Grave Stone Rubbing and Photos

ShrimplinWe received an email from a viewer of our Shrimplin Cemetery video on the site Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in Ohio He offered some suggestions about the proper way to acquire a grave stone memorial or grave stone rubbing.

We agree that you must be respectful of the stones by assessing the condition and making sure you are completely prepared to conduct a proper grave stone rubbing. Also, it is good practice to inquire about the cemetery rules for doing rubbings. Stone rubbings can be quite beautiful and a good addition to the family genealogy. It important to be smart about how you do it.

This is what our viewer says:

The oldest stones in Ohio are often sandstone and with their age and weathering, they are easily damaged beyond repair. In subsequent years, limestone was used as grave markers, and it too is highly susceptible damage. As rail lines were built, granite followed as a preferred stone for grave markers and would be much safer for rubbings, but if you would look closely at many granite stones, you will see deterioration of the edges of the etchings of the transcriptions. Acid rain causes grave stones to deteriorate much quicker than common sense and causal observation would dictate.

I think carefully staged photographs – good lighting or a splash of water – do a better job of recording the information on grave markers and avoid any potential for damage. I believe this is a consensus view among grave stone preservation specialists.

Here is the book he recommends:

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We would like to thank our view for the stone rubbing information. And remember to always be respectful when you are visiting the cemeteries.

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Gospel Haven Mennonite Church Cemetery

ghGospel Haven Mennonite Church is located on SR 241 in Benton, Ohio.  Click HERE to see it on Google Maps.

The coordinates are 40.601438, -81.850033

There is a very tiny cemetery behind the church.  Pictures of the stones can be seen on Find a Grave.

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Arnold Cemetery

Cemetery gate

Gate at the Arnold Cemetery

Arnold Cemetery (aka St John’s Cemetery) is in a serene location of TR 362, where TR 618 intersects it.  The Amish Spring Meadow School is located across the street.

Coordinates: 40.612879, -81.799537

I visited this cemetery on a gorgeous fall day in September.  The leaves were just starting to turn, and there was a slight crispness in the air.  The children in Spring Meadow School were out playing baseball.

across the street

Where 618 meets 362

You can find the stone pictures on Find a Grave.

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Little Chestnut Ridge Cemetery aka Albert Mast Farm Cemetery

Chestnut Ridge Cemetery

Entrance to Chestnut Ridge Cemetery

This is the beautiful entrance to the tiny Chestnut Ridge Cemetery on SR 39.  You could pass by this little cemetery without a single notice if you weren’t looking for it.  It is on a small hill next to a house.  The owners of the house seem to keep this area tended.  I knocked on their door to find out about visiting, but no one answered.  You will need to park in their driveway to get to the cemetery, but the driveway is pretty wide so you should be out of the way.

Here is the Google Map of the cemetery.

The coordinates are 40.546124, -81.748803

The stones can be found on Find a Grave.

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Accidental Cemetery~Pleasant Grove

Liberty Gospel ChurchThis cemetery was on my flooded out detour route.  A few weeks ago we got several downpours over a few days that flooded our area.  I live in a valley that floods easily, so I had to take a detour to the library. As I traveled township road 35 in Killbuck, I noticed a little church cemetery by the road.   I kept going because I didn’t want to take pictures in a downpour~I’m crazy but not that crazy.    When I got to the library, I looked up the cemetery location, and our resources indicated that it was the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

The coordinates for this cemetery are 40.492957, -81.949618

The stone pictures are on Find a Grave.

A majority of the stones in this cemetery rest under the beautiful, cascading pine tree branches~a very peaceful cemetery indeed!KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA


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