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Historic Dodge Cemetery

Cemetery in Lowell is known by several names

October 22, 2011
By Ashley Rittenhouse (arittenhouse@mariettatimes.com) , The Marietta Times

LOWELL - Located near a soybean field off Muskingum River Road in Lowell is a cemetery that, depending upon who a person talks to, goes by one of three names.

It has been called the Dodge Cemetery, some know it as the Schantz Cemetery and others refer to it as the Brown Cemetery. In fact, all three names are on a sign that stands at the cemetery.

"I think what happens is...over time, cemeteries were given the name by the family that lived on the farm," said Jean Yost, president of the Marietta chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

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ASHLEY RITTENHOUSE The Marietta Times
Jean Yost, president of the Marietta chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, places a flag Friday at the grave site of John Brown, who served in the Revolutionary War and died in Adams Township. The cemetery in which Brown is buried is known as the Brown Cemetery, but also the Schantz Cemetery and Dodge Cemetery.

The cemetery is maintained by the Adams Township trustees, according to trustee Wayne Isner, although it is located on private property.

"We try to mow (it) once a month, that way it's not so hard to mow down," he said. "We've got to carry all our equipment out there to maintain it - weed eaters, gas and everything else."

There are an estimated 15 people buried in the cemetery in Adams Township. Yost said the two most well-known people buried there are John Brown and Oliver Dodge.

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About the cemetery:

Known as Brown Cemetery, Schantz Cemetery and Dodge Cemetery.

Located off Muskingum River Road in Lowell.

About 15 people are believed to be buried there, including Oliver Dodge, one of the original settlers of Marietta.

"(Dodge) was a first settler. He was one of the original 48 that came with Rufus Putnam and wintered at Fort Campus Martius," Yost said.

Dodge died on Aug. 26, 1817, at the age of 52. He had a farm on the east side of the Muskingum River, about 10 miles above Marietta, and it has been said that he lived for a year in a large hollow tree while he cleared the land.

Dodge eventually sold his farm to his brother, Nathaniel Dodge, who came to Marietta from New England in 1804, according to dodgefamily.org. Oliver Dodge then built a house on a farm on the west side of the Muskingum River, which is where he was buried.

The website indicates Oliver Dodge died at the home of his brother Nathaniel in Marietta when he came for medical treatment.

Yost said a book was just recently donated to the Local History and Genealogy branch of the Washington County Public Library in Marietta that tells the story of John Brown.

Brown died on Sept. 28, 1821 at the age of 87 in Adams Township, where he had settled. Buried on either side of him in the cemetery are his wives, Rebecca Baldwin and Elizabeth (Devol) Jennings.

"He was injured twice at (the Battle of) Bunker Hill (during the Revolutionary War)," Yost said.

There, a musket ball went through his left thigh and a second round went through his right heel and came out next to his little toe.

Yost noted that Brown was older than most when he served in the military.

"At the time of the Battle (of Bunker Hill) he would've been 40 years old," he said. "A lot of these guys were 17 to 18."

 
 

 

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