Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Looking Back over the last 5 years!

This blog was started on July 16, 2010.  My goal back then, was to share photographs of the tombstones pictures and videos I had taken on my travels. Some of these photos were of my own ancestors final resting places and others were for clients.  Many of them were done as cemetery studies looking for ancestors of mine such as my trip to Massachusetts.

Me with my 4 greats Peter & Betty Spracklin - 2011

These tombstones photos were gathering dust on my computer and not being of use to those searching for their ancestors. So I decided to create this blog in order to share those finds.

It has almost been a perfect five years that I have been sharing these cemetery photographs and my visits.  Now in most cases, I did not do a whole cemetery because I didn't really have time when I was traveling. I did strive for overview photographs so that a person could get an idea of what that cemetery looked like and also how to find a publication for that cemetery that could be of help if able to do so.

Over time I have see cemeteries that have been very well cared for and others not so much.  I have seen total neglect. I have seen tombstones stacked on top of each other making it absolutely impossible to read them but other locations where they have attached them to walls of the church or made walls to attached them even broken ones. I have seen how quickly tombstones can disappear into the ground.

I am aware there is a lack of money to care for a lot of cemeteries.  I have seen where people have rallied to care for a cemetery and I see many trying to do so online and on the ground.

I have shared some of my concerns on this blog about preservation of cemeteries and knowing how to care for them.  I am not an expert and I hope to encourage others to learn how properly care for tombstones and have provided some links that might be helpful on the right side of this blog.

The time has come for me to shift my goal to making sure the photos not on Find A Grave that I have are post there. To create memorials at Find A Graves as needed and add to the existing memorials by linking family as best I can and maybe encourage corrections but that might be tough to do.

This blog will continue to remain on Blogger put I will probably not add to it from this time forward, unless I make a great find.

I will add tombstone photos to my other blogs that are listed on the side panel of this blog.  There may be repetition as I post about an ancestor but it will place the ancestor into context and time frame.
My first visit in 2007 to Peter and Betty Spracklin

This blog has been a kick to do.  I have enjoyed it very much.  Alas, I have so much to do on my other blogs that I need to concentrate on them.  I am available if there are questions so please comment.  

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Mound View Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Ohio - Keller Stones....

Mound View Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Knox County, Ohio is a very large cemetery and I made an attempt to find as many of the Keller surname stones as I could but it was a challenge.  I was calling it Mound but the cemetery is listed as Mound View on Find A Grave.  I feel that the person who has been adding names for Keller has done a good job and has been thorough.  There were at least two stones there were totally worn and extremely difficult to read.  Here are two that I was able to get a good photo but they are also on Find A Grave with links to family.

John L. Keller 1841-1927
His Wife
Frances J. 1845 to 1924
Their daughters
Minnie D. 1870-1889
Anna B. 1879-1893

Chris 1874 to 1965
His Wife
Arminta 1878-1970
Their Daug.
Grace 1898-1917

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Mound View Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Ohio

In September of 2011 on my 2nd tour of Ohio, I visited the Mound View Cemetery in both Marietta and Mt. Vernon.  I will be discussing the Mound View Cemetery in Mt. Vernon and share with you my findings.  On that tour I was searching for Keller burials and Delano burials in the Morrow, Franklin, and Knox County areas.  I was not aware of Richland nor Crawford at the time and regret that I should have included them after studying the Keller family on my blog Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp., in Ohio.  The nature of genealogy is always an evolution and you build on what you know.

I had tried to find out more about Columbus Delano and his family and searched for any evidence that he had any interaction with my John and Mary Anne (Delano) Keller family but so far I have not found a link.  

Columbus Delano was very well known in the are of Knox County, a political figure and more. You can Google him and probably get many hits.

Columbus and his family are buried in Mound View Cemetery in the heart of Mount Vernon. This cemetery is just up the street from the public library in Mount Vernon.

I have featured Columbus and other Delanos in Ohio on my Solomon Goss blog. See the post dated April 13, 2014 titled "Columbus and Cornelius Delano of Ohio and other Delano Family," for more information.

I wrote: 

At the Knox County Annex where the Register of Deeds is located you will find big books with pages of deeds involving Delano C. or Delano C. etal… mostly as a grantor.  Unfortunately, no Keller surnames or anything familiar to me appear as grantees.  It would take a really long time to pull all these deeds and review them if you are researching this man.  I decided to take pictures of the indexes and not pull the deeds.  I am grateful to Columbus because while searching deeds in the index I did find some Lake and Goss deeds which I have posted about on this blog....
Find A Grave also has his tombstone and information.  It is a very big cemetery with 17,780 burials.  It is about 80% photographed.  Do your homework before you try to find people in this cemetery because of its size. 

The office of Mound Cemetery is located at the Wooster St. entrance.  The Cemetery office can be of great help so check their hours.

Mound Cemetery is not to hard to find just go up N. Main St. in Mount Vernon and when the road splits you can either go onto Wooster or Mansfield Streets.

Columbus Delano Monument, Mound Cemetery, Knox Co., Ohio

It reads:  The Honorable Columbus Delano Born June 5, 1809, Died Oct. 23, 1896. Elizabeth Delano Born Aug 7, 1812 and died Aug. 5, 1897.  There are more family members next to this large monument. 

In the next post I will share the Keller tombstones I found in this cemetery. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Owl Creek Cemetery, Ankenytown, Ohio - Keller Stones

Henry Keller 1829-1903 son of Benjamin Keller, His wife Elizabeth's
 foot stone is to the left 1829 to 1909
Note:  I believe her maiden name is Grubb and there marriage is in the Knox Co., Ohio Records. 
There are quite a few Keller stones in the Owl Creek Cemetery and you can find photos at Find A Grave with links to show the relationships. 

Daniel Keller 1851-1926,
Elnora A. Keller 1856-1887
Ardella Keller 1864-1944
Chloe Keller 1881-1966
There are foot stones for these people see below
J.W. Keller 1860-1922 with the stones crowded around him on the left and right

Wilson Keller 1860 to 1922
Elizabeth Keller 1829-1909

On the left of Henry Keller's stone Ardella 1864-1944 , Herold, son of
J.W. & Tena, d. 1914
Herold and Christina are very close to J.W. Keller.

Christina D. Keller w/o J. Wilson Keller 1877 to 1966

Herold Keller, s/o J.W. & Tena d. 1914

Ardella Mae Keller daughter of J.W. & Tena Keller [1915]
Ruth Elnora dau. of W.D. & Cora Keller 1913

KELLER - Walter D. 1879-1970
Cora E. 1876-1936

Family Search has a tree for Henry and Elizabeth (Grubb) Keller which lists their children as Daniel, Mary Elizabeth Keller, John Wilson Keller and Delpha Keller.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Owl Creek Brethren, Ankenytown, Ohio

The Owl Creek Cemetery is located in Ankenytown, Berlin Twp., in northern Knox County, Ohio which is northeast of Fredericktown.  You can take Hwy. 95 north (Ankenytown Rd.) following its twists and turns.  You will be greeted by a beautiful white church.  The graveyard is to the right as you enter.

Owl Creek Sign post with information

The Owl Creek Brethren Church 

The Church Welcome sign 

Overview photo of Owl Creek Cemetery
Source:  Cemetery Records of Knox County, Ohio, Volume II, Owl Creek, Ankenytown, Ohio. There is also a revision so you might check Volume I.  I was in search of Kellers and found quite a few in this cemetery.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Maple Grove Cemetery, Chesterville, Morrow Co., Ohio

Maple Grove Cemetery is on the way to Mt. Gilead in Morrow Co., Ohio.  I was on the hunt for Keller tombstones and I found one large one in this cemetery.

Maple Grove Cemetery is featured on Find A Grave 43% photographed and 2539 interments.

Maple Grove is also listed in the Morrow County, Ohio Tombstone Transcriptions which consists of six Volumes. It is listed under Chester Township on page 85. I found these at the Morrow County Genealogical Society but Family History Library has the series as well.

To get to this Maple Grove Cemetery you take Hwy 13 up to Hwy 95 going west to Chesterville which takes you to Mt. Gilead.  You can't miss this cemetery for it has a huge brick entry way.

Entrance to Maple Grove Cemetery, Chesterville, Ohio
You are then greeted by the monument to the fallen and a map of the cemetery behind a glass case.

The Dedication to their Veterans from 1861 to present

I found the Keller Monument over on the southwest corner of this large cemetery.  It was a large stone with foot stones in front. If George or Frances are related to my line, I do not know at this time. 

George and Frances Keller with footstones in foreground
George W. Keller June 27, 1850 to Mar. 2, 1913
Frances, His wife Nov. 10, 1851 to Sept. 23, 1839
There is no inscription on the backside of this monument. 

Looking at the George & Frances Keller stone
As always in genealogy, new information comes to you and I have learned that descendants of John and Mary Keller my third great grandparents lived in the Chesterville area.  These families are also buried in the Chester Baptist Cemetery which is down the road from this Maple Grove in Chesterville. Their daughter Lavina Keller married W. G. Helt and their children settled in the area. The surnames are Doty, Pearl, Sensel, Wintermute and more.  I have found Wintermutes listed in the online and book form buried in this cemetery.  In future posts, I will be writing about the Helts and their descendants on my blog "Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp., in Ohio.  

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Oak Grove Cemetery, Gambier, Knox Co., Ohio

Oak Grove Cemetery is in Gambier, Ohio. It is a fairly large cemetery so it is wise to have a publication to help you find the graves.

Source:  Cemetery Records of Knox County, Ohio, Volume 1, Oak Grove, Oak Grove (revision) Volume 2.  There is a map of the cemetery.  The public library in Mt. Vernon has copies as most of the genealogical societies in the area.

To get to this cemetery you go from Hwy 36 east of Mount Vernon and turn down Hwy 308 to Gambier.  Going south on Hwy 308, you can turn left onto W. Woodside to Gaskill Ave. and I think you turn left onto Ackland St. and you will find this cemetery.

Find A Grave has a listing for this cemetery with 93% photograph and 1162 interments.  There are four Kellers listed in this cemetery online.  I have photos of two of the Keller names, plus a Colwill. I did not find Garth or Kathleen Keller when I was there visiting in 2011. They were not in the area of the Homer and T. Jean Keller tombstone.

Overview of Oak Grove Cemetery, Gambier, Ohio
Oak Grove Cemetery Sign
Keller/Colwill Monument - nothing on the backside

KELLER - T. Jean Feb. 21, 1926 to Jan. 7, 2007
Married Oct. 9, 1944
Homer D. Mar. 2, 1923 to Feb 16, 2010
William M. 1916 to 1961 COLWILL