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

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sharing Gail Allen's "Notes From Gail" Blog Post about Her Methodical Approach to Get More Help for Walnut Creek Cemetery in Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio

Sharing Gail's blog post from her blog, "Notes From Gail" --  "My Work to Preserve A Cemetery" about the steps she took on behalf of Walnut Creek Cemetery in Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio to garner more help with its clean up than it has had in a long time.  

Even though Gail does not have any direct ancestors buried at Walnut Creek Cemetery, she lives much closer to it than I do, which enables her to visit it more often.  And, she has been very kind to do so and keep me informed about it's condition this year.  She has been able to discuss face-to-face with area residents both my concerns and hers about the cemetery's tragically neglected condition.    

Gail is also a "Find A Grave" photograph volunteer and has currently taken 84 gravestone photographs, helping others to see their ancestors' grave markers that they might not otherwise ever see.     

Gail's presentation to the Perry Township Trustees on October 14 has led to great promise for an arrangement with the county probation officer to provide workers who will start clean up at the cemetery in the next few days.  This participation will make a significant difference in the appearance of the cemetery's grounds that has not been seen in some time.  

Thanks again Gail, for your friendship and all of your help with regard to Walnut Creek Cemetery!  

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