Sheep Pen Cemetery photographs courtesy of Scott Andersen - September, 2011 and April, 2012

"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sharing Pictures from the West Kirtland (Williams / Marble / Pleasant Valley / Chardon Road) Cemetery in Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio

Sharing photographs taken by my friend, Rick, who travels the Lake County area frequently and often stops to visit and photograph gravestones; particularly at some of the more rural cemeteries in the vicinity.  These were all taken on November 9, 2013.  Thank you, Rick, for sharing them with us.

Like so many other early Ohio cemeteries, the West Kirtland Cemetery has also been known by other names.  In the "Ohio Cemeteries 1803 -2003" book published by the Ohio Genealogical Society, K. Roger Troutman, Editor, on page 349, appears: "West Kirtland - Williams - Marble - Pleasant Valley - Chardon Road (6307) as the different cemtery's names used to identify it.  It is located on the south side of U.S. Route 6 (Chardon Road), West of Hobart Road, and East of Rookwood Drive." 

On "Find A Grave", the West Kirtland Cemetery has 107 interments listed for it.  
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Also, on the website for the Lake County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society is an in-depth description and history of the West Kirtland Cemetery which includes a comprehensive listing of their July 25, 2000 stone readings.  A cemetery section map is included as a separate link on the page.
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Below are random views of some of the Williams Family buried at the West Kirtland Cemetery:

 
 
 
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Views of gravestones for the Metcalf Family buried at the West Kirtland Cemetery
 
 

 
 
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 Two monuments for the Nash Family.  
There are others listed on "Find A Grave."  
Clicking on the family name above will display all of them.
 
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 Ann M. Nash Graves inscription on tall weathered marble monument
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Two views of the medium gray granite monument for Cinthia, Thomas P. and Nathan Hobart 
 
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Two views of the broken white marble gravestone for Sally Page wife of Thomas Page

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Small twin markers for Hiram K. and Caroline G. Squires
Hiram's spouse was Ruth E. Page Squires; her marker is shown above. 
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 Gravestone photos for some of the Presley Family
 
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Two views of the Daniel Steward white marble monument
 
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 Early 1800's urn sculpture on stone marker for Rebecca Stonebridge
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 Ornate monument for Mary Worrall
"and children" erected by her son Thomas Worrall
 
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 Two views of the broken white marble stone for Hannah Fuller

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 Large dark gray monument designating the family plot of the Bidlake Family buried at the West Kirtland Cemetery
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Leaning upright marble marker for Elisha Goodell

 
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  Leaving, we turn for our last glimpse of West Kirtland Cemetery -- brightened by the late afternoon's streaming sunlight. We linger to admire a brilliant array of Autumn's hues coloring the grayness of simple markers and towering monuments alike. 
 
 



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