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Old Franklinton Cemetery Archaeology

Established 1799

 
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
1. Old Franklinton Cemetery Archaeology Marker
close up, full view of plaque
Inscription.
“Why lovely friend indulge that tear!
Why trembling view my dark abode;
Though you with me must moulder here,
Yet faith can wing the soul to God”

Rebecca (Culbertson) Smith
Born Sept. 28, 1798
Died Feb. 7, 1828

It is this place that the founders of Franklinton, the first settlement in Columbus, found worthy to lay their loved ones for the rest of eternity.

Geophysical Survey

Cemeteries contain many hidden clues about the past, written in headstones, architectural features, and long since forgotten burials, paths, and building foundations. Archaeologists use geophysical survey instruments, which can detect things below ground without digging, to uncover some of the forgotten past. Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc. used three different survey instruments to search for the lost and forgotten at the Franklinton Cemetery: a ground penetrating radar, a magnetometer, and an electrical resistance meter. All three can detect disturbed soil, like that found in graves; the magnetometer is excellent for locating iron objects; and the radar is superb at finding buried foundations. The graves in the Franklinton Cemetery were not easy to detect, but the magnetometer likely found many that are unmarked today. The magnetometer also detected the original southern
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
2. Old Franklinton Cemetery Archaeology Marker
close up, upper right portion. Prose and poetry.
boundary of the cemetery, moved in the 1830’s. Most remarkable, however, are the buried remains of the original church foundation detected by radar. By 1812 the church was used to save grain. In 1813 the roof was blown off by a violent rain storm, the grain got wet and expanded, exploding the walls. The church was destroyed.

The Columbus Foundation Exhibit developed with support from the Joseph A. Jeffrey Endowment Fund of the Columbus Foundation.
 
Erected by Joseph A. Jeffrey Endowment Fund of the Columbus Foundation.
 
Location. 39° 57.766′ N, 83° 1.305′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of River Street and North Davis Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker located in the Old Franklinton Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 750 River St, Columbus OH 43222, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “In This Churchyard…” (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Franklinton Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Lucas Sullivant Home Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Franklinton (approx. 0.3
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
3. Old Franklinton Cemetery Archaeology Marker
close up, showing text
miles away); a different marker also named Franklinton (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Franklinton (approx. 0.4 miles away); Headquarters of General William H. Harrison (approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing); Council Site Between William Henry Harrison and Indians (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbus.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial Sites
 
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
4. Old Franklinton Cemetery Archaeology Marker
map portion of plaque
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
5. Old Franklinton Cemetery Archaeology Marker
markers and flag pole can be seen at a distance
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
6. Old Franklinton Cemetery Archaeology Marker
monument to a pioneer sheriff
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
7. Old Franklinton Cemetery Archaeology Marker
three Revolutionary War markers, one Civil War marker, all "under the flag"
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By Rev. Ronald Irick, September 4, 2015
8. Old Franklinton Cemetery Archaeology Marker
Note the name on this marker, compare to the prose on the main plaque.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 139 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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