The Mentor Cemetery’s updated records system now makes it possible for the public to search our cemetery records.
Click on this link and you will be taken to a screen where you can enter an individual’s name; hit enter or the search icon. If the person is interred in the Mentor Municipal Cemetery, the results will show their Name, Date of Birth, Date of Death, Date of Interment, and Location and Place of Death — if known.
There is also a map icon that users can click on that shows an overall map of the cemetery. It allows you to click on the section that the grave is located in to get a better idea of the section layout. The maps can also be printed.
We hope you will find this feature of benefit. We are constantly looking for solutions that provide value and more efficient service to our residents.
Cemetery Dates to 1854
In a 1954 interview with the “Painesville Telegraph,” long-time resident Jeannette Munson recalled her father telling her when many of the early Mentor residents returned to visit their former homes in New England, they noticed that the church yard burial plots were somewhat neglected and overgrown with briers. Since the forward looking settlers didn’t want this same situation to happen in Mentor, they began thinking about creating a cemetery that would be kept up.
And so, in 1854 a Cemetery Association was established to purchase ten acres of land situated in the Jackson lot and lying on the road from Amasa Cobb’s corners to David Hopkins’ corners for the consideration of Four Hundred Dollars. Amasa Cobb, who died on March 16, 1855, was the first to be buried there.
Prior to 1854, the burial site was located on property deeded to the schools at Mentor Avenue and Center Street. In 1858 and 1859, William S. Kerr, the Treasurer of the Village School Board, was instructed to pay residents for lots they owned on this property. The plan was to move the burying grounds to the new Mentor Cemetery, which allowed the School Board to build a two-story brick schoolhouse on the site of the former burying grounds.
Today, the Mentor Cemetery consists of about 60 acres with half currently developed. If you are interested in more information, contact Laura Trost, Cemetery Clerk at (440) 974-5733.