A chance encounter with Henry Harrison in 2000 led to a break through discovery. Harrison was an employee of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, and was well acquainted with the Grove`s historic burial data base. Quickly he discovered Joseph R. Mason`s burial record indicating he was in section 39, lot 29 along with his mother, father and three other unrelated people.
Spring Grove was created in 1845 to address the burial needs of rapidly growing Cincinnati. The Masons were among many who had been originally buried in cemeteries downtown. In 1860, the Masons were moved from the Episcopal Cemetery (current site of Procter & Gamble headquarters) to Spring Grove. Ruthven's search was ended, but a new project was about to begin.
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