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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, October 5, 2015

Are You a Descendant of Duncan Oliphant Buried at the Deersville Cemetery in Harrison County, Ohio?

 Please read the message below about Duncan Oliphant whose gravesite is marked with a simple homemade wooden cross that is leaning into a tree at the Deersville Cemetery.  A military flag holder to fly the American flag is next to it. 

The goal is to be able to document Duncan Oliphant's War of 1812 service and with the help of one of his descendants, order a government issued War of 1812 marker for his gravesite. 

If you can help, please contact Gravestone Guardians of Ohio.  Thank you.

Phone:  419 – 689 – 9403 


Ducan Oliphant on "Rootsweb"

Update: The "Friends of Save Shannon Cemetery" are Making Significant Strides Thanks to Support from the S.A.R. and G.P.S.

The "Friends of Save Shannon Cemetery" continue to forge ahead with their plans to have gravestones that were removed from original gravesites returned to them, among resolving other outstanding issues that have loomed large that would significantly alter Bluffton's pioneer cemetery into becoming something it never was -- a village park with gravestones set in concrete in a central location elsewhere on the property that would create a "headstone display" rather than being put back where they belong -- at their rightful places, over their proper original gravesites at the Shannon Cemetery.   
You can also read about the plans and goals of the Friends of the Save Shannon Cemetery HERE.  
"Update on Shannon Cemetery Burials: 

"The Friends of Shannon Cemetery have documented 70 names, from various documented sources, of those buried at Shannon Cemetery. 41 of these names identified with row and plot numbers. 43 graves stones we have been told are in storage. Four of those stones are from Veterans, one militia captain, two civil war veterans and an American Revolutionary War veteran. We also have a letter which was in the Boehr file that states that another civil war veteran who served with his great grandfather's civil war unit is buried in Shannon, still looking for more confirmation and research on that name. We have the G.P.S. coordinates of 43 stones, we have identified 16 graves and 6 rows with a sample Ground Penetrating Radar Scan. We have known burials in all 12 rows, we can reestablish the 12 rows, A full G.P.R. scan of the cemetery is proposed. Its time that these pioneers, veterans, founders of the Shannon community and all those buried in Shannon Cemetery get the respect they earned and deserve. Bring these grave stones back to the cemetery and put them back on their graves. Why would anyone want anything less?"