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In Lakeview Cemetery, there is an interesting monument to the Newberry family. The plot looks like most family plots, with one large family monument surrounded by markers for individuals.

Newberry Monument

But on the side of the Newberry monument are two cenotaphs of sorts – metal plaques that memorialize members of the family whose remains lie elsewhere.

Newberry Monument

The first tells us of Roger Cleveland Newberry, who was 26 years old when he died in World War II. According to the records in the Cleveland Public Library Necrology file, Newberry left behind a mother and a brother William Jr. who was also serving in the war when he died in action in 1943. His father, William Belknap Newberry, Sr., had already passed away in 1930.

Newberry Monument
The second plaque is for Roger’s nephew, John van Winkle Newberry, his brother’s son. John must have been a sailor – the marker tells us that the reason John is not here in Lakeview with the family is because his ashes are somewhere in the ocean.

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The Old Hudson Township Burying Ground
This weekend on the way to friend’s housewarming, we visited the Old Hudson Township Burying Ground.  When I read about the cemetery, a number of sources remarked that it was like an old New England cemetery – and based on my limited experience, I would say it is, or at least it fits our imagined picture of a New England cemetery.
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Part of the reason for that is that the cemetery is just that old – the first burial was in 1808 and the last was in 1900, and most of the readable markers date from before 1850.
George R. Smith
Laurey Case
Charles Backus Storrs

The upkeep of the cemetery puts others to shame. The straight, neat rows of tombstones are punctuated by small flowering trees, and fallen tombstones seem to be righted with expediency.  The cemetery sits on the property of Western Reserve Academy, across from its neatly manicured sports’ fields on Chapel Street that terminates in front of a red brick, old-fashioned (dare I say?) New England style chapel. Western Reserve Academy was once Western Reserve College and Preparatory School (1826-1882) and gave birth to what is now Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
Rev. Caleb Pitkin
The cemetery is intertwined with the school, its confines populated with founders and early professors of the school, as well as a few students.
Professor Jarvis Gregg

Flavel Loomis
The archivist at Western Reserve Academy has an interesting website with historical photos and information about the school’s history and alumni here.

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