Cemetery dispute not yet put to rest

ENON, Ohio (WDTN) — He was a man who fought for his land, now more than 200 years later his family’s fighting for it as well.

“To me this is hallowed land,” says Russell Oost.

Oost says after decades of searching, he finally found the burial spot of the family’s patriarch, Reuben Winget, and other family members.

Winget fought in the Revolutionary War and was one of the first English settlers in the Enon area.

“He found this land as he was probably coming through here as a ranger and a scout,” Oost says.

But the land the cemetery is on was recently bought by Hillside Creek Farms.

Oost says they moved and damaged the headstones still there.

We called representatives of Hillside Creek Farms. They answered our questions in an email.

In answer to whether they knew about the cemetery they responded, “The seller, whose family owned and farmed the property for decades did not disclose any information to us about this graveyard.”

In asking what they plan to do about the cemetery they said, “It has been and remains our intent to continue farming the property as the previous owner and not disturb the soil any more than it has been.”

But they add they’re willing to work with Oost writing, “We are sensitive to this situation and have been exploring various ideas to permanently recognize Mr. Oost’s ancestors”

But Oost says the plot the cemetery’s on belongs to his family. He’s fighting Hillside’s efforts to get ownership of it.

Oost says his Revolutionary War veteran ancestor deserves better than a broken headstone.

“How can you disrespect people who fought for that kind of thing,” Oost says.

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