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Topic: Cemeteries
Posted By: LHelton
Subject: Cemeteries
Date Posted: 02 Sep 2008 at 8:11am
Augspurger 
www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=39712&CScntry=4&CSst=37&CScnty=2048&
 

Elk Creek
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohbutler/cem/elkcreek.htm -  (map #1)
http://www.madisontownshiponline.com/cmap2.png -  (map #2)
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohbutcem/MadisonTwpCem/ElkCreekCem/ElkCreekCem.htm -

Elk Creek Baptist
www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohbutcem/MadisonTwpCem/ElkCreekBaptistTrenton/ElkCreekTrenton_MadisonTwp.htm
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohbutcem/MadisonTwpCem/ElkCreekBaptistTrenton/images/CemLayout8x10.jpg - Huff-Dine
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohbutler/cem/huff-dine.html -  
Miltonville
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohbutler/cem/miltonvi.htm -  (added 12/15/09)
 
Mt. Pleasant/Poasttown Cemetery
http://freepages.history.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~vlwest/eButler/adina/index.html -  (added 8/29/09)
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohcmiddl/MtPleasantCemetery.htm -  (added 12/15/09)
www.cemetery.mountpleasantservices.com (added 9/16/15)

Pleasant Hill
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohbutcem/MadisonTwpCem/PleasantHill_ElkCreek/PleasantHill_MadisonTwp.htm -  (map #2)
http://www.usgennet.org/usa/oh/county/butler/cemeteries/pleasanthill.htm -
 
Overview
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohbutler/madison.htm -



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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 06 Nov 2008 at 10:56am

Augspurger Cemetery, Madison Twp.

Location:

-Augspurger Farm parcel

-bordered by 6328 Sycamore Rd., Sycamore Rd., Kay Dr., and dead-end of Trenton Pl.

-fence, gate, and cable; mowed; dirt road.

Heavily vandalized.

Fourteen broken and missing gravestones.

Seven marked graves:

-Augspurger, partial monument stone found over fence in the woods.

-Augspurger, Catharina, born Mar. 7, 1849, died Mar. 14, 1885 (OS)

 Augspurger, Catharina, 1849-1885 (NS)

      separate Mother stone (NS)

 Augspurger, N. G., 1843-1916 (OS)

 Augspurger, Nicholas G., 1843-1916 (NS)

      separate Father stone (NS)

-Augspurger, Elizabeth, born Nov. 2, 1860, died Mar. 24, 1884 (OS)

-Augspurger, Magdalena G. Augspurger, born Oct. 19, 1847, died Jan. 28, 1902 (OS)

 Augspurger, Magdalena Gautsche, 1800’s (NS)

 Augspurger, Magdalena, Oct. 19, 1847, Jan. 28, 1902 (NS)

 Augspurger, Rev. Nicholas, 1811-1872 (NS)

-Ramseyer, Catherine 1837-1916, Mother (OS)

-Zimmerman, Andrew; Baden, Germany 1793, Trenton, Ohio 1850 (NS)

(NS) = new stone

(OS) = old stone

    http://www.mcusa-archives.org/MennObits/17/jan1917.html - Gospel Herald Obituary - January 1917

Augspurger. - Nicklous Augspurger, son of the late Bishop Nickolas and Magdalena Augspurger, was bon near Trenton, Butler Co., Ohio, Feb. 22, 1843; passed to his eternal reward on Dec. 27, 1916; aged 73 y. 10 m. 5 d. He united in marriage with Catharine Schantz, Feb. 20, 1873, who preceded him in death March 4, 1885. This union was blessed with two daughters and one son, Clara, Julina, and Willis, who are left to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father. he also leaves seven grandchildren, two brothers, one sister. Two grand children preceded him in death. In his youth he united with the Amish Church near Trenton, Ohio, of which his father and grandfather were for many years the bishop. Funeral services were held at his late home in Trenton by David Augspurger in German and at the Trenton Church by H. H. Grubb in English. Interment in Augspurger Cemetery.



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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 14 Nov 2008 at 5:07pm
Astoria Cemetery: aka Elk Creek Cemetery; Pleasant Hill Cemetery (Astoria) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Morningstar/Coon Cemetery: actually in Franklin Twp., right across the line.
 
 
 
 


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 19 Nov 2008 at 8:39pm

Morningstar/Coon Cemetery

Day property, 7468 Franklin-Madison Rd., Franklin Twp., Warren Co., Ohio - wooded area
 -has been listed as the Barkalow/Barkelow Cemetery, named for who were later landowners in that area.
 -there is a Barkalow Cemetery in a landlocked parcel at the Atlas Roofing Corp., 675 Oxford Rd., Franklin Twp., Warren Co., Ohio.
 -has been listed as being in Madison Twp., Butler Co. but it is across the road in Franklin Twp.
 -some stones have been repaired with mortar making bits of the inscriptions unreadable.
 -several stone pieces and unmarked graves.
 -visited & transcribed by J. Larry Helton, Jr. on November 18, 2008.
 
1.) Unreadable "verse", possibly in another language (German?); In memory of J.G.M. Morningstar, born June 18, 1768, died April 23, 1841, aged 73 years, 9 mo. & 29 days.
 
2.) Elizabeth, wife of John Morningstar, Sep. 10, 1822, foot stone - E.M.
 
3.) Rachel Ann, daughter of John & Mary Morningstar, died Feb. 26 1854, died 2 weeks & 4 d's.
 
4.) My husband's grave, John Morningstar, died June 6, 1864, 41 ys., 8 mo. & 24 d.. foot stone - J.M.
 
5.) In memory of John Coon who departed this life Oct. 10, A.D. 1836 in the 71 y. (1/2 stone)
 
6.) In memory of Susannah wife of John Coon who departed this life July 22, 1841 the 75th year of her.
 
7.) /unreadable/ of Samuel son of George and Susanna /unreadable/ A.D.
 
8.) OPHLAH, O1 bya /unreadable/ 1O (hand carved)
 
9.) In memory of John son of Peter and Rachel, TE M/unreadable/LE who departed this life (1/2 stone) 
 


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 16 Jan 2009 at 11:12am

Additional information found on Augspurger Cemetery on Sycamore Rd. from History of the Mennonites of Butler County, Ohio, by Rev. W. H. Grubb 1916.

-Cemeteries: The fourth, which is known as the Augspurger Cemetery, is located about a mile southeast of Trenton.  It is little more than a half acre plot deeded to the Augspurger congregation by Rev. Jacob Augspurger about 1830.  There are about one hundred graves in the cemetery and it is enclosed with a durable fence.  It is still used by some families and kept in condition by Albert Augspurger.  
 
-Rev. Joseph Meyer: Joseph Meyer was born in Belfort, France, in the year 1812.  In 1828 he came to America and settled in Butler County, where he united with the Augspurger congregation and was later elected one of its ministers.  He was married to Mary Augspurger.  He died December 24, 1886, and is buried in the Augspurger Cemetery.
 
-Rev. Nicholas Augspurger: Nicholas Augspurger, son of Rev. Jacob and Mary Augspurger, was born in Alsace, France, August 11, 1811, and with his parents came to America and settled in Butler County, Ohio, in 1819.  He united in marriage with Magdalena Gautsche, March 6, 1835.  In youth he united with the Augspurger congregation, and was elected to the full ministry in 1847.  He was especially gifted and was regarded as a leader in the church.  During his ministry he performed 78 marriage ceremonies, baptized 140 persons, and conducted 70 funerals.  He died April 8, 1872, aged 60 years, 7 months, and 28 days, and he is buried in the Augspurger Cemetery.
 
-Rev. Joseph Augspurger, 4th: Joseph Augspurger, son of Rev. Jacob and Maria Augspurger, was born in Alsace, France, May 19, 1818, and with his parents came to America in 1819.  He united in marriage with Elizabeth Augspurger, October 12, 1837, and the second time to Jacobina Roth, October 12, 1858, and again the third time to Jacobina Rupp on April 7, 1885.  He was elected a minister in the Augspurger congregation in the year 1872.  He died April 10, 1887, and is buried in the Augspurger Cemetery.
 


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2010 at 5:12pm


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Posted By: Calypso
Date Posted: 31 Mar 2010 at 12:44pm
Mr. Helton, have you located the Brown'S Run Cemetery?  I recieved your letter last year and was wondering if you had any success.


Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 03 Apr 2010 at 6:19pm
Calypso,
     Not yet.  No responses from anyone.  Doesn't appear that anyone remember or knows of it.  There was a chapel there on the old maps.  I have a longitude and latitude for the cemetery.  A friend and I are going to use a GPS to locate the coordinates.  If it was there in the field at Thomas and Brown's Run, then those graves have been plowed and planted over for years.  If the graves are up in the woods - what happened to the stones/field stones, that no one has come up on them?  Or was there never a cemetery there, just the chapel?     


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 07 Apr 2010 at 1:10am
Sunbury Cemetery and Sunbury School location marker on Eby Rd. in German Twp.  Many names in cemetery with a Madison Twp. connection - Keister, Selby, Emerick, and more.  Cannot find an online listing for this cemetery yet.

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Posted By: DocSteph
Date Posted: 27 Apr 2010 at 2:53pm
This one is gone.  It was relandscaped and a house built there.  (Wow _I_ would not want to live there!).  The gravestones used to be piled by a tree on the property but not sure where they are now.  However I do remember where this cemetery was if you want to find it.
Steph B.


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Posted By: Calypso
Date Posted: 04 Oct 2010 at 12:47pm
Mr. Helton: My husband recently spoke with a man regarding the Browns Run cemetery that you were having trouble locating.  The man lived in a house at the foot of the hill 40-50 years ago, and remembers an old cemetery up on top of the hill.  He described it as a really old, Civil War-type cemetery.  His house is no longer there, but I bet the cemetery is still up there somewhere.  One of the houses is for sale right now...it might give you the opportunity to look around.

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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 06 Oct 2010 at 9:39pm
DoSteph: I think I already had told you about the Sunbury Cemetery being restored and behind a privacy fence on Eby Rd., with a sign for the Sunbury School site there as well.
 
Calypso: Yes, that man is my friend, Rick, that lives at the corner of Thomas and Brown's Run Rds.  Thanks for the added information, that will help in our search.


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Posted By: DocSteph
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2010 at 6:57am
Thanks Larry, I'll look for it.  Who's Rick? 
The other family who might know of something up there would be the Laceys.  I'll ask next time I see Joe Lacey - his property is at the bridge of Browns' Run Hetzler and includes that one spring; his brother's property is farther on up Browns' Run.  They grew up there.  We'll find that cemetery one of these days!



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Posted By: Calypso
Date Posted: 11 Oct 2010 at 3:10pm
Larry:  I don't think it was he who my husband spoke with.  It was someone who lived at the base of the hill on west side of Brown's Run--when he was a child.  He spoke with him again the other day (since I've been so interested in this), and the guy said there was an elderly couple who lived in a house slightly to the south of his.  They had found metal Civil-War plaques marking graves somewhere on top of the hill.  The man (then a child) took them to school for show-and-tell, and gave them back to the couple.  This was 50 years ago probably, and the couple was old then.  I don't think this man actually saw the cemetery himself.

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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 11 Oct 2010 at 8:29pm
Thanks for the additional information.  We plan to search when the leaves are all down.  Rick must've been talking to someone else over your way. 

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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 19 Dec 2010 at 2:37am


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 04 Feb 2011 at 12:42am
February 15, 1911, Wednesday, Middletown News-Signal, Middletown, Ohio, Miltonville News
A little son of Charles Krug, of Seven Mile was buried here Wednesday last.
 
The last name of Krug is not in the records for the Miltonville Cemetery; perhaps an unmarked infant grave.
 
 


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 10 Jun 2011 at 4:45pm

Huff-Dine Cemetery, recorded by J. Larry Helton, Jr., Madison Twp., October 26, 2005
 
I was able to visit the Huff / Dine Cemetery a few days ago. Here is the information I recorded there.

Located at rear of property (13 acres), in a wooded and brushy area, presently owned by Steve Cook, 4626 Mosiman Rd., Madison Twp., Butler County, Ohio.

- complete, white, sandstone marker, leaning on tree: Catherine, wife of Issac Huff, died Feb. 19, 1823, aged 59 yrs. 1 mos. 29 ds.
- incomplete, broken, white, sandstone marker, lying flat: Rachel, wife of John Dine, died ??, 12, 186?
- stone marker next to one above, primitive carving, upright: Rachel Dine.
- broken, white, sandstone marker, faced down: unreadable.
- small, white, sandstone marker, resembling a foot stone, leaning on tree: no markings.
- several field stones, some upright, some scattered.
. several sunken areas.

There was no readable stone for Issac Huff. Past references give information taken from his stone.



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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2013 at 3:24pm
Pictures from the Huff-Dine Cemetery:
 
Catherine Huff, d.2/19/1823, age 58yrs., 1 mos., 29 ds.


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2013 at 3:26pm
Rachel Dine, w/o John, d.__, 12, 186_


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2013 at 3:27pm
Unreadable


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 22 Feb 2013 at 3:29pm
All of the other stones are similar to this one.


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 01 Mar 2013 at 2:00pm

If the ground was frozen, caskets were kept in this vault at the Miltonvile Cemetery, until a thaw enabled the grave diggers to complete the task.  There is another vault much like this one in the Pioneer Cemetery on First Ave., Middletown that is currently being restored.

http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~vlwest/eButler/vivianmoon/miltonvillecemetery4-30-20041.jpg">


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Posted By: da120757
Date Posted: 18 Mar 2013 at 4:08pm
Larry the Hine/Duff Cemetery? Is that the one on Mosiman Road? Do you have any idea who owns that property? Maybe that cemetery needs to be restored also even if it only has two or three graves in it.

Deb Morrison


Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 18 Mar 2013 at 10:05pm
Deb, Scroll back up on this thread to June 10, 2011 for a full listing and the owner of this property.  There are several graves and stones in there.  It has been told that a gravestone was removed from this cemetery and is in the basement of the, now empty, farmhouse next door.  Will PM you some more information.


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 15 Jan 2016 at 8:22pm
Photos provided by Deb Morrison of the "Body Box" inside the Miltonville Cemetery Vault used for cold storage of bodies during the winter months when the ground was too frozen for burials.
 


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 18 Jan 2016 at 9:15pm

Burial in Cold Climates

Few states have laws in place to regulate winter burials. Some, like Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New York, require burial in the winter regardless of weather conditions. Others might allow you to opt for a “cold storage” option to avoid the heavier fees of opening a grave in the winter.

In this instance, “cold storage” isn’t as terrible as it seems. Funeral directors may keep bodies in cemetery crypts or inside the funeral home until a date when the ground thaws enough to allow for burial. This practice is one that has existed for hundreds of years. If winter burials are difficult in our age of backhoes and jackhammers, it’s easy to imagine how hard it would have been in centuries past. And because older generations didn’t have access to morgues and other indoor body storage options, it was common to keep bodies in a crypt until spring.



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Posted By: da120757
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2016 at 7:45pm
We have KRUG in our Family Tree.  They were from Trenton and some are buried in Trenton.  Paul Krug Married Charlotte Clara Millbourne and they lived in Middletown.  Paul worked for CG&E both are buried at Woodside.  If you need any other info let me know will dig it out.



Posted By: da120757
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2016 at 7:46pm
Larry Still interested if you find anything on the Browns Run Road Cemetery. 



Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2016 at 4:45pm

Nuxhall Cemetery

 
" Fred Nuxhall owned the farm at the corners of Trenton-Franklin and Brown's Run Rds.  The farm sold in the late 1980s and the barns and silos have since been torn down.  On top of the hillside is an old family cemetery from the 1800s. There are several children's graves.  One grave is marked as Cathern Wagner 1835.  Another grave is that of a giant measuring at least 8 feet long. "
 
Anyone have any information on this cemetery?


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2016 at 4:50pm
Another cemetery on Brown's Run
 
"Behind an old farmhouse on Brown's Run Rd.  A lady with about 18 kids had lived there.  Some of her pregnancies ended in miscarriage and some were stillborn.  The babies were buried in plots in the backyard of the house. "
 
Anyone have knowledge of this one?


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2016 at 4:54pm
Gravestones
 
     There is a man who once contacted the historical society that he had some gravestones on his property on Mosiman Rd. and that his kids set them up at Halloween time as decorations.  Seems like the names may match with burials in the Pioneer Cemetery in Middletown or of the original pioneer cemetery that would've been where the levy is now on the Middletown side of the Great Miami River.  We've been unsuccessful of locating these stones or aquiring any additional information.
 
Anyone have any info on these?


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Posted By: LHelton
Date Posted: 09 May 2016 at 8:02pm

The Cemeteries of Madison Township

Featuring Miltonville Cemetery

 

By J. Larry Helton, Jr. - 2016

 

     It comes with sadness, grief, and heartbreak, but death becomes us all.  The unknown and the hereafter have always brought on mystery, curiosity, and fascination.  Cemeteries are peaceful, yet fearful places, places of memories, places to ponder, and places to pray.  Below are the cemeteries of Madison Township with a bit of history. The true history can be felt as you drive or walk through them and make a connection to the names you recognize – the names of the founding families, the names of the roads you drive on, the names of your neighbors, the names of someone you once heard of, and so on.     

 

     Jacob Kemp. Sr., with his wife, settled in what is now Madison Township in 1806.  In 1811, Jacob began serving as a circuit minister and organized the first groups of the United Brethren meeting in homes.  He had assisted in the organization of the Old Miami Circuit of the United Brethren Church and had become an elder by 1818.  Jacob would become the prime force in the organization of the United Brethren Churches at Miltonville, Poasttown, and Pleasant Ridge; and assisting in the establishment of Union Chapel.      

     A deed recorded May 28, 1823 shows a site sold in Miltonville for six dollars for the promotion of religion from Samuel Mattix and his wife.  The church trustees: Henry Kumler, Thomas Baker, John Sellars, Richard V.V. Crane, and Daniel Ross, were to oversee the construction of a combined Methodist and United Brethren meeting-house with land around it for a burying ground.  There had already been burials on that land as early as 1796, with the first recorded one being in 1800.

     In the years 1825, 1832, 1837, 1845, 1848, and 1863 the Miltonville United Brethren Church was host to the Miami Annual United Brethren Conference.  Around 1847, the United Brethren Church as a whole took an option on forty acres at the western end of Howe Road with plans to found a college.  Plans were never exercised and Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio was built instead in 1847.  Miltonville United Brethren Church continued to be prominent in the denomination and held the General Conference of the United Brethren in Christ in 1853.

     In 1873 a new church building was erected and stood at the southwest edge of the cemetery.  The engraved sandstone plaque above its entrance read “U. B. CHURCH 1873”.  The vacant, rectangular area where the church once stood can still be found today, but in time may disappear, as it was recently plotted of for future gravesites.

     In 1882 the Miltonville United Brethren Church closed due to dwindling membership.  The building and cemetery was turned over to the newly formed Miltonville Cemetery Association on May 20th of that year.  The Association purchased or accepted by donation additional ground from Peter Thomas.  The total acreage is four acres plus a fraction of an acre.

     A cold storage vault was constructed in 1888 and still sits in the center of the cemetery.  The same stonemason built the one in Middletown’s Pioneer Cemetery circa 1870 and then lined it with stone from West Middletown circa 1878.  Body boxes inside the vault were used to store bodies in the winter until the ground thawed for burial.  One such body box still exists within this vault.       

     On May 22, 1949, the Miltonville United Brethren Church building was struck by lightning and completely destroyed by fire, including all of the churches records.  After the fire, the sandstone plaque, the church bell, and a Civil War with cannonballs disappeared from the ruins. 

     At some point in time, the sandstone plaque was brought back to the cemetery and laid behind the caretaker's building.  It was found broken into two pieces, whether from the fire or other reason is unknown.  There were no signs of damage or marks from being in the fire.  To date, the cannon, cannonballs, and church bell are unaccounted for. 

     In 2009, the Miltonville Cemetery Association gave the sandstone plaque to me for preservation.  Larry Helton, Sr., Rick Jackson, Merle Rhodes, and I put the plaque into a concrete memorial alongside other Miltonville historical items beside the Miltonville Fire Station, after a recommendation of the Historical Society of Madison Twp. and approval from the Madison Twp. Trustees.  It is interesting to note that the reverse of the plaque had previously been used as a gravestone for “Josephine W., Daughter of Alford & Electa Luce, Born March 29, 1810, Died Feb.13, 1847; Fontaine M., Their Grand Child & Adopted Son, Born March 17, 1816, Died Aug. 17, 1847”.  There is no record of these burials or a reason why a gravestone was used for the church’s plaque.

     With state laws and the disbanding of the Miltonville Cemetery Association earlier this year, the Madison Township Trustees are now the overseers of the Miltonville Cemetery.  Improvements and restorations are already underway to preserve the cemetery, the cold storage vault, and grounds.

     The Madison Township Trustees and township workers are also responsible for the upkeep and maintenance for four other cemeteries in township:  Augspurger, Pleasant Hill, Elk Creek, and Mount Pleasant

     The Augspurger Cemetery is back a dirt lane on Sycamore Rd. outside of Trenton.  It is a congregational cemetery that was deeded about 1830 that has been heavily vandalized.  Only around twenty-five of the one hundred or so graves remain marked either with whole or partial stones.

     Pleasant Hill Cemetery is along Elk Creek Road between West Alexandria and Kalbfliesch Roads.  Originally a congregational cemetery, a church stood at the front southwest corner.  Misplaced and broken stones are compiled on a slab behind the church site.

     Elk Creek Cemetery on Middletown-Eaton Road, near Hursh Rd. and next to the Elk Creek schoolhouse, was also a congregational cemetery.  The Zion Evangelical Reformed Church stood at the top of the hillside.  When it was no longer a house of worship, the local Grange used it for meetings.  Needing more room, they decided to dig a basement underneath causing the collapse of the building.  A little further east, the bricks were re-used to construct a new meetinghouse.  The cornerstone from that building is all that remains on site.

     Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Thomas Road and up the drive by the Sorg’s summerhouse, another congregational cemetery, has dual caretakers.  The Madison Township trustees oversee the gravesites around the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church building of 1830 and the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, which was established in 1883, oversees those inside the fenced area.  

     One other congregational cemetery that appears to be only remembered sparsely in records and in atlases was along Brown’s Run Road across from the Thomas Road.  A church and cemetery are noted and little else.  It has been told that the cemetery was up on the hillside, was Civil War era, and that “a child had gathered up the metal veteran plaques and took them to school for show-n-tell”. 

     There are four family cemeteries known to exist in the township: the Huff-Dine Cemetery on Mosiman Road; the Augspurger Cemetery on the grounds of Chrisholm, a Butler County MetroPark, at Woodsdale; the Nuxhall Cemetery at Trenton-Franklin and Brown’s Run Roads, with one grave “of a giant measuring at least eight feet long”; and one of miscarriages and stillborn births on Brown’s Run Road.  The Augspurger Cemetery is open to the public; the others are on private property.

     Two mystery burials also remain.  An old map of a certain area of Keister Road has three crosses marked upon it representing graves.  Many years ago, at least one of these graves was excavated and an intact human skull was found.  A Mr. Fox had it in his possession and then it became a museum piece for the Butler County Historical Society.  It was last known to be stored in the museum’s basement, but when contacted in recent years, its whereabouts is unknown.  The other mystery is that of a single gravestone found by two boys, a few years back, in a field off Aljen Road.  The stone’s inscription, “James H. Anderson, Died in 1814 at the age of 43”.

     Though now incorporated within Trenton’s city limits, the cemeteries there have many who were part of Madison Township’s past.  The Pioneer Cemetery, originally known as the Elk Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, is at the crossroads of West State and Hamilton-Trenton Roads.  The church circa 1820 was razed in 1924, yet the steps remain almost two hundred years later.  Many years ago, several of the fallen and crumbling gravestones were “hauled off and left in the city dump”. Around the corner on Hamilton-Trenton Road is the Holy Name Catholic Cemetery.  St. John’s Cemetery on North Miami Street is located behind the First Church of the Nazarene, where the St. John’s German Evangelical Church originally stood.  On the other side of North Miami Street is the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and Cemetery.

     Three other cemeteries, just over our township lines, with connections to Madison Township’s past are: the Augspurger Memorial Cemetery on Wayne-Madison Road in St. Clair Township, Butler County; the Morningstar-Coon Cemetery on Franklin-Madison Road in Franklin Township, Warren County; and the Sunbury Cemetery on Eby Road in German Township, Montgomery County.

 



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