here is the inscription on the tombstone of
born Nov.29, 1800
died Sept. 8, 1884
age...83yr. 10 mo 9 days
daughter of I & C Parsons
aug 26, 1865
1 yr. 10 mos. 5 days
wife of I.Parsons
died april 11,1862
aged 54 years 2 mos. and 23 days
The Drake Valley Cemetery is located in an almost breathtaking location on the south side of the road from Nashville to Loudonville. It is located on a prominent hill overlooking the valley and is quite visible from the highway. It is accessible by a passable road that winds along a fenceline. Many of the tombstones are unreadable, decayed, covered or missing.
Several indexes to the Drake's Valley Cemetery are found in the Holmes County Library, but we have chosen to rely on the oldest and most comprehensive and concerted reading of the cemetery in 1940. It is entitled, "Inscriptions from the Cemetery in Drake's Valley Washington Township Holmes County Ohio" and was copied by Nellie M. Raber of 236 Curry Place, Youngstown, Ohio. Before the enumeration, it recites:
The cemetery in Drake's Valley, Washington township, Holmes County, Ohio, is one of the oldest public burial places in this section. It is visible near the summit of a great hill, although situated more than a quarter mile off the public highway. Access to it is difficult and visitors are rare. Once each year, the grounds are burned over for the purpose of destroying weeds and brush.
In the summer of 1940, a careful search was conducted, and a record made of all remaining gravestones. A thin steel rod was used to locate fallen stones hidden under sod and grasses. Monuments accounting for one hundred twentytwo burials were found, but unmarked graves and former grave sites, indicate twice that number of interments. The oldest gravestone attested a burial in 1825. The latest stone marks a burial made in 1908.
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