A Cemetery Tale – Charleston Village- Lorain

January 11, 2016 at 3:59 pm 5 comments

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Through very long years this little cemetery had gone unnoticed and unappreciated , except for a few. If it wasn’t for the tenacity , hard work, research and passion of Diane Wargo Medina , this piece of Lorain’s history, like so much of Lorain’s early history , would have also been lost.
https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/08/08/restoration-preservation-charleston-cemetery/

http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/feature.shtml?f=233
http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/feature.shtml?f=237

http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/feature.shtml?f=248
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Diane and the cemetery recently appeared in PULSE Magazine
http://www.pulselorainmag.com/Main/Articles/213.aspx

“The cemetery owes its restoration to Diane Wargo Medina and the Charleston Village Society, a nonprofit devoted to preserving the area that works with the city. The property wasn’t even recognizable as a graveyard when Medina, a society co-captain, stopped to check it out on her way home from the library on a February 1984 day. The Lorain native, then a 19-year-old cleaning company employee, was aware of its sad history.
The burial ground, established in September 1828 by the village of Black River, had fallen into disuse by the 1880s. It subsequently became part of a residential neighborhood — houses literally were built on top of it. (Although graves supposedly were relocated to Elmwood Cemetery as development progressed, Medina says there are no records of it.) After a 1924 tornado devastated the area, a large portion was turned into a public park. Any remaining headstones were unceremoniously buried. Medina saw evidence of that during her first visit. By that time the park was nothing more than an abandoned lot.”

You can find Charleston Cemetery Face Book page here:

https://www.facebook.com/Charleston-Cemetery-of-Lorain-Ohio-1593581127589624/?fref=ts
Recently, in order to look into funding Diane put together an approximation of known burials.

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Charleston Cemetery- 1139 West 6th Street- Lorain –Ohio 1833-1887

Burial plots (1) thru (40) – names of the buried :

(1) George Matson
(2) William M. Root
(3) Lucinda Root ( infant)
(4) Edwin Root
(5) George Root
(6) Lucinda Root ( adult)
(7) Alvin Walker
(8) Jonathon P Sinnott
(9) Celia E Sinnott
(10) James O Sinnott
(11) Elizabeth Smith
(12) Graham P. Lamb
(13) Seneca Benjamin
(14) Joseph W. Benjamin
(15) Nathan Cummings
(16) Mary Rice
(17) Augusta Tillack
(18) Michael F. G
(19) Charles Baldwin
(20) Henry C Baldwin
(21) Ann P Baldwin
(22) Glover C. Baldwin
(23) Henry C Baldwin
(24) Daniel T. Baldwin- founding father
(25) John R Baldwin
(26) Augustus Silverthorne – Civil War-http://www.morningjournal.com/article/MJ/20110424/NEWS/304249978
(27) Philinda R Strong
(28) Clarrisa Porter
(29) Ann Childs
(30) Lucy Barrett
(31) John C. Gill
(32) Edwin L. Gill
(33) Rebecca Wells
(34) Marion V. Meeker
(35) Barna Kline
(36) Barna Meeker – founding father
(37) Alice Watkins
(38) Enos Cozzens
(39) Almira Cozzens
(40) Peter Grimes – (unmarked Civil War)

Names of others buried not marked:

1. William Sinnott
2. Clara Cozzens
3. Martha Adams
4. John Benjamin
5. (unconfirmed ) Sgt. Eleazer Crawford – Revolutionary War

When next you drive or walk by the little Cemetery on 6th and 7th remember those that walked these streets long ago………….
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If you wish to donate to the Cemetery and its preservation please send your donation to Charleston Village Society, 1127 W. 4th Street, Lorain Ohio 44052

Mark you check cemetery- All donations are tax-deductible and 100% of every donation goes toward the project.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gary Fischer  |  January 11, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    This has been a great rediscovery for Charleston Village. It is an important part of our community history. Great work to all of the volunteers.

  • 2. Jeff Sigsworth  |  January 11, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Diane’s 34 years of toil has not just “renovated” this cemetery — it has RESURRECTED it, and brought its residents “back to life.” Our Black River Genealogists group (which was disbanded last year) has carefully followed her work, and assisted her occasionally in a minor way, since the beginning. Lorain past, present & future owes her a huge debt.

  • 3. thatwoman  |  January 12, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    So very true Jeff – she’s a “keeper” in the true sense of the word 🙂

  • […] clean-up, preserving the history and the headstones. You can find the listing of the names here https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/a-cemetery-tale-charleston-village-lorain/ Diane gratefully received a donation from Black River Genealogists to carry on her efforts in […]

  • […] The only time they have teeth is when “public monies” are used at any level. Have ANY of the historically significant homes in this neighborhood been cherished by the “Historians from Ohio”? We can’t even find funding to preserve the headstones of Lorain’s founding families in the little cemetery on 6th. https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2016/01/11/a-cemetery-tale-charleston-village-lorain/ […]

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