Most of us can’t get there physically, but we can still use the Library of Congress for genealogy with their great online resources. Check these out!
D/2 Biological Solution has proven to be an easy to use, safe for humans and the environment, and an effective biological cleaner on gravestones of various compositions including marble, limestone, sandstone, and granite. It has shown to be a leader in its field. Thus, I wanted to share my “before cleaning” and “after cleaning with D/2 Biological Cleaner” photographs of the Harvey Limes stone that was cleaned in July, 2015.
I like to spend time researching products and reading reviews and testimonials, and hearing from experts in a field who have used products. So, I was confident before I began that D/2 would be effective and safe in all aspects. I still wore my plastic gloves and donned a face mask “just in case”, but they may not have been necessary. I followed the instructions also provided by the manufacturer to be sure I was applying “D/2” properly; always a smart thing to do!
It must be remembered that not every gravestone truly requires cleaning. Each one should be properly assessed before embarking on any cleaning. Distilled water is also recommended for washing and rinsing.
We know that NO power tools should ever be used on gravestones to clean and/or “polish” them; nor are power washers safe for use on a gravestone.
The best way to learn how to properly clean gravestones is to attend hands-on cemetery presentation workshops conducted by instructors who are known to use only approved methods from such organizations as the National Park Service, and the Association for Gravestone Studies. They subscribe to using Do No Harm practices.
The NCPTT of the National Park Service will be holding a Cemetery Preservation Workshop on September 10th, 2015 in Paducah, Kentucky, if you wish to learn from Jason Church of the National Park Service, who is conducting the workshop, please check out the link above to learn more details.
Wedding photograph of Louis and Barbara Preger
“Find A Grave” memorial for Louis Preger
Tracy McIlroy – Guest Column
The Staunton Methodist Cemetery sleeps quietly in the tiny village of Staunton in rural Concord Township, Fayette County, Ohio. It is a church burial ground that has endured more than its share of misfortune by becoming a property overtaken by broken gravestones — some now sinking out of sight scattered on the ground; while others remain precariously heaped up in jagged piles of marble and limestone.
Among the saddest of sights are the displaced markers that awkwardly line some of the old red brick church’s exterior walls.
The Staunton Methodist Church is active. Its adjoining cemetery also has had burials in recent times. So why is it that the overall condition of the Staunton Methodist Cemetery became so sadly deteriorated?
The Concord Township Trustees are “maintaining” the cemetery property; meaning that they are mowing the grass and weeds around the gravestones and monuments.
However, regarding the broken gravestones, they are not legally obligated to clean, repair or re-erect them. So, as the years pass by, more and more gravestones are either vandalized, or become further deteriorated by the ravages of the elements of time, weather, and/or accidents.
The Ohio Revised Codes “ORCs” do not extend protections to cemeteries beyond the basics and are dependant upon township levies to continue to pass for their continued care.
Passage of Ohio House Bill 91, however, would:
I wonder if many of Ohio’s lawmakers even realize that our once “Beautiful Ohio” exists no more, due in part to the sadly deteriorated scenes like those we see at the Staunton Methodist Cemetery.
Sharing below my photographs of the Staunton Methodist Cemetery taken July 17, 2015:
John and Eleanor Smith of Fayette County, Ohio lost 6 children in the summer of 1837 due to of an unheard of disease today: “Milk Sickness”
A newspaper story about the John and Eleanor Smith Family of Fayette County was covered extensively in the Washington Court House “Record-Herald” in February of 1959 by B. E. Kelley.
The Cochran Cemetery is where the family of John and Eleanor Smith were buried, except for one son who survived to adulthood, Jabez Smith, who was a Civil War veteran and was buried at nearby Greenfield Cemetery in Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio
The gravestone photographs and various Cochran Cemetery scenes below were taken by Renee Loyd on August 8, 2015.
Thanking Renee for visiting and photographing the Smith Family gravesites and those of others around them; and for sharing her photographs with us.
In every instance, the grave markers of the Smith Family that are shown standing upright in the 1959 newspaper article are now lying on the ground with most cracked or broken, having been victims themselves; but from such elements as the ravages of time and weather — but from the most sad of all reasons, vandalism by the hands of humans.
This will be the closest to Ohio for a Jason Church cemetery preservation workshop in 2015.
If you live near or plan to travel near the Paducah, Kentucky area in September this year, AND would like the unique opportunity to attend a hands-on cemetery preservation workshop taught by nationally known instructor and conservator, Jason Church, here is your opportunity as there still are some available slots for enrollment.
The National Cemetery for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) a research and training office of the National Park Service, in partnership with the City of Paducah, Parks Department will offer a cemetery monument conservation basics workshop September 10, 2015, in Paducah, Kentucky.
This training is targeted to the nonprofessional, such as church sextons, genealogists, cemetery grounds keepers, and family members.
The workshop registration is $25 per person and limited to 30 people, so please register early.
The lecture portion of the workshop will begin at 9:00 at the Paducah Recreation Center (1527 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.).
NCPTT Materials Conservator Jason Church will talk about techniques for cemetery documentation and developing a preservation plan followed by a talk on cleaning and care recommendations for historic headstones.
After lunch the workshop will travel to Oak Grove Cemetery (1613 Park Avenue) for hands-on activities including proper cleaning techniques. For more information on the class contact Jason Church, firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information can be found at:
To register for the workshop contact:
Parks Maintenance Superintendent
City of Paducah
1400 H.C. Mathis Drive
Paducah, KY 42001