Sharing a Newsnet5.com Story about 18,000 Unclaimed Remains Buried in Unmarked Graves at the Highland Park Cemetery in Highland Hills, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

Click HERE to read this sad news account about some of the burials at the Highland Park Cemetery in Highland Hills, Cuyahoga County, Ohio

It is posted online today and written by Kristin Volk of TV Channel 5 – Newsnet5.com – in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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The story reveals almost inconceivable facts about 18,000 people who had died in or near Cleveland, Ohio.  How no one came forward or could be found to step up and claim their bodies.  Reading the details should stop us in our tracks and make us shake our heads; and hang our heads and cry with deep sorrow. 

Watching the short yet profound video forces us to contemplate just how truly lost these souls became after their death — prompting us to question how they could have met such a lonely forgotten end as they did. 

In the video, we see names imprinted on some of the tiny white cardboard boxes that hold their cremated remains.  Some of their names are even mentioned aloud as the reporter continues her account of what we are witnessing while some of the 24 boxes of cremated human remains scheduled for burial that day were being set down one-by-one, by the hands of a stranger who never knew them, into a single dug out plot of ground.  We realize some are identified and are not among the unknowns — we hope their names are at least in the cemetery’s written records if nothing else. 

We are told there will be no marker above ground for them.

The story is emphatic that the searches were exhaustive to locate living people who are relatives or others who would claim these bodies.

 Yet, in my opinion, the story is sparse in specifics to explain how the exhaustive searches were conducted.  What steps were taken?  Were their names published in the newspaper before being buried?  Were funeral homes contacted asking about them; and asking if any had pre-need funeral arrangements for themselves that no one knew about?  

I personally feel there are a lot of details missing that need to be shared to help me understand how it happened that departed souls, that number in the thousands, were lost and relegated to an obscurity they most likely never considered would be their fate after they drew their final breath. 

Surely, something can be done to ensure that no one has to meet an end of life situation where their remains are left to be forgotten and buried in a mass unmarked grave simply because there is no one to claim them or care they died. 

BillionGraves Releases an Updated Android App

Sharing this announcement for those who are interested in “Billion Graves”

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

The new BillionGraves Android application 2.3 Version 41 is now available on the Google Play store. Changes include:

  • Bug fixes
  • Application stability
  • Localization support for 24 languages
  • Localization issues for switching languages
  • Uploading images for internal storage support
  • Message Notification issues
  • Google Maps Crash issues
  • Internal and External image storage

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Headstones toppled, trees uprooted in Lorain cemetery

Sharing this news story. I visited Elmwood Cemetery yesterday and the huge uprooted tree seen in this story was still lying on the ground. I did not see any cemetery workers at Elmwood Cemetery.

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LORAIN, Ohio — Crews in Lorain are still cleaning up the mess the winds left behind after storms blew through Northeast Ohio Wednesday.

Elmwood Cemetery had several large trees uprooted, blocking roadways and toppling headstones.

Lorain work crews were back at the cemetery clearing the area from fallen trees on Friday.

“We are assessing the damage presently — we’ve been here for the last two days trying to clean up as much as we can. There are two large trees we are hoping to get to in a day or so,” said Robert Fowler, Lorain safety service director.

Some of the uprooted trees revealed the underground vaults where caskets are sealed.

“The roots grew into some of the vaults and then when they tumbled over it exposed some of those vaults,” said Fowler.

Some area residents came by the cemetery to see if any of their family’s…

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Marjorie Limes in a Mystery Photograph

Marjorie Limes in a Mystery Photograph

Posting a Mystery photograph!

Marjorie Limes is one of the younger ladies in this photograph. Her parents were Linneus Judson or “J. L.” Limes and Elizabeth L. Daniels Limes. She was born February 7, 1921 in Mercer County, Missouri. She died September 7, 1982 in Dallas, Texas. She was buried at the Masonic Cemetery in Trenton, Missouri. She never married nor had any children.

Her grandparents were William Limes II and Savilla Jane Beals Limes.

Her great-grandparents were Harrison Limes and Eliza Aber Limes.

I can remember, Dr. William Limes of Washington Court House writing about the family of William Limes II and Savilla Jane Beals because his father was Noble Harrison Limes or “Harry” Limes or N.H. Limes, who was a brother to J. L. Limes.

Marjorie Limes had one sister, Lyndall Limes Genung. There were two Genung children, Thomas Limes Genung (deceased), and John Lewis Genung who married Susan Kay Woodfill. I know of one son of John and Susan Genung, Jeffery Davis Genung.

I hope to learn which one of the younger ladies in this photograph that appears to have been taken in the 1950’s is Marjorie Limes.

Use D/2 Biological Solution to Clean Gravestones

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Genealogists and anyone else interested in preserving cemetery tombstones and other objects exposed to the weather should become familiar with D/2 Biological Solution. It is useful for cleaning tombstones without causing any damage to the stone.

The solution is safe for use and does not harm the tombstone. Even the highly-respected Association for Gravestone Studies recommends the product in the organization’s FAQs (Frequently-Asked Questions) at https://www.gravestonestudies.org/knowledge-center/faq-s#faqnoanchor:

“Treat a wet gravestone with D/2 Biological Solution, scrub into a lather using a plastic bristle brush, and smooth the lather into the inscription to make the letters more readable. Afterward, rinse the stone thoroughly.”

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