January 30, 2024

Pioneer Cemetery, Morristown OH

It's been a while since I've explored a new-to-me cemetery!  

Disclaimer - I'm just a tourist - this cemetery is a good 5+ hours from my home, I have no affiliation with the township and I'm not likely to go back there anytime soon.

Although, if I did live nearby, I'd sure be getting permission to clean up the stones!
Which, by the way, the material the stones were made out of reminded me of the old burying grounds in Boston.  Dark slate that eroded off in layers. 
I had taken an overnight road trip to Ohio with my sisters between Christmas & New Years and I had some time to myself, so I checked out a couple local cemeteries.  I tender to prefer smaller, older ones so I can take it all in.  This one met all my preferred criteria! 

As soon as I came over the little hill in town, I was like "oooooooooo!"

I'm 110% certain at one point the entire cemetery was surrounded by that picket fence.  The corner posts are still visible.  There are houses on each side.  In fact, just to the left of the fence above is someone's driveway leading back to a shed that sits just behind the former fenceline to the cemetery. 
I'm going to try to compare the stones I took pics of with the ones already recorded in the Find A Grave page to get the names.  It's tough since a lot of the FAG pics are 10-12 years old and they have a lot less moss, lichen & damage!
I couldn't find a listing for this one. 
 But I zoomed in on this one and 
OMG - so pretty!  
 The stone is very unique. All of the stones in this cemetery are early to mid 1800s so seeing color on it was a surprise. 
Joseph, son of Lindol & Margaret Sprague
died October 6, 1832
aged 13 months, 9 days
or maybe
James Wilson, son of John & Charity Lippincott
died August 18, 1831
aged 6 years, 4 months, 2 days

The stones are very similar, having the same shape and the same carving in the upper bumpy thing 
John Perry 
Continental Line
Revolutionary War
John Perry, a solider of the Revolution, died November 9, 1825 aged 73 years, 1 month & 28 days
Jane, consort of John Perry, died May 11, 1812, aged 73 years
No listing - heck it might even be a footstone!
Dr Joseph Gaston 
died July 11, 1833  aged 28 years, 1 month & <blurred>
It says Hymn 23.4 in the bottom right but with a little help from Google, it's a hymn called Blest be the Tie That Binds. 
This is the back of Dr. Gaston's - I've never seen such fantastic carvings on the back of a stone before!
Couldn't find a listing but the shape is really interesting!
Possibly Mary Horner
She doesn't already have a stone pic listed and all I can make out is an M.
William H. Howard
Capt, Continental Line
Revolutionary War
William Beard
Recruiting Service
Maryland Line
Revolutionary War
Oct 10, 1762 - 1835
Robert C. Botkin 
Col. Ohio Militia
War of 1812

You can see one of the white fence posts just to the left of the stone, which is the opposite corner from the sign & flagpole. 
The tree just to the left of the post looks like it had been visited by someone rubbing their antlers!
Nancy Warnick
Died on the 26th of some month, 1840
Hannah Cunningham
died Dec 13, 1839
age 14
I didn't see any listing with a round base like that! 
Jane Rebecca
daughter of Charles & Mary McKinny who died February 19 1826
aged 5 years, 11 months and 10 days 
~suffer little children~
Morristown Founder
S/Major Duncan Morrison
1st & 7th PA Foot Regt
Revolutionary War
Valley Forge
Built the Black Horse Inn
First Justice of Peace
Died February 26, 1827
Husband of Mary Fletcher Morrison
Sarah, daughter of Carolton & Ann Collins
died July 1, 1834
aged 3 years, 10 months 14 days
I definitely see a "T" about halfway down on the left with an "ER" across from it, but that's about all.  
But no listing matches it. 
Mary, wife of Nicholas Rodgers
died January 27, 1852 aged 74 
John Israel - Surveyor
Cadet 12 VA REGT
Revolutionary War
I didn't find a listing for this one, either.  
The shape of the top of this is fantastic!
 I can make out "sacred to the memory of" at the top and there's a definite B along the left side.
The only unaccounted for listings with a B are Amos R. Bonifant 1857-1923 and Cassandra Catherine Davis Bonifant 1848-1920
So maybe this is their's?
This one was face down - it was small so I could have easily picked it up & turned it over, but when I reached down for it - something told me not to. 
So I didn't.
Joseph, son of John & Catharine Eaton
died Feb 8, 1825
The carvings are beautiful!
Kenturah Elliot
Died July 1, 1845
age 23
I can honestly say I've never heard that name before!
Martha, wife of Alexander Morrison
died February 9, 1846
age 71 (maybe?)
John Eaton Sr
(a free mason)
Husband of Catharine Eckles
engaged in the hotel & mercantile business
Morristown, Ohio
1781 PA - 1843
James Moore
died Aug 13, 1843
aged 13 years, 10 months, 10 days
William Ramsey
Ensign PA TRP
Revolutionary War
January 1756 - January 1841
William Ramsey
His headstone faces the other direction
I didn't see any listing that had this shape or damage. 
Henry Walkinshaw
died October 25, 1827
Mary Jane, daughter of James & Eleanor Gray
died August 8, 1831
age 7 years, 11 months & 28 days
Jane, daughter of J & LA Gourley
died August 30, 1846
aged 2 years, 2 months & 10 days
I'm guessing that this belongs to 
son of R&E Morrison
died in July 1850?  
Can't even begin to guess on this one!
Zooming in, I can't make out a name other than Andrew - but looking at the pic as I'm typing, it clearly says Hannah.  But there's only one Hannah listed and I already have her stone above!

Very cool cemetery! I enjoyed my visit there. 


January 12, 2024

Road trip

Happy New Year (again!)

The weekend between Christmas & New Year's, my sisters and I made a short trip to Ohio to see our brother.  
On the way there, we had planned to stop at the Haunted House Restaurant in Cleveland - but it seems like every time we plan to go, they change their hours!  They're currently on "winter hours" and therefore don't have brunch on Friday, which we were counting on.  So we drove by.  I really hope the inside is more... well MORE than the outside is!  

We also drove by the Christmas Story house!  
It's in a very tight, older neighborhood (of course!  The movie takes place in the 1930s or 40s) and there were a zillion cars lining the streets, so we just cruised by. 

After lunch, we set our GPS for....Steubenville Nutcraker Village !
We knew we'd make it for this, since the website says it's open 24/7 until January 6.

We honestly were expecting it to be in a park, but the fact that the nutcrackers were all along the sidewalks in a little town was really fun!

I didn't get pics of all of the nutcrackers - there were a LOT of them!  
And most were based on the store they stood in front of. 
They also had a sign of who they were protraying. 
There was also a nutcracker store - I used to go crazy over them, but now I'm more discerning for "unique" nutcrackers. 
Sis1 peeking under Apollo's toga.
Now she's peeking under Douglas the Red's kilt!
Seraphina, the Patron Saint of Disabled People. 
Ziggy Stardust!!
Santa & Mrs Claus
Rosie the Riveter
Scarlett O'Hara
Mother Teresa was in the courtyard of a church, along with various other saints. 
Jake from State Farm!
a LeMans racecar driver
Harley Hank
Tooth Fairy
One sponsored by a dentist - outside of a candy shop!
We passed the county courthouse. 
These are always such beautiful buildings!
Of course this is where all the military themed nutcrackers were. 
The police & fireman stood outside City Hall.
Across from City Hall was a park with vendors and the city Christmas tree.
And a bunch more nutcrackers!
Coast Guard
With me for scale!
(I spent 8 years in the Navy so I had to pose with him!) 
A judge.  There were ones for an auditor & a lawyer next to her. 
There were also a bride & groom on the other side of the staircase.
Air Force
Not sure what this guy was, the sign says S.T.A.R.T. frog
He looks like a SeaBee to me. 
Outside a hair salon
This is one of my favorites - sponsored by what I assume is some sort of women's shelter.
His mirror says "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful"
John Glenn
There are a lot of astronauts from Ohio - what is it about this place that makes people want to leave the planet???
The 11th Dr. Who
I love horse soliders!
the Little Drummer Boy
I didn't know Dean Martin was from Steubenville, but he must be since we drove on Dean Martin Drive to get here!
They had all the "Brat Pack" in this area.  I thought I got a pic of Sammy Davis Jr, but I can't find it - so maybe not!
Scrooge is holding a copy of the Nutcracker?
Captain Nemo
Grandma & Grandpa
His eye chart says Merry Christmas.

We'll have to go back again since I get the impression they're different every year!