Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Lee Cemetery, Hardin Co., Ohio

The Lee Cemetery is in Hardin County, Ohio southeast of Kenton.  The sign is on the south of the cemetery so it lies south to north.

Here are some more overview photos from both my 2007 and 2011 visits. Try Find A Grave for a listing for this cemetery.  The Hardin County Genealogical Society also has more information. This cemetery has Spracklin/len burials and others like Cook, Lawrence and more. It is very peaceful there and well cared for which pleases me greatly.  The stones do show signs of wear and tear and they also are breaking down as I will show in the next posts.

Looking south toward the road and sign to the Lee Cemetery 2007
Lee Cemetery - north end where the Spracklin Stones are located 2007
Looking west in the Lee Cemetery

Looking southeast in the Lee Cemetery 2011

Looking southeast toward the Spracklin Monuments 2011

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Lee Cemetery, Hardin Co., Ohio

The Lee Cemetery in Dudley Township, Hardin Co., Ohio is very special to me.  Buried there are my 4th great grandparents and some of their children.  Their son John Andrews Spracklin would be my 3rd great grandfather and he is buried in Green Valley Cemetery northeast of Mt. Vernon in Knox Co., Ohio.  I have posted about that cemetery in the past on this blog.

The Lee Cemetery is southeast of Kenton, Ohio the county seat of Hardin County.  It is set in a lovely area off the main road and I have had the good fortune to have visited this cemetery twice.  One time as I was viewing the tombstones a man with a horse and carriage came by.  The second time I was there another horse and carriage when by, but this time there were two boys and one girl.  I believe it is Amish country? I waived at the boys and girls and nodded at the man.  I did sneak one picture of the man in the carriage from a distance.

Find A Grave has a listing and tombstone pictures for the Lee Cemetery at:

I visited there in 2007 and again in 2011. I wrote about my visit to Ohio in the blog Solomon Goss of Fearing Twp., in Ohio.  You can find the link on the right side of this blog to that blog.  I am currently sharing about the children of John Andrews Spracklin and Lydia Goss.  They would be Peter and Betty Spracklin's grandchildren. This cemetery is well cared for and in pretty good shape. The map below is from Microsoft's Streets & Trips and is from my trip in 2011.  I am a bit obsessed about driving around and don't rely on GPS. To get to the cemetery from Kenton take the main road east out of town - E. Franklin St. It turns into State Rte. 309.  Go a little ways about 1 mile and I turn right onto CR-144 and it goes southeast till it curves west and you pass the Morrison Cemetery and just before you come to Hepburn you will find the Lee Cemetery on your left.  It is about 6-8 miles southeast of Kenton?

Lee Cemetery sign 2007

Horse and buggy on the road near Lee Cemetery

Overview of the cemetery and where Spracklin's lie. 
Hepburn, if you end up here you went to far east and will need to go back to find the cemetery. 

Hepburn, Ohio
Me and my 4th great grandparents, Peter and Betty Spracklin 2007.
Peter and Betty Spracklin came from Pitney, Somersetshire, England leaving out of Bristol, England with most of their children in 1823 to the United States. On the Solomon Goss blog I discuss their immigration and their son John's. John came to the United States in 1817 with his aunt Anne Andrews Rood, sister to Betty. The Roods settled in Marietta, Ohio in Fearing Twp. near Solomon Goss.  John married Lydia Goss in Washington Co., Ohio and they went to Knox Co., Ohio to settle on land that her father Solomon Goss purchased and gave to her in a deed in 1815. John and Lydia were there in Knox Co. about 1823 according to tax records and Peter settle there as well till he moved to Hardin Co., Ohio.  I believe he received the land in Hardin from his father-in-law John Andrews.  The other possibility is that the inheritance from John Andrews allowed him to purchase the land in Dudley Twp. in Hardin Co. I am still working on figuring it out.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Cemetery Vandalism Please Help to Stop It!

Lately it seems that I have been hearing news of more cemetery vandalism and actually repeat episodes. Yes, they vandalised one cemetery and then came back!  Please read these articles now because news articles tend to go away in time and I cannot guarantee the links.

I don't have photos today.  I do have cemetery pictures with toppled stones but it is difficult to know if that was vandalism or the weather?  So I don't feel comfortable showing them.

Cemetery Depot has an interesting article about this type of crime. If caught they are charged as a felony?

Friends on Facebook have mentioned these acts of crime in their locations.

This is the article about the Claremont Cemetery in New Hampshire.

Macomb County was hit.  It is in Detroit.  It was a small cemetery and all the stones were toppled, which means it was completely destroyed.

On USLegal they have an article about what the definition of Vandalism is and the laws around it.  It varies from state to state.

The problem is that unless someone steps forward to help in the repair of the damaged stones there is usually little money to fix the mess left by these criminals.

In this article someone was not happy with the cemetery itself and its response to his plea for help.

Here they arrested a person but I found this online under images.  Is this giving a budding criminal his spotlight?

This problem is more widespread than one may think.  I just Googled "cemetery vandalism" and found the above articles and then I did it again requesting images.  

How can we as concerned citizen's and genealogists help to stop this problem?  I live in a big city and most of the cemeteries have security, fences and are looked after.  The ones that seem to be targets are small and out of the way.  Does anyone have any ideas, please comment.