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Just across the Franklin township line on the left side of the Jackson Furnace road, south west of Jackson there rises a little knoll which is crowned by a cemetery. It is known as the Mt. Zion Cemetery. The land on which it stands formerly belonged to James R. Meacham. It was part of the Scioto Salt Reservation and he received the deed for his lot numbered 15, from Governor Shannon. It is as follows:
Wilson Shannon, Governor of the State of Ohio to all to whom these presents shall come, greeting:
Know ye that by virtue of an act of the General Assembly of the State of Ohio entitled, "An Act to provide for the sale of salt reservations belonging to the State of Ohio," passed 7th February 1826, carrying into effect an Act of the Congress of the United States entitled "An act to authorize the Legislature of the State of Ohio to sell and convey certain tracts of land granted to said State for the me(?) or the people thereof" passed 28th December 1824 and for and In consideration of ninety four dollars and thirty five cents paid by James B. Meacham to Daniel Hoffman the agent for the sale of that part of said lands lying in the county of Jackson there is granted by the State of Ohio unto the said James B. Meacham aforesaid and to his heirs and assigns forever Lot number Fifteen of Township Number Six in Range Number Eighteen, commonly called the Scioto Salt Reserve, within said county of Jackson, containing eighty one acres and ninety three one hundredths of an acre of land more or less, to have and to hold the said eighty one acres and 08-100 of an acre of land, with the appurtenances thereof unto the said James B. Meacham and his heirs and assigns forever.
In witness whereof the said Wilson Shannon, Governor of the State of Ohio hath caused the Great Seal of the State to be hereunto affixed, and signed the same with his hand at Columbus; the tenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty.
By the Governor, Wilson Shannon.
Carter B. Harlan, Secretary of State.
In testimony whereof the said James Meacham and Lucinda Meacham have hereunto set their hands and seals this 27th day of December A. D, 1843. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of V. Southard and Benja. Branscomb.
James R. Meacham,
Lucinda X her mark Meacham
The deed is to James B. Meacham. It should have been to James R. Meacham. He still lives on the lot on the west side of the road at the advanced age of 92 years, having been born in Montgomery county. Va., January 17, 1800. He was the son of Elijah Meacham, who was born and died in Virginia, dying at the age of 102 years of heart disease, never having been ill an hour all his life. James R. Meacham came to this county in 1834. Two brothers William and Elijah came here in later years. He had 9 children, 6 of whom grew to maturity. They were Charles S. with whom he now lives, Benjamin and Jas S. both deceased, Elijah E. living here, Ann Francis wife of Andrew Montgold of Oklahoma, and William living in Indiana.
When the Mt. Zion Church was organized in 1843, he deeded to it the land now occupied for a cemetery the deed being as follows:
Know all men by these presents, that we James Meacham and Lucinda wife of said James Meacham of the county of Jackson and State of Ohio, have given, granted and sold and by these presents give, grant and convey unto the Methodist Episcopal Church, the following described lot or parcel of land situate in said county of Jackson to-wit: ninety six poles oft of the north end of Lot No 13 township No six, Range IS Scioto Salt Reserve lands; beginning at a stone in the north west point made by the crossing of the Grimes' settlement and township line roads, a chestnut twelve inches bears S 20 degrees E 184 links S 15 degrees west twelve poles to a post; thence S So degrees E eight poles to a post; thence N 15 degrees E twelve poles to a post: thence N 89 degrees W eight poles to the beginning; to have and to hold said premises with the appurtenances unto the said Methodist Episcopal Church forever for the sole purpose of a meeting house and public burying ground and no other use or purpose whatsoever; and the said James Meacham and Lucinda his wife for themselves and heirs do hereby covenant with the said Methodist Episcopal Church that they are lawfully seized of the premises aforesaid and that the premises are free and clear of all incumbrances whatever and that they will forever warrant and defend the same with the appurtenances unto the said Church against the lawful claims of all and every person whatsoever.
After many years the congregation disbanded and many are now lying in the graveyard, some are members of Grafton Chapel and a few belong to the M. E. Church, of Jackson. The old church house was torn down about three years ago, and only one or two foundation stones remain. The Cemetery is not very crowded. It is sad to see it so overgrown with weeds, briers and creeping vines. On the summit of the knoll there stands a chestnut tree probably seventy years old. Its situation in such that every storm strikes it and its broken condition reveals what hardships it has undergone. But the dead sleep on. Among them lie some of our oldest pioneers and one of them, Joseph Armstrong, was very prominent in Jackson's early history.
We visited the old Cemetery one Sunday afternoon in June. The day was warm and sunshiny and the cool shade of the old chestnut tree was delightful. Sitting under it, the mind traveled back to the early days when Oliver the old Revolutionary soldier who lies buried in the north east corner was a boy. Let the reader visit some quiet country graveyard on a Sunday afternoon and allow his mind to roam backward into the past and he will find peace.
Following are the statistical portions of the inscriptions on the several tombstones in the Cemetery.
James M. son of B. and C. Arthur died April 21, 1891, aged 56 years and 13 days.
William Thomas, Co. B. 5th Ohio Inf.
Jonathan Scurlock died Dec. 22, 1878 aged 41 years and 5 days.
James W. son of A. and A. Montgold died Jan. 28, 1862 aged 14 years 10 months and 24 days.
Clara daughter of William and S. Halterman died March 16, 1889 aged 10 years 11 months and 1 day.
Elbert P. son of J. and E. Scurlock, died December 12, 1877 aged 8 months and 7 days.
Harry B. son of W. T and T. Washam died September, 17, 1878 aged 3 years 2 months and 2 days.
Henry son of W. T. and Elvira Richardson died January 25, 1858 aged 1 year and 9 months.
Benjamin Branscomb died January 7 1862,aged 69 years and 26 days.
Mother Tabitha Wife of B. ??ans-.
Infant daughter of R and Hunsinger died August 28, 185? aged 7 days
Infant son of same died Feb: 27, 1867 aged 4 months.
Charles H. son of R. and H. Hunsinger died Sept. 17, 1869 aged 1 year 10 days
Sarah wife of Jefferson Conrad died April 24, 1871 aged 25 years 3 months and 27 days.
Dora daughter of J. and S. Conrad died Mar. 6, 1871 aged 7 months.
Cathrin wife of T. W. Clemmons died Feb 10, 1855 aged 22 years 10 months and 3 days.
William R. son of J. and M. Wilson died Oct. 6, 1856 aged 16 years 0 months and 14 days.
Henry son of J. and M. Wilson died Sept. 9, 1855 aged 2 years 4 months and 28 days.
Isaac M. Lake died Feb. 13. 1864 aged 35 years 20 days.
Mary Hunsinger died Dec 12, 1863 aged 61 years.
Samuel Hunsinger died Jan. 12, 1869 aged 72 years 2 months and 23 days.
Barbary A wife of Isaac M. Lake died Aug 3, 1859 aged 81 [31 ??] years 3 months and 1 day.
Thomas Oliver a revolutionary soldier died Feb. 23, 1844 aged 80 years 9 months and 13 days.
[He was the first person buried at Mt. Zion. There are only it few of our citizens who remember him. William T. Richardson is one of them. He informed us that he lived two years within a half mile of Oliver's house. The day that he died he happened to be passing the house and seeing the crowd around it, he went in and saw him before he died. He thinks that Oliver left two children by his last wife. viz, Hiram who now lives near old Ophir Furnace and Emily. The house in which Oliver died was on the farm formerly owned by Edward Fought. Richardson himself is now one of our oldest citizens being 67. He was born in Virginia April 23, 1825. His father removed to this county in 1832. His name was Grief G. Richardson. He first lived in a small house at the corner of Church and Main streets opposite Jones Hall. Cavett the saddler had a shop at the other corner where the Lloyd building now is. Grief Richardson died in 1846 aged 57 and is buried in the Mt. Zion grave yard. There are three of the brothers now in the county, William, James and Robert.]
Joseph Armstrong died Feb. 4, 1857 aged 77 years and 4 days. [Wm Richardson mentioned above thinks that Armstrong had four children, Stephen who died here, James who died in the west, Joseph living in Illinois and Elizabeth wife of Hunt Thornton who moved to Illinois. Armstrong was the first Director of the town of Jackson, and had it surveyed and sold the lots. He was afterwards Sheriff of the county having filled this office at three different times.]
Austin H son of B. and A. Branscom died July 23, 1855 aged 1 year, 1 month and 28 days.
Martha G. daughter of Benj. and T. Branscom died July 10, 1842 aged 19 years 6 months and 12 days.
Lucinda wife of James R. Meacham died August 11,1866 aged 70 years.
Ida Comer died May 20, 1888 aged 20 years 6 months and 6 days.
Robert Comer died Jan. 31, 1875 aged 5 years and 2 months. (Children of John and Jane Comer.)
Martha T. daughter of W. D. and M Higgin's died March 8, 1864 aged 3 years 10 months and 20 days.
Almira S. daughter of E. D. and G. Meacham died January 7, 1859 aged 2 years 1 month and 16 days.
Ethelda J. daughter of C. D. and M. Meacham died September 11, 1867 aged 1 month and 26 days.
Eliza J. wife of Charles D. Meacham died September 9, 1858 aged 23 years 5 months and 19 days.
Samantha daughter Of Charles and E. J. Meacham died August 20, 1855 aged 9 months and 7 days.
Albert H. son of Charles and E. J. Meacham died September 1, 1857 aged 14 months.
James Hatton died April 9, 1875 aged 50 years 3 months and 22 [or 12] days.
James son of James P Richardson died February 17, 1855 aged 1 year 10 months and 13 days.
Alexander son of R. J. and E. Simpson died September 10, 1849 aged 1 year and 15 days.
Eliza J. Walker died March 16, 1862 aged 16 years 4 months and 24 days.
Sarah daughter of J. and S. Walker died August 22 1858, aged 2 months and 10 days.
James Walker died Sept. 1, 1881 aged 65 years 9 months and 12 day& Member of Co K. 56th Reg. O. V. I.
Sarah wife of James Walker died August 8, 1858 aged 39 years 1 month 23 days.
Ruth wife of John Walker died Aug. 3, 1858 aged 75 years.
Joseph Wilson died May 26, 1871 aged 86 years 1 month 9 days.
Jane wife of J. Wilson died June 10, 1873 aged 82 years 4 months and 16 days.
William J. son of G. W. and S. M. Lake died August 7, 1859 aged 10 months and 23 days.
Mary E. daughter of J. M. and B. A. Lake died Jan 23, 1855 aged 5 months and 7 days.
Proofread and Submitted by Nancy O'loughlin
Source: Printed from a Jackson County newspaper on microfilm. (date unknown)
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