Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Bloomfield Cemetery - Henry Keller Family!

The Bloomfield Cemetery has many Keller tombstones.  I am currently posting about the Keller family on my blog:  Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp., in Ohio.  I am posting about the descendants of John and Mary (Delano) Keller on that blog.

We start with a younger brother of my second great grandmother Elizabeth Keller Spracklin who married Daniel D. Spracklin and they moved to Iowa.  I will post about Henry and his family in a future post on the Solomon blog.

I found these tombstones on the right side as you face the cemetery and a little ways up on the hill.  Others were closer to the front of the cemetery in the same area on the right side over toward the empty part of the cemetery, probably the south side of the cemetery.

Henry Keller 1849 to 1909
Martha Kees His Wife 1851 to 1927

Here I am next to their stone.
Here you see the Henry & Martha stone and others next to it. 
This stone is on the right of Henry and Martha Keller's stone.  This is their son and his wife.

Grace O. 1876 to 1946 and William C.  1873 to 1966
This stone is a son of William C. Keller and Grace O. Robertson. It is on the left of Henry & Martha's stone.
E. Josephine, 1898 to 1962 and Walter 1895 to 1970

The back side of the tombstones for Henry & Martha and others
At this point these are the family connections that I know about.  There are other Keller's in this cemetery and I will share their stones in the next post.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Bloomfield Cemetery, Morrow County, Ohio

Bloomfield Cemetery is located southwest of Sparta, Ohio. Take Hwy 229 to Sparta turn left onto Hwy 656 and go south till you get to Rich Hill Bloomfield Road and turn left.  As I recall I blew right past the turn on to the Rich Hill Road and had to go back.  It happens and is part of the search.  This cemetery is very large so it is wise to obtain a book:  Morrow County Genealogical Society Cemetery books Vol. 5 pages 190 starting on page 182.  The society website has cemetery information:

Bloomfield Cemetery between 656 and 199...
The sign and entrance
The Rules and Regulations for Bloomfield Cemetery
Bloomfield overview

more Bloomfield overview

Bloomfield Cemetery, Morrow County, Ohio
Find A Grave has a listing for this cemetery which is 91% photographed.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - A Study of Franklin, Knox and Morrow Counties, Ohio Cemeteries - In search of the Keller Surname

In 2011 when I traveled to Ohio, I did a very deep search of the cemeteries in Franklin, Knox and Morrow County, Ohio.  Actually, I searched Knox thoroughly, did the northern part of Franklin for the Delano family and other areas for Kellers and the areas around South Bloomfield Twp., in Morrow County.

I now regret not extending my search to northern Morrow County in North Bloomfield Twp., Richland and Crawford County, Ohio.  As I have been writing posts and sharing my research on the children of my 3rd great grandparents John and Mary (Delano) Keller I have learned that the children migrated to these counties to the north. I refer you to my blog: Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. in Ohio for more details, see side panel of this blog.

My goal was to see if I could find Delano and Keller burials. I was looking for where the siblings of my 2nd great grandmother Elizabeth (Keller) Spracklin finally came to rest.  I was also looking for clues to John Keller origins.

This study took me to several cemeteries in my travels, not to mention researching at various archives in Ohio such as the Ohio Historical Society, the Ohio Genealogical Society in Bellville, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the Morrow and Knox County Genealogical Societies and the wonderful public library in Mt. Vernon.  I studied cemetery books, newspaper abstract books and newspapers on microfilm.

I have posted on this blog for the Hedding M.E. Cemetery in South Bloomfield so see my posts dated March 11 and March 25, 2014.  This cemetery is in Morrow County, Ohio. In this cemetery we have John, Mary, Peter and William Franklin and Ida Keller.

Hedding M.E. Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio

The Kempton Cemetery is located in Franklin Co., Ohio and I posted about it on April 22, 2014. I was looking for Delano's and Oliver is suppose to be buried there.

In my post dated May 6, 2014, I share about my visit to the Dunkirk Cemetery in Hardin County, Ohio where Caroline (Keller) Van Houten and her family are buried.  Caroline is the daughter of John and Mary Keller.

Dunkirk Cemetery, Hardin Co., Ohio
So at this point I have found the tombstones of Peter, Frank and Caroline all Keller children.

In Mount Vernon I visited the Mound Cemetery looking for Kellers and Delanos.  I share about my visit to that cemetery in the post dated April 13, 2014 titled "Columbus and Cornelius Delano of Ohio and Other Delano Family..." on my Solomon Goss Blog, see right panel of this blog.

I did not share about Kellers buried in Mound Cemetery in Mt. Vernon so in a following post I will review my visit to that amazing cemetery.

I also visited the Bloomfield Cemetery, south of Sparta, in Morrow County, Ohio and found Henry Keller and his family a son of John and Mary Keller.  I also made other discoveries that go back in time on the Goss side.  I will share my findings in the next post.  Just a word of caution, do not get Bloomfield Cemetery in South Bloomfield mixed us with Bloomingrove Cemetery in North Bloomfield Twp., Morrow County, Ohio.

Bloomfield Cemetery in Morrow Co., Ohio
I then visited the following cemeteries to see what the Keller stones would tell me and I will post about my visit in the future.

  • Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville, Morrow Co., Ohio and found a couple Kellers.  
  • Oak Grove Cemetery, Gambier, Knox County, Ohio
  • Owl Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery, Knox County, Ohio - Ankenytown, Ohio
  • Forest Cemetery, Knox County, Ohio in Fredericktown, Knox County, Ohio
  • Rivercliff Cemetery in Mt. Gilead, Morrow County, Ohio
Here is a map with the approximate location of the cemeteries I visited in 2011 in Knox and Morrow County.  I do have to realize that I only had so much time so at least I around to these.  

Cemetery Study Ohio 2011
I use Find A Grave, Internment, the Tombstone Project and other things like Google Images, maps and more to pin down a cemetery location and figure out who is buried there. I think it is one of my favorite things to do.   

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Dunkirk Cemetery, Hardin Co., Ohio

On my big trip to Ohio in August and September of 2011, I was trying to dig deep into the Keller line of my family.  John Keller my third great grandfather's parentage has been a mystery and has baffled us all.  He married Mary Anne Delano on 15 March 1831 in Fredericktown, Knox Co., Ohio.  Mary's family has lineage back to Phillip Delano who came to Plymouth on the vessel "Fortune."  There daughter Elizabeth Keller married Daniel D. Spracklin a son of John Andrews Spracklin and Lydia Goss.

This Delano connection has been a focus of my blog postings on the blog Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp., in Ohio who is the father of Lydia Goss.

The very accomplished genealogists encourage studying all the relatives to find clues to the origins of others. So, I have tried to dig further into the lives of John and Mary's children to see if one of them will give me a clue to their father's past.

Daniel and Elizabeth wrote a letter home and Caroline was featured in that letter. Elizabeth was congratulating her about her impending marriage.  "Daniel & Elizabeth's Letter to Home," November 19, 2011 on my The Barclays of Pine River blog features this letter.

This letter motivated me to go in search of Caroline and what happened to her.  I found her final resting place in the Dunkirk Cemetery in Hardin County, Ohio.

Caroline Keller married Joseph H. Van Houten on 1 December 1857 in So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio. They appear in the 1870 U.S. Federal Census in Sandusky Twp., Richland, Ohio and by 1900 they are in Washington Twp., Hardin Co., Ohio. I will be going in more depth on her family on the Solomon Goss blog soon.

I found them by studying the book:  Hardin County, Ohio Death Index 1867-1908, by the Hardin County Genealogical Society, 1998.  
pg. 172 Vanhouten, Caroline, F, 6, 2, 1902 61 y 7m 28d, Hardin Co., Vol. 3, pg. 212; Vanhouten, J.C. May 8, 1883, 24y 2m 12d Hardin Co. Vol. 2, pg. 157.  VanHouten, Joseph Sr. M. Jan 30, 1903 69y 28d, Hardin Co., Vol. 3, pg. 213. 

I found another book at the Mary Lou Johnson Hardin County District Library in Kenton that was a indexing of the actual cemetery and on page 83 the family was listed. "Dunkirk Cemetery, Kenton, Ohio, Hardin Co. Genealogical society 2004."
  • Van Houten, Anna M. 2/13/1867 to 2/16/1950 D1, M-V-p.309
  • Van Houten, Joseph Jr. 1863 to 3/31/1939 D2
  • Van Houten, Maggie 1868 to 10/11/1946 D2
  • Van Houten, Wilbur B. 1865 to 1953 D1
  • Van Houten, Caroline 11/04/1841 to 6/2/1902 Old 51
  • Van Houten, Joseph h. 1/02/1834 to 1/29/1903, Old, 51 (VI-p.174)
Find A Grave has Dunkirk listed but it is only 60% completed and these tombstones are not listed at this time.    Update:  I am incorrect, this family is at Find A Grave in the Dunkirk listing but the name is VanHouten without a space between the n and H.  There are seven VanHouten's listed including Anna Marian Morton and a Reams.  On Caroline's page there is a link to Mary Alice VanHouten Ream at Woodlawn Cemetery.  Very nicely done. 

Dunkirk Cemetery is not small and it was important for me to narrow down where they were located in the cemetery and this book has a map.  They are in D 1, D 2 and the old section which is in the northeastern corner.  The family members are not far from each other.

Dunkirk Cemetery is not too hard to find.  If you are in Kenton, Ohio just go north on State Rte #68. It is 10 miles and about 12 minutes.  You will see it coming up on the left.  The entrance is visible.

Dunkirk Cemetery, Dunkirk, Hardin Co., Ohio

The sun was causing shadows and a little mist, a very nice cemetery.

Another overview of Dunkirk

Wilbur B. 1865-1953 and Anna M. 1867 to 1950.
Joseph H. Jr., 1863 to 1939 and Maggie 1868-1940
These two men above were sons of the couple below. Caroline and Joseph had 5 children: John Charles 1858-1883, Joseph W., Wilbur, Mary Alice and Laura E.
Caroline and Joseph's Tombstone in Dunkirk Cemetery, Hardin Co., Ohio

Here I am visiting Caroline and Joseph in Dunkirk Cemetery. 

The lighting was tough and so I have tried to get closer:
Joseph H. Van Houten, Jan. 2, 1834 to Jan. 29, 1903 (Co. E121___)
Caroline his wife Nov 4, 1841 to June 2, 1902. 
Joseph was in the Civil War and there is a pension card for him at Ancestry in the US Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files 1861-1934.  Date of filing 1879 Dec 8, E 121 Ohio Inf., 34 Co. 2 Battln, VR6. App#326857 and Certificate 30454.

Genealogybank and do not have great coverage for northeastern Ohio at this time.  So I was unable to locate anything of interest except Joseph's pension was reinstated.  So some more obituary research would be a good thing.  I am also interested in descendants of these families.

Sometimes you just feel happy when you go and spend time with an ancestor even if it was just a short time. Caroline would have been a 2nd great grand aunt to me.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Kempton Cemetery, Franklin Co., Ohio

My trip to Ohio in 2011, which I posted about on my Solomon Goss Blog had some interesting challenges and one of those was going from Columbus up to the northern part of Franklin County to find the Kempton Cemetery and I almost missed it.

On my Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp. In Ohio blog I have written a series of posts about the Delano family and its connection to mine.  I start with the February 12, 2014 post titled:  Daniel's In-Laws John and Mary (Delano) Keller a connection to DAR and to the "Fortune." I end with the post dated April 20, 2014 titled "Stephen Delano's Lineage to Phillip Delano." There are about 9 posts. There is some repeating of information but a lot more detail and I want to mention I am not an expert on Mayflower lineages so if you find a mistake just let me know and I will be happy to update and correct.

Kempton is a tiny cemetery set on a small hill on the corner where an apartment complex is located. Fortunately because of the hill people are less prone to walk through it casually.  Unfortunately, it is pretty old and damaged and there are a lot of broken and missing stones.

I could barely read the stones and I walked and walked trying to find one particular stone, Oliver Delano, brother to my Stephen Delano.  I never found it.  However it was there because it has been transcribed and I found two publications with the information for this cemetery.  The writing on some of the stones was so soft it was hard to make out and even using my finger to trace the letters didn't help.  I was also loosing the light.

Source: Volume IV Franklin County, Ohio Cemeteries, Washington, Clinton, Montgomery and Brown Townships, Compiled by the Franklin County Genealogical Society, September 1983. FHBook#977.156 V39 V.6  There are maps of the township and give locations of the cemeteries.  They list the following cemeteries for Clinton Twp. There is more detail in this book but here is the general state of things in 1983.  The main Columbus library had these books.
  • Armbruster M.E. Church Cemetery - no evidence of it now, gone. 
  • Clinton Chapel (Old M.E. Church) Cemetery - no evidence of it now. 
  • Cooke Cemetery - property sold stones may have been moved. 
  • McKendree Methodist Church Cemetery earliest stone 1831, many missing
  • Kempton Cemetery very poor condition.  
  • Union Cemetery the oldest started in 1806 still used and in good condition. 
Source:  Roster of graves in Kempton Cemetery, Clinton Twp., Franklin Co., Ohio, 1961, prepared by Mr.s J. Boyd Davis, DAR Whetstone Chapter (Ohio), FHL#1320838 Item 3).  Copied from the tombstone records in 1933 by a Mrs. John J. Rings. It is not done in alphabetical order so but it is hard to say if it is by rows. There are 62 burials listed.

There is a website of Franklin County, Ohio Gravestones &c. They feature Kempton Cemetery, Columbus, Clinton Twp., Franklin Co., Ohio.  If a name is underlined you can download the photo. Oliver is not underlined.  If you scroll down you will see a long list of unknown stones with photos. Very well done website.

Find A Grave has a listing for this cemetery with about 70 names and is about 26% photographed.

Grave addiction has more photos:

The Kempton Cemetery is located at the corner of Knightsbridge Blvd. and Olentangy River Rd. I headed out of Columbus, Ohio and up N. High St. left on W. Lane St. across the Olentangy River to Olentangy Road.  Yeah, yeah, I didn't take Hwy 315, more fun sometimes to dally. It didn't take that long to get there.

Oliver Delano Jan. 1822 38 years Kempton Cemetery, Franklin Co., Ohio

Unfortunately I have not been able to find any evidence of Delano burials in Franklin County for Oliver's parents Stephen Delano & Mary Shaw nor of his brother Stephen Delano (Jr.) who was found murdered in 1818 and I have just recently posted about that on the Solomon Goss blog.  I cannot find where Oliver's wife Esther is buried. Worthington is in Sharon Twp. north of Clinton so if they died there, then the cemetery records of Sharon Twp. would be of importance but I have not found them there either and there are a lot of missing records. 

The sign and the buildings behind the Kempton Cemetery

Some stones but not many and they were very hard to read. 
Lots of space between the stones and many were broken. 

Look closely and you will see the stones buried. 
I am happy I was there but frustrated and sad, never could find Oliver's stone. 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Hedding M.E. Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio - More stones...

In 2007, I took the following photographs of some stones in addition to my family and there are Barr and Slack in the family names.  Harris is also a possibility.

Amos B. Harris Born Jan 2, 1838 Died Oct 25, 1856

Burr Harris, Born Dec 10, 1804, Died Mar 23, 1883
Catherine Harris Born May 25, 1812, Died Nov. 17, 1884
Father and Mother HARRIS

Can't make this one out?

Amos R. Harris Died _________

Joshua A. Harris Born Dec. 26, 1846 Died Jan 4, 1903 Aged 62 Y. 6 ds

William M. Shaw died April 4, 1880, Aged 54 d m 18 d. 

Hannah Slack, Died Feb 19, 1902 Aged 74 Y 4 ms. etc

Infant of Wm and H. Slack 

William Slack, Died Jan 28, 1876 Aged 58 y 7 m. 9 d. He is next to Hannah

Sarah Wife of Joseph Slack died Nov. 26, 1873 age 24 yrs, 1 mo. 3 ds

George W. __________

Shaw stone see below

Left reads Our Father Joseph Shaw Died Feb 20, 1844
Age 46 Yrs 2 Mos 29 Ds. 

Right side reads Our Mother, Charity w/o Joseph Shaw died
No. 27, 1877 aged 74 yrs, 10 ms.

Michael Shaw ----- Veteran Emblem


Daniel Barr, Died Aug 30, 1881
Aged 36 Yr 6 Mos 27 Ds.

Mary Wife of J.Barr Died Dec 31, 1880, Aged 73 Yrs. 

As you can see the above two are right next to each other. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Hedding M.E. Cemetery, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio - Mary & John Keller

My third great grandparents John and Mary (Delano) Keller's tombstone is located in the Hedding M.E. Cemetery in So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio out of the view from the road.  You have to enter the cemetery at the gate and walk over the knoll to the other side.

A cousin had sent me a photo of the tombstone and I thought the tombstone was gigantic but it is about my size. In 2007 it was almost overwhelmed by a large rose bush, someone had tenderly planted years ago and it was now jeopardizing the stone. The bush was about to knock the tombstone over.  I did not have tools to cut it back in 2007.  The other problem was that the stone was being taken over by mold and the inscription was getting very difficult to read because of the softness of the stone.

Here I am in 2007 with their tombstone and you can see the bush and the mold.

John Keller (on left) and Mary Keller (on right)  On the left side
Peter Keller their son is listed 2007
When I saw the condition, I looked up the the South Bloomfield Township information on line and asked for help.The person I talked to was a man with the last name of Slack. He had no knowledge of his descendancy from this couple but apparently he did something and took action. I am grateful.

In the photo below it is 2011 with me standing there beside it. You can see that the bush has been removed or cut way back yet still not dead. The mold is there but not as bad because the sun and light can access the stone for it is not shrouded in shade. The tombstone is right on the hillside which is steep.  It is still standing but I am worried about its stability on that slope.  UPDATE:  Lavina Keller Helt's tombstone is to the left behind this large one.  She is their daughter.  A cousin explained to me the problem for the name was misspelled in the records.
John Keller, Mary Delano and Peter Keller
Peter's information was totally covered with mold back in 2007. It is on the left side of the tombstone. I brought clippers with me this time and did a little more pruning but I could see the bush has been chopped way back.

Peter's information covered in mold - 2007

Peter's information covered in mold and I had to push
 the bush out of the way -2007
Peter Keller in 2011 - the mold is much improved but the reading is difficult. 

The Tombstone reads from the cemetery book:
Front left side: Keller, John d. May 4, 1880 Aged 60y 5 m 10 d
Front right side: Mary A., w/o J. Keller, D. Aug. 3, 188? - A 68y3m3d
Peter, d. May 22, 1863 - Aged 34 y 5 m 24d. 

John's side on the left 2007

Mary's side on the right 2007
John, Mary and Peter's tombstone 2011 - a little tilted
To the east is another tombstone and this is another son of John and Mary Keller and Peter's baby brother William Frank Keller and his wife Ida C. This tombstone is so close to the east boundary line you can barely get in front to read it and the bushes shade it.  Here is my attempt on a rainy day in 2007.

Frank and Ida Keller in 2007 
 There are two stones on each side of this large stone with Father and Mother inscribed on the top.
Keller, Frank 1855, 1911 (Father)
Ida C. 1855 to 1930 (Mother)