The inscription on the top of the chest tomb is weathered and, to my eye on that day, illegible. I am hoping that when the local American Legion post placed a new monument, they transcribed the original accurately.
GEN. WILLIAM C.
1773 age 48 years 1821
founder of franklin 1796
he lived universally respected
and died universally lamented
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From Franklin by Geoffrey G. Gorsuch (Images of America series),
William C. Schenck was the skilled land surveyor credited with laying out the village in 1796. Later he and other members of his family came from New Jersey to live in this community of cabins along the river. Schenck died at the state capital in 1821, probably of malaria, while serving in the legislature. He was originally buried in the Franklin Graveyard downtown.
Woodhill Cemetery, Warren County, Ohio