After being trapped in the house with (thankfully) a light case of the flu and the snowy, frigid weather, my dog and I went for a walk at Greenlawn Cemetery in Portsmouth, OH. Dogs are not allowed in the cemetery, so we enjoyed walking along the outside of the fence and watching the sun go down. It was a lovely 60 degrees and it was so nice to feel a little sun! These shots are taken outside the bounds of Greenlawn; the beautiful fence encloses the resting places of above 23,400 souls.
My son and I routinely go on wandering drives; we call them, "which way? right or left?" The purpose is to get hopelessly lost and happen upon interesting things. Today we drove past several old cemeteries; even with the small amount of snow, my little car was still unable to get into them. But, we were able to go briefly go into Givens Chapel Cemetery in Pike County, OH. A cemetery with above 600 graves (according to FindAGrave), it has both recent and old burials; one I saw was dated 1842. It was 17 degrees and painfully cold, so unfortunately we were not able to stay long, but I plan to go back, as I want to spend some time with the old stones there, as well as find the other cemeteries I could not stop at today.
Happy New Year to all and be safe.
Hello and welcome to my first post! Today I visited Kinneys Family Cemetery in Portsmouth, OH. While I type this, my fingers are still trying to regain flexibility, as it was about 19 degrees when I was at the cemetery this morning. Kinneys Cemetery is located in Scioto County, OH, and is one of the few cemetery sites situated within the bounds of the city. Named after a prominent family in the history of Portsmouth, the Kinneys Family Cemetery holds the graves of more than 50 family and non-family individuals, but it is hard to get an accurate number, as I believe there are many graves where the stones have fallen and are sunken under the detritus and dirt. Today, I added 20 new memorials to FindAGrave, but there are many, many more that need to be added, perhaps on a warmer day.
There are at least three veterans buried at Kinneys; I believe there are more. John Clingman and Uriah Barber have Revolutionary War veteran markers, as well as William Hall, a War of 1812 veteran I cataloged today. John Clingman, I believe, may have been brother-in-law to Aaron Kinney, who was married to Mary Clingman Kinney. Aaron and Mary were parents to several children, one of which was Col. Peter Kinney, who is buried at Greenlawn in Portsmouth and, among other things, contributed greatly to the creation of Greenlawn. The photograph below showing the plaque in the brick wall is outside to the left of the opening to the main-enclosed part of the cemetery.
Below, I uploaded a couple videos of the site to show the scope and condition of the cemetery. The 1810 house is show below, also, which was the homestead of Aaron and Mary, who are buried at the Kinneys Family Cemetery. The house sits down Waller Street from the cemetery; the historical marker pictured below rests outside the house. The sign pictured below is at the roadside, with the path winding uphill between houses to the brick wall -enclosed cemetery site.
Please feel free to contribute any history or anecdotes regarding this site; it is one of my favorites and my goal is to have it cataloged in FindAGrave to the best of my ability. Thank you for your support and stay warm! Time for more coffee!