I live in Virginia, but visited central Ohio in June researching my Southard family line.
I am interested in locating the tombstones for my 3GGPs Abraham Southard, Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth. I am also interested in identifying whom to contact concerning the plat book for the Hanover Cemetery, Hanover Twp, Licking Co, OH in order to request a copy of the page for the Southard family plot.
Based upon a 1971 listing of Hanover Cemetery burials (located at the main public library in Newark, probably one of the Johnstown Genealogy Society listings of Licking Co, OH Cemeteries) my 3rd GGF, Abraham Southard, Jr. (1758-1855, a Revolutionary War Soldier) and his wife, Elizabeth (Hull 1768-1844), are buried in Hanover Cemetery. I also have seen â€œOhio Cemetery Recordsâ€ (Genealogy Publishing, Baltimore, 1984), which lists Abraham Southard, Jr. "Mch.20, 1855, age 96 y. 7 m. (soldier)." and his wife, Elizabeth, as being buried in Hanover Cemetery. Neither the 1971 listing nor the 1984 listing identified where they were buried in the cemetery.
I have never found my 2nd GGF Isaiah (son of Abraham, Jr. and Elizabeth Hull) Southard and his wife Elizabeth â€œBettyâ€ Parnell listed in any Licking County cemetery listing, so I had assumed they were probably buried in a vanished farm cemetery.
Visiting Hanover Cemetery, I was unable to locate the tombstones of Abraham and Elizabeth Southard. I was able to locate tombstones of other Southards named on the Hanover Cemetery listings. To my surprise, I also located a relatively new large (maybe 8 feet tall) obelisk for his son, Isaiah Southard and Isaiahâ€™s wife, Elizabeth (my 2nd GGPs), located within an old low fence that surrounds an 8-12 person size lot. Curiously the front of the obelisk reads Isaiah Southard/ born Apr. 21, 1801/ died May 19, 1855 followed by a large blank space above large block lettered â€œSOUTHARDâ€, while the opposite side reads Isaiah Southard/ born Apr. 21, 1801/ died May 19, 1855 --- Elizabeth Parnell/ wife of I. Southard/ born Feb. 28, 1807/ died Aug 21, 1893 (YES, Isaiah appears on two sides of the obelisk, but Elizabeth on only one). It occurred to me that perhaps the intent was to put the names of Abraham Southard, Jr. and Elizabeth Hull on one side and Isaiah Southard and Elizabeth Parnell on the other, but that certainly did not happen.
Immediately on the highway side of this Southard lot was another relatively new twin marker for Archibald W. Brown and his wife Rebecca Southard (sister of my 2GGF Isaiah). Note that I think that Archibaldâ€™s death date on this new stone is incorrect.
I am most curious as to who installed these obviously costly relatively new markers on both the Southard and Brown lots.
Abraham Southard, Jr. is a Revolutionary War Soldier. On the Licking County Genealogical Society website, he is listed under the section entitled â€œRevolutionary War Soldiers of Licking Countyâ€. The information on Abraham Southard, Jr. came from an â€œOfficial Roster of Soldiers of American Revolution Buried in State of Ohioâ€, Vol. II, published 1929. The information provided included his name and year of birth (1758). His date of death and burial location is listed as unknown.
In July, I sent a letter to the trustees of the Hanover Cemetery. An individual in the Hanover Township office had given me the names and addresses of the trustees. The Licking County Genealogical Society had suggested I contact the Hanover Township office. To date, I have not heard back a response from any of the trustees. Are the trustees the correct persons to correspond with for my request? I have also made a number of phone calls to the number available for Hanover Cemetery that I found on the Internet, but have been unsuccessful thus far. I donâ€™t have any information as to their office hours.
Any help or suggestions in locating Abraham Southard, Jr would be much appreciated.