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Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit, MI

Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit, MI

Michelle Metzger (View posts)
Posted: 21 Jan 2004 4:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Jun 2009 12:38AM GMT
This is probably a long shot but, I have many family members buried in this cemetery including my grandmother. I live in Oklahoma and have heard the neighborhood is too dangerous to even visit there. I was wondering if anyone has ever transcribed this cemetery, taken photos maybe? Is it still taken care of? I have written to the cemetery but, all I get is the standard "there are too many people buried here for us to look them up." If anyone has any information I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you.

Re: Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit, MI

Posted: 23 Jan 2004 9:35AM GMT
Classification: Query
Michelle,
This is one of the oldest cemeteries in Detroit. I've never been to it but some of them never kept accurate records and won't do look ups for mail inquiries.
If you'll email me the names and dod's of those you're looking for I'll see if I can get any info for you.
Rick;
rickster45mi@hotmail.com

Re: Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit, MI

Posted: 28 Jan 2004 11:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 29 Dec 2005 6:52PM GMT
HELLO

I WAS GOING THROUGH THE MESSAGES AND I LIVE IN WARREN JUST ABOUT 10 MILES FROM THE CEMETERY YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. I HAVE MY GRANDPARENTS BURIED THERE AND VISIT THEIR GRAVES ABOUT TWICE A YEAR WITH OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. DETROIT WAS ONCE A GREAT CITY AND YES IT HAS RUN DOWN QUITE A BIT BUT THE CITY AIRPORT IS RIGHT BEHIND THE CEMETERY. NEXT TIME I GO WHICH WILL BE IN THE SPRING I CAN LOOK UP YOUR FAMILY AT THE CEMETERY. I HAVE A DIGITAL CAMERA SO I CAN EMAIL THE PICTURES TO YOU. IT IS OFF OF GRATIOT AND OUTER DRIVE ROADS I WILL GET YOU AN ADDRESS IF YOU GIVE ME YOUR EMAIL. MY EMAIL ADDY IIS sylverwulff@comcast.net I AM NO LONGER WITH EATHLINK. LET ME KNOW IF I CAN HELP YOU. MY NAME IS PATTI

Re: Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit, MI

Posted: 16 Mar 2004 4:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Jun 2009 12:47AM GMT
Hi,

I know my uncle is resting there and I am thinking that maybe I have others. My parents are across the road at Mt. Olivet. That side of the street looks good. I am considering going to Gethsemane to get some answers for my family tree, if I go maybe I could help you out. Let me know.

Clarice

Re: Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit, MI

Posted: 18 Mar 2004 7:56AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Jun 2009 12:44AM GMT
HI

I KNOW WHERE MY GRANDPARENTS ARE. I GO THERE ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR. I ALWAYS GO THERE WITH SOME ONE. IT IS ALWAYS THE SAFE THING TO DO. I THINK THIS CEMETERY IS A LITTLE FURTHER THAN MT. OLIVE. FOREST LAWN IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM MT. OLIVE GETHSEMANE IS NEAR CITY AIRPORT. IF I CAN LOOK SOMEONE UP FOR YOU I LET YOU KNOW THEIR NAMES I WILL ASK AT THE OFFICE. MOST OF THE TIME THEY ARE VERY NICE ABOUT HELPING YOU LOCATE FAMILY.

Re: Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit, MI

Michelle Metzger (View posts)
Posted: 18 Mar 2004 1:27PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Jun 2009 12:47AM GMT
Thank you so much for your offer. I know that I have MANY family members buried there including my grandmother. It is nice to know it is not as bad as some people have told me it is. I hope to get there someday to take pictures for I have grandmother, great grandparents, and gggrandparents there not to mention numerous distant aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Thanks for the information.

Re: Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit, MI

Clarice Kujawski (View posts)
Posted: 18 Mar 2004 2:24PM GMT
Edited: 13 Jun 2009 12:44AM GMT

Re: Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit, MI

Posted: 19 Mar 2004 2:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Jun 2009 12:44AM GMT
YOU ARE WELCOME AS YOU SEE ON MAP QUEST THE CEMETERY IS RIGHT OFF OF GRATIOT TOO. MY DAD WOULD TAKE OUTER DRIVE DOWN TO GRATIOT AND INTO THE CEMETERY. SOME PEOPLE MAY THINK THIS IS WEIRD BUT WE USED TO GO ALL THE TIME AS KIDS WITH OUR PARENTS TO PLANT FLOWERS ON THE GRAVES AND WATER THEM EVERYOTHER WEEK. IT WAS QUITE INTERESTING LOOKING AT ALL THE OLD GRAVES AND THE TOMB STONES THERE. IT WAS A DIFFERENT KIND OF WORLD THEN. IT IS SAD THAT THOSE TIMES ARE GONE.

Re: Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit, MI

Clarice (View posts)
Posted: 30 Mar 2004 4:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Jun 2009 12:44AM GMT
Well I made it to Gethsemane on 3-25-04 and found the neighborhood pretty run down. Across the street is in ruins with graffiti. The roads in the cemetery have a lot of pot holes filled with muddy water. The office personnel are friendly and helpful as well as the groundsman. My Uncle's and his Mother's headstones had sunken in and were barily visible. The groundman had to get out the very old map of the burial plots and help me to locate the headstones. He offered to dig them out, but I said I would do it. They will give you information over the phone. I have a map of the cemetery as well as pictures I took while I was there. You can use mapquest to do an air search of the cemetery. I haven't done it yet to see how close I can get. While I was digging a plane flew right over my head. That was a little scarey. If you would like a map let me know or address and phone.

Re: Gethsemane Cemetery, Detroit, MI

Posted: 3 Jun 2009 11:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 13 Jun 2009 12:44AM GMT
Surnames: Lewis
I know this reply is a long time after the other remarks, but I wanted to add this in case someone is going to this cemetery. I was there last week for the first time in 40 years. The surrounding area is really run down and very rough looking, but the cemetery is still nice. I was looking for my uncle's grave and ask in the office if they could help me. They now charge $5 to look up a grave that has been there more than 6 months. We did find what we were looking for. If you have a grave marked with the flat markers, they seem to sink with time. I noticed some graves where the markers had sunk, the top filled in with grass and dirt, so you wouldn't know there was a grave there except for an indentation in the ground where the marker was. My uncle was buried there in 1967 and his still looked okay. It was starting to sink a little, and a groundskeeper told me it would need a new cement slab under it.

It's a shame that area has gone downhill. My grandparents lived near the cemetery and we lived at Harper and Outer Drive when I was very small. At that time, it was a great area - of course that was 50 years ago!!

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