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Cox-Gray-Myers Cemetery

 

Perry Township, Monroe Co., Ohio

 

The name of this cemetery is unknown to me so I have called it the Cox-Gray-Myers cemetery reflecting the only names on the tombstones there.  This cemetery is a good example of one that is fading into oblivion and is almost sure to be lost in a few more years.  It is also a good example why it is important to identify the location of cemeteries by latitude and longitude measurement because it is a cemetery that nearly defies being located from verbal directions.  Nevertheless, let’s try to describe its location.  Beginning in Woodsfield, Ohio drive south on Ohio Rt. # 800 a distance of about 3.5 miles to the site of the Jackson Ridge Church of Christ.  One of the first reference points will be the intersection of Rt 255 with Rt 800.  Go about one quarter mile further along Rt. 800 to the intersection with County Road Rt. 40.  This is in the vicinity of the Monroe County Centennial Barn (2003) that will be on the left of Rt. 800 across from the Jackson Church of Christ.  Take Rt. 40 (also known as Greenbrier Road) to the right for about 3 miles.  Look for Twp. Road 627 that will intersect Rt. 40 on your right.  Follow T-627 about 1 miles to T-626 that intersects on your left.  Take 626 and within a couple hundred yards, you will come to a lane to a house on your left (The house is not visible from the road, however another small building will be visible).  Take this lane (about 100 feet) to near the house and ask directions and permission at the house.  As you enter the house lane, the house will be in front and to your left.  The cemetery lies to your right a couple hundred yards.  It is on top of the ridge leading off to your right and completely enclosed in trees.  The cemetery will not be visible until you are quite close to it.

 

[For a close approximation of the location of this cemetery, on a map of Monroe County draw an arc with a radius of 8-miles from the center and to the east of Stafford, Ohio.  Then, draw an arc with a radius of 4.8-miles from the center and to the south of Woodsfield.  The intersection of the two arcs will be close to the location of this cemetery.  The land in this area is very rugged.]

 

(Numbers in the chart below are the approximate, relative locations of graves in the Cox-Gray-Myers

cemetery.  The numbers correspond with the numbers and names in the table that follows)

 

Cox-Gray-Myers Cemetery

 

 


Arrow points North

 

 

 

 

 

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17

 

 

T

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F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

F

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F

F

F

F

F

 

The letter “F” in the above chart marks the location of wooden fence posts.  The letter “T” marks a large tree.

 

Following are the names and dates copied from headstones in Cox-Gray-Myers Cemetery.  The number preceding the name corresponds to the grave number in the chart above.

 

1

Cut tombstone but not readable

2

Cut tombstone but not readable

3

Appears to be a field stone but could be a deteriorated cut stone

4

Baldwin Cox Co C 2nd W Va Cav GAR 1861 -1868

5

Field stone – embedded in ground and upright

6

Field stone – embedded in ground and upright

7

Field stone – laying flat on ground

8

Field stone – laying flat on ground

9

Field stone – embedded in ground and upright

10

Field stone – embedded in ground and upright

11

Field stone – embedded in ground and upright

12

John Gray died Apr 20, 1869 aged 85 yr, 1 mo, 2 da

13

Field stone – embedded in ground and upright

14

Arthur Gray died Jan ?, 1872 aged 17 yr, 9 mo, 3 da

15

Field stone – laying flat on ground

16

Mary B. Myers  1842 - 1886

17

Only a GAR 1861 – 1865 metal-rod with a star – no marker

 

Note:  The use of question marks (?) indicates a word, letter, or number that could not be read.

 

This cemetery is approximately 114 feet long (in the predominantly east to west dimension) and approximately 60 feet wide (in the predominantly north to south dimension).  The centerline of the cemetery along its length follows the top of the ridge.

 

 

The data above were collected April 11, 2004 by Richard Harrington, Richard Harrington

 

 

The latitude, longitude and elevation of this cemetery were measured using a GPS.  Two graves in the cemetery were recorded.  These include the grave of John Gray (died Apr 20, 1869) where the GPS recorded error of the L/L was +/- 25 feet.  The Elevation = 1139 feet above sea level; the Latitude = N 39 o 41.803; the Longitude = W081o 07.537

 

A second set of measurements were made at the grave of Mary B. Myers  (1842 – 1886) where the GPS recorded error of the L/L was +/- 20 feet.  The Elevation = 1135 feet above sea level; the Latitude = N 39 o 41.807; the Longitude = W081o 07.537

 

 

 

 

 

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