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Joel Davison (#47201521)
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Bio Photo I have recently had transferred to Findagrave Administrative management most of my memorials in Geauga County, OH. Members of Geauga Genealogy Society are embarking on a major project of linking families' together, and this can be done by many under management of F-A-G.

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!

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.

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.

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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Joel, thank you for the transfers. I promise to take good care of my ancestor's memorials. Alan
Added by Alan on Nov 19, 2015 5:45 PM
Peggy Godown
John Doyle Wheeler

John is the paternal great grandfather of my friend, whom I'm assisting in her search for family records.

We would like to know what sources you used for the information on John's memorial.

Thank you for your careful attention to details, and preserving memories for posterity.

Added by Peggy Godown on Nov 16, 2015 12:47 PM
Ashley Armstrong-Zwart
Flossie Armstrong Gill
Hi Joel! I hope you're doing well. Thank you so much for transferring my cousin to me. That was very generous!
Added by Ashley Armstrong-Zwart on Nov 11, 2015 3:12 PM
PJ Miller
Lavinia Hayes Rice ## 81517116
May I please request a transfer for her, as well.
Thanks so much,
Added by PJ Miller on Oct 10, 2015 3:40 PM
PJ Miller
Transfer requests
Dear Joel,
Again, I request transfers of my direct relatives' memorials to my care:

Lucian P Rice # 44809699
Sarah [his wife] # 44809732
and Submit Jones Rice #81517114

This will greatly assist in building the bios and my tree, as well as linking the memorials.
Thank you for your kind consideration.
Warm regards,
PJ Miller
Added by PJ Miller on Oct 10, 2015 1:43 PM
PJ Miller
Transfer requests
Dear Joel,

Again, I request transfers of my direct relatives' memorials to my care:

Lucian P Rice # 44809699
Sarah [his wife] # 44809732 Submit Jones Rice #81517114

This will greatly assist in building the bios and my tree, as well as linking the memorials.
Thank you for your kind consideration.

Warm regards,
PJ Miller
Added by PJ Miller on Oct 10, 2015 1:42 PM
CS Sullivan
RE: Smith Scott memorials
Thank you for your prompt reply! I can breathe again. I am sending you an email detailing this whole thing.
Added by CS Sullivan on Oct 10, 2015 9:08 AM
CS Sullivan
Smith Scott memorials
Hello Joel,

Since your mother's passing I have intended to contact you about transferring the memorials of my Smith/Scott ancestors to me. Now I see that you have transferred them all to Find a Grave. Being such a huge organization, I fear requesting transfer from them may be difficult. Can you offer any advice on how to ease this request?

Thank you,
Cindy Sullivan
Added by CS Sullivan on Oct 10, 2015 7:19 AM
PJ Miller
Lavinia Hayes Rice # 81517116
There are issues:
Two FindAGrave Memorials for Lavinia Hayes Rice: 1st wife of Lucian P. Rice, died early on, but it looks like the headstone on this file says "LUCIAN RICE". Yes, it's broken, but I cannot read the rest of the stone as it is too dark and worn, so it MIGHT be saying "wife of Lucian Rice". So, IS IT REALLY HER STONE?

SECONDLY, Memorial # 50351750 is the fancy gravesite with Lucian and second wife Sarah, with Lavinia on the plaque, too. It is in Green Lawn Cemetery, Greene, Trumbull.

So, my questions are:
==Is the old grave on your managed site actually and reliably Lavinia's?
==If so, should the two Memorials for the same person be merged on FindAGrave?

Many thanks, as always,
PJ Miller

Added by PJ Miller on Oct 07, 2015 10:46 AM
PJ Miller
Transfer request
Hi Joel,
Requesting your kind transfer of two memorials of realtives:
Lucian P Rice # 44809699
Sarah his wife # 44809732

Thanks again!
PJ Miller
Added by PJ Miller on Oct 06, 2015 7:39 PM
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