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Leverett Johnson / Evergreen Cemetery

Westlake’s First Settler /                                                        

 
 
Leverett Johnson side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
1. Leverett Johnson side of marker
Inscription.  
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
Evergreen Cemetery side of marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
2. Evergreen Cemetery side of marker
include Asher and Lydia Cooley; Jedediah, Sarah and Noah Crocker; Daniel Follett; Rial Holden; Leverett and Abigail Johnson; Ebenezer, Aurelia, Nehemiah, Rebekah, Wells and Philena Porter; Abner, Rebecca, Isaac, Betsey, John and Jonathan Smith: Amos, Dorcas, Hannah, Amos R. and Ruth Sperry; Joseph and Jane Stocking; and Jasher, John and Abigail Taylor. Owned and maintained by the city of Westlake, Evergreen Cemetery has had more than 3,800 interments as of 2011.
 
Erected 2011 by City of Westlake and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 103-18.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
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 away); Jack Miner (approx. 1˝ miles
Johnson Gravestones and this Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
3. Johnson Gravestones and this Marker
From left, Nancy J., their daughter; Abigail, his wife; and Leverett Johnson.
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.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
 
Leverett Johnson (1794–1856) image. Click for full size.
April 6, 2019
4. Leverett Johnson (1794–1856)
Closeup of image embedded in the historical marker.
An Early Spring View of Evergreen Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 6, 2019
5. An Early Spring View of Evergreen Cemetery
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on May 25, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 24, 2019, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. 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.
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