Cleveland Burial Records Online

I found an article about the Cleveland City Cemeteries Index in Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter today. I only found five Romigs in the index. Three of them were young children who may or may not be related in some way.

Two Romigs of interest I found were Charles and Auguste Romig. My great-grandparents, Frederick and Hulda and their children resided in their home when they moved to Cleveland from Illinois. My great-grandfather gave their address as his residence in his immigration paperwork. I’ve long suspected that Frederick and Charles might be related but I haven’t been able to find anything to substantiate it.

Cemetery Interment Name Age Sex
Monroe Street Aug 25, 1902 Romig, Baby M
Scranton Road Jul 29, 1911 Romig, Auguste Mrs
Scranton Road May 25, 1914 Romig, Chas 57y
Woodland Dec 15, 1902 Romig, Harry 3y M
Brookmere Jul 17, 1901 Romig, Henry 4m M

I’ll be adding the link to this index to my genealogy page shortly.

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Weekend Road Trip

My weekend trip back to the homeland was a welcome respite from life in Dayton. It was good to experience the peace and quiet, the sound of the crickets and the tree frogs and the distant roar of the drag strip. That roar was there when I was growing up out there and I just associate it with the other sounds in the area.

My visit to the Westfield Cemetery was pretty much a bust. I found the family plot but very few headstones, particularly not the ones I was interested in. There was a large stone in the center of the plot with “Ossman” carved across the front. There was absolutely nothing to mark the graves of my aunt and two cousins. I should have a mailing address for the cemetery somewhere. I guess I can write to the cemetery office and see what information they’ll provide.

After the cemetery I made my way to the parking area above Chautauqua Gorge where I met several members of the Northcoast Naturists for a group freehike through the Gorge to Skinny-Dip Falls. I’ve never gotten into hiking before but the freehike was quite enjoyable and the water at the falls was cold and refreshing. I hear there may be another group hike later in the summer. I’ll attend if at all possible. I’ll certainly be better prepared.

After I got back from New York, Dad and I looked at a couple of covered bridges. I got some nice pictures (see my Flickr in the sidebar). As always, it was good to spend time with Dad. I would have liked to have helped him some with his firewood but I was recovering from a pulled muscle in my back and didn’t want to risk aggravating it further. I’m sure my hike didn’t help it much.

I spent Sunday relaxing before I made the drive home. Dad suggested that I get some sun in the backyard and said I could do it bare-assed if I wanted. The offer was tempting but maybe I’ll do that next time. The only neighbor keeps to himself, there’s nothing but wetlands all around and hardly anyone ever drops by unexpectedly. I was surprised to hear that idea coming from him. He’s full of surprises.

Projects & Road Trip

Since I’ve begun working again, I haven’t adjusted to having less time to get things done. I’m overwhelmed by my to-do list. There are so many projects, big and small, demanding my attention. A lot of household projects were put off due to fiscal constraints and now that the finances are starting to look better, I can do some of them. The question is “Where do I start?” Do I tackle the major projects or the smaller ones? After almost five years of forced frugality, I’m reluctant to spend money just because I have it.

I’ve also got other ongoing projects. I’ve been working on migrating my home network from Windows to Linux. My Windows servers are showing their age and Microsoft’s support for the operating system is about to disappear. I’ve been able to scrounge more up-to-date hardware and I’ve got the Linux distros. It’s a matter of setting aside some time to install, configure and test. Last month I put in a Network Attached Storage device and copied my data from the Windows servers to it. Once I’ve got the Linux servers online and configured, I’ll be able to retire the Windows servers although I’m trying to think of new uses for them.

Before I get into the projects I’m planning a weekend getaway to relax a bit, organize my thoughts, meditate, visit a cemetery, and maybe get in a little skinny-dipping. A visit to the “Farm” is always an opportunity to relax because it’s generally so quiet and peaceful. Even the sounds of the dragstrip in the distant seem like they belong as much as the crickets and the treefrogs.

I wasn’t able to find the correct Ossman family plot when I went up to Westfield last year but now I have a better idea of where to find it so I’ll revisit the cemetery and get the pictures. I’m hoping (but not expecting) that the stones will have full dates on them. After the cemetery, I’m planning on heading down to Skinny-Dip Falls to meet up with the Northcoast Naturists and hike down to the gorge with them. I probably only stay two or three hours there so I can get back to Footville at a reasonable time.

Footville & Westfield Visit

I finally made my way up to Footville to visit Dad for a couple of days. I had originally intended to go up the previous weekend but I had some oral surgery late in the week and I didn’t think it would be prudent to make the drive while taking pain killers. When I called Dad last week to let him know I was coming, he told me that he was going to visit Ruth but I was welcome to stay anyway. Since I planned to go up on Friday and return Monday, I’d get to spend some time with him. Since part of the trip was to do some research and just relax, it worked out pretty well. I had considered postponing the trip another week but I’m needed for the big move this weekend.

On the way up I paid a visit to the Genealogy and Local History Room at the Morley Library in Painesville. Armed with my list of obituaries, I began looking them up in the Telegraph and News-Herald archives. I managed to locate all but one of the obituaries on my list. I couldn’t get Mabel (Warren) Pettit’s because there was apparently an error when that edition of the paper was filmed and the obituary page was not filmed. Now I should have nearly all of my grandaunts and granduncles in the Warren and Webster lines. In the next few days, I’ll be working to get them on the web page.

On Saturday, I drove up to Westfield to see if I could find the graves of Aunt Pat and my cousins, Jeff and Vicki Ossman. I located the church but, apparently the cemetery next to the church was not the correct cemetery. It’s the St. James Cemetery and, as far as I know, they were all buried in the Westfield Cemetery, located around the corner on Academy Street. It turned out that the cemetery is much larger than I had anticipated. I began walking up and down rows of graves and stumbled upon an Ossman family plot but it the John and Minnie Ossman family plot. I wander through a few sections and realized that finding the graves would be a stroke of luck and I could easily spend the entire day looking. I had forgotten to write down Uncle Paul’s number before I left the house. I did find a sign which had an address for the Westfield Cemetery Association. I’ll write and see if they can provide me with some information. I’ll try again next summer.

The trip to Westfield has a secondary objective, Skinny-Dip Falls in Chautauqua Gorge. I headed in the general direction based on what I thought I remembered from the directions I’d received. Unfortunately, I did not remember them correctly, nor did I remember to print them and bring them with me from Dayton. It turns out I had passed by the side road which would have led me to it. Another reason to make a trip next summer.

I spent the time alone at the house relaxing, doing some yoga, and reading. During the day, I spent as much time outdoors as I could as it was warmer outside than it was inside the house. The house is very well insulated, to say the least. Whenever I was in the house, I found it necessary to don a sweatshirt.

The book I was reading was Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick. It’s a factual account of Plymouth Colony in the 55-years between the voyage of the Mayflower and King Phillip’s War. He tells the real stories behind the myths and the stories the myths either don’t mention or they gloss over them. Fascinating reading and several direct ancestors are pivotal characters. It certainly gave me a new appreciation for the hardships they faced in coming to New England. The book also gave me a greater understanding of the differences between the Puritans and the Pilgrims. Though they had similar religous views, the Pilgrims were generally much more tolerant than the Puritans.

The time with my father was well-spent. I always come away with some new knowledge and practical lessons in farmer-engineering and self-sufficiency.

Douglas Warren? I don’t think so.

I had gotten some information while I was back home earlier this month that I started to investigate. I found Evelyn Spaller Warren’s obituary on the News-Herald’s web site. I had also heard that Uncle Harold’s first wife, Margaret, had died earlier this year. I did some research and found some information that Cousin Connie has placed on Ancestry.com which filled in some of the gaps I had.

One bit of information that piqued my interest was some information on Dorcas Nesbitt, my 3rd great-grandmother. Connie’s information indicated she died in 1909 in Delmont, SD. I had a listing from the Delmont City Cemetery that showed a Mrs. Allen who died in 1910 at the age of 84. Also in the listing are four Warren burials – Frank, Alice, an infant, and “Douglas Warren” Since “Douglas” is buried in the same lot as the other Warrens there’s a good chance there’s a family relationship. However, I’ve found no record of a Douglas Warren anywhere. This transcript shows that Douglas was 95 at the time of death.

I did some digging around Ancestry.com and found a record for Dorcas Allyn in the South Dakota Death Index. She died 3 Oct 1909. Then I got to thinking about the photos of the Warren grave sites someone had sent me. (See Grave Mystery in Delmont.) I loaded the “Douglas Warren” photo into an editor, blew it up, and messed around with the contrast and brightness. Finally, I made a negative image of it and the lettering on the stone stood out much better. Much of the stone has grass grown over it but I was able to make out AS ALLE and the year of death, 1909. It is very likely the grave of Dorcas Allen. Given the condition of the stone, someone casually looking at it might assume the name was Douglas Allen and since, apparently, there was no surname, would then assume the grave was that of a Warren child.

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Grave Mystery in Delmont

I received photos of the Warren graves in the Delmont City Cemetery yesterday. According to the transcription of the SDHS Graves Registration Project for Delmont City Cemetery in the Douglas County, South Dakota USGenWeb archives, an unnamed infant is buried in Block E, Lot 6, plot 2. The same document shows Alice Warren to be buried in that grave. Although no burial date is shown for the infant, I suspect it is Alvin, the firstborn son of Oliver and Ethel.

The same transcription shows a Douglas Warren buried in plot 8 of the same lot in 1909. The transcription shows him to be 95 years old when he died. I have not found anything on a Douglas Warren in South Dakota prior to 1909. The South Dakota Death Index, 1905-1955 on Ancestry.com only shows one Warren death in 1909, an Elizabeth Warren in Minnehaha County. The author of the e-mail says the cemetery books show Douglas to be an infant. If that’s the case, then locating records online would be extremely difficult.

If this Douglas Warren was an infant death, then whose child was he? If he was the grandson of Frank and Alice then the parents could only have been Oliver and Ethel or Harlie and Laura. My great-grandfather wrote down all the vital information in his Bible so I imagine Jennifer would have made mention of it when she looked up the dates for Alvin and Faye for me. Harlie and Laura were married in 1907. The 1910 Census shows Laura had two children, both living. although information on the census forms can be inaccurate. Frank’s and Oliver’s households were the only Warrens listed in Douglas County in 1910.
Warren graves
Warren graves
Warren graves

As a relative of someone buried in the Delmont City Cemetery, I’m automatically a member of the Delmont Cemetery Association and, as such, am expected to donate toward the upkeep of the cemetery. That’s pretty clever.

CD enhancements and other stuff

I’ve found a few errors in the CD already, nothing major. I found a couple of bad links and one case of a mislabeled picture. Of course, I didn’t discover that error until I saw another copy of the picture with names on the back. It’ll be fixed on the next addition and soon on the Web site. I’m sure there will be other things to be fixed on the CD. Maybe I’ll get some feedback and information on the living. There are a lot of gaps when it comes to the living. I know more about the dead.

I’ve also gotten a request for more information than just the vital statistics. I was telling Ruth some of the stories I’d read on some of our ancestors and said that should be in there too. She has a good point. The tree on its own is kind of cold. I know the stories but I need to share them. Look for that in the future.

The trip up to the “ancestral homeland” wouldn’t have been complete without a visit to a cemetery. I made it to the Fairview Cemetery in Madison and photographed the Gaines and related headstones that I missed on my last trip. I had originally planned to go Maple Grove in Thompson to make sure I got the Blakeslee stones. There really wasn’t time and a quick glance through my still unorganized cemetery photos showed that I had some of them. Yeah, I need to get those sorted out.

Cheryl posted Dorothy Otrey Warren Sproat’s obituary on the Ancestry/RootsWeb message board. It didn’t reveal much new information but there are some clues. I know where the children were in 1992 and the name of one of John E. Sproat’s daughters. The obituary named the cemetery and I’m guessing that Elry may be buried there as well.

I noticed that the Morley Library Obituary Index is up to the letter M for obituaries preceding 1997. I started going through and finding people. I found several and a few of them gave me death dates and spouses I hadn’t known about. I could easily spend a week, possibly longer, at the library and use $100 worth of quarters just getting obituaries.

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