Willshire Cemetery
Willshire, Van Wert County, Ohio

Date: October 29, 2000

Cemetery: Willshire Cemetery
Street: U.S. Route 33
City: Willshire
County: Van Wert
State: Ohio
Nation: United States
Nearby: It as at the south-east corner of Willshire. It is a road down from TJ's Gas Station.
Land Type: Public
Status: Active
Accessible: Yes
Unmarked graves: Yes
Graves within:
Oldest grave: The earliest stone seen 1842
Newest grave: September 2000
Records: Unsure
Inventory: Yes
Records location: Van Wert County Ohio Cemetery Inscriptions Volume 5 Liberty, Harrison, and Willshire Townships and West Main Street Cemetery
Condition: Cemetery vandalized
Overgrown-ground cover
Broken Headstones
Buried Headstones
Disintegrating Headstones
Fallen Headstones
Previous contacts:
Work Status: No work started as of yet

Submitted by / Contact for additional Information:

name: Trina Bogle
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Willshire Cemetery has a newer and older section. The older section is beyond the trees and next to the river. There are signs of vandalism in both new and old sections. It looks like a quarter of the cemetery has it's tombstones toppled over or broken in half. Nobody bothered to pick them up, they just mowed around them. In the old section you can see many of the old stones dating back to the 1840's. Some are still upright but half buried in the ground. You can tell that a lot of graves are unmarked and people have been throwing the old stones into the river. Some of the older graves are right at the edge of a hill that slopes down to the river below. They have cement markers going around their grave and one of them is eroding over the hill. Pretty soon the casket may start peeking out the edge of the hill. So much needs done in the older section. The cemetery is set in a beautiful area but not maintained like it should be. So much history is here and a lot of the men buried here are veterans.