Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

Dedicated to cemetery preservation in the great state of Ohio

"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."

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Spotlighting the Old Burying Ground's May 27th, 2017 Work Session - Greenfield, Ohio

Sharing this link from the Greenfield Historical Society in Greenfield (Highland County) Ohio.

 Scott Andersen and his wife Venus, Jacquelyn Doles, Patsy Smith, John King, and Diane Zimmerman were the volunteers who participated in this first more major work session of 2017 at the Village of Greenfield's Old Burying Ground on May 27, 2017.

I'm sure you will enjoy viewing the before and after photographs that tell the story of their progress as it is being made at this historic cemetery.

Please also check out previous work sessions found in the "Past Events" Section (Under the category of "A Look Back") that began in 2014.

This all volunteer group, many of whom are long time stalwarts who have given of their time and talents as they have in so many various capacities, is making a huge difference and bringing this once forlorn looking cemetery back to life!
(Below are some photos taken at the Old Burying Ground in September, 2016, by Linda Jean Limes Ellis)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

On Memorial Day We Pause to Honor Those Who Made The Ultimate Sacrifice for America -- For All of Us

You may have seen Andrew Lumish -- The Good Cemetarian -- spotlighted on national newscasts and featured in newspaper stories, etc., and have enjoyed learning more about him and his dedicated volunteer work cleaning veterans' headstones.  
Sharing the latest one from NBC News that aired on May 26, 2017, simply titled:  "Man Honors Veterans by Cleaning Their Headstones".  

Click Here for the Facebook Page for "The Good Cemetarian"

As we are inspired by the dedication of others to bring awareness to the ongoing needs of cemeteries and the gravesites and gravestones they hold, we are reminded that indeed All Cemeteries Matter.

 So it is that all of our individual and collective efforts put forth toward their betterment means that no cemetery, or those who are buried in them, should be forgotten, or ignored and neglected.

Cemeteries sit silently along America's city streets and country roads alike awaiting to welcome visitors to come and explore their history and show their respect to them.  

Sadly, too many times vandals are the ones who find them only to damage and destroy the grave markers; including those of veterans, knowing that the cemetery is an easy target. 
 All we have to do is to walk through a cemetery and linger long enough to read the epitaphs and inscriptions on veterans' grave markers, noting those who were killed in action, to realize that they died for us, so that we may enjoy the freedoms we hold so dear now.
Remembering a
ll those who made the ultimate sacrifice.  Memorial Day  is dedicated to their memory and their heroism. 
Thanking Mr. Mike Schrull for cleaning the grave marker of Airman First Class Eric Barnes and placing an American flag at his gravesite at Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Ohioans facing issues with cemeteries can seek help from Department of Commerce"

Sharing a link to a news story that has been published in various Ohio newspapers in the past few days with the title.: 

"Ohioans Facing Issues with Cemeteries can seek help from Department of Commerce".  
BUT, please keep in mind the fact that a cemetery has to be REGISTERED for the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission (of the Department of Commerce; Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing) to accept the complaint! 

"Ohioans facing issues with cemeteries can seek help from Department of Commerce"
***Thus, ONLY REGISTERED CEMETERIES in Ohio qualify for any complaints against their owners to be accepted by the Department of Commerce's Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission. This is important to remember! 
Cemeteries that DO NOT have burials within the past twenty-five years DO NOT qualify and are NOT registered.*** 

***See more specifics below***:

"Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4767 provides the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission with responsibility over registered cemeteries."

"(C) Sections 4767.02 to 4767.04 of the Revised Code do not apply to or affect a family cemetery or a cemetery in which there have been no interments during the previous twenty-five calendar years. As used in this division, "family cemetery" means a cemetery containing the human remains of persons, at least three-fourths of whom have a common ancestor or who are the spouse or adopted child of that common ancestor."