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Joel D (#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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Emma Sue
Thank you so much for the transfer of Squire. It is deeply appreciated.
Added by Emma Sue on Sep 20, 2014 7:45 PM
Extended Rhodes family
Thank you for doing the updates on the Rhodes-Waters family members so quickly! It's gratifying to see family members linked. Thanks also for the amazing amount of work you've done on this website.
Added by Grifs on Sep 17, 2014 12:23 PM
Kathie Heller
RE: Celina smith
Thanks for transferring Celina Smith memorial, Joel. You have done an amazing amount of work and it is greatly appreciated! I like how you Included your Ohio surnames in your profile. I plan to copy your idea and add my surnames to my profile -- great way to find cousins! Kathie Heller
Added by Kathie Heller on Sep 12, 2014 7:31 AM
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
Melanie (Smith) Vincent
Mary Wilson
I found a head stone for Mary Wilson the year of birth is the only difference do you want me to post it? Oct 18,1842-Oct.16 1902
Added by Melanie (Smith) Vincent on Sep 07, 2014 8:50 AM
Thank you Joel
for the transfer of Jefferson Palm!
Added by apalmfrond on Sep 06, 2014 3:27 PM
Bonnie K
RE: Andrews - Howland Township Cemetery
No need to transfer them to me...I am not related to them or anything like that. I pass by that cemetery once a month when I go to my doctor's. I stopped there on my way home and thought I'd take some grave stone photos for Find-A-Grave. The Andrews were the first ones on the list that I could find. I am going to add the photos for Samuel and Lorena Andrews now and will add the others over the next few days. I have 12 photos in all and it seems to take forever to optimize them.
Added by Bonnie K on Sep 03, 2014 8:21 PM
Bonnie K
Andrews - Howland Township Cemetery
Hi Joel - I have several photographs of the Andrews family gravestones in the Howland Township Cemetery. Would you like me to add them to the memorials, or I can send them to you so that you can add them?

Bonnie K
Added by Bonnie K on Sep 01, 2014 7:28 AM
Sarah Quinby Reeves
Thank you so much for the transfer. The Quinbys are my husband's family. I hope you know how much the work you do is appreciated.
Thanks again. Theresa
Added by Theresa on Aug 30, 2014 10:27 PM
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