“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Erie Street Cemetery

Erie Street Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 12, 2017
1. Erie Street Cemetery Marker
Side A
Inscription.  Side A
In 1826, when Cleveland's first cemetery closed, Cleveland village trustees paid Leonard Case Sr. one dollar for eight acres of land and dedicated it as the Erie Street Cemetery. Built on what became prime property, the cemetery touched off a century long struggle between residents and local government. In 1836, trustees allotted space in the cemetery for a gunpowder magazine and a poorhouse infirmary. Angry heirs of the original lot owners claimed infringement of covenant and sued Cleveland, but lost. During the early 1900s Mayor Tom Johnson's administration tried to take back cemetery land and failed. Later pressure from the Pioneers' Memorial Association and City Manager William Hopkins caused the planned Lorain Carnegie Bridge to avoid Erie Street Cemetery. Struggles to confiscate land ended, but the city neglected the cemetery. In 1939, The Early Settler's Association restored the cemetery and erected a stone wall around it. (continued on other side)

Side B
(continued from other side) There are a number of notable people buried in the Erie Street Cemetery. Revolutionary War soldiers Gamaliel Fenton
Erie Street Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 12, 2017
2. Erie Street Cemetery Marker
Side B
and Asahel Tuttle and Native Americans Chief Joc-O-Sot (Sauk) and Chief Thunderwater (Oghema) were interred here. Cleveland mayors Joshua Mills (1838-1840 and 1842-1843) and John W. Allen (1841-1842) were laid to rest here as were members of the first family in Cleveland Lorenzo and Rebecca Carter. Minerva White, who died in 1827, was the first to be buried in the cemetery. John Malvin, a freed slave, activist in the Underground Railroad, and canal boat operator was buried here. He and his wife Harriet were charter members of the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland and prevented the church from becoming segregated. There is also an unmarked common grave for victims of the 1847 Griffith Disaster and a marked common grave for several victims of the 1916 (crib #5) waterworks tunnel explosion.
Erected 2009 by Ohio Cemetery Alliance, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 90-18.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 41° 29.811′ N, 81° 41.013′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County.
Erie Street Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mike Wintermantel, April 12, 2017
3. Erie Street Cemetery
Marker is to the right of the gate
Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2254 E 9th Street, Cleveland OH 44115, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Unknown Early Settlers (within shouting distance of this marker); Chief Joc-O-Sot (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Those Whose Bodies Were Moved From Ontario Street Cemetry to Erie Street Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Cleveland Grays (approx. 0.2 miles away); Detective Martin J. McFadden (approx. ¼ mile away); 'Abdu'l-Bahá and the Bahá'í Faith (approx. ¼ mile away); Cleveland Theater District (approx. ¼ mile away); The Arcade (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 12, 2017. It was originally submitted on April 12, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2017, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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