Two Civil War veterans receive long overdue grave markers at the Butcher (AKA Walnut Grove) Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio

The Butcher Cemetery, originally named the Walnut Grove Cemetery, located in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio lists 100 memorials for it on the website “Find A Grave.”

Of those seven known veterans, five have had government markers at their gravesites.:  

his grave marker has almost now sunken out of sight

his grave marker is lying on the ground


Below are the new markers at the Butcher Cemetery!

Born:  October 4, 1837

Died:  December 1, 1865

Served in Co. “I” 30th Indiana Infantry


Census Records below


Commissary Sergeant William H. Wagstaff

Born:  November 27, 1828

Died: May 6, 1904


Left flat marker:

 Commissary Sargeant William H. Wagstaff’s marker

Right flat marker:
Captain James M. S. Butcher

Large black monument

and his wife Nancy Brock Butcher

From the Ohio History Connection – “Cemeteries for Genealogy Research Webinar” – Saturday, July 18, 2020 – 10:30a.m. – 12:30p.m. – Presented by Krista Horrocks – Project Reviews Manager, State Historic Preservation Office

Sharing an announcement of this upcoming free webinar:


(Click on link below:)

Advance registration required.


Ohio History Connection

 “Cemeteries for Genealogy Research Webinar”

Saturday July 18, 2020

 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.




 “Hunting for an ancestor’s gravestone can be an exciting adventure or a frustrating series of dead ends. When we find our ancestor’s gravestone, we often are in awe, as it can give important birth, death, and marriage dates. 

To provide this information, cemeteries need to be preserved and be taken care of.

Join cemetery expert Krista Horrocks as she explains how the gravestones and historical documentation on cemeteries provide important genealogical information, how Ohio law treats cemeteries (all 14,637 of them), and cemetery preservation.” 


Advance registration required.

Michael Zagorsky of Elyria Ohio & his son Michael Sherwood of Cleveland, Ohio

Titled “News Notes” and sub-titled “Briefs” from Elyria, Ohio – September 21, 1937 — these short and seemingly insignificant titles reveal important information that tells of a much bigger story.



MIKE ZAGORSKY ESTATE - 1942 - Widow daughter son - 1

1937 city directory of Cleveland.  Michael Sherwood

Surnames, either correct or erroneous, found in various records.: 

Bender, Zagorsky, Sherwood, Jurisch/Yurisch /Urich, Ott, Bosar, Bartosch, 

In Europe:  Reșița in present day Romania; also known as Resicabánya, Resicza. Stájerlakanina, now Anina in Romania, 20 miles from Reșița 

In the United States:  Ohio – Lorain and Elyria (Lorain County) and Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)


I am seeking to learn more about Michael Sherwood and how it came to be that he was the son of Michael Zagorsky.  

My DNA has a strong match with Michael Sherwood’s grand-daughter. Sadly, the older generations have passed away. Also, and rather ufortunately, the  grand-daughter at this point doesn’t feel too connected to me because she had never heard about Michael Zagorsky before.


My DNA with hers is:  189cM across 8 segments


Let me start with the fact that Michael Zagorsky was my maternal grandfather’s brother. My maternal grandfather was Andrew Zagorsky.


It seems that Andrew (Andy) Juris – Jursich Yurisch was a brother-in-law to my grandfather, Andrew Zagorsky when he came to America in December of 1904 to go live with Andy Juris in Lorain, Ohio. Also with Andrew Zagorsky (listed as Sagorski) on the voyage was a nephew named Joseph Bender aged 3.

(See below)



All of the records that I have for Michael Sherwood show his birth date of September 12, 1899. On his Social Security application he shows his name as Michael Joseph Ott. His father’s name as Carl Ott and his mother Anna and her maiden name of Bender.

Could Joseph Bender aged 3, who came to America with his uncle Andrew Zagorsky, be the same Michael Joseph Ott —  who would be the same Michael Sherwood — who was the son of Michael Zagorsky? 


However, this birth record shows Michael Sherwood born in Cleveland, Ohio. :
Ohio, Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 :

Name: Michael Sherwood
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 12 Sep 1899
Birth Place: Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
Father: Michael
Mother: Anna Urich
FHL Film Number: 1852525


There are a lot of surnames in play here so it is not easy to sort them all out so they would make some kind of sense.


I saw in 2005 there was a thread in a Rootsweb message board from someone with just the name Pam looking for more information. Her query was in part.:

“My great grandmother came to the US in 1904. My great grandfather came in 1906 to find and marry my great grandmother. His name was Carl Ott. My great granmother’s maiden name, according to my grandmother, was spelled Yurisch (Anna). I need the correct Hungarian spelling. She had a sister Mary Urosch, which makes me believe they translated their names differently in English. Also, when she came to America, she had fled from her current husband and took their son. Translated, his records show his name as Michael Sherwood.”


I wish I would have seen this query when it was written because I could have told Pam that Michael Zagorsky was Michael Sherwood’s father.  This is further supported by several Elyria Chronicle-Telegram newspaper “social notes” where some have mentioned that Mike Zagorsky visited with Michael Sherwood, his son. 


Anna Jurisch’s May 4, 1907 marriage record is also attached where we see even more surnames. Her father was listed as Stefan Jurisch, her mother’s name appears to be Zuzanna Bosar, and that Anna Jurisch was divorced when she married Carl Ott. Her previously married name is listed as Bartosch. So, somehow we lost Bender as Anna’s maiden name (per Michael Sherwood’s Social Security Application) that appeared in her marriage record to Carl Ott.


To note: The parents of Andrew and Michael Zagorsky were Michael Zagorsky and Mary Motrich. (Mary Motrich Zagorsky did marry a second time to an unknown man with the surname that appears to be “Stechwach”).


Resicza in Hungary seems to be a city or village that played a part in these people’s lives when they were living in Europe.

Thus, I hope to hear from some who is a descendant of Michael Sherwood of Cleveland, Ohio. He married Katherine Karcher in 1922. Their children as I know their names to be were: Marian J., Robert J., Elizabeth “Betty”, Frances, and Ruth Elaine who died young.

Spotlighting the Staunton Methodist Cemetery – Staunton, Concord Township, Fayette County, Ohio

Below are photographs courtesy of those who have so kindly offered to share them as documentation for the Ohio History Inventory Form for the Staunton Methodist Cemetery


Thanking Christopher Riley for sharing his beautiful photograph seen below taken of the Staunton Methodist Church. 

Thanking Eugene “Gene” Wilt for sharing a photograph from his Staunton Methodist Cemetery collection of the William Johnson marker at the Staunton Methodist Cemetery. 
With his death listed as having been 1833, William Johnson is the earliest known burial at this still active cemetery. 

Thanking Bob Russell of the Fayette County Historical Society for providing  important and striking scenes of the stately Staunton Methodist Church with it original wrought iron gate and fence that still runs along Staunton-Sugar Grove Road (County Road 52).  

Views of some of the taller monuments are included in most photos.

 (Above photo collage)
Left to right:  

The Joseph Trimble Limes monument and bugler statue; the tallest monument in the Staunton Methodist Cemetery.

Photograph taken by Mr. Ted Waddle on January 7, 2020.

The graves of Levi Limes, his parents Harmon Limes, and Elizabeth Rowe Limes, are marked by the two white marble monuments and half-round marker shown in a photograph taken by Linda Jean Limes Ellis who also took photographs of the dark granite Limes family monument which stands for some of the remaining children of Harmon and Elizabeth Limes.  They are Henry S. LimesMartha Jane Limes Sharp, and Herressa A. Limes.


Two images and map insets from Google 

Excerpted from:
“Selected Histories of

Fayette County Churches”

Project requested by: 

Christopher Siscoe

Records compiled and printed by: 

Maria Wilburn

Page 100


“The Staunton M. E. Church Society in the village of Staunton, Concord Township, was organized A. D. 1820, and the first church was a rude structure, erected A. D. 1833.

According to early information the building was of log construction. Prior to the erection of the old log church, the pioneers had held their meetings in the various cabins and later on in the school house. Henry Turner is mentioned as an early circuit rider, coming to the community from Hillsboro to conduct meetings. In order to be present at his many

appointments, it was said that he was compelled to travel twenty-eight days each month and thus had but little time for recreation.

An early preacher mentioned in Dills History of Fayette County was Ebenezer Webster. Among the first elders were John Collins and William Simmons.

The Society enlarged until in 1851 a substantial frame church was built. This church was used by the parishioners until around the turn of the century when plans were discussed

for the construction of a brick edifice for worship services.g

It was definitely decided in the spring of 1900 to build the present church, a leading incentive to the construction of the building being the demise of $1,000 left by the late Robert Worthington.

In order to make room for the building of the new structure, the old church was moved to a vacant lot at the eastern edge of the village. It stood there for sometime until Mr. Morris Sharp, of Washington Court House, Ohio, paid $100 for the building, which was dismantled and moved to Washington C. H. where it was rebuilt on South Fayette Street and known for years as Wesley Chapel. The building replacing the old frame church was constructed of brick and stone with a slate roof. It has a bowled floor, seated with circular pews of quartered oak, which will comfortably seat about 400 persons, There are three large Gothic windows, elegantly set with beautiful art stained glass adorning the superstructure. One contains designs of the “Good Shepherd,” the “Cross,” “Crown” and “Anchor,” dedicated to the memory of the late Robert Worthington who for many years was a devoted member of the church and its causes.

On either side of the pulpit are two small rooms used for choir and library purposes. The Staunton M. E. Church Society deserve great credit for their cheerful and liberal contributions to the Building Fund and they take real pleasure in voicing appreciation to the many who so liberally contributed. The Ladies’ Aid Society displayed great tact and untiring energy in their efforts to raise as large a contribution as possible. The Ladies’ Aid was organized on May 9, 1899 with the following officers serving;

Mrs. P. W. Drumm, President; Mrs. Robert Worthington, Vice-President; Miss Stella Watson, Secretary; Mrs. Mattie McCoy, Asst. Sect’.; Mrs. J. E. Mark Treasurer. Many dollars were indirectly added to the Building Fund by donations to the society ranging in value from fractional parts of a. dollar to several dollars. Listed as members of the building committee were: Henry Mark, President; E. R. VanPelt, Vice-President; I. N. Rowe, Rec. Sect’.; J. E. Mark, Cor. Sect’,; Wm. Worthington, Treas.; L. H. Mark, and P. W. Drumm. Board of Trustees at the time included; Henry Mark, E. R. VanPelt, John Deer, Lewis Mark, Charles Stafford, Spencer Calvert, Clark Rowe, A. C. McCoy, J. E. Mark.

Dedicatory services were held on Sunday, February 3, 1901, with worship at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. During the morning hour scripture readings were offered by Rev. D. Y. Murdock and Rev. J. W. Baker while invocation was pronounced by Rev. R. Watson. The morning sermon was given by Rev. J. W. Bashford, D, D., President of the Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio. Rev. A. H, Norcross, D. D., pastor of Grace M. E. Church, Washington C. H., Ohio, had the sermon at the evening service. Formal dedication was made by Rev. Bashford. The minister of the Staunton Methodist Church. at the time was Rev. P. W. Drumm.

In the early days, Staunton, Buena Vista, Mt. Carmel and Asbury Chapel made up the circuit. When Mt. Carmel burned and wasn’t rebuilt, Maple Grove and Camp Grove were added, That was about the years, 1912 to 1914. Staunton became part of a parish later on. Other churches in the parish included Good Hope, Buena Vista, Cochran, Maple Grove, Sugar Grove and New Martinsburg. The parsonage was then changed from Staunton to Good Hope. In the 1940’s-, Staunton became part of the Bloomingburg District, of which district it is now identified. Rev. Lester Taylor, of Bloomingburg is the present pastor. Other pastors who have served the church through the years included such names as Rev. Postle, Rev. Drumm, Rev. Bancroft, Rev. Clifford, Rev. Isaac Sollars, Rev. Ricketts, Rev. Creamer, Rev. Sudlow, Rev. Rose, Rev. Jones, Rev. N. H. Peterson, Rev. Meyers, Rev. Beckett, Rev. Haycock, Rev. Tucker, Rev. Marshall, Rev. Baughn, and Frank Hughes, Ohio Wesleyan University student, who served as substitute preacher during one summer.

Floors were sanded and the church redecorated about 12 years ago – 1943. A dedication was held then with Rev. Baughn the pastor in charge at that time.

Extensive redecorating to the interior has been underway at the church in recent months. New carpet has also been laid to further add to the attractiveness of the surroundings.

This year – 1955 – membership stands at approximately 100. Preaching services are held every two weeks at 9:30 a.m. Sunday School is held every Sunday, one morning at 9:30 a.m. and the next at 10:30 a.m., depending on preaching.”


1955 Dedication

“Most of the 100 members of Staunton Methodist Church, together with guests and former members from Washington C. H., Springfield, Chillicothe and Cleveland attended dedication services for the redecorated church on Sunday, May 22, 1955. 

The interior of the church has been completely done over. The floors and pews have been refinished, new carpeting has

been laid and new drapes hung, and a large portrait of Christ now dominates the front of the church.

Following the morning class session a worship service was held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Lester Taylor offering a sermon based on the Book of Psalms. In the congregation were 18 families from Selden Grange. At noon a potluck dinner was held at Staunton school.  Returning to the church, members and guests enjoyed the formal dedication service at 2 p.m. conducted by Rev. Marshall, a former pastor of the Staunton Church. Other than the dedication sermon, there were several talks given by members of long standing covering major events in the history of the church. The talks were prepared and delivered by W. P. Wikel, Miss Blanche Roberts, Miss Mazie Rowe, Miss Annette Stafford, Mrs. Pearl McCurdy and Lawrence Sheridan.  Present at the dedication service were a dozen members of the Sunday School class taught for years by Mrs. Mary Stafford, who would be over a century old if she were still living. 

Eight church members who attended the original dedication of the church after its construction in 1901 were on hand for the services May 22, 1955. They were Miss Blanche Roberts, Miss Mazie Rowe, Miss Annette Stafford, Mr. and Mrs. Foster Wikle, W. E. Sollars, Mrs. Vada McCoy and W. P. Wikel.”

(Facts from Record-Herald dated May 23, 1955.)

The two images above comprise the W.P.A. Cemetery Plat map created for the Staunton Methodist Cemetery with the listing

of known veterans up to and including World War I.   

The veterans’ names, grave locations, and war designations are listed.

Their burial plots are noted on the map. 

 Below are the Veterans Graves Registration Cards obtained from the Fayette County Recorder’s Office.

These cards can serve as companion records for the W.P.A. Cemetery Plat maps.    

Note that James Cannon, M. D. was re-interred at the Washington  Cemetery in Washington Court House, Ohio

































“Vandals Destroy Cemetery from 1800s” — An Spotlight Story about the Moonville Cemetery in Vinton County, Ohio

This horrific story of what may have been repeated vandalism attacks over a period of time at a small Ohio cemetery that has been circulating on Facebook in the last day or so, is now more publicly covered.


On January 3, 2020, Channel 4, an NBC Affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, offered further details including a link to the county sheriff’s office for submitting tips.


Vandals Destroy Cemetery from 1800s” by Tony Mirones


The Moonville Cemetery is quite small indeed.”  

Find A Grave” lists only 26 known burials for it.


Although the Moonville Cemetery is located in a remote location in Ohio’s least populous county, it has attracted attention over the years for paranormal reasons.


From the websites:

“The Ghosts. The Legends. The Town.”:

The link for the Moonville Cemetery.


“Ohio Ghost Stories, Legends, and Haunts”

“Ghostly Geocaches – “Moonville (the town and tunnel)


Moonville on Wikipedia


“Vinton County Sheriff’s Office Captain Lydel Cain confirmed with NBC4 that the cemetery was vandalized.”

“It’s under investigation. 

We have a little bit of information, 

and we would like more. 

We are trying to pin down

 a certain area of time,” said Cain. 

“Until we get more information 

there is no police report.”

“Anyone with information is asked to call

 the Vinton County Sheriff’s office at

 740-596-4222 or, 

you can drop them an email by clicking this link.”


We look forward to reading follow-up stories that bring news of the apprehension of those responsible for desecrating this early Ohio cemetery.

Spotlighting Captain James M. S. Butcher – Co. “I” of the 30th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Infantry – Civil War – Buried at the Butcher Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Ohio

“Captain James M. S. Butcher – 

He left more than ‘His Mark’ behind as his legacy.”


Letters written in his own hand

Captain James M. S. Butcher;

“Reel # 942, page 19, Series M653, of the 1860 U.S. Federal Census: the Butcher family is shown residing in North Lewisburg (Lewisburgh). 

John M. Butcher’s age was 42, and occupation is shown as physician. 

Nancy age 35; male, J. M. S., age 22, occupation listed as “teacher of penmanship”; female, M. J. age 20, occupation listed as “school teacher”; female, E. A., age 17; male, J. C., age 15 and Minerva Helms, age 4.


Even though Captain James M. S. Butcher led a short life, dying at age 28, he left a legacy that should not be forgotten.

Per Butcher family bible records, James M. S. Butcher was the son of John Milton Butcher and Mary Ann Johnson Butcher.   *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Dr. John Milton Butcher was married twice. First, to Mary Ann Johnson who was born on December 15, 1816. They married on December 8, 1836. Mary Ann Johnson Butcher died on February 10, 1842. 

On February 23, 1843, Dr. John Milton Butcher married Nancy Brock who was born on September 22, 1823. Nancy Brock Butcher died on August 8, 1898.


James M.S. Butcher was Mustered-In as a 1st Sergeant on September 24, 1861 at Fort Wayne, Indiana for 3 years. During his time fighting in the Civil War, he was promoted several times; finally becoming a Captain. 


Captain James M. S. Butcher was wounded 

at Murfreesboro or Stone River, Tennessee – December 30 to January 3, 1863

Captain James M. S. Butcher suffered a gun shot wound of his left hand.   

January 8, 1863 

Captain James M. S. Butcher was wounded at Chickamauga – contusion of the ankle joint.  

September 19-20 1863


Above is a fragment of the gravemarker

for Captain James M. S. Butcher

at the Butcher 

AKA Walnut Grove Cemetery

in North Lewisburg, Ohio

HB168 – Ohio Cemetery Grant Program – Recipients Listing Released

September 9, 2019: 

From the Ohio Department of Commerce

 Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing:
“The Division received 143 on-time cemetery grant applications! 

What a tremendous response to the first year of this grant program.” 

October 9, 2019:

Sharing a Ohio Department of Commerce 

“News Release”

HB168 Ohio Cemetery Grant Program 

Listing of Recipients for 2020

If you have any questions or require additional assistance, 

please contact the Division at: 

614-466-5384 or 

Complete information and forms can be found at

From the office of Rep. Dick Stein – House Bill 168 Sponsor:

“Each year/ grant cycle, $100k will be transferred from the Division of Cemeteries burial permit fund to the Cemetery Grant Fund. Annual issuance of burial permits exceeds the grant fund amount to ensure its future availability. There is an existing statute that caps distribution of many state grants to 80% of the total fund–this is to account for administering funds and financial market fluctuations. It is possible for leftover monies to carryover to the next grant cycle. We are very happy to see so much interest and hope those projects not funded this round have a future opportunity.”

Please keep in mind that inactive cemeteries with no burials during the prior 25 calendar years, family burial cemeteries, and for-profit cemeteries are not eligible to receive a grant under this program. 

Ohio Administrative Code – 1301:13-7 Eligibility for Grants

Link to Cemetery Grant Forms

Scroll down to find the

 Cemetery Grant Application Instructions


The Cemetery Grant Application

Sharing side-by-side before repairs and after repairs photos of the Henry Wilson Irwin Family markers at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Ohio courtesy of Scott Andersen

It is my pleasure to share these side-by-side photographs taken by Scott Andersen on August 22, 2019 of the row of Henry Wilson Irwin family grave markers at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio.  


Another step in this process remains to be completed for these grave markers.  That is cleaning them with D/2 Biological Solution.


All of this restoration progress for these nine grave markers was made possible through the efforts of Greenfield Historical Society volunteers, Scott Andersen, John King, and Michael Lee Anderson who largely handle the repairs and re-settings of grave markers; as well as the heavy lifting for the larger monuments at the Old Burying Ground. 



One of Greenfield’s most notable native sons and decorated Naval hero was Rear Admiral Noble Edward Irwin.  

His parents were Henry Wilson Irwin and his fourth wife, Lavinia Ann “Lavina” Rogers Irwin.  


Rear Admiral Irwin graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1891. He was wounded in action on May 1, 1898 while aboard the USS Baltimore at the Battle of Manila Bay. Admiral Irwin was awarded the Navy Cross for meritorious service as director of Naval Aviation during WWI.
The U.S. Destroyer, the USS Irwin, was named in his honor.”


Jonathan Appell – Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop – A free to attend event – June 22 & June 23, 2019 – North Fork Cemetery, Morrow County, Ohio – 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. each day.

Announcing a free event upcoming hands-on cemetery preservation workshop for Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 2019 – each day 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. conducted by nationally known professional gravestone conservator and preservation expert, Mr. Jonathan Appell


Location:  North Fork Cemetery (Also known as Blair CemeteryNorthfork CemeteryOwl Creek CemeteryOwl Creek Harmony Baptist Cemetery)

**Please see announcement below for further details**


Ohio Contact for sign up information and questions:  

Mr. Tim Foor:

Phone # 419-210-4866 


Facebook and website links for further information:

Jonathan Appell:

Jonathan Appell

Atlas Preservation



Gravestone Conservation

Gravestone Preservation

Atlas Preservation – Gravestone Conservation/Preservation Supplies


Tim Foor:
Facebook – Tim Foor

Hallowed Ground Cemetery Preservation, LLC

Morrow County Preservation Society