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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."

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Stevenson Cemetery - Xenia Township - Greene County, Ohio Benefits from Donations from the Daughters of the American Revolution

The "Dayton Daily News" Reports 
(May 22, 2017):

by Casey Laughter

"Xenia Township has received a $5,000 matching grant for the restoration of 58 veteran grave stones and markers from as early as the revolutionary war in its Stevenson Cemetery on Jones Road. 
The restoration project was made possible from Cedar Cliff Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and matching grant funds came from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. 
Any interested person can register for a four-hour basic headstone restoration class if they agree to — under direct supervision — clean three other headstones in Stevenson Cemetery within a month of taking the class. 
The class will be offered 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, June 2 at the cemetery. The rain date for the event is Saturday, June 3. 
**To RSVP, call Mary at 937-372-0859 by noon Thursday, June 1."**
Sharing more details about this restoration project on the Xenia Township Website (scroll about half way down the page to see the photos and information.)
Stevenson Cemetery
Also known as: Massie's Creek Scotch Associate Graveyard, Old Massies Creek Cemetery

Spotlighting the Smyrna Cemetery Restoration Project in Clermont County, Ohio

It is always encouraging news to read about a "Cemetery Restoration Levy" being passed at an Ohio Township!  

This was the case for Franklin Township in Clermont County, Ohio.  The funds are being used for restoration purposes at the Smyrna Cemetery and the Felicity Cemetery under their care.  

Here is a link to this wonderful story!  

"Smyrna Cemetery Restoration Project" by By Sabrina Schnarrenberg

Sharing an Excerpt from the story.:

The Franklin Township Historical Society would like to thank the Franklin Township Trustees and the community members for passing the Cemetery Restoration Levy. Cemetery restoration has begun on the Smyrna Cemetery just outside of Felicity. Smyrna was a community founded by the Rankin Family and the Presbyterians in 1808; the most recent stone is of an infant who passed in 1816."


The Franklin Township Historical Society would like to put together a group of volunteers to help clean up the graves and document stones. 
If you are interested in volunteering or would like to have more information please contact Jim at 513 673-3253.

Sharing an additional link for the Smyrna Cemetery:


Sharing a WOSU Public Media Story Spotlighting the Ongoing Restoration Efforts at Columbus' Green Lawn Cemetery

As many of us are aware, Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio has suffered multiple vandalism attacks in recent months that have amounted to $1.25 million in damages - a staggering sum.  The human effort required to repair and reset hundreds of markers and monuments so adversely affected by the repeated acts of senseless vandalism has been ongoing and impressive in so many ways.

This story, compiled by Emily Thompson, is one of the most comprehensive I have read to date.  Included are several photographs of the magnitude of the damage and destruction that occured at many sections of this historic cemetery.  

"To Save Green Lawn Cemetery, Columbus State Students Track The Damage"