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Out of the Clock Tower

Hello and welcome to the Greene County Archives' blog, "Out of the Clock Tower".  Please join us as we share information on archival issues, news, special events, and highlights from our collection.

Before the archives program began in Greene County in 1996, permanent records were stored in every conceivable space, in basements, garages, and closets. Usually they were in boxes of various shapes and sizes, although seldom adequately labeled, but occasionally they were just in loose piles of books and papers. Most notable were the old records stuffed into the clock tower of the County Courthouse, where they shared their home with pigeon droppings.

Now, there is a clean, environmentally controlled, well appointed location for the county archives, where our historical records are housed in standard sized boxes on steel shelves. We have taken note of their journey in the name for our blog.

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May 12

Pioneer Cemetery in Sugarcreek Twp.

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 3:30 PM by Jessica Cromer

Have you ever traveled along Upper Bellbrook Road in Sugarcreek Township, and passed by the Pioneer Cemetery? This small, historical cemetery is just south of Bell Creek Intermediate School and just north of Bellbrook Cemetery.

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Pioneer Cemetery

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Pioneer Cemetery

Pioneer Cemetery is a beautiful, wooded area nestled on top of a knoll. Some of Bellbrook's earliest pioneers are buried at the cemetery. Surnames include: Berryhill; Abercrombie; Lamme; Armstrong; Turnbull; Bain and Williamson.

There are five Revolutionary War Veterans; three War of 1812 Veterans and two Civil War veterans all interred at the cemetery.

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One of Bellbrook's earliest undertakers was John M. Stake. A former cabinet-maker from Maryland, Stake was one of the first men in the township to have a hearse. His shop was located at the corner of West and Franklin Streets in Bellbrook.

He made some of the early interments in Pioneer Cemetery. Stake was in the undertaking business in Bellbrook for sixty years and buried between 5,000 - 6,000 bodies during his long period in business.

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In 2013, a digital archive of the Pioneer Cemetery was created. Kevin Conley, a local Boy Scout completing his Eagle Scout Project, constructed a map of the cemetery. He also created his own listing of the burials and captured photos of the headstones. For those interested in using the digital archive, here is the link.

Greene County is one of the oldest counties in Ohio. There is an abundant amount of history that can be found right in the ground behind the gates of our local cemeteries.

Until Next Time!

This Week's Trivia Question: Name another old cemetery in Sugarcreek Township. Hint: It's located on Little Sugarcreek Road.

Answer to Last Week's Trivia Question: What book did M.A. Broadstone write? Answer: History of Greene County, Ohio.


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