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Crown Hill Cemetery
Akron, Summit County, Ohio

Glendale Cemetery, Akron, OH

GPS: 41.083905, -81.529034

150 Glendale Ave
Akron, OH 44302

Last edited: May 9, 2016
Total records: 1


Glendale Cemetery was founded in 1839 by Dr. J.D. Commins. Jedediah Commins, who established Akron's first drug store on South Main Street, founded Glendale Cemetery in 1839. On Friday, October 27, 1837, his son Augustus died after a short illness. Feeling that Akron had no suitable burial grounds, Dr. Commins kept his son's remains at home in a cask of alcohol for over a year.

During the summer of 1838, Commins visited Mount Auburn Cemetery in Boston with the idea of selecting a pattern for a tomb. After gazing at the cemetery's beauty, Commins realized that a similar cemetery could be formed in Akron. When Commins returned to Akron, he was pleased to hear that he was not the only one who wanted a suitable burial ground. At an informal meeting of citizens in the autumn of 1838, Commins was picked to draw up a charter "for the purpose of incorporating a cemetery for the purpose of establishing a rural cemetery." A petition was also drawn by Commins and was presented to the State Legislature on January 10, 1839, for the State Legislature was required to legalize any associations. On March 18, 1839, the charter drawn by Commins was granted by the state of Ohio, and the Akron Rural Cemetery Association was formed.

The Akron Rural Cemetery Association, more commonly known as Glendale Cemetery, was established by an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Ohio on March 18, 1839. Glendale was the first such chartered cemetery in Ohio (third in the Nation) and it has continuously operated by The Proprietors (Board of Trustees), as a not-for-profit, Ohio corporation, whose sole purpose is the perpetual care of the dead.

Cemetery Records

This is not a complete listing of burials in this cemetery. The records below were provided by contributors to Interment.net.

Contributor's Index:

  • [CWGC] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Stewart, George S., d. Jun 18 1919, Second Lieutenant, Royal Air Force, Masonic Lot. S."O.", [CWGC]

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