Wesleyan Cemetery is a
prominent cemetery in Cincinnati,
Ohio. It is the oldest continuously operating
cemetery in Hamilton
The cemetery was founded in 1843 by the Methodist Church
when its earlier
cemeteries became full. The church then bought approximately on
Colerain Avenue adjacent to Mill
. Bodies from other cemeteries were moved there from
Wesleyan is an historic cemetery is that it was the first in
Cincinnati to be designed in a park-like fashion with winding
drives, trees and shrubs. Most Cincinnatians think of Spring Grove
Cemetery, not founded until 1845, as the pioneer of this
style in the city.
Nevertheless, Wesleyan was the first to
be designed in such a manner. It was also the first cemetery in
town to keep records. The staff kept burial records from the very
There are veterans of every war the United States has fought buried
at Wesleyan Cemetery. It is the resting place of Richard Allison
held a rank in the military equivalent to Surgeon General
from 1792 to 1796. He was also the first resident physician of
Cincinnati. Six other Revolutionary War veterans are buried here.
The cemetery is known for its role in the Underground Railroad
and in easing
racial and ethnic barriers.
There is also a section of American
soldiers. Medal of
is buried here. He served as a Corporal
in the Union
in Company G, 83rd
. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action
on May 22, 1863, at
His citation reads "Gallantry in the charge
of the "volunteer storming party."
There are rarely, if ever, services held at the cemetery for
Memorial day or Veterans day any more. In the last few years it has
been the subject of several lawsuits and known for its run-down
appearance. In 1992 people reported finding unearthed bones in
discarded dirt piles at the cemetery. Charges were made that plots
were being resold.
The cemetery is located at 4003 Colerain Avenue, in Cincinnati,