Pleasant Cemetery Information

A volume, History of Madison County, was published in 1915 by B.F. Bowen & Company of Indianapolis, IN. It was an overview of people, industries and institutions of Madison County. It includes biographical sketches of representative citizens and genealogical records of many of the old families of the county. The dedication reads: "To the dear, departed ones, whose busy hands changed the giant forests into fertile fields; whose love of home established the hearthstones, the tender ties of which yet bind together the heartstrings of the native born; whose patriotism gave the best of their lives and substance for the defense of their country whose graves make sacred the soil their feet so often trod."

Many early notables of Pleasant Township, Mt. Sterling and the surrounding area were buried in hallowed ground in the Pleasant Cemetery, Alkire-Tanner Cemetery and the Methodist Church Cemetery. The following information is from the above mentioned volume in a brief form. It portrays several notable citizens of the area. The page number refers to the volume used. Burial location shows the section, lot and space of burial.

Burial information came from sexton records for Pleasant Cemetery. The following is presented in no particular order:

PLEASANT CEMETERY - 14220 Era Road, Mt. Sterling, OH.

P. 815 William Cowan died 1928 at 77. Burial location is 9/61/5. Born 1852 Chillicothe, OH to Harvey and Sarah Roberson Cowan. He came to Range Twp. in 1885 and was a successful farmer and stockman. He was elected Range Twp. trustee in 1901 and trustee of Pleasant Twp. in 1907. Married Ellen Jakes. Children: Minnie (Francis), Carrie (Cannon) and Nellie (Waldo). He attended the local Methodist Church and was a member of the WCTU and K. of P. His home was in the heart of the village.

P. 858 John W. Reay died 1919 age 70. Burial location is 9/5/5. He was born 1849 s/o John and Elizabeth Neff Reay of Virginia. His father settled in Era, OH 1833 and was a local shoemaker. John W. taught at Dist. #3 school for 6 yrs. in addition to farming and raising stock. He was Pleasant Twp. trustee

9 yrs. and on the school board. Married Sarah Wickell, d/o Daniel and Clarinda Douglas Wickell from Germany. His children: Alvin, Stella (Jones), Gertrude (McCafferty), Charles and Rena. His siblings were:

Mary, George, Charles, Esther, Henry and Sarah (Hughes).

P. 859 Palmer J. Hewitt died in 1955 at 72. Burial location is18/11/20. He was born in Sedalia, OH in 1882 s/o Washington T. and Mandain Grove Hewitt. Palmer came to Mt. Sterling 1909 and ran a grocery in the Snyder building. Married Edna Marie O'Day, d/o William and Harriet Busic O'Day. They had a daughter named Truth born 1908. Palmer was a Mason and K. of P.

P. 860 Clement D. Finley died 1948 at 85. Burial location is 3/21/16. He was born 1863 Morgan Co., OH s/o George W. and Nancy J. Donahue Finley. Clement came to Mt. Sterling in 1884 and was a carpenter and worked in a planing-mill. Married Julia E. Crabbe. Children: Verner L. b. 1888, Harvey E. b. 1890, Leah Maude and George N. b. 1904. Clement served the Mt. Sterling school board and was a Mason.

P. 861 Willis Jones died 1916 at 50. Burial location is 8/7/5. He was born 1865 Monroe Twp. of Pickaway Co. s/o James and Annette Bostwick Jones. He came to Mt. Sterling in 1902 and succeeded his father in operating a grain elevator. Willis's father was president of Farmer' Bank of Mt. Sterling. Willis was director of Citizens' Bank of Mt. Sterling. His siblings: Mrs. E.C. Breyfogle, Mrs. Charles H. Clark, Mrs. S.W. Beal, Mrs. John O'Day. Willis married Lora E. McKinley d/o Wm. F. and Elizabeth Sherman McKinley. Their children: Harold C. and Elizabeth Annette. Willis attended the Methodist Church and was a Mason and K. of P.

P. 867 Edward T. Snyder died 1951 at 76. Burial location is 10/67/5. Born 1875 to Wm. H. and Jennie Will Snyder. Married Lillie Johnson d/o H. Clay and Anna Williamson Johnson. Both E.T. and his wife were funeral directors in Mt. Sterling. They were also furniture dealers. Daughter was Lillie Mildred born 1901 and son Harold Edward born 1904.

P. 899 Harland E. Parrett died 1940 at 74. Burial location is mausoleum. Born 1866 to George and Amelia Bush Parrett. Harland was a prosperous farmer and stockman. He worked as a laborer putting in the Mt. Sterling waterworks. Married Minnie Puckett d/o Wm. And Maria J. Riggen Puckett. Harland's children: Marvin (Edna Graham), Marie (Dick), Pearl (Downs), William (Mary Morain), Glenn, Willard and Robert. Harland was a member of the Methodist Church, K. of P., I.O.O.F. and was a Pleasant Twp. school director.

P. 900 John M. Oglesbee died 1932 at 73. Burial location is 12/11/8. Born 1858 Pleasant Twp. to John and Mary Long Oglesbee. He was a farmer and stockman. Married Mary Graham d/o James A. and Elizabeth Anderson Graham. John had a daughter Milda (Bower).


1. Smiley Hughes elected Mt. Sterling clerk 1845 (first election of the village). He was a charter member of Masonic Lodge 269 Mt. Sterling. Burial location is 11/37/?.
2. Dr. Samuel McClintock an early settler of Mt. Sterling died 1894. Burial is 2/28/?.
3. George W. Tanner elected village clerk in 1915. Died 1954 at 72. Burial location is 10/69/5.
4. Glenn Johnson elected to Mt. Sterling council in its first election 1845. Died 1941 at 60. Burial location is 15/64/4.
5. Levi Southard owned the livery stable. Died 1907 at 89. Burial location is 10/1/5.
6. Dr. D.E. McMillen died 1889 at 72. Burial location 2/14/?.
7. A.J. Tannehill the druggist died 1960 at 89. Burial location is 7/14/5.
8. H. Clay Johnson the shoe store owner died 1927 at 70. Burial location is 10/68/6.
9. G.D. O'Day ran the sporting goods store. Died 1951. Burial location is 2/41/7.
10. W.E. Waldo dealt in tack and livery. Died 1934 at 64. Burial location is 2/31/6.
11. H.J. Taylor was a cashier at Citizens National. Died 1941 at 65. Burial location is 11/48/4.
12. Horace Sowards served Co. B, 5th Inf. Regt. of U.S. Colored Troops. Single grave. Date of death unknown. Buried next to a Confederate soldier in single grave.
13. Frank Chick Confederate soldier. Buried in single grave.
14. Alf R. Eesley owner of Mt. Sterling mill died 1954. Burial location is 4/40/1.

Genealogical Data collected and assimilated in part by Mary Lou Stiverson.
(C) Copyright 2002 Mary Lou Stiverson