Camp Creek Cemetery
Forest Township, Richland County,
Tales The Tombstones
Tell - Republican Observer - August 22, 1957
Camp Creek Cemetery
This little, unused cemetery is located in the town
of Forest. It is at quite an important point in the township for close
to it is an old church building, neglected and silent. Meetings are not
held there any more and from the looks of things a meeting has not been
held there for a long period. The old church, the old cemetery, the
present town house of Forest township and a school are here clustered
together with the old church and the present school on one side of
highway 56 and the town house and cemetery on the other. No doubt that
funeral services for some of those buried in the cemetery were held in
the old church. We learned that it was a Baptist church built long,
Some of the names on the stones are Yakley, Barton,
McKittrick, Swancutt, Sanford, Clark and Jones.
Adam Barton who died in 1891 at the age of 60 years,
11 months and 22 days, was a soldier boy, a member of Co. 134 Ohio
Infantry. Many citizens born back in the early days are here. One of
these was Annie Young, born November 13, 1793, and died September 24,
1857. Her son F. H. Young, is buried close by. He was born in March,
1820, and died in July, 1905. He was, we were told, an old time
surveyor and took great delight in playing the drum. He lived near
Viola and the roll of his drum could be heard for quite a distance. On
the monument for Mrs. Young is the old, old inscription found in many
friends as you pass by,
are now so once was I,
As I am
now so you will be,
for death and follow me."
There is a pretty inscription on the marker for
William Baker, who died November 17, 1872, aged nine years. The
"I think when
I read the sweet, old story.
Jesus was here among men,
called little children as lambs of His fold,
is the kingdom of heaven."
John Jones, a native of England, and his wife Mary,
also of English birth, are here. Mr. Jones was born October 19, 1827,
and passed away April 17, 1892. His wife first saw the light of day
October 11, 1827, and she died September 24,1890. Their son Thomas is
also buried here as is his wife Susan. He was born in 1848 and died in
1914; his wife was born in 1840, and died in 1924.
Stella and Hulda Jones are here also. Stella died in
1899 and Hulda in 1902.
An early born citizen, of whom we have no
information except that upon his gravestone, is Norris Orion Baman, who
the stone says, was born in New York in 1808. Ivan Bufton and his wife,
Rose, have a marker which gives the dates of their birth and death. He
was born in 1843 and died in 1900, and Mrs. Bufton was born in 1849,
and passed to the beyond in 1907. Another quite early birth was that of
Jacob W. Scott, born in 1823; his wife, Julia, was born in 1825. David
Johns, died, so his tombstone says, in 1895 at the age of 86 years, 10
months and 20 days.
One of the oddities of this burying ground is
that it contains a monument for a man whose name is not mentioned on
it. Neither is there any inscription of who he was, when he was born or
when he died. However the monument, a bronze one, has a GAR emblem on
it, a couple of verses and the three links of the I.O.O.F. lodge.
However the monument does have a clew of the man for on the south side
of a tablet which reads:
S. D. Wiltrout
Died July 26, 1888
Aged 34 years
in Earth's thorny path
thy feet had trod
at last this peaceful rest
the Arms of God."
Also on the monument in large letters is the name
Wiltrout and the date 1888.
It is no doubt the grave of S. D. Wiltrout and his
wife Anna, although there is nothing to prove that he is buried there.
There was a S. D. Wiltrout, who, David Bender with us in the cemetery,
says was named Samuel. In checking up for a bit more information, we
find he was a charter member of Jerry Turner GAR Post which was
organized in 1883. There are some verses on the monument, one of which
"No more the
bugle calls the weary one,
noble spirit in this grave unknown,
find you, we will know you
the good and true,
robe of white is given
faded coat of blue."
With us on the visit to the Camp Creek cemetery on
April 30th, were Frank Spry, Frank Poynter and David Bender. Mr. Bender
was born in that area and he knew a few of the folks buried here. Mr.
and Mrs. Thomas Jones, spoken of above, were his father-in-law and
School was in session across the highway when we
were in the cemetery but recess came and the boys and girls trooped out
to play and were soon intent upon and wondering what the strangers were
doing over in the cemetery. One boy, we noted, had climbed up on the
pump to get a better view of the surroundings.
The cemetery is in need of a lot of care, weeds grow
rank and many sunken spots mark a neglected grave.
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