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