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Subject: Re: [APG] Old VT cemetery in danger..
Date: Mon, 05 May 2008 23:27:23 +0000


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From: "Kate Foote" <>

> Great suggestions, Debbie. I will be writing and emailing whoever I can -
> hope others will to.
>
> Kate


The local historical society and the Vermont Old Cemetery Association are involved, as is the American Legion.
Cathi Desmarais


>
>
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: [mailto:] On Behalf
> Of
> > Debbie Carder
> > Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 9:20 PM
> > To:
> > Subject: Re: [APG] Old VT cemetery in danger..
> >
> > The present owner of my ancestors' cemetery, which dates back to 1828,
> > wanted to plow the cemetery under and someone went to the township
> officials
> > to see if it could be stopped and started a campaign to save the cemetery.
> > When I found out about it, I contacted Lolita Gutherie, the Ohio
> > Genealogical Society's cemetery preservation chairperson. The cemetery
> has
> > been saved and restored.
> > The best thing they can do to contact their state and local genealogical
> > societies, the township officials or county officials, the local
> newspaper.
> > Get people involved and spread the word. Most people think that it's
> > disrespectful and desecrating the dead. If they can't stop him from
> > destroying it, maybe they an at least get the stones and hopefully, what's
> > under them moved to another location but saving the cemetery starts with
> > getting people involved.
> > Debbie Carder Mayes
> >
> > http://allencogenealogysociety.homestead.com/Main.html
> >
> > www.tribalpages.com/tribes/deb6102
> >
> > www.tribalpages.com/tribes/dac6102
> >
> > www.rootsweb.com/~ohallen/
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Elissa Scalise Powell, CG"
> > To: "'Kate Foote'" ;
> > Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 7:14 PM
> > Subject: Re: [APG] Old VT cemetery in danger..
> >
> >
> > > When I read the article I wonder what the deeds for the property have
> said
> > > over the years. I have seen many around here that sell the property
> > > "except
> > > for the half acre cemetery" or some such wording. Also it is scary that
> > > even
> > > if he moves the graves to some place (bottom of a ravine, perhaps?) and
> > > takes the lovely knoll for his scenic house, that he doesn't seem
> willing
> > > to
> > > let descendants on his land to pay their respects to the graveyard.
> > >
> > > A 62-year old with young children who he doesn't want to expose to the
> > > reality of life and death? He had better take their television and video
> > > games away from them as well.
> > >
> > > Having just come back from an afternoon in a cemetery doing readings for
> > > our
> > > society's next book, this news is bothering. What we are spending so
> much
> > > time to preserve he would like to disturb. I hope this comes to an
> > > amicable
> > > resolution.
> > >
> > > -- Elissa in Pittsburgh
> > >
> > > Elissa Scalise Powell, CG
> > > www.PowellGenealogy.com
> > > CG and Certified Genealogist are Service Marks of the Board for
> > > Certification of Genealogists used under license after periodic
> > > evaluations
> > > by the Board.
> > >
> > >> -----Original Message-----
> > >> From: [mailto:] On
> > >> Behalf
> > > Of
> > >> Kate Foote
> > >> Sent: Sunday, May 04, 2008 2:39 PM
> > >> To:
> > >> Subject: [APG] Old VT cemetery in danger..
> > >>
> > >> This is an article telling of the potential for a small family cemetery
> > >> to
> > >> be moved to allow a new owner to build on the site.
> > >> http://apnews.excite.com/article/20080504/D90EUJDG0.html
> > >>
> > >> I don't think I have any ancestors in this cemetery, but I could. Many
> > >> of
> > >> my forbearers resided in this same township in Vermont, so who knows?
> > >> The
> > >> main issue in this article is should private property owners - absent
> > >> eminent domain - be allowed to move historical burial grounds? I fear
> a
> > >> legal precedent being set here and I hope that those bones are left in
> > >> peace. Certainly I am aware that private owners have moved, plowed
> > >> over/under, and built atop old gravesites - it has happened a great
> deal
> > >> here in the Midwest Farm Belt - but it has nearly always been without
> > > public
> > >> knowledge or awareness of the historical nature and value of these
> sites.
> > >>
> > >> As I read the article I couldn't help but wonder if perhaps a
> > > knowledgeable
> > >> genealogist in the area could locate more direct descendants who could
> > > come
> > >> forward and file an objection.
> > >>
> > >> Kate
> > >>
> > >>
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