Memorial for Unmarked

This page acts as a temporary memorial for those who do not have headstones or markers in the cemetery but are former Rendville residents / buried in the cemetery. Please feel welcome to use the comments section below to add their names or a short dedication to these people so that they may also be remembered. You may also visit the submit page to send further information.


7 thoughts on “Memorial for Unmarked

  1. Sitting here at the Rendville Cemetery I would like to recognize all of the soliders and veterans buried here. May you continue to Rest In Peace.

    Harry Ivory

  2. My brother, Jerry Ivory, is buried in Rendville Cemetery.

    Jerry was injured in an automobile accident when he was 16, our sophomore year at Corning High School. He was hospitalized for 18 months. He studied while at the hospital with two goals in mind; he was going to walk again and he was graduating with his class.

    Mr. Albert Burger and one other male teacher (can’t remember his name) from Corning came to our house in Rendville twice a week and tutored Jerry so that he could keep up with our class. On the day we graduated from Corning High School, Jerry rolled down the hallway in OSU’s Rehab Center in cap and gown and received his diploma from the nursing staff.

    Medical issues prevented his physically walking again, but did not stop his becoming totally self-sufficient before he died in 1979.

  3. William E. Clark was born in 1857 in Virginia. He married Angelina Clark on the 18th of September, 1877 in Athens County. By 1880, he had migrated to Nelsonville in Athens County where he worked as a coal miner and she kept their house at 19 Chestnut St. They soon welcomed a daughter, Jennie (b. 1880), and a son, Howard V. (b. 1883) into their lives.

    When the couple moved to Rendville in the 1880s, Mr. Clark became active in social issues, serving as the President of the Afro-American League. In this organization, he advocated for the repeal of state laws that allowed for segregation in schools and prohibited racial intermarriage. As the coal industry began to decline in the 1890s with a national economic depression, Mr. Clark became active in the labor movement. In August 9, 1894 letter to the United Mine Workers’ Journal , Mr. Clark asked, “…If other worlds were inhabited? Did they have the same kind of law and government that we have? And my next wonder was, was this world of ours the hell we read about in the good book? If it is not, how can a man stand the punishment twice, and then live through eternity? Monopoly has been against the oppressed of this country… I would ask those of my race…Do you owe any political party a debt of gratitude? I claim not.”

    In 1900, Mrs. Clark passed away, and by 1920, still working as a miner, Mr. Clark remarried to Hulda E. Clark. By 1930, he lived in Zanesville at 434 Keen Street, where he worked as a janitor in a public building. At this house, the Clarks also hosted a lodger, Mr. Caleb Mahungulu, a Fanti-speaking sheet mill worker who had become a naturalized American citizen after emigrating from British West Africa (likely what is now Ghana).

    Mr. Clark died on January 21, 1935 and the following obituary was published in the Zanesville Times Recorder:

    William E. Clark, aged 79 years, colored, died at his home 434 Keen Street at 5 o’clock Monday evening following a three months illness of complications. For many years he made his home in this city. He was a member of the A. M. E. Church of South street, and a member of the Masons Lodge No. 30. Surviving are his wife Hulda E. Clark; two children, Mrs. Jennie Hale, Athens and Howard V. Clark, Grand Rapids, Mich.; one brother Louis Clark, Columbus; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. The body was taken to the Thompson & Son funeral home in White Cottage, Ohio and will be returned to the residence Tuesday afternoon, Funeral services will be conducted at 1 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the A.M E. church. Rev. C. A. Graine the pastor, will be in charge. Burial will be at Rendville. The Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio Tuesday, January 22, 1935

    This post was created using information from the Clark’s marriage certificate, federal censuses, and the article “The Story of Rendville: An Interracial Quest for Community in the Post-Civil War Era” by Charles H. Nelson (1996). It can be found here:

  4. TY for your info. I have William born April 28 1857. Angelina Norman Aug 7 1859-May 23 1900, daughter of Jesse Norman and Nancy Stephens. Hulda Eliza Simpson July 18 1869-Sept 2 1962, daughter of Meshach Michael Simpson and Martha Guy. They married Dec 31 1912 in Saginaw, MI. I am distantly related to all of them and have a tree at I also have two articles: Fire caused heavy damage to home of Mrs. Hulda Clark 1036 Keen St. She was sitting in her dining room when the blaze broke out, saw puff of smoke from basement. ‘She jumped to her feet just as a flame shot through the floor where she was sitting. She attempted to quench the blaze but it spread quickly. She sought the aid of neighbors who summoned city fireman.’ newspaper 1965 ‘Administrator’s Sale The undersigned will offer for sale at public auction on Thursday Feb 25 1965 at 6:30 pm at Prophets Park on Jonathan Creek, the personal property of Hulda Elizabeth Clark, deceased, consisting of furniture and household items, some of which are antique.’

  5. Thank you for your work. My 2nd GG George Marshall, a Scottish immigrant miner, likely died in Rendville in 1889. Although he is not listed I will continue to research.

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