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SARAHSVILLE —Approximately 100 people joined the Abner Robinson family in the reburial of this Civil War veteran on Saturday in Noble County.
Abner Robinson was a member of the 62nd Ohio Volunteer infantry, Company G.
Abner Robinson, Barnes Ridge, Noble County, died in 1893 at age 57 following an accident. He had more than 80 grandchildren. He was buried in a field on his family farm alone in Marion Township just outside of East Union.
Abner filed for a Civil War pension as an invalid on Dec. 29, 1882. He was only 47 years old. He died on August 10, 1893, after being struck in the eye with a rusty nail while helping with work on a barn. The illness that killed him was likely tetanus, but at the time, the family feared it was a contagious disease and buried him alone on a hill on Barnes Ridge north of East Union, Ohio.
The farm was subsequently stripmined. His family decided to have his body moved and reinterred at Village View Cemetery in Sarahsville where his mother and a brother also are buried.
On Oct. 5, in the 120th year of his death, the Fearing Camp #2 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War escorted Abner Robinson’s remains in a new casket to the cemetery and performed a Civil War ceremony, including a six-musket salute.
Past Ohio Department Commander Jonathan Davis, a Sons of Union Veterans member, attended and spoke in the personage of Governor William F. Dennison, the first Civil War governor of Ohio.
Abner Robinson’s new cherry casket was made by the Amish under the direction of Ken Perkins of McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, who assisted the family with the disinterment and reinterment.
The casket was carried in a vintage horse drawn hearse by Robert Baird of Troy, Ohio.
“When he was exhumed on Tuesday, we found the cedar casket helped preserve Abner and were able to extract his bones from the grave to move to Sarahsville,” said Judy Robinson, whose husband Jackie is Abner Robinson’s great-great-grandson.
A marble headstone with cut stone base, marking Abner Robinson’s first grave, was taken to Gallagher Monuments to be cleaned and set at the new grave site at a date in the future, she said.