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Cris West (#47489260)
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I am THE Cemetery Historian of Bartholomew County (self-declared, of course). I have been working on tracing not just the folks buried in them, but the reason why they were buried there. I chase down the early churches and meeting houses, look through old deed records and DAR cemetery readings to try to get a more complete understanding of who might be buried in those unmarked graves of today.
I have worked closely with Cemetery Researcher Donna Kuhlman and I try to utilize every resource I can to document the history of these sites. I happen to work in the Bartholomew County Surveyor's Office and I have established a database of 175 sites within the county and have enough evidence for each one to declare them burial sites. I have a map of them available to anyone who comes in the office and asks.
I have been fortunate enough in the last 5 or 6 years to meet and become friends with the professional cemetery restorers who have worked on such cemeteries as Carter's Chapel, Flatrock Baptist and Lambert's Station. I would stop there at different times of the day during their restoration work and take photos of every stone they were working on. I found that doing this has given me the opportunity to photograph the stones just after they were cleaned, which hopefully was as close to what they looked like when they were each dedicated as we will ever get. Different types of stones and different types of sunlight furnished at least one good, legible picture of most of the stones.
I hope no one gets upset if I post or have already posted some of these restoration photos on memorials that may already contain a photo of the tombstone. As someone who has been able to find the tombstones of my own ancestors in other states while sitting at my computer, I very much appreciate EVERY photo submitted by dedicated volunteers. I think multiple shots of the stones only add to the site and its cause.
I am also signed up here as the County Surveyor's Office and I have tried to set up the cemeteries that weren't already on here. My ULTIMATE goal is to re-write our Indiana Codes to close up all the loopholes that allow burials in old cemeteries without a plat (just probe and dig) or utility easements through borderless graveyards.
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Beulah Guy Baber
You're right. I had her burial location in the wrong cemetery. When I found the right cemetery, there was already a memorial for her. I have deleted mine. Thank you for writing so I can correct it.
Added by Ron on May 15, 2015 1:03 PM
RE: Waymansville Cemetery
Cris, I sent an email to my friend Susan Fye to see if she has any Camp Atterbury photos. She was not aware of the website, and was going to check it out. After going to that website, I sent some info to your dad about my dad, Earl Behrman. Your dad responded right away. I'm trying to get some better quality photos of my dad for him. Thanks for the info! Donna
Added by djhwatkins on Mar 26, 2015 7:22 PM
RE: Waymansville Cemetery
Thanks for the info. A facebook friend of mine posted some photos from Atterbury yesterday. I wondered if they have field trips for school children. I've only been to a couple meetings of the Barth. Co. Genealogical Society, since I live in the U.P. of Michigan. I spoke to Becky Speaker and Donna Kuhlman the last time I was there--probably in December.
Added by djhwatkins on Mar 24, 2015 8:47 PM
Waymansville Cemetery
I wish they would clean some of the tombstones at the Lutheran Church cemetery in Waymansville. I photographed almost all of them a few years ago, and I was unable to read the information on some of them!
Added by djhwatkins on Mar 24, 2015 6:36 PM
RE: Trimpe
I didn't see his marker, because we weren't able to get off the bus. They just drove through the cemetery after being at the Arizona memorial. I went to school in Columbus with a Trimpe, but don't remember his first name! That was almost 60 years ago. I went to your virtual cemeteries and checked out the photo of the tomb. Nice job on the cemeteries! Are you from Columbus, IN?
Added by djhwatkins on Mar 24, 2015 6:33 PM
RE: Trimpe
We were recently at that cemetery with our tour group in Honolulu.
Added by djhwatkins on Mar 24, 2015 4:46 PM
Thanks for the info on Ernest Trimpe. "His actual grave is at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Plot A 255. (Memorial # 65876567)"
Added by djhwatkins on Mar 24, 2015 12:15 PM
Boog Graham
RE: FAG # 72507955
I'm not a relative either. I had to research the family to determine if they were part of my Graham line. If you're still inclined, I would be honored to care for the Find A Grave memorial. Otherwise, I was requesting linking James's parents into his Find A Grave memorial. Boog
Added by Boog Graham on Mar 02, 2015 6:20 AM
Boog Graham
FAG # 72507955
Hi, Can you connect James Graham to his parents?
Father: Find A Grave#142432245
Mother: Find A Grave#142431977
If you require my proof of relationship, I posted my work....
Select these papers....
William Graham (1787-1856)
James Graham (1813-1879)

Thank You,
Boog Graham
Added by Boog Graham on Mar 01, 2015 8:00 AM
Newton G. Talley
My Photo
Sorry, I just looked at the photo; this is one of me as Command Sergeant Major in the old Green Uniform.
Added by Newton G. Talley on Feb 14, 2015 10:45 PM
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