~ Founders Cemetery ~
When Jacob Gomber and Zaccheus Beatty platted and founded Cambridge in 1806, they set aside about half an acre to serve as a burial ground. The first burial there is said to have been a child of James Oldham. The year is not known, nor is there a known marker. The earliest known dates inscribed on stones at Founders’ are from 1817.
By 1835, the half-acre was full so by purchase of land, the cemetery was quadrupled in size to two acres, extending it to the east.
To keep families together when the new City Cemetery opened, a number of bodies were disinterred from Founders and moved to the new cemetery. Some left “forwarding addresses” on their stones at Founders to explain where their bodies had gone.
The last known burial at Founders’ was Joseph D. Tingle in 1891.
“Coming Alive” Cemetery Tour
~ City Cemetery ( behind the Senior Center)
Saturday, May 13th; 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Admission $5.00 per person
Presented by Dickens Victorian Village and the Guernsey County Historical Society
Sponsored by Muskingum University
Please call Tom Davey for questions 740.584.0857