Postal Code: 45068
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This inactive cemetery is located on the south side of High Street, about 100 feet west of South 4th Street. The cemetery starts on the west side of the Orthodox Friends (Red Brick) Meeting House in Waynesville. The first know burial occurred in 1808.
The cemetery is located in Wayne Township, Warren County, Ohio, and is # 12328 in “Ohio Cemeteries 1803-2003”, compiled by the Ohio Genealogical Society.
A sign posted at the cemetery reads:
“Friends Burial Ground
In 1804, Miami Monthly Meeting purchased this land to use as a graveyard. Burials were made without regard to status or family association, but rather by date of death. Some of the earliest graves are marked with a plain rock obtained from a nearby creek while later markers are typically small limestone headstones, often carved with only the individuals’ names (sometimes only initials) and date of death. There is also a Revolutionary War soldier buried here, showing that the early Friends were tolerant even while maintaining the peace testimony.
When the two meetings separated in 1828, the graveyard was also divided. The sugar maple in the middle of the cemetery is on the line that goes from the street through the trees to the edge of the property. The portion between this line and the Red Brick belongs to the Wilmington Yearly Meeting, while the western portion belongs to the Miami Monthly Meeting. The Hicksites began burials in 1832.
John Satterthewaite, builder of many of Waynesville’s early buildings, is buried in the Hicksite side, and Abijah ONeali, the first Quaker to come to Waynesville, is buried in the Orthodox side.”