The Columbus City
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Content © 1985 by Donald M. Schlegel
(original on file)
History of the North Graveyard
Again, the sale of "all the lots" must be doubted. Allowing for the $400 price of the property and some $100 to $200 for fences and repairs, this report represents some $700 or $800 in income, which would have resulted from the sale of about 150 lots. Sales continued for at least another twelve years.
On motion, the council directed McCoy to have a new fence erected around the graveyard,15 but it would appear from later documents that the board fence was not extended, except possibly to the south side.
THE BRICKELL ADDITION
The new fence erected around the graveyard in 1845 enclosed on the north side a strip of ground about twenty feet wide which was not owned by the city. It was part of a seven and one half acre tract which had been recently inherited by John and Cyrus Brickell from their father, John Brickell, the first settler in the area which had become the borough of Columbus. John Brickell senior had been buried in this tract after his death in 184416 and he or his son John had given permission to others to place the remains of their relatives in the tract before September of 1845. On September 24, 1845, John Brickell (junior) and his wife Mary sold their undivided one-half interest in the seven-plus acre tract to Lincoln Goodale, with the following reservation: "Said Brickell reserves the ground on which some graves have been placed by his permission commencing at the north west corner of the Grave Yard and running east one hundred ninety two feet and extending north with the graves onto where the present grave yard fence now stands."17
This is the first of several descriptions of the Brickell Addition; the descriptions are not consistent with each other and some are not consistent within themselves. In addition to the problem of inconsistency, John Brickell's brother Cyrus and wife sold their undivided half of the larger tract to Mr. Goodale without making any reservation of the graveyard tract,18 leading to much confusion in the title to the property. The only clear fact about the early history of the addition is that the fence enclosed the entire twenty-foot strip, from the northwest corner of the old graveyard to High Street.
John Brickell sold several lots in this tract before October 18, 1845, when he had it partially surveyed by surveyor John Graham. The record of the plat states that it "Commences at the North west corner of the old Grave Yard, runs north 20 feet with L. Goodale's land, thence east with said Goodales south line 255 feet to the Columbus and Sandusky road thence south with said road 20 feet, thence west 255 feet to the beginning." Graham commenced the survey at lot number six and laid out a total of twelve, fifteen-foot lots (numbers 6 through 17) from that point eastwardly.19 Apparently they were laid out to coincide with the arrangement of burials already made there. Lots