Columbus in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Old Franklinton Cemetery Archaeology
“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.
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
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbus.
Categories. • Cemeteries & Burial Sites •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 145 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 7, 2015, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.