Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Perrysville Union Cemetery - Mayflower connection

On 25 May 2015, Memorial Day, I found my 3rd Great Grandparents, Hezekiah and Charity (Turner) Gorham's tombstones. I searched for almost an odyssey looking for them. As small as it is, I never found their resting place until that date.  I went down to the cemetery to try to find them, but didn't after finding most the children buried nearby.  I photographed their tombstones as well before the inscription fades to nothing.  Just as I walked out the little gate I entered to get back into my vehicle to drive home empty handed, I spotted one of the daughter's large tomstone.  The daughter's tombstone was Lucy's of whose I saw and became drawn.  Once I saw her's, the next tombstone to my right I saw was Hezekiah's and Charity's.

The picture below is one stone with three inscriptions on it.  The next inscription to the left is Charity's and the last inscription is their daughter Cordelia's.  Hezekiah was a ship master born in Yarmouth, Massachusetts and probably was a merchant shipper like his brothers.  Very little is known about him other than he sailed commanded ships.  His wife Charity was born in Vermont.  They married in Flushing, New York and the first two children were born there before the family moved to Baltimore, Maryland then to Perrysville, Ohio.  Hezekiah is my Mayflower ancestor and found the links  using Yarmouth Town Records.  His parents are buried in Woodside Cemetery, Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts while the older generations are buried in Ancient Cemetery about 3 miles to the northeast.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Perrysville Union Cemetery

Perrysville Union Cemetery is a small cemetery next to the Presbyterian church in Perrysville, Ohio. I have a few Gorham relatives buried there of whom came from Yarmouth, Massachusetts; Flushing, New York; Baltimore, Maryland; and, Perrysville, Ohio. The cemetery is quite small and I took photos of all the Gorham tombs there. While I was at the Ashland Public Library, I saw in the June 1887 Ashland Press, an obituary of my 3rd Great Grandmother Charity (Turner) Gorham. The obituary stated that she was buried last Friday (the paper came out on Thursday the following week)and that she came to the Ashland County territory in 1843. Unfortunately, there is no tombstone for her or her husband Hezekiah Gorham, born 1807 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts and in the town records. No marriage record exists because New York did not keep records until the 1840s. Most likely they married in the early 1830s.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ninevah Cemetery

The Graveyard Rabbit
Most of my ancestors are buried here. The cemetery is about 2 to 3 miles south of 224 on the left hand side and rests on a hill side. The cemetery was founded about 1816 if not earlier.
The marker on the left is my Great Great Grandfather Aaron Strimple who was born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey and traveled from New Jersey with his wife Keziah (Stout) and children to Richland County, Ohio. He shows up in Ohio in the 1830 census. The cemetery has some wonderful old stones but, unfortunately, most are very badly worn and crumbling.

Ninevah Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Greenwich Township.  The oldest known is a Revolutionary War veteran that died in the early 1860s.  The Cemetery is still active with the most recent burials near the iron wrought fence.  Most of the older Strimples and families that married into them are buried here to include several Civil War veterans.

       The markers themselves have fallen to the ground because of subsidence and many of them are too heavy to re-position.  I joined the Graveyard Rabbits.  We graveyard rabbits hop in the cemeteries looking at stones.