Sheep Pen Cemetery photographs courtesy of Scott Andersen - September, 2011 and April, 2012

"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."

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Featuring the Once Hidden Gravestone of Mary D. VanHorn Glendening Buried at the Black Cemetery in Rush Township, Champaign County, Ohio

From Diana Goodes:

"Hi Linda...yes, it was totally buried. My husband just started poking around the ground next to James Glendenning's headstone and suddenly "hit something." It was the first cemetery we had ever visited that wasn't maintained, and we were a bit surprised. Not sure uncovering it was the right thing to do, but gosh, we were so excited!! And at least we have a memorial picture of it now. If I could only go back there and clean the whole cemetery!! Unfortunately, we live in California. We were flying to GA for a visit and I just kind'a "detoured" us through Ohio....LOL. James and Mary are my husband's 3rd great-grandparents."

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Three photographs below of the gravestone Diana Goodes and her husband uncovered at the Black Cemetery are posted with her permission.

Click on the title to view the "Find A Grave" memorial for Mary D. VanHorn Glendening. 

There are 13 Glendening memorials at the Black Cemetery on "Find A Grave".  Why not take a moment to view them and learn more about this early Champaign County, Ohio pioneer family?

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Extending my sincere thank you to Diana and her husband for taking those extra steps that led to the discovery of a hidden and almost forgotten gravesite that is truly forgotten no more. 


 


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