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, October 9, 2013

Exploring Mysteries Seen and Unseen at the Dean Cemetery in Ross County, Ohio


Scott and Venus Andersen are continuing with their restoration work at the Dean Cemetery in South Salem, in Buckskin Township, Ross County, Ohio.  

Thanking Scott for sharing more interesting discoveries he and Venus have made about the gravestones that have been all but forgotten about at this small rural burying ground.

From Scott (October 8, 2013):
"I unearthed this stone last Friday, while digging to straighten up Alexander Wallace's headstone.  It measures roughly 28"x16"x 2", and was about 4" below the surface.  About perfect dimensions for a headstone, but, when I did my best to clean it off, I could find no evidence of writing on it. In fact, the surface of both sides seem rather rough, not finished like a headstone would be.  After I got Alexander's stone straight, I buried this other stone as I found it.
 
Have you ever seen stones laid flat like this, between a regular headstone and footstone?  It sure seemed like I was digging up a fallen headstone until I pulled it up, and it was rough on both sides, and not truly rectangular either.  Just trying to come up with some sort of explanation for it being there." 
 
 (Unearthed stone below)


 (Partial view of inscription on gravestone for Mary Dickey. Note the small "1868" etched in above the word "year")
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 Also, from Scott:  
 
"Look at this.  Found this just the other day on Mary Dickey's stone.  1868?  Graffitti???  She died in 1816, so was there a family member out there, recording the year of their cemetery visit?"


Above, a full view of Mary Dickey's stone after cleaning the stone and around the gravesite.  

For a view of this stone as it appeared in September, 2011 click here.

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