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Truro Presbyterian Cemetery
(AKA Madison-Truro Cemetery)
Madison Township,
Franklin County, Ohio

Truro Presbyterian (Truro-Madison) Cemetery, Madison Township, Franklin County, OH

Gravestone Photographs

Truro Presbyterian Cemetery (also known as the Madison-Truro Cemetery) is located at the SE corner of Noe-Bixby Road & Chatterton Road in Madison Twp.  According to the 1880 Williams Bros., History of Franklin and Pickaway Counties, Ohio, and on page 449 (Madison Twp.) contains the following:


This society was organized by Rev. Dr. Hoge in 1820. . . . A frame meeting house was subsequently erected, the ground for which, including a grave-yard--the whole consisting of about three acres--was given by William Patterson. The first burial in the grave-yard was his daughter, Jane Patterson. A strange incident is connected with that event. When the question of laying out the burying-ground was being considered, the young lady urged her father not to delay the matter lest someone in the neighborhood should die in the meantime and be buried elsewhere. In less than a week from that time she herself was enterred [sic.] in the new burying-ground. In 1835 the frame building was replaced by the brick one, which is still standing. The Truro church was once quite prosperous--one of the strongest in the Presbytery. From several causes it gradually declined, and for a number of years there has been no organization.

At least three readings of the gravestones have been published--George F. Bareis published his reading in his 1902, History of Madison Township; Charles W. Wagner read it on 30 May 1945, and members of the Franklin County Genealogical Society read the stones in 1981. All three readings can be found in Franklin County, Ohio Cemeteries, volume 2 "Madison Township," pages 60-69.

In 1965 the remains from Taylor Cemetery (Madison Township) were removed to this location.  The move was necessitated by the construction of the I-270 and Route 33 interchange.  A reading of Taylor Cemetery was done by Frank A. Livingston and published in the Ohio Genealogical Quarterly, July 1941.

The photo above and the one linked to the first paragraph were contributed by Joan Longbrake () who has ancestors buried in this cemetery.

This cemetery was chosen as the site of the 2005 Operation Flag ceremony which commemorates and honors the veterans of all U. S. wars.  Buried in this cemetery are veterans of both the American Revolution and the War of 1812.  It is especially fitting that they should be honored as they were among the first who fought to gain and protect our independence.  Bob Monds of the Franklin County Auditor's office took several photographs during the ceremony and has been kind enough to allow them to be used here.

Click on the thumbnail to view the larger version:

Aerial Photo of Cemetery,
(Spring 2004)

Most photos below were taken by:
Bob Monds of the Franklin County Auditor's office.
Others by: , (bn)

Gravestones: | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

(Click on the underlined name to view the photograph)

  • Forsman, Robert S., Aug 17, 1790-Jan 29, 1858, aged 67 ys 5 ms 12 [War of 1822]
  • Fulton, John, departed this life, Aug 28, 1823, aged 74 yrs, [Revolutionary War] (Additional photo)
    • Moved from Taylor Cemetery
  • Killgore, Clarisa, dau of James, died Feb 2, 1835, aged 15 yrs & 19 ds [Moved from Taylor Cemetery]
  • M'Comb, Wm., died Feb 10, 1835, aged 78 yrs [Revolutionary War]
  • Miller, Eli, died May 4, 1857, aged 48ys 10 ms (bn)
  • Wood
    • John E., son of R & M A, died Mar 17, 1863, aged 7 mo 29 ds (bn)
    • Martha A., wife of Robt, die dMar 26, 1863, aged 24 yrs 6 mos 6 ds (bn)

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