Garrison Corner Cemetery Association is a non-profit, tax exempt organization incorporated in 1991 under the laws of Ohio. The purpose of the Garrison Corner Cemetery Association is as follows:

  1. To preserve and restore the Garrison Cemetery, located on Shawnee Trace Road, Blanchester, Ohio.
  2. To publish historically accurate information about the cemetery, the Garrison Corner Community and School and the people that lived in this area.
  3. To establish a Perpetual Care Fund for the maintenance of the Garrison Cemetery.

Originally, the plot of land for the Garrison Cemetery and the Garrison Corner School was donated by Benjamin (Garritson) Garrison, oldest son of Lemuel Garrison, Sr. Lemuel Garrison Sr., was a revolutionary War soldier from Glouster County, N.J. and is listed in the Official Register of the Officers and Men of New Jersey in the Revolutionary War.

A deed, identified for the first time, a cemetery exception of .78 acres on a deed from Wesley and Mary L. Garrison to J.M. Gustin. Wesley was Benjamin’s son. This exception is shown on all subsequent deeds for this property.

The Rudes (also spelled Rhude at this time) came to the Garrison Corner Community when Susannah came to Clinton County, Ohio with her son Peter Rude, first of the Rude line in Marion Township, Ohio. Susannah’s first husband Felix Rude was killed by Indians at Fort Ancient, Ohio while serving with General Anthony Wayne’s Army. Susannah’s second husband was Asa Hutchinson whom she married on July 20, 1816. Susannah died on June 5, 1860, at the age of 84...remarkable since the average life span of residents at the Garrison Cemetery was 31 years of age. Research has identified Susannah Pelser Rude Hutchinson as the senior resident of the Garrison Cemetery, while Mary Evans Martin was identified as the earliest resident having been buried at Garrison Cemetery in 1837. Peter Rude’s daughter, Susannah, married Peter Garrison son of Benjamin Garrison.

Other family names represented at Garrison Cemetery not mentioned above are: Knicely, Hudson, Gustin, Farquer, Holly, Nicely, Andrews, Wayson, Laymon, Morlan, Ridgeway and Williamson.

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