Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Hedding M.E. Cemetery, So. Bloomfield, Morrow Co., Ohio

The Hedding M.E.Cemetery is very special to me.  My third great grandparents are buried there.  They are John Keller and Mary Anne Delano Keller.

I had the good fortune to visit this cemetery twice.  The first time in 2007 when I went to the FGS (Federation of Genealogical Society Conference) in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Ohio was only 2 hours away and I can do that in a car.  So after the conference I headed east.

2007, Me with John, Mary and Peter's Tombstone 
This particular trip I did not blog about because I had not taken the plunge into blogging.  The trip was from Fort Wayne to Kenton and then to Mount Vernon and then back to Fort Wayne to do a little more research at the Allen County Library in their brand new genealogical section.

Hedding M.E. Cemetery was a little confusing to find back then so this next trip in 2011 I was going to nail it down and not end up asking a neighbor for directions.  I was with a cousin the first trip so it helped to have another person to navigate and deal with the natives.  The second trip I was on my own.

This cemetery is not that far from the Green Valley Cemetery in which my other 3rd great grandparents are buried, John and Lydia Spracklin.  John and Lydia's son Daniel married Elizabeth Keller the daughter of John and Mary Kelelr in 1852 and headed to Iowa.  I refer you to my other blogs:  Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp., in Ohio and The Barclay's of Pine River for more information on these families.  See right side of this blog for links.

Starting in Mount Vernon you head out on State Rte  229 (Old Delaware Rd) you can turn right onto Cochron Rd. and go north to the Green Valley Cemetery and along the way you pass by John and Lydia's land. To get to Hedding M.E. Cemetery keep going west on State Rte 229, past Durham Rd (Hwy 1), past Braddock and then it gets a little tricky because you come to a road that goes off to the right (CR-85) and you take that road and then you cross from Knox Co. to Morrow Co. and it is now CR-21 which is about .3888 miles to the cemetery. It is about 20-22 miles from Mount Vernon.

Google Maps - Hedding ME Cemetery, Ohio - 2011
The sign indicated you are going from Knox in
Morrow County, Ohio - 2011 - LOVE IT!
The road is a two lane narrow county road and you have to park your car carefully.  Make sure you lock your doors because you will not be able to see it from the cemetery which requires you to climb up a little knoll.  Here are some overview photographs taken in 2007.  It was overcast, damp and misting that day.

Looking south Hedding ME Cemetery 2007

Hedding ME Cemetery 2007

Hedding ME Cemetery 2007

The following photographs where taken in 2011.  You can see that it is sunny and bright.

Hedding ME Cemetery 2011

Hedding  ME Cemetery 2011 - you climb up and it is flat but
goes down hill again

Here you can see the curvature in the Hedding ME Cemetery
Find A Grave has a listing of 169 burials with 51% photographed at this link:

More photos from this cemetery to follow with a look at the Keller tombstones in more depth and other stones as well.

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