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


was conducted AUGUST 15, 2014 at the



Pictures of the Caesars Creek Cemetery Workshop.

We are making plans to continue restoration at the Caesar's Creek Cemetery, an early Friend's Burying
Ground in the northeast corner of Warren County. We are faced with five immediate projects - cleaning
grave markers, straightening small and medium-sized markers, adding top soil and grass seed where weed
killers have been used, clearing out the thicket at the north end of the cemetery (a big project!) and repairing
the entranceway where the wall needs to be reassembled and the gate post erected and repaired. We are
fortunate to have several workshop participants volunteer to assist and direct volunteers (Boy Scouts?
Girl Scouts?) in these projects.

History: 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


The workshop was conducted by Walt & Micki Walters of Graveyard Groomer, preeminent graveyard restoration experts from Connersville, Indiana.


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!

Sign up for our next workshop for the upcoming all-day, in-cemetery
August 15th! The Caesars Creek 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.

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