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."

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sharing a Message from Fayette County, Ohio "Find A Grave" Contributor Gene Wilt

"Linda; Thank you very much for this kind and unexpected public recognition.

I have always liked cemeteries and decided a few years ago that with the economy the way it has been and with people relocating all over the world it would be very cost prohibitive for most people to be able to make a trip to our local community to try and find their relative's final resting place.

So I decided to try and visit my local cemeteries and take photos of all the head stones and as I get the time post them on Find A Grave which is such a great web site, and I'm so happy to be able to help others connect possibly with long lost relatives.

Thank You Again for the kind words.

I hope everyone has a very Happy & Safe New Year!"

Gene Wilt
Washington Court House
Fayette County, Ohio 43160

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Spotlighting two cemeteries - Willow and North Oregon - in Oregon, Lucas County, Ohio

Spotlighting two historic cemeteries owned by the City of Oregon in Lucas County, Ohio.  
One is Willow Cemetery and the other is North Oregon Cemetery.   

For details and history of these two cemeteries click on the title.  

Click on their names above to link to their records on "Find A Grave."

Monday, December 26, 2011

The History of the Warrensville West Cemetery - Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Click on title to link to the website:  "Clevelandhistorical.org" and their page dedicated to the Warrensville West Cemetery on Lee Road in Shaker Heights.  

Here you will read about its history, connection to the Shakers, and its alternative names.  

Some early photographs are also posted on the site.  A nice history is given about this Cleveland area Ohio Western Reserve cemetery that most certainly time would have forgotten if it were not for its location in an urban city like Shaker Heights.  

 Warrensville West Cemetery on "Find A Grave" currently lists 152 interments

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas today.  I hope you are spending at least some of it with your family or someone special in your life, or visting by phone or via the internet. 

My thank you to everybody following this blog.

A big thank you to everyone who has taken a step toward improving burial sites at Ohio cemeteries, whether it be a single burial site or at an entire cemetery. 
You know who you are!

It is my goal to learn more about your work and your success so we can share it with others and keep the ball rolling sort to speak.

I have a link here to a listing on Cyndislist.com for Ohio cemeteries.  

I was pleasantly surprised to see "Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in Ohio" among those on the list.  I wasn't expecting it, but it is an honor I accept with humble appreciation. 

There are currently 28 links listed for this category on Cyndislist.com.  So, please re-visit Cyndislist.com often as I'm sure the list will be growing.

Enjoy all the holidays and thank you so much for your ongoing support. 

Please keep up your important efforts with cemetery and gravesite preservation so even more Ohio gravesites will be saved!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Featuring "Find A Grave" Contributor Gene Wilt of Fayette County, Ohio

I wish to post something a bit different today on my blog. 

I am dedicating this post along with my own thank you to a kind and helpful "Find A Grave" contributor who has, to date, taken 243 volunteer photos. 

He is Gene Wilt of Fayette County, Ohio. 

Click on title to be linked to Gene's profile page on "Find A Grave" and read more about him and his contributions. 

Gene is among thousands of "Find A Grave" contributors who have made locating the final resting places of our relatives and ancestors much quickier and easier.

His dedication to activities like walking his local cemeteries and photographing both newer monuments and fraile and faded flat markers alike has meant someone living a great distance away can have a virtual view of what their ancestor's grave monument or marker looks like. 

The gravestone photographs help make the online memorials more meaningful and add a visual connection.

Thank you, Gene, for all of your help with my photo requests in Fayette County. 

You have done a great job with your photography work and have promptly responded to my photo requests every time!


Merry Christmas to everyone who has contributed in some way on the website "Find A Grave"!!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

$1,000 reward offered for information about vandalism that occurred at two Leetonia Cemeteries - Salem Township, Columbiana County, Ohio

Click on title to link to a November 19, 2011 news story from the "Salem News" about both the Oakdale Cemetery and Mt. Calvary Cemetery that suffered from recent vandalism damage.

Quoted from the newspaper story published online:

 "Village Police Chief John Soldano announced Friday a citizen who wished to remain anonymous had donated $1,000 for the reward."

  "He and Salem Township Constable Dan Valentine are working together in a joint investigation.
"Someone drove through both cemeteries, damaging headstones, reflector poles, wooden posts and some of the graves themselves, along with any mementoes left by family members for their loved ones final place of rest."

"Anyone with information about the acts of vandalism can call Soldano at:

 330-427-6731 or,

 call Valentine at 330-427-0808."

"Anyone wishing to contribute to increase the amount of the reward can also contact them at the phone numbers provided."


Currently, there are 834 interments listed for Oakdale Cemetery on "Find A Grave"
Mount Calvary Cemetery currently has 1,546 interments listed for it on "Find A Grave."

Friday, December 16, 2011

Sharing photographs from the "Facebook" page of the Vienna Historical Society of the August, 2011 preservation work done at the Vienna Township Cemetery.

Click on title to access the "Facebook" page of the Vienna Historical Society, in Vienna Township, Trumbull County, Ohio. 

The page has many wonderful photographs posted showing their work done in August of 2011 at the Vienna Township Cemetery. 

Currently, the Vienna Township Center Cemetery, also known as the Vienna Memorial Cemetery, has 352 internments listed on "Find A Grave."

Friday, December 9, 2011

Newton Township, Trumbull County, Ohio - Newton Township Cemetery Association Selling Calendars - Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 10a.m. to 4p.m. at Newton Falls High School.

Abstracted from the WeeklyVillager.com:

"Newton Falls – Newton Township Cemetery Association members will be at this year’s Home 44444 the Holidays again on December 10th to sell their 2012 calendars which are their fund-raiser for the year.

The funds help in the repair and upkeep of the seven township cemeteries.

This year’s calendar is a compilation of etches of historic buildings in Newton Falls that were drawn by former Newton Falls art teacher, Mr. Edward Sinchak.
He will be attending the event to sign calendars. They are sold for $10.00 each.

Anyone interested in learning more about the association and what it does will be able to get the information at this time.

If you are unable to attend you may phone 330-872-3116 or 330-872-0236 to purchase calendars or for more information about the association."

Cemeteries managed by the Newton Township Trustees:

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Update on Dean Cemetery - Buckskin Township, Ross County, Ohio - Maps and More.

Scott Andersen has submitted additional photographs and details from his September, 2011 trip to the Dean Cemetery in Ross County. He and his wife, Venus, worked to clear weeds and other overgrowth from the Dean burial ground.  

Scott placed pieces of paper with numbers by the stones he found and wrote the corresponding numbers on a handrawn sketch he created as a preliminary map for the Dean Cemetery. 
Below are some of his results:

Above is a panoramic view of a portion of the Dean Cemetery
Above is Scott's preliminary sketch of the Dean Cemetery
Dean Cemetery
South Salem, Ross County, Ohio
From an exploration in September, 2011
By: Scott Andersen

1. Group of field stones along the south fence line.
These are not headstones, but they are cut or hewn stones.

2. Katherine Mark, 1807-1896.

This headstone has a poem on it, which I was not able to completely transcribe.

Katherine Mark
Died Nov 5 1896
In her 19 Year
“Remember Friends as You Pass….”

3. R. P. (Possibly this is Rachel Pummil 1779-1823)

4. John Milton.

John Milton
Daniel & Sa
Died Sep 22
In his 10 yr

This headstone is broken, and I believe that it should read:

John Milton son of
Daniel and Sarah
Died Sep 22 18XX
in his 10 year of age

5. Tall square marker, with “P. C.” inscribed upon it.
Also has a set of wings, and possibly a date.

6. Mary Brackney, 1778-1853. This headstone is in poor condition, cracked it two, and laying on the ground. There is more written on the stone beyond Benjamin Brackney’s name, but I was unable to transcribe it.

Wife of
Benjamin Brackney

7. Mary M. Lawhead, 1803-1833.
This headstone is on the ground, but is in good condition.

Mary M.
Wife of Thomas
Lawhead died Feb 11
1833 aged 30 years

8. William Lawhead, 1755-1823.
This headstone is in good condition, but is on the ground.

In memory of
William Lawhead
Who died Sep 29
1823 in his 66 year

9. Agnes Cunningham, 1757-1841.
This stone is in good condition

(Written as inscribed)
In memory of
Agnes wife of
Robert Cunning
Ham who departed
This life Aug 5th
1841 Aged 84
Years and 6 months

10. Samuel Cunningham, 1778-1845.
This headstone is in good condition

(Written as inscribed)
Samuel Cunning
Ham died June 9
Aged 57 yrs 8 mo.

11. Small stone, broken off at the surface behind Samuel Cunningham’s stone.

12. R:C
Broken in two pieces, and on the ground.

13. Portion of a headstone, no writing visible. On the ground.

14. A D

This stone is in good condition, but is just laying around loose.

It was leaned up against Abraham Dean’s headstone when discovered.

15. Abraham Dean 1763-1806, Revolutionary War Veteran.

This headstone is in good condition, but is leaning severely.

In Memory of
Abraham Dean
Who died May 10
In his 43 year

16. Group of cut fieldstones

17. Group of flat square stones, possibly the top of a grave.

18. Broken off headstone. No writing. On the ground.

19. Long rectangle of stone. No writing on exposed side. Another similar sized block abuts it, but is mostly buried.
(No. 20 - none)
21. H D
Stone in good condition, but has been broken off from its base.

22. Hannah Dean 1799-1828. This headstone is in good condition.

Memory of
Hannah wife of
John Dean
Who died April 19
1828 in her 29

23. J. H. D. This small headstone is just in front of James H. Dean’s headstone. It is in good condition, standing up, but leaning.

24. James H. Dean 1822-1840. This headstone is in good condition.

James H. Dean
August 14th 1840
Aged 18 years 4 mo
& 16 days

25. Stones in a plot. One piece appears to be a finial.

26. Mary Polly Depew Dickey, 1791-1816. This headstone is in excellent condition.

In Memory of Mary Dickey
who died May 2 1816
In the 25 year of her age
Ye young & gay come & see
The silent bed that waits for thee
Time was like you, we life possess’d
And time will be when you shall rest

27. Broken stone with no visible writing.

28. Alexander Wallace, 1803-1828.
This headstone is in good condition.
Memory of Alexander
Wallace who
died Sept the 4th 1828
Aged 25 years

29. John Wallace, 1765-1832.
This headstone is in overall good condition.

Difficult to read because of moss growth. Leaning back.

Memory of John Wall
Ace who died Feb 17
1832 Aged 67 Years

30. No visible writing. Otherwise, in good condition.

31. No visible writing. Otherwise, in good condition.

32. No visible writing. Somewhat 'pock marked.'

Headstone is leaning back, and could possibly have something written on its south side.

33. Headstone broken of near the surface.

34. Headstone fallen to the ground. No visible writing on exposed side.

35. M. D. Headstone is lying on the ground, but appears to be in good condition.
Below are photographs of some of the gravestones with identifying numbers:

#2 Above
#3, #4, and #5 Above

#7 Above
#8 Above
#9 Above
#15 Above
#26 Above
#28 Above
#30 Above


The Dean Cemetery currently has 26 memorials posted for it on "Find A Grave."

Friday, December 2, 2011

Information about the Akey/Supler (United Brethren in Christ) Cemetery in Perry Township, Logan County, Ohio

The information below is from the Logan County Genealogical Society website: 

"To all: Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Some of you may be aware of the "saga" I have been going through for the past like 6 years (seems longer than that!) for the Akey/Supler (United
Brethren in Christ) Cemetery where the remains of our Henry Bolen still
rest. (Trying to reason with the owners to search out the cemtery, trying
to buy it, trying to help the township get it, trying to help the township
once they got permission to place a SMALL monument in a SMALL area in the very corner AWAY from the cemetery grounds, etc.) At any rate, at long last, friends of ours were able to purchase the ground including the
cemetery and, in keeping a promise they made to me if they ever got possession, I have been granted permission to "search" out the cemetery.

Having worked on several cemetery restoration projects in different counties in Ohio, we are VERY excited about this prospect! The current owners want to farm the surrounding land but are VERY interested in maintaining the integrity of the cemetery!

So, as we begin our "search" on the cemetery, I would greatly appreciate the forwarding to me of any information (not matter how small) that you may have relating to the cemetery....I and another lady in the township had worked to gather info for the township when they were trying to get possession of it and I will have that complete file but I am working to make sure that I have any and all information possible as we work on this project.

During the upcoming work time, we will keep everyone updated and if you live in the area or will be visiting the area and want to help, please contact me and we will work it out!!!!!!

937-935-2291 (me) 937-935-2583 (Matt - my husband)
937-666-5002 (home) m.wilson@2access.net (Matt's e-mail)

THANKS & I hope you are all as excited about this as I am!!!!!!!