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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."

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Spotlighting Nancy Boyd - 1788 - 1836 Whose Burial was the Earliest at Sheep Pen Cemetery

The Sheep Pen Cemetery Hands-On All Day Cemetery Preservation Workshop, hosted by the Greenfield Historical Society on Saturday, June 25, 2016, yielded amazing results ranging from discoveries of long buried gravestones to the raising up of the upright marker for Nancy Boyd who died on December 25, 1836 and was the earliest recorded burial at Sheep Pen Cemetery. 

Scott Andersen reports that "a total of 46 gravestones were cleaned, and 32 gravestones were repaired or reset." 

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On page 471 of the book: "Highland Pioneer Sketches & Family Genealogies" by Elsie Johnson Ayres, "The oldest grave was that of Nancy Boyd who died on Christmas Day, 1836." 

(After Restoration Photograph on the right courtesy of Scott Andersen)

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