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, June 30, 2012

Who Knew?! How a "Flash Mob" Stepped in to Clean Up A Cemetery After a Storm

We don't often associate "flash mobs" with the activity of going in and doing cemetery clean up work, but that is exactly what happened following a storm that struck just prior to Memorial Day at the Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  

Click on title to read the May 27, 2012 short story about the volunteers dedicated efforts that we can all learn from.   

This is a great example that shows the result of how many hands helping -- local hands -- all working together for the greater good can make a huge difference after a single day spent together on a cemetery clean up project. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Recent Vandalism at Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County), Ohio

Click on title to read the story and watch the video that was broadcast last evening on Cleveland's local NBC TV station, WKYC.  

Oakwood Cemetery in Cuyahoga Falls (Summit County), has suffered repeated vandalism that have affected many gravesites including those of veterans.

Currently, Oakwood Cemetery has 7,959 interments posted on the website, "Find A Grave," including a  separate listing for its Sultana Civil War Veteran's Memorial monument of white marble and bronze plaque honoring those who served in the Union Army during the Civil War.  

Hopefully, the television newscasts will bring better news in the days ahead about repair to the markers and monuments and that those who are responsible for the extensive vandalism at Oakwood Cemetery having been apprehended and brought to justice. 

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Reminder - "Finding Your Way Around 'Find A Grave.'" Presentation - Monday, August 13, 2012 at the North Ridgeville Branch of the Lorain County Library hosted by The Lorain County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society - Meeting Starts at 6:30p.m

It will be my great pleasure to address the Lorain County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society with a presentation entitled:  "Finding Your Way Around 'Find A Grave.'" coming up on August 13th.  

The general meeting begins first at 6:30a.m. with the presentation following at 7:00p.m.  

The meeting location is the North Ridgeville Branch of the Lorain Public Library.


"Find A Grave" is indeed one of the most massive website's offered on the Internet today.  

"Find A Grave" carries its own unique intensity promoting its primary purpose to help researchers locate the final resting places of friends, family and famous people.  

I will attempt to cover some of the main points on how "Find A Grave" is important to a researcher's goal of reaching successful results on all those fronts through utilizing many of the tools built in to this one-of-a-kind resource.  

New discoveries, ideas, "Find A Grave Friends" and even long-lost cousins await many an avid "Graver" (general meaning: those who enjoy visiting cemeteries and recording gravestone inscriptions) as they wend their way through "Find A Grave's" serendipitous threads most of us have come to call "website links."  

Information abstracted below from the Lorain County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society's website (click on title to view the chapter's Events Page):

"Meetings are held the second Monday of each month in the meeting room at the North Ridgeville Branch of the Lorain Public Library, 35700 Bainbridge Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039, 440-327-8326

Social Time: 6:30 pm; the general meeting and program begins at 7:00 pm. Exceptions such as field trips, picnics and other activities will be announced in advance here and in the Lorain County Researcher. Check back for a link to the upcoming programs so that you might plan your calendar for attendance of our meetings!!"

If you need to contact the Chapter, you may either send regular mail to: 

Lorain County Chapter of OGS
P.O. Box 865
Elyria, OH 44036-0865
Or you may send an email to: loraingen@yahoo.com
"Either way, we will respond as quickly as possible."

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Taking a Look at the Free On-line Databases Offered by the Ohio Genealogical Society

Click on title to link to Ohio Genealogical Society's free on-line databases which include:

"First Families of Ohio Roster"

Settlers and Builders of Ohio Roster"

"Ohio Cemetery Locations Index"

"Ohio Obituary Index"

"Ohio's Revolutionary War Veterans Index"


If the focus of your ancestor research is centered in the state of Ohio,  becoming a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society will definitely benefit you in your research in many ways! 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Spotlighting the West Carlisle Cemetery - Pike Township - Coshocton County, Ohio

Click on title to access the website for the West Carlisle Cemetery located in Pike Township in Coshocton County, Ohio. 

Even though the website does not appear to have been updated since October of 2002, there is much history to read and tombstone phototgraphs to view on the site that it just might be worth your while if you are searching for someone buried at the West Carlisle Cemetery. 

This is an interesting and uniquely arranged website, so I hope you enjoy browsing through it!

Harry Limes (1904 - 1988) - Find A Grave Memorial -- Honoring My Father, Harry Limes, This Father's Day 2012

Harry Limes (1904 - 1988) - Find A Grave Memorial

Monday, June 11, 2012

"Ohio police: Grave markers stolen as scrap metal"

Source: "Cleveland.com"

"Ohio police: Grave markers stolen as scrap metal"

June 8, 2012, 6:43 a.m. EDT

"CARROLLTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in eastern Ohio have arrested a man suspected of stealing more than 100 brass plaques and markers from veterans' graves to sell them as scrap metal.

Police say a thief caused thousands of dollars in damage at cemeteries in Carroll, Columbiana, Stark and Tuscarawas (tus-kuh-RAW'-uhs) counties. Deputies found some of the markers had been split into pieces or ground down.

The Carroll County sheriff's office worked with Canton police and Stark County deputies to track down a 43-year-old man who was stopped by officers and taken into custody this week.

The suspect is expected to face felony theft, vandalism and other charges."

"Fairview Park library is site for computer genealogy group meeting" - on Saturday June 16, 2012

 As published at "Cleveland.com": 

"Computer Assisted Genealogy Group-Cleveland Area will hold its next meeting June 16 at Fairview Park Regional Library, 21255 Lorain Road in Fairview Park. 

Speaking at the morning program on the subject of Cemeteries: What Can They Tell You? will be Susan Hill Bonko. She will discuss the different types of cemeteries and gravestones and the information that can be obtained from a personal visit and online resources. 

In the afternoon, Jean Hoffman will discuss Archiving Email and Internet Sources. Attendees can share their success and problems in saving and storing information from the Internet, also looking at the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine as a place to retrieve some online sites when they disappear. 

Doors open at 9 a.m., with the meeting and general program at 9:30. Breakout sessions for the major genealogy software programs start at 11 a.m., followed by a brown bag lunch and computer fundamentals from 1-2 p.m. 

Contact Bill Frank, CAGG president, at (440) 734-2021 or visit rootsweb.ancestry.com."

Friday, June 8, 2012

Butcher Cemetery (North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio) in Decline

I visited the Butcher Cemetery last weekend and was disheartened to see that the grass was in need of mowing and more stones are now lying on the ground.  

I am posting some pictures including one of the cemetery sign which is now painted over. 

The fenced in area at the front of the cemetery is quite overgrown now.  I am working on trying to make the local 'powers-that-be' aware of the need for more care and maintenance at the Butcher Cemetery.

Listed below are known burials at Butcher Cemetery:

APPLE, Harrison Pvt.
Co. “H”, 66th Reg. O.V.I.
APPLE, William Cpl.
Co. “H”, 66th Reg. O.V.I.
**Same stone w/EPPS
AUDAS, Martha
Wife of William
AUDAS, William
BELTZ, Charles E.
BELTZ, William H.
**Same stone as above
Children of W.Y. & M.C.
BERRY, Delmore
Son of J. D. & S.E.
**Same stone w/ Jane STOKES
BISHOP, Emma F. daughter of H. & M. A.
**Dau.of Henry & M. A.
**Same stone w/ SPAIN
**Same stone with SPAIN
BISHOP, William A.
Son of H. & M. A.
**Same stone with SPAIN
BOMER, Elizabeth
Wife of Frank
BUSH, Little George
Son of H. M. & L.
BUTCHER, Ella Inez Daughter of J. M. & Nancy
BUTCHER, Capt. James M. S.
Son of J.M
30th Indiana Infantry
BUTCHER, Dr. John Milton
BUTCHER, Mell (Melissa J. name per Butcher Family Bible)
“Dau of J.M.” on 1959 D.A.R. reading
(incorrectly shown as “s/o J.M.” on 2001 reading)
CALENDAR, Hannah Wife of John I.
(Wife of J. I.
Nixon & Bolton page 95
&  D.A.R. page 81)
**CALENDAR, Mary E. Daughter of John I. &  Hannah
(Nixon &  Bolton page 95)
CHAPEL, Julius
Son of A. and J.
**Son of J. &  J.
CHAPEL, Miles A.
Son of D. & M.
son of C. W. & A.A.
**stone inside iron fence
COOKSEY, Catherine Wife of J. H.
COWLES, Ettie Bell
Dau. of S. B. & H. L.
**COWELS, Ettie Bell
**Dau. of S. E. & H.L.
DAILEY, Adaline
(see Adaline Winder below)
EATON, Martha
Wife of Silas
(D.A.R. & Nixon & Bolton page 95)
EPPS, Amy A.
**same stone w/Atchinson
**EPPS, Charlie
**same stone w/Atchinson
EPPS, Laura L.
Dau. of N.F. & L.E.
**Dau. of M. L. & L. E.
**same stone w/Atchinson
EPPS, Willie
Son of A.M. & J.
Son of Charles E. & F. J.
**EVANS, Charles E.
Co.“C” 132nd Reg. OV.I.
EVANS, Emma K.
Dau. of Charles E. & F. J.
FISHER, Isaiah
Son of L.
Son of Jacob & Mary
FOSTER, Elizabeth Ann Wife of Dr. H. G.
**Wife of Dr. H.C.
FOSTER, Hannah C.
Wife of Dr. H. G.
**Wife of Dr. H.C.
FOSTER, Dr. Henry
(Nixon & Bolton page 99)
**FOSTER Dr. Henry C.
**same stone w/Robert L.
**FOSTER, Robert L.
Son of Dr. H. C.
**same stone w/Dr. Henry C..
GOOD, Mary E
Wife of J.W.
**HOLYCROSS, Infant Son of D.W. & E.N.
HOLYCROSS, Nancy Wife of William
Wife of J. N.
**Wife of J. F.
**same stone w/Epps
HUNTER, Pearle A.
Son of J.F. & M.M.
JACKSON, Infant of Chas
JENKINS, Jonathan B.
Son of J. & F.
JENKINS, Rosella
Dau. of I. & M.
(Linda Ellis)
(Nixon & Bolton page 99
shown as “B. Johnson”)
JONES, Loda (Loday?)
Co. “D”, 13th O.V.I.
KIRK, Hannah
Wife of Levi
(Nixon & Bolton page 96)
**KIRK, Levi
(Nixon & Bolton page 96)
Wife of L. O. &
Dau. of O. W. & C. A. LOWE
(Linda Ellis – wife of H. O.)
LOWE, Adaline
(Nixon & Bolton page 96)
Wife of O. W.
LOWE, Charles J.
Son of O. W.& C. A.

LOWE, Clara B.
Dau. of O. W. & C. A.
LOWE, Eddie H
Son of O. W. & C. A.
(Nixon & Bolton page 97
C.W. Lowe)
LOWE, Willie
Son of O. W.& C. A.
McBRIDE, Elizabeth M.
(Nixon & Bolton page 99)
McBRIDE, Louisa
(name NOT on D.A.R. list)
(Nixon & Bolton page 99)
**Shows McBRIDE, L. on footstone
McBRIDE, Mariah
(Nixon & Bolton pg. 99
“March” McBride)
McBRIDE, Rhoda
McBRIDE, Zilphan
(Nixon & Bolton page 99 “Lelpha”)
**Shown as “Zilpha R.)
(Linda Ellis “Zilpha R.”)
McCLUNG, Martha M., Wife of Isaac
**stone inside iron fence
**MEEK, Alley & Dolley
“Children of” unreadable
** both names on same stone
MEEK, Jasper A.
Son of J. P. & E.A.
** same stone w/ Mary
MEEK, Mary A
Dau. of J. P. & E.A.
**same stone w/ Jasper
MILLER, Edna M.,
Dau. of Jas. T. & Alice
MILLER, Etna M.,
Dau. of Jas. T. & Alice
OWENS, Elizabeth
 PHELPS, Lucinda
Wife of William
REAMS, William
(Nixon & Bolton pg. 97)
SHERRETT, Birddie B. Dau. of Eli & Annie Phebe/
**same stone w/ Aaron & Adaline WINDER
SHERRETT, Phebe Annie Wife of Eli
SPAIN, Dolphus
SNUFFIN, William
Son of L. & N.
SPAIN, Emeline
Dau. of J. & M.
**Dau. of Joshua & M.
**Same stone w/ BISHOP
SPAIN, Joshua
**Same stone w/ BISHOP
Wife of Joshua
**Same stone w/ BISHOP
SPAIN, Matilda
Wife of Joshua
**Same stone w/ BISHOP
**STOKES, Jane
**Same stone w/Delmore  BERRY
Co. “A” 9th  Indiana V.I. &
Co. “M” 11th  Indiana V.C.
(**Little) Frankie
Son of John & Bell
VanHook, Child of Geo.
WAGSTAFF,  Sgt. William H.
(husband of Melissa Butcher)
54th Indiana Inf.– F. & S.
**Same stone w/ Birdie B. Sherrett & Adaline Winder
**WINDER, Adaline D.
Wife of Aaron
**Same stone w/ Birdie B. Sherrett & Aaron Winder