Loss Creek Cemetery

aka French Cemetery

aka Knisely Cemetery


   Loss Creek Cemetery was situated just north of Loss Creek at the intersection of Loss Creek and Biddle Roads.  This was on the East side of Biddle Rd and located under a large tree.  Previous cemetery surveys have claimed that this cemetery was destroyed in 1945, however a more accurate date would be the late 1960's or early 1970's.  There is no record for those buried save one, but research and assumption has lead to a list of  those probably buried here.


The only official known burial is that of Benjamin Lobbe, a Revolutionary War veteran who was born about 1772 in Pennsylvania and died between 1850 and 1851 in Crawford County.  The date of his birth comes from the 1850 census of Sandusky township, Crawford County, Ohio in which he resided in the home of Edward L. Kemp and lists his age as 78 and his birthplace as Pennsylvania.  His date of death comes from the settlements of his estate which are dated 1851.  The Veteran's Services Offices records his burial as Loss Creek Cemetery.  At the of his death, Benjamin Lobbe owned the East 1/2 of the NW quarter section of section 25.  Loss Creek Cemetery is located in the adjacent West 1/2 of the NW quarter section of section 25. 


According to Samuel Stough Knisely's obituary in the Telegraph Forum, he was laid to rest in the Loss Creek Cemetery.  Samuel Stough Knisely was born 4/16/1832 and passed away 8/10/1926.  He was married to Lydia Ann Esterline, who was born 11/8/1830 and died 5/9/1918.  Both of these individuals have stones in Biddle Cemetery now.  It is possible that they were originally buried here and later moved. 


In Samuel P. Kaler's 1899 recollections of his father (George) and grandfather (John), he mentions that upon the death of his grandmother, Elizabeth Beiber Kaler on July 2, 1873, she was buried "at Sandusky, where now most of the bodies of their descendents, gone before, had been moved from Loss Creek Cemetery." 


John B. French was one of the first settlers in Sandusky township.  His year of birth is unknown but he was born in Maryland according to later census records of his children who recorded Maryland as their father's place of birth.  In addition when he recorded his first land transaction in 1821, John B. French stated he was from Allegheny County, Maryland.  He died sometime between 1826 and 1829 during which time his son John H. was born and his estate was being settled.  In 9/1/1823, John B. French purchased the land on which Loss Creek Cemetery is located.   He still owned this land at the time of his death.  An older history of the county gives mention to "The French Cemetery" located in Sandusky township, also known as "The Knisely Cemetery" and later called Loss Creek Cemetery.


Juliana Sophia Hoblitzell French Roberts was born about 1805 in Maryland.  She first married John B. French, but after his death she remarried in 1833 to Obadiah Roberts.  Her second husband passed away before the 1850 census of Crawford County, which lists Julia Roberts as a widow.  It is possible that Obadiah is buried at Loss Creek Cemetery or Liberty Cemetery in Vernon township.  Julia may have buried him near her first husband thinking that she too would be buried there, but she spent the remaining years of her life in West Liberty and buried her son George C. Roberts in Liberty Cemetery.  In addition she has a granddaughter and daughter-in-law buried in Liberty Cemetery.  There is no marked grave in Liberty Cemetery for either Juliana or Obadiah.