Stockdale Cemetery, Pike County, Ohio

Location: Marion Township
On the north end of Stockdale village on RT 335. Stockdale Cemetery is located where 335 takes a dogleg left turn.

Report and photos by Kate Maynard, 2008

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Freda (Busche) Gilliland Freda (Busche) Gilliland
The marker for Freda (Busche) Gilliland. Freda was the first wife of Derias S. (Sylvester) Gilliland, who is buried at Mt. Joy Cemetery in Scioto County. Freda and Sylvester Derias Gilliland had three children, Floyd Munn, b. Jan 13 1913 in Portsmouth, OH, d. Aug 30, 1964 in Waverly, Pike Co, OH; Warren Elwood, b. Mar 3, 1916 in Portsmouth, OH, d. Sep 25, 1991 in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH; and Ettajane (Etta Jane) b. 1920, about whom more information would be welcome.

Stephen B. Masters Stephen B. Masters and wife Ruhama
Stephen was a son of Benjamin F. and Julia A. (Gilliland) Masters. Julia Ann was the daughter of Hugh Gilliland and Rebecca Martin.

David and Sarah "Sally" (Hubbard) Brown
The pedestal for David and Sarah "Sally" (Hubbard) Brown, founders of the Brown family line in the area. This couple first came from New England to Scioto County by flatboat in 1816. Huldah Elizabeth Brown, wife of my gr-grandfather Washington A. Gilliland, was a daughter of Elizabeth Crabtree and David and Sarah's son Franklin Brown.

Stockdale Cemetery Stockdale Cemetery
The setting for Stockdale Cemetery in rural Pike County, Ohio.

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Additional Notes

There is sufficient parking here and the cemetery is vey well maintained. This is an active cemetery and despite the age of many of the graves, I saw no overturned or broken stones, which was remarkable. And though a few stones have become difficult to read due to age or discoloration, you won't find the washed out fieldstones present in so many other cemeteries containing early graves. The only considerable damage was to some crypts that appear to have been constructed with materials not suitable for long exposure to the elements.

The index of this cemetery reads like one big family get-together for Scioto-Jackson-Pike area Gillilands, even though only one marker carries the family surname. Almost every person buried at Stockdale can be tied to our Gilliland trees. With that in mind, I took a LOT of photos but have yet to identify all of the stones that may mark the resting place of a Gilliland mother or grandmother whose stone may bear only her married name. This is an ongoing project and additional photos may be added as those identifications are made. Frankly, this could easily have been called a Brown family cemetery as there are scores of Browns buried there, including the founders of my own line of Browns, David and Sarah (Hubbard) Brown, whose granddaughter Huldah Elizabeth became my gr-grandmother Gilliland.

After the depressing experience at Stephenson Cemetery in Jackson County, the trip to Stockdale was a pleasant relief. Whoever is responsible for maintaining this cemetery, they've done a job to be commended.