Warren County Genealogical Society
Warren County, Ohio
Chapter of Ohio Genealogical Society

Besler Cemetery
Union Township


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406 Justice Drive, Lebanon, Ohio 45036
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Alphabetical Surname Index Cemetery Description Virtual Cemetery Cemetery Main Page

This online index only lists the individual, death date (if known) and reference page. We are creating a master index of everyone who is buried in this county and their burial location to aid researchers. We are especially in need of people buried here who have no stones or whose stones no longer exist. If you have any of this information or if you have additional information for anyone who is buried in this cemetery, please email the Warren County Genealogical Society.


Cemetery Description

Cemetery Name


Variant Name(s) Current property owner is listed as Union Cemetery Association





First Known Burial

At least by 1853

General Condition

Average Maintenance

Tombstone Condition


OGS Cemetery #



This is a landlocked cemetery about 1/4 acre in size, surrounded by the 119.76 acre farm at 4376 Cox-Smith Road (TR 241) that is about 2/10s of a mile south of Mason-Morrow-Milgrove Road (CR 38). The cemetery is a 104' x 114' parcel off the road about 1800 feet south of the first bend in Cox-Smith Road. There is a security gate at the property.


39 21' 54.23" N, 84 15' 34.58" W


Section 13, Township 4, Range 3

Property Account:

6606679 [owner listed as Union Cemetery Assoc]

Parcel ID:



GIS Map of Location      Plat Map      Township Map 
  • USGS GNIS - Not Included
  • Google Map at 39 21' 54.23"N, 84 15' 34.58"W
  • Warren County Auditor for Union Cemetery Association, Property Account # 6606679, Parcel ID 12134000050, 0.272 acre
  • Range 3 Township 4 Section 13 from Warner's 1867 Warren County Ohio Wall Map -
    [Nothing is shown to indicate the presence of a cemetery which at the time would have been on the 248 acre farm of J. D. Smith]
  • Beers History of Warren County, page 712
    " . . . David Fox, Sr., settled on Muddy Creek, west of Deerfield, about 1797 or 1798. He lived on the farm, on which he settled, until his death. In connection with his son Absalom, he built a grist-mill on Turtle Creek and operated a copper still. In the Fellowship Churchyard are tombstones with these inscriptions: " David Fox, died January 23, 1847, aged eighty-two years six months and sixteen days." "Sarah, wife of David Fox, died June 7, 1850, aged eighty-two years eight months and twenty-six days." David Fox was accompanied on his removal to this township by his brother Jonathan and his brother-in-law, Sampson Sergeant. . . ."

Cemetery History

This cemetery was visited in December of 2009 (its on property account 6604013).  It is in the middle of a field surrounded by a briar bush.  Three tombstones were found: Hannah Fox, Jonathan Fox, and Absalom Fox.  There was also a large pile of unidentifiable tombstones.  The owners mentioned that there is an Indian mound buried somewhere nearby and a horse cemetery. 
20 Apr 2011 Michael Sellers email:
"I find 68 year old Hannah Fox and 73 year old husband, Jonathan Fox, listed on the 1850 Census living in Union Township, Warren County, Ohio. I have little doubt they are the same Hannah and Jonathan buried in Besler Cemetery. Son Absalom Fox was also listed as living with them, age 46. Jonathan Fox was listed with a real estate value of $5600 and both he and Hannah were listed as being born in Pennsylvania while son Absalom was listed as being born in Ohio."

Cemetery Transcriptions

  • D.A.R. Turtlecreek Chapter & Warren County Historical Society (available at the Historical Society Library)
    • None
  • Warren County Genealogical Society
    • Not included in Current Cemetery Books - See web page
    • Our thanks to LaVonne Smith who photographed all extant gravestones for the "Warren County Virtual Cemetery" Project on 4 December, 2009. The gravestones for Absalom, Jonathan and Hannah Fox were found surrounded by briar bushes in an open field.
      All of the photos have been added to this website. These efforts will be incorporated into the new cemetery books planned by the society.
  • Other Known Transcriptions
    • None known of

Gravestone Images

Gravestone photos for the Warren County, Ohio Virtual Cemetery Project are being posted to the Warren County OHGenWeb Project
To view images ===> Besler Virtual Cemetery
To submit images ==> email to Arne H. Trelvik at atrelvik@gmail.com [please send high resolution digital images if available]


Alphabetical Index


Deceased Died Military


Vol Page Twp.
  Fox, Hannah 1853   Besler * * Union
  Fox, Jonathan     Besler * * Union
Need photo Fox, Absalom     Besler * * Union


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This page was created on 23 December 2009 last updated on 22 April 2011