Richards-Gilbert Cemetery
Richards-Gilbert Cemetery
Colerain Township

submitted by Mark Gilbert
old picture taken by Tod Sutton, used here with his permission
newer pictures taken by Marks' daughter, Rachel Gilbert 2005

Richards-Gilbert Cemetery
Located near Venice, Ohio, on East River Road, near Butler and Hamilton County lines, a mile or so west of the Hamilton County Water Plant, in Fairfield Township. It is also about a mile and a half east of US 27.
This cemetery is listed in the Stroup-Craig transciptions as Venice Cemetery, although this cemetery is not the actual Venice cemetery, which is closer to Ross Ohio.
Others refer to this cemetery as the Richards-Gilbert cemetery because of the white sign in the picture. It is primarily the cemetery of the Giles Richards family, whose daughter Elizabeth, married Alfred West Gilbert. The Gilbert descendents are also in this cemetery. There are at least four generations of these families in this cemetery.
The actual cemetery sits atop a steep hill. The hill ends or bottoms out at the Great Miami River, but a quarter of the way 'up the hill' runs River Road. The Richards-Gilbert sign and fence sits on River Road. You enter the fence gate and hike up the rest of the three quarters of the steep hill (which is the white concrete steps covered in overgrowth). When you reach the top of this hill you find the brown wrought iron fence that surrounds the actual cemetery, and another gate of entry.
The cemetery is actually at the rear of the property that was the Giles Richards farm/estate and inherited/purchased by Alfred West and Elizabeth Gilbert. It is currently a developed subdivision, where acess to the cemetery from the old estate would require permission of the property owners.

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