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St. Mary Cemetery

Last update 11-Jun-2003 08:50 AM

Located: in Tiffin on SR 18 and TR 13 just east of town on south side of road to see this on a map CLICK HERE
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From: "St. Mary Church Cemetery, Rules and Regulations, Tiffin, Ohio"  (no publish date found in brochure)

"In August 1829, on his return from a missionary tour to Green Bay, Wisconsin, Bishop Fenwick found that the number of Catholics in the Tiffin area had increased considerably.  The people's desire for the establishment of a parish being so great, he met with Josiah Hedges, the founder of Tiffin, and purchased from him an acre of land to be used for a catholic church and cemetery.  The first burying ground was located on the southeast corner of Madison street, at the rear of the Ursuline Convent (the site of Calvert high school ) adjoining the present Hedges park.  At that time, and for many years afterwards, it was a public cemetery.  During the pastorate of Father Tschenhens, on the flyleaf of the Register of Baptisms and Marriages, we find this inscription written in Latin : "On the sixth day of January, in the year of our Lord 1837, the church and cemetery of Tiffin were blessed by me, the undersigned, with due authority." The old cemetery adjoining the first church on Madison street having been filled, the purchase of a new cemetery became a necessity.  In 1878, the Father Healy purchased from Michael Kuhn five acres of land on South Greenfield road.  The purchase price was $1,500.00, which at that time was considered a high price for farmland.  It was an excellent selection from the viewpoint of the character of the soil, which is sandy, and slopes north and south, making for good drainage.  It was surveyed and laid out by Patrick H. Ryan in August, 1878, and has been used by the parish since that time.  Is situated in Clinton township, in Seneca County.  Due to the aforementioned cemetery lacking enough grave sites to accommodate the growing parish's needs, it was pertinent than additional land be purchased.  A cemetery survey, conducted among the parishioners, reveal that they strongly favored purchasing land immediately adjacent to the present cemetery.  In 1993, Rev. Frank A Murd, pastor, approached Lance Osmon, owner of the property east of the cemetery, regarding the purchase of his parcels of land adjoining our cemetery.  It was during this transaction that Mr. Osmon died.  The Court then appointed his wife, Janet Osmon, as executor of his estate.  Mrs. Osmon sold Saint Mary church 7 acres of land at a price of $8,500.00 per acre.  Property, title, attorney fees, surveying, recorder fees, etc. totaled $60,545.81.  The new addition to Saint Mary cemetery was dedicated and blessed by the most Rev.James R. Hoffman, Bishop of the Toledo Diocese, on September 24, 1995."


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