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

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

"Sheep In the Burying-Ground."


My thanks to Jonathan Appell for sharing this historical story on the "Linkedin" Group:  "Gravestone and Monument Preservation."   Also, thanking Melvin J. Mason Jr., for his help in converting the image into a "jpeg" file so I could view it.  

It fits in so well with the Sheep Pen Cemetery in Madison Township, Highland County, Ohio.

According to the book Cemetery Inscriptions of Highland County, Ohio, compiled by  N. and Jane N. McBride, copyright 1954, on page 361, under the cemetery name “Gustin”:  “It is known as the Sheep Pen Cemetery.”  “This name is very unusual and residents of the vicinity say that the name was acquired because sheep were often placed there to graze.” 

This is the only cemetery with the name "Sheep Pen" on "Find A Grave"!!

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