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Drake Cemetery

Saint Albans 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 06 Oct., 2003.
This cemetery is located (east) of Jersey Mill Rd. (CR91)& Jug St. Rd.(TR22).

All that remains of this extinct and nearly forgotten cemetery is a single concrete monument to remind one of the ancestral loved that were buried not far from this location. Actually the original location of the cemetery was high on a bluff on the other side of the tributary running from west to east behind this memorial. This is reported to be the first cemetery in the township containing the first adult death of the township, that being David Lobdell, who died in 1809. At the time of the first burial, it was owned by David Drake. It was located on a corner of property once owned by Alexandria Sand and Gravel Co.and since, owned by several other individuals. No evidence remains today, save the memorial pictured above. To help you picture this location, it was adjacent to property once owned by the late Don Byrd. This early family cemetery has completely disappeared. Members of the Drake and one other family removed their ancestral loved ones in the 1930's and interred them at Maple Grove Cemetery. However sadly, some individuals were not removed, stones for 4 individuals still stood in 1934 and eventually the graves were destroyed and disappeared during the process of working the quarry that surrounded it. It's yet another sad reminder of how little respect is given sometimes for preservation of burial sites. Earlier reports mention the cemetery contained war veterans including: Revolutionary War, Isaiah Beaumont, Sr. & Samuel Carpenter, Sr. and War Of 1812, Joshua Lobdell. The following is a quote from a book published in 1952, titled 'History of Alexandria and St. Albans Twp. Licking Co.', copyrighted by Alexandria Community Council 1952 "This small family cemetery south of Scott's corner has now completely disappeared. Several bodies from here were reinterred in Maple Grove Cemetery. The last stones, which were removed in the summer of 1930, bore the following inscription:
"Boaz, Jeremiah, son of Charles H. & Eleanor, d. Sept. 8, 1837, 2yrs.
Carney, Alvira, daughter of Samuel & Alvira, d. June 22, 1839, 4mos.
Munsill, infant son of Albert & Margaret, d. Oct. 16, 1836
Nichols, Anson, d. Aug. 25, 1835, 27yrs.
Nichols, Cordelia, daughter of Nathaniel & Esther, d. Oct. 23, 1835, 5 yrs."

The above accounting are not my transcriptions, but rather a compilation gleaned from earlier publications and I make mention of these burials only to insure this cemetery is remembered and the ancestral loved ones are not forgotten. During my research of this cemetery, I've found one mistaken comment in the list above. The tombstone for Anson Nichols sits in the garage of the Alexandria Historical Society, and comments from elderly residents, conflict greatly with that of this book titled "History of St. Albans Twp. & Alexandria. Two unrelated individuals explained that the stone came from a extant cemetery called Nichols Cemetery, approximately located south of SR37 at the intersection and east of York Rd., which places this stone miles from where it's supposed to have been found. Mr. Wm. Bettac, who owned the ranch style home at the southeast corner of 161/37 and York Rd, before the 2008 road relocation. Bill told me he found the stone years ago, and rescued it from a bulldozer while watching land being graded just south of his property. He also mentioned that he brought it to Alexandria and turned it over to the Alexandria Community Council or Alexandria Historical Society (old Velma Peebles Home), at the time I photographed it (early 2000), the memorial was in the garage for safe keeping. Another resident, Mrs. Betty Duke, has lived in this area most of her life. Until recently, she and her late husband Kenneth, resided in a home across the street from the library & Baptist church. She said that as a young child she had remembrances that the basement of her tenant farmer home contained memorial stones turned down, used as a basement floor. The tenant home was torn down years ago, probably in late 1930's, but in fairness to the previous land owners I can not determine who was responsible for the desecration of this cemetery. Betty believes this memorial stone was probably found in the same general area as the old Nichols Cemetery once stood.

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