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Joseph Scudder D.D.

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This statue sits in part of Markillie and St. Mary Cemeteries in Hudson, Ohio. It’s rather small – no more than a few feet high. (I wish I had photographed something else next to it for scale. It is also extremely unclear what family plot it is supposed to go with.



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In the Old Carlisle Graveyard lies Ademna Hamilton, who died when she was 14 months all.  I couldn’t find a meaning or even any other women with the same name.


In Markillie and St. Mary Cemeteries, you can find the grave of Elzina.  Elzina may be a variant of the Arabic name Alzena or of the name Elizabeth, and seems to be most common in the United States for women born in the 19th century.


Permelia is another 19th century name that is no longer seen much anymore.

Lyman McAdams

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Not lost, blest thought,
But gone before,
Where we shall meet
To part no more.

Sentiments like the one on Mary Kellogg Ellsworth’s tombstone are common in cemeteries of the 19th and early 20th centuries. The epitaph emphasizes a belief in a shared afterlife where the surviving family and friends will be reunited with the dead. It conveys a message of hope: do not despair, she is not lost, just temporarily gone ahead.

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Anna Scudder

Sarah Ann Chamberlain, who seems to have gone by the name of Anna, married into a missionary family, the Scudders. Her husband Joseph was a 3rd generation missionary to India, and so she went to India, too. The records are a little hard to follow because the name Joseph was so common in the family, being the name of her husband’s grandfather and an uncle, but what I have found indicates that Sarah Ann was living in India and doing things like taking care of orphan girls for at least part of her married life.

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Sgt. Samuel Westfall Allen Jr.


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In honor of Valentine’s Day, I set myself on a scavenger hunt. I wanted to see how many hearts I could find in cemeteries. I found so many that I’ve split the results of my hunt into 4 different posts between now and Valentine’s Day. The most common thing that I found was simple, single heart-shaped tombstones.

I found heart-shaped tombstones in Harvard Grove Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio.



This tombstone at Union Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio, is heart-shaped.


I was able to find two heart tombstones from my small collection of photos from Markillie and St. Mary’s Cemeteries in Hudson..



This lichen-covered heart tombstone is in Kirtland Historic North Cemetery.


East Cleveland Township Cemetery has a number of these tombstones.

Luisa Meister

Hearts may not be the first thing you think about when you hear the word cemetery, but they are certainly there.

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I’m not quite sure what this monument is. The shape, size, and design resemble other zinkers I have seen, but the coloring doesn’t match them. It has the decorative screwheads that confirm the sides have removable panels but it lacks that bluish gray patina that makes zinkers so easy to spot from a distance and instead has a shiny, reflective metal finish. I’ll update you if I figure this one out.



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