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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."

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

"Dean" AKA "Dean - Old Presbyterian" Cemetery - Buckskin Township - Ross County, Ohio

Click on Title to access the "Dean" Cemetery, currently showing 20 burials, posted on the website of "Find A Grave." 
It is located in Buckskin Township in Ross County, Ohio. 

Per an email from Mr. Scott Andersen who has recently visited the Dean Cemetery, he writes that it is in great need of restoration:

"Here's my candidate for a cemetery restoration.  It's in South Salem, on the farm of Eldon Esslegroth. It's called the Dean/Old Presbyterian Cemetery.
I transcribed it onto the "Find A Grave" website.
(It's just the "Dean Cemetery" on "Find A Grave")
My 5th Great Grandfather Robert Dickey is supposedly there.  He was a Revolutionary War Veteran.
There is a monument for him at the South Salem Cemetery, but that is not where he is buried.  I visited the site last summer. Larry O'Laker set up a meeting with Eldon, and we went out there.  I'm fairly certain that the cemetery hasn't been cleaned up in over 30 years.
Completely overgrown, you could hardly get through the place. We found a few headstones that day, but most were broken and lying in the dirt. I'd like to go back sometime in the winter, when the brush is down a little, and have another look.
If you ever get a campaign going to clean this one up, count me in!
Check it out on "Find A Grave."
On page 559 of the book, "Ohio Cemeteries - 1803 - 2003" for the "Dean - Old Presbyterian" Cemetery - ".....south of Lyndon.  From SR 28 at Lyndon go 0.6 mile south on Lyndon Salem Road to just north of Buckskin Creek.  East of Lyndon Salem Road 0.4 mile..."
Interactive map and GPS data:

From "Find A Grave" website:
"GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 39.34616, Longitude: -83.30119"