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Below is a plea for help for Abraham Mast Cemetery in Berlin, Holmes County, Ohio (click on link which includes three photos):
"HELP, Abraham Mast cemetery in need of restoration in Ohio.
sherrellhofbauer (View posts) Posted: 28 May 2009 11:46AM
Surnames: Beight, Burkholder, Cole, Degler, Drushel, Esch, Hage, Hammond, Hartzler, hochstetler, Kempf, Kline, Kurtz, Lint, Martin, Mast, Miller, Schlabach,Sommers, Summers, Troyer, Yoder,
Hi, I am John Lint. I am layed to rest in the Abraham Mast cemetery in Berlin, Holmes Co, Ohio. I died in 1889, Matilda, my wife in 1869. There are 114 soles resting here.
The cemetery is located on rt 351 just west of Berlin then North about 2 miles, On a hill overlooking a vast area. The land was bought some time ago by the Lauren Agra research group. This is cow farm. To get to us you must find a path around the barns, then drive threw manure, trash piles, large ruts and a field. When you get to the bottom of the hill you have to walk threw waste deep weeds to reach the cemetery. When there, not much can be seen. The trees are rapidly taking back the land. Bushes and weeds hide most headstones. Animal holes run deep into our graves. Infant stones are piled againt a wall almost invisable now.
The history that is buried here is being lost with every year that passes. Help preserve some of Ohio's history. I came here around 1815 with my father, Henry Lint. There wasn't even a Holmes Co, yet. My wife Matilda McQuiston came in 1815 with her father Thomas. Most everyone in this cemetery is related in one way or another. We forged a path riddled with Indians, Starvation, epidemics and death so our decendents could have a better way of life. Jacob Mast came here in 1826, his son Christian Mast bought this land from Andrew Troyer in 1829, this is the hill he set aside for all his family members. There are 10's of thousands of you that have a history to this place. We are asking for help. My 5th gr granddaughters have been the only visitors to this place in many years. They have done what they could but are only two and need your help. So anyone that can get the word to organizations, or family in the area, help set up cleanup time. My gggggranddaughter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. She is attaching photos from last year. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"