Revolutionary War cemetery: Easterly Cemetery

CLEAR FORK VALLEY — A small plot of ground in the Clear Fork valley probably hasn’t been noticed by lots of people.

Located in Worthingtown Township, outside Butler and Bellville, sits the Easterly Cemetery.

A sign cautions visitors to enter the premises carefully.

This is a Revolutionary War cemetery, holding veterans of the Civil War and the War of 1812. One gentleman buried there was in the 13th Iowa Infantry.

There are 91 persons buried there; ten are infants.

Most of the world is fascinated by old cemeteries. The stories they would tell are enormous.

One expert on the history and technical information about cemeteries is James Miley Pennell.

He is a person who uses magnetic detectors when he is examining cemeteries.

The magnetic detectors allow a person to determine the size and shape of the person buried.

He also is quick to caution a person about the best times to examine a cemetery. Winter time is not good, he said. Grave sites can shift, and a person cold inadvertently fall into an area that has collapsed.

The Easterly Cemetery is on Twp. Rd. 388, Snyder Road. It sits atop a hill.

Information about the cemetery says there was originally a church at that location.

This is on a Richland County, Ohio USGenWeb Site.

Looking over the names of persons buried there, you can recognize many known local names.

There are Bierly, Brokaw, Shively, Snavely and Snyder names. The records show three Easterly names: Arminda, Harriet and Lawrence. They were buried in the 1840s. Burials date from 1816 to 1954. The 1954 burial was a person named John Pritchard, who passed away at the Hillcrest Rest Home, near Bellville. The records show he was born in Butler.

Some of the tombstones in the cemetery are tilted, falling off their bases. This can be attributed to the way stones are placed over a grave, according to Pennell.

Pennell was written about, with a person named Forrest Chanay, for work on Oak Hill Cemetery, in Millersburg.

This is where a dozen Civil War veternas were laid to rest without markers for 100 years.

Pennell and Chanay worked to get the graves marked.

For a ceremony marking the placing of stones, the 73rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment Band played. They played a concert of music from the Civil War era, and had traveled 100 miles to get to the site.

The musicians wore period costumes and made war era chairs to sit on, according to a report of the event.

This shows a sign at the entrance of the Easterly Cemetery, located between Butler and Bellville. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star shows a sign at the entrance of the Easterly Cemetery, located between Butler and Bellville. Louise Swartzwalder | Bellville Star