Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

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"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 30, 2011

"Ohio Transcriptions" website - Various Cemeteries in Franklin County, Ohio

I found this great site to check for additional tombstone transcriptions when researching in Franklin County, Ohio. 
It seems to be a growing site so I'd recommend checking back often if you don't find what you are looking for on other sites such as "Find A Grave", "Ohiogravestones.org" or on the "Rootsweb" transcription and/or tombstone photograph sites.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Spotlighting Sollars Cemetery - Inactive cemetery in Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio

Photograph from "Find A Grave" courtesy of Christopher Duckworth
Thank you Christopher!!
This photograph also appears on page 1 of the publication: 
"Tombstone Inscriptions - Perry Township - Fayette County, Ohio"
by Charles R. Gossett & Peggy Gilmore - 2001
"This cemetery is located about a half mile east of State Route 41 half way between Miami Trace Road and Ghormley Road near the banks of the Paint Creek.  Jane Rankin got permission to enter the private property and accompanied Jack and Peggy Gilmore and Chuck Gossett to the site of the cemetery 12th of July, 1999. 

Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio is now on Facebook

Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio contains the following cemeteries that are currently being maintained by the township trustees: 

Basic Information
 Perry Township was organized in 1845 from parts of Wayne and Green Townships
Location 45123 / 43160 / 45135

 Perry Township is a local governing board.
We control maintenance of township roads and cemeteries.
We consists of 3 trustees and a fiscal officer all elected by the public to the board.
Meetings are the second Monday every month at 6:30 pm.
Everyone is encouraged to attend.

General Information:


Howard D. Smith, Perry Township Fiscal Officer
11 Zimmerman Rd. SW. WCH 43160
(This is the address where all mail should be sent to) .


Richard L Wilson, Jr. -- 9725 Wash.-New Martinsburg Rd. SE, Washington C H OH  43160
Heath Dustin Smith -- 55 Zimmerman Rd. SW. Washington CH OH 43160
Sam Bowers 161 Greenfield-Sabina Rd. Greenfield 45123
 Sam Bowers
 Dusty Smith

From the January 2011 Township Trustee meeting minutes:

Motion by Smith sec by Wilson to divide roads and cemeteries as follows:
Ghormley Rd(New Mart to Bonner Rd) - Bonner Rd - Beatty Road

Ghormley Rd (Bonner to Paint Creek) - Staunton-Sugar Grove Road - Sturgeon Lane -

Walnut Creek Road, - Fishback Road, - Zimmerman Road, - Waln Road, - 500ft of East Monroe - Road Cross Road and

Spotlighting the Washington Cemetery in Washington Court House - Fayette County, Ohio

Spotlighting the Washington Cemetery in Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio. 

Click on title to access the City of Washington Court House's site for its cemetery. 

Below is a photograph of the cemetery's restored fountain. 

There are currently 1,527 memorials posted for the Washington Cemetery on "Find A Grave".

Also below is a link to a site with information about the Freedom Fighters:

Friday, March 18, 2011

Ferncliff Cemetery and Arboretum - Springfield, Clark County, Ohio

Click on title to access the website for Ferncliff Cemetery and Arboretum in Springfield, Clark County, Ohio. 
Current and archives interment searches are available on this website: 

Find A Grave is currently showing 62,660 memorials posted for Ferncliff on its website. 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Coyotes and Cemeteries

Click on title to read an interesting recent news story about a coyote who has made her home at a cemetery in Erie, Pennsylvania.
It gives us pause to consider for that next cemetery visit that we could encounter a coyote roaming around after taking up residence there among the gravestones!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Spotlighting Find A Grave Contributor Ralph Lowell Coleman, Jr.

I am spotlighting Ralph Lowell Coleman, Jr. and his contributions to Find A Grave. 

Please click on the title to read more about Ralph and his ongoing efforts particularly with Maple Grove Cemetery just outside of North Lewisburg,  Rush Township in Champaign County, Ohio; and at the Woodstock Cemetery in Rush Township's other larger town, Woodstock. 

Below is the latest information from Ralph about how he is handling adding photographs to memorials posted by others where the burial site information has been lacking on the memorial.
Due to Ralph's extensive ongoing research at these cemeteries, he has gained the knowledge of gravesite locations and is adding such information in the caption sections below the photographs he posts:

"I have a tidbit (more correctly, a suggestion) for folks who add photographs to Find A Grave memorials, and who might read your blogspot.
There are many memorials which have been posted without accompanying photographs of the grave sites. When I review those which have been posted by other people for Maple Grove Cemetery (North Lewisburg, Ohio) and Woodstock Cemetery (Woodstock, Ohio) for example, I attach photographs to those memorials from my photo files (if available) for those cemeteries.
Using the "caption" feature for photographs on Find A Grave, I usually insert the burial site information (if it does not appear in the memorial proper), and the date of the photograph.
This information has proven to be of interest - and some value - according to folks who have responded after I've added the photos. It has also helped make it easier for some people to find the locations of the grave sites within those cemeteries.
****With 4,200 burials in Maple Grove Cemetery, and about 1,565 in Woodstock Cemetery, I have a long way to go before this particular side project is completed.
I work at it periodically, just about every time I sign in to Find A Grave."
(please note Ralph's new email address below)
Ralph Lowell Coleman, Jr.
1536 Robins Circle
Ogden, Utah 84404

Thank you, Ralph, for contacting me and sharing your information.
Your contributions are examples all Find A Grave contributors and contributors to similar sites such as Ohiogravestones.org can do well to follow!!