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."

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spotlighting "The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn" (Cleveland, Ohio) and the Brooklyn Union Burial Ground

Click on title to access the website of "The Historical Society of Old Brooklyn" (Cleveland, Ohio) and, specifically, information about the Brooklyn Union Burial Ground. 

Links are provided for Brooklyn Union Burial Ground on "Find A Grave" and other sites.  It is also known as:  Brainard Burying Ground or Broadview Cemetery. 

Currently, 18 grave records are posted for it on "Find A Grave."

Also featured are photographs that were taken Memorial Day 2011 at the Brooklyn Union Burial Ground.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Scenes from the Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery in Northfield, Summit County, Ohio

Click on title to access the Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery on "Find A Grave".

Olde Eight Road and Valley View Road
Summit County
Ohio  USA
Postal Code: 44056

Cemetery notes and/or description:
Located at the intersection of Olde Eight Road and Valley View Road.  I visited Northfield-Macedonia Cemetery on May 26, 2012 and took some random photographs of the monuments and plaques.  The cemetery is an interesting mix of historic stones and newer monuments.  It is very well maintained!

Enjoy the photographs!


Spotlighting Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Honor of Memorial Day 2012

Click on title to link to the U.S. Government website for the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.  

Even if you can't visit a cemetery today, please remember our fallen heroes in your own special way.  

Please take a moment to remember those who have lost their lives so that we may live ours in freedom and without fear of losing it because of war.  

They took our place and protected us; some made it home but many didn't, as we know.  Today is for them.    

Thank you. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Clara M. Koba Zagorsky (1922 - 2007) - Find A Grave Memorial

Clara M. Koba Zagorsky (1922 - 2007) - Find A Grave Memorial

Brendon B. Lieb (1920 - 1986) - Find A Grave Memorial

Brendon B. Lieb (1920 - 1986) - Find A Grave Memorial

Theresa B. Zagorsky Lieb (1923 - 2007) - Find A Grave Memorial

Theresa B. Zagorsky Lieb (1923 - 2007) - Find A Grave Memorial

Floyd Zagorsky (1916 - 1994) - Find A Grave Memorial

Floyd Zagorsky (1916 - 1994) - Find A Grave Memorial

Stanley Zagorsky (1927 - 1978) - Find A Grave Memorial

Stanley Zagorsky (1927 - 1978) - Find A Grave Memorial

Edward A. Zagorsky (1921 - 1973) - Find A Grave Memorial

Edward A. Zagorsky (1921 - 1973) - Find A Grave Memorial

Alex S. Zagorsky (1924 - 1984) - Find A Grave Memorial

Alex S. Zagorsky (1924 - 1984) - Find A Grave Memorial

Memorial Day Activities in Lorain County, Ohio

Click on title to read about some Memorial Day activities in Lorain County, Ohio.  

They are listed on the website of the Lorain "MorningJournal"

(*** Due to some recent computer problems I have been unable to post more Memorial Day activities until today.)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Remembering and Honoring Our Fallen Heroes -- Cleveland, Ohio area Memorial Day Services

Click on title to read the May 25, 2012 list of Memorial Services for Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake Counties, Ohio from the "Cleveland.com" website.  

Let us pause to honor and remember all of those who lost their lives so we can live ours in freedom and peace. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Spotlighting Memorial Day at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio

Click on title to link to Green Lawn Cemetery's main website.

Below is historical information about Memorial Day services that are held each year at Green Lawn Cemetery (posted on the cemetery's website):

"Memorial Day Service"

"Each year before Memorial Day the Franklin County Veterans Services Commission, the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, local veterans groups and scout troops place United States flags at the graves of thousands of veterans who are interred at Green Lawn.

It is estimated that over thirty thousand veterans are buried in six veterans' sections and on private lots throughout the Cemetery. 

Green Lawn contains two Civil War Sections (M and 28), a Spanish-American War Section (51), a World War I Section (71), a World War II and Korean War Section (104) and a section for the Viet Nam and Gulf Wars (105).

Special Memorial Day Services are held each year at Green Lawn. The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, dressed in period costume, conduct a re-enactment, wreath laying and musket volley salute at the Civil War Circle on Section M. They then march to Section 28 for a similar program at the Soldiers and Sailors monument. 

Green Lawn, American Legion Post #1 and the Franklin County Veterans Services Commission sponsor an annual Memorial Day Service on the Monday of Memorial Day weekend in the center of Section 104. This service includes a speaker - usually prominent Columbus citizens who have served in the military - and flag presentations and a twenty-one-gun salute.

It is very touching to see hundreds of flags waving in the spring morning. And both of these services remind us to remember and appreciate those who have given their lives in the service of our country."

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Getting Ready for Memorial Day - 2012 - Sheep Pen Cemetery - Madison Township, Highland County, Ohio

Extending my appreciation to Scott Andersen for picking up flags and military flag holders from the Highland County Veterans Services and placing them at the gravesites of the veterans buried at Sheep Pen Cemetery.

Here is a great view of the new marker for Civil War Veteran Samuel Crooks with the American Flag flying beside it.  

Thanking Scott also for taking this photograph!

The veterans buried at Sheep Pen (Also Known as Limes or Gustin Cemetery) are:

William Beals - War of 1812

Samuel Crooks - Civil War

Joseph Daugherty - Civil War

William R. Irwin, Sr. - War of 1812

Noah McVay, Sr. - War of 1812

N. T.  (Noah T.) McVay - Civil War 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Spotlighting the "Friends of The Cemetery" of Medina County, Ohio - Their Accomplishments and Their Goals AND Their Wonderful Newsletter!!

Click on title to view the website of the "Friends of the Cemetery: Medina, Ohio." 

Their Spring 2011 "Friends of the Cemetery" Newsletter  (Issue 24 - May 2011) highlights restoration work planned for the Old Town Graveyard.  

It also explains gravestone restoration work already completed in 2009 and 2010 at Spring Grove Cemetery, Hamilton Road Cemetery on Pearl Road, Windfall Road Cemetery, and the Sharon Township Cemetery on Route 94 identified as "Sharon Center Cemetery" on "Find A Grave."

Mr. Terry Hart provides a major contribution to this newsletter with his feature story entitled: "Revolutionary War Veterans in Old Town Graveyard."  

Quoting Terry from a recent email to me:

"I published a book in 2010 titled Veterans Buried in Medina County, Volume I: Revolutionary War.  

In it, I researched Revolutionary War veterans and their families, to include their military service, and pictures of their headstones.  

Later this month I will be publishing the second volume on the War of 1812 veterans.  It will be a much larger book as there were obviously more veterans in Ohio at the time.  

The books are available on CD from the MCGS (Medina County Genealogical Society) and are also at a few research libraries such as:  Medina, Summit County, OHS in Columbus, OGS in Mansfield and Fort Wayne." 

The current May 2012 "Friends of the Cemetery" newsletter is also available on their website.

Both the website and the newsletter by the "Friends of the Cemetery, Medina Ohio" are outstanding in design and content.  The organization is non-profit.  

If you have ancestors buried in any of these cemeteries listed above, it would certainly be worthwhile to join the "Friends of Medina Cemetery" and become a member!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Announcing a Dedication of a New Bronze Marker for Civil War Veteran Private Edward Spicer buried at the Western Star Cemetery in Norton, Summit County, Ohio - May 19, 2012 beginning at 10:00a.m.

Thanking Kelly Holderbaum and Lisa Merrick for the following information about this upcoming event next Saturday:

"There is going to be a dedication for a new bronze marker, on May 19th at 10:00a.m., at the Western Star Cemetery in Norton for Private Edward Spicer."
(Click on title to link to his "Find A Grave" Memorial.)
"There will be a Civil War re-enactment group, gun salute, a speech by "Abraham Lincoln", and more."
Everyone is invited!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Taking a Look at Some Cemetery Resoures on Facebook

If you are a Facebook user then you know that there are a growing number of cemetery related Facebook Groups that are now on this vast website to look at and:
"Like", Learn from, and Join!

Here are just a few that I have found that are worth taking a look at, and see how many others You can find on Facebook!:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Honoring the Memory of a Lorain High School Classmate - James Patrick "Pat" Gallagher

Click on title to link to "Legacy.com" and the "MorningJournal" -- online publication of the Lorain "MorningJournal" newspaper  for May 10, 2012 (and again on May 11, 2012) to read the obituary of James Patrick "Pat" Gallagher of Lorain, Ohio who was a 1966 graduate of Lorain High School and a Vietnam War Veteran who served in the U. S. Air Force. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Announcing an Open House at The Chapel at Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls - Monday, May 28, 2012 (Memorial Day) - 9:00a.m. to Noon

Click on title to link to a story published online by CuyahogaFalls.Ohio.com about a wonderful Memorial Day event to be held at the Chapel in Oakwood Cemetery located at 2420 Oakwood Drive in Cuyahoga Falls.  

Light refreshments will be served.

Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County) currently has 7,685 burials listed on "Find A Grave." 

Also, there is a Sultana Civil War Veterans Memorial located at Oakwood Cemetery and is featured on the Famous Section of "Find A Grave."

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Spotlighting Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio and their Memorial Day Essay Contest!

From Spring Grove Cemetery's Facebook Page:

"We are a few days late in announcing our new contest and would like to thank you for your patience. 

Memorial Day has been a significant part of Spring Grove since the Cemetery's inception in 1845. Because Memorial Day is so important to Spring Grove, we want to learn what Memorial Day means to you. We would like for you to submit an ESSAY (450 words or less) titled 'WHAT MEMORIAL DAY MEANS TO ME'. We want to get our youngest citizens involved also and hope that parents will email their children’s essays. We will be awarding a signed copy of the stunning 'Beauty in the Grove' coffee table book by Phil Nuxhall and an American Flag for the top prize in our adult category and will be awarding a Family Membership to the Cincinnati Museum Center to the winner in the 17 and younger category. 

Please email your essays to whuang@springgrove.org by midnight May 22. 

We will have hard copies of the winning essays on display throughout Memorial Day weekend."

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Reminder - Meeting at the North Ridgeville Public Library (Lorain County, Ohio) - Monday, May 14, 2012 - 6:30p.m. - The Topic will be "Tombstone Symbolism and Photography" Presented by Terry Hart

Monday 14 May 2012 6:30 pm 

 "Tombstone Symbolism and Photography"

 Terry Hart - will discuss the meaning of symbols and icons found on American tombstones. 

An understanding of the symbolism may help researchers learn more about their ancestors and better appreciate the actual artwork of tombstones.

North Ridgeville Branch Library
35700 Bainbridge Road
North Ridgeville, OH 44039

Phone: 440-327-83263

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Thanking Ron Coffey and his Great "Coffeyweb" Blog site from Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio

Extending my sincere thanks to Mr. Ron Coffey who hosts his "Coffeyweb" Blog site on the internet.  

Ron is from Greenfield (Highland County) Ohio, who has been so kind to mention Sheep Pen Cemetery and me, and also to include a link to information about the Veterans buried at Sheep Pen Cemetery including gravestone photographs.  
Even if you don't happen to live in the Greenfield, Ohio area or hail from its surroundings, I think you just might find some fascinating and useful information posted on Ron Coffey's site, so click on the title here and 'check it out' and return often!