Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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?

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