While on our recent trip to Logan County, Ohio, my mother, grandmother, and I did a little cemetery wandering and were very excited to come across the headstone of David and Minerva (Ocheltree) Williams. David and Minerva were the parents of Elinor Jane Williams who married Francis Austin Tallman. The headstone was actually in the neighboring Champaign County in the Mount Tabor Church Cemetery. This church is still standing, though from what I have gathered, it was given to the county and is not actively used anymore.
I had come across the possibility that David and Minerva were buried in this cemetery and was so glad to be able to verify this.
This headstone also provided us with some information. We never knew the death dates of David and Minerva and because of headstone we now do. We also found out that Minerva (Jane) died fairly young and that David remarried. This is a very large stone with David’s information on the front, Minerva J. and Mary E. each on a side, and a bible verse inscribed on the back. The Williams surname on the bottom was really cool looking and very intricate. I don’t know if David Williams was wealthy or owned a lot of land, but this headstone was large and impressive and seems to me like it would have been quite expensive.
The Mount Tabor Cemetery was quite large so I am thankful for the rather large headstone. It made the search a little easier.
Now, if only proving or disproving the theory that the land he owned in Ohio came from some Williams family member’s service during the Revolutionary War were as easy as finding his headstone.
I have many more photos of this headstone and the cemetery so if you have come across this article and are also related to David and Minerva, please feel free to contact me for them.