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Society hosts cemetery tours

Event promotes early history of Howland-area families

HOWLAND — Mineral Ridge resident Marci Buchanan said she often visits other area historical societies to see what they are doing to promote the history of their community.

Buchanan and Linda Ference, both of the Mineral Ridge Historical Society, were among the guests to take tours of historic cemeteries in Howland and Warren hosted by the Howland Historical Society.

Mary Jane Vennitti, president of the Howland society, said the society took vistors on a driving tour, with people able to stop at Pioneer Cemetery off Mahoning Avenue in Warren behind Akron Children’s Hospital pediatric offices, the Seely Cemetery beside Holiday Inn Express in Howland and Howland Township Cemetery off state Route 46 north of Howland Corners.

Each site had a tour guide who provided information on early Howland area families and people buried or interred there.

Vennitti said the William, Ebenezer and James Brown families were among the earliest settlers in Howland who are buried at Howland Township Cemetery. She said Ebenezer Brown owned three large farms on 270 acres near Howland Corners. He was an extensive dealer in livestock. The family introduced the first herd of purebred Holstein cattle in the county.

“The Brown family are among the many early families to live in Howland. There are also many soldiers from the 1800s who are buried there,” she said.

Carole Babyak of the society said the Seely Cemetery, established in 1814, is not as well known as other cemeteries.

“What people commented to me about was they did not even know about the cemetery. They liked seeing new interesting parts of the township,” she said.

Ruth Ann Capito of the society, along with Sarah Moell, curator of collections / research for the Trumbull County Historical Society, took people on tours of the Pioneer Cemetery, which was established in 1804.

Capito said the John Hart Adgate family was the first to settle and build a cabin in the township. His property was where Republic Steel is located today.

She said some of the oldest tombstones are legible, but others are not.

Capito and Vennitti said they had visitors from historical societies in Leavittsurg, Struthers and Mineral Ridge.

Buchanan said she was impressed with all there was to see at the cemeteries and the Yellow House, the home of the Howland Historical Society.

“I had never been on the trail on the hill behind the house. What was inside the house was interesting with the history of the school district, the airport and the hospitals. They had a wide variety of subjects shown. I really enjoyed the museum and the different displays inside,” Buchanan said.

She said she has been busy placing information about the Welsh Baptist Cemetery in Weathersfield online.

Cindee Mines of the Champion Historical Society said a walking tour of Pioneer Cemetery also is planned by the Trumbull County Historical Society with tours at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday for Halloween.

Vennitti said the Howland Historical Society plans to host an open house 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Yellow House, 877 Niles Cortland Road SE.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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