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Bunker Hill Universalist Church/Bunker Hill Cemetery

 
 
Bunker Hill Universalist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 29, 2017
1. Bunker Hill Universalist Church Marker
Side A
Inscription.  (side A)
Bunker Hill Universalist Church

The Bunker Hill Society was organized about 1845 and fellowshipped in 1854. A frame meeting house, capable of seating 300, was dedicated in 1855. Thirty people united with the church during the 1859 Annual Meeting. The membership suffered greatly during the Civil War, many enlisting in the Union Army. Some members, Like John G. Agnew, were Peace Democrats (Copperheads). Agnew withdrew from the church on July 5, 1863 saying, "I feel the course I am and have been pursuing does not comport with the Christian character. Nor do I think that I can be better while this war lasts. I do not wish to be a reproach upon the church." The church was re-fellowshipped in 1900. The last sermon was delivered October 23, 1910. Fire destroyed the building May 8, 1924.

(side B)
Bunker Hill Cemetery

This site was part of purchases made at the Cincinnati Land Office by James Deneen in 1804 and Obadiah Welliver in 1811. Welliver found a Native American burial ground near this marker. In 1855, the Universalist Church obtained a building lot and cemetery
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grounds with the Welliver burial ground. The vacant land around the Deneen Cemetery was purchased for additional burial plots. The last burial was in 1918. There are numerous unmarked graves. Veterans of the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War and Civil War rest here. Four sons from the Bressler family fought in the Civil War. John M., who died for the Union cause, and Jonathan, a Confederate (Alabama) artillery officer are buried here. The site became a county historical park in 1964.
 
Erected 2014 by The Welliver Family, Thomas F. Stander, Oxford Community Foundation, The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 33-9.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & ReligionSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, and the Unitarian Universalism (UUism) series lists.
 
Location. 39° 25.226′ N, 84° 43.907′ W. Marker is near Oxford, Ohio, in Butler County. Marker is on Reily-Millville Road (County Route 29) 0.2 miles west of Bunker Hill Woods Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is in Bunker Hill Cemetery, in the Pater Wildlife Area.
Bunker Hill Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 29, 2017
2. Bunker Hill Cemetery Marker
Side B
Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5359 Reily-Millville Road, Oxford OH 45056, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bunker Hill / Dog Town (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lewis-Sample Farmstead / Butler County's American Indian Heritage (approx. 2 miles away); Bethel Chapel (approx. 2.4 miles away); Stillwell Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 3˝ miles away); Stillwell’s Corners (approx. 3˝ miles away); Indian Creek Regular Baptist Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Indian Creek Baptist Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Birthplace of William Bebb (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oxford.
 
Bunker Hill Universalist Pioneer Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 29, 2017
3. Bunker Hill Universalist Pioneer Cemetery Marker
full view of marker in cemetery garden
Bunker Hill Universalist Pioneer Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 29, 2017
4. Bunker Hill Universalist Pioneer Cemetery Marker
marker as seen from a distance
Bunker Hill Universalist Pioneer Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Rev. Ronald Irick, August 29, 2017
5. Bunker Hill Universalist Pioneer Cemetery Marker
sign at parking lot
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 31, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 377 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 31, 2017, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 23, 2023