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Diane Wargo Medina (#47184402)
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DISCLAIMER: I am not associated with or connected in any way to Contributor #47115156 and #48495819 who control the memorials of the pioneer Charleston Cemetery in Lorain, Lorain County Ohio.

Unfortunately, this prevents me, at this time, from maintaining those memorials and unable to share with others the 30 years of research via Find-A-Grave. Please feel free to contact me with any historical questions regarding the Charleston Cemetery and/or those buried there.


I have enjoyed history and cemeteries all of my life. Besides working on my own family genealogies since 1987, my most pride and joy is the rediscovering of the pioneer cemetery here in Lorain Ohio.

It all began in 1984 when I was a teenager and stopped there to see an empty allotment. I visually imagined a cemetery where the current lot was earthed over. Then the digging began, and the slabs of stones were unearthed. These names were spoken once again, and their history, their life began to tell a story of the city of Lorain. Black River Twp. was the original name of this settlement established in 1817, before it was incorporated to Charleston Village in 1836, then finally, the City of Lorain in 1873.

I have been the cemetery's caretaker for 30 years and in that time, much sweat equity was invested, physically digging up buried headstones lost to modernity. Crumbled, aged headstones were replaced and I have been able to repair the ones that were salvagable. I have worked consistently to piece together the questions that long have left us wondering about those buried there.

In the last 10 years, with the help of donations,from families, friends, the Charlestion Village Society Inc, Black River Historical Society, Black River Genealogists, and the City of Lorain, there is now running water and electricity. New Archways were installed at both entrances, fencing has been erected, a ceremony to dedicate a new flagpole, all in an effort to preserve our past.

In the past, we have held Candlelight Tours, Cemetery Ghost tours as well as tours for our local school children. We have welcomed local girl scouts and boys scouts who volunteer their time planting flowers, gardening, and working on preservation of name plague, as a way of giving back to the city. All have been greatly appreciated.

Along with being the caretaker I am also a member of the Board of Directors for Charleston Village Society Inc, which enables me to oversee projects to maintain and preserve the history of this cemetery, to make known that these were not just slabs of stone they were the names of people who arrived here to make their dreams for a better future.

The Preservation Network of Lorain County granted Landmark Status to the Charleston Pioneer Cemetery in 2006, and in 2007, it was the recipient of the Lorain Beautification Award sponsored by the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce.

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More than happy to make the transfer. Barb
Added by Ghostdigger2 on Aug 18, 2014 7:36 AM
D Gaudaur
RE: watkins
Hi Diane,

There are two spellings for the middle name: Curwin and Cunvin. The christening place says England but I believe it is an error as Llangattock is in Wales which is also consistent with his birthplace from other records. Clara Watkins Norton had a son Robert Kenvin Norton.Note that Sarah Garland and William C. Watkins were married 13 May 1857 in one record and 1858 in another. Sigh! All records from May be best to leave it as middle initial "C" unless otherwise clarified. Sorry for all the confusion. The records obviously have errors. Diane email:

Name: William Curwin Watkins
Birth Date: 1835
Age: 22
Spouse's Name: Sarah Ann Garland
Spouse's Birth Date: 1830
Spouse's Age: 27
Event Date: 13 May 1857
Event Place: Llancillo,Hereford,England
Name: William Cunvin Watkins
Gender: Male
Christening Date: 22 May 1836
Father's Name: William Watkins
Mother's Name: Elizabeth
Name: William Cunvin Watkins
Event Type: Marriage
Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
Registration Year: 1858
Registration District: Hereford
County: Herefordshire
Event Place: Hereford, Herefordshire, England
Volume: 6A
Page: 789
Line Number: 40

William Cunvin Watkins married
Name: Mary Ann Garland
Name: William Cunvin Watkins
Event Type: Marriage
Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
Registration Year: 1858
Registration District: Hereford
County: Herefordshire
Event Place: Hereford, Herefordshire, England
Volume: 6A
Page: 789
Line Number: 40

Added by D Gaudaur on Aug 17, 2014 5:29 PM
RE: Rice
You are very welcome for the Rice photos. Daniel's stone is very worn with time! It took 3 trips to the cemetery for the 'best' lighting, a foggy morning seemed to produced a better photo.
Added by Susan on Aug 17, 2014 4:59 PM
D Gaudaur
RE: watkins
Hi Diane,

There is also a daughter Clara Watkins Norton who is in Rice Cemetery, Wooster. I've asked for linking but sadly it appears that the manager of that grave has passed away. Clara's memorial: Find A Grave Memorial# 8940931. Diane
Added by D Gaudaur on Aug 17, 2014 12:11 PM
D Gaudaur
RE: watkins

Not related but someone in my family tree is (married to someone in my line). I found the middle name on I wonder if it is his mother's maiden name. He was the son of a William Watkins and Elizabeth. Born in Wales but baptized in LLANGATTOCK LINGOED, MONMOUTH, ENGLAND. Married Sarah Ann Garland in Hereford, Herefordshire, England.

Added by D Gaudaur on Aug 16, 2014 8:35 PM
RE: Rice
You are very welcome! Daniel Rice rests in the oldest part of the cemetery with Charley Rice and Isabella Rice on either side of Daniel's beautiful headstone. Cemetery staff were kind to paint and place the bricks in place today.
Added by Susan on Aug 15, 2014 9:38 PM
Thanks Diane for the transfer! What a happy find!
Added by Msmith on Aug 07, 2014 8:09 PM
Hawley/Belle Passi
Thanks for the info regarding Hiram G Hawley at Belle Passi Cemetery.I have added it to his memorial.

Added by Treeclimber on Jul 30, 2014 8:33 AM
B Sterosky
Capt Richard Barrow
Thanks for uploading your pictures to this record. I appreciate your time and effort. I asked the other contributor to considering deleting their Jul 2014 record to avoid confusion with the May 2011 record. Thanks again!

Added by B Sterosky on Jul 28, 2014 3:30 AM

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