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.