2017 Historical Activities
  1. Ohio Chapter, Association for Gravestone Studies Spring Meeting
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Ohio Chapter, Association for Gravestone Studies, Grange Hall, Spring meeting and presentations 10am-noon; lunch (details not firm), Cemetery tours Harlem Cemetery 1pm; old section of Fancher Cemetery 2pm. Morning presentations will include one by Vicki Tieche with stories about a couple stones in our township cemeteries. There will also be a presentation about Fredericktown Cemetery. This meeting is being hosted by Harlem Township Heritage and is open to anyone who'd like to come and hear more about local and even national work being done to fulfill their "ission to foster appreciation of the cultural significance of gravestones and burial grounds through their study and preservation" Watch for more about this event on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ohioags/ or visit the national website - https://www.gravestonestudies.org/
  2. Re-Reading Fancher and Maple Grove Cemeteries
    9:30 am to 2:30 pm
    The LDS Church in New Albany asked if there was a cemetery project that we could use 60-80 teenagers to help with on June 23rd. This is the project. The teenagers will be split up into groups to read sets of rows in one of the sections under the supervision of HTH members. After the additional information is collected on June 23rd, it will be typed into the master record of Fancher-Maple-Grove Cemeteries and then checked by HTH members. Once it is complete and correct it will be put on the USGenWeb Tombstone Transcription Project site to replace the partial reading that is currently there. If you would like to help on June 23rd (roughly 9:30am to 2:30pm) or help with the checking, please contact HTH and let us know.
  3. New Stone for S. E. Trout
    S. E. Trout, CoG, 78th OVI, was one of the Civil War veterans from Harlem Township. He was buried in Hunt Cemetery and the family procured a military stone for him from the Bureau of Veterans Affairs. Unfortunately, the stone was marble and like all the older marble stones has been weathered to the point it is no longer readable. It's also been broken. Nate Reynolds who lives outside Harlem Township but who has been helping HTH with military cemetery projects has completed and submitted the paperwork needed for the VA to provide a replacement stone for S. E. Trout. We don't know for sure this will happen, but it definitely wouldn't if we didn't try. Nate's help on this is very much appreciated.
  1. Ohio Historical Marker, in Fancher Cemetery
    Vicki Tieche has put together and submitted an application for an Ohio historical marker to be placed in Fancher Cemetery honoring Revolutionary War veteran, Richard W. Thompson, who was "with Washington all the way." Thompson was born in Ireland and brought to the colonies as a child. He enlisted in the British Army at age 17 and fought in several battles including against the Americans at Bunker Hill in 1775. Not long after that battle he was captured and taken to George Washington. He convinced Washington he was a good musician and sympathetic to the colonies. Thompson was either from Virginia or was assigned to Virginia by Washington because he shows up in February 1776 as fifer for the 5th Virginia Regiment. On April 3rd he was appointed Fife Major, a position he filled with the 5th, combined 5th and 9th, 3rd, and combined 3rd and 4th until October, 1779 when he shows up as Drum Major (a very important role in armies back then – so was Fife Major.) Richard W. Thompson married Rebekah Lee, a "near relative of Harry Lee" (Lighthorse Harry, father of Robert E. Lee). They settled in Pennsylvania after the war and then made their way west first appearing in Harlem Township in 1808. Thompson enlisted in the War of 1812 and was appointed Master Musician by Governor Meigs. At some point the family moved to Genoa Twp, then Plain, and then back to Harlem in 1833 and it was in Harlem Twp that Thompson was murdered by his son, Jonathan on December 28, 1837, and died at age 95. Hopefully we will have the historical marker this year and be able to have a dedication ceremony in the fall. The marker will also list the other five Revolutionary War veterans buried in Fancher Cemetery.
    Fall 2017