Cemetery Restoration Workshops
Warren County Genealogical Society
"Involve yourself in history."

Zoar Red Lion Methodist Cemetery

WILL BE HELD Friday, Sep 7, 2018

The Zoar Red Lion Methodist Cemetery

Link to the 2018, Zoar Red Lion Methodist Cemetery Workshop homepage.

At the intersection of SR-122 and SR-123, Four miles east of I-75

Coordinates: 39.491556, -84.251750


WESLEY CHAPEL, HARLAN TOWNSHIP, WARREN COUNTY, OHIO Link to the 2016, Wesley Chapel Cemetery Workshop homepage.
The Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church was organized about 1846, by Jacob Jackson, Joshua Thompson and others. The church is situated near Level in Harlan Township, and is one of the most active country societies in the county, with a large membership. The pastor is Rev. J. W. Burdsall, who is seen in the above picture. The elderly gentleman standing at his side in Mr. A. M. Fox, born in Union Township, Warren County, March 30, 1827. In 1845 he moved to Harlan Township, within half a mile of Wesley Chapel, of which he became a member in 1853. In 1869 he moved closer to the church, where he now resides, being the oldest member now living. He has held all of the official offices, and within the fifty years has always been found in the front ranks, absenting himself only on account of sickness which, fortunately, has seldom afflicted him.

Coordinates: 39.277122, -84.037898"W

All-day workshops are held in the cemetery. In the afternoon attendees will have the opportunity for hands-on training.

Workshops are conducted by Walt & Micki Walters of Graveyard Groomer, preeminent graveyard restoration experts of Connersville, Indiana.

2015: Springboro Cemetery, Clearcreek Twp, Warren Co, Ohio

The Springboro Cemetery Association was organized 26 Aug 1865 with Seth H. Ellis, William Carpenter, C. B. Surface, James Allen and Joseph H. Haines the 1st trustees. The association purchased a 2-1/2 acre parcel from the Associates Reformed Church which had used the site as a burial place from an early date until 1857. In addition, other parcels were purchased adjacent to the church parcel. Ambrose Taylor was contracted to lay out the grounds with the plat recorded June 6, 1866. There were 9 interments in 1866. The cemetery has been active ever since, expanding to both sides of Lower Springboro Road.

2014: Caesars Creek Cemetery, Wayne Twp, Warren Co, Ohio
The Caesars Creek Monthly Meeting was set off from the Center Meeting Friday, May 26, 1810. Among the charter members were Robert Furnas,
Clerk and elder; Ann Compton, clerk; John Mendenhall, Isaac Hawkins, Thomas Cox, Joseph Cook and Rachel Lewis, overseers; also, appearing
were the names of Spray, Wilson, Milhous, Arnold, Reagan, Mills, Whitson, Lewis, Cloud, Bridges and Conner. Many of the charter members of
the Caesars Creek Monthly Meeting were former members of Cane Creek Monthly Meeting, South Carolina. Their removal to Ohio took place in
large numbers between 1802 and 1807. (Hinshaw's Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol V, p 147.) The Caesars Creek Burying Ground
overlooks a beautiful valley and the northmost end of the Caesars Creek Lake. Coordinates: 39.5475, -83.983611

2013: Dicks Creek Cemetery, Franklin Twp, Warren Co, Ohio
Dicks Creek Cemetery, one of the oldest surviving cemeteries in Warren County, is the final resting place for many
of the original settlers in the Blue Ball area. It was established in 1810 when Joseph Parks and his son, Robert,
donated a parcel of ground on Union Road for a church and an acre of ground adjacent to it for a cemetery.
Revolutionary War Veteran, Joseph Parks who died 12 Apr 1814, is the 1st known burial in the cemetery.

Diana Brake spoke at our workshop about grave marker iconography.
Click here for "The ABCs of Iconography at Spring Grove."

Click here for a gallery of workshop pictures.

Click here for the updated Dicks Creek workshop website.

The Clear Creek Chapel Cemetery, Clearcreek Twp, Warren Co, Ohio
Locally known as the Null Cemetery, on Red Lion-Five Points Rd, Springboro, Warren Co, Ohio. The Null family were the first settlers
of Springboro as evidenced by the Null cabin on the southern ridge overlooking the Clear Creek Valley.
The 2013, Blinn Family Restoration Project

The Lebanon Pioneer Cemetery, Lebanon, Turtlecreek Twp, Warren Co, Ohio.
The north half was originally the Baptist Graveyard. The south half was originally the Methodist Graveyard
Beers 1882, History of Warren County contains the following comments: "What is known as the Methodist Graveyard, which
adjoins the Baptist burying-ground on the south, does not seem to have been used as such until about 1820. There is now no line
marking the boundary between the two yards, both being within the same inclosure, and the whole comprises a square within
the corporate limits of Lebanon. Although some of the remains have been removed to the new cemetery, the grounds are still
kept in good preservation, and no steps have as yet been taken for their abandonment as graveyards."

The Crosson Cemetery, Harlan Twp, Warren Co, Ohio
The Crosson Cemetery is northwest of the village of Butlerville on the south side of Roachester-Cozzadale Rd north of Morrow-Rossburg Road
Of the Crosson Cemetery, Beers 1882 History of Warren County says, "William Crosson died on April 3, 1879, in the eighty-fourth year of his age, his wife
having departed this life in 1874, at the age of nearly seventy-five years. They lie in the cemetery given by him to the public near his old home. "
   Link to Crosson Cemetery Clinic - Pictorial

The Springboro Universalist Cemetery, Springboro, Clearcreek Twp, Warren Co, Ohio
    The Springboro Universalist Church was built on the north end of town in 1842, on land purchased from the Gregg family.
The cemetery was located in a 1/2 acre lot behind the church. The 1st known burial was that of Nicholas Fye in 1837
and by 1850 the cemetery was said to be 40% full. In 1905 the congregation built a new stone church at 300 South Main St.,
but the membership fell off to 13 people by 1950 and the church was disbanded. Known burials in the cemetery date from 1837
to 1867 although other records indicate the last burial occurred in 1954.

Works needs to be done. Let us know if you or your group is interested in helping out. We especially need
people with an artistic touch to mortar the cracks still remaining after the stones are epoxied together.


Over two hundred people have attended clinics presented by the genealogical society, where detailed
and proper restoration techniques have been taught. As a result, many area cemeteries are being
resurrected, correctly. Many more are in need of attention.

Trained volunteers are needed! Become a trained volunteer!

Inquire about our next workshop restoration work day, or all-day, in-cemetery restoration workshop.

Comments from attendees of previous workshops:

"The cemetery restoration clinic was one of the best sessions that I have ever attended. It was an eye-opening experience on what should and
should not be done to protect, repair and preserve the gravestones in our historic cemeteries. I'm ready to sign up when you have another clinic."

"What a wonderful project! A great effort to preserve history and to share knowledge. Mr. Walter's presented a wonderful clinic
and has inspired us to become active in the preservation of our own ancestral cemeteries."

"This workshop was much better than I expected!"

Pictured below are a few of the stones we have restored.


In the Springboro Universalist Cemetery, “The Twins” stone had deteriorated to the point where we had
a very difficult time deciphering the information: Sarah Johnson and Sarah Rees. Were they siblings?

We hope to apply new digital imaging techinques to make reading similarly, seriously deteriorated markers much easier!


Above, on the right, the obelisk for Dr. Patton's wife, Emeline, weighing close to a ton, lies on the ground in pieces. With the
use of a hoist Emeline Patton's obelisk and Lydia Munger's obelisk in the background are now back as they were originally!

Below, "Little Willie's stone received some cleaning, was repaired and is standing in it's proper place.


“Willie” Lipp (1858-1860) was the son of C.I. and I.A. Lipp of Springboro, Warren, Ohio.

This small, marble gravemarker is ornately carved, and, sadly, was two pieces. However, the break was fairly clean
and repair was not be too difficult. Its slotbase still marked the grave in front of the large pin oak.

Homepage: Warren County Genealogical Society,
a Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society

This page was last update 31 October, 2015.