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.