Erie County (PA) Genealogy
Conneaut Township Cemeteries
Contributed by Kay Pomeroy
A History of Albion Cemetery
The Albion Cemetery got it's beginning as the resting place of little Ruth R . Jackson, the granddaughter of Lyman Jackson..the founding father of Albion (which was originally named Jackson's Crossroads). Ruth was the daughter of Michael and Ruth Hendryx Jackson. The 14-month old girl died in July of 1832 and the family selected a high ground area on their farm as their cemetery. Little did they know that in just three years, March of 1835, they would be burying their small son, Michael L., beside his sister. He was only 21 months old. Just one week later, grandfather Lyman Jackson was next to be carried to the hill. His wife Deideamia joined them in December of 1841. A year later, Royal Gilbert Jackson, one of the sons of Lyman and Deideamia was buried in June; he was 43 year old. The mother of little Ruth and Michael was laid to rest with her children in October of 1844; her husband did not die until March of 1871. Several other Jackson family members are buried in the orginal part of the cemetery, along with some of the earlier settlement families of the area.
As the cemtery continued to be used for local burials, it was only cared for when services were needed. When Lyman Jackson died in 1835, the property was deeded to the Albion Episcopal Methodist Church, but no true effort was made to maintain the property. The Church had agreed to transfer the cemetery grounds to a Cemetery Association in 1846, but an association was first to be legally formed before the transfer was made. That never happened.
In 1877, William Britton, editor of the Erie County Enterprise Newspaper, criticized the town for the deplorable condition of the cemetery. The Church added more acreage between 1895 and 1898 and finally in 1902 a group of citizens formed the Albion Cemetery association and began a sincere effort to maintain the area and organize records. Capital stock in the cemetery association was sold for $25.00 per share, with only 100 shares sold.
Sometime between 1930 and 1940, the most original records were destroyed and no effort was made to re-establish them. Who was buried where, or who owned what lots was lost.
Much of the records have now been re-written and every lot is now accounted for. Over 2,400 records of persons buried at Albion have been established; the cemetery averages 20 new burials per year; the grounds are very well kept and maintained and this year the cemetery board repaired and re-erected the headstone of Michael Jackson that had been broken many years ago. A statue of a Union Civil War soldier was dedicated in May of 1910 and is located near the only Conferate Soldier buried in Albion (Col. Mark Fortune who died in 1907). Albion also has an "Unknown Soldier" area that is maintained by the Legion Auxiliary.
Several years ago a Catholic section was dedicated and has spaces for 550 graves.
The Cemetery itself is located within Albion Boro, on Route 18 South. From the highest point of the cemetery one has a quite a view of the area west of town.
Arrangements for burials at the Cemetery are made through Brad Swanson, Pres of the Cemetery Board, PO Box 157, Albion PA 16401 PH 814-756-4171.
I (Kay Pomeroy) have been on the Cemetery Board for several years, and with the volunteer work that I also do at the Albion Library, I was aware of the need to have more complete cemetery records established, especially for the genealogical research that goes on. So, I began reading the stones section by section, reading old scrapbooks at the library that contained obituaries, going thru the burial permits that the cemetery board did have, etc....and have compiled a listing of every stone's reading and it's location and as much info about the deceased as possible. I know of 250 people that are, or are supposed to be, buried in Albion and do not have markers and most of them I do know where they are buried. (Some of these will be recent burials that have not had markers set yet). But, I am sure there are probably older graves there, without headstone, that will always be undetected .
I will look up specific names for anyone inquiring of the Albion Cemetery and will send copies of the obits if I have them. I can e-mail info thru the Internet but any copying will have to be reimbursed along with a self-addressed stamped envelope.
PO Box 2
Cranesville PA 16410
Some pictures of the Albion Cemetery and a few listings may be found on Ward Waldo's Albion Cemetery page.
There are also a few user contributed listings for the Albion Cemetery on the Find-A-Grave web site under the listing Albion Cemetery.
This page was last updated on Tuesday, August 28, 2001 .
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