The Old Associates Burying Ground
The Old Associates Burying Ground is located just south of present-day Fredericksburg and is close to the boundary between Wayne and Holmes County, Ohio. Families began their settlement of this portion of Ohio in the early 1800's and our ancestor, George Washington BOON, probably moved into the region in 1818. The Associate Presbyterian or Seceder congregation, as it was known prior to 1858, was organized in 1818 and the families that were founding members of this congregation included John SORREL and George MILLER (1812 or 1813); William TRUESDALE, John LYTLE, and Henry CALDWELL (1815); James TRUESDALE (1817); Samuel MILLER, David KNOX, and George BOON. The Reverend Samuel IRVINE was installed as pastor of this congregation in March 1821 and he ministered to it until his death in 1861.Photograph by Bruce Sharpe 1999
The first house of worship was built of logs. This log house stood near the old Associate Burying Ground on a hill south of town on the old Peppard Farm. This area is on private property near the current Tope family home and was overgrown and heavily wooded when visited in June 1998 and again in March 1999.
We feel that locating the Old Associate Burying Ground is truly one of our greatest successes since it is the resting place for one of our earliest known ancestors. Our research was conducted in the Genealogical Room of the Wooster Public Library in Wooster, Wayne County, Ohio. It was here that we found the first reference to the early Presbyterian congregations and to the existence of the burying ground. We set out the next day for Fredericksburg which is southeast of Wooster. This quaint, comfortable town is nestled between rolling hills and has two formal cemeteries, Fredericksburg East and Fredericksburg West, which are located on hills in the respective direction from the town. The current Presbyterian Church was built in 1858 and there are no early records of the church in the town. We were fortunate to be introduced by the caretaker for the church to a distant cousin who still resides in the town . He was familiar with the rough location of the old burying ground and he was gracious enough to take time to direct us to the closest farm and lead us across several fields and into the treeline where we gradually discovered the old markers as they lay covered by debris and vegetation. The Old Associate Burying Ground tombstones were transcribed March 30, 1999 by Bruce, Pam, and Matthew Sharpe.
from the Old Associates Burying Ground
The Old Associates Burying Ground tombstones were transcribed March 30, 1999 by Bruce, Pam, and Matthew Sharpe.
BOONE- G. W. Boone, died Nov 29 1857, aged 80ys 9ms 14ds
BOONE- Agness, (double stone, erected by G. W. & J. T. Boone) died Apr 3 1848, aged 59ys 17ds
BOON- Agnis M., daughter of J. H. & E. Boon, died Mar 8 1816, aged 1 year 1 mo 13 dy
McELROY- Jane, daughter of J & M McElroy, died Sept 30 1811, aged 2 years 11 mos 24 dys
McCAUGHEY- David McCaughey died December 6 18xx (10?)
POWER- Nancy K. Power, died Apr 25, 1867, aged 21 years 11 mos 20 dys
CALDWELL- Mamie, wife of Henry Caldwel, died May 26 1840, aged 49 yrs
LORAN- Samuel Loran, died March 11 1832, aged 17 years 9 mos 11 dys
LITTLE- John Little, died Jan 11 1870, aged 78 yrs 10 mos 11 ds
LITTLE- Jane, wife of J. Little, died Sept 5 1866, aged 76 yrs 4 mo 5 days (other side of obelisk plus Father & Mother)
TRUESDALE- Wm Truesdale, died Jan 25 1861, aged 81 yrs 9 mos 6 ds
TRUESDALE- Mary Ann, wife of Wm Truesdale, died Oct 2 1858, aged 72 yrs 2 mos 6 dys (double stone)
ROBERTSON- John Robertson, died Sept 28 1837, aged 2 days, son of Wilson & Sidney Robertson
GARDINER- George Gardiner, died April 15, 1813
MILLER- Samuel A. died Aug 20 1812, aged 2 weeks 2 dys
MILLER- Margaret M. died Aug 20 1812, aged 2 weeks 2 dys (double stone, children of O. H. & E. A. Miller)
MILLER- John W., son of O. H. & E. A. Miller, died Aug 20, 1811, aged 1 yr 6 mos 27 dys
MILLER- Two infant children of Samuel & M. Miller
ROBISON- Elizabeth, wife of James Robison, died Dec 2nd 1843, aged 53 yrs 4 mos 12 dys
HANNA- Robert Hanna, died Mar 10 1863, aged 56 yrs 7 mos
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