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."

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sharing News that Brings New Hope for Preservation of Smaller Champaign County Ohio Cemeteries!

There is new hope on the horizon for the smaller Champaign County Cemeteries thanks to several Champaign County groups and individuals who are working together to preserve, restore, and document them.  

To learn the full story:

Click HERE to read the latest news report as published in the "Urbana Daily Citizen" online on April 16, 2017.  
I have ancestors buried in Champaign County; some in smaller cemeteries such as the Friends Cemetery and the Butcher (AKA Walnut Grove Cemetery) in North Lewisburg.  

The Butcher Cemetery, in particular, has been neglected for years; receiving minimal grounds cleaning a few times a year.  Several trees are scattered on grounds of the Butcher Cemetery; and hence many large limbs and branches have fallen down over the years causing some larger monuments to be toppled over and broken.  The tree branches are left where they fell or tossed to the back of cemetery.  Military markers for veterans are sinking out of sight. 

I look forward to reading follow-up progress reports on this joint effort -- hopefully much improvement will be accomplished for the almost forgotten Champaign County cemeteries where too much history has already been lost. 
Below are a few of my photos taken in June of 2015 while visiting the Butcher Cemetery in North Lewisburg.