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Harrison Township Cemetery Association / Greencastle Cemetery Records

Identifier: MS-366

Scope and Content

The Harrison Township Cemetery Association Greencastle Cemetery Records document not only the burial records from the 1800s but also provide insight into the financial and business methods of cemeteries from the 19th and 20th centuries. This collection would also be beneficial to those seeking information on the genealogy of families.

Series I: Administrative Papers

These papers contain a basic overview of the Harrison Township Cemetery Association's Greencastle Cemetery as well as the related Montgomery County Ohio Children's Home. Included in this series are maps detailing where graves are located within the cemeteries as well as the overall land plots with surrounding street names. There is also a copy of the constitution of the Harrison Township Cemetery Association originally documented in 1869. A Civil War mortar placed within the Old Greencastle Cemetery gained some acclaim from the community, and there is a small amount of information about it as well as photographs taken of its installation. There are also handwritten notations concerning the graves of soldiers and widows within the cemetery.

Series II: Financial Records

The bookkeeping records contain all records found pertaining to the running of the cemetery. These include financial records, ledgers, and board minutes from meetings. The financial records give a detailed account of how much was paid for cemetery lots, labor services, grave markers, and supplies for the cemeteries over the years, the earliest records starting from the 1860s. The board meetings have detailed information on what was discussed within yearly meetings of the Harrison Township Cemetery Association. In addition to documenting decisions made by board members, some financial information is also included.

Series III: Burial Records

The burial records are the largest series in the collection. It lists every grave on record, organized between the Old and New Greencastle Cemeteries and also by section. Records have been found from sections A through L, with some divided between adults and babies. These records were documented from the 1940s to the 2000s. One can also find general information about Greencastle Cemetery, similar to material in Series I, within these records, but the information is attached to larger sections of burial lot lists. This series would be invaluable in researching family history.


  • Creation: 1868-2005
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1940-1989


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

History of Old Greencastle Cemetery and New Greencastle Cemetery

In 1849, Simon McClure donated three acres of land to Henry Shoup to build a church and burial ground. A one-story church was erected on that plot of land the same year. The burial ground would soon be known as Greencastle Cemetery. Greencastle Cemetery's name comes from the "Greencastle Circuit," the United Brethren circuit to which the original church belonged. The cemetery is located within Montgomery County, Ohio, in Harrison Township, on the east side of South Broadway between Miami Chapel Road and Nobel Avenue.

Old Greencastle Cemetery is most likely the oldest cemetery in Dayton. The earliest dated tombstone found in the cemetery was inscribed in 1817. Even before the church was erected, the land may have been used as a family graveyard. However, few of the graveyard's records prior to 1913 exist as many of the cemetery's records, graves, and gravestones were destroyed during the 1913 Dayton flood. Old Greencastle Cemetery is the resting place of Otis and Ida Wright, brother and sister of the famous Orville and Wilbur Wright. Also within the cemetery are buried Civil War soldiers and a special section reserved for children from the Montgomery County Ohio Children's Home, which was open from 1867-1928.

In 1944, a new cemetery was opened called New Greencastle Cemetery. New Greencastle Cemetery is located at 2045 Nicholas Road in Dayton, Ohio. Thus, Old Greencastle Cemetery became inactive except for those who already had plots but continued to have transactions of the trading of cemetery plots well beyond the 1940s. Meanwhile, New Greencastle Cemetery continues to be an active cemetery today.


6 linear feet (3 boxes)

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The collection contains handwritten and typed documents of burial plots and grave records, maps, financial reports and receipts, deeds, ledgers, meeting minutes, photographs, and correspondence. The records pertain to both New Greencastle Cemetery and Old Greencastle Cemetery, which are burial grounds of some of the founders of Dayton.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is organized into 3 series:

  1. Series I: Administrative Papers
  2. Series II: Financial Records
  3. Series III: Burial Records

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated to Special Collections and Archives on October 13, 2005. Additional items were donated on October 31, 2005, and February 17, 2006. The donors were James and Ann Kitchen of Medway, Ohio. Estella Kitchen, James's mother, originally maintained the records.

Guide to the Harrison Township Cemetery Association / Greencastle Cemetery Records
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Ash and Lynda kachurek, 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA