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- Pine Ridge Cemetery History -


Pine Ridge was founded in 1858 by {Judge James Birney}. It was the first organized cemetery to formerly handle and fully document burials.

Up until this time, the only burial grounds on the east side of the river was {Potters' Field} located south of Columbus Ave., between Saginaw St and Washington Ave. The only other cemetery was on west side, a burial grounds furnished by the Drake Brothers mill, which later years became the present Oak Ridge Cemetery on Henry Street.

After Judge Birney's death in 1888 his family continued ownership of the cemetery until 1900, when it was sold it to {George W. Ames}. In 1899 {Charles C. Cuthbert} became superintendent and sexton of the cemetery. After Amers died in 1931 Cuthbert continued his position at the cemetery until his death in 1952. Subsequently, the cemetery has remained abandoned except for the efforts of different voluteer groups over the years who have labored to this historical cemetery from vanishing.

Available Historical Biographies:

Names:
- AMES, George W. (1852-1931) - Last owner, b. Albion, NY
- BARNEY, Cromwell (1807-1851) - Burial, b. Swansea, MA
- BENSON, Samuel (1832-1889) - Burial, b. Hillsdale Co., MI
- BIRNEY, James (1817-1888) - Founder, b. Danville, KY
- BLIGH, Theodore (1830-1866) - Burial, b. Sherburne, NY
- BLIGH (FAY), Cleora M. (1832-1882) - Burial, b. Hampton, NY
- BRADLEY, Nathan B. (1831-1906) - Removed, b. Lee, MA
- CARNEY, Thomas (1815-1895) - Burial, b. Landsport, England
- CATLIN, Elijah (1824-1902) - Burial, b. Schuyler, NY
- CULVER, Leman L. (1831-1909) - Burial, b. Simcoe, Canada
- CUTHBERT, Charles (1879-1952) - Sexton, b. Bay City, MI
- DAGLISH, Wm. Dr. (1828-1882) - Doctor b. London, Eng.
- FISHER, CHARLES D. Mrs. (?-1912) - Burial, b. Vermont
- FRASER, Elizabeth (1817-1858) - Burial, b. London, England
- GILBERT, Harvey Dr. (1846-1920) - Burial, b. Simcoe, Ontario
- GORDON, James (1844-1933) - Burial, b. Ohio
- HOGLE, James S. (1850-1907) - Burial, b. Ohio
- HOGLE, James W. (1812-1872) - Burial, b. Vermont
- JEWELL, Leonard (1815-1886) - Burial, b. New York
- KITTREDGE, Mose H. (1846-1903) - Burial, b. St. Johnsbury, VT
- MAXSON, William (1837-1922) - Burial, b. New York
- McCORMICK, James (1787-1846) - Burial, b. Albany, NY
- McCORMICK, James J. (1817-1892) - Burial, b. Albany, NY
- McEWAN, William (1823-1887) - Burial, b. Glasgow, Scotland
- NEWKIRK, Charles T. Dr. (1842-1909) - Burial, b. Norfolk Co. Canada
- PADLEY, Richard (1824-1903) - Burial, b. Lincolnsshire, Eng.
- PHILLIPS, Theodore C. (1832-1885) - Burial, b. Novi, MI
- ROYCE, Joshua J. (1845-1930) - Burial, b. New York State
- SEAMAN, George 1827-1899) - Sexton, b. New York
- SINCLAIR, Alfred G. (1831-1904) - Burial, b. Columbiana Co., OH
- SINCLAIR (BARNEY), Mary (1838-1880) - Burial, b. Bay City, MI
- VAN KLEECK, James (1846-1923) - Burial, b. Exeter, MI
- WALTON, Andres J. (1829-1886) - Burial, Saybrook, OH
- WELLMAN, George A. (1858-1892) - Burial, b. Bayfield, Ont., Canada
- WILSON, John S. Capt. (1804-1879) - Burial, b. Jefferson Co., NY

-- See Bay-Journal.com {Pine Ridge Cemetery History}