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GenBug (#47003739)
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Bio Photo There is a small unmarked cemetery about a mile from our home. There are only three headstones there. On Memorial Day, 2009, someone had placed 30-40 Veteran's Flags on the land around those three headstones. Curiousity won out! We have lived here for 15 years - never saw flags there before. Upon re-inspection of this cemetery, we noticed that there were hundreds and hundreds of brick-sized markers that someone had recently brought to the surface - each with a number on it.

Further investigation led us to the Toledo State Hospital Cemetery Reclamation Project. A group of concerned citizens have been working to reclam the forgotten souls buried by the State Hospital nearly a century ago. It is an awesome project!

We have volunteered to research the interments at the Toledo State Hospital Cemetery. While the State DOES have record of who they buried there - and the corresponding brick number for each soul, they claim it is a violation of the patients' right to privacy - HIPAA? You've got to be kidding me... HIPPA!

The State Hospital SOLD the land the TWO cemeteries are on... thereby transferring perpetual care to another owner... like transferring from one institution to another, however, those records did NOT transfer with the land??? (Isn't that a violation of HIPAA? To transfer a patient without the needed records for continuation of care?)

Anyways, us cemetery junkies don't need no neat and tidy list to work from - now do we? I have been taking the PUBLIC census records which NAME the patients (violation of HIPAA) and then pulling PUBLIC death certificates to see where each of the patients died and were buried. Tidious! There are 1,994 people buried in the 2 seperate sites the State Hospital used!

After completing the 1900 census, I have squeaked out 201 interments... that's 10% of the total number buried there. Now comes the BIG CHALLENGE... to learn the corresponding brick number, a living family member has to call for that information. I hope and pray that descendants will find the memorials on Find-A-Grave and contact me! I am happy to share where you need to call to learn the brick number so we can start to put a name in place of a number.

On a side note, We have been addicted to genealogy for over a decade. We vacation in remote places and spend most of our time in cemeteries. There are more stories in a headstone than there are in Hollywood.

We hope our efforts help someone out there!

Happy digging!
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Ellen Warfield
Her real name is Mary Ellen Warfield and she was born Mary Ellen Heaton, the daughter of Joseph Heaton and Sarah Runyan. She was born 28 Jan 1876.
She first married Benjamin Dush and had two children-Alice and Elsie. She then married John H, Warfield. She is my greatgrandfather's sister.
Added by LLBUKKY on Dec 30, 2015 8:05 AM
Coleen Bontrager
Mortimer, Emma, George & Louie Perry
Would you mind if I copy the photo of the gravestone you took of these ancestor of mine at the Maplewood Cemet4ry of Toledo, Ohio.

Mortimer's sister, Mary Perry (both originally of Alden, NY) married my great-great grandfather, Foster B. Kidder.

I would like to copy this stone onto the Kidder-Bontrager Family Tree on

Interesting to see that Mortimer went to Ohio. I wonder why. We'll probably never know.

Coleen Bontrager
Added by Coleen Bontrager on Nov 15, 2014 2:21 PM
Amelia Haller 38580458
I checked my tree and have records about Amelia Haller. She is first wife of George Haller & they had 3 children. He remarried Louisa Claus from Auglaize County, and they had 3 children also.

Amelia's children:
Alice Haller
1877 1877
Frederick John Haller
1878 1941
George W Haller
1881 1965
Amelia's Maiden Name: Robison
Louisa's children:
Willie Haller
1889 1890
Albert Theadore Haller
1891 1954
Louisa Haller
1895 1898
Louisa's Maiden Name: Claus
Added by Dutch on Aug 20, 2014 10:39 PM
Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey
Could you add your photo of the broadway stone
on 6644258 to Jennie 130100168 and Phillie 6644268? thank you
Added by Dr. Cynthia Mahaffey on Jul 07, 2014 8:27 AM
Bonnie Jones
Earl Charles Bainbridge
I add 2 pictures to his memorial. I found these pictures over 10 years ago. Been trying to find their rightful home. I am hoping the family of Thomas, Earl or Tommy will see them. Thanks for the great job you do in helping remembering the ones that has passed.
Added by Bonnie Jones on Jun 19, 2014 6:51 AM
Kay Harrison
HAZEL DAVIS memorial
Are you related to this Hazel Davis? If so, I'd be glad to transfer the memorial page I posted for her.
Added by Kay Harrison on May 02, 2014 1:44 PM
Dawn C
RE: Donald Helvie
Yes i would love info on this
Added by Dawn C on Apr 20, 2014 8:02 PM
Picture Request
Is there a way to get a close up picture of the markers, to actually view the person's name? I am curious about William Lichoff, I suspect he is a distant relative of ours as there are only about 25 people in the country with our last name.
Added by Colicky on Mar 25, 2014 1:00 AM
John and Johanna Bryer

Could you link Johanna Bryer to her husband John Bryer?

His memorial number is #30482810

Added by WordenS on Mar 13, 2014 7:44 AM
thomas e. melia
Thomas would be a great great uncle to me feel free to contact me.
Added by deb on Jan 07, 2014 9:18 AM
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