Location: Jefferson Township
Route 279 just west of Oak Hill
Latitude 385406N Longitude 0823647W
USGS 7.5'x 7.5' Map: Oak Hill
Photos and text by Kate Maynard, 2008
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Anna Opal (Morgan) Gilliland
Anna was the wife of Harry Martin Gilliland (24 Feb 1894 - 28 May 1962) and the daughter of Daniel M. Morgan, of Welsh parentage, and his wife Eva, who was born in Ohio. When still a child Daniel had been adopted into the household of Welsh-born Mary Harris.
Anna's husband, Harry Martin Gilliland, was a son of Earl Cranston Gilliland and Delia Parks, Earl being a son of Jackson and Jennie Baker Gilliland. Harry was a veteran of WWI and died at Columbus, Ohio.
Paul Wayne Gilliland
Paul Wayne Gilliland was a son of Harry M. and Anna Opal (Morgan) Gilliland. He served as a Marine Staff Sergeant in the Korean War.
Ever tripped across a place that had a mystical "feel" to it? Well, that's the only way I can describe my visit to Mt. Horeb. This is an active (United Presbyterian) church and cemetery and is beautifully maintained, with ample parking.
Even though I took photos of some Gilliland stones I found there, our family would be considered latecomers to this old Welsh Cemetery. It is truly remarkable. Many of the early pioneer Welsh families of Oak Hill, such as the Evans, Jones, Jenkins, Hughes, and Morgans are buried here, and most apparently spared no expense when it came to their stones. Lots of markers with what appear to be elaborate Celtic designs carved into them and with inscriptions in the Welsh language. Proud of their heritage, many stones proclaim the person buried there "A Native of Wales". Goodness, this has to be one of Jackson County's best-kept secrets. It seems there is something almost magical about this place.
If you have any connections to the Welsh community of Oak Hill, this is one place you simply MUST visit, along with the Welsh-American Heritage Museum in Oak Hill.