Cherry Hill Cemetery

     (Not Affiliated With CHUMC)

Would you like to be buried in a small historic cemetery?  If so, take a look at Cherry Hill Cemetery where several lots are still available.  This cemetery is located on Ridge Road South in Canton Twp. and is just south of Cherry Hill Road. 

 On November 28, 1827 Hugh Clyde purchased 80 acres from the U.S. Government for $100.  All indications imply he built his home at the current location of Indigo Salon, Spa & Boutique.  When he died in 1831 he was buried in his back yard as was typical of the day.  As other early Canton settlers passed away they were buried in this location and it became the cemetery of those living in the area of Cherry Hill Village.  In walking through this quiet cemetery you will find soldiers from the War of 1812, the Civil War, World War 1, World War 2, Korean War and Vietnam.

 Many early settlers who were prominent in the growth and development of the township are buried here.  Some of those names include; Barker, Cobb, Cole, Corwin, Goodell, Holmes, Huston, Lewis, Newton, and Truesdell.  Another prominent Canton family buried here are the Gill’s.  Their burial plot is outlined with curbstones, and includes ten burials dating between 1864 and 1952.

Headstones in Cherry Hill Cemetery reflect styles popular during their respective burial periods, but tend to be less elaborate than some of those in urban cemeteries.  In the twentieth century granite became popular for tombstones because of its durability and availability in different colors. Because of the high mortality rate of children in the 1800’s Cherry Hill has many headstones for babies and children.  Children’s monuments are smaller and sometimes have an angel or lamb motif.

 One of the most common motifs seen on gravestones in Cherry Hill Cemetery is the “weeping willow” a symbol of the Christian faith.  Many gravestones circa 1830-1860 were simple, white limestone tablets about two inches thick; with only name, birth date, death date, and age; possibly reflecting the stark reality of a life with only basic necessities and meager financial resources.

 In 1867 the property was deeded to Trustees as a burial ground.  In 1905 Cherry Hill Cemetery Association was formed.  The Cherry Hill Cemetery Association has legal ownership of the property and responsibility for its maintenance.  They are a non-profit association.  If you are interested in a plot, at a reasonable price, contact, Craig Blevins 734-369-0789.

written by Dave Curtis for the Canton Historical Society