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

Morningstar Cemetery
Franklin Township


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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

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Butler County, Ohio Cemetery Records, Volume IX done by Hazel Stroup in 1967 describes the location of a Barkalow Cemetery as Wayne Township, on a farm once owned by William C. Barkalow on Trenton-Franklin Rd near the overhead railroad bridge near the Butler-Warren County line.  This description would put the cemetery in the vicinity of the Morningstar Cemetery.  The Stroup book lists 5 burials, none of which are included in the readings of the Morningstar Cemetery.  However, they are all found in the Barkalow Cemetery on the Atlas Roofing Company grounds in Franklin Twp, Warren County.  A review of 19th century entries in the Conveyance Book for Section 6 at the Recorders office did not reveal any entries that would indicate a Barkalow owned any part of section 6 during the 1800s.]





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South of Carlisle.  East of Franklin-Madison Rd.  Between Franklin-Trenton Rd. and above railroad track.  West side of CR 112. Located at 7648 Franklin-Madison Rd., Franklin, Ohio 45005


39° 33' 43.22" N, 84° 21' 49.00" W


Section 6, Township 1 North, Range 5 East

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GIS Map of Location      Plat Map      Township Map


Cemetery History

Morningstar Road is to the north of the property bounded by Franklin-Madison Road on the west.  The cemetery is in a woods on a hill north of the soybean field, (and north of the CSX, former B & O and C H & D Railroad tracks).  It is almost opposite the end of Thomas Road. 

An 1837 map of this area shows Michael Morningstar on the west half of Section 6 and Michael Van Tuyl on the east half.  Section 6 is bounded by Martz-Paulin, Franklin-Trenton , Madison and Morningstar Roads.  Twin Creek is on Michael Van Tuyl’s half of the section.  Section 7 is south of Section 6 (i.e. Franklin-Trenton Road to the Great Miami River).  In 1837 it was owned by the “Heirs of John Coon, dec’d” (John Coon died Oct 1836).  

All 640 acres of Section 6 were patented to James Findlay on 15 Nov 1807 when the land was still part of Butler County.  Findlay sold the west 320 acres to M. Morningstar on 7 Aug 1811 for $3200 - see 1837 plat map.  This Michael Morningstar is believed to be the John George Michael Morningstar who is buried in the cemetery in 1841.  Warren County probate records [Box 17] shows that his estate was entered into probate on 8 Jun 1844.  There was supposed to be a will that could not be found, resulting in the estate ending up in court.  Records in the Warren County Recorders office list the transfer of the 320 acre property from the estate of John George Michael Morningstar to sons John, Jacob and Michael Morningstar on 11 Oct 1847 [Vol 28:352] as well as 4 Sheriff sale entries on 12 Jan 1864 [Vol 41:366] from the estate, all to Michael V. Poast. 


Cemetery Transcriptions

  • D.A.R. Turtlecreek Chapter & Warren County Historical Society (available at the Historical Society Library)
    • None
  • Warren County Genealogical Society
    • Not in any of the currently published Cemetery Books.
    • Harriet Foley of Franklin and Kay Davenport of Orem, Utah, read the cemetery on 9 Nov 2001 and found 10 gravestone plus some footstones.  The result of their efforts was published in the Heir Lines Quarterly, Volume 20, Issue 4, Winter 2001, page 64
    • Warren County Genealogical Society volunteers, Harriet Foley and Dana Palmer visited the cemetery on 14 May 2011 and photographed all extant gravestones.
  • Other Known Transcriptions

Gravestone Images

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


Alphabetical Index


Photo Deceased Died Military Cemetery Vol Page Twp.
  ___, ___ [date missing]   Morningstar * * Franklin
  Coon, John 1836   Morningstar * * Franklin
  Coon, Susanah 1841   Morningstar * * Franklin
  Morningstar, Elizabeth 1822   Morningstar * * Franklin
  Morningstar, John 1864   Morningstar * * Franklin
  Morgenstern, Johan Georg Michael
aka J. G. M. Morninstar
[1839/1841]   Morningstar * * Franklin
  Morningtar, Rachel Ann 1854   Morningstar * * Franklin
  Selby, Sophiah [no dates]   Morningstar * * Franklin
  Selvy, Samuel 1818   Morningstar * * Franklin
  Temple, John [date missing]   Morningstar * * Franklin

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