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, January 30, 2015

The Butcher (AKA Walnut Grove Cemetery) in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio is Now Listed on the Ohio Historic Inventory!

No. CHP - 1281-5

(The photograph at the top of this blog was taken at the rear of the Butcher Cemetery)
Contact information regarding the Ohio Historic Inventory:
Susan Tietz | National Register and Inventory Manager, State Historic Preservation Office

Ohio History Connection | 800 E. 17th Ave., Columbus, OH 43211

p. 614.298.2000 | f. 614.298.2037 | stietz@ohiohistory.org

A Grave Interest: Dealing With Your Digital Death

A Grave Interest: Dealing With Your Digital Death: Over 400 people die every hour. That’s 10,273 who die every day. Over 312,500 die every month.     We all kn...

Sharing an Elyria Chronicle-Telegram story: "Is Avon Lake’s maritime mystery no more?" Are Two Missing War of 1812 Veterans Found?

Sharing the newspaper story: "Is Avon Lake's maritime mystery no more?" published January 29, 2015 and written by Jon Wysochanski of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram

The account is about two lost War of 1812 veterans, Henry Van Poole and Richard Williams who according to the article, might be the two missing seaman that

"For years, Avon Lake has held a connection to the Battle of Lake Erie, with stories being passed down for generations that two dead seamen washed up on the shore after the battle." 

On the shore of Lake Erie just west of the end of Route 83 on Route 6 (Lake Road) is the Lake Shore Cemetery (AKA Avon Lake Cemetery) where there is a beautiful flat black marker that was installed and honors these two men, but as unknowns.
For anyone interested in learning more about this fascinating War of 1812 mystery, Mr. Bill Krejci who has done extensive historical research on these missing seamen, will be presenting his findings at an upcoming meeting of the Avon Lake Historical Society at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Waugaman Gallery, Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd. 

**The event is free and open to the public.**

“The oldest legible stone in the Lake Shore Cemetery is for Joseph Moore, an American Revolution veteran, and one of George Washington’s bodyguards,” Krejci said. “He died in 1822.”

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

“Preserving History - Cut in Stone” presented by Jay Russell -- Feb 2, 2015 - 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Independence Civic Center – Willow Room - Independence OH 44131


From the Cuyahoga County Valley Genealogical Society - A Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society


“Preserving History-Cut in Stone”

Presented by Jay Russell

"Learn the basic cleaning and preservation processes that can be done by family members of the deceased or novices who want to learn the basics of tombstone preservation.

More advanced techniques will be covered as part of a “hands on” workshop being planned for this spring."

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Limeworks.us Announces 10% Sale on D/2 Biological Solution Through March 31, 2015

Click HERE to access the Limeworks.us Store.
Sharing from LimeWorks.us -- 10% sale on D/2 Biological Solution -- now through March 31, 2015.


If you were planning to purchase D/2 Biological Solution for your Spring and Summer gravestone cleaning projects, this would be a great time to order. 

Be sure to supply the Code D2CEM15 when placing your order either online or by phone to receive your 10% discount (does not include shipping).

"Tested and used by the National Park Service and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs." 
Click HERE for more information and to view a representative collection of "before" and "after" photographs of gravestones cleaned with D/2 Biological Solution. 

One example is shown below.

(Above Photograph courtesy of Limeworks.us)

from "Limeworks.us":
"Sprayed with D/2 Biological Solution Fall 2010. Photographed Spring 2011. No scrubbing or washing. Biodegradable, no bleach, no acid, no salts. Will not harm plants, stone or you."

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sharing an Example of a "Snow Rubbed" Gravestone Inscription

Thanking Susan Munch Frank, a member of the Facebook Group, "Preserving Ohio's Cemeteries," for granting her permission to share her photograph of the inscription of the Helena Johanna Wagner Schack gravestone at the Lutheran Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio
While, Susan did not take a "before" photograph of this gravestone's inscription -- meaning before rubbing snow over the letters and numbers -- she did inadvertently leave the lower right-hand portion alone which helps for comparison purposes.  

There is a photo dated September 27, 2014 on "Find A Grave" that offers a view of this gravestone which shows the entire inscription in its natural state.

Click HERE to view inscription on "Find a Grave."
I think the "after" photograph of this grave marker clearly illustrates how rubbing snow over the lettering on a marker greatly enhances its inscription.  

It may take a bit of practice and the process may not work equally as well with all types and styles of gravestones, but it is worth a try if you feel a more clear look at the words and numbers is needed.
This is a great use of the snow (make sure no pebbles are in the snow you use!) and it is safe to use on the gravestone.

Trying this method of spreading snow over a gravestone's inscription may also save you some time later on after the snow has melted.  Otherwise, you might need to shine some additional light on the inscription by using a mirror or a LED flashlight, or clean the gravestone with water and a soft bristle brush to achieve the same results.

Harmon Limes, Sr (1750 - 1806) - Find A Grave Memorial

Now linked to parents, Andrew and Frances (Cornwell) Limes

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Spotlighting the Blog "Ask the Director" -- Helpful Information on Many Interesting Topics Including Family Cemeteries

A permanent link to this blog has been added today under the category of "Death/ Funerals/Obituaries Related Blogs."

Here is an example of a blog post that presents in-depth information about an important issue many folks encounter that is dated May 14, 2010 and is entitled:

If you have issues regarding smaller family cemeteries, I encourage you to read through this rather extensive blog post.  
"How to ask the Director... Please e-mail a question you would like to have researched and responded to by way of e-mail at": bhanner@geibfuneral.com.


Browsing through the topics and labels will help you decide which ones are of interest to you.  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Elyria (Lorain County) Ohio: "Elyria Council envisions cremations as a cost savings for indigent burials"

Sharing a link to a story published online today (January 14, 2015) by the "Elyria Chronicle-Telegram" newspaper written by reporter, Lisa Roberson, regarding adopting a cost saving requirement of cremations only for indigent burials at Elyria City cemeteries.  

The City of Elyria has three cemeteries:


Religious or cultural issues may be a matter of concern regarding cremations, and those are also mentioned in the article.  

Monday, January 12, 2015

"Limeworks.us" -- "Here’s a contest for you! Limelight Spark Segments"

"Limesstones" Likes "Limeworks.US"



"Here’s a contest for you!"

"LimeWorks.us is offering a $500 prize for the best short video of the month and a $1,000 grand prize for the best short video overall, to legal US residents over the age of 18. 

The intent of our contest is to find someone who is talented in videography, who understands the message that we are encouraging, and will put a message out about something noteworthy in his/her local area that is captivating and inspiring to us and our audience.

Submitted videos should be 3-5 minutes long featuring a person, place, or thing which exemplifies:
  • keeping up the good fight for historic preservation,
  • saving a regional cultural heritage,
  • designing, retrofitting and/or building sustainable structures in America.
The short segments that we currently produce in-house are known as   "Limelight Spark Segments."

An example of a Spark Segment can be found at  https://www.youtube.com/user/LimeWorksUS.
** Please read all of the contest rules

 (Photograph of Daniel DePoy monument at the Good Hope Cemetery in Fayette County, Ohio - taken May 5, 2014 by Scott Andersen after an application of D/2 Biological Solution)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Thanking Sally L. Johnson of Urbana, Ohio for her Encouragement & Support Extended to Me and on Behalf of Cemetery Preservation in Ohio.

Thanking my friend, Sally L. Johnson of Urbana, Ohio, for her kind ongoing encouragement and support of my outreach for cemetery preservation improvements, particularly here in Ohio.
 I wanted to re-share what Sally so kindly shared with me this week.
 The short story Sally shared below is one that reflects the feelings many of us have regarding our ancestors and how our desire to honor them guides us toward taking steps to preserve their gravesites; and thus honor their memory and show our respect that we care.  
Excerpts from Sally: 
"Here’s the Wendell Berry piece I spoke about.  He’s one of my favorite authors and this is an excerpt from the first of a small book of his short stories. It is set in an area of small farms around a fictional village of Port William, Kentucky. The farmers are poor, working the acreages wrested from the heavily-wooded hillsides generations ago by their ancestors.  Berry’s middle-aged character Andy is musing about the death of his beloved grandfather twenty-five years before": 
Sharing quotations from Wendell Berry and his book 
"Fidelity - Five Stories" -- from the first story entitled : "Pray Without Ceasing." 
“Mat Feltner was my grandfather on my mother’s side.  Saying it thus, I force myself to reckon again with the strangeness of the verb was.  The man of whom I once was pleased to say ‘He is my grandfather,’ has become the dead man who was my grandfather.  He was, and is no more. And this is a part of the great mystery we call time.

    But, the past is present also.  And this, I think, is a part of the greater mystery we call eternity…when my grandfather was dying, I was not thinking about the past.  My grandfather was still a man I knew, but as he subsided day by day, he was ceasing to be the man I had known.  I was experiencing consciously for the first time that transformation in which the living, by dying, pass into the living…this man who was my grandfather is present in me, as I felt always his father to be present in him.

     But even the unknown past is present in us, its silence as persistent as a ringing in the ears. When I stand in the road that passes through Port William, I am standing on the strata of my history that go down through the known past into the unknown; the blacktop rests on state gravel, which rests on county gravel, which rests on the creek rock and cinders laid down by the town when it was still mostly beyond the reach of the county; and under the creek rock and cinders is the dirt track of the town’s beginning, the buffalo trace that was the way we came.

     You work your way down, or not so much down as within, into the interior of the present, until finally you come to that beginning in which all things, the world and the light itself, at a word welled up into being out of their absence.  And, nothing is here that we are beyond the reach of merely because we do not know about it.”

From Sally:
    " Linda, you have preserved much of the “interior of the present” by your attention to the markers and the lives of those we did not know, but who are yet present in us. You have encouraged preservation of their tangible tributes and the stories they tell.
Sally is quite active with a number of civic affairs activities in Urbana, Ohio. 
See blog posts of:

 May 13, 2014:

Remembering the Old Graveyard in Urbana, Ohio -- Ohio Historical Marker Dedication - Saturday, June 7, 2014 in Urbana, Ohio

June 10, 2014:

Sharing a News Story with Photographs of the Dedication of the Ohio Historical Marker at Urbana's Historic Old Graveyard

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year - 2015! Spotlighting one of My Favorite Smaller Cemeteries

View of Sheep Pen Cemetery.  
It is also known as Limes or Gustin Cemetery.  
It straddles the county line between Highland and Fayette Counties in Ohio.  
The entire cemetery suffered vandalism in 2011 and fortunately the stones were repaired and re-set.  

Surnames buried at Sheep Pen

Aber, Barkley, Beals (Bales), Bennett, Best, Boyd, Brock, Crooks, Daugherty, Dick, Dorman, Geller, Goodwin, Irwin, Kelley (Kelly), Limes, McVey (McVay), McWilliams, Penwell, Rogers (Rodgers), Roosa, Shepherd, and Yohn.