Source: Kendal Cemetery has murky past
The photographs below are from my October 17, 2017 visit to Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria, Ohio.
It was my first visit, and one that was much overdue. These are just a small sampling of the historic gravestones and monuments to be found at this early Ohio cemetery.
The earliest burial that I found belongs to Nathaniel Porter who died in June (13th?) 1822.
His “Find A Grave” memorial contains an extensive biographical write-up. He was re-interred from another cemetery, however. Links to memorials for his spouse and children are included with his memorial.
A visitor can spend several splendid hours exploring Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria and easily become immersed in its landscape of amazing variety of trees among towering military monuments. One is topped with a soaring Eagle while another has a life-size Civil War soldier painted in appropriate Union Regimental colors.
The 1820s – 1840s delicately carved grave markers there are indeed remarkable in their simplicity and not to be missed before you leave. Several impressive mausoleums include those that are reminiscent of small sandstone houses!
A visitor cannot help but be drawn to the grand wrought iron gated family plot of Heman Ely and his descendants.
Ridgelawn Cemetery is a sacred place where pioneer history awaits visitors who are fortunate enough to come and walk its grounds.
Source: Local cemetery creates app
A Heads up for those of us who are contributors and users of Find A Grave, which as most of us know by now, has been taken over by Ancestry.com! More changes are to come with the Find A Grave website.
Click Here to read about upcoming changes for Find A Grave.
Now might be a good time to go into your “Contributor Tools” and download your data.:
“Download Your Data”
“You can download your records for a cemetery or virtual cemetery by choosing it from the list below. The data will download as a tab-delimited Excel file. This format can be imported into a variety of programs. Add cemeteries to your My Cemeteries list to see them listed here.”
Just a tip: I use a Windows 7 64bit desk top computer and when I downloaded a cemetery file it saved it to a .txt format instead of an Excel format. I changed the .txt to a .xls and the file then opened up in Excel for me. I could also re-save the .xls into a .xlsx file. I still have Office 2007 on my computer. So, if your downloaded cemeteries default to .txt this would be a workaround for you.
A Delaware County grand jury has indicted a Ravenna couple on charges of fraud related to cemetery services that were never delivered. The 54-count indictment filed Friday against Theodore Martin, 53, and Arminda Martin, 46, came after multiple victims complained last year about paying for grave markers, plots and vaults at Fairview Memorial Park in Lewis Center but never receiving services, said Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien.
Source: Couple indicted in cemetery scam
Jacksonville, Ore. — There’s a spot just outside of Jacksonville, that holds a special place in one Rogue Valley man’s heart. Tonight, he’s working tirelessly to leave it better than he found it, for the sake of his father and those around him too. ‘He was my soul… #allen #cemetery #dennis
Cemeteries have only so much space. And yet with an endless supply of new customers, they rarely have to put up “no vacancy” signs. This week, tiny Williamsville Cemetery in Orange Township in Delaware County essentially did that, declaring that it was suspending new burials because the grounds had reached their useful capacity.
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