Westlake in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Leverett Johnson / Evergreen Cemetery
Westlake’s First Settler /
Leverett Johnson. Born in Connecticut in 1794, Leverett Johnson came to Dover Township with his brother-in-law and sister Asahel and Rebecca Johnson Porter on October 10, 1810. In 1811 at the age of 16, he began clearing land in what is now Westlake. In 1814 he built a log house at Porter and Center Ridge roads for his bride Abigail Cahoon. They raised nine children and lived here the rest of their lives. Johnson was a prominent citizen of Dover Township, serving as a justice of the peace, a township treasurer and trustee, a Cuyahoga County commissioner and a five-term Ohio state legislator, and as the first director of Dover Academy, a local school. Leverett died on April 19, 1856 at home. He donated part of his land for Evergreen Cemetery, where he, Abigail, and many of the pioneers of Westlake are buried.
Evergreen cemetery, located on Center Ridge Road in Westlake west of Porter Road, was founded about 1820 on land donated by Leverett Johnson and several others. The cemetery’s approximately 16 acres is burial place for many of the American pioneers who cleared the land and settled in the area. They
Erected 2011 by City of Westlake and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 103-18.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 41° 25.864′ N, 81° 56.693′ W. Marker is in Westlake, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on Center Ridge Road (U.S. 20) east of Crocker road, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Westlake OH 44145, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Weston House / Sandstone Houses (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Universalist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); North Olmsted Veterans Plaza (approx. 1˝ miles Jack Miner (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Oxcart Library (approx. 1.6 miles away); North Olmsted (approx. 1.8 miles away); Theodore Elijah Burton / Dover Farm (approx. 2.2 miles away); Springvale Ballroom (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Westlake.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 25, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.