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There is a small unmarked cemetery about a mile from our home. There are only three headstones there. On Memorial Day, 2009, someone had placed 30-40 Veteran's Flags on the land around those three headstones. Curiousity won out! We have lived here for 15 years - never saw flags there before. Upon re-inspection of this cemetery, we noticed that there were hundreds and hundreds of brick-sized markers that someone had recently brought to the surface - each with a number on it.|
Further investigation led us to the Toledo State Hospital Cemetery Reclamation Project. A group of concerned citizens have been working to reclam the forgotten souls buried by the State Hospital nearly a century ago. It is an awesome project!
We have volunteered to research the interments at the Toledo State Hospital Cemetery. While the State DOES have record of who they buried there - and the corresponding brick number for each soul, they claim it is a violation of the patients' right to privacy - HIPAA? You've got to be kidding me... HIPPA!
The State Hospital SOLD the land the TWO cemeteries are on... thereby transferring perpetual care to another owner... like transferring from one institution to another, however, those records did NOT transfer with the land??? (Isn't that a violation of HIPAA? To transfer a patient without the needed records for continuation of care?)
Anyways, us cemetery junkies don't need no neat and tidy list to work from - now do we? I have been taking the PUBLIC census records which NAME the patients (violation of HIPAA) and then pulling PUBLIC death certificates to see where each of the patients died and were buried. Tidious! There are 1,994 people buried in the 2 seperate sites the State Hospital used!
After completing the 1900 census, I have squeaked out 201 interments... that's 10% of the total number buried there. Now comes the BIG CHALLENGE... to learn the corresponding brick number, a living family member has to call for that information. I hope and pray that descendants will find the memorials on Find-A-Grave and contact me! I am happy to share where you need to call to learn the brick number so we can start to put a name in place of a number.
On a side note, We have been addicted to genealogy for over a decade. We vacation in remote places and spend most of our time in cemeteries. There are more stories in a headstone than there are in Hollywood.
We hope our efforts help someone out there!
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|Sue Engelhardt Snodgrass||Mary Wolf #27808447|
Would you please add her maiden name 'Saucerman' and middle name was Elizabeth; and connect her husband,#27808453. Thank you
|Debi Morris||Picture usage|
Greetings and Thank you for the wonderful job you are doing both in Toledo & here on Find A Grave. You are right, we need to remember those that have gone on before and not let them be forgotten. I am asking for permission to use the picture you have posted for Sarah Ann Gault (#28332144), and any others that are of family members in my tree, in my personal family tree file. I will note that these pictures are from: Find A Grave Contributor: GenBug (#47003739), not only to give you your justified credit for the picture, but that others may hear of the wonderful work you have done.
Thank you again for your time & effort.
|Melvin & Hildie||RE: Henry Avers|
Not related to Avers. We will transfer..
|Michael Hague||Savilla Pennell|
Thanks for creating the memorial for Savilla Pennell, my Great Grandmother...
Great Bio story...
for doing George Grames SAC-feel better soon!
GenBug doesn't seem to answer email or messages to edit memorials. I've sent at least four, the fist time in May, the last more than a month ago. Your efforts seemed honorable but you now seem to have lost interest.
Added by BPHTOL on Sep 22, 2012 6:33 PM
I live less than a mile away and finally stopped to read the signs. I'm fascinated with this and want to be involved. I grew up S. Detroit and Glendale and have memories of patients walking away from the state hospital down my street. My Grandma was placed there for a short time due to Dementia.
I want to help identify these markers and help families find their loved ones.
I did send an email thru the website. Hope to help soon.
|Judy Peterson||Mary Ellen Jelley|
Thanks for all the information that you found for Mary Ellen Jelley. She was the sister-in-law to my great aunt, Elanor Porter Cratty. I always wondered what happened to her.
Judy Johnson Peterson
|SC22||Margaret Chapman Burton|
She is my husband's 3rd Great Grandmother also. I posted a photo of her tombstone, it is one of the few left that is still readable.
I also posted her son James M., his wife Margaret Sigman, their son James F. and their daughter Katherine Burton Taylor Stewart. They are all buried at Northwood. Katherine (I think it is actually spelled 'Catherine') was my husband's 2nd
Greatgrandmother. She had a daughter, Alta, her had a daughter, Ruth, and then my husbands mother, also named Alta.
Added by SC22 on Mar 22, 2012 3:27 PM
|pamela burdue||George Grames|
I think you had a photo request for this person here is a web site for you to go to and get info
there is only numbers at this cemetery but this site should be a big help to you
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