Spotlighting a New Update from “Past Lives Photography” that also Brought Back a Memory and a Sad Discovery for me.

Beth Wilson Shoemaker and her “A Grave Sight Cemetery Photographs by BAWS” posted a new link on Facebook, on March 3, 2018, connecting to her Past Lives Photography Blog (a link for it is also included in this blog) with an update detailing her visit to the almost lost and forgotten Mastin Family Cemetery in Clay Twp., Scioto County, Ohio.  

Learning of Beth’s discovery led to my own recollection of someone who helped me in 1997 with documenting a relatively obscure Ohio cemetery — the Friends (Quaker) Cemetery in North Lewisburg, Champaign County Ohio.  

I am writing about surveyor, Mr. James L. Murphy, who, himself, had paid an earlier visit to the Mastin Cemetery.  Thankfully, he shared his research results on the USGenWeb site on November 16, 2007.  He provided his listing of the inscriptions on the gravestones he found at the Mastin Cemetery.  His work included surveying the little cemetery for the Ohio Historic Inventory . The cemetery information was added to the official records at the Ohio Historical Society (now the Ohio History Connection).  The OHI number for the Mastin Cemetery is SCI0046813.

So, while searching for information on the Mastin (Mastin Family) Cemetery in Scioto County, I decided to do a “Google” search for James L. Murphy who I had not communicated with for several years following our exchanges regarding the Friends Cemetery.  

Sadly, I learned that he had passed away on October 8th, 2012.  

I dedicate this blog post to James L. Murphy whose assistance helped me complete the first Ohio Historic Inventory Form that I finished in 1997.  Over the years, I completed seven more OHI forms for other early Ohio cemeteries.

Sharing James L. Murphy’s “Forgotten” Cemeteries and the Ohio Historic Inventory publication.  

Please take a moment to read it, and if you feel so inclined, contact the Preservation Office of the Ohio History Connection to learn more how these forms can help protect Ohio’s almost forgotten cemeteries.  

 

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Ashland County research aid for Sullivan Township now available from Ashland County Ohio Genealogical Society

Researched and written by Thomas S. Neel, executive director of the OGS Library in Bellville, the new book celebrates Sullivan Township’s bicentennial (1817-2017) and includes transcriptions of all cemetery tombstones, burial records for Southview Cemetery through 1965,

Source: Ashland County research aid for Sullivan Township now available from Ashland County Ohio Genealogical Society

Ohio Statehood Day is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 9a.m. to 1:30p.m. at the Ohio Statehouse! The Ohio History Connection has All of the Details! Advance Registration is Required – Deadline is February 20, 2018 to Register

Source: Ohio Statehood Day is Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 9a.m. to 1:30p.m. at the Ohio Statehouse! The Ohio History Connection has All of the Details! Advance Registration is Required – Deadline is February 20, 2018 to Register

House Bill 168 to Modify Ohio Cemetery Law will be on the Agenda for a Proponent Hearing on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by the Ohio Senate Finance Committee at 2:30PM in the Ohio Senate Finance Hearing Room

Source: House Bill 168 to Modify Ohio Cemetery Law will be on the Agenda for a Proponent Hearing on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 by the Ohio Senate Finance Committee at 2:30PM in the Ohio Senate Finance Hearing Room

The hearing for proponent testimonies regarding HB 168 to modify cemetery law will be on Tuesday, January 30th at 2:30 PM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.

Please see the information below for how to submit your written testimony on behalf of the passage of Ohio HB/SB 168 to Modify Cemetery Law and the witness form that needs to be completed and sent along with it to the email address provided in the communication, if you are not attending the event in person.

**** Note, if not attending in person — the proponent testimony deadline is Monday, January 29th by 2:30p.m., and testimony is submitted in writing to:

Allie Harris at her email address provided below.

Also, a completed witness slip needs to be emailed as well with the testimony as a proponent for HB 168.

A copy of a blank witness slip is provided below that can be completed, scanned, and attached in an email with a proponent testimony..:

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From:

Allie Harris
Legislative Aide
Ohio Senator Scott Oelslager | 29th District
The Ohio Statehouse
Allie.Harris@OhioSenate.gov
Phone: 614.466.0626

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“We will be hearing proponent testimony regarding HB 168 during committee on Tuesday, January 30th at 2:30 PM in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.


You are more than welcome to submit written testimony and/or present oral testimony in person during committee.

In case you would like to submit testimony, I’ve attached to this email a copy of the Finance Committee Witness Slip, which needs to be filled out and returned with your testimony.

If you wish to submit written testimony, it needs to be sent to me (allie.harris@ohiosenate.gov) by 2:30 PM on Monday, January 29th, along with the completed witness slip.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at 614-466-0626, or email at allie.harris@ohiosenate.gov

I would be more than happy to walk you through the submission process if you need guidance, or if you have any questions regarding Finance Committee.”

Thanks,

Allie Harris
Legislative Aide
Ohio Senator Scott Oelslager | 29th District
The Ohio Statehouse
Allie.Harris@OhioSenate.gov
Phone: 614.466.0626

Summary (2017-11-15) Modify cemetery law [Refer to Committee: Finance]

Spotlighting the Ridgelawn Cemetery in Elyria, Ohio.

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.