About a week ago I headed to Riverside Cemetery in Troy, Ohio with my wife and son. I wanted to look at (and take pictures of!) some graves of my ancestors.
The particular graves I was looking for were the graves of my great-grandfather H. Robert Smith and Thelma Smith, his wife (but not my biological great-grandfather).
The reason I wanted to visit the graves for these two people was two-fold: I knew them when they were still alive, and I had visited the graves many years ago when I was still a teenager.
There was just one issue last week when we visited: I didn’t know exactly where the graves where! With over 16,000 memorials, at least according to the Riverside Cemetery on Find A Grave, finding the exact sites seemed impossible.
From what I remember when I visited as a teen (keep in mind I’m 35 now, so this is at least 15 years ago) is that the site was next to a road - perhaps one of the internal roads?
So we drove around the cemetery looking at the graves. Curiously, even though Smith is supposed to be a common name, we didn’t see any tombstones with Smith on them.
So, we were making one last pass through the cemetery when I noticed this huge marker:
In case someone else wants to find these plots, here’s there approximate location on a map of Riverside Cemetery:
The Location of the Smith Headstone
I found the following gravesites around the larger Smith Headstone:
- Howard Robert Smith, my great-grandfather
- Thelma M Smith, my step-great-grandmother
- Benjamin Franklin Smith, my great-great-great-grandfather
- Alice C Smith, my great-great-great-grandmother
- Murray Smith, my great-great-great-uncle
- Cory E Smith, my great-great-great-uncle
- Anne R Smith, the wife of Cory E Smith
Not to disappoint, I did take pictures of each headstone. I uploaded the photos to Find A Grave (you can see them on the photo section of my user profile), but I’ll also display them here:
Thelma M (1915 - ) and H Robert Smith (1909 - 1992)
Thelma died in 2008. I asked my mom if she was buried here. My mom wasn’t sure since Thelma was cremated, but she said she thought the ashes were buried here.
Murray Smith 1891 - 1955
Cory E Smith 1892 - 1972
B F Smith 1855 - 1931
“B F” stands for Benjamin Franklin. There are actually a few people named “Benjamin Franklin Smith” in my family tree, all in close relation.
Anne R Smith 1892 - 1961
Alice C Smith 1859 - 1936
If you’re wondering how exactly all these people are related to me, here’s a little diagram I made:
How everyone buried here is related to me.
I’ll have to head back sometime to see if I can figure out where their graves are located.