Porter Cemetery

additional overviews #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6.

Newton Twp.
Licking Co.

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These tombstone photos have been generously donated by Robert Sizelove, Nov. 30, 2003
This cemetery is located just north east of Mt. Vernon Rd. (SR13) on Weaver Rd. (TR76) between Vanatta & St. Louisville, Ohio

I would like to present my transcriptions of Porter Cemetery. This very small cemetery only has couple dozen memorials remaining, most of them are in very deterioriated condition, being very difficult at best to read. The dates I found indicate this land first was used for burial as early as 1823. Because of it's small size, might have first been a private family burial site, although it contains many different surnames. It's located very near the roadside and due to it's close proximity, may have suffered from many acts of vandalization of the years. The memorials are ramdom in order and so few, I've started at the north front corner and worked from right to left, front to back, with my readings.
As always, I do my best to read the memorials correctly, but due to the age and condition of most of the tombstones, I can make no warranty of being 100% correct. My hopes are that these readings will be helpful for your research. I feel that there are possibly twice as many burials as there are stones, so sorry to report that many of the ancestral loved ones buried here no longer have memorials marking their grave. Should I find additional burials mentioned in older reports, will make amendments to this report and include their names and sources. These readings were made on 23 September, 2003, transcriptions and photos formatted 30 Nov., 2003.
Robert M. Sizelove, Sr., © 2003-2007

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 seperate 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 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~

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Robinson, died Oct. 16, 1842, aged 28y 11m 24d
Robinson, Sarah, died Oct. 1, 1842, In the 72nd year of her age
Robinson, Stephen, died May 6, 1840 AE, 72 ys 2ms
Unknown, [stone not readable]
Willits, In memory of Stephen, son of R.O. Willits, died…[stone damaged, remaining text not readable]
Unknown, In memory of Stephen R. son of__[stone damaged, most of text not readable]
Footstone, [stone not readable]
Willits, Richard O., born _, died Sept. 21, 1823
Dunlap, In memory of William, son of John & Margaret Dunlap, died April 23 AD, 1843, aged 6weeks & 3d
Patterson, In memory of Elizabeth, consort of Robert Patterson who departed this life Oct. 13th AD, 1838, aged 20y 9mo 13days closer view
Johnson, Elizabeth M., died Apr. 15, 1837, aged 4y; Johnson, Christian, died Aug. 4, 1843, aged 3m 22d
[unknown burial], [part of given name, --dnah, 1827]
[unknown burial], [not readable]
[unknown], [fragment]
[footstone], [after Johnston memorial]
Harris, Amelia E., dau of J. & Amelia Harris, died Aug. 20, 1849, aged 1yr 11mo & 7 days
Harris, James, son of James & Amelia Harris, died __, 1832, aged__[ very hard to read]
[unknown burial] , [stone fragment all that remains]
McConnell, Wilson S., died Dec. 13, 1850, aged __y, 7mo 8d
McConnell, Dorcas, wife of Samuel McConnell, died__
McConnell, Samuel, died Sept. 29, 1872 in the 65th year of his age
This concludes my readings of Porter Cemetery.

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