Old Burying Ground,Greenfield, Highland County, Ohio – May 15, 2018 – Starting at 9:00A.M. – Until? – The Next Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Project Session Conducted by The Greenfield Historical Society

Reminder:  The Next Volunteer Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Work Session at Greenfield’s earliest cemetery, The Old Burying Ground, will be coming up on Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 beginning at 9:00a.m.  — it is a “stay as long as you can environment”.

The Old Burying Ground’s restoration/preservation efforts are now in their 5th year…and still going strong!!  

 

Many of the historical society’s volunteers, namely, John King, Scott and Venus Andersen, Harold Schmidt, and Gloria Losey, have been volunteering since the beginning.  Others have also joined them over the past years, including, Michael  Lee Anderson and Jackie Doles, who are regulars as well.  

 

You won’t find a more dedicated, and experienced group of caring individuals who are working to restore an early Ohio cemetery than these volunteers!   

 Also, be sure to check out the link below with details and photographs taken at the previous work session on May 8th.:

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“Volunteer Session – May 8, 2018”

“What a beautiful day for work in the cemetery! We were able to realign more stones, repair a couple broken stones, clean some stones, and using the hoist, lift and reset a few of the heavier stones. Joining in were Scott Andersen, John King, Jackie Doles, Mike Anderson, Gloria Losey and her sister Karen, Harold Schmidt, and Avery Applegate (who came from Hillsboro to help).”

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****How Can YOU Help?****

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“Join us for an upcoming work session. You can stay as long as you like. We will help you get started if you have not participated previously. Tasks range from cleaning stones, straightening stones, recording information, etc. We post our scheduled sessions on the GHS website calendar

 For further details, or to sign up to participate in the next volunteer work session, contact John King, of the Greenfield History Society at:  
 jfking@earthlink.net.

The Old Burying Ground on “Find A Grave”

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The Old Burying Ground’s Ohio Historic Inventory # HIG-00314-02 with the Ohio History Connection’s Preservation Office.

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August 2, 2016 Update from Sheep Pen Cemetery: William Irwin, Sr.’s Grave Marker Restored and Reset in Its Original Stone Base

At rural Sheep Pen Cemetery there is a rather plain looking white marble tablet gravestone that was left to lean against a large slow sinking table top slab that holds the marker made for Maria Dick.  This scene had been undisturbed for years that sadly turned into decades, that is until now.  


In 1858, the flat topped gravestone was carved and installed to mark the final resting place of William R. Irwin, Sr. who came to America from Ireland in 1798.  His life story was well written up in the book:  “History of Ross and Highland Counties, Ohio.”  

William and his wife, Margaret McCormick Irwin, were the parents of 11 children; 10 of whom lived to adulthood.  The children lived out their lives and made their own mark in their community and for some, far beyond it. 

William and Margaret Irwin are an example of how couples (like countless others who rest in peace at so many of Ohio’s early burial grounds that have now been deemed to be inactive or even abandoned) whose children became builders in their communities through service as teachers, doctors, lawyers, shopkeepers, and farmers – and at professions no longer in existence.  

Thankfully, through biographical information and drawings published in 1880s era county history books, (and Ohio has several of them!), we are privileged to learn more details of the generations of ancestors, who during their lifetimes, fulfilled the dreams of their pioneer parents.  

Living descendants may not always be aware of the stories of the lives led by their great or great-great grandparents who are now buried in grave sites with sunken or unreadable gravestones.

However, there is renewed hope because of a resurgent interest to restore, and in some cases even unearth, gravestones at cemeteries like Sheep Pen. 

The interest has become a concerted effort through volunteers working independently and in like-minded groups.  

Thus, I would like to thank the dedicated group of volunteers of the Greenfield Historical Society !  Since 2014 they have worked together to clean, repair, straighten up, and reset markers, like those of William Irwin, Sr.,  at the Old Burying Ground in Greenfield.  They have inspired new folks who desire to learn and participate to come and join them. 

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Extending my personal thanks to Scott and Venus Andersen for their immeasurable contributions at Sheep Pen Cemetery to make it the cemetery it is today.  They have also volunteered and contributed regularly at the Old Burying Ground since the work sessions began.  

Thanking also John King of the Greenfield Historical Society who has done so much of the physical digging work that has led to discoveries of bases, and fragments of gravestones that were needed to make one whole again.  All this work that has become the remaking of a cemetery is indeed utterly remarkable!  Everyone who contributes is appreciated!  

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It is my pleasure to share Scott Andersen’s three photographs’s below of the William Irwin, Sr. gravestone, before, during, and after it was put back where it belongs at Sheep Pen Cemetery.:   

Sheep Pen Cemetery Hands-On Cemetery Preservation Workshop – June 25, 2016 – 8:00a.m. to Dusk!

****Enrollment slots open!****

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“The Historical Society of Greenfield, Ohio, will host a Cemetery Preservation and Restoration Workshop on June 25, 2016, at the Sheep Pen Cemetery beginning at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until dusk (or as long as you can stay that day).

Conducting the workshop will be Gravestone Guardians of Ohio

During the workshop you will learn the proper techniques of cemetery restoration and repair ~ identifying, cleaning & repairing grave markers. “

Click Here for Enrollment Information

(Photographs below courtesy of Scott Andersen)

***Below is the Noah McVay marker that Scott Andersen cleaned and reset***

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****Surnames at Sheep Pen Cemetery****

Aber, Barkley, Beals (Bales), Bennett, Best, Boyd, Brock, Crooks, Daugherty, Dick, Dorman, Geller, Goodwin, Irwin, Kelley, Limes, McVay, McWilliams, Penwell, Rogers, Roosa, Shepherd, and Yohn.