Butternut Ridge Cemetery

Butternut Ridge Cemetery
Butternut Ridge Cemetery First Burial 1821

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Descendants of Robert Coe

Ashur Miller Coe “Coo” “Koe” “Cooe” was born in Middletown Connecticut on 26 April 1773.  His parents were Col Elisha and Elizabeth (Miller) Coe. “His father was a thrifty and prosperous farmer, he attained the rank of colonel in the militia, and from 1815 to 1820 he was a representative in the Connecticut Assembly for Middletown.  He died in 1 Dec 1831”    From the book Robert Coe, Puritan by J Gardner Bartlett
Ashur married Abigail Wilcox 10 Oct 1814.  They had four children in Middletown before moving to Dover Township in 1823.  
The oldest was Edwin Wilcox Coe who married Harriet Peck from Lorain Ohio in 1839.  They had two Children Leon Melville and Levia. 
Next was a daughter named Sina Coe, married Nathaniel H. Austin on 23 September 1872. They had six children. They were Bertrand C., Rienzi W., Lucia A., Clarissa I., Cora G., and Edwin N.
Lucetta was next she was born 1 February 1821. She died at Coe Ridge Ohio in 19 October 1900 and was unmarried.
The last child Andrew Jackson Coe was born 14 May 1823 he was a farmer and held the office of township trustee he married Mercy Ann Bancroft on 17 October 1849. They had 4 children none of which were married. They were Ashur M., Florence E., Lua A., and Dollie They were all buried in the Coe Family cemetery  All of the children of Ashur Sr. and most of his grandchildren are also buried in the Coe cemetery

 Picture ca. 1878 From the Archives of the Olmsted Historical Society

 Ashur’s home was at the corner of Lorain road and Columbia Rd. Lorain Rd was originally known as Coe Ridge Rd. and Coe founded a post office in his house.  The cemetery he created is just east of his house. The family burial grounds became Coe Ridge Cemetery. Ashur was instrumental in the founding of the Village of North Olmsted, as it was mostly his and his neighbors land that broke away from Dover Township to join the northern part of Olmsted Township in about 1909.  
Ashur M Coe the grandson was the North Olmsted cemetery sexton from 1909 till about the 1920’s the city still has his original legers.

Here are some more:  Excerpts from Robert Coe Puritan Page 72 “In the spring of 1834 Robert Coe took his family to Ipswich, the port of Suffolk county (England) and about fifteen miles east of Boxford, and there on Apr. 30 1834, they were among the eighty-three passengers who embarked for New England in the ship “Francis”, commanded by Captain John Cutting.   At the Record Office in London is still preserved the roll of the of the ships passengers taken at the Customs House in Ipswich, on which appears Robert Cooe aged 38, Anna Cooe his wife aged 43, and children John Cooe Aged 8 Robert Cooe aged 7, and Benjamin Cooe  Aged 4.” The voyage in those days took about 10 weeks.  

 To see the whole connection it is in the North Olmsted First Families tree. They have a connection to the Stearns Family we still have the Rice Family and the Stearns family its self

The Mystery of Rebecca Walker

Rebecca Walker

Sept 30, 1849

Wife of  

John Walker

No Walker families have been found in the Census for our area during that time.

 We will come back to this later. From now on we will be featuring stories of the first settlers of North Olmsted for their Bicentennial year. It would be logical to start with David Johnson Stearns. But that is too easy and not Sandi’s style. We think that we should start with the Fitch family as all the Olmsted Fitches started from one couple.  They are Thaddeus Fitch b. July 27, 1761 at Hartford Connecticut d. April 16, 1816 Vernon Connecticut and Rebecca Webster b. September 10, 1766 d.?
The Fitch Family of North Olmsted

There are 67 Fitch internments in Butternut Ridge Cemetery (The Ridge) not counting the females that would be buried under their husband’s name. The Stearns family is the only family with more. The Fitches are related to the Stearns and Thompson families.  I found a digital book on line (Google Books) Genealogy of the Fitch Family in North America collected and arranged by John G Fitch. John was born in Olmsted and wrote the book in 1886.  In creating the Ancestry© family tree (North Olmsted First Families) we have found that there are a few of the digital books for the families of North Olmsted.
The tree traces the 7 original families that arrived in the 1820's and how they started in America There are about 2100 in the tree now. Those that are buried in in Butternut or Coe have their grave location and if they have a Find a Grave site it is there.

Now back to Mrs. Walker. In the Fitch book we found the following entry.
“Thaddeus Fitch died April 16 1816, aged 54 years, and was buried at Vernon Connecticut.
Rebecca, widow of Thaddeus Fitch, married (2) February 11, 1819, John Walker, Esq., of Vernon, Connecticut.   
After the death of her second husband, Rebecca Walker went to Ohio with her children. She died at the home of her son Eli, at Olmsted Ohio. September 30, 1849 aged 83 years and was buried at Olmsted, Ohio"

We use the term Township of Olmsted for the area before it was divided into Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township and the Southern part of North Olmsted. The northern part from just west of Columbia Rd east (Coe Property) was part of the Township of Dover.

Next month we will have the Webster Family and find out how we found out they were an early family

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Importance of Photographs with Names

When you are doing genealogy you realize the importance of having photographs with names on them. In some instances any family photographs at all would be nice.  In my case my father loved his polaroid camera. I have a lot of rolled up pictures that are stuck together or the newer camera that the pictures were enclosed under a clear film. The only thing that survived over time was the name written on the end tab the picture faded so bad that it was just barely there. 

On my mother side of the family she came from a broken home and she didn't take photographs. After a couple of years of doing my family tree I received a Ancestry mail from another tree owner who thanked me for my research as it had helped him with his tree. He asked If I would like some pictures of my mothers family. Obviously my answer was yes and gave him my email address.  He started sending me Emails with the information of each photograph. WOW 

There was a photograph of my Grandparents wedding picture. I never saw my maternal grandfather before.  A photo of my mother standing next to her grandmother. and many other pictures of that side of the family. What a priceless gift he gave me.  I will forever be indebted to him and his side of the family. 

While your previous generations are still with you sit down with them and see if there are family photographs. and while they are still here have them put names on as many photographs they have. If a family member passes on don't let them throw out any photographs that they have. If the don't have names on them while the family is together see if they know who they are.  Designate someone young in the family that is interested in history to keep track of the photographs and that they don't get thrown out.
This is the comment that was sent with the first pictures. " I was born in Akron, Ohio and these photos, along with most all of those to follow, came from a old suitcase from my grand parents house after they passed on. My mother rescued it from the "trash pile" on the curb".

We are lucky to have contributors that are sharing their family photographs.

Never before that I know of has a city ever had a family tree.
Your family must have a connection to the Stearns Family to be in the tree.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

The Bush Family

John S Bush was born in Wymondham, England on the 23 of December 1824. We find him next in Eaton Quebec Canada where he marries Alnetta Sunbury daughter of Daniel and Polly (Otis) Sunbury in 1848.  They arrive in America in 1856 and we next find them in the Township of Olmsted in the 1860 Census living next to his parents John and Sarah (Barnes) Bush on Columbia Road.      

In about 1860 John Bush purchased 11 and 1/2 acres of land on Columbia road. He started farming vegetables and selling them off a wagon. The exact date the house was built is not known. The a part of the house might have been there when they bought the property.  John S and Alnetta had three children. Horace Bush was born on the 18th of October 1850 In Quebec. Jennie Bush was born in Quebec on the 6th of January 1855. Their last child is George Bush was born in the Township of Olmsted on the 6th of June 1858.



The house in the early 1900's                                                      The house now
Horace Bush Married Annis Palmer daughter of George W and Melissa (Belle) Palmer on the 12th of July 1872.  They had 7 children who carried on the tradition of truck farming. In a newspaper his daughter remembered when he was selling from his wagon they started crossing the railroad track and noticed a train coming. They crossed the tracks very fast and she remarked that after the baskets spilled that they would be selling tossed salad today  

Jennie Bush Married John Demaline Son of William Dimaline and Adalissa Heston. Over the generations the spelling of the name has changed Most of the current Generation uses the e not the i in their name. They had 2 Children. This part of the family was a connecter of 7 Surnames in the North Olmsted First Families tree.  

George W Bush Married Marie Wicks daughter of Louis and Polly (Scribner) Wicks They had one child

John S, Horace and George W. and their wives were interned in Butternut Ridge Cemetery while Jennie and her husband were interned in Coe Ridge Cemetery.

The family leased land from The Limpert family (where Great Northern Strip is now). They sold a lot of their produce In the market in Cleveland per a daughter of Burt. She said they raised Corn, radishes, Cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes. The produce was originally sold from a wagon in the streets of Lakewood  
You can see all the family connections in the North Olmsted First Families Tree. If you are not a member Of Ancestry.com®  all you need is a Library card and be in the library. The libraries have a Library Edition of Ancestry.com® the North Olmsted branch Has Instructions for NOFF to help you. If you would like to have a set of instructions send a request to buttenutridgecemetery@gmail.com

                                      The original version of a truck farm truck

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

North Olmsted First Families Tree

The North Olmsted First Families Tree or six degrees of separation starting with Capt. Elijah Stearns. Everyone in this Ancestry.com® Family tree has roots to Stearns.

First I have to thank some people that have helped. First My Grandmother who said we were related to the Lincoln family and I laughed. She is old what does she know. Now I’m old, I retired and found time to work on my hobby. I researched my family, no big thing, but sorry I laughed Grandma.

I found Sandi’s Grave and decided to learn more about Butternut Ridge Cemetery and the people who reside there.
I found out there was a book that the West Cuyahoga Genealogical Society worked on for a CG    from Maine that is part of the Hall Family who compiled and setup the book. The book was never published the manuscript (I have a copy) shows an unbelievable amount of research and work that had gone in to it.

The two books by the Southwest Cuyahoga Genealogical Society that compiled the Birth, Marriages and Deaths from the Berea News Papers from 1868 to 1884 a really good research tool for information on the residents of that period. North Olmsted at that time was called Butternut or just the Ridge.

The city of North Olmsted for being patient with me on the time it is taking to enter the miscellanies records  the a database for the two cemeteries. Like Topsy (old comparison) it just keeps growing.  When it is done no other city will have a more comprehensive record of their cemeteries.

Thanks to a Special Collections Librarian from Akron Public Library. She opened my eyes to the fact that one way or another, Digital, or hard cover the manuscript on Butternut has to be published. It is too good a reference to be lost.

Now about the NOFF Tree. It originally started as seven separate trees, Stearns, Thompson, Carpenter, Fitch, Webster, Rice and Coe. It took me a while to figure out they were all one family. Some joined together before they came to Olmsted others joined later. There are over 3000 people in the tree and hundreds of family surnames. It is not finished as I feel it will always be a work in process.

If you want to search the NOFF tree all you need is a Library card and be at a Library that has the Library edition.  North Olmsted Public Library has Ancestry’s Library Edition®   I have given them an instruction manual that will get you to the tree. I will be at the Frostville Winter Market now and through the summer with the instructions and show people how to work with it.  I will help any one with Genealogy Questions and problems.

I forgot one big thank you to God and my Pulmonary doctor for keeping me going so can finish my projects.