Andrew & Michael Zagorsky (AKA Zagorszky) – from Anina in Caras-Severin County, Romania to Lorain, Ohio

Andrew and Michael Zagorsky (AKA Zagorszky)

From the Banat (Anina – Caras-Severin County, Romania) to Lorain, Ohio

By Linda Jean Limes Ellis

April 14, 2020


Andrew Zagorsky

Andrew Zagorsky - early photograph restored & colored - 3-30-2015 - WITH TEXT AND FRAME

Undated photograph of Andrew Zagorsky – restored and colorized version 

My maternal grandfather was Andrew Zagorsky (born Andreas Zagorszky). He was born Decenber 15, 1880 in Anina, Caras-Severin, Romania.  Reșița is the capitol and listed as his last residence on his Ship’s Manifest when he left for America in 1904.

Reșița is the Romanian spelling.  It is also known as Resicabánya, Resicza and Oláh Resicza  depending on the language. :

Per my Aunt Irene Zagorsky Ferner, as a young lad living in the 1880’s and 1890’s, Andrew Zagorsky roamed Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and France as an orphan.  He learned to speak several languages and, along the way, taught himself to play the button box.

After Andrew matured into a young adult, he became a miner by trade to earn a living.



1910 partial map – Caras-Severin County Romania

                                      Resiczabanaya (Resicza or Reșița in Romanian)       

To the south is Stajerlakanina (Anina).


1880 born 15, bapt. 16 Dec[embris] [=of December]


ma[sculinus] [=male]

illeg[itimus] [=illegitimate]

Joan̄es [=Joannes (Latin) =Johann(es)] Zagorszky operarius [=worker/worksman] et [=and] Maria Motzicz

both Rk = Roman Catholic






Source typed from

Description of the Baptismal record for Andreas Zagorszky (Andrew Zagorsky)

Under the second column on the right side of the document.:
“Theresienthal is a valley in the Western part of the former cole-mining region near Steierdorf.  It seems the place has become a street in Steierdorf later on.”

So it was when Andrew Zagorsky  was 23 years old that America beckoned him to its shores, and specifically, to Lorain, Ohio, where (per the ship’s manifest list) that his brother-in-law, Andreas Juris (Andrew Jurisch), was already living. 

It was almost the end of the year – December 14, 1904, and the day before Andreas Sagorski (Andrew Zagorsky) would turn 24 years old that he landed in America with the sum of $18.00 in his pants pocket.

The next leg of his long-distance journey would be to board a westbound train and head for his final stop – Lorain, Ohio, where as it turned out, where he would spend the rest of his life.

There he would meet and marry a young (17 or 18 year old and also born illegitimate – father unknown) Polish immigrant girl named Jozefa (Josephine) Szczepankiewicz who was living with her uncle, Antoni (Anthony) Szczepankiewiz.  It is said that she could speak only her native tongue, but she could understand Slovak which is one of the languages that Andrew spoke. 

Andrew and Josephine Zagorsky wedding photograph in color with Text and Frame   

Together Andrew and Josephine’s married life moved forward. Through the years, their family ultimately grew to include 11 children.

By the 1930s, the family did what was necessary when it came time to enduring one of the darkest decades in American history – a time forever defined by its name – “The Great Depression.”   

During those years, Andrew was able to keep working at least 3 days a week.  Also, some of the older children left school early and went to work; some even temporarily moving out of state to West Virginia.  As younger adults, they found work in such places as glass factory or a tobacco factory where there was still employment to be had.  They sent what income they could spare back home to help their parents and the younger siblings.  



Below is the Passenger Record for Andrew Zagorsky

His name is shown as Andreas Sagorski




Hand stamped as “Admitted” – Listed on Line 22: 

Sagorski, Andreas; age 25 years; Gender:  M for Male; Marital Status: Not sure if “M” for Married or “S” for Single;

Calling or Occupation:  Miner;

Able to Read or Write:  No for both;

Nationality (Country of Last Permanent Residence): Hungary;

Race of People: German;

Last Residence (Province, City or Town): Resica;

Final Destination (State, City or Town): Lorain, Ohio;

Whether having a ticket to such destination: No; 

By Whom was such passage paid: Self; 

Whether in Possession of $50, and if less how much?: $18.00;

Whether ever before in the United States,

and if so when and where?:  No.; 

Whether going to join a relative or friend; and if so, what relative or friend, and his name and complete address:

Brother-in-Law, Juris, Andreas (Andrew Jurisch) State Street 506, Lorain, Ohio. 

(July 24, 1909, State Street was renamed West 25th Street in Lorain.)

Line 23 lists Josef Bender, Male, age 3.  

Andreas Sagorski is listed as his uncle. 

All of the same information as Andreas Sagorski except listed as Single with no occupation.  Noting the “Admitted” stamp for both Andreas Sagorski (Zagorsky) and Josef Bender.

After Andrew matured into a young adult while still living in Romania he became a miner by trade to earn a living. 

The record of citizenship intention and application documents for Andrew Zagorsky more than hint at his ambition to renounce his allegiance to Franz Joseph I, (later Charles – 1916 – 1918), Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary and become a naturalized American citizen.  We can imagine that his mind may have swirled with such long-term goals when he disembarked from the ship, S. S. Kaiser Wilhelm Der Grosse, after it docked in New York from sailing its final voyage of the year from Bremen, Germany. 

Andrew Zagorsky - Dec of Intention - 1919







Michael Zagorsky


Michael Zagorsky and Andrew Zagorsky were brothers; and their grave sites, and that of their wives, are next to each other at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio. 

Michael, whose name is often seen as “Mike” in the many “Elyria-Chronicle Telegram” Society News columns of the 1930s and 1940s, mentions his brother, Andrew Zagorsky, of Lorain, who survived him in his published obituary. 

Yet, and somewhat surprisingly, their baptism records from Anina, Caras-Severin, Romania tell us that there may be more to the story of their true relationship as brothers.  Perhaps they were really half-brothers?  At this point, personally I am not able to state for certainty either way, but one thing I do know is that I have a high DNA match with a descendant of Michael Zagorsky leading me to believe there had to be a strong family connection between Andrew and Michael Zagorsky. 






Mihály Zagorszky’s ship manifest shows that he was born in Stajer…something.

This is possibly Stájerlakanina, now Anina in Romania, 20 miles from Reșița. Mihály was joining his brother Andreas in Lorain, Ohio:

Name: Mihaly Zagorszky

Gender: Male

Race: German

Birthdate: 1874

Age: 33

Arrival Date: 10 Apr 1907

Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany


Below are a trio of newspaper clippings from the “Elyria Chronicle Telegram”

They each relate to Michael Zagorsky. 

Two are ‘tidbit’ type announcements; and one is his obituary.:   

NEWS NOTES mentioning  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Voykofka and their son visiting  the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Zagorsky that was published July 26, 1938. 

Michael Zagorsky’s obituary published September 3, 1941.  His brother, Andrew Zagorsky, and their sister were mentioned.  His sister’s surname was misspelled, however. The surname was Voykofka.  The family’s surname was later changed to Wykof.

Also, the third one is dated September 21, 1937 under the heading of “BRIEFS” and it is a short yet highly informative one sentence that tells of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Zagorsky  entertaining the former’s son and family from Cleveland, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Sherwood. 



Floral Hills Memory Gardens at both the Ross County and Pickaway County locations are heading toward a resolution of their long-standing problems

Sharing two newspaper reports about two Ohio cemeteries – with the same name – one in Ross County and the other one in Pickaway County.  

They are Floral Hills Memory Gardens.  News about their situations has been shared in several posts on this blog. 

First, thanking Sheridan Hendrix for researching and writing this news story primarily regarding the Floral Hills Memory Gardens location in Ross County that was published in the “Columbus Dispatch” on October 3, 2019. :

“Despite Law Change, Ohio’s abandoned cemeteries still in limbo” 

Abandoned, yet active, cemeteries are an increasing reality in Ohio. 

Because of this fact, a broader outreach to educate the general public about them is important.

This feature article also cites and has links to stories that have been published about Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware County, and Grandview Memorial Park in Portage County — both cemeteries were victims of criminal activity committed by their owners who are currently in prison. 

A sobering focus details the ongoing maintenance issues for those left behind  through no fault of their own.   

It has been six years since Dave Robertson began tending to the 37-acre lawn of Floral Hills Memory Gardens near Chillicothe.”

I’d rather we don’t ever need to write and read stories like this one, but since they are a reality, bringing increased awareness about them IS needed. 

This is a sobering story indeed.  So sad because it should not have to be that in the 21st Century, and in Ohio, we have abandoned and orphaned, active cemeteries that have also lost their registration with the state.  

Those with complaints about such cemeteries must proceed through the steps of first submitting them to the Ohio Cemetery Dispute Resolution Commission (“OCDRC”)  The OCDRC will investigate the complaint and act upon it accordingly.Because of the passage of HB 168 in 2018, the OCDRC can refer the case to a local Court of Common Pleas. Next, will be the appointment of a suitable Receiver who will have the duty of handling the operations of the cemetery, which includes re-registering it with the Department of Real Estate; until a permanent owner can be found.


Meanwhile, the adversely affected cemetery sits with no legal owner to care for it in all of the ways a cemetery deserves to be maintained. 


 Hopefully, the Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Ross County gets the much-needed and long-awaited help in the form of a Receiver and finding a suitable and permanent owner for it.   

“Clean Up Floral Hills” – on Facebook Ross County Location. 


Now, we turn our attention to this notice published in the “Circleville Herald”:


Publish Date:

Friday, September 27, 2019

Notice Content


“Notice is hereby given that an action against Ronald L. Downey and Joseph L. Miller, in the Court of Common Pleas, Pickaway County, OH, 207 S. Court Street, Circleville, OH 43113, was filed on 3/14/19 styled Ellery Elick, Treasurer, Pickaway County, Ohio, Plaintiff v. Ronald L. Downey, et al, Defendants, Case No. 2019DLT003. 

The Complaint is to foreclose the lien of real estate taxes due and payable on the real property known as Floral Hills Cemetery, US 23 and Little Walnut Road, Circleville, OH 43113, PPN M30-0-004-00-037-00, M30-0-004-00-033-02, M30-0-004-00-048-00, M30-0-004-00-038-00 and M30-0-004-00-039-00, last transfer OR Vol. 615, Pg. 2642; OR Vol. 646, Pg. 2365. Legal description can be viewed on the Pickaway County Recorders website at The prayer in the complaint is: 1. The Treasurer be found to have a good and valid lien on the within described real property, in the sums of $55,246.63, 11,974.61, 8,648.27, 8,648.27 and 976.67, respectively, plus accrued taxes, assessments, penalties, interest and costs. 2. That all defendants be required to set up their claims or be forever barred. 3. That unless the amount found to be due to this plaintiff be paid within a reasonable time as established by this Court, the equity of redemption be foreclosed and an order of sale issue to the Sheriff of Pickaway County, Ohio directing him to sell the real property which is the subject of this action as provided in 5721.19 ORC. 4. Such other and further relief in law and in equity as proper. All defendants are required to answer the complaint within 28 days after the last publication of this notice which will be published once each week for six successive weeks. The last publication will be made on 11/01/19 and the 28 days for answer will commence on that date. if defendant fails to answer or otherwise respond as required, judgment by default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint. Jeffrey A. Catri Asst. Prosecuting Attorney Pickaway County, Ohio 203 South Scioto Street, P.O. Box 910 Circleville, Ohio 43113 (740) 474-6066 Phone JAMES W. DEAN, CLERK OF COURTS 207 SOUTH COURT STREET CIRCLEVILLE, OHIO 43113 (740) 474-5231 September 27, 2019 October 4, 11, 18, 25, 2019 Nov 1, 2019 Circleville Herald – 561581″

At this time, it is unknown if there is a precedent in Ohio where an active, yet abandoned, cemetery went into foreclosure and was sold at a Sheriff’s sale. 


Questions remain.:

It is unclear what the reasons are that the Pickaway County Floral Hills Memory Gardens apparently would not also have a Receiver assigned to it rather than the cemetery be offered in a Sheriff’s sale?


Or, why hasn’t the municipality where the cemetery is located accept responsibility for its ownership during the past decade?  Would it finally agree to accept it if the cemetery fails to get a new owner through the Sheriff’s sale?

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.”


Compelled to revisit the subject of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – The Marketplace Exchanges – & Yes the “ACA” IS the same as”Obamacare” — a slang name mostly from those who are against it — but it has “stuck” and continues to cause confusion.

Above are my ‘famous hands’ that appeared in a Cleveland “Plain Dealer” news article dated Saturday, September 10, 2011 ( updated the next day)
by reporter Sarah Jane Tribble.
Me & my spotlighted worried face
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The title of this blog post could easily serve as an introduction to a subject that I felt I had studied and explored in 2010, 2011 and 2012; and then left behind in my rearview mirror by 2013. That is because in 2013 I thankfully (yes thankfully!) turned age 65; and I didn’t have to worry about being rejected for health insurance like I was during the time I was ages 62 to 64.

Imagine going from being age 64 where no private health plan would accept you – branding you as being an uninsurable person. However, when you turn one year older, turning age 65, and with with your same health issues,you then qualify for Medicare where you won’t be rejected?! This is our 20th and 21st Century America! Yes, I totally rejoiced reaching 65 when I no longer worried about being turned down for health insurance. No longer did I have to be fearful that I wouldn’t have to pay more for premiums even if I was accepted; which of course I wasn’t. This was true because I had pre-existing health conditions – none of which were life threatening. I have the rejection letters to prove it!

I learned quickly that when you are rejected by one health insurer, you most likely will be reject by all of them that you apply to that do business in your state.

So, here we are almost another 10 years later and the Affordable Care Act has produced the Marketplace Exchange Plans which varies from state to state. We have to keep in mind that in Ohio, it is a Federally operated plan (not state run), and so a person who wishes to explore more information and perhaps enroll in one of the plans being offered must access that website. That is not to say that there aren’t any resources for information if you have unanswered questions, or wish additional explanations about them.

Here are few links to consider for help.: is the main page for information about the Affordable Care Act – check out the “Connect With Us” section found at the bottom right side.

Find Local Help Link

A PDF listing for 2021 of the insurer slated to offer ACA Marketplace Health Insurance.

Susan G. Komen – Women’s mammograms

The News Room at the Kaiser Family Foundation

Lastly, stay informed with the latest national and state news about the Affordable Care Act (The ACA)

Please consider all there is to lose, for all of us, when you are making your final decision to vote in this upcoming general election. This is true even if you have an employer plan and at present feel secure you’ll be able to keep it. Circumstances out of our control can change the whole picture if we lose our job. There is no “Repeal and Replace” plan coming; only a “Repeal Plan” that would mean you lose the benefits you have provided in the ACA. Please be informed and keep abreast of updates.

Your vote can determine the future of health insurance in America. Throwing what we have away for nothing isn’t a wise choice in my opinion. Thank you.

In remembrance of the Reverend Andrew Jackson Young. He was born into slavery in Kentucky but thankfully died free in Paulding County, Ohio

Honoring the memory of Rev. Jackson YoungThat is how his name is written on his grave marker at the Young Cemetery, however, his obituary begins.:
 “Andrew Jackson Young died in Washington Township, Paulding County, Ohio June 8, 1900.”
The obituary goes on to state that “the deceased was born in Shelby County, Kentucky, January 18, 1812; aged at death 88 years, 4 months, 20 days.” 
The next paragraph reveals an unexpectedly grim truth.:
“He was a slave and was sold repeatedly on the auction block until Abraham Lincoln issued his proclamation. He was then released penniless and devoid of an education.” 
Reverend Andrew Jackson Young’s full obituary can be read on his Find A Grave memorial which is posted in two-parts

Reverend Andrew Jackson Young’s legacy is one that defnitely matters and should be honored now as much as it was at the time of his passing. One way that can be accomplished is to pass the legislation currently in the U. S. Congress that better protects African American burials grounds across America.: 

Senate Bill 2827 – 2019 -2020

The Biography of the Young Cemetery on Find A Grave.:

(Taken from the History of Grover Hill by Laurence R. Hipp, published in 1971.)

“The one-half acre of land for the site of the Young Family Cemetery, located in the Northeast Quarter of Section 27 of Washington Township, was deed to the township trustees by Jackson Young, Mary 2, 1888. This deed is recorded in Volume 47, page 200, Paulding County Record of Deeds. This is a small cemetery located only a few rods to the northwest of the Fought Cemetery, both of these burial grounds being located slightly north of the former site of Plumb’s Crossroads. Only black residents of Washington Township are buried in the Young Cemetery.”

Spotlighting the recent complex repair and restoration of the Thomas and Mary Iiams obelisk monument at the West Point Cemetery, Congress Township, Morrow County, Ohio

Please Note:

First and most importantly, it cannot be stressed enough that because this was a complex repair and restoration of a tall obelisk that was broken in two heavy large pieces, this type of work should only be attempted and undertaken by a licensed and insured professional working in the field who has undergone training and has had experience conducting this type of work in the same or similar setting.


The photographs below are being shared courtesy of Tim Foor of Hallowed Ground Cemetery Preservation LLC who was hired for this project.  

Tim, with assistance from his son, completed the needed repair and restoration process.
The photographs were taken during the stages of this complex repair of the monument for Thomas James Iiams and his wife, Mary Polly Hardesty Iiams.  

As can be seen in the series of photographs, the obelisk had been lying on the ground in two large pieces.  

The Iiams gravesite and family plot is at the West Point Cemetery in Congress Township, Morrow County, Ohio. 


The West Point Cemetery on Find A Grave 


A link to the Iiams Family memorials on Find A Grave


Here is a link to the June 18, 2008 photo of the partial Iiams monument and surrounding area as it appears on Find A Grave.



 Facebook Group for Hallowed Ground Cemetery Preservation LLC

How about adopting a “Adopt a (you fill in the blank) grave marker Project to save original gravestones, replace those that can’t be saved, and in the process save a whole cemetery? It can work!



We are often asked how we can go about getting a cemetery restored/preserved?  A simple answer is one grave marker at a time.  So, this is one approach to accomplish that worthwhile goal with the “Adopt a (you fill in the blank) Project.  It could be for a veteran or anyone’s grave marker. 

“The Project” could be to restore and/or replace one marker, or monument, or several.  

It could also be for a stone wall ,or a wrought iron fence, or railing.  It could be for stone steps.  It could be for a chapel.  It could be for a mausoleum.  It could be for a receiving vault.


The possibilities for preservation are almost endless.  

Your Project can start small and “go big” later!


A cemetery by definition is a living breathing landscape with sacred grounds having special needs that go beyond those of garden or park landscapes.  The needs include how important it is to retain respectfulness for those who came before us and their final resting places. 


Initially, this type of a project might require a “Friends of (you fill in the blank) Cemetery” or even a Cemetery Preservation Society that operates as a non-profit.  

Seeking and enlisting participation from like-minded people to help coordinate each step along the way and divide up the duties among the members lightens the load on individuals.  


This type of a program can help to preserve original gravestones and literally rescue them from toppling over and breaking or sinking out of sight.  


We have noted that most of the time it is much more economical and practical to preserve and protect an original grave marker than replacing it with a new one.  That includes seeking out professionals, or well trained volunteers with proper equipment who will conduct the work in a “Do No Harm” manner.  

Most likely, a new granite marker will lack the true essence of the time period during which the deceased person lived. A replacement most likely won’t be as ornately carved as the original that had stood at the gravesite for decades. 


Preserving an original grave marker also preserves the artistic creation of the carver chosen by the family of the deceased who knew and cared about their loved one.  The descendants could have carried out the wishes of the dearly departed for what they would want for a permanent marker to stand at their gravesite.  


Granted, not all grave markers can be saved, but assessing those that can be saved is a good first step before moving forward in the preservation process. 


Turning local apathy into local pride that stems from local participation for the cause of preservation can, and often does, take time.  

Patience is paramount during the process, but the final results can be so rewarding!  

So, think about this approach and consider adopting a “Adopt a (you fill in the blank) Project” for the benefit of your cemetery of concern.  

Norman Norberg’s diminutive white marble marker proudly stands as a prominent landmark for Section 3A at Calvary Cemetery, Lorain, Ohio


 Cemetery marker for Section 3A at Calvary Catholic Cemetery Lorain, Ohio 

(Below two photographs)
The white marble marker for 

Norman Norberg – 1919 – 1921


Norman Norberg of Lorain, Ohio, son of Carl and Ruth (Arbaugh) Norberg, only lived 2 years, 6 months, and 25 days.: February 20, 1919 – September 15, 1921, but today neither he or his final resting place are forgotten.  

His freshly cleaned white marble marker with its adorable reclining lamb nestled next to a “baby tree stump”stands as a singularly important landmark for Section 3A at Calvary Cemetery in the city where he was born, lived, and died.

 I feel Norman, and his upright grave marker standing alone by a bend in the roadway near the section sign, extend their welcoming greeting to me for whenever I visit the gravesite of my maternal great-grandmother Antonina (AKA Antonia) Szczepankiewicz, who was also buried in the same section.



The lower right photo of Norman Norberg’s marker was taken almost two months after it was cleaned with D/2 Biological Solution.





Record from the Catholic Cemeteries of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese:


Norman Norberg

Death Date:

15 Sep 1921

Death Place:

Lorain, USA

Section Number  3A

Grave Number   12


Sending angels to watch over Norman Norberg and all of those dearly departed souls who found peace and rest in Section 3A at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio. 

Lacking a legal owner for over 116 years – The Walnut Grove Cemetery /AKA Butcher Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County Ohio

This blog post was compiled to help clear up any misconceptions some folks may have regarding the legal ownership of the Walnut Grove Cemetery AKA Butcher Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio

(Linda Ellis and Mr. Richard “Dick” Holycross in 2005 standing next to the the marker for Mary E. Good.  

Her marker was repaired in 2004 by Mr. Holycross. Sadly, we lost Dick in 2007.)


Both the Recorder and Auditor in Champaign County, Ohio  have replied to my various requests for information and copies of documents, such as Wills and Deeds, going back as far as 1995 after my discovering that my 3rd great-grandfather, Harmon Limes, Jr., was buried in the Friends AKA Quaker Cemetery in North Lewisburg


It was not long afterward that I learned one of Harmon Limes’ children, Adaline D. Limes Winder (Winder Ballinger, Dailey), was buried at the other cemetery in North Lewisburg – The Walnut Grove / AKA Butcher Cemetery, that I became interested in her life and the cemetery where she and her first husband Aaron Winder, her daughter Phebe Annie Sherrett, and grand-daughter Birddie B. Sherrett were buried. 


In 1997, the Friends Church in North Lewisburg closed and the ownership of the building and the adjacent Friends Cemetery were transferred by deed to the Village of North Lewisburg.  The former Friends Church became a branch of the Champaign County Library. 


So,  I turned some of my attention to communicating with local people and researching the Walnut Grove Cemetery/Butcher Cemetery.   I quickly ran into a brick wall trying to learn who really owns it today and is responsible for its care.  

I was able to visit the  Walnut Grove / AKA Butcher Cemetery at least once a year for many years.  The cemetery’s property has had long-standing condition issues. 

There isn’t much for grass left these days.  It is mostly weeds of one variety or another that grow at the Walnut Grove Cemetery/Butcher Cemetery.  More routine trimming needs to be done around the markers and what is left of the standing monuments.  

The cemetery may be mowed on a somewhat regular basis, however, the trees are not pruned and the downed branches pile up and require removal.  

Needless to say, the cemetery landscape, particularly in the back portion, is where several downed monuments are strewn about lying in pieces on the ground.  Some of them could be put back up if someone with a tripod and experience could be hired to do the work.  I have seen it done numerous times at other cemeteries; even some like the Walnut Grove / AKA Butcher Cemetery.


Recently, the Recorder’s office again answered my questions about the ownership of the Walnut Grove Cemetery AKA Butcher Cemetery in North Lewisburg.   

I was prompted to revisit this subject yet again due to some remarks published recently that the Walnut Grove Cemetery was “gifted” to the Village in 1963.  


That information was not what I had ever heard before from anyone in North Lewisburg or anywhere in Champaign County.   

The Walnut Grove Cemetery AKA Butcher Cemetery in North Lewisburg was never sold to anyone since the time it was deeded to the Walnut Grove Cemetery Association in 1882 by Dr. John Butcher.   

(Above photo courtesy of Christine Roby of 

Roby’s Memorial Design and Lettering of Madison Ohio)


1882 is a long time ago of course, and all of the members of that cemetery association have long since passed away themselves.  The last one to depart this life was  Dr. William H. Wagstaff in 1904.  Dr. Wagstaff had been an ill man for a number of years when he died.  Several searches were done to see if he deeded the cemetery to the Village of North Lewisburg, but none could be found.  

Sharing below one of the latest replies received from the Champaign County Auditor.: 

Glee Knoop 

 Fri, Jul 17 at 3:18 PM

“The Auditor gave me your information and through the records at the recorder’s office I have found that this property is deeded to Walnut Grove Cemetery Association and until we have a deed that transfers to a new owner, it will remain in that name. I did see where a split off that parcel was processed in our office like you said, the 0.09 acre tract, it is now part of a parcel that is owned by a Alice M O’Brien.

 I hope this answers your questions.”

 Thank you,

Glee Knoop, Deputy for Karen T. Bailey

  Champaign County Auditor



This goes back over five years ago:

June 12, 2015 8:58 AM

 My question: 

Butcher Cemetery 

Lot #268 in North Lewisburg

“The cemetery is still owned by Walnut Grove Cemetery Association of North Lewisburg.  

There has not been any transfers since they bought it from John Butcher in 1882.

Prior to that sale, Mr. Butcher gave a small piece of land to the Village of North Lewisburg to put in a road to the cemetery.  

The road way was to be for the Walnut Grove Cemetery (AKA Butcher Cemetery), however, it was never built.”




  What did happen in 1963 was that the Village of North Lewisburg sold the .09 strip of land to Mr. and Mrs. James Freshwater. 

Per the Champaign County Recorder’s Office in a reply dated July 17, 2020: 

“The Village of North Lewisburg split 0.09 acres off of the 2.50 acres of cemetery land and sold it to James and Kathleen Freshwater.  The survey is not attached to that deed.”


Thus, the Freshwater couple never owned the Walnut Grove Cemetery / Butcher Cemetery itself to be in a position to gift it or deed it to anyone.  



  Sharing below another quote from the Champaign County Recorder:

“It looks like it was combined with the parcel you are inquiring about by an amended certificate of transfer in 2003.  

It is part of 88 Tallman.”

 Sincerely, Glenda L. Bayman Champaign County Recorder


I believe the Champaign County Recorder’s and Auditor’s offices answers to my questions.:  

“Who owns the Walnut Grove Cemetery / AKA Butcher Cemetery in North Lewisburg? ” The legal documents they possess prove legal ownership of the cemetery. I wish to thank them here for all of their assistance with my requests.  

Sadly, the Walnut Grove Cemetery / AKA Butcher Cemetery in North Lewisburg wasn’t ever deeded over to anyone when the last trustee of the Walnut Grove Cemetery Association died in 1904, that’s 116 years ago.  I feel it is long past due to change that! 

Every cemetery deserves to have an owner, a legal owner that properly cares for it.  So does the Walnut Grove Cemetery / AKA Butcher Cemetery!  

“All Cemeteries Matter!!



Remembering Greenfield’s William Harvey Irwin Prominent Attorney and Popular Mayor

Left to right:

Drawings of father – John;

son – W. H.; and mother – Hester (Limes) Irwin

Appearing on page 422 of the book, “History of Ross & Highland Counties, Ohio 1796 – 1880”

“Remembering Greenfield’s William Harvey Irwin

Prominent Attorney and Popular Mayor”

By Linda Jean Limes Ellis

September, 2008

            His name appears in at least eight Greenfield and Highland County, Ohio historical books and in countless newspaper columns published over a span of one hundred twenty years. 

            He co-authored, with Rev. S. D. Crothers, “Centennial Historical Sketches of Greenfield and Vicinity, July 4, 1876,”[i] a 16-page account of the life and times of many early settlers who shaped the beginnings of his hometown of Greenfield, Ohio published in honor of the celebration of America’s Centennial.

            Now, you are cordially invited to ‘sit a spell and stay awhile’!  Please allow me to introduce you to this man who was most often known to his friends simply as “W. H.” Irwin.  His full name was William Harvey Robbins Irwin.[ii]  He was born October 12, 1832 as the second son[iii] in the family of John and Hester (Limes) Irwin.  John’s parents were William and Margaret (McCormack) Irwin.[iv]  Hester’s parents were William and Athaliah (Doster) Limes.[v]  These families had roots in the Perry Township, Fayette County and Madison Township, Highland County area from the early 1800’s into the early twentieth century before new generations began moving away.[vi]

            On March 19, 1863,[vii] W. H. Irwin married Mary E. Dwyer, daughter of Mark Dwyer and Mary (Applegate) Dwyer.[viii]  Mary was born July 24, 1837 and died September 6, 1911.[ix] 

            On page 57 of the “1871 Atlas of Highland County, Ohio,” in the Greenfield Business Directory, under the heading of “Attorneys, Justices of the Peace, and Insurance Agents”:  “W. H. Irwin, Attorney-at-Law and Notary Public.  Office, First National Bank.”  Also, under the title of “Miscellaneous”:  “John Irwin has been Assessor of Madison Township twenty one years this 1871.”  John and W. H. Irwin, father and son, jointly owned 47 acres of land along the Greenfield Centerfield Pike.[x]

            In the 1880 U. S. Census, the William H. Irwin family was listed living in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio with the following children named:  Carrie – age 11; Estel – age 6, and Mary – age 4.  William is listed as age 47 with his occupation as Lawyer.  Mary E. is listed as his wife with her age being 42.[xi]  From Carrie’s obituary, we learn that she was born on March 23, 1869.  She graduated from Greenfield High School in 1887.  In August of the same year, she married H. Milton Fullerton who was engaged in the retail shoe business in Greenfield for many years.  She died on March 30, 1936.  The couple had one son, Howard Fullerton, who was living in Columbus, Ohio at the time of her death.  From her sister Estelle’s obituary, we find that she had moved to Cincinnati after her marriage to Alfred M. Davies on June 15, 1893.  No children from this marriage were mentioned.  At this time, nothing further is known about Mary, the youngest daughter of W. H. and Mary Emily Irwin.  Carrie and Estelle, along with their husbands, are buried at the Greenfield Cemetery.[xii] 

            The book, “History of Ross & Highland Counties Ohio”,[xiii] offers comprehensive historical accounts of Highland County, Madison Township and Greenfield.  The Irwin family of this focus, and specifically W. H. Irwin, are featured at length in various sections and chapters.  One devotes a spotlight paragraph about William Harvey Irwin stating his date of birth as October 12, 1832 in Madison Township where he remained until the time of the book’s publication.[xiv]  It highlights his life beginning as a boy working on his father’s farm until he became a student at the “Greenfield Academy.”  Afterward, he spent two years at the college in South Hanover, Indiana (and Salem Academy is mentioned on page 463 of “Highland Pioneer Sketches and Family Genealogies” by Elsie Johnson Ayres). 

            When he returned to Greenfield from college, W. H. Irwin embarked upon his life long occupation of law under the guidance of James H. Rothrock who later became a judge.  By the beginning of the 1855 school term, following his two years studying under J. Rothrock, W. H. Irwin entered the Cincinnati Law School where he graduated the next Spring.  In 1856, he was admitted to the Bar in Washington Court House, Ohio.  By the Fall of 1860, he was elected to the office of Prosecuting Attorney for Highland County, Ohio where he served in that capacity for six years.  The paragraph ends with the sentence:  “He is now in the enjoyment of an extensive and lucrative practice.”[xv]  Undoubtedly, his high public profile helped launch his entry into the political arena as a mayoral candidate when in 1860 he emerged as the winner of what would be his first term in Greenfield’s top elected office.

  1. H. Irwin was prominently involved in a couple of high profile court cases that are well chronicled in the Highland County history books and area newspapers. The details of the following true story are amazing for their time!  The local Greenfield women’s ire became aroused from an incident that had happened in September of 1864 when an innocent man was accidentally shot and killed by a drunkard who was in the midst of a brawl with others inside of a saloon.  Several Greenfield ladies, young and old alike, banded together to try and shut down the liquor trade in Greenfield with a raid conducted on July 10, 1865.  They verbally issued their ultimatums to each Greenfield liquor establishment that it had 15 minutes to comply with their demands or “abide the consequences” which meant that the owner’s kegs of liquor would be emptied into the streets.  Surely, the male proprietors did not consider these females a serious threat – but steadfastly serious the defiant women were, and their plan ultimately succeeded.[xvi] 

            The hatchet carrying women (hatchets were in some way hidden until needed – beneath their skirts perhaps?) proceeded to destroy and empty liquor barrels, jugs, kegs, and bottles from three saloons and three drug stores.  Page 431[xvii] lists the name of the plaintiff, William S. Linn (eleven others backed Linn but were not named) and the defendants who included Mary J. Irwin.  I am not certain if this Mary Irwin was Attorney W. H. Irwin’s wife as her name was Mary Emily Irwin.  The jury trial was held in Hillsboro in January of 1867, and after the deliberation, it was determined the fair sex crusaders had caused $625.00 in damages.  The ladies moved to have a new trial; however, the case was eventually settled by acceptance of a nominal amount (undisclosed in the book) by the plaintiffs for their damages.

            The Frank Raymond Harris book “A Greene Countrie Towne”[xviii] offers the reader a dazzling in-depth description of every stage of this legendary case as it unfolded in Greenfield, and later Hillsboro.  Page 170 tells us that “The prosecuting attorney for Highland County was William Harvey Irwin of Greenfield, an acquaintance of all the accused and doubtless sympathetic to their cause.”

            We’ll turn our attention now to another dramatic and well-documented court case where W. H. Irwin, Esq. stood front and center for the cause of justice.  Let’s examine the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of Miss Mary Ann Lovell of Leesburg, Ohio.  This young lady in her middle 20’s, and Mr. John S. Blackburn her much older lover who, as it was written, requested their rendezvous, rode by horseback together unaccompanied on the night of March 20, 1871.  Their destination was the intersection of Cliff Run and Paint Creek off of Rocky Forge Road.  It was at that location sometime during the dark of night she met her untimely demise.  Was she murdered by him?  Or, as John Blackburn consistently contended, she died as a victim of her own actions?  This sensational court case is presented in several publications including the “History of Ross & Highland Counties Ohio,[xix] and in the book “Hometown Chronicles” by Frank Raymond Harris.[xx]  We find within the pages of  the Elsie Johnson Ayres book, “Hills of Highland,”[xxi] a secret in Mary Ann Lovell’s personal life which could explain the underlying reason she did not live to return from the duo’s encounter.

            The Lovell-Blackburn Trial was held in November of 1871 in Chillicothe.  The brother of the accused, C. H. Blackburn, was his defense lawyer.  The State’s team of lawyers included W. H. Irwin from Greenfield.  The three-week trial ended when the jury’s verdict was announced as murder in the second degree.  This decision was appealed and landed in the lap of the Supreme Court of Ohio.  However, during this time the state passed legislation granting the right of the Court of Common Pleas to appoint, in a case such as this one, a “commission of lunacy.”  From all accounts, the accused was deemed insane and removed to live in an asylum.  The story does not end there because later John S. Blackburn was released and disappeared; leaving lingering questions as to exactly how Miss Mary Ann Lovell met her death that dreary March night in 1871.

            We fast forward in time to the year 2000 when the book “Greenfield Ohio 1799 – 1999” was published by the Greenfield Historical Society.  William H. Irwin’s name and photograph were rightly included in this historical publication.  Page 28 lists those people who served as Mayors of Greenfield from 1840 to 1996.  The chronological list shows William H. Irwin served from 1860 – 1861, 1872 – 1877, and 1884 – 1887.  The story alludes to the fact that there may have been more than three mayoral terms for William H. Irwin, but due to missing records that cannot be proven.  

            The Saturday, April 19, 1886, “Hillsborough Gazette” column, “In the Townships” for the Township of Madison states:  “The election here last Monday was a spirited and lively one, and a larger vote was polled than ever before at a corporation election by 20 votes.  The main fight was on Mayor and Marshal, which was hotly contested to the last moment.  W. H. Irwin was re-elected Mayor by a majority of 82 votes over W. H. Eckman.” 

            The March 6, 1886 Greenfield “Local Correspondence” of the same newspaper reveals that Mayor Irwin was a Republican after it reported that twenty-nine people had left “this place for Kansas and Nebraska last Tuesday.”  “That Mayor Irwin said he would not care if the twenty-nine persons who left for the West last Tuesday had been Democrats instead of Republicans and would have been glad to have seen them go.”

            On page 188 of the book, “Greenfield Ohio 1799 – 1999,” is an almost half-page photograph of members of Gibson Post No. 180 of the Grand Army of the Republic attending an 1884 Memorial Day service at Greenfield Cemetery.  All of the names of the veterans in the photograph are shown below it.  “W. H.” Irwin is listed ninth from the left among those in the first row who were sitting on the ground.  He is holding his hat in his lap and is sporting a thick long beard.  Like all the others, he was wearing his best dark suit for the occasion.[xxii]

            Sara Watts of the First Greenfield Presbyterian Church, stated in an email sent to this writer on August 22, 2008, that W. H. Irwin, Esq. was not listed as an actual church member; however, he was listed in their death records.  This means that the minister at that time, who would have been Rev. Samuel Dickey Crothers, would have officiated the service.  Rev. Samuel Dickey Crothers pastored at First Greenfield Presbyterian Church from 1863 to 1900 and his father, Rev. Samuel Crothers, pastored there from 1820-1856.

            Because Greenfield, Ohio newspapers do not exist today on microfilm for the years W. H. Irwin lived, as mentioned earlier, research was directed to the Hillsboro, Ohio newspapers.  The Greenfield “Local Correspondence” columns published in the “The Hillsborough Gazette” during the 1880s were filled with newsy tidbits galore about its citizens; and Mayor W. H. Irwin could often find his name among them.  These Greenfield columns, like those written about other smaller villages in Highland County, provide a window for us today to reflect on the culture of those times and gain a clearer understanding of the views held about such subjects as the treatment of women, attitudes about the different degrees of crime, and the overall nature of the values considered important to those who lived through the late nineteenth century.

            The October 23, 1884 Greenfield “Local Correspondence” column mentions: “Mayor Irwin and J. P. Low left early Monday morning for Sandusky for two or three weeks fishing excursion along the lake.”  One week later, on October 30th, the column ran an update with:  “J. P. Low, Fay Baldwin and W. H. Irwin, Esq. who went to the lake on a fishing and hunting tour a week ago, sent home one hundred pounds of fresh fish a few days ago.  They will learn the natives how to catch fish, while they are out there.”  These two news items tell us that “W. H. Irwin, Esq.” was, indeed, the same man as “Mayor Irwin”; he enjoyed a two or three week vacation; and his Lake Erie fishing expedition was a successful noteworthy event! 

            Mayor Irwin was mentioned a second time in the October 23, 1884 column: “Mayor Irwin held a “prayer meeting” last Sunday morning for the fifth Sunday in succession, and David Yeates, who was caught the night before beating his wife, was fined $5.00 and sentenced to serve six days in the cooler for his fun.” 

            Another criminal case shows up in the December 4, 1884 column:  “A young man by the name of Creamer was arrested last week for disorderly conduct.  He was fined by Mayor Irwin ten dollars and sentenced to twenty-five days on the chain gang.  It is thought that the Mayor has taken too much on himself, and there is no provision for enforcing this ordinance.” 

            Without knowledge of all the details connected to each of the above-mentioned two cases in 1884, it is difficult to pass judgment on Mayor Irwin’s rulings regarding the severity of the punishments he deemed appropriate for each.  News reporters today, however, would not even consider writing “beating his wife” and “fun” in the same sentence.

            “Mayor Irwin is afflicted like Job – with a boil.”[xxiii]  This “revelation” kicks off the list for yet another newsy Greenfield column. 

            It is easy to understand why the author summed up the purpose of the “Local Correspondence” columns this way:  “Neighborhood News and Village Gossip, Births, Death and Marriages, Puns, Personals, and Pungent Paragraphs.[xxiv]

  1. H. Irwin was sometimes referred to as “Squire Irwin,” and his appearance described as being short, and “rotund.”[xxv]

            William Harvey Irwin lived 61 years, 8 months and 22 days; dying on July 4, 1894, in Greenfield, Ohio.[xxvi]  His was not a particularly long lifespan, but one that produced an enduring legacy chronicled in the writings of his time.  His decisions as both prosecuting attorney and Greenfield mayor impacted the lives of many of those around him.  We can search for his name in the index of a Greenfield or Highland County history book, or read a Hillsboro newspaper microfilm roll from those years and these events jump to life in front of our eyes in print form.  His name is interwoven in stories that have become the most memorable historical accounts of the town of Greenfield.  Now, it is our turn to remember Mayor W. H. Irwin, Esq., and his remarkable role as a central figure who contributed to the uniquely colorful and celebrated history of this “Greene Countrie Towne.”[xxvii]


Flat grave stone for W. H. Irwin
Born:  October 12, 1832 in Greenfield, Ohio
Died:  July 4, 1894 in Greenfield, Ohio
Section 1, Lot #19 – Greenfield Cemetery
Greenfield, Ohio – (facing Washington Avenue.)

[i]Centennial historical sketches of Greenfield and vicinity: July 4th, 1876”

Reference for book on Library of Congress website:

LC Control No.:   03023012

LCCN Permalink:

Type of Material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)

Personal Name:  Irwin, William Harvey, 1832-

Main Title:   

“Centennial historical sketches of  Greenfield and vicinity”: 

July 4th, 1876

 by W.H. Irwin and S.D. Crothers.

Published/Created:  Greenfield, [Ohio] : Printed at the office of the Highland Chief, [1876?]

Related Names:  Crothers, S. D.

Description:    16 p.; 22 cm.

Notes:     Cover title.

Subjects:   Greenfield (Ohio) –History.

LC Classification: F499.G82 I7

Other System No.:    (OCoLC)6693984

Quality Code:   premarc

CALL NUMBER:   F499.G82 I7

[ii] There are references to W. H. R. Irwin, or William H. R. Irwin in various records including the following:  Page 432 of the book, “History of Ross & Highland Counties, Ohio.”  Under the caption of “Greenfield District Fair Association”, in July of 1858, “W. H. R. Irwin of Highland County” was elected a manager.  However, on page 433 of this same book, by the time of the book’s publication in 1880, the following is stated:  “The present officers of the association are the following:  W. H. Irwin, of Highland County, President.” 

Also, in the 1850 U. S. Census, Series M432, Roll # 694, page 152, line 16 in the household of John and Hester, Charter Members of the National Society of the DAR Vol. I-CLII (152) Ross County, OH

Volume 107, page 191: Mrs. Carrie Irwin Fullerton., DAR ID Number: 106623, Born in Greenfield, Ohio, Wife of H. M. Fullerton. Descendant of William Taylor, as follows: (partial)

  1. William Harvey Robbins Irwin (1832-94) m. 1863 Mary Embly [sic] Dwyer (1837-1911).

[iii]  Source:  Page 463, “The Irwins” – Book entitled:  “Highland Pioneer Sketches & Family Genealogies” by Elsie Johnson Ayres, copyright 1971.  His name was erroneously shown as “William Henry.”  Additional family sources such as John Irwin’s Will, list him as William Harvey.  

Birth date taken from tombstone at Greenfield Cemetery, Greenfield, Ohio, Section 1, Lot #19.  The Will of John Irwin, Book 8, pages 349 – 352.  John Irwin’s Will shows widow of Hester and son William Harvey as his only living next of kin.  No mention is made of any other living children.

[iv]  Page 463, “The Irwins” – Book entitled:  “Highland Pioneer Sketches & Family Genealogies” by Elsie Johnson Ayres, copyright 1971. 

[v]  Ibid.

[vi]  Ibid

And page 813 of the book “History of Fayette County” (Ohio), by R.S. Dills.  Also, page 819 of “History of Fayette County” (Ohio), by R.S. Dills states that William and Athalia [sic] Doster Limes,  “… were settlers east of New Martinsburg as early as 1811.”

[vii]  Source:  page 123 – “Marriage Records of Highland County, Ohio (1805-1880)” – Compiled by David N. McBride Attorney at Law and Jane N. McBride

[viii]  Source:  Death certificate for Mary Emily Irwin – File No. 48931- Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio – Ohio Deaths – 1908 – 1953 – web site.

[ix]  Ibid.

[x]  1871 Atlas of Highland County, Ohio – Page 11 of this atlas shows “J. and W. H. Irwin jointly owning 47 acres of land along the Greenfield Centerfield Pike.

[xi]  Series T, Roll # 1033, page 412, line 11 of U. S. Census for 1880 – Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio.

[xii]  Obituary for Estelle Irwin Davies appears in the Thursday, December 13, 1934 issue of “The Greenfield Republican” newspaper.  Obituary for Carrie Irwin Fullerton appears in the Thursday, April 2, 1936 issue of “The Greenfield Republican.”

[xiii]  History of Ross & Highland Counties Ohio” published in 1880 by Williams Brothers, a 533 page volume (reprinted in 1991)

[xiv]  Chapter XVI – “The Bar of Highland County” – page 144 – second column; final paragraph on the page.

[xv]  Ibid.

[xvi]  Pages 429 to 431 of “History of Ross & Highland Counties Ohio” provide a detailed account under the heading: “The Women’s Raid upon the Saloons in 1865.”

[xvii]  “History of Ross & Highland Counties Ohio

[xviii]  Episode 100 – “The Women’s Crusade” – pages 166 through 171.

[xix]  “The Blackburn-Lovell Tragedy” – pages 307-308.

[xx]  Under the Episode 3 heading of “A Celebrated Case” – Pages 7 and 8 of this 1954 publication.

[xxi]  On pages 628 – 629

[xxii]  No pension record has been found thus far for W. H. Irwin, however.

[xxiii]  “The Hillsborough Gazette” – Hillsboro, Ohio – Page 8, Saturday, December 5, 1885

[xxiv]  “The Hillsborough Gazette” – Hillsboro, Ohio – Front Page, Saturday, December 25, 1886, under column titled: “CHRISTMAS MUSIC” – “An Orchestra Composed of the Best Talent in Highland County, Brought Together at Great Expense to the Management.  A Christmas Cantata that Requires No Libretto – It Tells Its Own Story.”  Under heading of the Greenfield local correspondence column. 

[xxv]  Reference pages 146 and 147 of Chapter 85 “The War Begins” in the book “A Greene Countrie Towne”  Greenfield Printing and Publishing Company, Greenfield, Ohio – 1954 by Frank Raymond Harris.

Also, “The Hillsborough Gazette” – Hillsboro, Ohio – Front Page, Saturday, December 25, 1886, under column titled “CHRISTMAS MUSIC” – “An Orchestra Composed of the Best Talent in Highland County, Brought Together at Great Expense to the Management.  A Christmas Cantata that Requires No Libretto – It Tells Its Own Story.”   For the Greenfield local correspondence column.  Within this column includes an account where Mayor Irwin is mentioned in conjunction with a fight going on at a local saloon where the son of a man named Will Crockett was involved. As the story goes, a local crowd had gathered when Mayor Irwin arrived on the scene along with a deputy sheriff and marshals.  “Mayor Irwin placed both hands over his great abdominal projection and started to skip, but in doing so fell and when being assisted to his feet by Deputy Marshal Tom Jones he exclaimed, “My God, I have broken my back.”  But, the story ends on a happier note stating that, “On Tuesday morning Police Court assembled, with Mayor Irwin on the bench and Crockett in the box.”  “Crockett was fined $10 and costs and 10 days.”

[xxvi] Death Record:  Highland County, Ohio Death Ledger, Volume 2, page 206  shows the following:  W. H. Irwin, Age 61 born Greenfield, died Greenfield, Lawyer, died of paralysis, Residence Greenfield — 4 July 1894

[xxvii]  Title of the Frank Raymond Harris book:  “A Greene Countrie Towne” published by the Greenfield Printing and Publishing Company, Greenfield, Ohio in 1954. 

Additional sources“Historical Collections of Ohio” by Henry Howe – 1888 – Highland County.  Pages 923 through 925, including “The Women’s Raid at Greenfield.”

“State Centennial History of Ohio and Highland County” – by Rev. J. W. Klise, originally published in 1902, reprinted in 1980 and 2002 by the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society.  References to W. H. and/or William Harvey Irwin appear on the following pages:  157, 171, 197 and 200.

Research assistance acknowledgements

Dwight and Betty Crum as well as Becky Creamer of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society; Sara Watts of the First Greenfield Presbyterian Church; Shirley Shields, volunteer at the Greenfield Historical Society; Jennifer West, librarian at the Highland County District Library in Hillsboro; Margaret Macgee at the Greenfield branch of the Highland County District Library, Earlene Scott of Greenfield, and Mr. Jerry McWilliams of Cheyenne, Wyoming, descendant and researcher of the Irwin family of Highland County, Ohio.

I wish to express my appreciation to Marianna Morgan, past president of the Southern Ohio Genealogical Society, for her steadfast support throughout my research on the life and family of William Harvey Irwin of Greenfield, Ohio.

Two Civil War veterans receive long overdue grave markers at the Butcher (AKA Walnut Grove) Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio

The Butcher Cemetery, originally named the Walnut Grove Cemetery, located in North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio lists 100 memorials for it on the website “Find A Grave.”

Of those seven known veterans, five have had government markers at their gravesites.:  

his grave marker has almost now sunken out of sight

his grave marker is lying on the ground


Below are the new markers at the Butcher Cemetery!

Born:  October 4, 1837

Died:  December 1, 1865

Served in Co. “I” 30th Indiana Infantry


Census Records below


Commissary Sergeant William H. Wagstaff

Born:  November 27, 1828

Died: May 6, 1904


Left flat marker:

 Commissary Sargeant William H. Wagstaff’s marker

Right flat marker:
Captain James M. S. Butcher

Large black monument

and his wife Nancy Brock Butcher

Revisiting the Szczepankiewicz Family of Lorain, Ohio – originally from Konin County, Poland

I am a descendant of Jozef Kazierz (Joseph Casimir) Szczepankiewicz and Petronela (AKA Petronilla) Jasniewska of Zlotkow, Konin County, Poland, through my mother Virginia H. Zagorsky Limes, who was a grand-daughter of Antonina Szczepankiewicz.

Antonina’s daughter was Josephine who married Andrew Zagorsky.  They settled in Lorain, Ohio and had 11 children – Joseph, Frank, Helen, Mary, Virginia (born Regina – my mother) Floyd, Veronica Irene,  Alexander “Al”, Edward, Theresa, and Stanley Zagorsky . 

Josephine (or Jozefa) took her mother’s maiden name of Szczepankiewicz. The name of her father is unknown.  Sadly, there is no record of a marriage between Antonina Szczepankiewicz and anyone in Poland or in America.

Antonina was a sister to Antoni Szczepankiewicz. They are buried at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain, Ohio.  I am also from Lorain, Ohio.

I created  a Facebook Page for the Szczepankiewicz Family. 

In 2017, I met by chance Joan Stevens (Szczepankiewicz) of Lorain, Ohio at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain who was decorating the gravesite of her parents, Stanley and Sophie Szczepankiewicz. It was so wonderful to meet her in person.  We had corresponded some over the years.

I know Joan has or had a sister named Carol who was married to a gentleman named Julian Hazelwood who I am told died May 3, 2001 in Lake City Florida.  As of this writing, I do not know if his widow, Carol Szczepankiewicz Hazelwood, is still living or not.  I know they had one daughter, Cynthia Hazelwood. 

Cynthia Hazelwood married Gordon Neville and they had 3 children:  Nathaniel, Melissa, and Jessica.  I only know that Jessica married a gentleman named Jason Cleary.  Also, Cynthia Hazelwood has a known second marriage to David Bell.  And, that is all I know about these folks.
Stanley Szczepankiewicz, son of Antoni and Victoria (Krokos) Szczepankiewicz, kept his Polish surname, however, his three surviving siblings did not. 
They adopted the surname of Stevens. They were:  Stella (who married Harry Day), Marion who married Helen Katoch, and Frank who married Helen Ann Russel.
The youngest son of Antoni and Victoria was Charles Szczepankiewicz (1912 – 1941) who died unmarried with no children –  he also kept the Szczepankiewicz surname.
I did have my DNA done, and I have a match with a young lady named Taylor Stewart. Her great-grandmother was Phyllis Green Ames.
Phyllis was the daughter of Edna V. Szczepankiewicz and Lawrence Vinton Green.
Edna was the daughter of Antoni Szczepankiewicz and his first wife, Jozefa Dudek. Antoni married Jozefa in 1897, however, she died in Poland. He married again to Victoria Krokos, on January 23, 1901 in Poland.
My DNA match is quite helpful to me, however, one day I hope to learn of more DNA matches for me with others in this Szczepankiewicz family.