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Nancy Tipton Davis (#47039278)
 member for 13 years, 10 months, 25 days
Kathleen Wuerth
Help for a Desecrated Cemetery?
What is the best way to send out a plea for help through findagrave? I tried to register for the forums, but so far my registration has not been verified even thought I have been a contributor to findagrave for nearly 4 years. I have run into a perplexing problem with the long abandoned and desecrated Blossom Farm Cemetery in Fort Ann, NY. The town has claimed ownership although farmers have paid taxes on this property for over 100 years. The town so far has refused to take responsibility for the cemetery. The current farmer is willing to cooperate with the cemetery restoration, but the town has sent him an warning not to use the property. The problem is that part of the cemetery (where remnants of grave markers still exist) is the path by which the farmer's cows access their pasture. There is no other access because the adjacent land is under lease and being cultivated by another farmer. The cows have been restricted to their barn since last winter and are stressed. The farmer is stressed by his cow's distress and the cost to feed them and he suffered a seizure recently. The volunteer Friends of Blossom Farm Cemetery (not a 501(c)3 due to the expense) developed a plan with the farmer to find the grave marker remnants in the cow path, document their location and move them to a fenced in portion of the cemetery to preserve them from further damage from the cows hooves. The local American Legion argues that the entire cemetery acreage should be preserved even though there are no standing markers left and no one knows the exact parameters of the original cemetery. The long time Town Historian who obviously never attempted any preservation, argues that it is illegal to move grave markers even a few feet despite the fact that the remnants have already been scattered by human and animal activity. Neither the farmer nor the town nor the volunteers have the money for a survey or legal assistance at this time. In two weeks, Skidmore College professors are scheduled to be there with specialized equipment to find as many of the long buried grave markers as possible. Do you have any ideas for resources to help? It is such a shame. The cemetery was active in the early 1800's with at least two Revolutionary War veterans. They deserve more respect and somehow a compromise that does not violate law needs to be found.

Kathleen Wuerth

Added by Kathleen Wuerth on May 24, 2014 11:30 AM

J.Sullivan
Howdy
I had never noticed your page before. It was delightful reading your bio and I just wanted to say Hi!

Being an aunt is one of life's greatest joys!

Julie :)

Added by J.Sullivan on Sep 26, 2013 12:15 PM

GLENDA EISENHOUR
RE: Wm & Caroline Hinton
Nancy, thank you for your kind offer. I'm not related to any of the memorials I added for this cemetery. The names were just among some old papers I had from much earlier research. It would be nice to have any of them added that you might have time to do. I'm sure other researchers at some point would very much appreciate that. I would as well because I like to have photos added where possible to complete memorials. Thank you for all your work and your great contribution to Find A Grave. I think this is a wonderful site.

Added by GLENDA EISENHOUR on Jun 15, 2013 9:45 PM

GLENDA EISENHOUR
Wm & Caroline Hinton
Nancy, thanks so much for adding the great photo of their marker. Very nice job! I was able to complete the date and ages of death from the marker, so that helps a lot.

Do you have other photos from this cemetery?

Added by GLENDA EISENHOUR on Mar 01, 2013 5:50 PM

A AAA American at Find A Grave
Thank you Maam!
97 is wonderful Maam.

GoD Bless him!

Added by A AAA American at Find A ... on Aug 13, 2012 10:40 PM

 
 

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