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."

Monday, November 30, 2015

Modern Monuments & Merry Christmas at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio

Sharing photos taken November 29, 2015 at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio.  

The photo of the gravesite decorated for Christmas with the big flowery wreath, an angel wreath, and stand up metal angel and tree was the most unique one I saw during my visit.  

The lack of snow somewhat detracts from the spirit of a traditional winter holiday scene, but the thoughtful decorations are making up for it!   
The remaining photographs are of newer larger granite monuments.  Each has its own individuality.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Then & Now at the Dean Cemetery, Buckskin Township, Ross County, Ohio

The photographs below:
The top photo is a panoramic view (a composite of five - 4" x 6" photos) of the Dean Cemetery as it looked in September of 2011 prior to any work being done to remove trees and underbrush; clean, repair and reset gravestones; and the unearthing of buried gravestones -- of which there have been several discovered since that time.

The second photo is a side-by-side comparison of how the Dean Cemetery looked in September of 2011 (left photo) and how the cemetery looks today (photo to the right taken November 11, 2015).

The bottom two photographs of the Dean Cemetery were taken November 11, 2015. 
 Once fallen over gravestones are now standing straight in a cleaned and repaired condition.  The markers pristinely dot the green grass landscape.

An environment of eternal rest now made more peaceful for those buried at this early family graveyard in Ross County, Ohio has come about through the dedicated work of Scott and Venus Andersen.
  All photographs are courtesy of Scott Andersen.


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Reflecting on Veterans Day, 2015 by Spotlighting the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery

In tribute to all of those veterans now gone from our midst, spotlighting on this Veterans' Day, 2015 the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, Medina County, Ohio

The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs website page for the Western Reserve National Cemetery.

Sharing also the "Find A Grave" memorial for Peter John Ellis
who was buried at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Update for the Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Diocese of Cleveland: Burial Records are Now Online for St. Mary's Cemetery in Elyria, Lorain County, Ohio

"Over the past two years the Catholic Cemeteries Association has embarked upon the consolidation of all burial records into a centralized database. 

The online burial search and shopping cart are only available at this current point in time for the following cemeteries":
  • All Saints, Northfield
  • All Souls, Chardon
  • Holy Cross, Akron
  • Holy Cross, Brook Park
  • Resurrection, Valley City
  • St. Joseph, Avon
  • Calvary, Lorain
  • St. Mary, Elyria

Old Burying Ground Work Session Slated for Sunday, November 15, 2015 Starting at 9:00a.m.

The next work session at The Old Burying Ground cemetery in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio is scheduled for Sunday, November 15, 2015 beginning at 9:00a.m. 

The work sessions are part of an ongoing cemetery preservation project by the Greenfield Historical Society

The Greenfield Historical Society
PO Box 266
Greenfield, Ohio 45123

Greenfieldhistoricalsociety Info

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Sharing the Documented Surnames of People Buried at the Shannon Cemetery in Bluffton, Allen County, Ohio

Thanking Mr. Ray Mumma of  "Save Shannon Cemetery" for the information listed below:

"Here is a list of 70 plus names and surnames we have documented, sources not listed, of some of those buried in Shannon Cemetery Bluffton, Ohio. 

We have since May 2015, and still are researching names for, those buried there.

Why is it that the Village and or it's agent not made public ALL the names they have researched in the 15 years they say they have worked on this project.

We have sources documenting 12 rows of graves. We have documented the location by row and plot number of 41 known individuals. Of the 42 stones the Village removed, we have the location by row and plot number for 27 of those stones.

We can reestablish the 12 rows and place 27 of those stones back on their graves. The Village is worried about Liability, where was this concern when they removed the 42 stones?
                         If anyone has an ancestor with a listed name, please contact us at:


Anderson, William; Arnold;

Battels; Battels, Caroline; Battels, John; Bentley; Berry, John; Boedicker, Martin; Bryan, Tabatha; Bryan, Wesley; Bufford;

Casey; Clifford, A.B.; Clifford, J.H.; Clifford, M.F.; Clifford, Rosann; Clifford, S.E.; Clifford, S.M.; Commer, Hannanh; Commer, Issac; Conkle, Lydia S.P.; Connell, Mary;

Dearth, Daniel; Dearth, Nancy; DeFord, Joseph – Government Issued Gravestone; Drumm, Emma Belle Clemings; Dunlap, Caroline; Dunlap, Eli;

Easton; Edder; Elder; Elizabeth Hoffman; Ewing, Elizabeth Clemmens; Ewing, John Henry;

Fitzgerald, Martha Linn Goble; Fenton, Delia; Fenton, Robert; Ford; Foreman; Gardner, Samuel – stone reads: Gardener; Gaskill, John E.;Gaskill, Katherine; Gaskill, Minerva; Gaskill, Moses; Gaskil, Phoebe McHenry; Gatter; Goble, Daniel C.; Gufford; Gutman, Jacob;

Harberhauer; Hipsher, Samuel – Government Issued Stone; Hipsher, Wm. (William) – Government Issued Stone; Huber, Barbara; Huber, Jacob L.; Hurter; Husher;

Iden, Rosanna Clemings; Kipfer;

Long, William; Long, Rachel A.; McDowell, Alonzo;

McHenry, Eliza; Murray; Murray, George W.;

Owens, Infant; Owens, James K.; Owens, Martha J.;


Smith; Stratton, Daniel; Stratton, J.;

Wilson, Montgomery; Wilson, Susan; ????, Sarah; ????, Rosann."

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

"5 Photos You Should Take at the Cemetery" - By Amy Johnson Crow

Amy Johnson Crow has some great reminders about the types of photographs that should always be taken while visiting a cemetery.  Amy is also a certified genealogist and well-known in the world of genealogy.  

Amy's blog is very well done, so I'm sure you'll enjoy this post on gravestone photographing tips, and many others too offered on her blog.