 1 month
Evans, David, died Aug. 20, 1864, aged 44y 5m 28d; Hannah, wife of David Evans, died July 7, 1858, aged 33y 2m 27d
Evans, Sarah Ann, wife of David Evans, died Mar. 15, 1861, aged 25y 11m 15d; Also infant son aged 2 months
Evans, Mary Thomas, wife of David Evans, born Feb. 11, 1830, died Dec. 9, 1905
J.T.E., Probable footstone for John T. Evans.
Unknown, Burial Stone broken off at turf line.
Unknown, Burial Stone broken off at turf line.
Row 6
Williams, Morgan, died Dec. 8, 1859, aged 67y; Margaret, his wife, died Apr. 20, 1865, aged 75y
Williams, John J., son of M. & M. Williams, died July 26, 1843, aged 21y 6m
Armstrong, George, Company A, 178thOhio Infantry Regiment Civil War Veteran. [ Cemetery transcriptions done in about 1970 by Albert & Edyth Smith, found at Licking Co. Genealogical Society show he was born 1829, died 1908. George is the husband of Mary (Goff) Armstrong, 1837 - 1903] I found no stone now existing her, for Mary.
Thomas, Eleanor, Geniglla_dian, S. Wales, Emigrated to Newark O., 1849, died Sept. 3, 18849, aged 63yrs
Unknown, S__ah, dau__...orothy...ron;, __1837 This old sandstone memorial has lost most of the inscription due to a surface layer flaking off. My best guess on this transcription would be:Sarah, daughter of __ & Dorothy __, __ron;__1837. My guess is that the date is death year. Stone not mentioned in earlier reports.
Unknown, Burial Very old marble headstone fragments & fragment of marble in sandstone base.
Evans, Catherine M., 1869 - 1870
Evans, John O., 1861 - 1873
Unknown, Burial Base fragments all that remains.
Row 7
S.W., Footstone Possible footstone for Sarah Williams
Unknown, Burial Sandstone base with fragments of marble headstone.
Unknown, Burial Unreadable marble fragment leaning against cedar tree. Much of inscription appears to be inscribed in Welsh.
Williams, John J., son of Morgan & Margret, died July the 26 1843 ?, aged 21 years and 6mo Difficult to read year, his mother's age makes 1843 likely.
Unknown, Burial Lower half of headstone fragments.
Row 8
Davis, Joshua S., a annryd Hyd. [October] 11, 1829, bufiase, Chwef [February] 10cd 1859
Hughes, Gwene, wife of David Hughes, died Sept. 23, 1857, aged 53? yr, 6m 23?d Lower portion of this inscription very difficult to read.
Unknown, Burial Only fragments remain.
J.D., Footstone Probable footstone for Joshua Davis, or other Davis family member.
Row 9
Jones, Daniel J., Aug. 31, 1865, aged 66y
Jones, Jane, wife of D. J. Jones, died Mar. 27, 1855, aged 59y
Row 10
Evans, Evan, Native of South Wales, died __, __, 1852 [or 1859], aged 31years Stone broken, very difficult to read center section.
Jones Mary, wife of Daniel N. Jones, died Aug. 4, 1856, aged 31 or 61 yrs; Emily Jone, died Feb. 23, 1854, aged 5yrs 11ds; Rachel Jones, died June 12, 1851, aged 11d -Children of Daniel N. & Mary Jones-
Unknown Infant burial Fragment of headstone and footstone set in an unusual, hand carved sandstone base.
Row 11
Rees David R., July 15, 1843, died at Jackson, Tenn., May 9, 1863; William A., Dec. 22, 1857 - _; George A., May 1, 1861 -_
Rees, Benjamin, May 5, 1851 - Oct. 29, 1885; Jane, Apr. 28, 1853 - Mar. 20, 1864; Elizabeth H., Nov. 15, 1859 - July 6, 1861 -Children of T.B. & M. B. Rees-
Rees Thomas B., Feb. 5, 1821 - Oct. 26, 1900; Mary B., Jan. 14, 1825 - Mar. 5, 1911 -Father & Mother-
Rees Hannah, May 26, 1846 - July 1846; Anna, Oct. 23, 1848 - Aug. 31, 1862 -Children of T.B. & M.B. Rees
This concludes my transcriptions of this cemetery. I have a friend that is going to translate much of the old Welsh inscriptions contained on many of the memorials and when complete, I will present many of the verses inscribed at the bottom of each memorial.

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