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."

Friday, May 29, 2009

Fir Street (now Avenue) Cemetery - Cleveland's West Side

Click on title for a story from today's The Plain Dealer, Metro Section, Cleveland, Ohio, details with photographs and street map of the cemetery's location. The successful completion of renovation of the "Fir Street Cemetery" required
many helping hands from many faiths and backgrounds who came and worked together to accomplish their goal - and it is proper and fitting to express appreciation to all who participated and contributed.

According to the article, an open house is slated for this Saturday, May 30, however, I did not see a starting time stated in this newspaper account.

It is always a pleasure to report and link to a cemetery success story as heartwarming as this one is as the results prove how people working together can transform their efforts into long-term betterment for burial sites of early settlers who were pioneer's of an area's early history.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Gilboa Cemetery - Paint Township - Highland County Ohio

Marianna Morgan, past President of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society (Chapter of O.G.S.), has completed her research on Gilboa Cemetery which includes obituaries and photographs. She estimates she has compiled information on 500 burials at Gilboa Cemetery.

Updates will be forthcoming regarding her wonderful work researching the Gilboa Cemetery and details on the availability of the information documented.

Gilboa Cemetery can be found on page 289 of the Ohio Genealogical Society's publication: " Ohio Cemeteries - 1803 - 2003". It states for location: "Southwest off TR 319A. Between CR 84A and SR 138. On the bank of Fall Creek." Located west of Greenfield.

The website, "Graveaddiction" also contains some random photographs of the Gilboa Cemetery:


Monday, May 25, 2009

Lake View Cemetery - Memorial Day 2009

"International Wargraves Photography Project"

Click on the title to learn more about the "International Wargraves Photography Project" on the website of "findagrave.com."
"Findagrave.com" now boasts "33 million grave records." The site has been re-designed to be more user friendly so if you haven't visited "Findagrave.com" lately, be sure to take a moment and view what has been added to your favorite cemetery(ies), or better yet, add a new memorial yourself!

I know I can safely say I speak for many when I state that Memorial Day is every day when we remember those who have left us and we have lost. On Memorial Day we especially pause to thank those who made the ultimate sacrifice for us and dedicate the day to their memory. Thank you for letting me take some extra time to thank them. Thank you.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Remembering Floyd and Clara Zagorsky - buried at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio

Remembering my Uncle and Aunt, Floyd and Clara (Koba) Zagorsky buried at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio. The beautiful and Patriotic decorations were placed by their loving son, Floyd A. Zagorsky for them for Memorial Day, 2009.

Floyd Zagorsky was a son of Andrew and Josephine (Szczepankiewicz) Zagorsky. He worked for 44 years for the U. S. Steel Works in Lorain, Ohio retiring in 1981. He served with the Navy in WWII. At his death Floyd Zagorsky was a member of Nativity B.V.M. Catholic Church in Lorain, Ohio. He was a life member of the Louis Paul Proy Chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, Lorain; the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 451, among other organizations in the city of Lorain.


Clara M. Zagorsky US Navy Waves Veteran, Age 85 Clara M. Zagorsky (nee Koba), 85, of Lorain, died Thursday December 6, 2007 at New Life Hospice Center of St. Joseph in Lorain. She was born June 6, 1922 in South Amherst and had resided in Lorain since 1946.Clara was a graduate of South Amherst High School. She served with the US Navy Waves as a Yeoman 2nd Class during World War II. Clara worked at American Crucible in Lorain retiring in 1960. Prior to that she worked at General Industries in Elyria.She was a member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Lorain, the North Coast Waves Chapter 21 of the Waves National, AMVETS Post #47 in Lorain, National American Legion Post 888, AARP and Lorain Community Seniors. She was preceded in death by her husband Floyd S. Zagorsky in 1994, parents Anthony and Julia Koba (nee Posluzna) and brothers Stanley Koba and John Fred Koba.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Ohio Cemeteries - General information

Some links to sites offering general information about Ohio cemeteries:

From "Ohio Genealogical Society":

From "Interment.net":

From "Cemetery Junction":

From "Cyndislist.com" - much general information about Ohio. Scroll down to:

"Records: Census, Cemeteries, Land, Obituaries, Personal, Taxes and Vital(Born, Married, Died & Buried)"

From "Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness" where you may find a volunteer who photographs tombstones:

Memorial Day Ceremonies - 2009 at Ohio's two National Cemeteries

Excerpted from http://www.cem.va.gov/cems/2009MemDay.asp#OH

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Dayton National Cemetery
VA Medical Center4100 West Third StreetDayton, OH 45428-1008(937) 262-2115Ceremony: May 25 at 11:00 a.m.

Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
10175 Rawiga RoadP.O. Box 8Rittman, OH 44270(330) 335-3069Ceremony: May 24 at 3:00 p.m.

Memorial Day Events around Greater Cleveland including services at local cemeteries

Click on title for a list of Memorial Day activities including services to be held at Cleveland and NorthEast Ohio area cemeteries.


Cleveland Catholic Cemeteries Memorial Day Masses schedules

From the website of the Cleveland Catholic Cemeteries Association:

Memorial Day, May 25, 2009

Masses will be offered at select cemeteries.

To view or download a PDF of the schedule click HERE.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Update on Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio

Today, WKYC, the Cleveland NBC affiliate television station, reported during their 6:00p.m. newscast an update concerning recent mowing having been done at Ridgelawn Cemetery (incorrectly stated/written as "Roselawn") in preparation for Memorial Day activities.
The City of Elyria owns three cemeteries which are listed below (taken from the city's website) Please note that Ridgelawn is the city's oldest cemetery and the website states burials going back to the 1700s:

N. Murray Ridge

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Ridgelawn Cemetery - Elyria Ohio - News story May 20 2009

Click on title to read about unresolved maintenance issues currently at the Ridgelawn Cemetery owned and operated by the City of Elyria in Lorain County, Ohio. Below is a link to the website for Elyria and Ridgelawn Cemetery. Memorial Day is upon us and the Lorain County Historical Society has gotten involved to resolve this problem.
City of Elyria:

Lorain county Historical Society website:

Findagrave.com - Ridgelawn Cemetery:

Saturday, May 16, 2009

"One Lovely Blog Award" - Thank you to a lovely friend - Linda Hughes Hiser

Thank you, Linda, for bestowing on my limesstones blogspot the "One Lovely Blog" Award.
Below are links to Linda's sites which include her contributions to the wonderful site of Findagrave.com.

The Linda Hughes Hiser Home Page for genealogy at:http://www.geocities.com/lindahiser/All my genealogy files are now at:http://www.ancestry.com/Contributor of burial records at Findagrave:http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46786223&MSid=46786223&Flipsidehttp://lindasflipside.blogspot.com/Myspacehttp://www.myspace.com/lindeebabyboomer

Friday, May 15, 2009

Elmwood Cemetery - Lorain, Ohio - newspaper story of May 15 2009

Click on the title to read about a Lorain resident and his lgenthy legal issues regarding installation of a monument tombstone he had hoped to get for his deceased wife and daughters.

There is a lesson to be learned that when dealing with monument dealers, cemeteries, and the cities that run their public cemeteries, check and re-check with the city and the dealer that the size and dimensions of your stone or monument you wish to purchase and have installed meet the requirements and are within the size limits set by the city for the location of your loved ones burials at the cemetery - not just the rules of the cemetery itself - because some cemetery sections only allow flat stones while other sections at that same cemetery allow for upright stones.

Get all the information in writing too before you pay or place a downpayment!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Spotlighting Ross County Ohio Cemeteries

Click on Title to link to the Ross County Ohio GenWeb site's cemetery information page. Cemeteries are listed by township names. In some cases, cemetery names are accessible for burial information.

Below are links that are included on their site:

OHGenWeb - Ross County
Tombstone Project
Tombstone Photo Project
Ross County Archives

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cleveland Cemeteries - City Removing Crosses, etc. at its 12 Cemeteries

Link below to the City of Cleveland web page for information about Cleveland's Cemeteries:


A local Cleveland television station has reported on May 12, 2009 that beginning on June 2, "crosses and other decorations" are being removed from the cemeteries run by the city of Cleveland.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Britton Chaffin Cemetery Update - New Holland, Ohio

Pages 30 - 35 of the Summer 2009 issue of "The Fayette Connection" - Volume #28, #2, newsletter of the Fayette County, Ohio Genealogical Society, offer an in-depth look complete with several "in-progress" photographs of the restoration efforts conducted by Eagle Scout, Bryan Roberts of Troop #112.

Bryan has published his book "Eagle Scout project, August 2008" about his restoration work at the Britton Chaffin Cemetery. A copy has been donated to the Carnegie Public Library in Washington Court House, Ohio.


Click on the the title of this blog to access the Carnegie Public Library's information about Bryan's book.


Currently, a map for the Britton Chaffin cemetery exists on the website: "Findagrave.com," however, no burials are listed.



Link below to the Fayette County, Ohio Genealogical Society's website (Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society):

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Virginia Limes - my mother - buried at Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio

Remembering my mother -- Mother's Day. 2009.
Virginia Harriet Zagorsky Limes
Born September 13, 1914 in Lorain, Ohio.
Her parents were Andrew and Josephine (Szczepankiewicz) Zagorsky.
She married my father, Harry Limes, on December 7, 1944 in Lorain County, Ohio.
My mother passed away on February 3, 1995.
Photograph of Harry and Virginia (Zagorsky) Limes taken in 1985 at their home - 208 Arizona Avenue, Lorain, Ohio
Tombstone for my paernts at Elmwood Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Friends (Quaker) Cemetery - North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio

Above Photograph:
Robert Hutchinson stone - Friends (Quaker) Cemetery, North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio.
This stone is among three stones that appear to have been recently damaged and broken.
Robert Hutchinson - son of S. & F (Samuel and Fannie) Hutchinson. Died April 19, 1867, age 10 years.

Above Photograph:
David Osborn stone at the Friends (Quaker) Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio. This stone is among three stones that appear to have been recently damaged and broken.
David G. Osborn, son of A. & E. died April 25, 1850; age 24 years, five months and 28 days; per D.A.R. tombstone transcriptions.
Above Photograph:
Levi Winder stone - son of Abner and Hope Ballinger Winder. Levi Winder born September 3, 1846 per Quaker records.
Friends (Quaker) Cemetery, North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio.
This stone is among three stones that appear to have been recently damaged and broken.

Monday, May 4, 2009

James Eckles stone - Butcher Cemetery - North Lewisburg - Champaign County Ohio

Longer shot view of the Butcher Cemetery and the James Eckles stone - May, 2009

Before and after photographs from May, 2009 visit to the Butcher Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio.

For the purposes of readability, the name and dates were chalked with white chalk that washes off in the rain. The base is badly cracked.

Before cleaning photograph above

After cleaning photograph above

After cleaning and chalking photograph above

Birth: May 3, 1843
Death:May 20, 1871

ECKLES, James 1880 U.S. Federal Census – NA Film #T9-998, Family History Film # 1254998, page 334C, ED26, North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio:Eckles, Polly, age 38; Gela (?), female age 12; James age 10.James Eckles, buried alone at the Butcher Cemetery, died May 20, 1871 at age 28.

James' wife, Polly, daughter of Samuel and Fannie AKA Fanny Hutchinson. Polly died June 21, 1931 in Marion, Ohio. Her obituary states she was buried at the Spain Cemetery in North Lewisburg, however, it is more likely that she was buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in North Lewisbug. The surname of Eckles has also been spelled as Eckels.