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Description of finding this cemetery from John Winter, who did the research and legwork on it.
I had William Gregory (born ca. 1812) known to me to be my wife's gggGrandfather, but I hit a snag and couldn't trace any further. I knew from census records that the likely candidate was James, but I had no information other than Census, the deed, and speculation. I had been online for quite awhile and hit all of the genealogy websites, and had also been to the courthouse, but I had not really researched deeds (or the "land" side of things).
From the deed, I knew that James settled on a branch of White Oak Creek, but there are several branches. I deduced a particular leg from an 1880's map of Wyoming Precinct No. 2 (which I can't seem to find online, but I have a printout), where it shows names of all the farms in the area and who lived there during that time. I was into finding cemeteries and trekking down there to walk them, but this map only showed two cemeteries in the whole area, which was odd because I knew there were LOTS more from my previous searches.
Anyway, I wanted to try to find the "Gregory Burying Ground", which was so stated in an obituary of someone I can't now remember (I think Jesse is buried in another one, by the way, over on the East side of White Oak Creek). So, on this map, a Mrs. Tackett's farm was listed, so I pulled up a map on Microsoft's Terraserver to see whether I could see a satellite image that might show the cemetery. All I found was a clump of trees in the spot that corresponded to the cemetery location on the 1880s map. Interestingly, the 1880's map really was dead-on, as a former road really showed where it crossed the creek bed and made the search on the Microsoft site work really well. I couldn't see any headstones on the satellite image, so I planned a trip and trekked down to Bath County. I found the road I was looking for and it looked to be a private dirt road, and out in the country, this made me very weary. I was in my wife's SUV and decided that I came this far, I'd better turn down that road and see what happens. I went about 1/4 mile and found an old two story farm house and thought I'd found the place, as the road stopped there. There was a car parked there and I was trepid about getting out and knocking on the door, but I thought, well, I can sit here and turn around and never know, or I can get out and knock on that door.
I decided to knock on that door. So I did; and wouldn't you know it, an old lady of about 80 came to the door and she turned out to be the nicest thing around. I told her what I was doing and told her that I thought this was the Gregory place, and she said, no, this was the McKinnon place. I knew from the 1880's map that that put the Gregory place further down the road; the road that didn't exist anymore.
So, I asked her whether there was a cemetery further on, and she said, yes, on the other side of her property fence line. I then asked about an old house, maybe, and she said that there was one, but it was burned down (on purpose) years ago. After about 30 minutes of her hospitality (she obviously didn't get much visitors), I asked whether I could walk the rest of the way, and she said I could.
So, I came to the clearing (Cemetery Part 2 picture), and thought I should go to the left down the valley, not knowing that the clump of trees right in front of me was the exact location from the Microsoft terraserver. I went down the valley, but found nothing, so I came back up and looked to the left and saw the fence line at the clump of trees that she mentioned.
So I trampled through the wet ground and got to the fence line, climbed the barbed wire fence to get a better look, and saw NOTHING! I stood there for awhile and looked around and just saw nothing! I thought she said there was a cemetery here, but there was nothing!
I then looked STRAIGHT DOWN no more than TWO FEET AWAY FROM ME and saw the corner of a "rock" with a PERFECT 90 degree cut on it. I mean there was only about 3 inches of the corner showing, but I knew that was man made! I jumped the fence and knelt down to see whether it was a headstone, cleared the dirt/grass/moss off and, sure enough, it was a headstone. I cleared it all the way off and it was JANE TACKETT!
Unbelievable! Absolutely unbelievable! It still gives me chills thinking how I found that. Of course, I searched the area and found more, one of which was George Boyd, who was married to Mahala Gregory (one of James' daughters, I think). All the other stones were just rocks that were raised upright with no markings, but I've included George's photo.
So, out in the middle of nowhere, with only research guiding me, I found something NO ONE would have been able to show me or tell me. So, keep on searching....
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