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."

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Taking a Look at the Lawhead Family Buried at the Dean Cemetery in Ross County, Ohio

Once again, we'll return to the Dean Cemetery in Buckskin Township, Ross County, Ohio to learn more about the recent gravestone discoveries made by Scott an Venus Andersen.  They have been working for several months to restore the grounds and gravestones in this rural burying ground where so many early area pioneers were buried and, truly until Scott and Venus came along; largely forgotten about.  

Today, we'll focus specifically on their breakthroughs that pertain to the Lawhead family buried at the Dean Cemetery

Sharing Scott's comments and photographs below:

October 25, 2013

     "Venus and I had another very successful day.  We put William Lawhead's stone back in place, found the stone belonging to a child of Mary Henry and Thomas Lawhead, and found the base for Mary Henry's broken off headstone.
     Venus is magic with the prober.  I found the base to a headstone 1 space over from where William Lawhead is buried.  I probed around just a bit, hoping to find more of it, but gave up quickly, and started working at getting the base out of the ground to have a look at it.  Venus started probing around, and eventually not only found the rest of the headstone, found the completely intact foot stone.  The child is Lafayette Lawhead, son of Thomas and Mary, died July 19 1827, aged 2 years 6 months and 7 days.  These stones were almost 8 inches below the surface!  The attached picture just doesn't show how deep they were.  I was shocked to say the least.  This was a cool discovery for us, as this is the first find of a complete headstone and footstone, of a never before transcribed person. 
     We also found the base for Mary Henry Lawhead's stone.  It was next to Lafayette's, and also way down deep.  This was pretty rewarding as this stone is one of the original bunch we found in the big pile in the middle of the yard.  All of these discoveries come from that little nub of William Lawhead's stone poking out of the ground."
  
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 Gravestone for Mary Henry Lawhead

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 Gravestone for William Lawhead 

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**Final Result!**
  Mary M. Henry Lawhead and Lafayette her son's gravestones standing tall and -- headstones and footstone in their proper places!
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A parting glance leaving Dean Cemetery for the day -- quiet and content -- looking better than ever!

Thank you for sharing your discoveries with us, Scott and Venus!

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