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Joel Davison (#47201521)
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Bio Photo First of all thank you to all those contributors who have sent edits through the automated tab. They are sent faster than I can keep up with them! This is a joint effort by many contributors who have done additional research.

I have been working on cemeteries in both Trumbull & Geauga counties, and most recently, a little in Lake County, all in Northeast Ohio. This area of Ohio is part of the Connecticut Western Reserve. Many of the original settlers came from Connecticut; many on foot!

The main surnames I have an interest in because they are related to me directly, or because my family married into them, are:

WILMOT in Claridon, Geauga County, and Braceville and Bazetta (Cortland), Trumbull County.

WHITACRE in Warren County, Ohio (Morrow area; near Cincinnati), and more distant, but still connected, in Mahoning and Columbiana Counties.

DAVISON in Mercer County, PA. (Sheakleyville - Perry Twp.)

WHEELER in Greenville, Mercer, PA.

PHILLIPS in Weathersfield, Trumbull County; and Austintown, Mahoning County, Ohio

HATCH in Mesopotamia & West Farmington, Trumbull.

ENSIGN in Claridon, Geauga, & Cortland, Johnston, & Mesopotamia, Trumbull.

PATCHIN in East Claridon and Middlefield, Geauga.

WHITE in Middlefield, Geauga, Weathersfield, Trumbull & Austintown, Mahoning.

MOFFETT (MOFFATT) in Claridon & Chardon, Geauga. and the Rock Creek area of Ashtabula County.

PINNEY in Claridon, Geauga, and Rock Creek, Ashtabula.

KELLOGG in Huntsburg, Geauga.

WOLCOTT in Claridon, Geauga, & West Farmington and Bristolville, Trumbull.

TAYLOR in Claridon, Geauga.

ALDERMAN in Huntsburg and Burton, Geauga, and Windsor, Ashtabula.

WARRINER in Claridon, Geauga

KING in Chardon, Geauga

SLY in Mesopotamia, Trumbull (distant but a Mayflower connection to William Brewster)

A lot of the birth and death information I have been able to get online from Death Certificate Records at, which provides images of the actual Ohio Death Certificates from 1908-1953. This also gives women's maiden names, and their mothers' maiden names, etc, which is very helpful to those doing geneology and trying to trace their family.

Many of the records for Trumbull county came from "Trumbull County Cemetery Inscriptions 1800-1930", published 1983, compiled by the Trumbull County Chapter of the OGS. Others I obtained from walking the cemeteries.

Since 2011, I have used the above inscription book to enter the records included the book for the following areas of Trumbull County

Greene Township - Greenlawn & Old South

Gustavus - North View Cemetery

Kinsman - Kinsman Cemetery

Mecca - East Mecca & West Mecca cemeteries

Bazetta - Hillside (Cortland) & West Bazetta Cemeteries

West Farmington - Hillside Cemetery

North Bloomfield - Brownwood Cemetery

Mesopotamia - Fairview Cemetery

Vernon - West View Cemetery

Hartford - West Street Cem

Fowler - North & Dugan Cemeteries

Brookfield - Brookfield Center

Bristolville - Evergreen

North Bristol - Sager

Hubbard - Maple Grove & Old North

Liberty - Church Hill & Seceder's Corners

Howland - Howland Twp. Cem

Weathersfield - Weathersfield Twp & Kerr (in Mineral Ridge)

Vienna - Vienna Township

Southington - Southington Center/Pinecrest, Deacon Creek, and Delightful

This is a joint effort. Many people have worked tirelessly on this website. Many hands make light work. Everyone's combined efforts is greatly appreciated!

For Trumbull County, most of the burials I have entered are older. In many areas, other contributors have been photographing entire cemeteries, and adding more recent burials along with photos.

Since January 2011, I have also been working on burials in Geauga County, Ohio; using records compiled by the Geauga County Genealogy Society; and computerized by county historian and Findagrave Contributor Teeter Grosvenor. I have worked on most of the township and family cemeteries in Geauga County, not including All Souls in Chardon Twp and Western Reserve Memorial Gardens in Chesterland. These records are not maintained by the Genealogy Society. These cemeteries are not township cemeteries and maintain their own records.

For Geauga Co., the DODs on the Cemetery Records may differ slightly from the DODs found on the Death Certificates found at The death dates given in memorials I create are those appearing in the Cemetery Records, and some of those may indicate the date of burial, not the actual date of death. Also, most of the birth/death locations appearing in my Geauga Memorials are from death certificates at A few are from the Geauga Vital Records info compiled by Teeter Grosvenor. Others from other contributors are duly noted.

Also, at times, spelling of the same name appears a couple of different ways. For example, for the name "Gilmore", it appears as "Gilmore" and "Gillmore".

I have tried to enter the info into Find-A-Grave exactly as it appears on the Cemetery Records provided me by Jeanette Grosvenor. In my limited experience, I have found that Census Records, Death Certificates, etc. are not always spelled correctly, on the original document when they were originally written decades ago and even over a century ago, and subsequent transcriptions reflect how they were written originally. I apologize for any confusion in spelling.

Update 9/17/11

Certain entries for Ashtabula County, such as Orwell, Windsor and Colebrook Township; records obtained from and used with permission of Mr. Andrew Davis, Director of Grand Valley Public Library, Orwell, Ohio.

Update 12-2011

Have just begun working on burials in Lake County, Ohio, (east of Cleveland), using Lake County Genealogy Societys Cemetery inscrption pages at I will do these as I have time.

If you would like a transfer of a memorial I have created, please don't hesitate to ask. I will be more than happy to transfer the memorial to you. If there are any corrections that need to be made (i.e. dates, locations, etc.), please let me know and I will gladly make these changes.

However, please do not ask me to add information that is copyrighted, such as a direct copy and paste from another website. Please cite your sources so that I can include these.

I would appreciate it very much if you do not leave biographical info in the flower posts. If you have something you'd like for me to add and I will add it, or a transfer if you would prefer.

If you ask for a photo of a grave, a plot location would be appreciated. Where these have been made available on the records I have obtained info from, I have included these. These can usually be obtained by calling the cemetery and asking the people who work in the office, or the township where the cemetery is located, and talking to the trustees or the cemetery sexton.

Thank you.
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Dianne C. Carman
RE: James porter
Thank you so much. I will add the data and send them on to a Porter family member who I have filled requests for in the past.
Added by Dianne C. Carman on Oct 19, 2014 5:34 AM
Robert Babb
RE: Nellie St. John in Burton OH
Hi Joel, Thank you for thinking of me regarding this memorial. I will gladly care for it. My sincere condolences to you on the loss of your mother.
Added by Robert Babb on Oct 15, 2014 5:44 PM
Carol Harmon
Orlan c Smith
Does he have a wife beside his grave. The wife of Orlin C Smith in Michigan is not buried here as far as I can tell, so wondered if she is with him in Ohio
Added by Carol Harmon on Sep 09, 2014 6:17 PM
Carol Harmon
Orlan C Smith
I live in Michigan and am researching a Orlin C Smith who was born in Newbury Ohio 1850. He lived in Michigan about 1870 to 1900 plus. Died sometime before the 1910 census. I am not finding a grave for him here, so I wonder if your Orlan C Smith is one in the same person. Got any answers?
Appreciate any help
Added by Carol Harmon on Sep 09, 2014 5:14 PM
Janet LaMotte
Lucy Hall
I added the info from to her memorial which gives "estimated" year of birth 1850.
I think the date on her gravestone is more accurate than the "estimated" year of birth.
Thank you for the added info. I did not have the full name of her husband or her parents.
Added by Janet LaMotte on Aug 29, 2014 6:06 AM
S Bean
RE: George Newton in Hubbard
Thank you so much for transferring George Newton to me as we are directly related.
Hope all is well with you.
Keep up the good Find-A-Grave work !
Added by S Bean on Aug 23, 2014 6:58 PM
RE: Automated edits

Yes, Joel, I quite agree that it is quicker for both of us to send you the info via the automated system, but knowing your interest in the documentation (which I completely share), this seemed like the only way to share that information with you. How would you like that source material sent to you in future? In a separate message from the automated corrections? I have run out of time today, but if you have not already processed the corrections I sent, I will resend them through the automated system tomorrow. Thanks for your help.
Added by skye on Aug 08, 2014 5:12 PM
Ned Robe
James Robe

Above subject is buried in Braceville Cemetery and I was wondering if you have a pic of his marker or any info. regarding birth date and possibly his spouse or parents. Back in those days we had a lot of people with the same first names and it's tough to identify with the proper lineage.

Thanks for all the hard work and dedication.

Ned R.
Added by Ned Robe on Jul 28, 2014 7:10 AM
Susan Hale
Gotthardt Family Hillside West Farmington Cem
Appreciate your efforts in West Farmington Hillside Cemetery. The edits I submit are for direct family members. Records and information are from my 86 yr old mother Elizabeth Rose Gotthardt daughter of Herman and Katherine - I appreciate your ability to honor my edits. I will be sharing the website with her again in July 2014. I realize Charles Adam Gotthardt's stone has one birthdate - but this is my mother's uncle, known as "Crazy Charlie" as he was bitten by a water moccasin and lived, but was never quite right in the head. He lived with my grandparents and my grandfather's brother due to his inability to live alone. If you have death documentation for him I would appreciate any you would share. The Gotthardt's helped settled Hiram Ohio. Thank you
Added by Susan Hale on Jun 13, 2014 4:03 PM
Nicole Carter
Everett Madden, Girard Liberty Union Cem
Hello Joel,

You have previously posted a picture of the cemetery entrance and the DOB & DOD of Everett Madden (he's my great grandfather). I was wondering if you by chance know the location of his grave. All records prior to 1933 were destroyed in a fire. I really appreciate any information you can share!

Thank you!

Added by Nicole Carter on Jun 06, 2014 12:22 PM
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