Union Methodist Cemetery
Columbus, Franklin Township,
Franklin County, Ohio
2 Aug 2005: Franklin Township Road Crew has removed literally tons of brush and overgrowth from the back of the cemetery. You no longer need a jungle guide to visit the Easter Family monument. The Road Crew also filled in the gigantic groundhog holes. A new flag donated by Joseph Henry Gutches now flies in the cemetery. Joseph is in the process of securing a donation of a riding mower for the cemetery to Franklin Township. With the help of caring neighbors, Franklin Township Police, and the Franklin Township Road Crew, this place has been transformed from a rock pile in a weed garden to a respectable cemetery!--Brent Nimmo
21 June 2005: Brent Nimmo continues his efforts at this cemetery and the changes are dramatic.
"To get into the cemetery: During regular hours the Franklin Township is open, simply go to the Franklin Township Office and request it open. During hours the office is closed, call the Franklin Township Police and request it open. When you are done, let them know so they can lock it back up. I am in the progress of trying get get as much info on the Soldiers buried there. At the Township Meeting it was agreed that the best Government markers to order would be the flat garanite, as they would not be stolen for scrap metal like the bronze, and can't be knocked down like the upright ones. In the meantime I have done a little putzing around trying to rehab the place. With the help of three guys working on a car nearby."
Brent also supplied photos of some of the work that's been done. Those will have his initials (bn) with each photo that he sent. More sincere thanks, Brent!
17 June 2005: Brent Nimmo sent this update (late April), "Franklin Township has removed piles of debris from last winter storm and removed a dead tree that kept dropping branches. Perhaps this historic cemetery will make a comeback." Brent didn't mention that he and another person put in some hard work and unearthed two partial gravestones, allowing two photos to be removed from the "unknown" list. Many thanks, Brent.
16 June 2003: We returned today having driven past the cemetery the day after Memorial Day and finding the grass cut and the chain unlocked. We took sixty-six photographs (a complete photographic inventory), and there is not one single unbroken stone in the batch. Every gravestone in this once lovely cemetery has been tumbled from its foundation and/or broken.
6 May 2003: Union Methodist Cemetery was established in 1822. It is located at Frank & Gantz Roads across from Franklin County Children Services. We found the cemetery in deplorable condition. The sign just to the right of the padlocked gate proclaim that the cemetery hours are 8 AM to 5 PM. It was only 3:30 in the afternoon when we arrived to photograph the remaining gravestones. Even if we had been able get into the cemetery without climbing over the fence or using bolt cutters on the padlock we would have found it difficult to locate and photograph gravestones in all the uncut grass and weeds. Unfortunately, the padlock probably serves only to keep the law abiding visitor out.
Aerial Photo of Cemetery,
taken March/April 2000
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NOTE: Where possible the gravestone fragments were compared with the index found in Franklin County, Ohio Cemeteries, volume 8, Prairie and Franklin Townships, compiled by the Franklin County Genealogical Society (Columbus 1984), pages 72-75. Additional burials also appear on those pages.
Underlined items (no link) or enclosed in brackets (  ) were either taken from the above book, or are the webmaster's "best guess."
(Click on the underlined name to view the photograph)
NOTE: Some photos on this page were taken by Brent Nimmo during his continuing restoration of the cemetery.
- Broken, ___ 9, 185_, aged 18 y 4 mo 4 d
- [Peter Houghn], died Apr 25, 1848, aged 67 yrs
- [Aner Eliza Hayes], wife of R. W., died Apr 2, 1843, aged 25 years 9 months & 25 d
- M. D.
- Weathered & broken group
- Broken, 2 face down
- Probably Jennie A., dau of G. B. & A. M. Dresbach, died July 24, 1852, aged 5 mo 10 ds
- Probably Eliza F., wife of Seymour Stimmel, died Jan 23, 1845, aged 24 yr 9 mo 1 day
- Child's stone, died ___ __, 1864, aged __
- Group of broken stones
- Emanuel, died Sept 20, 1849, aged 70 y 1 mo 12 ds
- George W., son of Adam & Margaret, died June, 16, 1843, aged 30 yrs 9 ms & 24 ds
- Hannah, daughter of Adam & Margaret, died Oct 30, 1848, aged 48 yrs 2 ms & 22 ds
- Sarah, consort of M., died Jan 2, 1838, aged 52 ys
- Andrews, Hiram L., son of H. & N. J., Nov 12, 1854-April 21, 1856, aged 1 y 5 m 9 d (bn) (As found in 2003)
- Armstrong, Margaret, wife of James, ded Sept 22, 1851, aged 58 yrs (bn)
- Aulkire, Mary M., dau of C & R, died Sept 11, 1852, aged 1 yr & 2 ds
- Baltimore, Elizabeth, died Jan 13, 1838, aged 46 years 11 months
- Benjamin, Infant dau of M.W. & L.M., Jan 15, 1914
- Briggs, Rev. John, died June 4, 1848, aged 56 yrs 5 mos, 2 ds
- Chambers, Elizabeth, wife of E, died Feb 17, aged 81 yrs 4 m & 3 d; and Elisha, died Jan 20, 1868, aged 82 ys & 27 d (Plot) (bn)
- Cook, Joseph, May 11, 1790-Jan 29, 1844 and Rebecca, wife of Joseph, Oct 11, 1791-Feb 4, 1844
- Crumley, Julia Ann, wife of Dr. Wm. D., died Apr 21, 1854, aged 20y 4m 15d (bn)
- Deemer, Mary Jane, wife of Isaiah W., Feb 26, 1831-April 29, 1852 (bn)
- Charlie A., son of G & J., died Mar 13, 1863, aged 2 ys 5 mo 18 ds
- Isaac, died Feb 10, 1845, aged 45 yrs [broken] (bn)
- Lucinda, wife of G., died June 20, 1859, aged 45 yrs 9 mo 23 d
- Margaret, wife of Isaac, died Feb 15, 1833 aged 19 ys 2 m 20 ds
- Wm A., died Mar 1, 1856, aged  ys 1 mo 21 ds (bn) (Whole stone & as found in 2003)
- Amanda M., wife of Geo. B., died May 10, 1853, aged 23 y 23 d, daughter of Jacob & Rebecca Huffman (bn) (As found in 2003)
- Jennie A., dau of G B & A M, died [July 24, 1852], aged 5 mo 10 ds (on same stone as Amanda M.) (bn)
- Easter, Patrick, died June, 1879, in his 81st year, and on same stone, Martha, died Aug 1854 in her 33rd year (bn); and Ann, died Sept 10, 1881 in her 80th year (bn)
- Freeman, George, son of A & R, died Mar 23, 1847, aged 9 yrs 4 mo 15 ds (bn)
- Gardner, Wm., died Aug 5, 1856, aged 71 yrs 5 mos (bn)
- John, died Nov 12, 1854, aged 24 ys 5 mo 3 d
- John M., Aug 24, 1793-May 8, 1876
- Lovina [M.], wife of P. M. Gutches, Jan 4, 1830-Aug 10, 1858
- Information contributed by Brent Nimmo, "Lovina Mitchell, maiden name White, wife of Paul Morris Gutches-info given to me by Joseph Henry Gutches after township meeting at the cemetery while looking at marker. Paul H. changed name Goetschius to Gutches as the rest of the world kept having difficulty with the name."
- Mary M., wife of J.W., died 4 Dec 1848, aged 21 ys 1 mo 2 ds
- Nicholas, died Dec 13, 1855, aged 23 y 11 m 3 d
- [J]ohn, died Jan 28, 1852, aged 67 ys 16 ds
- Thomas (on right in photo), CORP, CO C, 113 OVI [died 1870]
- William H. H. (on left in photo), son of G. & S, CO C, 113 OVI, died at Nashville, 22 Jun 1863 (bn)
- Gutches, Fannie E., dau of P.M. & M.M., died Nov 9, 1864, aged 10 years
- Family Plot (bn)
- Richard T., died Aug 16, 1844, aged 67 y 5 m 7 d
- PVT, Captain Joseph Vance's Company, War of 1812, enlisted 24 Aug 1812, discharged 4 Oct 1812
- Sarah, wife of R. T., died Jan 4, 1849, aged 59 yrs 11 mo 3 ds
- John W., son of Richard & Sarah, died Oct 9, 1839, aged 21 years 5 mo & 11 days
- Capt., E. D. [Elitha D ], CO A, 60TH O. VOL. INF., Oct 15, 1836-Dec 23, 1878 He died for his country (Whole stone) (bn)
- He was wounded in battle and it's possible that his wounds never healed properly, thus giving reason for the statement that "he died for his country"
- Ellie S., died July 25, 1864, aged 24 ys 6 mo & 27 ds (Whole stone after repairs (bn))
- Hunter, Sarah, wife of Return J. Hunter, died June 25, 1851, aged 26 ys, 10 ms 11 ds, also 3 children
- Eleanor, wife of J., died Sept 29, 1846, aged 64 ys
- John, died Jun 22, 1853, aged 63y 7m 2d (bn)
- Medick, Anna, dau of J & E, died Sept 10, 1857, aged 5 ys 6 mo 10 ds (bn)
- Moler, Harriet Eliza, daughter of Rollin & Susan, died Jan 26, 1846, aged 15 y, 8 m 26 d
- Pennington, James, son of F & E, died Aug 10, 1863, aged 3 yrs 5 ds (bn)
- Pippit, John F., son of I. & J., died Aug 13, 1853, aged 2 ys 7 mo 30 ds
- Price, William R., son of J. & S., died July 30, 1850, aged 18 yrs 6 mo 25 ds
- [M]ary M., wife of Robert, died Feb 14, 1849, aged 64 yrs, 11 mos 23 d
- Robert, died Sept 16, 1850 [or 30?], in the 49 year of his age (Whole stone)
- Roberts, John, died Sept 18, 1853, aged 16 ys 1 mo 15 ds
- Children of W. W. & J. A.
- Louy Franklin, died Oct 28, 1853, aged 2 ys 6 mo & 28 ds and Horace Hyde, died Sept 23, 1860, aged 1 yr 10 mo & 28 ds
- Infant, son of Elias & Catharine, died 1842 (bn)
- Juliette, died July 26, aged 3 ys 2 mo 4 ds and Ellise, died Sept 6, 1856, aged 1 yr 11 mo
- Julia A., wife of Wm. & daughter of A. & E. Wilcox, died Mar 29, 1847, aged 21 ys 11 mo 8 ds (As found in 2003, and now repaired (bn))
- Vander High, R. A., died Sept 25, 1864, aged 33 yrs 8 mo 12 ds (bn)
- [Eliza E.], daughter of W. & M., died Mar 30, 1858, aged 1 year 2 mos 22 days
- John, son of Wm. & M., died Oct 4, 1854, aged 11 y 9 m 22 d
- Alexander, died Dec 17, 1858, aged 32 ys 4 mo & 11 ds
- Elizabeth, died Oct 5, 1854, aged 65 ys 8 m 4 d (bn)
- Mary Ann, wife of Geo. W., died Oct 23, 1852, aged 38 yrs 9 mo 8 ds (bn)
- Sarah E. (center in photo), daughter of A & M J, died May 8, 1869 (bn)
- Additional Surnames:
- ABBOTT, ANDERSON
- BAILEY, BAKER, BARBEE, BARKER, BENSON, BRACKENRIDGE, BRINKLEY, BROWN
- GRANT, GREENWOOD
- HARRISON, HAUGH, HAUGHN, HAYES, HOOKER, HOUGHN, HUFFMAN
- MARTIN, McDONALD, MOFFITT
- SMITH, STUMP