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Columbia Township Cemetery


This oldest cemetery of Lorain County was laid out in 1811 to accommodate 9 deaths from the plague. This site is the cabin clearing of Bela Bronson overlooking Rocky River Valley. Many pioneers from Waterbury, Connecticut, five Revolutionary War Veterans, and many members of the militia for the War of 1812 are buried here.

Sarah Bronson Died 1831


Many street names come from original settlers in Columbia Township. Here are just a few.

One of many interesting grave stones in the old Columbia Center Cemetery

Here is a brief history on Harry

Harry Bastard was born 23 July 1820 in Paignton, Devon, England.  The Bastard family of England is well established and very honorable.  It traces its descent from a Norman Knight, Robert Bastard who received a Barony in Devonshire in the time of William the Conqueror for his part in the invasion of England, 1066.

In 1835, Harry came to America with his family sailing from Plymouth, England on the S.S. Barque Cosmopolite.  His parents were Harry Bastard Sr. and Elizabeth Churchward of Devonshire, England.  His brothers were Philip, Robert, Thomas, and William; and sisters Elizabeth and Martha – all born in Paignton, Devonshire.  The family settled in Columbia Township and intermarried with the children of Thomas and Susanna Squire.  Almost all are buried in the Columbia Center Cemetery.  Martha Bastard Squire is buried in Tacoma, Washington.

U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments
Mexican War, 1847-1848

Harry's Description:  Gray eyes, black hair, dark complexion and 6 ft. tall.
He enlisted 14 Apr 1847 in Co. G, 15th  Infantry Regiment, US Army, rank Private.
He died 11 Mar 1848 of Typhus Fever and was buried at Puebla, Mexico.

15th Infantry Regiment (United States) From Wikipedia

On 11 February 1847, a new 15th Infantry was activated for service in Mexico. As companies of the 15th arrived at Vera Cruz, they moved inland to join General Winfield Scott's army advancing on Mexico City. The Regiment fought with distinction in the battles of Contreras and Churubusco, as well as smaller engagements before storming the walls of Chapultepec in Mexico City itself. Following garrison duty in Mexico City and Cuernavaca, the regiment returned to the United States for deactivation in August 1848.

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US Army Record Age 26

U.S. 1850 Census Records

Harry's Family Chart