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Big Darby Cemetery
(AKA Canaan Township Cermetery)
Canaan Township,
Madison County, Ohio

Big Darby Cemetery, Canaan Township, Madison County, OH

Gravestone Photographs

Big Darby Cemetery is located behind Big Darby Baptist Church which was established about 1810 at a "T" created by the east end of Price-Hilliards Road (County Road 32) where it connects with Plain City-Georgesville Road (County Road 7).  The church and cemetery are just outside Franklin County on the rolling hills west of Big Darby creek, and the remains of many residents from nearby Brown and Wahington Townships (Franklin County) are buried here.  The two counties are divided down the middle of Big Darby Creek at this point.

The following comes from the W. H. Beers (pub.) 1883, History of Madison County, Ohio, chapter 10, page 788 (Online at http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Madison/MadisonCanaanH.htm):
About the year 1860 ground for a cemetery was purchased by the Trustees of the Township of Luther Lane. situated just in the rear of the Baptist Church, and. which was dedicated to use by the reception of the body of Thurza Reece the same year. They have fenced in and laid it off into lots, and fitted it up as a permanent ground for the use of the township. It has already received a large concourse of the dead. and has some fine monuments erected among which is a very large and fine monument erected to the memory of William D. Wilson. In 1882, a fine brick vault was erected and is in charge of a board of trustees who regulate its use. and who have placed it in charge of Malancthon Worthington.

This cemetery is still active and is extremely well cared for.  We found a few broken stones carefully propped against the north wall of the tool shed.  They seemed to be waiting to be repaired and replaced. Most recently Canaan Township paid $50,000 to have the cemetery completely refurbished, including the cleaning and repair of the old stones. One example of this work is the stone that was illegible in 2006. It is the stone of Private Jasper Powers. The recent photo was supplied by Tom Ward.

We will be photographing this cemetery completely; until it's completed if you have photos that you would like to contribute I will gladly use them, and add your name and email address (encoded so that it can't be "harvested" by SPAM robots).

Please contact Leona at to find out how to contribute your photos.

MAP

Some photos on this page contributed by:
Luwana Lee Faulkinburg, (llf)

Gravestones: | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z | Unknown

(Click on the underlined name to download the tombstone photograph)

  • Andrew, J. C., died Mar 14, 1878, aged 22 yrs 1 mo & 20 ds
  • Armentrout [Contact: ]
    • Ellnora, May 30, 1898-May 30, 1899, infant dau of Curt & Daisy
    • Jacob, died Sept 15 [?], 1869, aged 82 ys 8 months and Frances, wife of J, died Aug 20, 1862, aged 74 yrs 11 months
    • John W., son of G. & S A, Nov 18, 1857-Aug 10, 1876
    • Mother, Nancey, Feb 10, 1862-July 6, 1915
    • Rachel C., dau of G & S A, died May 4 1875, aged 18 yrs 2 mos
    • Sarah A., wife of Gideon, died Sep 24, 1858, aged 41 yrs 10 mo 4ds
    • Tobitha Jones, 1857-1936 and Taylor, 1847-1934
  • Arthur
  • Atkins, Mother, Margaret A., Dec 12, 1940-Apr 25, 2010
  • Babb
  • Ball, Larry E., Dec 1, 1947-Sept 8, 2009, married Apr 10, 2004, Victoria L., Jul 28, 1962-Blank
  • Ballard, Nellie, 1870-1950
  • Barnett, George W., son of S & S, died May 4, 1865, aged 8 yrs 2 mo & 4 d
  • Baxter, Laura, dau of Wm & L, died Jan 13, 1864, aged 13 yrs, 9 mo & 7 ds
  • Beach
  • Bebb, Evan, 1816-1860, buried at Alton, O; and Lydia A., his wife, 1825-1906
  • Blythe, Harold, AIC, Air Force, Mar 20, 1931-Oct 30, 1999
  • Boggs
  • Boyd, James, Dec 25, 1798-Aug 15, 1831 and Martha Millikin, wife of J, May 7, 1803-Dec 1, 1885 (Whole stone)
  • Burt, Edward, died Jul 27, 1877, age illegible (Whole stone)
  • Bynner, Thomas, Nov 22, 1826-Oct 2, 1889 and Edith, his wife, Feb 22, 1834-Aug 21, 1904
  • Campbell, Ruth, Dec 8, 1919 and Lee, Oct 9, 1913-Dec 1, 1994 (Detail)
  • Cantrell, Mother, Nancy, 1900-1975 and Father, Hubert, 1901-1980 (Whole stone)
  • Carpenter (Lot)
    • Sarah, wife of W. Carpenter, died Feb 2, 1872, Æ 48 y 7 m & 8 ds
    • Wesley, died June 11, 1881, aged 65y 11 m 24 d
  • Carter
  • Cary (Contact James Doniny,
  • Collier, Homer, December 10, 1904-April 19, 1981 (Obituary; no photo)
  • Colwell
  • Converse, Sarah J. (see Daniel Walker)
  • Crego
  • Creviston
    • John, died Feb 29, 1865, aged 30 yrs 10 mos & 22 ds
      • PVT, 184th OVI, Civil War
    • Ruffes, son of J & M C, died Jun 15, 1864, aged 9 ys 3 mo & 15 ds
  • Creswell
  • Cutler
    • Joel, died my 22, 1889, aged 39 yrs 11m 16d (Whole stone)
    • Winnie A.(?), wife of Joel, died Oct __ 1874, aged 29 ys 4m 24d
  • Elsey
  • Elzey
    • Robert, son of Stephen & Susan, died Sept 5, 1855, aged 15 ys 5 mo & ?? ds
    • Stephen, died Apr 23, 1858 (rest missing)
  • Esteph, Nellie, 1895-1958
  • Evans, Libbie S., dau of E & E, died April 18, 1890, aged 20y 5m 13d (Whole stone)
  • Hall, Darrel E., 1917-1993 and Marjorie, 1920-[blank]
  • Hammond
  • Harrington, Luther, member of Co D 40 Reg BVI, died May 2, 1888, aged 54 ys 4 ms 4 ds
  • Harris
    • Amanda M., dau of Geo & Eunice B, died Nov 24, 1860, aged [1 yr?]
    • Ananias, died Aug 17, 1851, aged 47 yrs 1 mo & 24 ds and Catharine, wife of Ananius, died Feb 2, 1864, aged 58 yrs 3 mo & 10 ds (Whole stone)
    • Flora, Mar 27, 1860-Jan 13, 1883
    • George G., died Jan 2, 1865 [age illegible], and Eunice B. Moore, 1834-1920 (Whole stone)
    • Infant, son of George & Eunice B., died Feb 14, 1855, aged 3 days
    • Infant, son of I & R A, died Feb 26, 1873 [?]
    • Isaac, Mar 3, 1830-Apr 29, 1917 and Rebecca A., his wife, Oct 27, 1831-Sept 15, 1915 (Whole stone)
    • Laura, daughter of I & R A, died Nov 16, 1867, aged 6 mos 29 ds
    • Thomas, son of I & R A, died Nov 14, 1876, aged 9 yrs 6 mos 27 d
    • Thomas, Aug 19, 1800-Nov 27, 1891 and, on same stone, Sarah, Dec 1, 1816[?]-Apr ??, 1877[?] (Whole stone)
  • Henderson, Barbary, wife of Andrew [dates buried]
  • Henry, Jesse L., May 30, 1883-Feb'y 18, 1909, erected by Rose Lawrence
  • Herriott
    • Gusta, 1884-1951 and Turner, 1879-1958
    • Roy, son of T & G, Jan 2, 1902-Nov 25, 1907
  • Hicks, William L., 26 Mar 1935-5 Aug 2002 (Obituary; no photo)
  • Hock
    • Charles F., son of Lewis P & Eva, June 19, 1869-March 18, 1885, aged 15y 8m 29d
    • Lewis P., Oct 1, 1839-May 24, 1891 and Eva, 1841-1928
  • Holbrook, Edith, 1915-1997 and John, 1906-1977
  • Houchard, Father, George W., 1860-1929 and Mother, Ada M., 1864-1943 (Whole stone)
  • Hubell, Children of P L. & M E, Illegible and Infant, died Nov 17, 18__, aged __ days (Whole stone)
  • Hunt
    • Adellah[?], wife of N. Hunt, died Feb 16, 18_7, aged 24 yrs 5 mo ? ds
    • James, son of ? & ?, died April 14, 1869, aged 8 months
    • Newton, son of N & A died [rest buried/broken]
  • Kilbury
    • Am___, dau of Asa & Ruth, died Dec 18, 1842 [age buried]
    • Father and Mother, Asa, died Jan 5, 1884, aged 77 yrs 6 ms & 11 ds, IOOF symbol; Ruth H., wife of Asa, died Sept 20, 1885, aged 70 yrs 6 ms & 26 ds
    • Emily B., dau of Asa & Ruth, died June 24, 1840, aged 3 yr 4 mo 2 ds
    • Erastus J., son of Asa & Ruth, died Dec 29, 1846, aged 2 yr 3 ms 2 ds
    • Ira F., Mar 20, 1821-Jan 31, 1886 aged 64 ys 10 mo 6 ds
    • Nettie J. wife of S__, died Jan 6, 18__, aged 90y 6m 2d (Whole stone)
    • Orson C., Apr 19, 1825-Nov 17, 1907 and Susan Whiston, his wife, Nove 13, 1843-Apr 16, 1914
    • Plot (two stones)
      • Tina, wife of L A, died Feb 5, 1881, aged 31 ys 8 ms 14 ds
      • Levi A., Nov 3, 1849-Sep 3, 1889, aged 39y 10m and on same stone, Cornelia, Mar 1, 1863-Nov 14, 1899, aged 36y 8m 13d
    • Thos., Juy 16, 1797-July 28, 1888, aged 91 yrs & 12 ds; Martha B. Finch, wife of Thos, Oct 16, 1800-Dec 18, 1841, aged 41 yrs 2mo & 2 ds; and on same stone, Polly R. Clark, 2nd wife of Thos, Aug 22, 1819-Jan 23,1901, aged 81y 5m 1d (Whole stone)
  • Kilgore, William, Jan 26, 1823-Oct 22, 1889, aged 66y 8m 26d and Mary Boyd, wife of Wm, June 25, 1830-Oct 9, 1888, aged 58y 3m 14d (Whole stone)
  • Parrish, Joshua T., died May 13, 1879, aged 22 mos 24 ds
  • Patch, Ruth R., Jan 25, 1895-June 28, 1978 (Obituary) and Jay S., Mar 10, 1889-Aug 21, 1974
  • Patterson, Uncle and Aunt, Robert, 1845-1918 and Angeline, 1848-1901
  • Post, Dolores Jean, July 14, 1933-Aug 12, 1934
  • Powers
    • Jasper, CO D, 40TH OHIO INF, died Dec 17, 1861* [Contributed by: ]
    • Lucretia, died June 16, 1863, aged about 55 years (Whole stone)
  • Ramey
    • Andrew, July 7, 1910-Apr 20, 1984 and Anna, Oct 22, 1911-[Dec 30, 2004]
    • Roscoe, PFC US Army, World War I, 1897-1954
  • Reece [Contact Dorothy Comer ()]
    • Ann, wife of R. K, Aug 4, 1850-Mar 15, 1893 and R. K., Jan 3, 1832-July 12, 1916, Co K 1st OVC (Whole stone)
      • Robert K. Reece was a 1st Lieut., Co. K, 1st Ohio Volunteer Calvary, Civil War
    • David1833-1902
    • Abram, Oct 7, 1804-May 5, 1874 and Thurzza, May 21, 1825-Sept 2, 1860; on back: William, Sept 3, 1835-Mar 13, 1852, Edwin W., Apr 5, 1840-Apr 28, 1846, and Lena M., Dec 17, 1842-Sept 19, 1850
  • Rice, Joseph, April 5, 1826-March 6, 1898 and Elizabeth, his wife, April 26, 1835-[blank] (Whole stone)
  • Richardson, Henry, 1852-1930
  • Roby, B. Lloyd, Jan 8, 1925-Jan 29, 2009, married Sept 7, 1952, Doris J., July 21, 1931-Blank (Back)
  • Ross, Our Pastor, Rev. Z., died Jan 12, 1886, aged 45y 8m22d (Whole stone)
  • Rowe, Roy David, 1937-2001 and Patricia A. (Love), 1939-Blank
  • Rowse, Aaron Michael, July 10, 1988-July 5, 2008 (Portrait)
  • Rutan, Ella E., died Sept 10, 1877, aged 4 yrs 8 m 27 d and Nora M., died Feb 22, 1877, aged 2 mos 3 d, children of J T & E A
  • Waite
  • Walker [Contact Dorothy Comer ()]
  • Ward
    • Runamha, died Aug 23, 1866, aged 26 yrs 4 mos & 23 ds (Whole stone)
    • Sarah C., wife of John E., died Sept 25, 1845, aged 24 years 7 mo & 15 days
    • William F., son of John E. & Sarah C., died Sept 11, 1843, aged 9 months
  • Wheeler, Joe A. P., December 31, 1987-October 11, 2014 (Funeral Notice; no photo)
  • Wilson Family Plot (more photos later)
  • Winegardner, William Henry, son of Allen & Mary, died Sept 18 186?
  • Woolley, Isaac, died Sept 25, 1864, aged 70y 5m and Elizabeth Askins, died Nov 30, 1869, aged 70y 2 m, Erected by their son S. J. Woolley; and on same stone, S. J., 1828, past into spirit world 1918 and Frances V., Mar 20, 1834- June 1, 1922 (Whole stone)
    • Solomon Jackson Woolley, born 12 Jan 1828, near Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio; died 3 Jan 1918, Franklin County (death certificate no. 02554).
    • See also Williams Bros. 1880 History of Franklin & Pickaway Counties, Ohio, Solomon Jackson Woolley.
  • Worthington
    • Isreal N., died Sept 3, 1875, aged 55y & 18d, and on same stone, Margaret, wife of I N Worthington, died Nov 6, 1881, aged 48y 3m 21d (Whole stone)
    • J. H., died August 27, 1873, aged 64 yrs 6 mos & 13 days, and on same stone, Polly, wife of J H, died at Centerville, Iowa, Nov 18, 1849, aged 37 yrs (Whole stone)
    • Martha, dau of I N & M, died Mar 31, 1875, aged 17 ys & 6 ms
    • Melacthon, Dec 9, 1841-Sept 11, 1902 and Delilah, his wife, May 7, 1837-Dec 23, 1923 (Whole stone)
  • Wright, A. B., CO E, 77 OHIO INF
    • The initials should be N. B.(Nathaniel B.). Thanks to who supplied the correction along with the following:
        Nathaniel B. Wright enlisted on Oct. 30, 1861, at the age of 38, in Co. E, 77th Ohio Infantry and received a disability discharge on April 3, 1862 at Alton, Illinois. His wife was Rebecca Ashbrook Wright.
  • Broken, son of W & ? ---ter, died Oct ??, 1861, aged 20y 11m & 10d
  • Illegeble, CO D, ?0TH OHIO INF [Between Newton HUNT, son of N & A, and Adellah(?) Hunt]
  • Mary E., daughter of [rest illegible]
  • Illegible
  • Illegible, located between Barbary Henderson and Margaret Stevenson

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