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."

Friday, July 31, 2015

Walnut Creek Cemetery - Perry Township - Fayette County, Ohio - July 17, 2015


  Views above of the Harvey Limes gravestone both after cleaning and beneath it taken before cleaning.

  William Limes military marker below.  
The first photograph was taken following cleaning and the photograph beneath it was taken prior to cleaning.



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Sharing Some Photographs of the Cochran Cemtery in Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio

Sharing some of the cemetery and gravestone photographs taken on July 19, 2015 during a brief stop at the Cochran Cemetery in Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio.  

Additionally, included are a few other scanned documents that pertain to the Cochran Cemetery.  

Also, below is some biographical information about Thomas G. Cockerill and Barnabas (AKA Barnabus) Cochran and his wife, Charlotte (Stites) Cochran:

“Thomas G. Cockerill was born September 11, 1812, in Virginia, and came' to this locality with his parents when nine yea s of age. His opportunities for obtaining an education were very limited, as at the early age of fifteen years he was obliged to work out in order to help support the large family. When attaining his nineteenth year, our subject started out in life on his own account, and the following year was married to Sylvitha, daughter of Barnabas and Charlotte (Stites) Cochran, natives of New Jersey. Her father for many years was a sailor. Her parents were married in 1799, and, moving to this State in 1806, located on land in Walnut Creek, this township, where the father opened up a farm, and was among the earliest settlers. He died in 1845, when seventy three years of age. His good wife survived him a number of years. and passed away in 1855, at the advanced age of eighty years. They were the parents of seven children, of whom Mrs. Cockerill is the only survivor. They were prominent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and were active workers and liberal contributors in the same. 

Mr. Cochran gave an acre of ground for a cemetery, and aided in the erection of the first church in this locality. It has long since given way to a more attractive and commodious building, which was named after Mr. Cochran. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, serving under Gen. William Henry Harrison.”






Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Sharing Some Sad Scenes from the Staunton Cemetery in Staunton, Concord Township, Fayette County, Ohio

 Sharing photographs taken during my visit to the Staunton Cemetery (AKA Staunton Methodist Cemetery) on July 17, 2015.  

As the photographs show, there are many broken gravestones lying on the ground, some in groups or even piles.  Some are even piled up along the exterior walls of the church itself. 

It is my understanding that the Concord Township Trustees mow the Staunton Cemetery. 

The Staunton Cemetery on "Find A Grave"   currently has 282 interments listed.




The Joseph T. Limes monument lacks support and the dirt and grass that once surrounded its base are now gone.  

It is in serious danger of toppling over in its current state. 

See the 4 photographs below, including one that shows the back side of this monument with the buglar statue on top, that are of the Joseph T. Limes monument.