This page provides access to an on-line list of names of people buried in the two
Toledo State Hospital Cemeteries. The data which can be found through this page is
also available through the State Library of Ohio in Columbus.
The database is intended to be a first step to finding ones’ ancestors and does not
contain the full information available through the State Library records. Once a
name and age has been found that matches a prospective ancestor, the next step is
to contact the Cemetery Reclamation Project with proof of relationship to the person
in question. We will then forward the remaining information available through the
State Library burial log regarding your ancestor, including a grave marker number.
The list is intended to include everyone buried at the hospital. However, it will
not be a complete list of all who died at the hospital as many were buried elsewhere.
It should be noted that in addition to the 1,994 souls currently interred in the
TSH cemeteries, there were 57 burials which were later disinterred, probably by family
members, and buried elsewhere. Information is available through Northwest Ohio Psychiatric
Hospital (NOPH) on these individuals. These 57 additional names are NOT part of the
2,000 on the list. It should also be noted, as the cemetery reclamation is an on-going
project, although the marker number corresponding to an ancestor can be given out,
it may not yet have been uncovered.
Once your lineage has been verified and the corresponding marker number provided
to you, contact will be made with NOPH on your behalf. NOPH will provide you with
further information, if available, on your ancestor’s stay at Toledo State Hospital.
War Veterans Research
We are part-way through an effort to try and locate war veterans. This research is
kindly being carried out by Julie Majo, to whom we are greatly indebted. Julie is
starting with the earliest burials and working through to the most recent. This is
Julie’s typical research route:
Check for a death record, generally using the LDS online Family Search, but also
using the microfilm at the library. Family Search has the actual digital images on
Use the Hayes Center Obituary Index to see a place of residence can be found. The
process seems to be that the hospital director notified the county Probate Court
in the home county and the judge placed an obit in the local paper.
Look in the 1900 and 1910 census to see if they were residents of Toledo State Hospital.
Look to see if they are residents of county infirmaries 1880, 1900, and 1910. This
is common, but spelling variants are a plague. There is no census for 1890, as it
was destroyed by fire.
If she finds a posted family tree, the information is confirmed with primary sources.
Look at the military records on Ancestry.com. If nothing pops up as a match, also
a. U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, Historical Data Systems, compiled,
on Ancestry.com. This is a data base of compiled records. American Civil War Soldiers
[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc., 1999.
b. Consolidated Lists of Civil War Draft Registration Records (Provost Marshal General's
Bureau; Consolidated Enrollment Lists, 1863-1865) National Archives and Records Administration
(NARA); Washington, D.C.; This generally ties them to their residence in 1860.
c. If they are found in these records, then check the 1890 Veterans Schedule and
the Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files National Archives and
Definite war veteran matches found as a result of Julie’s research will be added
to each of the online burial log pages and summarized on a separate Vets page as
the information becomes available.
1. There are a total of 1,994 persons known to be buried in the TSH Cemeteries.
2. Only 2 out of the 57 disinterred graves remained empty. All others were re-used
at the time of the next death.
3. Several individual graves were used 3 times, due to repeat disinterments.
4. There are 5 consecutive numbers dating between October 1891 and January 1892 that
do not have names. It is possible/probable that burials occurred but were not recorded.
It is hoped that time and additional research will help clarify this issue.
The buttons below correspond to surnames in the Toledo State Hospital burial log.
Clicking on a button will take you to a new page listing surnames starting with those