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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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Sherry Champlin
RE: East Farmington Cemetery, Trumbull County
That's OK. I own the book so can look it up - hoped info came from the trustees (the book is not reliable, we've found). Will continue my quest. Hope you are well, Joel. Thanks.
Added by Sherry Champlin on Jul 24, 2014 4:23 PM
Sherry Champlin
East Farmington Cemetery, Trumbull County
Hey, Joel - Got a question. When you entered records for East Farmington Cemetery, did you get the info from the Trumbull County Cemetery Records book or maybe Farmington Township? I've a dilemma...while walking the cemetery yesterday, I came across a small square stone with GJF on two sides buried under the brush. Can't find any record to tie it to, thinking it could be a property line marker? Looking for an answer, thought maybe you could provide a direction. Thanks. Sherry
Added by Sherry Champlin on Jul 24, 2014 8:19 AM
William Branch
theodore forbes
It was no trouble. I found the lot information and the map in the Cleveland Cemetery Index. I lived within a stone's throw from Denison Cemetery as a teenager, and I have ancestors buried there. It's a historic Brooklyn Township (now the west side of Cleveland) cemetery. A lot of the major monuments are destroyed. I haven't taken many photos there, but I could actually visualize the rough location of the plot just from having been in the neighborhood. I was suprised to see that cemetery listed in your requests, and only wish there were more requests I could fulfill immediately. Thanks for your work.
Added by William Branch on Jul 22, 2014 10:16 PM
William Branch
Theodore Forbes
It was the least I could do for the hundred transfers I've asked you for. Not to mention the hundred I will ask for in the future. It's too bad you only had one Cleveland cemetery in your photo requests. If I'm ever in Ashtabula, I will check your requests again.
Added by William Branch on Jul 22, 2014 6:58 PM
Middlefield Cem Edits
Thanks Joel for the edits -have done and marked source. Appreciate all your work and attention to detail.
Added by OhioSearcher on Jul 19, 2014 6:29 AM
Kari Olson
Henry C Gurney memorial stone
Hey Joel, I just removed my edit. I linked to this memorial which is just a stone for him. Sorry ... I was definately confused. I now have edited a link from his wife Rhoda to the actual burial site.
I hope I didnt trouble you too much.
Added by Kari Olson on Jul 16, 2014 4:16 PM
Gary Boughton
Boughton Transfers
Hi Joel,

Thanks so very much for the transfer of Lola & George Boughton, they are very much appreciated.

Thanks again,

Gary Boughton
Added by Gary Boughton on Jul 15, 2014 6:50 PM
Elmo Patchin
add info has been added- thanks.- is Patchin a name in your family tree?- would you like it transferred?
Added by OhioSearcher on Jul 12, 2014 8:14 PM
Marilyn Nichols Trumbull
Kleinshrot family
Joel thank you for the transfers & for all of the work that you do. Hugs!
Added by Marilyn Nichols Trumbull on Jul 12, 2014 9:31 AM
Peggy Fouts
Loretta Curtis Horton
Hi there, would you mind transferring this memorial to me? She is my husbands great-grandmother. Thank you, Peggy Fouts
Added by Peggy Fouts on Jul 11, 2014 7:09 PM
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