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."

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Revisiting the Good Hope Cemetery in Wayne Township, Fayette County, Ohio

Below are my photographs taken on September 17, 2016 at the Good Hope Cemetery in Wayne Township, Fayette County, Ohio.  

Of particular interest for me are the gravesites of some of my collateral line Limes ancestors, namely John Limes and his wife Sarah Ann (Cory) Limes

John and Sarah Limes' daughter-in-law, Ida Maude (McHugh) Limes, and her baby daughter, Lulu E. Limes, are buried near them.  

Sarah Ann (Cory) Limes' parents, James Cory and Rebecca (Sperry) Cory, and their young daughter, Louisa Cory, are buried nearby.  Their gravesites are marked by a tall gray marble monument. 
The Good Hope Cemetery is well kept by the township trustees and is an active registered cemetery in the State of Ohio.  

Above are side-by-side photos of the John Limes' gravestone. 

The John Limes' white marble gravestone was quite darkened on a large portion of its surface for many years, even after cleaning it all over with water and a soft bristle brush and generous rinsing.  

In May of 2014 it was cleaned by Scott Andersen with D/2 Biological Solution and rinsed.  Now, just over two years later, the gravestone looks great! Its appearance is improved but not actually altered by any abrasive tools or methods.  It's an old gravestone and it isn't expected to look 'brand new' - nor should it! 

Above is the Cory monument