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Pioneer's Rest Cemetery

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Village of Plymouth
Plymouth Twp.
Richland 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 12 Oct., 2009.
This very well kept cemetery is located near the southern edge of the Village of Plymouth, Ohio. The land is only slightly elevated near the center, dropping slightly lower near the northern boundary. The cemetery's eastern boundary is located next to a small park, divided by a beautiful old ornate wrought iron fence. A very impressive gated entrance commands your attention as you walk near center of eastern border. This gate has the cemetery name wrought in an arch over the entrance. It's nestled next to a beautifully kept village park, near the western edge of SR61. All this is located just north of the railroad tracks, not for from the Huron County border. This cemetery was formally owned by a private organization, but for some time has been the property and responsibility of the village. By good luck, I was able to obtain much of this background information by the kindness of a village worker, Bill Houser, he was doing some maintenance on the lawn of the park, next to the cemetery, when I first arrived. He said the village owns both Pioneer's Rest and Greenlawn Cemeteries. Greenlawn Cemetery is very large and still active, located just south of this cemetery and on the other side of the railroad tracks, where route 98 splits off of SR61. There are some stones that have toppled & broken and many have weathered to an extent that they are no longer readable. My brief sampling of this cemetery shows stones with readable dates as early as 1824, so it has been used for this purpose at least 185 years, possible longer. Readings are only partial, random and alphabetized, not organized by rows yet. I hope to return next year and do a more complete reading of this cemetery.

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Bloom, Francis M., son of S. & L. Bloom, died Jan. 14, 1854, 6m 2d
Bodley, Sarah Ann, wife of Wm. E. Bodley, died May 1, 1851, aged 26y 3m & 11d
Bodley, Sally, wife of William Bodley, died Mar. 2, 1879, Our Mother [age not readable]
Bodley, William, died March 8, 1861, aged 66 y 5m 5d; A soldier of the War of 1812
Bodley, Wm. E., died June 29, 1857, aged 38y 1m & 28d [possible teacher or clergy]
Booknal, John M., died Dec. 17, 1852, aged 62 years
Brinkerhoff, H. I., died Oct. 5, 1847, aged 61y 9m; Rachel, wife of H.I. Brinkerhoff, died July 15, 1826, aged 34y 8m 2d; Lewis, son of H.I. & R. Brinkerhoff, died July 17, 1832, aged 6y 1m 4d [very large nicely carved granite memorial]
Brinkerhoff, Josiah, died July 18, 1889, aged 73y 7m 12d; Jane, wife of J. Brinkerhoff, died Aug. 29, 1890, aged 71y 6m 3d
Bump, Sarah Ann, dau. of Wm. & S.A. Bump, died Aug. 28, 1849 12y 7m 4d
Clark, George, son of B. & E. Clark, died Mar. 31, 1865, aged 21 [or] 24 years [difficult to read years lived]
Conger, Hannah, wife of Silas Conger, died Sept. 30, 1843, aged 39 years & 11 months
Conger, in memory of Mary C., daug'r of Silas & Hannah Conger, died Jan. 17, 1843, aged 9 years 8 mo & 20 days
Cribbs, Harriet, daughter of J. & s. Cribbs, died Feb. 25, 1848, . 17y 10m 21d
Cutler, Eliza, wife of James Cutler, died Oct. 24, 1855, aged 39y 9m & 10d
Cutler, Asemath, wife of James Cutler, died June 1, 1864, aged 41y 11m 18days
Dubois, Infant son of Hobart G. & Lucy M. Dubois, who died Feb. 16, 1841, aged 2mo & 14ds
Green, Lieut. A.F., Co. E, 93rd Ohio Infantry, born Jun 8, 1832, died March 20, 1886 [veteran of Civil War, member of GAR]
Gribben, Isaac, died June 2, 1880, aged 84y 4m; Mary, his wife, died Nov. 22, 1888, aged 85y 1m 2d
Gribben, John, died Mar. 9, 1832, aged 2y 4m 23d; Mary, died Nov. 29, 1836, aged 2y 8m; Almira J., died Sept. 22, 1875, aged 43y 3m 9d - Children of Isaac & Mary Gribben
Gunsaullus, Carrie 1862 - 1954; Leslie, 1891 - 1956 [surname Meredith above this data]
Henry, Lewis, died Feb. 18, 1853, aged 76?Y 4m & 13d
Henry, Henrietta, dau. of L. & M. Henry, died Mar. 11, 1851 _
Henry, Mary Ann, dau. of L. & M. Henry, died Feb. 16, 1849, 3m & 10d
Herbert, Beulah, died June 27, 1855, in the 0 year of her age.
Hoff, Joseph, died Dec. 6, 1857, aged 33y & 11m; John, son of _ & A. Hoff, died Oct. 4, 1858, aged 14y & 1mo
Holton, J.H., died Nov. 13, 1863, aged 39y 3m & 23d
Jones, Elizabeth, wife of S.J. D. Jones, died Sep. 21, 1857, aged 53y 5m & 26d
Judd, Lester, died Jan. 8, 1852, aged 52years
Kinney, Capt. Thos., Co. C., 191st Ohio Infantry, died May 1, 1891 [veteran Civil War]
Light, sacred to the memory of Joseph, who died May 23, 1840, aged 46years, 9mo & 12days
Light, Mary, consort of Joseph Light, died Feb. 23, 1832, aged _y, 6mo 22days [consort, meaning she passed before her husband]
Light, in memory of M...ena, wife of John Light, who died 1_ Dec. 1824, aged _ years, 7mo _ ds [stone in very worn condition]
Marks, Rachel, wife of N. Marks, died Feb. 27, 18155, aged 68yrs 8mo & 18dy
Mason, Freddie, son of Mort? & _ Mason, died Oct. 1, 1871, aged 3yrs
Mason, George W., died Mar. 8, 18__, aged 30 yrs, A member of 7th Regt.; Morris M., died Mar. _, 18__, aged 19 yrs; Frances A., died Sept. 19, 185_, aged 2yrs; Children of J. & R. Mason.
Mason, James, died March 8, 18__, aged 71yrs
Morfoot, John, died April 11, 1864, aged 37yrs 10m, 27d [days lived hard to be sure]
Mattoon, James N., 1849 - 1928; Maria M. Bodine, 1848 - 1915
McKelvey, George, son of M. & N. McKelvey, died Sept. 1, 1827, aged 11months & 20days
McKelvey, Elizabeth, daughter of M. & N. McKelvey, died Jan. 10, 1834, aged 14years 10mo & 27 days
Nimmons, Jas. B., died April 12, 1859, aged 13ys 7ms
North, Roger D., died Nov. 14, 1867, aged 67 yrs, 9 mos 14ds [engrv. W. Reeves at bottom]
North, Jane R., born Nov. 3, 1806, died Apr. 13, 1892
Shurtor, John C., died Dec. 17, 1866, aged 52ys 3ms 12ds
Shurtor, Mary C., wife of John Shurtor, died Mar. 14, 1899, aged 79ys 16ds
Smith, James, died Oct. 13 [or] 15, 18_5, in the 35 year of his age. [very hard to read]
Smith, William, died Sep. 17, 1824, aged 77 years [verse below this not readable] [earliest readable stone I found, thus far at this cemetery]
Snyder, Elizabeth Ann, wife of _ Snyder, died_ [very worn, only fragments readable]
Topping, Benjamin F., son of J. & M.A. Topping, died Dec. 4, 1849, aged _y, 7m & 20d
Topping, Eleanor, daughter of J. & M.A. Topping, died Jan. 26, 1837, aged 1 year 2mo. and 4 days
Topping, Corp'l Peter, Co. K, 92nd Ohio Infantry [probable Civil War Veteran]
Underhill, Aurelia, wife of a. W. Hulette, born Sept. 17, 1800, died Jan. 21, 1847
Unknown, In memory of Paulina, daughter of Dan.l & Co__ K__aser, who died Oct. 30, 1842, aged 13 yrs 1mo & 15da
Unknown, in memory of D__ C___ser, who died Aug. 3, 1842, aged 48yrs 5mo & 28ds [Looks like the same surname as previous stone. Maybe the given name is Daniel or Danl.]
Westfall, Delia C., daughter of H. & H. Westfall, died Apr. 7, 1869, aged 19y 9m 19d
Wilson, Wm., died Jan. 25, 1855, aged 33 y 9m 10d; Margaret, wife of Wm. Wilson, died Sept. 13, 1855, aged 34y 9m; Rachel , dau. of W. & M. Wilson, died Oct. 19, 1865, aged 20y 4m 19d; Mary Gertrude, dau. of D. & M. Hardenbergh, died Mar. 23, 1846, aged 1y 6m 27d
This concludes my partial readings of this cemetery.

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