The Lower Miami Cemetery is located in Jefferson Township on Germantown Street. Land for this cemetery was first sold to the Baptist Church of the Brethren by Eli and Samuel Noffsinger on January 28, 1846. Although formerly owned and operated by the Lower Miami Church, they are now only connected through name.
Originally called Holler Cemetery due to the first families buried there, it became Lower Miami Cemetery in the early 1900s. Many of the people buried there were connected through marriage and church.
Sara’s own personal connection to the cemetery is countless family members buried there. Her genealogy tree can match up with many of the tombstones in that cemetery.
- Orville and Beulah – Sara’s great-grandparents. Raised their 8 kids ½ mile down the road, in the house next door to the one he grew up in, across the street from Branch Creek Farm. Orville was also a caretaker of the cemetery.
- Howard and Emma Stebbins’ wedding photo. Howard and Emma are the parents of Walter E. Stebbins.
- Orion and Daisy Foust – they are pictured with their two children. That log cabin is still standing at the corner of Shank Road and Germantown and looks mostly the same. Orion is the son of Anthony Foust.
- Abraham Yoder George, Sara’s great-great-great-grandfather. He lived 1829-1866.
- Jacob and Catherine Keen – Sara’s great-great-great-great-grandparents. Catherine’s maiden name was Holler, as in Holler Cemetery. Catherine’s father was Frederick Holler and her brother, George Holler, was a preacher on the Brethren circuit. He also preached with David Winters, namesake of David’s United Church of Christ and David’s Cemetery in Kettering.
- Edward and Ada Stebbins – Sara’s great-great-grandparents. Edward is Howard Stebbins’s brother. They lived in the white house on the corner of Germantown Pike and Dayton-Farmersville Road and it’s still standing. Edward and Ada were Beulah’s parents.
- Anthony and Ada Foust wedding photo. They raised their kids 0.6 miles down the road from the cemetery, and were Orville’s parents.
- Charles Foust – Son of Anthony Foust and brother of Orion Foust. He died in 1918 in WWI.