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Moved from Adams Street Cemetery

Moved from Adams Street Cemetery

James Shelton Smedley was born in South Farms, Connecticut on September 12, 1813. At some point he moved from North East, Pennsylvania to attended Oberlin College, graduating in 1841. He also continued his education at Oberlin in the Theological department and is...

A Bit About the James Family

A Bit About the James Family

George James was born in 1806 in Herefordshire, England the second of five children born to George and Elizabeth Lewis James. He married Mary Probert on July 28th, 1842 in Eardisley, Herefordshire, England. They had 4 children in England prior to moving to Berea, Ohio...

Funeral History in the United States

The oldest funeral home in the United States began in 1759 in Williamsburg, Virginia, started by cabinet manufacturer Anthony Hay who made coffins as a side line. Prior to the mid 1800's, women were in charge of preparing the deceased. Many communities had a group of...

A Brief History of the Cemetery in America

The word “cemetery” has its origins in the Greek word for “sleeping place”, and is land meant for burial. The term was originally applied to the Roman catacombs. A graveyard is a term that can be used interchangeably, but refers specifically to a churchyard burial...

Dr. Alexander McBride

Dr. Alexander McBride

Alexander McBride was born in Poland Township, Trumbull County, Ohio on Jan 12, 1822. He received his education in the local schools and went on to work in a woolen mill eventually becoming a partner. He was known to often purchased books with his earnings to further...

Removal of a Local Graveyard to Woodvale

Removal of a Local Graveyard to Woodvale

Over the years, cemeteries have been moved, destroyed, and even lost. In the best of cases, the graves have been moved from their original locations to other cemeteries where they are not forgotten. The reasons vary, but often graves from smaller cemeteries were...

A Bit of History

A Bit of History

The Adams Street Cemetery is one of the early burial grounds in Berea, with the oldest burial being Albert Hinman in 1834. Over the years, the cemetery became rather neglected and later had issues with burials being disturbed/destroyed by a landslide on the north end...

Moved from Adams Street Cemetery

Moved from Adams Street Cemetery

James Shelton Smedley was born in South Farms, Connecticut on September 12, 1813. At some point he moved from North East, Pennsylvania to attended Oberlin College, graduating in 1841. He also continued his education at Oberlin in the Theological department and is...

William Henry Carman and Family

William Henry Carman and Family

The Carman family is notable for being one of the early families in the Berea area. Henry (1789-1869) and Hannah Jones Carman (1795-1863) came to Middleburgh Township from the state of New York and owned significant amounts of land in town. Their son William was born...