Old Franklinton Cemetery

Columbus, Ohio

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The Old Franklinton Cemetery is located on River Street, just off Souder Avenue, in Columbus, Ohio (Franklin Township, Franklin County). The coordinates are 39° 57' 46.33" N, 83° 1' 19.85" W.

The Old Franklinton Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Columbus and Central Ohio. In 1962 the Columbus Sesquicentennial Committee erected a Historical Marker that told the history of this cemetery. I couldn't find the marker when I visited in 2003, but a replacement marker was placed at the cemetery in summer 2005. Here is the text:

"This ancient burial ground of Central Ohio was established in a bend of the Scioto River in 1799 and is known as "Old Franklinton Cemetery". The pioneers buried here are about one hundred in number. Seventy-one graves are marked largely by sandstone slabs, many having elaborately carved drawings and quaint inscriptions. Here also is buried at least one soldier of the American Revolution, Reverend Seth Noble, first minister of the frontier town. In 1811 the first church in the community, Presbyterian, was erected by Lucas Sullivant, the founder of Franklinton, upon the present burial grounds. Sullivant himself was buried here in 1824, but his remains were moved to Green Lawn Cemetery years later.

In 1931 the West Side Board of Trade erected a granite obelisk monument in the center of the cemetery, twenty-six feet in height. The memorial contains two commemorative tablets, one of which reads "In this Churchyard Stood the First Church of the Community - Built and Presented to the Congregation by Lucas Sullivant in 1811."

For many years the cemetery was not propertly maintained, but thanks to volunteer efforts, it is in much better condition.

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