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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."

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

June 17, 2011 Update for Sugar Grove Cemetery in Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio

"Sugar Grove Cemetery maintenance resolution letter from the office of:
THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY, FAYETTE COUNTY, OHIO"


"by Perry Township on Friday, June 17, 2011 at 2:09pm.To whom it may concern:

Through extensive research, it has been determined that the owner of record of the Sugar Grove Cemetery is the Sugar Grove Church and not Perry Township, Fayette County, Ohio. Also through this research, a resolution by Perry Township from the year 1908 has been uncovered concerning the Sugar Grove Cemetery. In that 1908 resolution, there is some indication that Perry Township assumed the duty to maintain the Sugar Grove Cemetery from the Sugar Grove Church, although the issue is complicated by the fact that this same resolution appointed three individuals from the Sugar Grove Church to be responsible for the actual carrying out of the maintenance of the Cemetery. Since 1908, various parties have carried out the maintenance of the Cemetery, and it is not at all clear who has that duty currently, although this could be clarified by the Perry Township Trustees passing a resolution that makes it clear that the Township is absolving itself of any duty to maintain the Sugar Grove Cemetery.

There are also a number of ancillary issues with regards to the Sugar Grove Cemetery that must be considered, including but not limited to the fact that there is some indication that the Sugar Grove Church would like to convey the Sugar Grove Cemetery to Perry Township, various issues regarding proposed building projects by the Sugar Grove Church on the Cemetery property that would require the exhuming of human remains, and the fact that original Perry

Township records are currently in the physical possession of the law office of Kiger & Kiger. We will provide information on these issues and related matters at a later date for your consideration."

Currently Find A Grave lists 27 burials at the Sugar Grove Cemetery.

Ohiogravestones.org currently lists 4 for Sugar Grove Cemetery. 












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