Below is the related Lorain “MorningJournal” News Story;
These photographs below were taken on August 12, 2018 at Elmwood Cemetery in Lorain. They illustrate maintenance practices that are causing clumps of thick dead grass to stick to the stones and dry in the hot sun; making it difficult to remove the clumps from the stone.
I think most folks would consider this an unsightly mess and disrespectful to the deceased. This situation means that family members must clean off the dried up clumps from their family’s markers and monuments. What about the markers and monuments where there is no family to handle this situation? Will the cemetery groundskeepers come back to remove the thick clumps from the surface? We just don’t know at this point.
Sadly, this is the worst Elmwood Cemetery has looked since I have been visiting it for over 20 years.
This last photo above illustrates where part of the problem lies.
Taking too long between trimmings.
to become too overgrown means taking too aggressive
of an approach to remove the grass/weeds around them.
As we can easily see here; it has been awhile since there has been any trimming around this flat marker.
Thankfully, there is no dead grass/weeds covering it; but live grass/weeds are covering over and around it to the point eventually it may no longer be seen.
“Memorializing the dead with grave markers, headstones and tombstones, family burial plots were marked with rough stones, rocks or wood as a way to keep the dead from rising. The deceased’s name, age and year of death were inscribed. From 1650-1900 square shaped tombstones from slate and sandstone evolved with churchyard burials. During the Victorian era (1837-1901) lavish and decorated gravestones included sculptured designs, artwork and symbols. Marble, granite, iron and wood were popular materials from 1780 to the present.
Mary Milne, professional genealogist, presents Epitaphs and Icons: Interpreting Gravestones on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Avon Lake Public Library’s Waugaman Gallery. She has investigated cemetery records, carvings, and statues that provide clues to aid genealogy research. Learn how to interpret often-overlooked messages on gravestones.
All events, which are free, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Waugaman Gallery at Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd.
Heritage Avon Lake is a local history organization that collects, preserves, and promotes oral, written, and physical history. For more information, visit www.heritageavonlake.org or call 440.549.4425.”
***Sunday, April 22, 2018***
Beginning at 9:00a.m.
“Since 2014, the Old Burying Ground (OBG) in Greenfield, Ohio, has been undergoing work by a group of dedicated volunteers. Throughout each year, work sessions have been held by project leaders Scott and Venus Andersen and John King.
Contact John King at the Greenfield Historical Society if you plan to attend.”
John King’s email address: email@example.com
Old Burial Ground next to Travellers Rest
“Please join other volunteers as we continue to make improvements to the Old Burial Ground.
We’ll start at 9:00 a.m. and work as long as we have the energy.
Come help and stay as long as you can.
Join us for an upcoming work session. You can stay as long as you like.
We will help you get started if you have not participated previously.
Tasks range from cleaning stones, straightening stones, recording information, etc.
We post our scheduled sessions on the Greenfield Historical Society website calendar.”
(Select photographs below
from the 2014 Old Burying Ground Project
by Linda Jean Limes Ellis)
Link to the document for:
Michael (AKA Mike) Zagorsky was my grand-uncle on my mother’s side of the family. He was an older brother to my grandfather, Andrew Zagorsky. Both brothers immigrated to the Lorain/Elyria area in Lorain County, Ohio.
Mike Zagorsky’s wife was Marie (AKA Mary) Novascek Zagorsky.
Mike Zagorsky immigrated to America in April, 1907, however, his wife Marie and a daughter named Anna, immigrated to America in September 1907.
For Mike 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
Arrival Date: 10 Apr 1907
Port of Departure: Bremen, Germany
As stated on Marie Zagorsky’s Petition for Naturalization, she married Mike Zagorsky on May 5, 1905 in “Resicza” Austra-Hungary.
On Marie Zagorsky’s Petition for Naturalization there is information about her husband Mike Zagorsky being naturalized December 2, 1924 with a certificate number. Unfortunately, that record was not able to be located.
Continuing with my research, I accessed some historical newspaper articles for Mike or Michael Zagorsky in the “Elyria Chronicle-Telegram”. That is how I learned of his and his family’s visits to Mike Sherwood and his family who lived in Cleveland.
One such brief mention stood out for me. It was the September 21, 1937 “Brief” only a one sentence statement that caught my eye right away.:
“Mr. and Mrs. Mike Zagorsky entertained Sunday the former’s son and family, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Sherwood of Cleveland.”
If correct, Mike Sherwood was a son of Mike Zagorsky. I did some follow up with one set of estate papers that didn’t produce much for proof even though Mike Sherwood and his wife were named in them. But more recently, another set of estate papers for the administration of Mike Zagorsky’s estate did show Mike Sherwood and named him as a son! I thought wow, my thinking is on track.
Now on to DNA.: About a year ago I did my DNA test with Ancestry. I rather quickly learned that I have a 3rd cousin match for the grand-daughter of Mike Sherwood who also did her DNA!
Unfortunately, the older generations before her are now deceased and she had no knowledge of someone named Mike Zagorsky. Even so, can DNA lie? Somehow I don’t think so.
I have more research to do, but not being assured at this point that I’ll learn more than I already have, I feel that the DNA results have worked to help me reach a more solid conclusion.
Anna Edna Zagorsky Provoznik was definitely Marie Zagorsky’s daughter, however, not 100% sure she was Mike Zagorsky’s daughter as she was born prior to their marriage. But, she was the administratrix for his estate — Mike Zagorsky died intestate.
There are more stones to uncover and mysteries to solve, but I wanted to share at this juncture while so much of the recent information that has come to light is fresh on my mind.
Below is a random sampling of some of the documents I have discovered in my research that relate to Mike and Marie Zagorsky as well as to “the former’s son” Mike Sherwood.
Above is a Delayed Birth record for Michael Sherwood – note there is no surname for the father; stating only Michael.
The typed page appears to be affixed over an older piece of paper that once served as the form for a “Return of Birth”.
Below is the Ship Manifest for Mike Zagorsky – Line #16