Couple sentenced in Delaware County cemetery fraud

Source: Couple sentenced in Delaware County cemetery fraud


Sharing the latest news from “The Columbus Dispatch” in Columbus, Ohio


Sharing a Post from the NCPTT (National Center for Preservation Technology and Training) on the Subject of “Abrasive Cleaning of Grave Markers”

Sharing this blog post by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training just posted today entitled: “Abrasive Cleaning of Grave Markers”

This article can also be accessed from the home page of the National Park Service.


Thanking Dr. Mary Striegel for answering my question in the post concerning the use of abrasive tools on gravestones such as “Nyalox Brushes”* that rotate on power drills used to clean and ‘polish’ the surface of a gravestone for inscription reading purposes, etc.; and often promoted for use in the name of restoring a gravestone to its original state.

No one is saying that these types of brushes do not have their proper place for an appropriate and effective use. In my opinion, a gravestone is not one of them. As this article points out, if you would not use this type of a power tool to clean “the surface of your automobile” ….”then you would not use it to clean a grave marker.”


I encourage anyone who has questions regarding using any power tool on a gravestone to please devote a few moments to read this story, and consider that it is worth it to you and the gravestone to make the choice to use the least aggressive methods first — methods that are non-invasive, non-toxic, and almost free!

For reading faint inscriptions on gravestones, try using mirrors ** to reflect sunlight on the names and dates.

If you feel you must clean, use plain water; it is recommended to use distilled water***.

Please review all of your options before taking even a scraper, or a brush, to a gravestone. Or, applying a chemical. Try the least abrasive and invasive techniques such as those mentioned above first. It will benefit both you and the gravestone with this approach!




**”Arizona Pioneer & Cemetery Research Project”



Suggested Reading:

“A Graveyard Preservation Primer” by Lynette Strangstad

Unraveling the Mystery of Finding an 1860’s White Marble Gravestone at an Antique Store in Wellington, Ohio

Unraveling the Mystery of Finding an 1860's White Marble Gravestone at an Antique Store in Wellington, Ohio

I have been told that this double marker for George D. and Lucy L. Stedman was rescued from a storefront building in downtown Wellington, Ohio. It is not known where it was before that.

This stone is currently at Addie’s Antiques at 135 East Herrick Avenue, in Wellington. Phone # 440-647-0990. The contact person for this stone is Mr. Doug Dunham who works most Sundays at Addie’s Antiques. He is selling this stone for $250.00. The children and their family are buried at the Spencer Cemetery in Spencer, Medina County, Ohio.

When I first saw this beautiful old gravemarker a week ago I did not see any pricetag on it. I was hopeful that perhaps it was waiting for pick up by a Stedman family descendant. But, that is not the case apparently. I learned today that the stone is indeed for sale. It would require a great deal of skillful work to remove the cement, brick etc. from the stone without destroying it. I am hoping it goes to a good home regardless.

The children are buried at the Spencer Cemetery in Medina County where there is a large four-sided monument erected for the family. The children’s names are inscribed on one of the sides. Memorials for them are posted on Find A Grave.

I am not aware if there are any laws that prevent people from selling old gravestones in Ohio, espeically in cases such as this where there is another marker in place at the gravesites.

I spoke to Doug Dunham this afternoon who works at Addie’s Antiques on Sundays, and he said that the people he got the stone from said they were going to throw it out if they could not dispose of it any other way.

I truly hope this precious original white marble double table grave marker for George D. and Lucy L. Stedman goes to a good home; preferably to a descendant or to a historical society that would accept it and properly take care of it.