Also known as "Beem Cemetery," as Mr. Beem donated the land for the cemetery
when his 18-year-old son, Noble, was the first to be buried there after he drowned
while fording the river, May 13, 1856. Noble's mother died in 1893, and his father
John, in 1885. There are 25 Marshs, 17 Beems, 14 Andrews buried there with tombstones.
Persons known to be buried at Oak Grove Cemetery
James Bass's father-in law, Mr. Holloway of North Carolina was buried there after
he died Feb. 1881 (no Marker). James Bass came to Webster County in the fall of
My Wife has relatives here including her great
great grand father William Milton HIGBY, who was a civil war soldier with
the 20th Penn. Calvary. He was native to Winchester, Va. and enlisted in 1864 and
rode with General HUNTER who helped burn the Valley of Virginia. Following the war
he and his brothers could not return home so they immigrated to Penn., then Illinois,
then to Webster County., where Jasper led with the establishment of Lehigh and his
brothers Commodore Perry Higby and William Milton Higby became coal miners. They
established the Higby Brothers Mine in Lehigh in the 1880's until the early 1900's.
William Milton Higby served in 22 Pa Cav.Co.C.
enlisting 2-16-64 at Huntington Pa. for 3 years. Nearest relative was a brother
Andrew Jackson Higby living at Pittsburg, PA. His collected bounty paid was $140
of $300 promised by time of muster out. He was present with the regiment from enlistment
until wounded at the Battle of Five Forks, Va. by a pistol ball. A contusion of
the left side of chest over scalpula bone, not entering. Wounded March 30, 1865.
Went to City Point Hospital #175 then sent to Mower Hospital in Philadelphia to
recover from CW wounds. He became a member of Turtle Creek Methodist Church in Pa.
25 August 1875. after attending classes from November 1874. He joined by the help
of Revered Sleaze and at that time, November 1874, resided in Newtown, Pa. Buried
with him is his Ellen Taylor Higby, born June 28, 1859 and died March 22, 1925.
William and his brother Commodore married twin sisters, Ellen and Jane Taylor (buried
in West Lawn), born daughters of George and Mildred Barney Taylor in Bureau Co.,
Ill. Both the higby brothers were active in GAR (Grand Army of the Republic). Besides
William and Ellen is their young child Ida Higby, born Oct 19, 1878 and died February
The many peony bushes in this cemetery were planted by John Marsh and John Linn.