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Joel D (#47201521)
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Bio Photo I was born in Marion, McDowell County, North Carolina, grew up in Georgia, and currently live in Northeast Ohio.

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 Cem & South (aka Lattin) Cemetery

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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Barb S
Emeline Norris Treat/Treet
There are two entries for this individual. Memorial #94416416 appears to be a duplicate of #110090169. The headstone lists the last name spelled as "Treat". Will you delete the incorrect memorial? Thank you.
Added by Barb S on Apr 14, 2014 5:36 AM
Barb S
Earl & Dorothy Clapp Windsor Cemetery
Earl memorial #98762549 and Dorothy #98762548 should have the following children linked to them. See the photos for verification.
George M Clapp #98762551
John # 98762552

Thank you
Added by Barb S on Apr 13, 2014 12:58 PM
Barry Michie
Lucius & Maria Shatto Kepner Memorial

Thanks much for transferring the two memorials for Lucius Kepner and his wife, Maria Emily Shatto Kepner. Much appreciated. Now I'll go to work getting their children linked up.

Best, Barry
Added by Barry Michie on Apr 08, 2014 8:43 PM
Barry Michie
Patterson Memorials in Brookfield

Again, thanks for the edits on John and Elizabeth Patterson's memorials in Brookfield Cemetery. Very much appreciated. I'm sure I'll trip over some more kin whose memorials you manage.

Best, Barry
Added by Barry Michie on Apr 07, 2014 1:03 PM
Elisa Betzer
Re: Bartholomews in Hambden Township
Hi Joel:

I wonder if you can help us. We have traced a family ancestor to Abigail Williams Bartholomew, the second wife of John Bartholomew. He was first married to Abba Lucia Smith Bartholomew and John and Abba are buried in the Hambden Township Cemetery along with Cornelia J. Bartholomew who is Abigail Williams Bartholomew's daughter. We can't seem to find a record of John's second wife's burial. I cannot read the inscription on the photo of Cornelia's tombstone - but I wonder if you might know what it says. Also, is there any way to find out if the Bartholomews have in their plot another Abigail? Many people have assumed that Abigail and Abba are the same person because their names are so similar. We would love to hear from you! Keep up the good work you do!

Elisa Betzer
Added by Elisa Betzer on Apr 03, 2014 3:03 AM
Curt Miller
Esther Miller
Esther Almira Hart Miller was married to Erastus. I see that she is buried with Noah Miller and Betsey Maria Hart (her brother-in-law and sister). Noah is also the brother of her third husband Erastus. Is he buried with them? I am trying to find where he is buried as he is suppose to have died in West Farmington too. Any help would be appreciated. All of these folks are related to me.

Added by Curt Miller on Mar 30, 2014 2:22 PM
Mesopotamia - Fairview Cemetery
Need to make a correction. Clayton and Emma's mother was Mary Ann (Kibbee) Jenkins (1819 - ????) I have not found her Find-A-Grave memorial.

Mary Ann (Clute) Jenkins Find A Grave Memorial# 76953662 was the wife of Clayton J. Jenkins Find A Grave Memorial# 76953666
Added by Louise on Mar 30, 2014 8:23 AM
Fairview Cemetery
Hello Joel, Thank you for all your work on Find-A-Grave.

I have information that might help other, I would appreciate it if you could link these people together.

Harry R. Jenkins Find A Grave Memorial# 76953661 is the half brother of Clayton J. Jenkins Find A Grave Memorial# 76953666 and Emma E. Jenkins Barb Find A Grave Memorial# 76909286. Harry, Clayton and Emma's father was Wesley Jenkins born 1821 died 2 Jan 1895, lived in Mesopotamia, Trumbull Co., Ohio.

Harry's mother was Christinia Brockway Evans (1822 - 1887) I did not find a memorial for her.

Clayton and Emma's mother was Mary Ann Kibbee Jenkins Find A Grave Memorial# 76953662

Harry R. Jenkins Find A Grave Memorial# 76953661 grandmother was Eunice Brockway Find A Grave Memorial# 107994656 in Dodgerville Cemetery, Ashtabula County, Ohio.

I am the great-greatgrandaughter of Eunice Brockway Find A Grave Memorial# 107994656

Thank you in advance,

Added by Louise on Mar 30, 2014 8:04 AM
Clifford & Elizabeth Marlow
Thank you for adding Elizabeth's maiden name to her memorial and linking Clifford's mother to his memorial. It is much appreciated!
Added by Kellywpa on Mar 26, 2014 10:23 AM
Fern Webster, Pleasant Hill
Her parents added, thanks
Added by jakinley on Mar 25, 2014 7:08 PM
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