It’s the latest in our “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” series — today we look at Mansfield Cemetery, which sits in the city of Mansfield a bit south and east of downtown.
For other entries in this series, click here.
First purchase: 20 acres from Benjamin Johns
Articles of Association – Drawn up in 1847
First internment — 1847
Owner — Mansfield Cemetery Association
Includes — Hebrew Cemetery, Potter’s Field, Old County Burial Ground
Current size – Over 380 acres
Historic marker — True Meridian Marker, original from 1866
Water system first installed — 1900; the Mansfield News Journal reported that “The water has been piped to all parts of the city of the dead.”
Well-known internments (among others) – click on any for biographical information on 1812Blockhouse or elsewhere:
- Harold Arlin, Sportscaster/Educator
- Modecai Bartley, Governor of Ohio
- Thomas Bartley, Governor of Ohio
- Robert Henry Bentley, Brevet Brigadeer General
- Jacob Brinkerhoff, US Congressman
- Roeliff Brinkerhoff, Brevet Brigadeer General
- George Washington Geddes, US Congreessmet
- Michael Daniel Harter, US Congressman
- Joseph Snively Hedges, Civil War US Medal of Honor Recipient
- Wilbur “Pete” Henry, Professional football player
- William Johnston, US Congressman
- Winfield Scott Kerr. US Congressman
- Mary Alice Norton, Science Fiction Author
- William Patterson, US Congressman
- John Sherman, US Senator, Presidential Cabinet Secretary. Sherman’s monument, the largest in the cemetery as of that date, was chosen through a competition with submissions from firms in Washington, D.C., Detroit, New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Cleveland — and a Mansfield firm, which was selected for the project. The stone sits on a 12 ton base, weighs 30 tons, and is of granite from Westerly, Rhode Island.
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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About, Mansfield History