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."

Monday, May 25, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020 - Memorial Day - A Day of Remembrance honoring American's fallen heroes - All Saints Cemetery, Northfield, Summit County, Ohio

Remembering and thanking those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf that has kept us safe and enjoying our freedoms throughout our lifetimes. 
Each year Memorial Day is the day that is set aside to honor and thank America's fallen heroes; yet knowing that in truth, we can never thank them enough.  
Praying they all rest in a richly deserved eternal peace.
Below are a few scenes from a May 25, 2020, Memorial Day, visit to All Saints Cemetery


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Sharing a current report about stalled out preservation efforts to save Lakeside Cemetery in Bay Village, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Sharing from "WestLife" a well researched article by Alex Kamczyc describing several setbacks thwarting protective plans from being implemented for securing Bay Village's small, but hugely historic, Lakeside Cemetery.  
Lake Erie is the cemetery's 'neighbor'
to the North.
Only a few yards of disappearing earth and aging boulders down a cliff at lake level stand between the two.  
Thus, conservation measures desperately need to be undertaken soon to curb the advancement of an eroding shoreline that affects the cemetery's stability.
Complicating matters are ongoing property ownership disputes with others and project costs that need resolution first.  
Excerpt from this story.:
"The cemetery was created for Rebecca Johnson Porter and her infant son, David, after the two drowned in April 1814 while returning to their home by boat from Cleveland. Porter’s sister, Sarah Osborn, and her husband, Reuben, donated a portion of their lakefront property next to Rebecca’s home for a public cemetery. Now it’s home to several historical figures including veterans from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I, as well as many names recognizable as Bay Village’s founding families."
The story mentions that there are 270 graves at the Lakeside Cemetery.  
Keeping good thoughts that soon we'll be reading an update offering much better news of plans moving forward that best preserve Bay Village's Lakeside Cemetery! 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

"History in the Hills: Union Cemetery notables" - Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio

Sharing a link to this insightful and history-focused story from Steubenville, Jefferson County, Ohio.:
  "History in the Hills: Union Cemetery notables"  
authored by 
Paul Zuros who is the Director of operations at Historic Fort Steuben and the Steubenville Visitors Center.
"Find a Grave" has 41,502 memorials listed for the Union Cemetery in Steubenville.  
All Cemeteries Matter!
Each cemetery holds its own unique history - no matter what its age, size, or status!
 The fascinating stories of those who came before us await our discovery.  
Learn about the triumphs and tribulations of early pioneers, veterans, doctors, teachers, and homemakers.
Gain a greater sense of how the character of your community came to be what it is today.