Harmar Cemetery is located across the Muskingum River in the western part of Marietta. It is a little tricky to get too. We were coming north on Hwy 7 and exited off at Gilman, if memory serves, and then drove to Stone Street. This sign points the way and states that due to weather and flooding the earliest stones were destroyed.
Here are two overview photographs of this old cemetery. As I walked around this burial site I felt sad because it was not in very good shape with broken stones and large empty areas where there maybe once were tombstones.
There is a publication about this cemetery:
Source: Burials in Harmar Cemetery, Marietta, Ohio, A Bicentennial Project of the Muskingum Valley Builders 4-H Club, April 7, 1977, Washington Co. Historical Society.
“The Table of Contents Reads: Prefatory Essay, Abbreviations & Symbols, Over-All Key Map of Harmar Cemetery, Maps of Section 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 7, Burials in Harmar Cemetery, Index to Additional Family Names, Civil War Memorial, Fragmentary Stones. “
Dr. Owen P. Hawley writes in the first chapter . He describes the history of the cemeteries in the area and cites names of the burials giving information on the individuals mentioned. He researched the Ohio Company records, history books, city records, the newspaper and more. Mr. Hawley is the author of the Mound Cemetery book I have mentioned in past posts.
Here is the table tombstone for Noah Fearing:
The tombstone of Henry Fearing 1798 to 1894 and more:
This is the Civil War Monument in Harmar:
More Fearing tombstones and monuments:
This is Paul Fearing and his wife’s monument. You will note a stack to the right. In Ohio they pile the broken stones up into this type of stack which makes it impossible to read them for they are very heavy.
William Skinner and Mary Chambers etc.
Levi Barber and Elizabeth Rouse’s tombstone
Here are 3 tombstones for the Humphreys family. As you can see they are flaking and it is difficult to read them:
Here is another look at the geography of Harmar Cemetery which you can see is on a hill and highway 7 is right along the western border. The book I mention above talked above slippage of the graves making it hard to figure out what graves belong to whom.
On this particular day we visited, it was cold, very wet and mushy so I stayed pretty close to the bottom of the hill rather than go exploring up into the higher areas. What I saw are large areas without tombstones and that makes me wonder how many have disappeared over the years with debris covering them and more.
Find A Grave has this cemetery listed as well with 908 stones read with some more details than I list here.
I have visited Mound, Oak Grove and now Harmar Cemetery looking for clues. So I feel I have a good idea of why it is so difficult to find Solomon’s grave site.