Symmes Burial Ground  map

To walk to the cemetery park at the Y and follow the path along the “creek” to stairway up to the cemetery.

“Nilles Road at Hicks Boulevard, Fairfield, OH. This one-acre historical site is the burial ground of the city’s first settlers, with many burials taking place in the late 1700s. Early Fairfield area settlers, Celadon and Phebe Symmes and seven of their children are buried in the cemetery. (513) 867-5348 or www.fairfield-city.org

 

  Primary Source:  Bulletin of the Historical and Philosophical Society of Ohio”  Volume 12, No. 3 (July 1954): Symmes Burial Ground, Butler County, Ohio. (Genealogy Department) Heiser, Alta H., comp. 258-260  SYMMES BURIAL GROUND Butler County, Ohio Copied by Mrs. Alta H. Heiser, Hamilton Ohio "On the Story Farm (1944) east from Symmes Corner; on a hill overlooking the meanderings of Pleasant Run Creek. There is nothing to show how it was originally reached nor does an entrance show today. Apparently begun as a family burial plot, it is now forgotten." Additional data is supplied by Mrs. Heiser and this is in brackets  Also reference, Fairfield Ohio, Esther R Benzing 1978. 

The 1954 Bulletin was found online when searching key words  Symmes burial ground.
Photographs taken by Glenn & Caroline Huppi in 2005.  Names without links tombstones were not found in 2005.

 

 

LNAME

Fname

Death Date

Birth Year/ Age

Relationship/ Comments

GALBRAITH 

James

Jan. 26, 1847

76 yr.

 

GALBRIATH

Sarah H

Oct. 17, 1852

79 yr

[wife of James GALBRAITH]

HARGAN

Esther [Symmes]

Nov. 1851

23 yr

[wife of James Hargan], dau. of Timothy& Harriet Wilmuth SYMMES

HARGAN

Mary V

1852

1851

dau. of J. & E. Hargan

HUNT

Charles

July 20, 1853

23 yr., 5 m., 11 d

 

KEHM

2 infant daughters, triplets w/ Rachel above

March 28, 1859

1 day

buried two infant daughters of Peter and Katherina Kehm

KEHM

Katherina

Apr.  3, 1859

26 yr., 4 m., 15 d

wife of Peter  Kehm

KEHM

Rachel

Apr. 1859

10 days

daughter of Peter and Katherina Kehm

MESLER

Isaac G

Dec. 12, 1856

6 yr., 4 m., 11 d

son of I. R. & Sarah K. Mesler

POWERS

Sarah   Deborah   Symmes

May 28, 1869

. 52 yr., 3 m., 19 d

dau.   of C.   & P. Symmes[9th and last child of Celadon and Phebe Symmes}

RINEHEART

Sarah H

1848

 

wife of George Rineheart[Stone broken.]

RINEHEART

Robert P

1847

 

son of George & Sarah Rineheart

ROBERTS

Lydie Kate

1867

26 yr.

wife of J. E. Roberts

SYMMES

Celadon

July 11, 1837

67 yr., 1 m., 11 d

. "The deceased emigrated from Sussex, N. J., to Cincinnati in 1789, from there to North Bend, Ohio, in 1790, from there to his last residence; in 1796 his family joined him from the Bend.

SYMMES

Joseph Randolph

No Date

[b. 1814],

[8th child of Celadon and Phebe Symmes. No inscription for him or for his second wife, Mary C, whom he married in 1848; only for Martha J. Huston who d. 1840. The tall marble shaft fell off the base and rolled down the hill.]

SYMMES

Nancy H

1814

1810

son of Joseph R. & Mary C. Symmes

SYMMES

Samuel

Feb. 12,1842

12 yr., 1 in., 11 d

son of Daniel T. & Amanda Symmes

SYMMES

William F R

Jul 15, 1842

11Y 2M 1D

son of Wm & Rebecca SYMMES

SYMMES 

William

Mar 15, 1809

36Y 3M 21D  b 1774

[William Symmes (1774-1809) married Rebecca Fitz Randolph in 1796. He is probably buried here, too, but no stone exists. He was a brother of Celadon, who married Phebe Fitz Randolph.]

SYMMES 

John H

Dec. 1, 1840

5 weeks

son of Joseph R. & Martha J. Symmes

SYMMES

Eliza

1831

27 yr

consort of Benjamin Symmes Eliza Gaston Symmes was sister of Lucinda Gaston who married Daniel Tuthill Symmes.   Benjamin Symmes was 4th child of Celadon and Phebe Symmes.]

SYMMES

Daniel T

Aug. 14, 1830

[b. Nov. 5, 1799] 31 yr., 9 m., 9

[m. (1) 1823, Lucinda Gaston, dau. of Joseph & Mary Gaston; m. (2) Amanda ? . Daniel Tuthill Symmes was 2nd child of Celadon and Phebe Fitz Randolph Symmes.]

SYMMES

Rebecca [Fitz   Randolph]

Aug. 25, 1839

62 yr., 10 m., 11 d

wife of William Symmes

SYMMES

Timothy

June 6,1838

30 yr., 8 m

son of William & Rebecca Symmes [He married Harriet Wilmuth.]

SYMMES

Phebe Fitz Randolph

Aug?? 27, 1822

75Y 11M 7D

[Married Oct. 14, 1794, Phebe Fitz Randolph; her headstone and that of their daughter Nancy H., 1810-1814, lay broken and scattered at base of Celadon's stone which was still standing in 1950 [Mrs. Heiser].]

SYMMES

John C

May 25, 1838

38 yr

[3rd child of Celadon and Phebe Symmes.]

SYMMES   2nd

Martha J. Huston

Nov. 2, 1840

26 yr., 8 m., 18 d

wife of Joseph Randolph Symmes 1 tombstone and then monument  daughter of Samuel & Elizabeth HUSTON

SYMMES

James R

Aug. 26, 1849

1 yr., 1 m., 8 d.

son of Joseph R. & Mary C. Symmes

SYMMES

Martha

Feb. 9, 1856

2 yrs., 10 m., 28 d

dau. of Joseph R. & Mary C. Symmes

SYMMES

Celadon

Nov. 22,1858

10 m., 1 d

 

SYMMES

John C

Aug. 21, 1858

3 yr., 6 m., 8 d.

son of Joseph R. & Mary C. Symmes

WILSON   2nd 

John Newton

Feb. 23, 1844

[b. Aug. 6, 1818], . 25 yr., 6 m., 17 d

"Of Ross County, Ohio." [This a large modern monument, square and carved on three sides; other sides have the inscriptions: "Member of Senior Class in Miami University," "Infant son of William and Mary Wilson, d. Sept. 2, 1814." There are verses on the stone. J. N. Wilson was a student at Miami University, 1842-1844.]

WILSON   2nd

Infant son

Sep 2, 1814

 

son of William & Mary Wilson

 

 

Fairfield Ohio, Esther R Benzing 1978

     “According to history there are supposed to be 125 burials in the Symmes burial grounds.  Whether or not each grave had a marker is unknown.  Since the land around the burials was pasture land after most of the burials, it could be that the markers were knocked down by farm animals and thus buried under the sod.  The Fairfield Township Trustees many years ago put a fence around the standing few stones to preserve them.”

 

Reference https://sites.rootsweb.com/~ohbutler/cyc/ The Butler County Cyclopedia, 1882 to learn about the older families buried in this cemetery

 

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