Loveland, Ohio – The Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery Preservation Project securing financial support is well on its way.
The Clough Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, serving the Clermont County area submitted a grant proposal to their National Organization DAR in December to help preserve this great historical site located in the White Pillars subdivision in Loveland.
The last couple of months local and out of town individuals have been donating funds to make this project a reality. Organizer of the fund raising, Rob Geiger said, “A big thank you goes to Loveland Magazine for being our Media Sponsor and to the American Legion Post 256, Loveland, Ohio, for being our first organization to support the project.”
Below is the supporting letter that was submitted with the grant proposal from the local chapter of the DAR.
I would like to offer enthusiastic support for the Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery Gravesite Preservation Project on behalf of myself and the Clough Valley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, serving the Clermont County, Ohio area.
This project involves removal of a deteriorating fence and installation of a new, secure fence with a lifetime guarantee, around the graves of some of our earliest pioneers and two NSDAR recognized patriots.
Financial support for this historic preservation project exemplifies the work the NSDAR is striving to accomplish. In addition to the historic preservation of this physical historic site, we are also preserving and perpetuating our history.
One cannot read of, discuss, or visit this cemetery without learning about or remembering the stories of a pioneer family carving out their homes in the Northwest Territory, militia men who sacrificed to protect their families and lands, and those patriots who are nearest and dearest to our hearts who fought for our freedom.
The 1795 History of Clermont County, Ohio, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers by Louis H. Everts, one of our local history books written in 1880, tells many of these stories. It also refers to the many local Paxton and Ramsey descendants who lived “in pleasant homes, and achieved social and public prominence, making their locality one of the choicest garden spots in Ohio.”
This cemetery remains in that lovely area, but this project is important to maintain and preserve that description.
This project’s success is supported by a determined organization, cooperation from city government, and local financial support and publicity. It only lacks enough funding to go forward. I hope you will grant the Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery Association the gap funds needed to ensure its completion.
Respectfully Submitted, Wanda Langdon, Regent
Geiger said, “We still have a few months to reach our goal of $10,000.00 through your personal generosity. If we are awarded the grant we are over halfway to making this project a success.”
If you are a business owner, a member of an organization or an individual, please consider making a charitable contribution or sponsoring an event to help preserve a significant historical site.
For more information you can email [email protected] or send a check made out to the Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery Association Inc. and send it to Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery Association Inc. C/O Rob Geiger, PO Box 25, Loveland, Ohio 45140.
The Ramsey-Paxton Cemetery Association Inc. is a non-profit 501c3 organization. All donations are a charitable contribution.
Captain John Ramsey, a son-in-law, was buried in the cemetery in 1847, along with other family members until 1913. Ramsey (1764-1847) was a Revolutionary War Patriot and one of the first settlers of Clermont County.
Lt. Col. Paxton (1739-1813) served with General George Washington at Valley Forge in 1777 and with General Anthony Wayne at the Battle of Fallen Timbers in 1794. He is considered the first permanent settler between the Little Miami River and the Scioto River in the Virginia Military Tract, credited with raising the first crop of corn, and was the founder of Loveland.
Loveland Magazine proudly sponsors and supports this project to preserve Loveland’s earliest history and heritage.