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Historic resting place

Beverly founder, others rest in Waterford Cemetery

April 27, 2012
By Ashley Rittenhouse (arittenhouse@mariettatimes.com) , The Marietta Times

WATERFORD -Established around 1790, the Waterford Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries still in use in Ohio and serves as the final resting place for the last known person killed by Native Americans in Ohio, the founder of Beverly and many other remarkable individuals.

Located near the intersection of Marquis Avenue and Sunset Lane in Waterford not far from Ohio 339, the cemetery is separated into new and old sections, with Sunset Lane running between them.

The cemetery is in the middle of what was once called the Peninsula but is now known as Waterford, settled in 1789 by 19 pioneers who floated up the Muskingum River.

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ASHLEY RITTENHOUSE The Marietta Times
Phillip Crane, left, historian with the Lower Muskingum Historical Society and Francis Sampson, right, vice president of the society, kneel Wednesday at the grave site of Sherman Waterman, the last known person killed by Native Americans in Ohio, in the Waterford Cemetery. The cemetery dates back to about 1790 and is still used regularly.

The cemetery is owned by Waterford Township, according to township trustee Matthew Cavanaugh.

He said it is the township's largest cemetery and it is still used very regularly.

"We actually bury people. The township workers dig the hole and open and close the grave," Cavanaugh said.

Fact Box

Waterford Cemetery:

Located near the intersection of Marquis Avenue and Sunset Lane off Ohio 339 in Waterford.

Established around 1790 and owned by Waterford Township.

Notable people buried there include John Dodge, the founder of Beverly, and Sherman Waterman, the last known person killed by Native Americans in Ohio.

Among those buried in the cemetery is John Dodge, who was born in 1785, died in 1854 and is best known as the founder of Beverly.

"He was a generous grantor of numerous tracts of land that benefit the public today, including Dodge Park (in Beverly)," said Phillip Crane, historian with the Lower Muskingum Historical Society.

Buried next to John Dodge is his father, Capt. John Dodge, who lived from 1747 to 1805 and served in the Revolutionary War.

"He came to Marietta in 1788 and the next year, in partnership with two others, established Wolf Creek Mills, the first successful mill on land in the Northwest Territory," Crane said.

Crane noted that the mill was located at the present site of the Waterford Grange on Righteous Ridge Road in Waterford.

Other noteworthy individuals buried in the cemetery include Capt. William Gray and Sherman Waterman.

Gray was one of the original 47 pioneers who settled at Marietta and during the Ohio Indian Wars he was the commander of the troops at Fort Frye, according to Crane.

Crane said Waterman was shot by Native Americans on May 21, 1795 while he was reportedly peeling bark for his bed. He was carried to Waterford where he died the next day at the age of 25.

"Waterman was the last known person killed by Indians in Ohio," Crane said.

Although there is a marker at his grave site in the Waterford Cemetery, Crane said his original tombstone is on display at the Campus Martius Museum in Marietta.

The largest monuments in the Waterford Cemetery mark the final resting spots of brothers James Bowen, Charles Bowen and Dr. George Bowen.

"The 1870 census reports that Charles Bowen, a retired merchant, had a personal estate worth $200,000 and real estate worth $15,000," Crane said.

Crane noted that Charles Bowen made his money running the main general store in Waterford, which was located where Jukebox Pizza is currently on Main Street.

 
 

 

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