Woodvale Union Cemetery Blog

Choosing a Cemetery

At the time of a loved one's death having already chosen a final resting place would be an ideal situation. Not everyone though will have the chance to pick out where they want their final resting place to be and what it will look like because this is not an ideal...

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

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

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

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...

Gottlob Buhrer

Gottlob/Gottlieb Buhrer was born in Switzerland in March of 1851. He immigrated to the United States in 1870 along with his wife Kathrina Ehrat Buhrer who was born in 1853. Both became naturalized citizens in 1880. A Buhrer child was listed as being buried in the...

An Unexpected Story – Enoch G.Watrous

Enoch G.Watrous was born in 1791 in Connecticut to Gideon and Fanny Franklin Watrous, and married Miss Abigail Green who was born in New York in 1791. Abigail and Enoch were some of the earliest pioneers of Middleburgh Township, arriving with the Silas Gardner family...

Bread and Groceries – The Goette Family

Louis B. Goette was born in Korbach, Germany on November 6, 1823 and arrived in the United States on September 15, 1859, settling in Cincinnati. Louis was a trained baker and was encouraged to move to Berea by missionary William Nast. Upon arrival in Berea that same...