Sheep Pen Cemetery photographs courtesy of Scott Andersen - September, 2011 and April, 2012
"The Association for Gravestone Studies"
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"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been removed therefrom and no
bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity
as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."


A Straightened and Repaired Gravestone Restores Respect for the Deceased Person it Identifies

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mark Morton of "Gravestone Guardians of Ohio" Shares a Story about Rebecca J. McGlaughlin buried at the Pioneer Baptist Cemetery in Richland County, Ohio


 Photography courtesy of Mark Morton

"The tombstone in the main picture is of a 6 yr. old girl who died in 1839, almost 173 years ago. I found her completely by accident. Her gravemarker had never been recorded before. She would be totaly lost to history if I had not found her. Chances are there was never any obituary writen, and since she was born and died between 10 yr. censuses, no one but people from then would know or remember her.

The lady who owns the property and has helped tremedously in the clean up said, " These people should not be forgotten and remembering them by finding their tombstones kind of makes me feel like I am doing a little bit of God's work" I completely agreed and said, " We'll find them all yet and set things right". 

As we turned from each other to go back to work, my foot scuffed the ground and I noticed what looked like a flat rock. With a little digging, sure enough, it was the tombstone in the picture that you see.

Go to my web-page at gravestoneguardians.com for more uncanny stories like this one. I am convinced these people wanted to be found again."
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  From "Find A Grave"

Cemetery notes and/or description:
Location Description: North side of State Rte. 97, just south of Twp. Rd. 324 (Castor Rd.) Section 19

Alternate Location Description: Along State Route 97 outside of Lexington, 

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