Exploring Almost Forgotten Gravesites in the Great State of Ohio

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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."

Friday, June 28, 2013

Update from Scott Andersen about the Dean Cemetery in South Salem, Ross County, Ohio

Scott Andersen continues with his clean up work at the Dean Cemetery in South Salem, Ross County, Ohio. He has been concentrating his efforts for a few years with grounds maintenance and searching for sunken gravestones which he feels may exist there.

Below is a longer view of the Dean Cemetery provided by Scott today:

From Scott:
"The weeds at Dean Cemetery had grown up, but it was all soft stuff so it cleaned up very nicely.  I think I have it at the point now where I can start searching for more stones that are buried just below the soil and grass.  Bet I find more.  Pretty sure that there has been nobody out there looking that hard for the last 100 years or so."
(Above is an earlier photograph of Scott at the Dean Cemetery.  We can easily see how grown up the brush and weeds were at the time this photograph was taken.)
Currently, on "Find A Grave" there are 25 interments listed for the Dean Cemetery.  

Besides the surname of Dean, other surnames represented at the Dean Cemetery include:

Brackney, Burnor, Collins, Cunningham, Dickey, Lawhead, Mark, McArthur, McGinnis, Milton, Pummil, and Wallace.