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, August 23, 2019

Sharing side-by-side before repairs and after repairs photos of the Henry Wilson Irwin Family markers at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Ohio courtesy of Scott Andersen

It is my pleasure to share these side-by-side photographs taken by Scott Andersen on August 22, 2019 of the row of Henry Wilson Irwin family grave markers at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio.  
Another step in this process remains to be completed for these grave markers.  That is cleaning them with D/2 Biological Solution.
All of this restoration progress for these nine grave markers was made possible through the efforts of Greenfield Historical Society volunteers, Scott Andersen, John King, and Michael Lee Anderson who largely handle the repairs and re-settings of grave markers; as well as the heavy lifting for the larger monuments at the Old Burying Ground. 

One of Greenfield's most notable native sons and decorated Naval hero was Rear Admiral Noble Edward Irwin.  
His parents were Henry Wilson Irwin and his fourth wife, Lavinia Ann "Lavina" Rogers Irwin.  
"Rear Admiral Irwin graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1891. He was wounded in action on May 1, 1898 while aboard the USS Baltimore at the Battle of Manila Bay. Admiral Irwin was awarded the Navy Cross for meritorious service as director of Naval Aviation during WWI. 
The U.S. Destroyer, the USS Irwin, was named in his honor."

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

REMINDER: Thursday, August 22, 2019 - Volunteer work session at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio

The Greenfield Historical Society of Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio is making great strides in 2019 during their sixth year of volunteer work preserving and restoring their village's Old Burying Ground; often referred to as the "OBG"!
Mr. John King is the contact person at jfking@earthlink.net. :

"Please join other volunteers as we continue to make improvements to the Old Burial Ground. We'll start at 8:00 a.m. and work as long as we have the energy. Come help and stay as long as you can."
**You can always check the calendar section for upcoming events at the Greenfield Historical Society where the cemetery preservation/restoration work sessions are posted.:
So many historical society volunteers like John King, Scott Andersen, and Venus Andersen -- all who are leaders who have volunteered every year; and long time volunteers like Michael Lee Anderson, Jackie Doles, and Gloria Losey, who have been contributing in various ways for several years;  they all are to be congratulated for their efforts that have greatly improved the condition of the gravestones and the gravesites as well.  
These stalwart volunteers welcome serious and like-minded folks to join them as they continue with their work.  

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sharing photographs by Tim Foor taken during the week of work at the Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Sharing photographs taken by Tim Foor of Hallowed Ground Cemetery Preservation LLC
Tim generally conducts gravestone restoration work in the Central Ohio area - which is his home base, but he has more recently been expanding to other areas of the Buckeye state.  
Tim also spent a week this August assisting Jonathan Appell of Atlas Preservation (website: AtlasPreservation) with his more complex and labor intensive work restoring downed, and truly almost entirely destroyed, markers and monuments. This unfortunate situation occurred because of the destructive force of a recent hurricane that devastated the Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, North Carolina
Tim's photographs below help tell the story of evolving progress that transpired during the stages of the work; and how using a custom made wood tripod constructed by Jonathan enabled them to complete some of the more intricate type of monument resetting.  

***** ☛Disclaimer - Please take note!  
Because safety concerns are paramount when working in a cemetery, the construction and use of the type of tripod shown in these photographs, expressly for these repairs, does not in any way imply that the materials and methods are recommended or condoned for use by others.  Those who lack extensive experience and proper training, as well as skill in this type of work, should not even consider undertaking this course of action.  Please leave the work to a professional!

 Jonathan Appell below

 Tim Foor below

Sunday, August 11, 2019

John Wildman Winder - Daguerreotypist and Photographer - His Stereoviews of Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati document some important features of this grand cemetery's earliest history

I research the Quaker (Friends) Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio primarily because my 3rd great-grandfather, Harmon Limes, Jr., is buried there.  
His daughter, Adaline D. Limes, was married 4 times during her lifetime. Her first two marriages were to Winder brothers Aaron (1st) and Thomas (2nd). 
Thus, I studied some of the Winder family history and learned who their children were. 
Aaron and Adaline were buried at the nearby Walnut Grove Cemetery (better known as the "Butcher" Cemetery) in North Lewisburg. 
Thomas Winder, who was older than Aaron, was buried with his first wife, Hannah Wildman Winder, at the Quaker (Friends) Cemetery in North Lewisburg
Thomas and Hannah's oldest child was John Wildman Winder who left the North Lewisburg area and led a remarkable and productive life. His photographic work, particularly in Cincinnati, produced images of unparalleled historical significance; some of which survive today.  
His stereoviews give us a good glimpse of the grandeur of 1860's - 1870's life in Ohio's "Queen City." 
John Wildman Winder died April 9, 1900, at age 71, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He was buried in the Old Uvalde Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas.
The book:  "Artists in Ohio 1787 1900 A Biographical Dictionary"- 2000; by Jeffrey Weidman - Project Director; John Wildman Winder is listed as a daguerreotype artist and photographer born in Ohio about 1828 and active in Cincinnati Hamilton from 1855 to 1873, as proprietor of Winder's Great Western Ambrotype and Melainotype Gallery."

Scroll down to:
   "The following section is of a rarely seen panorama of Cincinnati that was taken in 1866. This is the earliest panoramic photograph showing the details of the heart of the city. Of course the 1848 daguerreotype, seen on the Panoramas Page, of the waterfront was the first. J. W. Winder, a local photographer, took these photographs from the top of Mozart Hall which was just south of Sixth and Vine Streets (where later the Grand Theater would stand). The panorama was first seen at Winder's Fourth Street Studio on July 28, 1866. The map below shows what area each photograph is viewing. The explanations that accompany each image was written 30-40 years ago so the buildings that are mentioned, for the most part, no longer stand. You will have to insert today's structures into the explanation. There is no easy way to show this panorama but this was the best I could come up with. I believe the trouble you will have will be worth it." 
 (Scroll further down to view images of the 10 sections with descriptions)
1850 Census - Zane Township, Logan County, Ohio

 (Above two images)
1870 Census - Cincinnati, Ohio
 Family of John Wildman Winder and his wife Martha Adams Winder. Their children appear on the next page.
Second Edition 
Below are references to John Wildman Winder 
(AKA John W. Winder or J. W. Winder
from the 
above-referenced publication:
Circa 1865, 1867-1869
142 West Fourth Street, Cincinnati, O.
"Between 1853 and 1867 the entrance buildings were erected at the principal gateway to the grounds, on the southern boundary, at Spring Grove avenue. They are from designs of Mr. James K. Wilson, in the Norman-Gothic style, one hundred and fifty feet long, and cost something over fifty thousand dollars. They include, besides apartments for the use of the directors and the superintendent, a large waiting-room for visitors. The commodious receiving vault, situated in the centre of the grounds, was considerably enlarged in the year 1859."

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Sharing a helpful Blog Post by BillionGraves about Military Flag Holders at cemeteries

I rarely use the website "BillionGraves" but do have a free account.  So, that is my reason for not sharing more links from "BillionGraves", however, "BillionGraves" has a Blog and its post of August 6, 2019: "Military Flag Holders at the Cemetery"caught my eye as one to spend some time reading and sharing with others. 
You can check with the local county Veterans Services Office in Ohio about obtaining a veteran flag holder if one is permitted at the cemetery where the veteran is buried.