The Moonville Cemetery is on a hillside just past the iron bridge. There are at least 13 known graves remaining at the cemetery. Many more have been lost to time - only gentle indentations in the soil remain, if anything. This is an early cemetery. Some of the area residents were located between Hope and Moonville and were buried in the Keeton Cemetery near the town of Hope and the town of Hope Furnace were once located. Others, like many of the Ferguson (also spelled Furgison in census records), were buried in a family plot near Uncle Buck's stables up the road. Those who were Catholic may have been buried in a Catholic cemetery in Zaleski. Keeton Cemetery is near the Lake Hope State Park campground just a few miles away.
Moonville Cemetery graves: Many of the stones are long gone. Unfortunately, an old custom in some areas was to take old cemetery stones and use them for porch walkways and steps. Many graveyards in southern Ohio have been desecrated by this act. Others were mere wooden or homemade stone markers that rotted away with the harsh Ohio winds, snow and rain.
Coe, Emaline Newcomb (November 4, 1817 - November 5, 1895)
Coe, Samuel b. Jul. 20, 1813 d. Apr. 21, 1883
Coe, Jacob L. b . 1868 d. Mar. 5, 1869 Son of W.C. and L.J. Coe
Coe, Lovesa Porter (Also spelled Lovisa Age 42) Died of Consumption (1843 - 1885)
Coe, Lovisa Porter b. 1843 d. Feb. 6, 1885
Martha Ellen Coe b. Aug. 20, 1855 d. Sep. 3, 1863
Born in 1855 Died September 3, 1863 Daughter of Samuel and Emaline Coe
Grave stated: I want to be an angel and with the angel stand. A crown upon my forehead and a harp within my hand.
Coe, Preston b. Mar. 22, 1847 d. Feb. 28, 1865 Son of Samuel and Emaline Coe
Coe, Wellington C. b. Mar. 10, 1824 d. Feb. 28, 1887
Coe, William Clifford "Cliff" Died of a heartattack while holding a child in the Moonville Depot. Age 55 - b. Jun. 30, 1844 d. Apr. 28, 1899
Coe, William P b. 1884 d. Oct. 21, 1884
Coe, Worthington about 85 years old -b. unknown d. 1884 Co. C 30 Ohio Inf Brother of Preston Coe
Furgeson, Charlie (age 83, brother of Henry Furgeson) - Killed by a train at Moonville b. October 1829 d. 1912
Joiner, Infant Unknown, Joiner infant b. unknown d. 1903
Jones, Benjamin T. b. May 22, 1832 d. Feb. 24, 1912
Jones, Rachel Stilwell b. Jun. 12, 1842 d. Apr. 1, 1914 Wife of Benjamin Jones
Jones, Eber (Also spelled Ebere) Eugene b. Dec. 3, 1875 d. Jun. 30, 1876 Grave states: Asleep in Jesus
Jones, Ideliae b. Jul. 5, 1874 d. Jul. 15, 1874 Grave states: Asleep in Jesus
Jones, Louzanna M. b. 1862 d. Sep. 14, 1865 Daughter of B.T and R. J Jones
Mace, Grace (Daughter of Hiram Mace) b. 1877 d. Aug. 24, 1877 Mace, James -Grandfather of Frank Mace
Ross, Jerry b. unknown d. unknown died before 1880 Uncle of Billy Rose and Brother of Newton Ross
Stillwell, Rachel Josephine b. Jun. 12, 1842 d. Apr. 1, 1914
Stilwell, Albert Age 4 -Choked to death on a 22 cartridge b. 1896 d. 1900 Son of Dallas Stilweel who lived at the head of Wolf Pen Hollow
Stilwell, Bessie Viola Age 6 Hot cup of coffee spilled down her back b. Sep. 14, 1905 d. Oct. 2, 1910
Stilwell, Matilda b. unknown d. Mar. 17, 1870
Stilwell, Sarah Ann Lentner b. Oct. 24, 1830 d. Aug. 21, 1905
Stilwell, William b. Apr. 20, 1827 d. May 5, 1876 Wife of Isaiah Stilwell
Grave states: Our mother here lies underground
The dearest friend we ever found
But through the Lord's unbounded love
We'll meet again in realms above.
Source: http: usgwarchives.net/oh/ohfiles.htm
Mike Shea Interview 1959
Ross Interview 1961
The cemetery is located on an unnamed road directly off of Hope-Moonville Road a little over a 1/4 mile from the bridge (Moonville Bridge). It is accessible with a car seasonally, but the road is not maintained and is little more than a dirt path. There is a small dirt parking area/turnaround at the cemetery.
Cemetery road: 39.305562, -82.324234
Cemetery: 39.305845, -82.324620
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