This page is my opinion, and my opinion only. This is my way of speaking out against the way this cemetery has been treated. This page contains some mild language, so please be advised, if this offends you, please don't read.
I have been to Elizabeth's Grave around a dozen times, during the day and at night-time. I have to stand up for this cemetery, and I figured that my own website is as good as place as any.
If you haven't learned of this already, this cemetery is very poorly treated. People have knocked down stones, spray-painted them, broke them, and in some cases, even stole them. I had even saw where people have dug into the ground, I assume to steal remains. A neighbor of the cemetery told me that people even shoot at the headstones for target practice. Cults host meetings there. People have sex, smoke marijuana, drink and party back there.
I want to tell you of one specific trip I made. My friends and I went to Elizabeth's Grave, we ran into 4 or 5 people who were already there. At first, I was relieved. I was thinking, Great! People to talk to and share what they had so far! Wonderful! We got out our flashlights and started to walk towards the cemetery, only to find out these people were drinking and smoking weed, being loud and obnoxious. One even threatened us and called us bitches. This left us fuming and we left.
There isn't a single visit of mine that something isn't different about that place. At least one random headstone has always changed location.
This cemetery has a reputation for being the most haunted place in Chillicothe. However, the people buried in this cemetery are innocent, and should be treated no different than Floral Hills, Grandview, Greenlawn, and all the other cemeteries in Ross county. This is an old cemetery, one where peoples' families were laid to rest. Peoples' ancestors! These people were mourned and loved, just like any other deceased loved one. They are no different, except that they grew up in a seperate time than we did. You don't see people disturbing graves at, for example, Greenlawn Cemetery, DO YOU?
I have done research on a lot of cemeteries, from Ross county and the surrounding counties, and I have never, EVER saw a cemetery that is anywhere near as broken down as Elizabeth's Grave. This infuriates me even more. Why that cemetery, people?
Do these people have no shame? Has society sunk to a new low?
It just angered me when I saw the word 'f***' spraypainted on Elizabeth Eagleson's headstone. You can't help but wonder what was going through these peoples' minds when they destroyed the place.
Personally, I go there for the thrill of being in a haunted cemetery. I go there to ghost hunt year-round. I enjoy being there. I do not mistreat or disrespect any of the graves or headstones; I snap some pictures, look around, observe any weird happenings, let [possibly] any of the spirits know we mean no harm, enjoy my friends' company, and leave. Not necessarily in that order.
I'm far from rich, and I go to the closest places possible, and, in this case, that would be Elizabeth's Grave. I have the upmost respect for everyone buried in this cemetery, and to the descendants to these families; you have my deepest condolences. Including my beautiful little son, my only child, who is just getting started at life. Shortly after I gave birth to him, I got into a conversation with his great-grandmother. She proceeded to tell me that they have family buried in Mount Union-Pleasant Cemetery; THE AUGUSTUS FAMILY. He is their descendant.
And I can't take him to see his ancestors' graves because their grave plots are forever lost. All because of those responsible for destroying the cemetery.
To those of you who think that the families of these people are non-existent and that it's okay to destroy a cemetery, I regret to inform you, you are DEAD WRONG. No pun intended. My son is living proof, along with the descendants of the Corbit family, for perfect examples. Families of the deceased individuals still exist.
Another point I must make. With the help of a friend, he sent me a copy of an article dating back to 1950, regarding Mount Union Cemetery. According to this article, three of those buried are from the revolutionary war, six are from the war of 1812, and 11 from the civil war. Currently, many people support our troops that are currently serving in the middle east, and are pushing for everyone to support them. What about these soldiers? These men buried in this very cemetery left their families and risked their lives to save this country... to save their families, their children, the next generation. And the generation after them. And the generations following. I support all of the troops, including the men buried in this cemetery. They saved us before any of our grandparents were born, no matter how old you are. Without these men, where would we be? Look at the shape of this cemetery. This is our thank you to them!?
Every time my friends and I go there, the topic always comes up about how sad it is that these people vandalize the place. This cemetery has a horrid reputation, all because of these people. If any of you people are reading this, shame on you.
And it's a bloody shame about the police department. They just let it happen like these individuals are doing all of this in the privacy of their own homes. Where was the police when all of this was happening? The police will stop people at Greenlawn, at Grandview, at Floral Hills... but God forbid protecting Mount-Union Pleasant Cemetery. Everybody just tossing it aside like it's garbage on the side of the road.
Those buried in this cemetery are human beings, just like my deceased relatives and your deceased relatives.
I have a question to you, dear reader. I'm sure you had a close loved one that has passed away. Close your eyes and imagine this: Some drunk walks to your loved one's grave, knocks the stone over, and spraypaints it. How would you feel?
The most popular reaction is probably pretty angry, and ready to attack the person responsible. Am I correct?
Then what's the difference between your relatives and these people buried at this cemetery? NOTHING.
I guess you just have to imagine yourself as a loved one of the deceased buried at Mount-Union Pleasant Cemetery. I cannot imagine going to Three Locks Cemetery, where most of my family is buried, and coming to what looked like the aftermath of a tornado.
God knows that if anyone else won't stick up for this cemetery, I will. People wonder why this place is haunted? This is a major reason why! These peoples' resting places have been disturbed in the worst ways imaginable and they're angry! And honestly, I can't blame them. A woman named Elizabeth hanging herself from the large tree in the back of the cemetery is the legend, but I whole-heartedly believe it's just more than that.