Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Cadaver Dogs for finding Graves...

This article appears in the Upfront Newsletter that I received in my email from The National Genealogical Society.  It was published on September 22, 2014

"Cadaver dogs find unmarked graves in historic Wilmington church cemetery." This was in North Carolina.  Apparently the NC DOT was widening the road and they needed to locate the graves and the sound penetrating radar would not reach certain areas.  There is a video.  I suggest you make a copy for your personal use because these types of articles do go away.

Here is the article from UpFront the blog at the National Genealogical Society that you can sign up for and have articles sent to your email.  This is the link to their original post.

You could also go to YouTube and see the video.  If you put Cadaver Dog into the search engine there you might get some junky stuff so becareful.  I just clicked on the video of the dog.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Preservation, Repair and Cleaning of Tombstones...

The traveling is over and that is why I have not posted for a while on this blog.  I spent three weeks in Canada, visiting southwestern Ontario, Michigan, then heading back to eastern Ontario and to Montreal.  From there I went south through New York State.  Three weeks later I attended the British Institute Class on Scottish Research in Salt Lake City.  You can read about my travels in The Man Who Lived Airplanes and the Boardman and Brown blogs.  Just go to the side bar on this blog and you can find the links.

When I visit a cemetery, I look around and if I see broken tombstones, or tombstones that have fallen over and are starting to be buried in the ground and on the way to being covered up and I start to get that urge to clean, move and repair them.  I don't, I grit my teeth.  I do brush the leaves off, and if there is dirt I try gently to remove it because I don't want to scratch the surface and the dirt can be difficult to remove. If I have clippers I cut the grass around it.

Recently, an article appeared about a man who had good intentions but  used harsh methods to clean tombstones and he got in trouble.  Please if you are a member of a genealogical society educate your members about how to properly care for and clean a cemetery and the stones.

This is the Hilltop Cemetery in Thomaston, Connecticut.  It is the older part which has an entrance right at the beginning of the newer cemetery and it is set back with about a block walk to this part. It is called the Ancient Cemetery. It broke my heart it was so bad.  This is where Capt. David Blakeslee's (1722 to 1781) tombstone resides.  It was standing when I visited.  I missed the entrance so I can understand why it so neglected.

Unfortunately, I am usually very far from home, so I am not a resident and I hesitate to do anything to a tombstone in a location far from my home base.  The risk of damaging it and causing further problems is very high.

The other issue is tombstones are usually very heavy and I could easily hurt myself trying to move one or right it. In my post on Massachusetts Meanderings I show a photo from the side and you can see that it is really stuck.  See the photo above.  I dearly wanted to read this stone but could not because it was lodged so deep in the ground.  I tried but I decided it was dangerous without help. I had a tripod but I was afraid I would bend or damage it if I used it as a lever.  What I probably needed to do was dig it out at the top area where it had fallen but still it was really heavy. This was Center Cemetery in Peru, Massachusetts near Pittsfield.

Just recently, the Hamilton Cemetery in Hamilton, Ontario is well kept, clean, tidy, trimmed and maintained but still there are signs of debris build up that has covered or is covering the stones.

So what I have chosen to do it take pictures and show the deterioration and hope that someone will see it and take action but of course, that it is a long shot.  It did happen, a person moved in next door to the Goss Cemetery in Harveyville, PA and found my other blog Pennsylvania Wanderings and contacted me.  We are now friends on Facebook, but so far no ghost sightings at the cemetery.

The other problem of course is mold gets on the stone and really causes trouble.  This is the stone of my 3rd great grandparents, my first trip to Ohio I found this all over the stone.  This photo shows the information for their son Peter Keller.  I found this in 2007 but in 2011 it was much better, I had called the Township office, a descendant and he took action.

I could have used this product that Dick Eastman's Newsletter posted about on June 1, 2014. It is a product for cleaning a tombstone, here is the link. Make sure you copy the article because they can go away.

Make sure you read the comments, they are very informative and give tips for using.  The article also suggests a book about preserving tombstones.  The Association of Gravestone Studies also is a great website for information and I have that link on the right side.

You can read about my visits to the two cemeteries listed above on my blog Massachusetts Meanderings  Just put Hilltop or Ancient in the search box on the side.  For the Center Cemetery, I used Peru and found my post.  The Hamilton Cemetery was discussed on my Boardman and Brown blog about my trip to Canada in September.  You can access here:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Bloomfield Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio a few more stones...

Here are some more tombstones that were close to the Kellers in the cemetery

Vandella I. Askins, May 15, 1855 to Feb 19, 1877, Iva and Leander H.
For more detail go here.

Amos Askins 1824 to May 11, 1875 the rest is difficult to read
and Sara 1829 to Feb. 3, 1889.  Go to the above link for more information.

Harold Morgan Keaton PVT US Army Korea
Sep 30, 1927 to Nov 19, 2007

KEATON - Blessed with children, George William, Cindy Marie,
John Evert

Harold M. Sept 30, 1927 to Nov. 19, 2004
Dec. 7, 1952
Lois M. June 7, 1933
Note:  I think this is the other side of the above stone.

Emery E. Askins 1870 to 1956
Ida B. 1872 to 1957

This concludes my photos for the Bloomfield Cemetery.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Bloomfield Cemetery in South Bloomfield Twp., Morrow County - Surname Messinger and Gibbons

While at the Bloomfield Cemetery, I helped a cousin by taking pictures of some tombstones of the surname Messinger. These stones were in the front of the cemetery near the road.  These stones are part of a puzzle that several cousins were trying to figure out regarding a Mary Goss and Lemuel Gibbons.  Mary Goss is a sister to my Solomon Goss.  I refer you to my blog about this man by pointing to the panel on the right side of this blog for the link.  I have not yet launched into discussing Solomon's ancestors but soon after I finish the Kellers and Spracklins.

You can learn more at Find A Grave under the Bloomfield Cemetery under the name Gibbons. 

Bloomfield Cemetery Sign and road out front

Gibbons and Messinger tombstones in the center front area.
Pamela Norton, w/o of Isaac Norton, d. April 25, 1852 Age 70 y 10 m 20 d.

Betsey Messinger, w/o Wm. Messenger, d. Aug. 11, 1852 age 49 y.

William H. Messinger, b. June 5, 1808 d, May 11, 1889. 

The row of Messinger and Gibbons stones William, Betsey Messinger then Pamela Norton
These two stones are unclear as to the relationship to the above if any.
This stone was to the left of the others and unreadable.

Farther to the left - Mary J. Churchill, dau B & NM Churchill, d. June 20, 1836

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Bloomsfield Cemetery, Morrow Co., Ohio continued...

There are other Keller tombstones in this cemetery.  These were closer to the entrance. 
Keller:  Francis C. Oct. 4, 1930 (Wed April 19, 1955) Naomi R. Feb. 8, 1937

Chester H. 1910 to 1980 and Maxine 1912 to 1998

Brenda L. 1946 & Daniel L. 1943
Nancy Jean Keller 1945 to 1952
Beloved Daughter Jenna Leigh Keller Jan. 8, 1997 to April 15, 2002
Elton Richard Keller 1920 to 1922
Patricia Ann Keller Mar. 25, 1956

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.