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."

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Guernsey County, Ohio - On-line cemetery maps

Click on title to access the website for Guernsey County, Ohio with links to their cemetery maps. 
Veterans names are shown with row locations of the veterans' burial sites at each cemetery.

Here is one example:

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Admiral Noble E. Irwin of Greenfield, Ohio - Where was he buried?

Admiral Noble E. Irwin died August 10, 1937 in Warner Springs, California, but according to family correspondence his ashes were buried at a small unnamed cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland. 

His grandmother, Priscilla Beals Rogers, was buried at Sheep Pen Cemetery located on the Highland and Fayette Counties border (Ohio).

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Caldwell & Beals Families Genealogy

Below are scanned images of the pages from the Carolina Coffey Book, compiled in 1910 - Greenfield, Ohio - about The Genealogy of the Caldwell & Beals Families
(My apologies as they are out of order!)

Monday, March 22, 2010

William Beals buried at the Sheep Pen Cemetery - Highland/Fayette Counties Ohio

Click on title to link to William Beals' memorial posted on "Find A Grave."  My thanks to Caroline Jane Taylor Higgins for submitting the photo of William Beals who was a War of 1812 Veteran.  The photograph was taken in 1981. 

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Rules Regarding obtaining Veterans' Grave Markers & New Medallion

Click on title to access the United States Department of Veterans website with information about the New Medallion that should be available after June 30, 2010.

An email below from Mr. Robert Grim concerning rules for ordering new government markers for veterans:

From: Robert Grim robertgrim@dragonbbs.com

Subject: RE: Veteran grave markers
To: "Linda Jean Limes Ellis"
Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 3:36 PM


I am not sure why the government changed the policy on who can obtain grave markers.
In your case if you cannot establish that you are a lineal descendant of the veteran then you will need the cemetery officials to make the application for the grave marker. It is often very difficult to get township trustees to apply for a marker because they fear other people will show up wanting the same service. Even though the grave is in a small cemetery and may be the only veteran buried in the cemetery the trustees may have a larger cemetery in their jurisdiction and they fear being asked to handle other request for the larger cemetery.

If you are willing to pay for the installation of the marker, trustees are usually willing to sign the application if you fill it out for them. In many cases the trustees will want to do the installation themselves (or employ a person they select) to make sure the installation is done correctly. Often the trustees will ask that you pay them the installation cost at the time the application is filed to make sure they get their money and they don't end up with a grave marker and no one around to install it or pay the installation cost.

Sometimes you can find someone who has an interest in veterans who is willing to take on the task of installing the grave marker free of charge. The best place to start is the county veterans service officer. They generally know the leaders of the various veterans organizations in the county and can sometimes put you in contact with someone who will help.

Best Wishes,

Bob Grim

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Cleveland, Cuyahoga County - "Plain Dealer" News Story about New Database being set up to help with locating ancestors buried at Jewish Cemeteries in the Cleveland area

Click on title to access the news story that appears in the March 13, 2010 issue of the Cleveland "Plain Dealer"

"People seeking information should contact Susan Hyman, a federation information and referral specialist, at 216-344-3511 or shyman@jcfcleve.org."

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Havilah Beardsley Limes - Walnut Creek Cemetery - Perry Township - Fayette County, Ohio

My thank you to Fayette County resident, Mr. Gene Wilt, a Find A Grave contributor and photo volunteer who so kindly visited Walnut Creek Cemetery in Perry Township and took a new, (and much improved!) photograph of the Havilah Beardsley Limes marker. 

To learn more about Havilah Beardsley Limes click on the title for his memorial and biography on "Find A Grave"
Below is a copy of my notification from "Find A Grave" of the requested tombstone photo's posting to the memorial.

Great News!

Find A Grave contributor, Gene Wilt has fulfilled your photo request for Havilah Limes. To see the new photo(s), visit Havilah Limes' online memorial by clicking on the link below:

If you'd like to thank Gene Wilt, click on the following link to leave them a message:
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010