The OES visited Elisabeth’s Grave on July 8, 2001. Located in the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Area, the cemetery’s official name is Mount Union – Pleasant Valley Cemetery. The cemetery was established in the churchyard of Union Presbyterian Church, which once stood near the right large tree in the rear of the cemetery. The church was organized on April 13, 1802, and the earliest known burial there was Joseph McCoy in 1811. The church building and any evidence of it being there are long gone, only the cemetery remains.
There is a local legend, with several variations, about a woman named Elisabeth whose tombstone moves to different locations within the cemetery. In one variation, Elisabeth hanged herself from a tree located in the rear of the cemetery. A second variation states that Elisabeth was either hanged, beheaded, or a combination of the two by a group of men who were angry about her inheritance of her late husband’s land. This also took place near the tree in the rear of the cemetery. In any case, her body was buried at the front of the cemetery, but her tombstone constantly moved to the place where she died in the rear of the cemetery. According to records, there are thirteen women named Elisabeth or Elizabeth buried at the cemetery. Of those thirteen, there are at least two who died after their husbands, Elizabeth Clark and Elisabeth E. Eagleson. We know that one of the thirteen died before her husband, Elizabeth W. Eagleson, thus eliminating her as the infamous Elisabeth.
We arrived to the cemetery around 1:45 AM on our original trip in 2001. That night was particularly creepy because we stumbled upon some bones of a dead animal, probably some sort of canine. The bones were at the center of a large circle of tombstones in the rear of the cemetery. A set of jaw bones laid on top of one of the tombstones. After looking at the bones for a few minutes, we heard something coming through the woods toward us, so we got out of there. We recorded very high electromagnetic field readings next to a large tree in the rear of the cemetery before leaving, peaking at the top of the scale.
We have returned to Elisabeth’s Grave numerous times since our initial 2001 trip. We heard odd, eerie noises coming from a field across the drive from the cemetery on one of those trips. It kind of sounded like a corny Halloween sound you would hear from a child’s toy. We could not find the source of the noise even after using our 500,000 candle-power spotlight and ended up leaving a few minutes later. On another trip, we successfully tracked a cold spot for a few minutes. The cold spot moved around and our EMF meter would spike to the top of the scale whenever it was placed into the cold spot. Many others who have visited the cemetery have encountered strange activities there as well. Click Here to read their stories. As a side note, the alternate spelling is Elizabeth’s Grave.
We are sad to report that we found the cemetery decimated during our most recent visit to the cemetery in 2015. All of the tombstones with the exception of a large McCoy stone had been removed from the cemetery. We are not sure if this was a decision made by the cemetery trustees or if it was a cowardly act of vandalism. Please contact if you have any further information.
Thanks to Craz for taking us to Elisabeth’s Grave on our original visit.
Location Information: Inactive Cemetery [Safe]
Mount Union – Pleasant Valley Cemetery is located on Union Lane off Egypt Pike near Chillicothe; Ross County.
|Foreign Language: This sounds like a foreign language to us. Several people have written in stating it sounds Native American and a few have even suggested Polish. Another person states they hear French “[Unidentified] qui êtes-vous?” translated to “[Unidentified] who are you?” I-Town Ghost Hunters have stated they hear, “Oh, go check the door.”|