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."

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Modest Monument of Caroline S. Pim Stands Upright Again at the Friends (Quaker) Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio

Thanking Rush Township Trustee, Cinda Bailey and her family, for their help to put this mid-size monument back upright on its base.  It now awaits to be secured in place and cleaned.  

Click on title to read Caroline S. Pim's "Find A Grave" memorial.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Awaiting Easter at All Saints Cemetery in Northfield, Summit County, Ohio

Sharing some photographs of portions of Section 8 and a longer shot view of the Babyland area set aside at All Saints Cemetery in Northfield, Summit County, Ohio. 

There were many unique and decorative Easter displays in place at most gravesites that were interesting to see and photograph.  This cemetery is comprised of primarily flat in-ground markers. 

 Looking up the hill in Section 8 at All Saints Cemetery
 Looking up the hill in Section 8 at All Saints Cemetery
View of the Babyland area of All Saints Cemetery with guardian angel standing in the center above.

"All Saints Catholic Cemetery has been serving the Catholic community since 1964. Spanning over 271 acres of rolling grounds with two lakes, All Saints Catholic Cemetery is found near the Cuyahoga Valley National Park."

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Preserving Ohio's Cemeteries" -- A New Facebook Group with a Focus on Bringing Together 'Like Minded" People Who Care and are Concerned About Preserving Ohio's Gravesites and Cemeteries

A new Facebook Group, "Preserving Ohio's Cemeteries," has been created.  

It is amazing how many new Facebook Groups have emerged in the past few months.  I feel now is a good time for a group that focuses on preserving Ohio's gravesites and cemeteries.  To bring together people of "like minds" who desire to share with others their experiences, ideas, and stories on this subject.

"Preserving Ohio's Cemeteries" Facebook Group will act as a 'hub' bringing together those who care, and will in turn, inspire others to participate in expanding awareness of the needs that so many of Ohio's cemeteries and individual gravesites have ranging from improving grounds maintenance, repairing or replacing markers, finding ways to locate lost gravesites, learning proper gravestone cleaning techniques, and helping others to become involved.
  Too much Ohio history has already been lost through time and neglect.  That trend needs to be reversed, and only we an do it.

Pleake a moment to check out "Preserving Ohio's Cemeteries" on Facebook and consider joining to participate in discussions, share your experiences, and learn from others.  

Thank you!

J. Hamlin Epps (1876 - 1953) - Find A Grave Memorial

Sharing this "Find A Grave" memorial.  

J. Hamlin Epps was buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery just outside the village limits of North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio.  

Today, a photograph of the gravestone was posted on this memorial.  

Find A Graeve's "Photo volunteer" program is one of the best benefits of the website!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Adaline D. Limes Dailey (1826 - 1898) - Find A Grave Memorial

Sharing this "Find A Grave" memorial for my great-great Aunt.  Her full name was Adaline D. Limes Winder Winder Ballinger Dailey.  I think you'll enjoy reading the history of her remarkable life!  I would be thrilled one day to see her photograph!  

Friday, March 22, 2013

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

Sharing my Find A Grave Memorial for my father, Harry Limes, who died 25 years ago today.  

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

 Harry Limes and Linda - Lorain, Ohio - 1970s

 Harry Limes graduation photograph - McComb High School, McComb, Ohio - 1923

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spotlighting "The Graveyard Rabbit of Northern Virginia"

I would like to take a moment to thank "The Graveyard Rabbit of Northern Virginia" for following "Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in Ohio" and for including it on their blog roll.  

I appreciate so much all of the followers of "Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in Ohio" and wish to thank you all for your kind support, which has meant so much!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Milo H. Barnum (1843 - 1919) - Find A Grave Memorial

Spotlighting Milo H. Barnum, Civil War Veteran of the 103rd O.V.I. Co. "B", buried at the Bedford Cemetery in Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  

Many thanks to "Find A Grave" contributor "MHB" for posting this memorial and including two photographs of Milo H. Barnum that truly compliment the history of his early and later life.  

His grave is marked with a small flat red granite marker that has become chipped along the edges of the stone.

The Gentle Gentile: Local Catholic Man, Anthony Pisciotta, Volunteers His Time To Fix Up Jewish Bayside Cemetery « CBS New York

Sharing this heartwarming story from "CBS New York" -- a simple lesson anyone can learn from no matter where they live. 

Thanking Jonathan Appell for posting this story.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Re-visiting the Hale Cemetery in Hardin County, Ohio

Be sure and also check out the Hardin County Genealogical Society's website
for more information about researching your Hardin County, Ohio ancestors.  

Below are the cemetery books available for purchase from the Hardin County Genealogical Society (click at the link at the bottom of their Publication Page for the full listing, which includes:

Buck-Cessna Township Cemetery Book
Calvary Cemetery, Logan County Inscriptions
Dola Cemetery    
Dunkirk Cemetery Stone Readings
Hale Township Cemetery Listing  (Including Burial Permits)
Index to Hardin Co Veteran's Graves
Marion Township Cemetery Inscriptions
McDonald Cemetery Inscriptions
Pleasant Township Cemeteries
Preston Cemetery (Marion Twp) Burial Permit Records – Vol 1
Preston Cemetery (Marion Twp) Index to Burials
Roundhead Township Cemetery Inscriptions
St. Mary’s Cemetery 

Below are a few photographs from a June, 2012 trip to the Hale Cemetery, in Hale Township, Hardin County, Ohio.  

Currently, there are 647 interments listed for the Hale Cemetery on "Find A Grave" with 7 outstanding gravestone photograph requests

Friday, March 15, 2013

Spotlighting "Respectful Interment Preservations"

From Jay Russell of "Respectful Interment Preservations - R.I.P.":
"Is your group or organization making plans for the summer? Be sure to include a presentation by R.I.P.!"

"I have just completed a Powerpoint presentation on vintage medines, devices and disease names. Now booking preservation work and presentations for the summer season. Contact R.I.P. to reserve your time now."

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Taking a Detailed Look at "Sexton Records" on Familysearch.org

Sharing from the "March 2013 - FamilySearch Wiki Contributor Newsletter" that just 'popped up' in my in-box today!:

Next, click on the link at the bottom of the article for the full details (link here below):

Monday, March 11, 2013

A Call for Help! Logan County Genealogical Society Plans to Update Cemetery Transcription Books

Deb Allison, "Find A Grave" contributor and current President of the Logan County Genealogical Society, has posted that the society plans to re-print updated versions of their Logan County cemetery books that were originally published in the 1980s.  However, extra help is needed from additional volunteers who could join them in walking Logan County cemeteries and recording gravestone inscriptions.

There are two email addresses attributed to Deb:

From her "Find A Grave" member page:   




Thus, if you live in the Logan County, Ohio area and wish to participate with helping transcribe gravestone inscriptions at local cemeteries, please contact Deb Allison. 

Per "Find A Grave" there are over 100 cemeteries listed on their website for Logan County, Ohio. 

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spotlighting "Ohio Cemeteries" on "Cyndi's List"

If you are like me and have been researching your ancestors for a number of years, you have utilized "Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet"

Cyndi is Cyndi Ingle Howells.  Cyndi has almost 4,000 followers on Twitter!

You can spend hours browsing "Cyndi's List" and enjoy every minute of it because new links are added quite often.  

Today, I am spotlighting "Cyndi's List" for our purposes of researching the topic of Ohio Cemeteries.  

A few good general categories to start your "Cyndi's List" cemetery search are:

"Cemeteries and Funeral Homes"

"Ohio Cemeteries and Funeral Homes"  -- (Thank you Cyndi for including "Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in Ohio" in your Ohio Cemeteries link!)

With over 326,000 links on "Cyndi's List," I am confident you will locate several that will help you to learn more about available resources on the Internet that you may have overlooked or are new. 

Thank you, Cyndi, for continuing with your magnificient website that has been a rare genealogical gem indeed and has withstood the test of time on the world's ever-changing Internet.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Featuring the "Friends" Cemeteries in Champaign County, Ohio listed on "Find A Grave"

As most of us who have ever searched on "Find A Grave" have come to learn quite often we see two cemeteries listed with the same name. A few examples come to mind and one is in Champaign County, Ohio

The title links to the "Find A Grave" listing of two "Friends" Cemeteries in Champaign County. The top one just states it is in Champaign County and the lower one listed also includes the identification of "North Lewisburg."

If the top listed "Friends" Cemetery is accessed we learn that it also is known by other names which are
Lapham-Ryan Cemetery or Old Mount Tabor Cemetery. No location, however, is provided for it. Unfortunately, "Find A Grave" does not offer the ability to include a township name in a description when a cemetery is located in a township but not a town.

Spotlighting Ohio's Rufus Putnam

To learn more about Revolutionary War Continental Army Brigadier General Rufus Putnam, who was buried at Mound Cemetery in Marietta, Washington County, Ohio visit his "Find A Grave" memorial:

 General Putnam's original gravestone is not located at his gravesite.  

For details about it, click on title to learn where his beautiful original gravestone is today

Monday, March 4, 2013

Spotlighting Maple Grove Cemetery - Mechanicsburg, Champaign County, Ohio

Once again, I'm sharing some photographs sent to me by Diana Goodes, "Find A Grave" contributor.  Diana visited some of Ohio's cemeteries in November of 2010 and photographed various gravestones, Civil War monuments, and cemetery landscapes.  


Today, I'm posting photographs Diana took at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Mechanicsburg, Champaign County, Ohio.  

There are three famous interments listed on "Find A Grave" for Maple Grove Cemetery in Mechanicsburg:
William Bart Saxbe, U. S. Ambassador and Ohio Senator.
"Find A Grave" contributor, Bill McKern, has posted a nice photograph of Senator Saxbe on his memorial. Bill credits the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum for the photograph.  
Thomas W. Thompson, "Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient."  
 "Find A Grave" contributor, Rob Weller, has posted a wonderful Civil War era photograph of him on his memorial.  
  Addison White, "A runaway slave."  "During the Civil War, he served with the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, before returning to Mechanicsburg where he worked at the city's street department."  
"Find A Grave" contributor, Bigwoo, has posted a wonderful early photograph of Addison White on his memorial.  


 Currently, there are 4,993 interments listed on "Find A Grave" for the Maple Grove Cemetery in Mechanicsburg.  Fifteen gravestone photo requests are waiting for photo volunteers to fulfill them by walking Maple Grove Cemetery, taking the gravestone pictures, and posting them on their corresponding memorials.  

The photo volunteer program is a fantastic feature of "Find A Grave" and has helped so many of us see gravestones of relatives, friends, and even early ancestors that we might not see otherwise.  

Thank you Diana for sharing your photographs with us!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sharing a Story from the Blog "Brady's Bunch of Lorain County Nostalgia" and the "Morning Journal" -- "Brownhelm Tombstones Disclose Segments of State's Political Past"

I admit it, I'm a 'blog nut" -- I enjoy composing posts for this blog and presenting, to the best of my ability, information relating to cemetery preservation in Ohio.  Along with the preservation aspects of tombstones, gravesites and cemeteries, I feel it is worthwhile to stay focused on the fact that almost every day almost forgotten gravesites in our Buckeye State are being re-discovered; and those stories need to be shared as well.

Also, I enjoy reading other people's blogs and have included permanent links to several here.  Please review them because from time to time I will be updating and adding new ones.  When I note that a blog has not posted any recent activity, it is subject for removal, however.  

But, today, I am proud to share here a blog post from one of my favorite blogs: