Archive for the 'Cemetery' Category

Tombstone Tuesday | Asa Benjamin

My 4th great grandfather, Asa Benjamin is buried in the Hall Rd. (Sam Brown) Cemetery in Pierpont, Ashtabula Co., Ohio.

Asa was born in Preston, New London Co., CT in October of 1754. His second great grandfather, John Benjamin, came to America in 1632 as part of the Puritan Great Migration from England.

Asa enlisted in the Revolutionary War at Worthington, MA on May 4, 1775.  He served eight months as a private in Captain Evenezer Webber’s Co., 8th Regiment, Continental Infantry, commanded by Col. John Fellows and was discharged on December 23, 1775.  He re-enlisted and was discharged six times from first enlistment to the end of the war in 1783.  During that time, he transferred to Valley Forge, PA on March 19, 1778 to the Commander-in-Chief’s (General George Washington’s) Guard.

After serving for a few months, Asa returned home.  When the need occurred, he re-enlisted, earning the rank of lieutenant by the end of the war. He died in Pierpont on December 28, 1825.

Benjamin Family Plot (click to enlarge)

Asa Benjamin Gravestone (click to enlarge)

Tombstone Tuesday | Nelson Alonzo Harris

Nelson is my 2nd great grandfather. We were both born on July 16th.

Nelson Alonzo Harris
Born: July 16, 1822 in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY
Died: June 4, 1886 in Waldo, Alachua Co., FL
Buried in: Laurel Grove Cemetery, Waldo, Alachua Co., FL

Tombstone Tuesday | Leonhard and Katherine Seybold

Leonhard and Katherine (Protz) Seybold stone

Leonhard and Katherine (Protz) Seybold stone

My 2nd great grandparents, Leonhard and Katherine Seybold, came to America from Germany in 1857. They settled on their homestead in Brillion Twp., Calumet County, Wisconsin in 1864. They are buried in Forest Home Cemetery, which is a few miles from where they farmed.

1893 Plat Map of Brillion Twp. showing Seybold Homestead and Forest Home Cemetery

1893 Plat Map of Brillion Twp. showing the Seybold Homestead and Forest Home Cemetery (Click to Enlarge)

Joseph and Sadie Voiland – Sacred Heart Cemetery, Manawa, Waupaca Co., WI

My great grandparents, Joseph and Sadie (Romond) Voiland arrived in New York City from France on May 27, 1857, only a couple of months after they were married. They traveled to Buffalo, and remained there until passage through the Great Lakes could be obtained.  They finally arrived in Little Wolf Township, Waupaca Co., WI in December of 1857.

An 1889 plat map shows the 80 acre Joseph Voiland farm a mile or two east of Bear Lake in Royalton Township, Waupaca Co.  They sold the farm in 1903 and moved to the village of Royalton.

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After Sadie’s death in 1908, Joseph moved to Clintonville, Waupaca Co. and lived with his daughter’s family. Joseph and Sadie are buried in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Manawa, Waupaca Co.

Our family name of “Voiland” was change to “Weller”. More about that can be read here.

Pvt. Lee George Bobb | May 19, 1925 – March 13, 1945

Lee George Bobb was killed in action in Germany on March 13, 1945. He was a native of Shawano, WI. Lee is my 1st cousin, once removed. Before  his induction into the armed forces in February, 1944, he worked for the Four Wheel Drive Auto Co. in Clintonville, WI.

He left for Fort Sheridan, IL on June 27, 1944, then was sent to Camp Blanding, FL, and later to Fort Meade, MD. Lee went overseas with the infantry in December, 1944. He was killed shortly after his unit crossed the Rhine river in the invasion of Germany.

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Lee was originally buried in the US Military Cemetery #1, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium, until the war in Europe ended. He was then re-buried in the Bobb family plot in St. Rose Cemetery, Clintonville.

Cato Heights Cemetery – Cato, Manitowoc Co., WI

My 2nd great grandfather, Nelson Harris, his wife Louisa Cleveland, and their family came to Cato, WI in 1856. He opened a saw mill and built a beautiful home. In the early 1860′s, Nelson and Louisa donated some of their land for the building of a Presbyterian Church and a cemetery. It is the final resting place of many of Cato’s early settlers.

1878 Cato Plat Map

1878 Cato Plat Map showing Cato Heights Cemetery

The first person to die in Cato was supposedly Nelson’s father, John Earl Harris – “The death of Harris, an old gentleman, was supposedly the first death”. John Earl was born in Greenfield, Saratoga Co., NY on June 15, 1798. He died on January 6, 1855.

John Earl Harris

John Earl Harris

Nancy (Ormsbee) Harris

Nancy (Ormsbee) Harris

John Earl Harris and his wife, Nancy Ormsbee are both buried in Cato Heights Cemetery. She was born in Barrington, Bristol Co., RI on April 6, 1796 and died on May 28, 1881 in Greenleaf, Brown Co., WI.

Cato Heights Cemetery - 2007

Cato Heights Cemetery - 2007

The church building is no longer there. The cemetery, however, is well maintained. It is surrounded by the beautiful farmland that once belonged to my Harris family.

Hall Rd. (Sam Brown) Cemetery – Pierpont, Ashtabula Co., OH

Hall Rd. (or Sam Brown) Cemetery is located southeast of rural Pierpont, Ohio, about 2 miles from the Pennsylvania border. Buried there are the early pioneers of Pierpont who came west in the early 1800′s. The land was given by Jesse Turner, who’s first wife, Marey (Polly), was the first person to die in Pierpont in 1815. Turner cleared enough trees in the woods to dig a grave, and then buried her in a crude split log coffin.

I visited the cemetery several years ago to see the graves of my Benjamin and Cleveland ancestors. Access to the cemetery is down a narrow dirt road. As the road ends,  the cemetery is located in a small clearing on the left. The picture below was taken from that spot.

Hall Rd. (Sam Brown) Cemetery

Hall Rd. (Sam Brown) Cemetery



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