THE MAHONING COUNTY CHAPTER OGS
ROLL of HONOR
THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO THOSE AMERICANS
WHO SERVED THEIR COUNTRY LIVED IN MAHONING COUNTY
BEFORE THE WORLD WARS
Information was taken from the following Sources
GRAVE REGISTRATION CARDS
A series of card files in the offices of the County Recorder, Mahoning County courthouse, Youngstown, Ohio, contain information on the burials of known war veterans—from the Revolution thru the Vietnam War and beyond. The cards are arranged alphabetically under the names of the cemeteries in which the veterans are buried.
The original file was compiled by the WPA in the 1930s and is kept current by periodically adding lists of veterans' deaths sent from the Ohio Department of Health in Columbus. Data on the cards varies, depending on the time period. Current cards have dates of birth and burial, branch of service, and grave location. Older cards also include places of birth and death, sometimes the cause of death and/or the next of kin, and details of military service. All information on the cards is included here.
The files are not complete, of course, especially for veterans of early wars. Some veterans whose tombstone inscriptions attest to military service are not represented in the files. Many of the dates given do not match the inscriptions on the stones; and in cases where the dates obviously came from the stone, the inscription was sometimes read incorrectly. On the other hand, there are complete dates of birth and death/burial for many recent veterans whose stones bear only year dates. There are a number of those elusive places of birth; and occasionally the source of the information is given.
GEORGE W. WASHBURN’S NOTEBOOK
Entries marked with an asterisk [*], prior to page numbers, are from George W. Washburn’s notebook. A member of the GAR [Grand Army of the Republic], Mr. Washburn kept a small notebook of the locations of the burial sites of Civil War Soldiers in Mahoning County. Oak Hill has a Xerox copy of the notebook. He also listed a few veterans of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Spanish American War. Sometimes he gave the soldier’s age and his rank. There are a few errors, so they should be checked with other records.
HENRY BALDWIN’S INSCRIPTIONS
In the early years of the last century Henry R. Baldwin, local historian and Revolutionary War enthusiast, copied tombstone inscriptions in most of the area cemeteries. Since he was interested in the possibility of Revolutionary service, he concentrated on the oldest stones, usually including the wives and those he felt might be sons of Revolutionary soldiers. He was especially apt to copy wives and sons if the stone for the husband was not there. We can be grateful that the stones he did copy were the old ones which are either missing or have become more worn and difficult to read in the nearly ninety years since Mr. Baldwin was traveling around the countryside in his horse and buggy.
His copying was quite accurate, though please note that he usually gives a birth year figured from the death date and age. In nearly all instances this birth year does not actually appear on the stone. He usually identifies a woman as the wife of someone, but this is not always on the stone. Mr. Baldwin is also inclined to give a surname the common spelling regardless of the spelling on the stone, i.e. Fink for Finck, Miller for Müller, etc. Henry Baldwin was the registrar for the local Sons of the Revolutionary War (SAR) chapter, hence his interest and the margin notes so often provided within his records
Comments such as "Revolutionary Soldier" or "Captain, War of 1812" are nearly always Mr. Baldwin’s own. In most instances, if he cited the Pennsylvania Archives to show possible Revolutionary service, remember that this simply means a person of that name rendered that service and corroborating evidence is needed to show it was for this particular man.
The manuscript records of Henry Baldwin are available at the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, 305 Wick Avenue, Youngstown Ohio. The cemetery records were typed by staff some fifty years ago and an index prepared for them, as well as for Mr. Baldwin’s ledgers. These records have been photocopied by the Genealogy Section of the Fort Wayne Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana, and may also be consulted there.