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DBardes (#47833902)
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Bio Photo A Plea for Enforcement of Miss Mary Hedges's terms requiring Preservation & Maintenance of ancient Hedges Cemetery at Dunlap Station, Section 30 Miami Purchase, Township 2, Entire Range 1, inside the horseshoe bend of Great Miami River, Hamilton County,Ohio. Inter alia:15 Sept 1910 Transfer by Deed recorded 27 April 1912, Deed Book 1065, p63, microfiche cartridge, Hamilton County Recorder, 2nd floor with public access. My work during 2012-2014 on Findagrave is to attempt to resurrect Hedges Cemetery at Dunlap Station from its neglect and deterioration. The c1990-2013 purposeful neglect which The Gamble House has suffered [now demolished] at the hands of Louise Nippert's Indian Hill foundation, Greenacres has taught westside historians a lesson in not being proactive. This follows the bizarre 1960-1980s planned desecration of pioneer methodist, Ebenezer Cemetery, and the county's inaction to compel removal and re-burial of say 200-530 persons still buried there; Harold Hopping (1924/2005) findagrave 73037431 protested that loudly but is now sadly deceased and too many young people don't even seem to realize that the bodies are yes, all still buried there, although nary a stone remains on top of any grave. Harold traced his own heritage on a stunning mausoleum, New St. Joseph's Cemetery and fought to preserve westside settlers' stones after the Methodists (Ebenezer Methodist, Wilke Memorial, Oak Hills Methodist-burials lie under giant parking lot/day care center,5 points intersection) set them out for the trash. Not a joke.

On the Hedges Cemetery matter, like Harold Hopping, with whom I used to talk on the phone and later met with at the Indiana Alzheimer's care center where he later resided, I cannot accomplish the task alone so please do what you can and raise your protests too. The failure of the county to digitize its records and make them easily and readily available raises questions as to their full compliance with Public Records laws; this includes land deeds, commissioners minutes, and other early records now on microfiche (with broken equipment everywhere). One of the microfiche with important wording has been oddly scratched, 2005-2013, as if to destroy the one and only public record, or squashing the matter in effect.

I am particularly seeking descendants of Elias Hedges, wife Elizabeth Gaston Hedges, originally of Morristown NJ who removed from NJ about 1791; their disintegrating pioneer graves, among many others need preservation/replacement in the ancient burial ground on Elias & Elizabeth's farm which he purchased about 1805. 2013 was the 200th anniversary of his 1813 death and needed celebrating. Also see Johanna Curry Ludlow and related pic captions. Please post onto the public message board, and link your lines to the burials at Hedges.

The ownership of this cemetery is unreconciled, and ripe, with legal dispute established, 2005-2014. Miss Mary Hedges who never married, and died before 23 Aug 1920, was last descendant of one son of Elias & Elizabeth Hedges to own the family farm and cemetery. She was a daughter of Stephen Ogden Hedges and Sarah White Hedges, his wife. Mary carefully planned her 1910 transfer by deed, as proved by the 1912 recorded deed along with other descendants including Martin Pinney [Spring Grove Cem.], son of Sidney Pinney and his wife [at Venice Cem.]; he brought the 1910 Petition to the 3 Commissioners.

Mary planned for an executed contractual Agreement which required both Maintenance and Preservation for the cemetery. This critically important Agreement was entered into, a Petition was Presented and agreed to, an escrow account was funded/set up?, a deed was agreed to and duly recorded. But it seems that for the last 100 years the terms have not been enforced or even acknowledged...

I am having significant difficulties with Colerain Township (who regularly cuts the grass) and the Hamilton County Commissioners office in easily resolving the ownership, maintenance (above grass cutting), and preservation matters, so please write if you have insights or interests in this historic .44 acre cemetery, East Miami Rd, between Proctor & Gamble plant and new Heritage Park. Funding, historical insights, lineages, missing burials, et al is needed! I am trying to create Exhibits to prove that the owners of the cemetery are the three present (2013) Hamilton County Commissioners (not the county but the three persons) - errors may exist here so please verify details:

A. Last Will of Miss Mary Hedges, daughter of Stephen Ogden Hedges and his wife. Case #87746, as shown on her Will, Vol 149, p325-p328 (4 pages. Mary signed the Will,30 July 1914, witnesses, Arthur T Good, Eliz J Black. The Will was presented on 23 Aug 1920, but the date of 30 Aug 1920 also is there. This is online at Hamilton Co Probate Court (try, then Archives Search under Record Search)[also 1920-1922 Estate, Book 62 p406 & p540,#87746]

Item 2, Will is where Miss Mary Hedges leaves her 76 acres, Colerain Twp., Hamilton County, to her sister, Amelia Hedges Willey and to Amelia's four named children: Anna M Bevis, Stephen E. Willey (1861/1945), Dora E. Willey and David H. Willey(1875/1959, he m. Olive Weaver; Spring Grove Cem).

Item 3, subsection (2) is where Miss Mary Hedges directs her executor to pay the Trustees of Colerain Township, Hamilton Co., OH the sum of three hundred dollars, which sum of money said Trustees shall invest and manage for the purpose of maintaining in an orderly and appropriate manner the Hedges' Family Cemetery located upon Mary's above described farm; the next clause of this Item 3, subsection (2) adds a bit of confusion into the mix: here the verbiage states "which cemetery has heretofore been conveyed to said Trustees".

ERROR: This recitation clause is somewhat inaccurate given that the 1910 Deed recorded in 1912, actually transfers the cemetery to the three 1910 Hamilton County Commissioners and their successors in that office, rendering the 3 current 2013 commissioners as the actual owners. So whether the word "Trustees" actually means "Commissioners" may become a sideshow issue to justify further delays.

The final clause of Item 3, subsection (2) states, "I direct that said Trustees shall annually expend on said cemetery in said manner the net income of said $300.00."

Will the county, commissioners, or the township be able to produce records reflecting this 1920- so 90+ yr old escrow account-- and its use of the interest for Hedges Cemetery at Dunlap Station. Mary also left her one half interest in a farm, Ross Township, Butler Co., OH to explicitly be sold and converted into cash (Item 3) to fund her cemetery escrow account among others. Written by DBardes, Feb 2013, but space does not allow further explanation here.

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Pamela Smith
John Boffing
Hello, I'm sure you've heard this before, but I'll add my input. Whenever the GAR record for the marker for the John Boffing who served in the Civil War was done - it was done for the wrong man. I just looked on and John Boffing jr. b. 1841 in Hamilton Co, OH - d. 1926 Bartholomew Co., IN was the intended recipient of this CW marker. He's buried in Garland Brook Cem. in Columbus, IN and it is his record of service we see, not his father's. John Boffing, Sr. who d 1860 before the Civil War could not be the man who served in the 5th OH Cav and 7th Indep. Battery of OH Light Artillery units and who applied for a pension on that service in 1885 from Indiana. His widow filed also in 1926.

I appreciate all the work you do for Findgrave,
Pam Smith
Dallas, OR
Polk Co.,OR Hist. Soc.
Added by Pamela Smith on Aug 01, 2015 12:45 PM
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Are you a relative of Knowles Shaw?

We are honoring him at an are wide Gospel Sing in Silverton Colorado On August 23,2015. Please contact me for further details
Added by rose4666 on Aug 01, 2015 11:16 AM
Robert Este
Re: David Kirkpatrick (artist) Este
I am trying to create a tree using Ancestry and hit a block until I came upon your entry on David Kirkpatrick Este. He was my father's (David Kirkpatrick, again!) father, was born in 1865 and died in 1897 at the age of 32. His wife was Marie Trelawney Este (Morrison) 1873 - 1909. I have gone to many sites trying to find any artwork created by my grandfather but no luck so far. A;so absolutely no history on his cause of death. They had two sons, David Kirkpatrick (1895 - 1977) and Louis Ercole (1896 - 1968). Louis Ercole Este did not have any children but older brother David Kirkpatrick had four children - two daughters and two sons, one of them being me Robert Anthony Este. All of my siblings are now dead and I am the last of this "Este" line as we did not have a son but one daughter.
I appreciate the hard work that you put into this project and help others like myself to try to make sense of this confusion.
Thank you,
Robert A. Este
Added by Robert Este on Jul 22, 2015 10:56 AM
Isaac Anderson and Euphemia Moorehead Anderson is my 4 great Grandfather. Are you related?
Added by Beckman on Jun 23, 2015 5:39 PM
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Nora Krehbiel
changed it and sent a correction to

Added by Cincinnati Spring Grove V... on Jun 21, 2015 6:31 PM
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Anna Marie Krehbiel
I changed the date but noted that the 22 could be a typo.

Added by Cincinnati Spring Grove V... on Jun 21, 2015 6:29 PM
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thanks for the photos. I guess we can say these are complete.

Added by Cincinnati Spring Grove V... on Jun 21, 2015 12:52 PM
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RE: Robert Charles Krehbiel Sr son of CJ son of Rev. Jacob
I think we are all linked up. Your evidence is already included by you, I believe, so the 4 geneerations are now complete except for photos which I have requested.

thanks again.
Added by Cincinnati Spring Grove V... on Jun 16, 2015 7:23 PM
Sherree T
Ezra Benjamin Elliot
Do you know of any siblings for him. Zadock Elliott lived in Maryland then moved to Ohio
he was born 1782
Added by Sherree T on Jun 15, 2015 1:09 AM
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RE: Robert Charles Krehbiel Sr son of CJ son of Rev. Jacob
Allow me to work the family plot. I'll be able to answer definitively after that. I might add the memorials when I'm working the family name.

Personally if you want to add them, go ahead. If we have a duplicate I just merge. It really isn't a problem. I will go thru the burial info though. They gave to be done anyway so I might as well do them.

Added by Cincinnati Spring Grove V... on Jun 13, 2015 10:06 AM
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