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."

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Sharing link to Photographs from "LimeWorks.us"

Click on title to link to "LimeWorks.us"  
They present side by side "before" and "after" views of monuments that were cleaned with D/2 solution.  

Presenting this link for those who are interested in the product and who wish to learn more about about it.  

Thank you.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Time Travelling -- Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Travellers Rest in Greenfield - Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 10:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.

Click on title to link to a great newspaper story of September 25, 2012 in the "Times-Gazette" (Timesgazette.com) written by Jeff Gilliland detailing the activities of Greenfield's Sixth Annual History Day.   

A main feature of the celebration will be Earlene Scott who will portray Noble Crawford's wife, Mary Stuart Crawford.  Noble Crawford constructed Travellers Rest in 1812. 

So, if you live in the Greenfield area (Highland County, Ohio) or are traveling near there on October 6, please stop by the historical society's complex of historical buildings on the east edge of Greenfield, near the State Route 28 bridge.

The Greenfield Historical Society's website is another wonderful resource for learning more about the town's local history and will help you keep up with all of its upcoming events! 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Spotlighting the Greenfield Cemetery's Walking Tour Booklet and 2012 Ghost Walk Coming up on October 8 at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio

Click on title to access the Greenfield Cemetery's 13-page Walking Tour Booklet that is available for downloading from the internet from the website of the "Greenfield Historical Society."  

I love visiting Highland County, Ohio and Greenfield in particular.  Several of my Limes ancestors were buried in Greenfield, Hillsboro, and at the "Sheep Pen" Cemeteries.  So, I enjoy reading about the news of events happening in Highland County and Greenfield.  Some great folks also live in that area too by the way!

Also on the Greenfield Historical Society's website is a link that shows photographs of the "barn quilts" that are painted on several county barns.

Links to burial records at the Greenfield Cemetery and a cemetery map are there for your browsing as well.

As in years past, there will be a ghost walk coming up on October 8, starting at 6:00p.m. at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield.  I hope to learn more details about it soon.  

The line up is as follows:                Presented by:

Daniel Lieb                                       Jerry Parker
Joshua Merrill                                  Terry Washburn
James Patterson                               Robert Judkins
Cordelia Depoy                                 Roxanne Judkins
Samuel Gadbury                               Eric Salyers
So, hope you enjoy your visit on the website of the "Greenfield Historical Society"!

Dr Barney Limes (1930 - 2012) - Find A Grave Memorial

Dr Barney Limes (1930 - 2012) - Find A Grave Memorial

Announcing Liverpool Historical Spirit Walk - Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Liverpool Township (starting from Mill Stream Park), Valley City, Medina County, Ohio - Starting at 6:00PM - Saturday, September 29, 2012

I apologize for this last minute announcement.

Excerpted from the Valley City website:

"Myrtle Hill is, of course, the oldest cemetery in Medina County. The first burial was in June, 1812. The deceased was Ruth Deming, first of three wives of Moses Deming. Her father was Justus Warner, first landowner to actually live here. There was no saw mill for fresh cut boards. Only boards from the farm wagon were available. They were quickly made into her coffin. A hoe and ax were used to dig her grave, on top of a beautiful hill that overlooked their small valley and the infant village of Hardscrabble."

 Click on link here for more details about this third annual "Liverpool Historic Spirit Walk" to be held tomorrow, September 29, 2012 in Valley City, Medina County, Ohio. 

Below is the main website link for the "Spirit Walk" including further historical details about Myrtle Hill Cemetery and coverage of the events of the two previous spirit walks: 

"Tickets at Beuhler’s Brunswick and Forrest Hills, and at gate. $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children
12 and under; free for 5 and under."


Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Valley City currently has 1,098 burials listed for it on "Find A Grave."

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Announcing Groveport, Franklin County, Ohio Cemetery Tour - October 24, 2012 - 7:00PM to 8:00PM

Cemetery Tour 

Location: Groveport                                                            

Event Type(s): Special Events / Holiday
Organization: Groveport Cultural Arts Center
Description: History truly comes alive in Groveport's annual "Merry, Not Scary, Cemetery Tour." Held at Heritage Park, 551 Wirt Road in Groveport, costumed docents will portray famous Groveport ancestors, a grave digger, canal worker and more. No registration required. Enjoy hot cider and donuts following the tour.
Address: 648 Main Street

Groveport, Ohio 43125
Contact Name: All staff
Contact Phone: 614-836-3333
More Info Link: www.groveport.org
Date: Wednesday, 10/24/2012
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM

Monday, September 24, 2012

Announcing Vienna's Third Annual Cemetery Walk - Vienna Township Cemetery - Trumbull County, Ohio

ATTENTION! Due to inclement weather, the Vienna Historical Society's Cemetery Walk today (Sunday, October 7), is CANCELLED. With apologies. Stay tuned for more information.

Sharing this information from the Vienna Historical Society.  

Please also visit their Facebook Page!

Presently, the Vienna Township Cemetery has 1,188 interments listed for it on "Find A Grave."

Saturday, September 22, 2012

My thoughts on "Smartphones" and "QR Codes" & Spotlighting "webCemeteries.com"

I'll be the first to admit that I lag behind many others who are on top of technology and its advancements with "Smartphones," and  "QR Codes," and whatever else is 'out there' that I don't even know about! 

Like anything else, these "modern marvels" many of us just can't live without have their place and purpose.  However, truly, only time will tell how important of a role they will play some 25, 50, or 100 years from now when it comes to grave sites and cemeteries.  Unfortunately, many of us will not be here to witness the outcome.

Some choices for grave marker materials, like white marble for example, probably seemed like smart ones at the time back in the 1860s.  However, after a century and a half, we see that perhaps our ancestors might have been smarter to stay with stone materials that we see have withstood the ravages of time a bit better.  I do feel the "white bronze" monuments and markers were improvements, and I am pleased to still see so many of them in Ohio's cemeteries today. 

So it will be for the success or failure for such technological advancements coming along as family history "medallions" and "QR Codes" on gravestones.  

Nor will we be here to see if using certain new preservation products that we sprayed and "scrubbed" on grave markers helped or harmed them by the time the next century rolls around.  But, we can look forward to more advancements and hope our technology serves us well through the Twenty-First Century and well beyond.  

So, with these thoughts in mind, I will devote this post to the website "webCemeteries.com."  To learn more about its purpose, I invite readers to explore website links offered including:  "Search Cemeteries" which includes some Ohio cemeteries categorized in ranges from 50,000 burials and above to 3,000 to 9,999 burials as well as a category called "American Legacy Cemeteries." I clicked on some of the cemetery website links, however, I was not taken directly to some of  the websites, yet others seemed to work okay.  Thus, I can only deduct the website isn't fully operational yet.  I'll revisit this website in the future to see if more links are working.   

I wonder what "Smartphone" version will be on the market in 2512?  Will this device as we know it even exist?  What I can say we do know is that we must work to preserve Ohio's grave sites and the histories of the lives they hold in a respectful manner that ensures future generations will see and understand the pride we took in this process; that they too must promise to pass on.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Remembering the Veterans of the Butcher (AKA Walnut Grove Cemetery) in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio.

Known also as “Walnut Grove Cemetery” (Walnut Grove Cemetery Association)
Other names:
“Butcher-Garwood Cemetery” (D.A.R. tombstone inscriptions) or “North Lewisburg Cemetery”
Located on the west side of Tallman Street and south side of Spain’s Creek
Village of North Lewisburg, Rush Township, Champaign County, Ohio ©

Information compiled from various sources
 and personal visits
Linda Jean Limes Ellis

APPLE, Harrison Pvt.
Co. “H”, 66th Reg. O.V.I.
(grave registration card)
October 11, 1885
(G .A. R. Briney Post #293)
About 65
APPLE, William Cpl.
Co. “H”, 66th Reg. O.V.I.
(grave registration card)
July 3, 1872
(H. H. Hardesty record)
About 29
BUTCHER, Capt. James M. S.
Son of J.M
30th Indiana Infantry
October 4, 1837
(stone found 9/5/09 Linda Ellis)
December 1, 1865
28 years 1 mo. 27 days
EVANS, Charles E.
Co.“C” 132nd Reg. OV.I.
March 26, 1839
(Evans Family web site)
May 10, 1888
(newspaper story)
49 years 1 mo. 14 days
JONES, Loda (Loday?)
Co. “D”, 13th O.V.I.
(grave registration card)
July 2, 1872
(grave registration card)
About 29
Co. “A” 9th  Indiana V.I. &
Co. “M” 11th  Indiana V.C.
About 1828
September 28, 1896
(per pension & death records)
(G. A. R. Briney Post #293)
68 years
(per Champaign Co. death record
Vol. 2 Pg. 531)
(husband of Melissa Butcher)
54th Indiana Inf.– F&S.
About 1828
May 6, 1904 (no stone)
76 years

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Hear the Silent Speak II - An Ohio CW 150 Learning Experience" - at Dayton's Historic Cemetery and Arboretum - Sunday, October 7, 2012 - 6:00p.m. to 9:00p.m.

"Sponsored by Maj. Gen. W.T. Sherman Camp No. 93, Dept. of Ohio"


Grand Army of the Republic Section of Dayton's Historic Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum, 118 Woodland Ave.,
Dayton 45409.


Ohio played a pivotal role during the American Civil War (ACW) with about 320,000 men serving in 230 regiments.

Nearly all were volunteers; only 8,750 were drafted. 
There were more than 5,000 African-American ACW soldiers and sailors from Ohio. 

Over 200 Ohioans reached the rank of general or admiral. 

Examples from all these veterans' categories
are buried in Woodland Cemetery. Their voices are too long silent and their contributions too long forgotten.


"Hear the Silent Speak" is a free and open to the public living history event to inform people concerning Ohio U.S. military veterans who served 1861-65 and the valiant work done by U.S. Military Forces during the American Civil War.

Some of the veterans that will be highlighted are famous, some are not. 

The event will feature living historians who are members of the Sons of Union Veterans "giving them voice" through well researched representations and related discussions."
     Currently, Dayton's Historic Woodland Cemetery  has 52,245 interments listed for it on "Find A Grave."