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, November 7, 2013

Moving to the Next Stage of Restoration at the Dean Cemetery in Buckskin Township, Ross County, Ohio


Scott and Venus Andersen have now arrived at the next stage of their restoration endeavors at the Dean Cemetery, and thus a decision was made that it would be best to remove several trees at this early Ross County, Ohio burying ground.  

Since they began their work over two years ago, many gravestones have had to be cleaned and re-set properly in the ground.  Many had been found broken in uneven pieces and needed extensive repair work to become whole once again.  

Scott and Venus are now better able to care for the gravestones that they have unearthed, with more to come.  Going forward, in order to protect the markers from any further damage or destruction caused by fallen tree branches and limbs, some of the most encroaching trees have been recently removed; as shown in the photographs below: 

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 (Above)
Recently unearthed is what appears to be a primitive footstone by the gravesite of
  Celestine A. Collins
who died in 1814.

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