Ross County Ohio Ghosts and Hauntings - Elizabeth's Grave in Mount Union-Pleasant Valley Cemetery


 

 

Mount Union-Pleasant Valley Cemetery
Chillicothe, OH 45601
39.390504,-83.052692

Legend says that if you move Elizabeth’s stone to the front of the cemetery, it will return to the tree where she hung herself- A ghostly woman has been seen hanging from a tree and/or walking among the stones followed by two dark, cloaked figures.

It is estimated that there are over 250 burials at Mt Union-Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Chillicothe. They are early pioneers of Ross County, at least three even from the Revolutionary War and six from the War of 1812. Folks buried there died of cholera epidemics, diseases long cured by modern medicine and others old age. Most of the graves are toppled over, piled and scattered in a back corner of the cemetery. Or they are simply gone. There are beer bottles laying around, and weeds overpowering what are left of the headstones. There was once a fence around the cemetery. It is gone and now ATV tracks run the perimeter. There is even a hole in the ground where a family plot once stood.

The graveyard has seen hard times. It is difficult to imagine that once a cozy Presbyterian Church stood tall and proud in the rear. A small tight-net farming community surrounded the plot of land. But they were there. The first burial was in 1811. The last was around 1930. Then sometime after, folks moved away and the cemetery began to fall into decay. Whether that was when the legends began, no one can say. The story itself is not found in history books and can only be told and retold again from the mouths of others who have passed it down from one generation to the next. But stories tell of a woman named Elizabeth who was hanged in a tree near the back of the cemetery. Some say it was suicide, other say it was foul play. No one really knows which Elizabeth it is. There are at least 14 Elizabeths buried there with a couple different spellings, probably more.

Regardless, all agree her ghostly white figure can be seen walking among the graves or hanging from the tree. Some see two dark shadows following close behind or hiding behind the graves. There are feral screams and lights and Elizabeth’s gravestone that moves from the front of the cemetery to the old tree where her lifeless body hanged.

One Legend . . .

One legend tells that Elizabeth was a beautiful bride who loved her husband so much, when he died she could do no more than weep for days, weeks and then months at his grave. Then one day, she could stand it no longer and hung herself from a tree nearby. . .

Another Legend tells of Elizabeth whose husband passed away. The land where the church and cemetery stood was owned by the family and she decided, after his death, to sell it to make money. Some people of the community disagreed and were so angry, they hung her from the tree at the back of the cemetery. . . .

Tragic, the stories are. If ghosts haunt places where misfortune occurs, Elizabeth has every excuse in the world to show up in a pale dress and chase away gawkers who drive up the lonely lane inside the Pleasant Valley Wilderness Area. She is followed by one or two dark shadow figures that add to the chase and may force your car to break down.  Complaints of cold spots near the back of the cemetery have sent shivers down one or two spines trying to find her grave. People have been touched – fingers tickling along their neck or back.  They see shadows running from the thick wall of trees straight toward the graves.

But what about the legend if you find Elizabeth’s gravestone and place it under a tree at the front of the cemetery near the roadway, it will find its way to the back near the tree where she had hung? We’re not sure. Either no one has figured out which gravestone is our Elizabeth’s or they never made it back alive to tell anyone.


 

Elizabeth's Grave - Chillicothe, Ross County Ohio

Elizabeth's Grave - Chillicothe, Ross County Ohio

Elizabeth's Grave - Chillicothe, Ross County Ohio

Elizabeth's Grave - Chillicothe, Ross County Ohio

Elizabeth's Grave - Chillicothe, Ross County Ohio

Elizabeth's Grave - Chillicothe, Ross County Ohio

 



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