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The Horns of Licking County

I spent a few days in Ohio this spring. On the drive back to the city to catch my flight, I had a few minutes to spare, so of course I stopped at a random cemetery. My mother planted the seed for this when I was little. She used to stop at out-of-the-way cemeteries along our travels, saying something like, "Let's see if there's anyone here that we know."

I planned to visit a couple of other cemeteries in central Ohio during my trip, but this last one was a random surprise. I typed "cemetery" into my map app and chose Licking Cemetery from the few nearest options. It just a few miles north of my present location on the interstate, but it seemed rural enough that it should have some old burials. We had several branches of our family move through Ohio during their westward migration to Illinois and Missouri, and Licking County is one of the many Ohio counties that is familiar from our family tree.

As I started to walk through the cemetery, I noticed a gravestone next to a flowering bush. I'd like to have something living and vibrant near my final resting place--perhaps some peonies or an old-fashioned viburnum bush--so it immediately caught my eye. As I brushed back one of the branches, I saw the names on the stone. And, it turns out I do know these people.

The Henry Horn buried here would be my 5th-great-granduncle, the son of my 6th great grandparents. That family was from Hampshire County, West Virginia. Henry settled in Licking County by about 1806 and died there in 1816. He left four young daughters and his wife Hannah, who survived him by almost six decades. She died April 28, 1876--59 years, 11 months, and 28 days after her husband.


I've added their burial location to Find a Grave. Now others can find it a little more easily than randomly stopping by cemeteries in the state of Ohio.

gravestone in Ohio cemetery
The gravestone of Henry and Hannah Horn




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