Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
				Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

Old Methodist Cemetery, Sardinia, Brown County, Ohio

Five Points Fincastle Road, Sardinia, Brown County, Ohio

(A short distance from Ohio Route 32 East)

Submitted by Hasker Nelson, Cincinnati, Ohio

William Wallace's Grave MarkerAbner Ash's Grave Marker

William Wallace

Company I
29th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment

I was in Sardinia, Ohio (Brown County) and met with Peggy Warner, a descendant of "Gist Settlement" freed slaves. In 1819, a wealthy Virginian Samuel Gist's money was used to buy thousands of acres in Ohio, which were then divided among hundreds of his newly freed slaves.

Mrs. Warner led us to a small cemetery on State Route 32. She called it, "the old Methodist Cemetery." Although she said the cemetery was full, there were only 6 or 7 visible markers.

Here's one marked "Wm Wallace, Co. I, USCI."


Abner Ash

Company G
5th U. S. Colored Infantry Regiment

This one's actually laying on the ground. It's marked "Abner Ash." While his company was not readable, I was able to make out "5th USCINF."

Interestingly, Peggy Warner (a retired school teacher who grew up in Brown County) knew some of the history of both the WALLACE and ASH families, dating back to 1819.

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