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."

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spotlighting Evergreen Cemetery - Saint Paris, Champaign County, Ohio

Once again thanking Diana Goodes, "Find A Grave" contributor, for sharing some of her photographs taken in November, 2010 during her trip to several Ohio cemeteries.  

Today, we feature the Evergreen Cemetery in Saint Paris, Champaign County, Ohio.

Currently, there are 2,333 interments listed at Evergreen Cemetery on "Find A Grave."

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Paying Return Visits to the Black Cemetery in Rush Township, Champaign County, Ohio and the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio

"Find A Grave contributor, Diana Goodes, has been so kind to also share some of her longer-shot views of the Black Cemetery that were taken in 2010 as well as Greenfield's Old Burying Ground.    

These photographs clearly show the poor condition of the Black CemeteryMeanwhile, progress has been made on Greenfield's Old Burying Ground for completed restoration.

From Diana:

"These pictures were taken Nov 2, 2010 and yes I think it is totally abandoned!  I don't know if you've ever been there....it sits out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by farm land and an old farm house next to it.  There is a broken down barbed wire fence around it.  Someone mows the lawn/weeds going from the road, up the hill, but that's about it. 

(pic attached)"
BLACK CEMETERY (Rush Township, Champaign County, Ohio) 

 James and Mary Diana (Van Horn) Glendening are my husband's 3rd Great Grand Parents. All the other Glendenings there are Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, etc.

OLD BURYING GROUND (Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio):  

 James and Margaret (McClung) Musson are his 4th Great Grand Parents.
EVERGREEN CEMETERY (Saint Paris, Champaign County, Ohio):  
 Dr. John and Caroline (Rogers) are his 2nd Great Grand Parents.
MAPLE GROVE (Mechanicsburg, Champaign County, Ohio):  
Donald L and Mary Ann (Musson) Glendening are his Great Grand Parents.  

Thomas J. and Hester (Shover) Glendening are his 2nd Great Grand Parents.


 Black Cemetery - Champaign County, Ohio

Old Burying Ground - (Greenfield, Ohio)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Spotlighting James Musson buried at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio -- Sharing Photographs of Diana Goode's Unearthed Gravestones

"Find A Grave" contributor

Quoting Diana Goodes:
"James Musson (this stone was laying face down, half covered, next to his wife Margaret.) 2 people from the local historical society were with us and documented the location when we flipped it over.  They then had us place it back, 
        face down, until they could properly restore it."

Adam Apple (1799 - 1878) - Find A Grave Memorial

Sharing the Adam Apple Memorial on Find A Grave buried at the Lutheran Cemetery in Saint Paris, Champaign County, Ohio.  

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Featuring the Once Hidden Gravestone of Mary D. VanHorn Glendening Buried at the Black Cemetery in Rush Township, Champaign County, Ohio

From Diana Goodes:

"Hi Linda...yes, it was totally buried. My husband just started poking around the ground next to James Glendenning's headstone and suddenly "hit something." It was the first cemetery we had ever visited that wasn't maintained, and we were a bit surprised. Not sure uncovering it was the right thing to do, but gosh, we were so excited!! And at least we have a memorial picture of it now. If I could only go back there and clean the whole cemetery!! Unfortunately, we live in California. We were flying to GA for a visit and I just kind'a "detoured" us through Ohio....LOL. James and Mary are my husband's 3rd great-grandparents."


Three photographs below of the gravestone Diana Goodes and her husband uncovered at the Black Cemetery are posted with her permission.

Click on the title to view the "Find A Grave" memorial for Mary D. VanHorn Glendening. 

There are 13 Glendening memorials at the Black Cemetery on "Find A Grave".  Why not take a moment to view them and learn more about this early Champaign County, Ohio pioneer family?


Extending my sincere thank you to Diana and her husband for taking those extra steps that led to the discovery of a hidden and almost forgotten gravesite that is truly forgotten no more. 


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"Sheep In the Burying-Ground."

My thanks to Jonathan Appell for sharing this historical story on the "Linkedin" Group:  "Gravestone and Monument Preservation."   Also, thanking Melvin J. Mason Jr., for his help in converting the image into a "jpeg" file so I could view it.  

It fits in so well with the Sheep Pen Cemetery in Madison Township, Highland County, Ohio.

According to the book Cemetery Inscriptions of Highland County, Ohio, compiled by  N. and Jane N. McBride, copyright 1954, on page 361, under the cemetery name “Gustin”:  “It is known as the Sheep Pen Cemetery.”  “This name is very unusual and residents of the vicinity say that the name was acquired because sheep were often placed there to graze.” 

This is the only cemetery with the name "Sheep Pen" on "Find A Grave"!!

Cheryl Ann Limes Moses (1964 - 2013) - Find A Grave Memorial

Cheryl Ann Limes Moses (1964 - 2013) - Find A Grave Memorial

Sharing this Find A Grave Memorial for the recently departed, Cheryl Ann Limes Moses.  

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Spotlighting "Our Old Friend - Rootsweb" - "Cemeteries with Turner's, Farley's, Myers', Baker's and related or associated families."

Taking a look today at a  "freepages" site on "Rootsweb" that you might find interesting under the "Ohio Cemeteries" category.

It may be particularly useful to you if you are researching the following surnames in the state of Ohio:


Not all of Ohio's 88 counties are represented, but 41 of them are listed and some have searchable cemeteries that include gravestone photographs.

An interesting one is at the Sabina Cemetery, the Edwards Family stonesIt is a monument and gravestone grouping photograph by Angela Hudson.   

So, you might wish to spend some time browsing around this "Rootsweb" freepages website.  

You never know what information you might find that could help you or someone else you know who is researching ancestors that came to Ohio, lived on its land, and were laid to rest in one its pioneer burying grounds. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Sheep Pen Cemetery in the Winter -- Photographs from Scott Andersen

I have never seen Sheep Pen Cemetery during the Winter, so these photographs below are quite special to me.

 I'm pleased to share these (unretouched) photographs that I just received from Scott Andersen who recently visited Sheep Pen Cemetery.  

Sheep Pen sits silent yet serene under this light dusting of snow. As it awaits the first warm day of Spring, we can ponder how the seasons may change but our respect for those buried on hallowed grounds, like Sheep Pen, abides.  

Thank you Scott!!!

"D/2 Biological Solution befores-and-afters | Gravestone and Monument Cleaning" -- Sharing photographs and information from "Limeworks" and "Save Your Stones"

It is my pleasure to share the "before" and "after" photographs shared by Mr. Sean K. Maxwell, Communications Director for "LimeWorks.us."  

Sean's contact information is also provided below.  

The gravestone photographs were taken by and are courtesy of:

"Save Your Stones"

Phone #:  608-317-7562
Email address: "saveyourstones@gmail.com"   
"Save Your Stones - Gravestone Cleaning and Photography   West Salem, WI"


As this post title indicates, D/2 Biological Solution was the product used for cleaning the gravestones shown in the photographs below.  


Quoting Sean 

" D/2 Biological Solution is an amazing product for removing stains from historic masonry. Some of its biggest fans work in monument and gravestone preservation. Here is a selection of great befores-and-afters of some of the incredible work done with D/2 Biological Solution by Save Your Stones (saveyourstones.com)." 

I'm sure you'll enjoy viewing the before and after photographs of gravestones that were much in need of proper cleaning and conservation. 

Above photographs were taken by "Save Your Stones"

About Sean K. Maxwell (LimeWorks.us)

"Hello, My name is Sean Maxwell. I am the Communications Director for LimeWorks.us. You can reach me at Sean@LimeWorks.us. Please contact me with ideas for our blog, Limelight Spark Segments or questions about how you can get involved with Limeworks.us to help preserve our historic built heritage." 

Sean Maxwell

For more information and more wonderful 'before and after' photographs, please also visit "LimeWorks" Facbook Page!

Link to D/2 website:
D/2 Biological Solution  

Monday, February 11, 2013

Announcing the Upcoming Spring Meeting of the Ohio Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies - Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 8:30a.m. to 5:00p.m. - at the Somerset Court House, Somerset, Perry County, Ohio

My thanks to Beth Santore, creator of the well-known and popular website: Grave Addiction,
and Chapter Chairperson for the Ohio Chapter of the Association for Gravestone Studies, for announcing details for the chapter's upcoming Spring meeting. 
The information below can also be found on the Ohio Chapter's Facebook Page
"It's time for our 2013 Spring Chapter Meeting!"

"Morning check-in/registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Somerset Courthouse located at 100 Public Square, Somerset, Ohio (at the intersection of State Route 13 and US-22). The day's events will begin at 9:30 a.m. We're planning to have lunch catered for a reasonable cost, and we'll have all the details worked out soon. Information will be posted here as soon as it's finalized.
We're also planning to have chapter t-shirts made. If you know you're interested in purchasing a t-shirt, please let me know what size and quantity. That info will help me with getting cost estimates. Like the lunch details, I'll be adding updated info about the shirts here as soon as I have it.

During the morning we will have presentations from members. If you are interested in sharing information about your gravestone research, conservation projects, etc please let me know so I can get you added to the schedule.

We'll also have exhibit and sales tables set up. If you'd like to set up a table (it's free) please let me know that as well.

While eating, we'll have our meeting portion of the day to discuss cemetery-related events around Ohio as well as plans for the Fall meeting.
Tour of several cemeteries in Northern Perry County.

**Please RSVP via facebook or e-mail if you're planning to attend.**
This will help us plan the amount of meeting materials and food to prepare.
 Also, please let me know if you're interested in presenting or setting up a table.

Since the chapter meetings are a means to increase awareness of and membership in AGS, if you have any friends who might be interested in the organization who are not yet members, please encourage them to attend! 
Please feel free to contact me via e-mail, facebook, or phone if you have any questions about the meeting."

Hope to see you on May 11!

Beth Santore
AGS Ohio Chapter Chair
Cell: 614-949-6027

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Posting an Alert if You Visit Perry Township in Fayette County, Ohio -- Cemeteries Included!

I just learned of this news.  

I thought I'd pass this information along from Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio trustee, Mr. Sam Bowers.  

Perry Township's cemeteries include Walnut Creek, Cochran, Sugar Grove Methodist Cemetery, and Sheep Pen which straddles the Highland County line. 
"Perry Township has received several complains about coyotes in the area. After the county wide trustee meeting, ODONR Office John Coffman stated he sees more coyote than deer in the county. Facts are 35% of all fawns are taken by coyotes. Coyotes can run up to 40 mph and feast on small dogs, cats, sometimes sheep or goats and newborn calves. They will eat your garbage and cow patties to survive. If you have had an experience or problem with coyotes please send me a message. I would like to know information like, when the last time you saw one was, and how often you see them."
Thanks Sam Bowers

Mobile Phones •
(740) 505-0142
Address • 11 Zimmerman Rd.   43160
Email • perry.township.1@facebook.com
Perry Township:  perrytrustee@cinci.rr.com


Monday, February 4, 2013

Joshua Winder (1810 - 1872) - Find A Grave Memorial

Joshua Winder (1810 - 1872) - Find A Grave Memorial

If you are researching the Winder Family of the North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio area, you'll discover that many members of this large family were buried at the Friends (Quaker) Cemetery on Winder Street in North Lewisburg.  The little cemetery sits at the back of the property that adjoins the former Quaker Church.  It is now a branch of the Champaign County Library.

George Reams (1866 - 1934) - Find A Grave Memorial

George Reams (1866 - 1934) - Find A Grave Memorial

I do not believe George Reams is buried at the Butcher Cemetery, in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio, but that is where a "Find A Grave" contributor has posted him for his interment.  Unfortunately, it falls to me to prove he really wasn't buried there!