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East Zion Community Church
(aka The Creager Congregation; later Zion Reformed Church)
(U. S. Route #36)
(east of Greenville near Bear's Mill Road)
Greenville Township
Darke County, Ohio



Click on the church photo to access the history of this church and congregation.






When facing the church, the cemetery is located at the left.


GRAVESTONES
at
East Zion Cemetery
Greenville Township, Darke County, Ohio






I am interested in collecting names of person buried in this cemetery, as well as photos of the gravestones located at this cemetery in an effort to preserve the history of the lives of those laid to rest there. You are welcome to send scanned photos to Audrey for inclusion on this site. If you can attach some genealogical history or lineage to the person, that would be even better.



Gideon Winfield Creager
s/o John Carl Creager and Sarah "Sally" Ann Prugh of Montgomery County, Ohio
Born: 06 June 1859 Montgomery County, Ohio
Married: 30 November 1882 probably Darke Co., OH to Mary Jane Dunham
Died: 19 August 1940 Darke County, Ohio

Mary "Mollie" Jane (Dunham) Creager
dau/o James C. Dunham, Jr. (died P.O.W.-Civil War-Andersonville, Georgia Prison) & Margaret Elizabeth Slonaker
Born: 21 October 1864 Darke County, Ohio
Married: 30 November 1882 probably Darke Co., OH to Gideon Winfield Creager
Died: 6 March 1942 Darke County, Ohio


Gideon Winfield Creager and Mary "Mollie" Jane Dunham
Golden Wedding Anniversary Photo



    

Michael Creager and wife, Mary Hosier, are on the same obelisk gravestone.
The middle or face of the obelisk gravestone indicates: "Our Father and Mother" "CREAGER".

Michael Creager
s/o Christian Creager and Anna Mary Wolf/Woolf of Montgomery County, Ohio
Born: 1806 Frederick County, Marylando
Married: 18 December 1828 Darke Co., OH to Mary Hosier
Died: 17 December 1891 probably Darke County, Ohio at 85y 2m 18d

Mary (Hosier) Creager
Born: 1810 Montgomery County, Ohio
Married: 18 December 1828 Darke Co., OH to Michael Creager
Died: 25 July 1888 probably Darke County, Ohio at at 78y 8m 14d


Michael Creager was the brother of John Christian Creager.
Michael Creager and John Christian Creager were the sons of Christian Creager and Anna Mary Wolf/Woolf.
John Christian Creager was the father of Gideon Winfield Creager.
Thus Michael Creager was the uncle of Gideon Winfield Creager.



Top of stone and front of stone
James Orval Creager
s/o Gideon Winfield Creager and Mary Jane Dunham
Born: 18 April 1888 Darke County, Ohio
Died: 25 October 1888 Darke County, Ohio at 6m 7d





The above stone was taken in 3 parts as a huge arborvitae tree was next to it and hung over the whole stone, making it impossible to get the entire stone as one piece. ASH

Abdel Dunham
s/o James C. Dunham, Jr. & Margaret Elizabeth Slonaker
Born: 1859 Greenville Township, Darke County, Ohio
Died: 1927 Miami County, Ohio

Mary Ellen (Mostetter) Dunham
Born: 1862
Died: 1937 possibly Miami County, Ohio

Abdel was named for his maternal grandfather, Abdel Slonaker.




Charles Franklin "Frank" Dunham
s/o James C. Dunham, Jr. & Margaret Elizabeth Slonaker
Born: 20 February 1861 Greenville Township, Darke County, Ohio
Married: 31 March 1886 Darke Co., OH to Nettie Mae Wills.
Died: 08 October 1942 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

Nettie Mae (Wills) Dunham
Born: 1863 Ohio
Married: 31 March 1886 Darke Co., OH to Charles Franklin "Frank" Dunham.
Died: 1929 probably Darke County, Ohio





Margaret "Maggie" Dunham
("Maggie" is written on top of the gravestone.)
dau/o Charles Franklin Dunham and Nettie Mae Wills
Born: abt. March 1891
Died: 23 July 1891 Darke Co., OH at 5m 21d
Buried: East Zion Church Cemetery, Greenville Twp., Darke Co., OH




James C. Dunham III s/o James C. Dunham, Jr. and Margaret Elizabeth Slonaker
Born: 1862 Darke County, Ohio
Married: 04 February 1886 Darke County, Ohio to Jennie A. Wills
Died: 1952 probably Darke County, Ohio

Jennie A. (Wills) Dunham
Born: 1867
Married: 04 February 1886 Darke County, Ohio to James C. Dunham III
Died: 1942




Matilda Catherine Slonaker
Daughter of: Abdel Slonaker & his first wife, Margaret [--?--]
Born: Bef. 15 November 1829 Littlestown, York County (now Adams Co.), Pennsylvania
Never Married
Died: 08 September 1911 Stelvido, Darke County, Ohio at 82y 2m 8d



NAMES of OTHERS SAID TO HAVE BEEN BURIED HERE

Lillie Mae / May 6 Creager, dau/o Michael5 Creager (Christian4, Adam3, Johann Casper2, Hans Ernst1) and Mary Hosier, b abt. 1840 probably Darke Co., OH; died 10 May 1887 probably Darke Co., OH.

Mary E.6 Creager, dau/o Michael5 Creager (Christian4, Adam3, Johann Casper2, Hans Ernst1) and Mary Hosier, b 21 Oct 1841 Darke Co., OH; married 3 April 1861 to David Vernon Lecklider; died 3 August 1888 probably Darke Co., OH. She was the mother of: Alice M., Charles Edward, Ullyses Grant, and William Henry Lecklider.

Sarah "Sallie" Jane6 Creager, dau/o Michael5 Creager (Christian4, Adam3, Johann Casper2, Hans Ernst1) and Mary Hosier, b abt. 29 Nov 1843 probably in Darke Co., OH; married 25 Feb 1864 Darke Co., OH to William T.7 Creager, s/o Esaias6 Creager (Thomas5, Johann Heinrich4, Conrad3, Johann Casper2, Hans Ernst1) and Susan Duncan. Sarah died 22 October 1882 perhaps in Darke Co., OH.

Wintie Everance "Eva" 7 & 8 Creager, dau/o William T.7 Creager (Esaias6, Thomas5, Johann Heinrich4, Conrad3, Johann Casper2, Hans Ernst1) Creager and Sarah "Sallie" Jane6 Creager (Michael5, Christian4, Adam3, Johann Casper2, Hans Ernst1), was born 14 December 1869 Ridgeville, Franklin Twp., Randolph County, Indiana; married 12 Apr 1888 Darke Co., OH to Martin Smith; died 03 February 1922 Greenville Twp., Darke County, Ohio.

Doyle Willis Dunham, s/o James Dunham & Jennie A. Wills, d 22 Jan 1899 at 1m 16d.

Jonnie Dunham, s/o Abdel Dunham & Mary Ellen [--?--]; born 1891; died 2 Nov 1892 at 1y 3m 4d.

Margaret E. (Slonaker) Dunham [widow of James Dunham, Jr., who died as Civil War P.O.W. and buried at Andersonville, GA]; b 2 Dec 1831 and died 28 May 1892 at 60y 5m 26d.

Kate Dunham, dau/o Chas. Franklin Dunham & Nettie Wills, b 30 Jan 1900; d 22 Oct 1900.

Bessie Eliker, dau/o Simon J. Eliker and Sarah "Sadie" Mary Kent, born 10 Jul 1884 Darke Co., OH; died 21 Jul 1884 Darke Co., OH.
(Source: Internet, Darke County, OH Family Group Sheet Project at http://www.dcoweb.org/fgs/query003.htm: 4 March 2004 posted by Jan Abbott )

Sarah Anna Eliker, dau/o George Washington Eliker and Eliza Graham, born 10 Feb 1854 Fairfield Co., OH; married 18 Oct 1879 to Samuel Hershey; died 12 Nov 1922 Gettysburg, Adams Twp., Darke Co., OH.
(Source: Internet, Darke County, OH Family Group Sheet Project at http://www.dcoweb.org/fgs/query003.htm: 4 March 2004 posted by Jan Abbott )

Barbara Ann Hershey, dau/o John Emanuel Hershey and Martha "Mattie" Magdelena Bear, born 15 May 1852 Adams Twp., Darke Co., OH; married 21 Apr 1874 to Charles Lecklider; died 30 Dec 1930 Darke Co., OH.
(Source: Internet, Darke County, OH Family Group Sheet Project at http://www.dcoweb.org/fgs/query003.htm: 4 March 2004 posted by Jan Abbott )

Isaac Newton Hershey, s/o John Emanuel Hershey and Martha "Mattie" Magdelena Bear, born 19 Nov 1855 Adams Twp., Darke Co., OH; died 12 Apr 1856 Adams Twp., Darke Co., OH.
(Source: Internet, Darke County, OH Family Group Sheet Project at http://www.dcoweb.org/fgs/query003.htm: 4 March 2004 posted by Jan Abbott )

Jacob Hershey, s/o John Emanuel Hershey and Martha "Mattie" Magdelena Bear, born 12 Sep 1849 Adams Twp, Darke Co., OH; married 6 Nov 1869 to Elizabeth4 Shields; died 18 Jan 1936. Elizabeth, dau/o Abraham3 Shields (Patrick2, Daniel1) and Nancy A. Katherine Price, born 6 May 1852 Houston, Shelby County, OH; died 1 May 1936 Montgomery County, Ohio.
(Source: Internet, Darke County, OH Family Group Sheet Project at http://www.dcoweb.org/fgs/query003.htm: 4 March 2004 posted by Jan Abbott )

Samuel Hershey, s/o John Emanuel Hershey and Martha "Mattie" Magdelena Bear, born 28 September 1847 Lancaster Co., PA; married 18 Oct 1879 to Sarah Anna Eliker; died 4 March 1924 Gettysburg, Adams Twp, Darke Co., OH (Source: Internet, Darke County, OH Family Group Sheet Project at http://www.dcoweb.org/fgs/query003.htm: 4 March 2004 posted by Jan Abbott )

Sarah "Sally" E. Hershey, dau/o John Emanuel Hershey and Martha "Mattie" Magdelena Bear, born 28 Jan 1854 Adams Twp, Darke Co., OH; married 14 Nov 1872 to Martin Smith; died 2 Nov 1920. (Source: Internet, Darke County, OH Family Group Sheet Project at http://www.dcoweb.org/fgs/query003.htm: 4 March 2004 posted by Jan Abbott )

Alice M. Lecklider, dau/o David Vernon Lecklider and Mary E. Creager, was born 01 September 1862 Darke County, Ohio; died 24 October 1863 Darke County, Ohio; buried East Zion Cemetery, Gettysburg, Darke County, Ohio.
(Source: Internet, E-mail from Paul Creager: Named in father's Obituary and Cemetery Inscriptions, Darke Co., OH, Vol. 4,by Short and Bowers, p. 9)

David Vernon Lecklider, s/o Jacob C. Lecklinder and Nancy Eshleman and hus/o Mary E. Creager (listed above), was born 23 July 1837 in Montgomery County, Ohio; died 13 September 1916 Gettysburg, Adams Township, Darke County, Ohio; buried 16 September 1916 East Zion Cemetery.
(Source: Internet, E-mail from Paul Creager: Photo of Death Certificate and Obituary: Lecklider Family Homepage )

Anna Mary Markley, dau/o Isaac Markley & Catherine Harmas, b. 06 Aug 1852 Pennsylvania; d. 26 Sep 1866 Darke Co., OH at 14y 1m 20d (gravestone); bur. East Zion Church Cemetery, Darke Co., OH.

Isaac Markley, s/o Leonard Markley, was born 09 Oct 1825 in Lancaster Co., PA, and died 16 Jul 1890 in Darke Co., OH. He married Abt. 1849 in Pennsylvania to Catherine Harmas, dau/o John Harmus and Nancy Franks. Catherine was born 03 May 1831 in Lancaster Co., PA; died 15 Jan 1876 in Darke Co., OH at 44y 7m 12d. They resided 1850 at Warwick, Lancaster Co., PA and 1870 in Van Buren Twp., Darke County, Ohio. Both are buried at Mt. Zion Church Cemetery, Darke Co., OH. Children: Susan Elizabeth Markley (m1 Joseph J. Besecker; m2 Robert D. Sloan); Anna Mary Markley; Samuel Markley (m Mary Alice Markley); Fannie Matilda Markley (m Oliver Besecker); Elnora Catherine Markley (m1 David Deeter; m2 Cornelius Jobes), William Henry Markley, Martha Jane Markley (m1 John Coffet); & John Harvey Markley (m1 Bessie L. Williams; m2 Nancy Miller).
(Source: Internet, 30 Jun 2006, E-mail to ASH: Barbara Besecker)

George Willis born 27 Aug 1794 Virginia; married Anna [--?--]; died 14 June 1870, Darke Co., OH. Parents unknown. Anna was born 14 May 1795 New Jersey; died 31 May 1869 Darke Co., OH. Children: Joseph (wife, Rebecca Armstrong Kerr); William (wife, Mary Arnold); Eliza Jane (husband, Jeptha York); Samuel (wives: Martha Sebring & Sarah Laurimore); 5. Sarah Jane (husband, William Oswalt) (Source: Internet, Genealogy, Family Group Sheets at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~willis/geng.htm: Submitted by Suzanne Stamper-Youmans at rojo@wesnet.com)

Jonathan B. Younker was born 24 Dec 1826 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and died 24 May 1882. He was buried in Zion Cem., East of Greenville, Ohio. He married Dorothy Winters 21 Oct 1849 in Tonolloway Baptist Church, Bedford, Pennsylvania, daughter of George Winters, Jr. and Anna Mann. She was born 5 Nov 1828 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, and died 11 Apr 1904. She was buried in Zion Cem., East of Greenville, Ohio.
(Source: 2006, File by Ron Rose: Retrieved 2006: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=rrrose2&id=I037203&ti=4317)

Job Riley Younker was born 26 Dec 1855 in Fulton Co., PA, and died 11 Nov 1885. He was buried in Zion Cemetery, East of Greenville, Ohio. He married Martha Luella Warvel. She was born 22 Oct 1863 in Darke County, Ohio, and died 20 Sep 1931 in Beamsville, Ohio.
(Source: 2006, File by Ron Rose: Retrieved 2006: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=rrrose2&id=I037203&ti=4317)




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