Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jordanville Cemetery-Lisbon, Ohio

As you walk up this long hill, which is a steep climb by the way, once you get to the top, you find a very old cemetery. Sometimes called the Old Dutch Cemetery or the Old Presbyterian Cemetery,
the key word is Old. To the side under links I like, you will find a link to Jordanville Cemetery. It lists the occupants of the cemetery.
But this cemetery is in need of some TLC. Despite that it is roughly 200 years old some of the stones are very easily read, while others have been erased by the weather. Some, like this one
left are sinking into the ground. You can barely read this one.

While others are broken and leaning against several of the trees dotting the cemetery, some of their inscriptions still very visible and readable.

This one is very easy to read. This man was born in 1770 and died in 1815. His grave marker is surrounded by several broken markers. I do not know where they are from. It amounts to just another pile of several piles made up of broken grave markers.

Some of the broken markers are piled on this old tree stump, while others are standing alone, though I am sure they had other stones around them at one time.
Someone is trying to care for the area. Maybe this summer we
could ask for volunteers.......

It is disconcerting to hear the sound of some chickens that are in a pen right beside the little cemetery. It sometimes sounded like a woman crying.

Here are dozens of stones proped up against a tree. Most are broken. At least they were not removed from the area. If there is some kind of map of who is buried where, some might be able to be put with their rightful owners.

There is talk once again of giving this little grave yard some love.
The Lisbon Historical Society has been up there looking around.
It is the oldest burial grounds in Lisbon, Ohio. A notable person
buried there would be President William McKinley's grandfather,
Abner Allison who died in 1827 at the age of 58. There are no military graves here however.

It is rumored that a mist forms around the area in the summer time. This is something I am eager to see. Back in 1985 there had been talk of putting up a historical marker on the site, but that never happened. Hopefully, twenty four years later, they will change their minds and restore this little cemetery to honor those who are at rest here. That is something I would also like to see. While I am sure it is not in any danger of becoming a member of the parking lot club, like the old 5th Street Cemetery, AKA Skeleton Park in East Liverpool, it is also a shame that it is forgotten.


Anonymous said...

Kim, I am glad that your pictures came out. I am completely convienced that this cemetery is haunted and definatly in need of TLC. Lets see what we can do about that!

George Watson said...

Thank you for this site! I am the great-great-great grandson of the John Watson whose marker you photographed with the notation of how legible it is. When I was last there in 2000, I found the marker in the overgrown grass and weeds of the cemetery. Looks like some clearing has been done since. Please check out the Jordanville Cemetery link, though. I got an error message trying to access it.

Anonymous said...

the jordanville cemetery is almost alwas call cemetery hill i live write never it and it hunted

kyliegent said...

i live write nere the cemartey i wish some one would fix it up threr are a few graves on the woods you probly cant see now . by the way you got the legon wrong and the nick name. the name is cemartey hill never eny one call it eny differt and the legon is that some time at night if you spend the night there ghosts will tip over your tent. oh i think there are demon sthrer to me and my frinds go sleding down the hill ever year and this one time we tock pics and got orbs write next to mt head

Philip Caimbel said...

I live down the road from here. I have been trying to document the stones and translate the German to English. Any help would be appreciated to maintain this. I am doing it as an independent project to stabilize the cemetery before it disappears.

Philip Caimbel said...

Very interesting. Some of the pictures you have I can't find of the stones now. I live down the street from here and have been trying to do little maintenance and documentation of this cemetery. If anyone wants to help, let me know.

Kimberly Frazier Mitchell said...

The village of Lisbon had some work done to it, but what I didn't like was the area was logged, stones were damaged in the process, and when they put the stones back up, none of them were put in the right place. There are also footstones placed where headstones should be. Who ever "fixed" it up did a terrible job. Send me your contact information and I will do a story about it to see if anyone would want to help you with the German. I will also ask around on facebook.

Anonymous said...

I wish people had facts before posting. There are military graves here. Daniel Clapsadle was Captain Daniel Clapsadle of the Pennsylvania Militia during the Revolutionary War there is also a veteran of the war of 1812 burried here. I know about Captain Clapsadle because he is my 5x Great Grandfather. I just found out about the demise of his grave. The people who have broken his headstone and disgrased this cemetery should be prosecuted.

Dolly Horton said...

Anonymous, you're related to me, then, if Capt. Clapsadle was Ada Clapsadle McDevitt's ancestor. Paul? Din? I just came across this site tonight. I went to the cemetery several years ago when I went to visit, but didn't know an ancestor was interred there. Pity the cemetery was/is in such a state. Patti