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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."

Monday, June 15, 2015

Scott and Venus Andersen Discover Missing Gravestone Pieces for Thomas and Ruth Coffey at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio on June 13, 2015

Sharing this amazing abstracted account and accompanying photographs from Scott Andersen:
"We had an interesting day at the Old Burying Ground.  There are numerous piles of forlorn lost stones around the cemetery. In one near the front of the yard Venus noticed a stone that looked like it might be a missing part to one of the headstones in the area we've been working. See photo.

Turns out she was right. Without much difficulty we found parts to four different monuments in the pile.  This pile is a long way away from the places that these different monuments are in the graveyard. There's still a lot of bits and pieces in the pile. Hopefully we can figure out where more of them belong.

The headstone in the photo belongs to Ruth Coffey. You can see that it is broken into four pieces. The second piece down was in the pile. We've been searching for it for almost a year now. I'd say the pile is at least 150 yards away from the grave site.

Another piece from the pile is the end of a bedstead type memorial, which is in the very back of the cemetery. It's in the third photo.

We also found the missing piece of Thomas Coffey's headstone in the pile.  

So, it was an amazing day. 

Venus has a sixth sense maybe?"

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