I photographed headstones in four Ohio cemeteries on May 3, 2003, near where Perry County, Licking County, and Muskingum County touch each other.
In this (now) tri-county region---consisting of Madison, Bowling Green, Hopewell, and Newton Townships in Perry, Licking, and Muskingum Counties---my Smith and Brown ancestors settled or sojourned on their travels into the heart of America.
I described each photo with genealogical information---to try to establish exactly who it was in each grave and how they fit in my family tree.
These cemeteries lie south and southeast of the town of Brownsville, Bowling Green Township, Licking County, at a distance of about 8 or 10 miles. The town of Brownsville itself is named after a Brown---Adam---who founded it about 1825–1830. I don’t know yet if he was related to Ann (Brown) Smith, who was my paternal great-great-great grandmother, and to whose grave CW Smith escorted me in the Old Presbyterian Cemetery in the country near Mt. Perry.
I would like to thank CW Smith of Zanesville, Ohio, who gave generously of his time and information to help make this record of our eastern Ohio Smith/Brown ancestors possible. It is thanks to people like him that we are able to pay due homage to our dear ancestors. As Larry McMurtry said in his introduction to Lonesome Dove, "What they dreamed, we live; and what they lived, we dream."
It is partly to remember and thank my ancestors that this work is directed. By sharing this information on the Internet and elsewhere, I hope also that I might forward the work of other Smith/Brown family members and perhaps discover a lost cousin or two.