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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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Jo A. McGinnis
Thank you so much for the transfers.
Added by Jo A. McGinnis on Aug 06, 2015 1:08 PM
William Stark
George M. Brigden
Have you seen any gravestone for George M. Brigden?
According to the Official Roster of Ohio Soldiers, he is buried in Winchester (VA) National Cemetery but there is no record of his burial there unless he is an "unknown." Is he being confused with George H. Brigden, a nephew, who is buried in the family plot at Fairview?
Added by William Stark on Jul 12, 2015 11:00 AM
Thank you very much for the Norton transfers.
Melissa #47943707
Added by Melissa on Jul 05, 2015 6:47 PM
Susanna Rudnicki
RE: Hattie Barnard
You're welcome. Next time I visit the cemetery I will take a higher res photo in an attempt to get more detail of the stone inscription.
Added by Susanna Rudnicki on Jul 02, 2015 10:57 AM
Susanna Rudnicki
South Orwell vs Orwell South Cemetery
Evidently, if the search term "Orwell South" is used, only the cemetery & memorials I created shows up. But if "South Orwell" is used, both yours and mine show up. Again, my apology.
Added by Susanna Rudnicki on Jun 16, 2015 12:23 PM
Susanna Rudnicki
RE: Benjamin Bingham Orwell OH
Hi Joel,

It appears I owe you an apology. Months ago, when I did a search on F-A-G for the Orwell Cemetery in Ashtabula County OH, I did not get a result showing the South Orwell cemetery, so I created one and added numerous memorials including photos. I am sorry if I duplicated the time and effort you had already put in. I certainly would not have input a second Orwell South Cemetery if I had know you had already done so.

I will ask F-A-G to just delete the one I created. Hopefully I don't have any memorials that you didn't already have. I could then go into the memorials you created and add the photos I took. I will attempt to correct this through the F-A-G Administrators. If that doesn't work, I will just back track and delete my memorials.

Added by Susanna Rudnicki on Jun 16, 2015 12:12 PM
Susanna Rudnicki
RE: Benjamin Bingham Orwell OH
You're welcome.
Added by Susanna Rudnicki on Jun 08, 2015 3:57 PM
Ivan Waddell
South Orwell Cemetery
HI Joel. I was just checking photo request for South Orwell Cemetery. Apparently Find A Grave has added a second South Orwell Cemetery listing. You have two photo request listed on the old one. You might look at memorial 14518584 and 145184346 to see if they satisfy you request. I know you did a lot of work setting up the old one and it is a shame that Find A Grave didn't catch it when the new file was sent to them. I will address this problem to Find A Grave. Keep up the good work.
Added by Ivan Waddell on Jun 04, 2015 9:46 PM
William Stark
Amos F. Gillis

Did you ever visit the cemetery to view his gravestone? Do you know if he has one?

Added by William Stark on May 27, 2015 1:05 PM
Kathy Taylor
In the Welsh Hill Cemetery you have an unknown tombstone listed as Johnnie????.. I believe this is: James Lowell Cope 4/30/1919-5/13/1919, the son of Chalmer Lewis Cope and Nellie Myrtle Dravis. I know their son is buried there at this cemetery along with Nellie's parents William Henry Dravid and Lizzie Louella Milhoun Dravis, my gggrandparents.

Also my grandparents, Ira Elijah Garvin and Blanche Margaret Dravis are there. Blanche is also the daughter of William Henry and Lizzie.

The tombstone to the right of my grandparents is
Sadie Dravis she is the wife of William Henry and Lizzie's son, Joseph Russell Dravis.
if you have any questions, you can contact me. Thanks.
Added by Kathy Taylor on May 26, 2015 11:38 AM
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