Cemetery slowly reveals history

Cemetery slowly reveals history

There are 11 comments on the Akron Beacon Journal story from Dec 28, 2007, titled Cemetery slowly reveals history. In it, Akron Beacon Journal reports that:

RICHFIELD TWP.: On a sunny December afternoon with snow drifts caressing the 19th-century graves at the Columbia Road Cemetery, Jim Choma's curiosity about who is buried here grows even more.

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Boston Hts Gurl

AOL

#1 Dec 29, 2007
Wow...What a fascinating story!
Good Luck To John !
Katie Neese Hensley

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Dec 29, 2007
What a great story, I've been a grave yard stomper for many years. My daughter and I used to take picnics to a graveyard on Stow Road when she was young and spend the afternoon reading stones and wondering about the history of these folks. One of our favorite stones was found in Indiana Leafy and Olive Branch are buried there. Keep up the good work.
tracyc77

Trenton, NJ

#3 Dec 29, 2007
Very interesting! I've often wondered myself what the story was behind that cemetary. Best of luck to you!
Watchful eye

Cleveland, OH

#4 Dec 29, 2007
It is good to hear a story where someone cares. There is a lot of history that people that live just for today could care less about. We have gotten so caught up in where we are, that we have forgotten who got us here.
Thank you for sharing such an interesting story.
Melanie Davis

Cleveland, OH

#5 Dec 29, 2007
Well done! Great work on keeping the memory of these people alive! I wish more people were of this mindset.
Christine

Mansfield, OH

#6 Dec 30, 2007
Great story; good luck to you Jim. Hope to see a follow-up in the future.
Christine from Virginia

Woodbridge, VA

#7 Dec 30, 2007
Love the story. Whenever I am home in Ohio, I also spend time in the cemeteries. The lives of these hardy pioneers, and their stories of survival are fascinating.

Not a communicable disease, but during 1795 there was a yellow fever outbreak in New York (which followed the 1793 outbreak in Philadelphia and preceded the 1798 in NY, PA, and MA). The 1st and 3rd Infantry Regiments that fought at Fallen Timbers under General Wayne were from NY, and PA. Something to look into if the TB/consumption theory doesn't pan out.

Good luck with your research.
Dee Caldwell

Brecksville, OH

#8 Jan 5, 2008
This story was e-mailed to me from a friend. I just finished reading it and had to tell you how nice it was to read this -- and how very interesting.

Keep up the good work. I'd like to know what the final results show.
Lynn

Dahlonega, GA

#9 Jan 6, 2008
Hi, I do volunteer work for cemeterysurveys, and i think what you're doing is awesome. you're right- every life has a story to tell. keep up the great work and keep us informed of what becomes of it all.
Jim from Brecksville

Brecksville, OH

#10 Jan 7, 2008
Christine from Virginia wrote:
Love the story. Whenever I am home in Ohio, I also spend time in the cemeteries. The lives of these hardy pioneers, and their stories of survival are fascinating.
Not a communicable disease, but during 1795 there was a yellow fever outbreak in New York (which followed the 1793 outbreak in Philadelphia and preceded the 1798 in NY, PA, and MA). The 1st and 3rd Infantry Regiments that fought at Fallen Timbers under General Wayne were from NY, and PA. Something to look into if the TB/consumption theory doesn't pan out.
Good luck with your research.
Thanks for the info, Christine! I'm not sure what hit Wayne's troops in this area, but if I'm able to delve into what this building may have been, that's at least a start. TB is what hit the Snow family -- the two daughters buried here. As for Wayne's troops, we were throwing around the possibility of malaria, yellow fever, or dysentery, but it's anybody's guess. your information does certainly help, so as we uncover things, I'll keep you in the loop!
Jim from Brecksville

Brecksville, OH

#11 Jan 7, 2008
Thank you all for your comments regarding the work being done in this little pioneer cemetery. It's so nice to see there are others interested in what we're doing.

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