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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."

Sunday, July 24, 2016

What is the appropriate means to dispose of an old Bible? | Catholic Answers


"There is no specifically mandated means of disposing of old Bibles. Some Catholics follow a custom of disposing of religious articles that have been blessed either by burying or burning them, but even that is not mandated by law. If the Bible has been blessed you might choose to follow that custom. If not, dispose of it as you would any other book. If it’s still in fair condition, you might put it on a book donation table to benefit someone else."

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sheep Pen Cemetery Update: More Gravestones Cleaned, Repaired and Reset


Scott Andersen reports that more gravestones at the Sheep Pen Cemetery were cleaned, repaired, and reset on July 21st.  This additional work follows the success of the day long June 25, 2016 hands-on workshop where a large number of gravestones received significant attention resolving various condition issues that had been adversely impacting many of the fragile 19th century tablets and markers.  

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Through the generosity and hard work of the all-volunteer crew of Scott, his wife Venus, and the stalwart regulars from the Greenfield Historical Society who have been restoring the Old Burying Ground in their village; the Sheep Pen Cemetery has been transformed from appearing almost abandoned to boasting an impressively improved condition normally associated with an active 21st Century cemetery filled with modern day polished granite  markers and monuments.  
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Thanking Scott for sharing some of the photographs taken during this latest work session at the Sheep Pen Cemetery:   
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The rear area of Sheep Pen Cemetery where the Margaret and Samuel Yohn gravestones are located. 

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The Margaret Yohn stone being lifted up for resetting upright.  
The photograph below shows her stone after it was reset.
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Cleaned and repaired grave marker for Samuel Yohn
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Left to right:
  Gravestones of Christina (Beals) Bennett, the small marker of daughter Nancy C. Bennett and Jesse K. Bennett
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The small marble gravestone of Corp. N. T. McVay its pieces clamped together during the repair stage followed by a photograph of it without clamps.
Below are three photographs showing the rows of repaired and cleaned grave markers at the Sheep Pen Cemetery in Madison Township, Highland County, Ohio: