Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

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"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, July 27, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Scott Andersen's Summer 2013 Update for the Dean Cemetery, South Salem, Ross County, Ohio

Scott Andersen reports on his continuing cleanup and probing / searching for sunken gravestones at the Dean Cemetery in Ross County, Ohio.  

He has posted all of the interments at the Dean Cemetery on "Find A Grave.

Posted below are some photographs from Scott's most recent trip to the Dean Cemetery this July.  He also shares some of his comments describing his discoveries.:

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 (Above) 

Panoramic view of the Dean Cemetery with sunlight streaming down through the trees on the cemetery's landscape.  

Scott remarked that he has not seen this much sunlight at the Dean Cemetery since he started visting it. 

(Above)

Scott just 'unearthed' this tombstone for Elizabeth McGinnis
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"The latest and greatest is of Elizabeth McGiness's monument.  She died in 1817.  This tiny stone had fallen forward in the dirt, and I have simply stood it back up.  It was covered with weeds and a layer of dirt, and just happend to see a corner of it protruding.  Doesn't appear to have been broken off, but rather just a short, little stone.  Wish they were all this easy!   I've posted the photo on Findagrave."

(Above)
 
 "This will be the toughest part of the search.  

Story goes that about 25 years ago, the township trustees were sent into the cemetery, to clean it up.  

They inadvertantly knocked down many stones, and they piled them all up in this area.  They have for the most part started disappearing into the ground.  

The large broken stone about half way up the photo on the right side is that of Mary Brackney 1806-1827."


 (Above)

 "The larger stone in the row further back in this photo (above) belongs to Mary Polly DePew Dickey 1791-1816, the first wife of my 5th Great Uncle.  

The two large stones up front belong to James and Hannah Dean, who are also relatives."


"I thought this photo (above) was interesting.  
Compare it to the photo from September of 2011 (below), taken in the same spot, from a different angle.

 


Thank you, Scott, for your dedication to cleaning up the Dean Cemetery and finding more gravestones with each visit that have been hidden from sight for so long.  
 
The "before" and "after" photographs  -- from September, 2011 and July, 2013 -- clearly show the progress you have made. 

Thank you for sharing your results with us!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Eliza Catherine "Kate" Limes Gaskill (1839 - 1910) - Find A Grave Memorial

Eliza Catherine "Kate" Limes Gaskill (1839 - 1910) - Find A Grave Memorial

"Mrs. Abraham Marchant, the mother of our subject, was, like her husband, a native of Ohio, and on her mother's side a descendant of one of the old Virginia families. Mrs. Marchant, nee Catharine Limes, was when still a very young woman, a very ardent advocate of temperance. In 1866 she participated in one of the famous crusades against the liquor traffic.

This courageous raid took place at Greenfield, Ohio, and is said to have been the first "slashing raid" ever made against the saloon evil. All her life was devoted in generous measure to influence against the national curse of alcoholism and in favor of law enforcement of all kinds.

 Hers was a gallant fighting spirit, inherited perhaps from her Revolutionary great-grandfather, Jesse Rowe. That noted gentleman used his pension money for the lofty purpose of buying material for the first Methodist Episcopal Church ever built in Fayette County, Ohio, buying the lumber for the same from the grandfather of the late Senator Foraker of Ohio. After the war between the states the widowed Mrs. Merchant was again marred in later years. Her second husband was Thomas Gaskill. of. Wilmington, Ohio. He died in 1895. She survived him fifteen years, her worthy and efficient life closing at Aline, Oklahoma, on January 4, 1910."
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I love sharing the story of Eliza Catherine "Kate" Limes Marchant Gaskill!  Her Rowe roots were from Harmon Limes' (of Staunton Ohio) wife, Elizabeth Rowe who was her mother. 

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dolley Meek - Find A Grave Memorial

Dolley Meek - Find A Grave Memorial

Placed links within the biographies of Alley, Dolley, Mary and Jasper Meek on each of their "Find A Grave" memorials to make it easier to click and link from one to the other.  

I am still searching for who their parents were.  

They all died young and this one rather fancy small open book marker was placed in the back of the Butcher Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio for all four of them.  Their parents are not buried at the Butcher Cemetery from what is known.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

George Foerster (1883 - 1953) - Find A Grave Memorial

George Foerster (1883 - 1953) - Find A Grave Memorial



Found at the Medina Antique Mall – 330-722-0017 – 
2797 Medina Road, Medina, Ohio
Aisle 9 – Booth 110

7-16-2013

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$180.00 photograph album – Hard plastic front cover, light green with a cherub on the front cover.

From Josef Hoefler to Katie Foerster – Christmas 1897
Family Album – Louise Sohm – Aurora Road.

Obituary – Foerster, George – 9504 Highland Avenue, Garfield Hts, husband of the late Ida (Schumacher) – father of Marguerite G. Bate, and Evelyn L. Chickering, Louise Sohm, and Hilda Garrett, died suddenly.  A Nosek & Sons Funeral Home, 3282 East 55 Street.  Services, April 1, at 2:30. 
 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sharing a Story about Correcting an Inscription Mistake on a Revolutionary War Veteran's Monument

Sharing a news story that appeared online by PortClintonNewsHerald.com on July 5, 2013, that was written by Kristina Smith.  Included is a touching family video of the ceremonies.  This is not your usual story most might expect, but one with a twist regarding not the veteran himself, but his wife's name that had caused the problem.  

 
The new monument's photograph can be seen also on the "Find A Grave" memorial for Elizabeth Waggoner.
 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Upcoming Preservation Work Scheduled at the Doud Cemetery, Trumbull County, Ohio - Saturday, July 13, 2013 - 9:00am to Noon

From Vienna Historical Society President Christine Novicky:


"This Saturday from 9 AM - 12 PM we will have our second of three Cemetery Restoration & Preservation Days of the summer!


To participate, meet at Doud Cemetery (off of King-Graves Rd - just before heading west on bridge over Route 11) - if you GOOGLE "Doud Cemetery Vienna" a map will come up of exact location.

WHAT TO BRING: garden gloves, garden shears, and if possible, milk jugs containing water (to wash down the gravestones).

Please come preserve township history! 
 
Bottled water will be provided!"
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Summer 2013 Cemetery Preservation Days Announced!
Saturday, June 15, 9 AM to Noon
Saturday, July 13, 9 AM to Noon
Saturday, August 10, 9 AM to Noon

"Join the Society's effort to restore and preserve the Old Section of Vienna Township Cemetery.  We appreciate all help--even 15 minutes (the time it takes to clean a gravestone) will be rewarded!  Work gloves, garden shears, and jugs of water all welcome as well.  Updates on Facebook!"