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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."

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Shining a new Spotlight on Dr. William H. Wagstaff of North Lewisburg, Champaign County, Ohio

Dr. William H. Wagstaff of North Lewisburg, Champaign County,  Ohio has once again led me on another merry chase whisking me along through the many unexpected twists and turns that profoundly affected his life that I'm sure turned it upside down at times.  
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Both Dr. John Milton Butcher (as well as his son Dr. John Calvert "J. C." Butcher) and Dr. Wagstaff all belonged to the Central Ohio Eclectic Medical Association. 
Below is a wonderful newspaper clipping about one of their meetings that took place in 1886:

This information led me to move into a new direction taking a different path at this fork in the road of Dr. Wagstaff's life where I also learned what the "H" stood for as his middle name - Harris!:


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The Dr. John M. Butcher monument)
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Melissa Josephine (AKA "Jose or Jose B." was the daughter of Dr. John M. Butcher, a prominent physician in North Lewisburg.  The cemetery carries Dr. Butcher's name as its alternate and more popularly known name.  The official name is Walnut Grove Cemetery.  
 
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 Dr. Wagstaff's residence caught on fire on November 20, 1899:
 
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There was once a Walnut Grove Cemetery Association that oversaw this cemetery that sits atop the hill on Tallman Street in the Village of North Lewisburg.  
After Dr. Wagstaff's death in 1904, the cemetery essentially became an orphan because the Village of North Lewisburg did not receive (or did not accept!) a proper deed to the cemetery from Dr. Wagstaff before he died.  
Till this day it shows the cemetery as being owned by the Walnut Grove Cemetery Association (a ghost association!) with no living members.  But all of those details are another story....

The final "word" from Dr. William H. Wagstaff who, to date, rests in what we hope is eternal peace, but in an unmarked grave at the cemetery he once oversaw.:

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 Above is the 1890 Veterans Census
showing Dr. William H. Wagstaff
 
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Thursday, February 7, 2019

An Editorial from the "The Intelligencer - The Wheeling News-Register" - "Keep Cemeteries in Good Repair"

Sharing a link to this Editorial published February 7, 2019 by "The Intelligencer - The Wheeling News-Register" from Wheeling, West Virginia - "Keep Cemeteries in Good Repair." 
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This editorial follows on the heels of a news story published on February 4, 2019 about Martins Ferry's Riverview Cemetery - "Martins Ferry Works to Address Problems at Riverview Cemetery."
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Thanking "The Intelligencer" for publishing these cemetery-related stories because the public may not become aware of cemetery issues unless and until they are personally impacted by them. 

In my humble opinion, the public can never be informed enough when it comes to the news (both good and bad) about the final resting places of our relatives, ancestors, and friends.