Middle Bass Cemetery

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Middle Bass Island
Put-in-Bay Twp.
Ottawa County

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For those that are perhaps seeing these transcriptions for the first time, the transcriptions may give on first glance, the appearance of a great many typos, so I feel obligated to explain that the abundance of y, m, and d represent abbreviations for year, month and day. Although you will find most engravers follow similar patterns, it seems there are several different abbreviations used to represent these three time terms including: y, yr, yrs, yr's & years; m. mo, mos, mo's, and months; d. da, das, da's, and days and on rare occasions, h, hr, hrs, hr's, and hours. I tend not to use commas except to separate surname from given name, given name from date, except where found on actual inscription, same goes for the [.] (period). When you see the symbol [_] (underscore), I use it to represent missing or unreadable letters, or if a lot of letters are unreadable I may express it by several periods, such as Jos...h . Sometimes you will find raised letters such as "c" in surnames such as in McClain, or if the engraver added smaller letters that were left out and added later, when I encounter them, tend to express them, when possible, as found on the stone. Sometimes engravers will use the latin term Æ or æ, this is just a term that generally replaces the word "aged". One last comment, all actual text found engraved, will come first in bold text. All comments, observations, personal knowledge remarks added by submitter, concerning an individual, but not inscribed on stone, will then proceed in regular text. ~R.M.Sizelove~
Wish to thank Susie Cooper of Put-in-Bay and the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, for her kindness in providing me with a copy of older cemetery transcriptions, that were made in about 1975. Use of this report will be only to provide more complete data where the data is now missing or worn and no longer readable. My purpose of including this is only to assist in making sure these ancestral loved ones are not forgotten. Reference of this material titled "Gravestone Inscriptions From Middle Bass Cemetery" will be indicated by the use of [* ]symbol.

These tombstone photos have been generously donated by Robert M. Sizelove, Sr., on 22 June, 2007.
This cemetery is located behind the red Middle Bass Island school house. This well kept cemetery is surrounded by high chainlink fence in good repair. The entrance gate is located about 200 feet down the side street across from the ballpark. It's township owned and appears to still be actively used. On first visit, I would estimate this cemetery to have been established for this purpose in the mid 1850's. I wonder if the school might have first been a church. My readings here are only partial, but hope to return and completely transcribe later this year, and get them in a proper list associated with rows.

The most recent update to this page made on 27 June, 2007.

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Beer, Dolly V., Mar. 21, 1917 - June 24, 1984
Bretz, Margaret, 1865 - 1936; Edward, 1872 - 1954
Cmelch, Albert E., [*Private] Ohio U.S. Army, World War I, May 14, 1893 - Jun 24, 1974 WWI Veteran
Fischer, Dorothy M., Hotchkiss, 1912 - 1990
Fischer, Frank A., 1864 - 1951 -Father- WWI Veteran Medal
Fischer, Ruth, 1896 - 1987; Rudolph, 1896 - 1975
Ford, Robert Patton, Sep. 3, 1909 - June 15, 2005; Evelyn Mae, his wife
Frambes, Harry S., born Oct. 4, 1869, died Dec. 7, 1933
Goetz, Ruth Ann, Feb. 6, 1940 - Oct. 1, 2005
Heise, Anna M., 1873 - 1951
Heise, John C., 1866 - 1942
Heise, Mary, 1831 - 1912 -Mother- Probable wife of Charles Heise.
Heise, Charles, 1829 - 1905 -Father-
Heise, Infant son of J & A. Heise, Feb. 2, 1914 Probable son of John & Anna Heise.
Heise, Hazel Anna, January 5, 1893 - March 11, 1980
Hinckley, Shirley, 1933 - 1936
Kaphengst, Charles E., 1842 - 1906 -Father-; Sophia (Danke), 1846 - 1929 -Mother-; Henry, 1884 - 1911, -Son-
Kuemmel, Anna E., 1887 - 1979 -Mother-
Kuemmel, J. Wm. 1886 - 1949 -Father-
Lonz, Peter F., 1857 - 1955, -Father-
Lonz, Maggie, 1862 - 1931 -Mother-
Lonz, Cora R., 1884 - 1903
Maier, Rosa M., 1870 - 1944 -Mother-
Maier, Irma B., 1901 - 1980 -Daughter-
Messenburg, Bernard W., 1925 - 1926
Müller, Joseph, Gest, Jun 24, 1884, Alter 61j 3m
Nicolaisen, Mary, born Oct. 22, 1885, died Jan. 10, 1887
Petersen, Ingwert, born June 29, 1847, died Oct. 15, 1901 -Father-
Petersen, Christina, born Oct. 21, 1879, died May 19, 1899 -Daughter-
Pinta, Roger J., Sept. 25, 1947 - __, Lieutenant Commander, SC, United States Navy (Ret.), Vietnam & Desert Storm -Husband-; Deborah E., May 1, 1959, Storkeeper, First Class, United States Navy, Desert Storm, -Wife- Both War Veterans.
Rehberg, George, son of Harry & Barbara Rehberg, born Dec. 17, 1872, died Nov. 12, 188_ [*1887]
Rehberg, John H., Geb. 15 Jan. 1827, Gest, 4 Mar. 1888, Alter, 61j 3m 19t
Rehberg, Sophia, his wife, 1825 - 1900 Sophia, wife of John H. Rehberg.
Rehberg, Augusta, wife of Edward Rehberg, 1878 - 1904
Richardson, Maclin E. "Mac", 1930 - 2005
Schrenk, Frederick J., Mar. 25, 1917 - Nov. 23, 2000; Mary Evelyn (Wainscott), Oct. 11, 1924 - __
Schrenk, Thomas J., May 29, 1954 - May 29, 1954 -In God's Care-
Siegrist, John, died Jan. 5, 1882 aged 56y 8m 2d
Siegrist, Margaretta, died Jan. 30, 1893, aged 62y 5m 5d
Siegrist, Anna, daug. of John & Margaretta Siegrist, geboren, 20 Aug. 1867, gestorben, 2 Sept. 1868 Stone very worn, difficult to transcribe.
Tons, Anna, _hefrau von E. Tons, Gest. Mai 20, 1892, Alter, 20j 10m 20t [died May 20, 1892, aged 20y 10m 20d]
Verhoff, Jefferey R., Aug. 23, 1968 - Feb. 9, 1986
Wherle, A., born Dec. 8, 1831, died Jan. 12, 1896
Wolf, Arthur W., Mar./Apr. 11, 1941 - Jan. 14, 1986 SN US Navy
Wolfe, Regina A., 1930 - _; Frederick M., 1923 - 2002
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