Sunday, September 13, 2009

I have, for the most part, finished posting the photos I can identify for Roseville Cemetery on and have now started the process of creating a data file of all the entries, which will include a section/row location for each. As an initial source I am using a document from the library, which looks like it was typed sometime in the 1970's. There are, however, many errors in this document. So it is going to take some time to backtrack and correct the errors from this file. Also, it looks like this same file has been used as a source to post many of the entries on the Roseville site. So I will then need to contact the individuals who made the entries so they can make the corrections.

One of the most confusing things about the file from the library was the listing of rows/blocks/sections. Until now Icould never make any sense of what was listed in the document, although I had been to the cemetery many times and recently photographed all of the stones. It wasn't until I started making the entries into this new data file that I started recognizing the system used in the old file and how it related to stones which I knew the location. At this point I am 99% sure that the image posted abovr is the location of the sections and that the rows listed for Blocks 1 & 2 and East & West run north to south (from the top to bottom of the screen). The East Section however lists no rows. After taking pictures there (the old section over the hill) I can tell you why. Everyone seems to be buried randomly. There is no order or rows at all in that section. Still a while before I'm through with this. Just finished the G's.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Darcus Dilts

Born about 1795, married Daniel Swackhammer. Darcus & Daniel are listed as the parents of Mary Ann 1837-1909 (married William Holcombe) and Maurice "George" Swackhammer 1830-1904. Both children are buried in Roseville Cemetery.

No guess who her parents are, but the 1850 census says she was born in Ohio.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Donna Dilts

After checking the Roseville HS graduate photos again, I did find another Dilts in the class of 1932. This makes a total of six. Donna is the daughter of John (1891-1956) & Hattie (1895-1977). She married Richard N. Ransbottom (1913-1996), who is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dilts Graduates of Roseville HS

I am now up through the M's in round two of the Roseville Cemetery project. I took a small break last week to start recording the names of the faculty and graduates from Roseville HS. These names and pictures are posted at the Roseville Historical Society. Last Sunday, during their Open House, I went down and photographed each picture. Although some of them were a little blurry, I was able to go through and get about 95% of the names recorded by class 1892-1970. FYI, starting in 1971 all Roseville high school aged students were sent to the Franklin Local School District to attend Philo HS, leaving 1970 as the last graduating class from RHS.

So far I have found five Dilts' who graduated from RHS:
Marguerite Dilts, Class of 1893 b. 1875 Daughter of James A. Dilts & Ida V. King
Eleanor Dilts, Class of 1934 Daughter of Charles A. Dilts & Nettie Iola Stine
Polly Dilts, Class of 1949 1931-2004 Daughter of John W. Dilts & Hattie Loretta Shields, married Robert L. Tracy, buried Rose Hill Cemetery
Max Dilts, Class of 1951 Son of John W. Dilts & Hattie Loretta Shields
Donna Dilts, Class of 1951 b. 1938 Daughter of Clive O Dilts & Bessie B. Pyle, married Ernest Milton Pride & Carl E. Wilson

There may be more, as I still need to check the pictures I have which were too blurry to read. I am headed back down to Roseville on Friday to check the work I have so far and get the names of the ones I could not read.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Almeda Ann Dilts

1860-1943, Almeda is another daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth, however in the record for Almeda shows Elizabeth Ann Gillespie as her mother. I still have no idea where the Elizabeth Taylor refernce came from in Parmelia's record. At any rate, Almeda marries Hall Koon 1856-1912 in 1878. They are both buried in Roseville cemetery along with sons William 1879-1905 & Newton 1881-1936 and daughter Mary b1899.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Parmelia Roxena "Rene" Dilts

Now up to the K's in round two of Roseville Cemetery. I ran across a Rene Koon 1861-1940, married Allen Koon 1860-1932. has her father listed as Thomas Diltz and mother as Elizabeth Taylor. I do have a Parmelia Dilts listed in my tree as born about 1860, daughter of Thomas Dilts and Elizabeth Gillespie. So my best guess is that this is her, but who is Elizabeth Taylor?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Scurlock's of Jackson County

As a brief departure from the Dilts research and a chance to escape central Ohio for a few days, we traveled to Jackson & Scioto counties over the Memorial Day weekend. My father-in-law, Ripley Scurlock b.1919 now lives in Ashland County, but his family was originally from North Carolina, moving into Jackson County at the turn of the 19th century. Ripley later moved to Scioto county, attending Portsmouth HS and then moved to Ashland county after WWII.

Our trip was done in reverse chronological order as we first stopped in Wellston at the Ridgewood Cemetery. Ripley's parents Ripley H. Scurlock 1888-1967 & Ethel D. Hollingshead 1894-1965 are buried there along with Ethel's parents John H. Hollingshead 1876-1947 & Elizabeth McDonald 1878-1921.

From there we traveled outside Wellston to Salem Cemetery. Ripley's grandparents John Henry Scurlock 1857-1927 & Susan Grimes 1868-1959 are buried there. Interesting that we could not find any other Scurlock's or relatives at Salem.

Perkins Cemetery, however, is where most of the Jackson County Scurlock's are buried. There we found John Henry's father Almond Landford Scurlock 1833-1868. His mother Susanna Olyler is supposed to be buried there too. After Almond's death she married John W. Dickerson 1828-1900, but we could not find any stone with her on it, unless it was one of the unreadable one's up there. We may need to get back up there some time and try to read those more closely. Almond's father John Scurlock 1794-1864 was a veteran of the War of 1812. In addition to the old stones for he and his wife Armenia White, there is a newer stone in place. There are several other Scurlock's buried there at Perkins. I have posted all at . John's father James Scurlock 1749-1805 died in Missouri, not sure where he is buried. His mother Lydia Poor (or Poore) 1765-1800 died in Jackson County and is supposed to be buried in Winchester Cemetery. We were there several years ago, but could not locate the stone.

We finished up the day in Scioto County at the Memorial Burial Park in Wheelersburg. There my mother-in-law's parents John Gordon Day 1902-1962 & Osa Jane Johnson 1903-1987 are buried along with Osa's parents James Asher Johnson 1876-1944 & Anna Mead 1878-1960.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Lawrence A. Dozer

Finished updating the C’s in Roseville Cemetery on Saturday and on through the D’s Sunday & today, currently working on the Dozer family. There are currently 18 Dozer’s posted on Find-a-Grave. I have photos for all but Adrian. He is listed as “Son of Ed. and Kate Dozer”. I can’t find anything on Adrian, Ed or Kate. But the real mystery is Lawrence A. Dozer d. Oct. 19, 1918, Ohio PVT, 7th Inf 5 Div WW I. The only info I can find on him are listings in “Soldiers of the Great War Volume 2” and “World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918”. The Draft Registration has him as Lawrence Arthur Dozer b. 5 Nov 1892 from Muskingum County, Ohio. Who his parents were, I have no clue and the big question is, was he killed in action in 1918, and if so, where?

Monday, May 4, 2009

Obits Added

Thanks to Tricia Shumate Lewis I have added obituaries for:

Carolee Bissell


Charles Brumage

Roseville Cemetery revisited

The weather held out yesterday so I did get up to Roseville for the third round of photos. The last 1/3 was the old portion, down over the hill. Not only is it hard to read most of the stones in this section, but also they are spread out and not in nice neat rows. Thus, keeping track of where you are in the process was very difficult. I do now have them saved on my hard drive and ready to be named and added with the photos from the other two sessions. This could be a while, though, as I am only up to the C’s in getting through the photos from session 2. I just finished this morning adding photos for three Cliftons.

In an unrelated-Dilts event, my parents did take me up to Bear Run Cemetery yesterday afternoon. Revolutionary War Veteran Jacob Storts (1763-1852) and his family are buried there. I do have some other postings to make from there, but I did get most of the Storts family posted at .

Sunday, May 3, 2009

“Stoody” Dilts

Stewart Leroy Dilts (1893-1973), "Stoody" or sometimes I have found it as “Stoodie” was the son of William Dilts (1859-1910) and Ella Strait (1852-1917). Stoody was drafted into WWI and moved to Battle Creek, Michigan prior to 1930, where he and his wife Vergie Kirby (1897-1964) are buried. In the years after WWI, however, he set the baseball world (or at least the baseball community in and around Muskingum county) on fire. He was very popular in Roseville and in the later years was the player/manager for the Zanesville Greys. In November of 1925 he purchased the theater in Roseville from F. M. Tewksberry and a few years later he ran for Perry County Sheriff. I have no idea what brought on the move to Michigan, or where exactly he and Vergie are buried in Battle Creek. Currently I am organizing a booklet of "Stoody" newspaper clippings from the Zanesville Times recorder.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Green Lawn Cemetery

Autie Bell Dilts (1876-1957) married Frederick William White (1872-1918). In the early 1900's Fred's brother Tully S. White (1867-1949) purchased Lot 258 in Section 66 at Green Lawn Cemetery in Franklin County, Ohio. I was able to locate the lot while I was down at Green Lawn on Monday. Shamefully, I didn't have my camera with me, although it was probably best since the grass around the stones was pretty high. I will return soon with my camera and maybe some grass clippers. At any rate, there are eight stones in all (Autie, Fred, their daughter Fremonda, Tully, his wife, and infant daughter, and two others).

To find Lot 258, Section 66 drive the red line for about a half a mile until you get to Section 66 and turn right on the yellow line. Lot 258 is the seventh lot from the corner on your right. I do hope to have these all posted on in the very near future.

Roseville Cemetery

Although I have several small projects I am working on, and always a large "to do" list, my current major project is the Roseville Cemetery in Muskingum County, Ohio. I started back in January with the goal of taking a photo of every stone in the cemetery. I was able to get about 1/3 of the way through that day. Since then I have organized the photos and starting adding them to the graves posted at and adding the graves which were not already posted. I returned in March and took about another 1/3 of the cemetery, with hopes of getting back there this weekend to finish it off, weather permitting.

As far as I can tell, all of the Dilts' in this cemetery are the descendants of Thomas Dilts (1817-1887) and Elizabeth Ann Gillespie (1829-1911). lists Elizabeth A. Dilts as being buried in Roseville, but the stone for Thomas is very hard to read at this point. The site has John Gillespie, born in Ireland, listed as her father. I am still relatively clueless as to the ancestry of Thomas. He is listed as a land owner in Roseville on an 1860 map (shown near the current Athens Road area). On the same map Morris Dilts (1798-1888) and his son William (1824-1890) are shown owning land in the Ebenezer/Hoop Pole Road area. Was Thomas a younger brother of Morris or an older brother of William? Morris moved on to Indiana with his son Morris Jr. (1837-1914), daughter Mary C. "Polly" (1836-1936) and her husband John M. Dodds (1838-1884). They are all buried in Shelby Co. Indiana. William stayed in Muskingum County, Ohio and is buried in Ebenezer Cemetery along with his wife Mary Elizabeth Gillespie (1830-1909). Is she related to Elizabeth Ann?