LOCATION: south side of Hood Rd. (TR-130); east of Cook Rd. (TR-107)
CURRENT OWNER: private
ESTIMATED NUMBER OF BURIALS: 1
ONLY KNOWN BURIAL: August 12, 1819 – Isaac J. Pond
PERMANENT PARCEL #: unknown
ORIGINAL LOT#: Lot 53
TOWNSHIP, RANGE: T3N: R14W
As mentioned in W.H. Perrin, J.H. Battle, and W.A. Goodspeed. History of Medina County and Ohio, Chicago: Baskin & Battey, 1881, pg. 386:
“Another of the early deaths of the township, occurred at the raising of a log barn for Giles Barnes, August 12, 1819. Barnes lived on Lot 71, and, in raising a heavy barn, a man named Isaac J. Pond, in taking up a rafter, was killed. He had got up on the house with the rafter, and was standing on the end of the “butting-pole”, when it rolled and he, losing his balance, fell, and the rafter struck him on the head, causing instant death. His little son, Henry N. Pond, was three months old that day, and his mother, the wife of Mr. Pond, on hearing of his sudden death, fainted away. The remains of the deceased were interred the next day, and the bereaved ones had the sincere sympathy of the entire community. The grave was on Lot 53, a little west of where F.A. Abbott lived.”
And from the same on page 381:
“…F.A. Abbott, with his family, came and located on Lot 53, north half, while Augustus Philips settled on the south half of same lot.”
The exact location of this grave today is unknown and finding it would be nearly impossible. The grave was not marked and the area is now more developed and subdivided. Today, the area of Lot 53 can be described as follows: the northwest corner of Lot 53 is the intersection of Cook and Hood roads. Hood Road, running east from that intersection, is the northern boundary of Lot 53. There are a dozen different parcels with frontage on Hood Rd. that could be the location of Pond’s gravesite; ranging anywhere from 3336 Hood Rd. on the western end to 3050 Hood Rd. on the eastern end. The southeast corner of Lot 53 is just a bit north of Granger Rd. The .pdf map here shows Lot 53 as it appears today in Medina County Tax Maps (courtesy of the Medina County Engineer’s website).
More from page 386 of the 1881 Medina County History:
“It is a sad coincidence, that the child, Henry N. Pond, referred to above, was, some thirty years later, then the head of a family of his own, killed by the fall of a dead tree, while at work in his field.”
Henry is buried in the Old Medina Cemetery (Old Town Graveyard) with his wife Mary’s family, the Castles. Not even a month later, his widow would bury their 11 month old daughter Celia beside him.