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Hemphill Road

Roundhead, Ohio

This property was owned by Robert Hemp and it is said that he is buried beneath the front porch. Every person that has lived in the house has reported many strange noises and figures of a man in a top hat. One family said that while they always kept the heater on eighty, one room in the basement would be freezing cold. Another family kept a Bible open in the living room to a certain verse. Allegedly, each time they left home and returned, they would find the Bible on another verse–the verse which was read at Hemp’s funeral.

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Trenton says:

September 21, 2005, 5:42 pm

My friend (the Kooglers) used to live in this very house, but you need to add a couple of things to your list of what went on there. First they used to store winter clothing in a closet under the stairs and when they would leave they would come back to the clothing scattered all over the floor. Also on many occasions they would be watching TV (they had one of thoes old TV’s with the turn dial) the dial on the TV would start turning but the channel never changed. Also they had many sightings of the man in the top hat.

Trenton says:

September 21, 2005, 5:45 pm

Forgot one thing. There is also a second grave under the porch the occupant of the grave is unknown. And in the basement of the house where the graves are someone has torn out the wall to either rob the grave or something but the grave has definetly been disturbed. Which would explain the hauntings. You have my email if you want any of this confirmed write me.

Allyson says:

October 2, 2005, 7:00 pm

TRENTON??? omfg!! is it you!!! this is allyson!! remember u used to go to weirton heights!!

Jacob says:

October 4, 2005, 7:31 pm

Dude I used to live in Ohio and the house I lived in was haunted also. In the middle of the night you could hear foot steps going up the stair, and the ghost there they would call your name in the middle of the night. If you want to hear more email me at

amanda says:

October 9, 2005, 7:59 am

are you sure those arent just myths people, how do you really know

dude says:

October 17, 2005, 9:57 am

yeah for real how are we supposed to know wether these are real or not
i dont want to go there if it aint real

Evan says:

March 28, 2006, 7:37 pm

Wow i live right down the road for that place…..

John Puckett says:

May 18, 2006, 3:20 pm

Hmmm, Roundhead is in Hardin County Ohio and this place does not exist. I was a Deputy Sheriff in this county for 3 years and lived in this county most of my life. Roundhead is a blink and you’ll miss it village and there is NO hemphill road in this county all the roads are numberd in the county and if it was in the village it would be a named street but there is nu such street. Trust me it’s BS if you have any question contact me

angela says:

June 1, 2006, 4:05 pm

Hate to burst your buble there but as John said, there’s no road by that name. I lived in Hardin county for 21 years and in Roundhead for 2 of those years. The only creepy thing in that town is the cemetery and it’s far from being haunted. Save your ghost hunting for some place that stands a chance of being haunted.

Boricua Rivera says:

November 1, 2006, 6:17 pm

This can suck my boyfriend dck

seth says:

November 11, 2006, 5:38 pm

u ppl need to give this a chance idk why they would call it that but maybe its just a name think of that stupid ppl

chelsea says:

February 12, 2007, 7:31 am

really creepy but yet very kool=)$~~~~~

Katie says:

February 18, 2007, 3:18 pm

“it is said that he is buried beneath the front porch.” why not see if he is there dig him up!!!!!!

Katie says:

February 18, 2007, 3:21 pm

i am dead serious here, they need to see if he is really there. tear down that porch and dig that dead guy up!!!!!!!

jim says:

March 7, 2007, 4:14 pm

I hate to disapoint you but it does exist. I currintly live in the house, they did get the road wrong it’s on town ship road 180. it is henphill cemitary. and it is haunted. the head stone was found under the front porch.


March 29, 2007, 10:37 am

I happened to live at one time, at Indian Lake, Ohio, near Roundhead. I have read the Sheriffs statement, and though I hate to disagree, I have been to the house. Though the actual name of the road may not be Hemphill Road, it does exsist. Just as Hatchet Man Road in Logan County is not the actual name of the road. Sorry but your reasoning is the BS.

HollyAnne Prater says:

July 4, 2007, 4:00 pm

Are you kidding me?! If anything is haunted in Roundhead it’s be the cross road near the cemetery where 4 teens were burned to death in their car after an accident because Roundhead didn’t have the proper rescue stuff to save them.

Roundhead is a township full of hicks that if a bird dies in their house it’s suddenly haunted! Seeing as most of them are my family who live. XD

I really do not believe this story. You’re talking about a town full of paranoid people in the first place! XD

Sorry to burt your bubble.

Annabelle says:

July 17, 2007, 12:22 pm

If there are dead bodys under a porch then why haven’t I seen this on cold case. hehe. I’m sure the police would investagate.

Black Swamp Paranormal Society says:

February 25, 2008, 9:55 pm

Hello All. We read all of your comments and we are interested in finding the truth. If anyone has any information about this house, (exact address, present owners, ect..) please email us.. We do not charge to come in for an investigation. Thanks for you help and support.


Haggie says:

March 16, 2008, 5:51 pm

I stumbled across this site while googling Roundhead, Ohio – where I’ve lived for years now. As soon as I read this story, I KNEW what house it was and the road that it’s on. My cousins told me about the house that was two homes down from theirs, and how it was haunted by a man wearing a black top hat. I looked up the road’s number that they lived on, and sure enough – Twp. Rd. 180!!!

If you click on this link from, you’ll see that there is indeed a Hemphill Cemetary, and although the road’s name is incorrect, the house does exist, as does the legends of haunting surrounding it. I’m not sure if anyone lives there currently or not, but I know that if the ghost doesn’t scare them off, the pig farm across and down the road sure can! BLECH!

Anywho – the house does exist, but I can’t vouch for the ghost, because all I know is second hand. Pretty scary stuff, though.

Haggie says:

March 16, 2008, 5:52 pm

Jim: says:

July 8, 2009, 7:25 am

I not only currently live in Hemphill House but I also own it, and I and most of my grandchilderen and seen them. John Hemphill’s head stone was under the front porch when we moved in. If you are the only one home and in the basement you often will hear footsteps coming from up stairs. We often hear musice in the middle of the knight. Also if my wife does not put up her hair when we go to bed one of them play’s with her hair. The X sheriff was corrict, there is no Hemphill Road, it is actualy on Township Road 180. Haggie was also corrict, the pig form down the road does stink if the wind is blowing the wrong way.

Harry Dick says:

July 21, 2009, 12:31 am

Dont make fun of my name.

Richard says:

October 25, 2009, 4:25 pm

I’ve lived around here a good part of my life and don’t recall ever hearing about this. Doesn’t mean that I don’t believe it. I can tell you that roads in Hardin County used to have names attached to them although I can find no reference of this road name. The road would be TR 180 just north of Roundhead. On some geneology sites, the DO list a Hemphill cemetary at this location with an address of 867. Ariel maps do show what appears to be a cemetery at this location. I have also seen a post on a geneology website about H. Hemphill gravesite under front porch form previous reesident.

Jessica Bentley says:

January 2, 2010, 10:59 pm

I live in Roundhead, Ohio. The place has more dead people in it than live people due to the double cemetaries. It also has an Indian Burial Ground nearby.I have heard other stories about Roundhead. People have been in the cemetary at night and have seen blue and green flashes of light that goes on nightly. I myself live in a house that is rumored to be haunted by all of the locals here. We did not know that when we bought it but it has proved right so far. We are not extremely paranoid people or true believers until living here. If you read about the history of Roundhead, it has a rich beginning. So I would say some of the stories are true around here.

ciara says:

February 27, 2010, 10:03 pm

in my house i saw a glass floting when i was going down stiars at night

Zoe Anne (Hemphill) Tom says:

June 20, 2010, 10:39 pm

These Hemphilla are probably distant cousins of mine. I am currently trying to figure out who they were. I would like to know what the man did with the tombstone of John Hemphill. And does that man realize that he can get reduced taxes because he owns a historic site/ property with a cemetery on it, but he must care for any tombstones he finds.

Zoe Anne (Hemphill) Tom says:

June 20, 2010, 10:57 pm

Does the house owner still have John Hemphill’s tombstone? Also, what is his address? I would like to know if he can read any of the dates on the tombstone if he still has it. Please see the free Find A Grave web site to view the Hemphill entries there in Hardin County, Ohio.

Zoe Anne (Hemphill) Tom says:

June 21, 2010, 11:10 am

Genealogy is fun. This is to let everyone know that I have a friend searching the records to find out exactly what Hemphills owned this property and when. As a probable cousin, it will be nice for me to have my kinfolk properly memorialized. I am sure God would approve too. And whatever you believe, maybe the ghosts will be happy too, when they are properly recognized as important to the rest of us.

Zoe Anne (Hemphill) Tom says:

June 22, 2010, 11:04 pm

Ah, hah. Now we know. The devil made him do it!
Anyway, back to a discussion about the house. There was a John Hemphill in the family, who was born on 1802. It appears was living in Hardin County in 1880 at age 77. He was a carpenter. Thus, it is possible that his tombstone could be the one found by our home owner. We are hoping the owner still has the tombstone, and one wonders if John was the peron who built this house. I believe his wife’s name was Mary. ” Will have to look that up again.

Zoe Anne (Hemphill) Tom says:

July 3, 2010, 12:26 pm

Let’s try to keep the language clean. Okay?
If you would like to see a picture of the house, see the free Find A Grave web site, and look for the name John Hemphill.
One actual tombstone has been found, and it just says “Hemphill”. No first name. The home owner did report that he thinks there is someone buried under the kitchen. I have written him a letter to find out why he thinks that. Can he see maybe another tombstone under there? Who knows? Maybe someone got bumped off? This is all a fascinating story, and I wonder how many other people might be buried in the area. Could the house have been built on top of a cemetery? The name “Hemphill Cemetery” sounds like mostly a family cemetery, but maybe there were some others too. We just don’t know. Maybe they should have an college anthropology group come do some excavations.
And don’t forget to look at the Roundhead cemetery and see the former Hemphill home owners there.
Thanks for your support.

Zoe Anne (Hemphill) Tom says:

July 9, 2010, 11:54 pm

I suggest you talk to some of the people in your area, who make tombstones.
You might figure out which company made tombstones with that design, etc. That may help you figure out how old the tombstone is. Some of those companies even keep records, and some funeral places keep the old records too, kept by the previous owners. They might tell you who the tombstone was made for. Burial permits have been required since about the year 1900 too, and the burial permits are another source of information. Since the Hemphills first owned the place in 1901, the tombstone probably comes from some time after 1901. That really is not all that long ago, when it comes to genealogical research. Burial permits may be kept at your local courthouse.
Tell us why you think someone is buried underneath your kitchen. Is there another tombstone under there or what? Also, have you found any pieces of tombstones elsewhere on your property?
And, have you been to roundhead cemetery? Are the Hemphill tombstones there designed similarly to the one on your property?

Zoe Anne (Hemphill) Tom says:

July 11, 2010, 4:19 am

So, are we to assume you have no church now? Or are you just not telling us which one it is? Did you ever go to college and study the Bible there? Or is your church one of those that you designed yourself?

angela z says:

July 13, 2010, 12:35 am

this is very TRUE!!! it is on twp rd 180 in roundhead ohio, a little house out in the middle of nowhere. My best friend (the Kooglers) grew up there and some very creepy things happened when i went to visit him. Im sure that most of you have read Trenton’s comments, and i can tell you that I seen first hand… the lights turn on and off, things fly off the wall and hearing a mans voice saying GET OUT! If thats not scary enough the in the upstairs closet was a picture of christ and ocasionaly demonic images would be drawn across his face. i only ever seen one head stone tho located right under the front porch it is very real and very scary!!

Zoe Anne (Hemophill) Tom says:

July 18, 2010, 9:50 am

THE LATEST – Hi, Gang- I heard from the home owner. He has owned the home for five years, and the “ghosts” have always been friendly to him and his family, and they especially like to be active when the family all gets together, according to his statments. The owner also reported that he also thinks his house may have been built on top of an old cemetery, and maybe all but two people were moved to another locality. There is one Hemphill tombstone known to be at the property currently. It’s in two pieces. One part of it, the top part, can be seen at the Hemphill Cemetery on the free Find A Grave web site. The bottom half of the tombstone remains buried under the front porch of the house at that location. The home owner has been told that a second person is buried beneath the kitchen, but he has not tried to confirm that.
The next thing that is needed is to verify that there is actually someone buried underneath the front porch, where the base of the Hemphill tombstone still is buried.
What still remains is to try to figure out which Hemphill might be buried at this location, and who actually made the Hemphill tombstone, which has been found there.
ADDITIONALLY, a new tidbit of information is that the home might possibly have been a funeral home at some point. There appears to be some equipment in the basement, which may have been used in the preparation of bodies for burial. This lends a whole new slant on things as well. History can be a lot of fun, with new discoveries at every turn. Was someone at this location in the funeral business? Stay tuned for the latest data..

Zoe Anne (Hemphill) Tom says:

July 18, 2010, 10:03 am

Name correction: The name is Hemphill, not Hemophill.

Wanda says:

August 13, 2010, 10:25 am

Yes there is a Hemphill Rd. matter of fact it was called that when my parents bought thier first house on Hemphill Rd. Twp. Rd. 180 now, 48 years they have been there. Yes the house is haunted. Yes there is 2 grave markers under the porch. Yes it was told to me that they did prepare the dead in the basement. My parents new the owner who rented the place out. I spent alot of time in that house I know for fact that it is haunted by something. Used to be a pretty popular place back in the 1800’s. Furneral of one of the Hemphills was held in the room on the other side of the small bedroom off the bathroom. The other two rooms and the porch did not exsist at that time. The rooms all have the big arch ways as furneral parlors do. The man in the black suit and top hat has only been seen in the orginal part of the house, and he does come down the stairs early morning to the basement door, the door was always found open when Mr. D (will call him) would get up. The basement door from the outside was not there either that was added later. I heard voices in that house seen MR> HEMPHILL thats what we called him, don’t know for sure if thats who he was could of been the undertaker. Mr. D did some poken around found out alot of information and saw alot….the stories he could tell. Used to be a large barn to the left of the house it had its own drive another barn to the back small one and a garage type building that looked like it housed about 3 cars old style doors the opened not roll up. There was a large apple orchard in the back and some other types of fruit trees. There were large shrubs that surrounded the front old days what they used for privacey. There was a gold fish pond right side of the drive in middle of the yard the got filled in by renters, used to play in that when I was a kid, had no water in it at the time. Different renters tore down buildings cut down the apple trees, place has changed alot. Drove by this morning after work still get a creepy feeling……….

Zoe Anne (Hemphill) Tom says:

August 13, 2010, 12:55 pm

Thanks, Wanda, for your comments. Now we know there are two tombstones under the porch that we should look for, and maybe we should check out to see if there is a funeral home license on filed somewhere, which would tell us more about a funeral home at that location. Maybe you could check your local phone directory and talk to some of the current funeral directors and find out which is the oldest funeral home in that area now. Maybe they know something and could tell us where the licenses for funeral homes are filed and if there is a local funeral home business assoication, etc.

What is the closest college to that area?

Zoe Anne (Hemphill) Tom says:

August 13, 2010, 1:06 pm

Correction: We should check out to see if there is a funeral home license on file somewhere, which would tell us when the funeral home at that location was in operation.
I tried to get a local archaeolological group to help, but their address has changed, and I don’t know what it is now. The local college might help us find an archaeological group, which might help unearth the history of the place.
What is the name of your local newspaper in the area?

Wanda says:

August 13, 2010, 10:09 pm

Well we have the Lima News in Lima Ohio, and Bellefontaine examiner,Bellefontaine Ohio Kenton Times, Kenton Ohio.

Wanda says:

August 13, 2010, 10:23 pm

The two tombstones were there up until Mr. D. moved gosh thats probably been 30 years or so maybe longer. I saw MR. Hemphill when I was 16 and new group of people had moved in and I was baby sitting, Mr. D lived there for years and his children saw man in top hat, Mr. D saw him alot. He never was afraid he just went about his buisness as if the man in the top hat was not there. I never believed it till I saw him, I heard the footsteps everytime I spent the night but always thought it was the boys trying to scare me, but Mr. D. said no it was Mr. Hempill going to the basement. We knew the family before Mr. D. lived there too, mom said they would find things moved around, she doesnt recall them ever saying anything about man in top hat, but those days you didn’t talk about things like that your were crazy if you did. I know Tom Fetter owned the house for years and rented it, he passed away I think his son got the house and sold it, may be to the people who are there now. There from Waynesfield area. They might have some info that may help you.

Zoe Anne (Hemphill) Tom says:

August 14, 2010, 1:16 am

What is the closest town and what is the closest nespaper?
I am manly concerned about when it was a funeral home. The Hemphills last owned the home in 1931. That’s when it was transferred to an insurance company or something. It sounds like the “porch” was built after that at some point. We can look at the 1900, 1910 and 1920 and 1930 Census records and see what the various Hemphill owners did for a living. But maybe it was an owner before them, who built the home and was the funeral director.

Wanda says:

August 14, 2010, 1:47 pm

well Kenton Times is Hardin Co. house is in Hardin Co.

Denise says:

March 27, 2011, 12:50 pm

What happened I read all this and the story ends? Please finish

Dustinguy says:

February 9, 2012, 2:37 am

I KNOW and work with one of the Koogler ladies that lived at this house! She said the kids one day tried knocking a hole in an upstairs closet wall with hammers so a man could get through. She asked them to draw the man for her. She said she made them do it separately if I remember correctly and they drew the same thing, a stick man with a top hat! She also said one of her children, a baby at the time, would hold its arms out and reach like it was begging something to pick it up, but there was nothing there. Crazy stuff like that. Said her dog would also get angry and would growl and snarl at the air as well. And she also told me her and one of her kids were working in the garden one day when the child pointed out a ghost in the attic window. She said “oh that’s just a cloud” and when she looked again moments later it was gone. The Kooglers were the family that experienced the stuff getting thrown around from the closet. She said this was the first violent act that was committed toward them, and didn’t occur until they were packing to move. In her frustration she then told them that these entities could NOT follow them to their new house. Fortunately for her they didn’t. I will try and have her email you guys so you can confirm it from her. Freaky stuff!

Angel says:

December 3, 2012, 6:38 am

If this is true publish the address and we can find out for ourselves. If it is true you wouldn’t mind visitors!!

kywana koogler says:

March 17, 2013, 12:16 am

I lived in the home and could sit for hours telling you stories of what my family witnessed..some language and chats on this sight keeps me from shareing..anyone wants to talk to me, i am willing.

OpTicScumpah says:

March 7, 2016, 1:52 pm

All the MLGs lived here mate

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