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Fort Recovery in Mercer County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pioneer Cemetery

 
 
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By Michael Baker, November 17, 2015
1. Pioneer Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Pioneer Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Mercer County and is the final resting place for many of the early pioneers who first settled in the Fort Recovery area. The large marker on this site lists the names of those buried here.

Temporary Burial Site of Soldiers who Died in Battles Fought at Fort Recovery.

This cemetery also served as a temporary burial place for the soldiers killed in the Indian battles fought here in 1791 and 1794. In 1851 the people of Fort Recovery discovered the bones of the fallen soldiers buried along the banks of the Wabash. on September 10, 1851, internment of the remains of these soldiers in this cemetery was attended by over 5000 people. The bones of Major General Richard Butler, found in 1872, were buried on July 4, 1876 near his comrades.

On October 16, 1891 the remains of the soldiers buried here were taken up, placed in two large caskets and lay in state for three days in the Disciple Church on South Wayne Street. The third day the caskets were moved to their third final resting place- the present Monument Park. A wood and iron railing enclosed the place of burial until the completion of the monument in 1912. Today all that was mortal of the soldiers who fell in 1791 and 1794 is now located in a crypt in the foundation of the monument. Marker placed in 2006 by the Fort recovery Historical

Pioneer Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, November 17, 2015
2. Pioneer Cemetery Marker
Society and funded by the Cooper Family Foundation.
 
Erected 2006 by Fort recovery Historical Society.
 
Location. 40° 24.663′ N, 84° 46.888′ W. Marker is in Fort Recovery, Ohio, in Mercer County. Marker is at the intersection of Gwendolyn Street and Washington Street on Gwendolyn Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Recovery OH 45846, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Samuel McDowell (a few steps from this marker); Sha'anoe Warrior Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gen. Richard Butler (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wayne's Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Clair's Defeat (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Fort Recovery (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named St. Clair's Defeat (approx. 0.2 miles away); Strong, tall, redheaded Nance (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Recovery.
 
More about this marker. There are three historical markers on this site, somewhat interrelated.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWars, US Indian
 
Pioneer Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, November 17, 2015
3. Pioneer Cemetery Marker
This is a separate marker on the site, but pertains to information on the marker listed.
Pioneer Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Baker, November 17, 2015
4. Pioneer Cemetery Marker
There are three markers close to each other at this location.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Michael Baker of Lima, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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