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."

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Two More Dean Markers Were Straightened Up Today at the Dean Cemetery

Scott & Venus returned to the Dean Cemetery 9-26-2013:

 "Here's some of what we did today.  These are stones of James H. Dean on the left, and Hannah Baird Dean on the right.  Can't seem to determine how James fits in, but Hannah is one of Abraham's daughters in law, married to his son John.  We were able to put James' footstone back in the proper spot.  Hannah's is broken off, and the lower portion is a jigsaw puzzle that we will get to when we can.  At least we have the upper part intact.  It is amazing how much bigger these stones look when they are standing straight!"

Before photograph above

 After photographs above
 After photograph above  James H. Dean's stone
Thank you Scott and Venus for sharing your photographs and your restoration progress report for your continued work at the Dean Cemetery! 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dean Cemetery (Ross County, Ohio) Update from Scott Andersen

Scott shares his before and after photographs of the gravestone of Revolutionary War veteran Abraham Dean who is buried at the Dean Cemetery

Scott continues his work with improving the cemetery's grounds and locating more sunken gravestones at this almost forgotten burial ground in Ross County, Ohio.

A view of the Abraham Dean stone in September, 2011 prior to cleaning at the Dean Cemetery

 The Abraham Dean stone in September, 2011 - 3 days after the Dean Cemetery was cleaned.

The Abraham Dean stone in September, 2013 prior to straightening the stone.

The Abraham Dean stone in September, 2013 after its removal from the ground. Ready to be re-installation and straightened.

(Above and below)
The Abraham Dean stone in September, 2013 after its re-installation.

Upcoming Cemetery Walks at Oakland Cemetery in Sandusky, Ohio - September, 26th and 28th.

Click on the title to learn more about the "Kings of Commerce" Cemetery walk --  scheduled for the 26th and 28th of September beginning at 10:00a.m. 

This story about the cemetery walks at the Oakland Cemetery appears on the Sandusky Register website, was written by Tom Jackson.  

The Oakland Cemetery, listed also as "Sandusky Cemetery" on "Find A Grave," has 8,026 interments listed for it on "Find A Grave."

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Sharing Some Photographs from Gail Allen of the Washington Cemetery, Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio

Thanking Gail Allen for sharing the following photographs she took recently while visiting the Washington Cemetery in Washington Court House, Fayette County, Ohio.  

Thank you Gail, for also taking photographs of the stone markers for William A. and Jemima (Rowe) Limes. 

 (above gravesite - Section 9 E in the back of the cemetery)


(above gravesite - Section 9 E in the back of the cemetery)


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sharing Recent Photographs taken by Gail Allen of the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio

Sharing recent photographs taken by Gail Allen who visited the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio.  

As you can see, several gravestones, tablet type monuments, and above ground slab-type markers remain in great need of restorative care as they have been for obviously and unfortuantely a number of years.  

Thank you Gail, so much for sharing your photographs!  I know Gail is working with other members of the Greenfield Historical Society to adopt a plan for the betterment of the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield.  

Currently, there are 343 interments listed on "Find A Grave" at the Old Burying Ground.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Urgent Need for Volunteers to Help Clean Up Chapel Heights Memory Gardens, Marion Township, Marion County, Ohio

Thanking Sandy Mader Holladay for bringing to my attention the deteriorated condition at the Chapel Heights Memory Gardens in Marion County, Ohio.  
From Sandy's Blog:

"If you have family members buried there, I encourage you to get in the car and go visit, see if you can find your loved ones graves."

The Cemetery is:

Chapel Heights Memory Garden
2622 Marion-Upper Sandusky Road
Marion, Ohio  43302
Phone #: 740-383-1709

"There are several entrances one if off Marion-Waldo Road."

"Can you help?  Many different things need to be done to clean up this cemetery, it will require work and organization.  

Volunteers are needed.  There will be physical work needed, mapping, photographing and lots of organizing.  This is a wonderful way to give back, to work for a solution.  Anyone interested in history, genealogy, community service, as well as those with family members buried here are encouraged to join the effort.  If you're not local or close enough to drive to Marion to physically take part, please consider making a monetary donation to The Genealogy Society to help."
Currently, there are 974 interments at Chapel Heights Memory Gardens on "Find A Grave." 

Sunday, September 15, 2013

"Ancestral Breezes" Blowing from Colorado to Ohio

I am sharing a blogpost entitled "The Cemetery Santa"  from the blog "Ancestral Breezes" written by Jen Baldwin of Summit County, Colorado.  

Jen's true story directly relates to cemeteries and the reasons they should be preserved.  It is a universal one that transcends state borders.  It contains truths and advice that are relevant to many cemeteries across America, including Ohio -- which became a state in 1803, and is heavily dotted with early pioneer cemeteries that have for too long been neglected and have fallen into various states of deterioration and disrepair.  

Bringing back the honor and respect every gravesite deserves requires time, patience, and participation from those who still care and are willing to invest some of their own resources to improve their future.  

I think you'll enjoy reading the blog post for many reasons, so that is why I've decided to step out of Ohio for moment and share it with you.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bob Dyer: Hope waning for historic cemetery - Local - Ohio

This newspaper story is about Mount Hope Cemetery in South Akron, Summit County, Ohio.  

One setback after another has befallen Mount Hope thwarting its chances and hope for a turnaround toward a brighter future.  It desperately needs routine maintenance to 'play catch up' with its neglected and largely overgrown grounds to return it to the well kept cemetery it once was. 
There are 1,989 interments listed for Mount Hope Cemetery on "Find A Grave" with six outstanding gravestone photograph requests. It is 51% photographed at the present time.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Spotlighting the "Virtual Cemetery of Madison Truro Stones Found Buried" by Brent Nimmo

The "Virtual Cemetery of Madison Truro Stones Found Buried" on "Find A Grave" has been created by Brent Nimmo

Brent has been a regular visitor to the Madison Truro Cemetery  in Franklin County, Ohio for several years.  Thus far, during his visits he has unearthed 26 gravestones.  To document these stones, Brent has created a "Virtual Cemetery" of the memorials that include photographs of these gravestones that he has taken following his removal of dirt, grass, and weeds in order to photograph them.  

 Unless and until arrangements can be made and the resources found, these gravestones will remain as they are; lying in the ground and not standing tall as they should be. 

Thank you Brent for bringing this situation at the Madison Truro Cemetery to our attention and for locating,  uncovering, and photograhing these gravestones so that they will not be lost altogether.  We know they are there because of your exploration efforts.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Reporting Recent Vandalism at Good Hope Cemetery in Wayne Township, Fayette County, Ohio

The Fayette County "Record Herald" newspaper and its online edition have published a story today written by Ryan Carter about recent extensive vandalism at Good Hope Cemetery in Wayne Township, Fayette County, Ohio.  

Please click on the title or the cemetery's name above to link to the story.  

The Good Hope Cemetery is routinely cared for by the Wayne Township Trustees.

Currently, there are 766 interments at the Good Hope Cemetery on "Find A Grave."
The Fayette County Sheriff's office is investigating.
 "Authorities are encouraging anyone who may have noticed a suspicious vehicle or suspicious persons in that area at the time of the incident on Friday to call the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at (740) 335-6170."