Otherwise known as "Gore Cemetery," or "Gore Orphanage Cemetery."  With a name like that, could this be the mysterious "abandoned cemetery" believed to be located back from the Swift Mansion ruins?  Probably not.  The cemetery gets its common name from the street on which it is located--Gore Orphanage Road.  Interestingly, the Swift Family's children are buried here.  Their graves are featured on the Swift's Hollow page

 

 

Much genealogical information on this cemetery was thankfully found in the book, Cemetery Inscriptions of Lorain County, Ohio 1980, out of print but reprinted on the Lorain County Cemeteries website.   There are no public driveways here--the cemetery is accessible only by foot.

Andress Cemetery was established in 1822. Approximately 100 people are buried here, yet less than half of the tombstones are still standing.  What became of the rest of the tombstones?  We later learned the grisly results when venturing further along.

 

Part of the Andress Family Plot.  Here, the graves of Ruluf Andress, who died in 1849 at the age of 75, and his wife Azubah, who passed in 1832 at age 55.

 

The Haynes Family:    Elijah S. Haynes, who died in 1866; his first wife, Elizabeth, who died in 1839 at the age of 27; his son, Eber, who died in 1856 at the age of 4; and his son Seymour, who died in 1862 at the age of 11.

 

 

The fallen marker of James Nicholson, 4 years-old, who died in August 12, 1851.

 

Still legible and beautifully-carved tombstone of Simeon Duran, who died on May 25th, 1832 at the age of 64.

 

And what of the "missing" tombstones?  Below, the shocking discovery--these tombstones were found strewn along the side border of the cemetery, just above a ravine.   We also found what are believed to be more tombstones lying on the ground on private property across the street.

 

More tombstone rubble.

 

More piles of tombstones.  The marker at the top of this heap--still legible--belongs to Smith Hancock, who died on June 20, 1831 and one month shy of his 32nd birthday.