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Otterbein Cemetery

Reading Twp.
Perry 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 Jo A. McGinnis, on 05 Dec., 2006.
This cemetery is located east of Rushville, turn south off route 22 onto Otterbein Rd.
The most recent update to this page was made on 23 August, 2009.

Please Note: Click on underlined name to view tombstone image.
Elder, G. Kindree, born Mar. 30, 1825, died Dec. 20, 1900
Henry, Mary S., wife of James K. Henry, who departed this life Feb. 28, 1845, aged 26y_m and 21 days Mary Sarah (Angle) Henry was born abt. Feb. 7, 1819. James and Mary married Jan. 11, 1844 in Perry Co., OH. Mary died while giving birth to a stillborn child. There's a very interesting story about Mary and her husband in a book titled "Haunted Ohio" Series of May 2006. which details the folklore about the mysterious horseshoe found on the back of Mary's memorial stone. James married a second time after Mary died. He married Rachel V. Hodge, on Dec. 7, 1848 in Fairfield Co., OH.
Reverse side, Photo shows image of horseshoe, which foretold according to legend, the untimely death of Mary (Angle) Henry's husband James. Complete story is found in "Haunted Ohio" Chapter 13, titled The Unlucky Horseshoe", pages 153-155.

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