Showing posts with label Nation Chapel Cemetery. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nation Chapel Cemetery. Show all posts

Saturday, May 5, 2012

S. Minter, London marble dealer

The David Runyan monument—the one with the nifty tornado-like decorative swirl— has another interesting bit: The identity of the stonecutter.

S. Minter
London, O.

Samuel Minter is listed in the 1860 Federal Census for London, Ohio. He was 40 years old in 1860, the year before his death. Note that a Jacob March (marble worker apprentice) and a Mark Hutchison (marble worker) are lodgers in the Minter household.

From The History of Madison County, Ohio (Chicago: W.H. Beers & Co., 1883):
The London Marble and Granite Works were established in London in the neighborhood of 1853 by Samuel Minter. Mr. Minter died in 1861, and the business was carried on for about one year by the present proprietor, Jacob March. The works were then purchased by Messrs. Hutchinson & Reitzell, who conducted the business together for a period when Mr. Hutchinson became sole proprietor. In June, 1866, Jacob March purchased a half-interest of Mr. Hutchinson, and the tow gentlemen operated together for about six months, when Levi March bought out Mr. Hutchinson’s interest, and the firm name became the March Brothers. Six months later, Mr. Jacob March became sole proprietor and carried on the business until 1872, when he sold to James Self. About this time, another marble shop was started in town by Aaron Bentezell. Mr. March became associated in the business as a partner with Mr. Bentezell. These gentlemen after about one year together dissolved, Mr. March purchasing. About the year 1875 Mr. March purchased the shop of Mr. Self and consolidated the two. The works were destroyed by the fire of 1874, but immediately thereafter rebuilt where now located on West High street, where can be found anything in the marble and granite line, for monuments or tombstones, and a full supply of limestone and freestone for door or window sills, doorsteps, etc.
Nation Chapel Cemetery, Clark County, Ohio

Friday, May 4, 2012

David Runyan

The squared column monument for David Runyan (d. 1859), repaired at least once, tips slightly to the right. Its cap is a bit askew.

Look closely: What an interesting, tornado-like twirly design under the name!

Dec. 9, 1859
53 Y. 8 M. 29 d.

But go thou thy way till
the end be for thou shall
rest, and stand in thy lot
at the end of the day
                 Dan. 12 V. 13

My dearest friends that
dwell above
I now have gone to see
And all my friends in
Christ below
Will soon come after me

David Runyan was among the earliest permanent settlers in the eastern part of Harmony Township, Clark County, Ohio. Other early settlers rest steps away from Runyan.

Nation Chapel Cemetery, Clark County, Ohio

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Isaac Rubart, veteran

Nation Chapel Cemetery is small, surrounded by farmland in rural Clark County, Ohio.

A rusty chain keeps the cemetery gate from swinging free. No lock, but why would there be? The fence is nothing more than a border on one side, the road side, of the cemetery.

The white marble marker at the grave of Isaac Rubart (d. 1841) was once broken in half, but has been repaired, although it exhibits a significant tilt. The decorative carving shows a military theme: shield, flags, cannon, cannonballs.

Nov. 17, 1841:
80 Years &
8 days.

At the base of the monument is a military marker—it is cemented into an old coffee can—that identifies Rubart as a veteran of the Revolutionary War.

The DAR Genealogical Research System confirms that Isaac Rubart was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, but he was not a soldier. Young Isaac Rubart was a fifer.

Nation Chapel Cemetery, Clark County, Ohio
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