Franklin Township Cemeteries

Most of the cemetery names and locations were obtained from the results of a federally funded project in the 1930’s, known as the “WPA Veterans Grave Registration Project”. It was conducted in cooperation with the American Legion to identify the names of all veterans of the armed services buried in Morrow County and to locate their graves. A copy of the WPA survey is in the Recorder’s office in the Morrow County Courthouse, Mount Gilead, Ohio. In addition, over the years, volunteers from the Morrow County Genealogical Society have physically walked through every known cemetery area and, in most cases, were able to record the tombstone inscriptions and locations.

GPS coordinates, where listed, are from the USGS Geographic Names Information Service (GNIS) at

  1. Blair/North Fork/Owl Creek Cemetery
    GPS Coordinates: Latitude 40.5453378 and Longitude -82.6471160.
    Located in Section 5, Township 18, Range 20. Blair-North Fork is listed in the WPA Survey as 5.09 Acres on the Mt. Vernon-Tiffin Road (CR 22)where the Johnsville-Waterford Road (CR 80)tees into CR 22 from the north .75 miles east of the I-71 overpass. The cemetery extends over the line into Knox County. Owl Creek is listed also on the north side of CR 22, but .25 miles east of I-71. About five miles southeast of Williamsport.

    The location description in the MCGS Volume 6 reads: Northeast quarter of Section 5. County Road 22, one-quarter mile west of Knox County line. Also known as “Owl Creek Cemetery” and “Blair Cemetery”. Adjacent to Owl Creek Harmony Baptist Church, which was founded around 1812. Present building erected in 1882.

    North Fork Cemetery is operated by a board of three managers, composed of one Trustee each from Franklin and Perry townships in Morrow County and Middlebury Township in Knox County. The agreement establishing the board was signed l November 1913. The records of the cemetery are in possession of the Trustee from Franklin Township. Inscriptions from the oldest section copied June 1971 by Kenneth O. Dudley. Additions and corrections made October 1981 by Daniel L. Rhodebeck. Additions and corrections made July 1994 by George S. Morgan.
  2. Center Corners/Farris Cemetery
    GPS Coordinates: Not listed on the GNIS website by either name.
    Per WPA, Center Corners is 1.6 miles north of Chesterville on SR 314 (Chesterville-Shelby Road) at Center Corners-Fredericktown Road (CR 121) and is .21 acres in size. Farris is listed as on Center Corners-Fredericktown Road (CR 121) & Chesterville-Shelby Road (SR 314) 1.6 miles north of Chesterville and is .01 Acre in size.
  3. George Family & Kelly Family Cemetery
    GPS Coordinates: Not listed on the GNIS website by either name.
    Located in Section 15, Township 17, Range 20. Half an acre. Mt. Gilead-Fredericktown Road (SR 95)at Russell Road (TR 115) two miles northwest of I-71 exit. No stones.
  4. Kelly Family Cemetery #2
    GPS Coordinates: Not listed on the GNIS website.
    Located in Section 9, Township 17, Range 20. .01 Acre. Mt. Gilead-Fredericktown Road (SR95) and Pulaskiville Road (CR109) 2.6 miles east of Mt. Gilead. One burial: infant daughter of Thomas and Mary Jennings Morrison.
  5. Pulaskiville and Old Pulaskiville Cemeteries
    GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 40.5356156 and Longitude: -82.7112855.
    Located in village of Pulaskiville at Williamsport-Chesterville Road (CR98) and Pulaskiville Road (CR109). 56 Acres. The WPA records the OLD Pulaskiville Cemetery at two acres at the same location.
  6. Yankee Street (aka Pioneer) Presbyterian Cemetery
    GPS Coordinates: Latitude 40.5192270 and Longtitude -82.6690611 GNIS map indicates on West side of SR314.
    Located at Chesterville-Shelby Road (SR314) and old Mt. Gilead-Fredericktown Road (CR14) about three miles north of Chesterville. Two acres. Stones were listed 22 August 1968 by Bart & Del Silver, Luella Auker, and Charles Mounts. They placed the cemetery two and a half miles north of Chesterville, 100 ft. east of SR314 and and 100 yards south of CR14. At that time the cemetery was completely overgrown with heavy brambles and undergrowth. Chopping away growth provided access to approximately 60% of the area.

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