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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, County Recorder's 2nd floor office with public access.|
My work during 2012-2013 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 at the hands of Louise Nippert's Indian Hill foundation, Greenacres has taught all westside historians a lesson in not being proactive. This follows the bizarre 1960-1980s planned desecration of the pioneer methodist, Ebenezer Cemetery, and the county's inaction to compel the 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.
Findagrave Errors: Note that Hedges Cemetery at Dunlap Station is in Colerain Township, Hamilton Co., Ohio, and not in Ross Township (which is instead over the river in Butler County). Also note that the separate entry for Dunlap Station needs to instead be merged into Hedges Cemetery at Dunlap Station. There are some duplicate entries. This cemetery should be named Hedges Cemetery at Dunlap Station.
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. This year is the 200th anniversary of his 1813 death and needs celebrating. Are any descendants of the burials at Hedges Cemetery out there? Please post onto the public message board, and link your lines to the burials at Hedges.
The ownership of this cemetery is currently in dispute, 2005-2013. Miss Mary Hedges who never married, and died before 23 Aug 1920, was the 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), so perhaps I should try to add a few here- errors may exist here so please verify details with me:
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 probatect.org, 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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|Richard H.||RE: Mary Ludlow Hedges|
Great, I look forward to receiving your bio.
|Richard H.||Mary Ludlow Hedges|
Hi, unfortunately I didn't note who sent me that information. I usually write something like, Contributed by...
I looked on Ancestry and found several family trees listing Mary as the daughter of Jeremiah "Jeremy" Ludlow, Jr. and Elizabeth Doty, but could not find the source when I dug into those trees. So it could be a case that one often finds on Ancestry, where a mistake was replicated over and over again.
Do you think I should put something like, While many family trees on Ancestry.com list the parents of Mary as Jeremiah "Jeremy" Ludlow, Jr. and Elizabeth Doty, more sourced trees suggest her parents were Anthony Ludlow and Sophia Hudson?
One tree sourced the, History of the First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, N.J. that had a Mary Ludlam marrying Elias Hedges on 1 June 1769. Do you know if that is the same couple?
|K Guy||broken stones|
I'm not sure where to place them. Maybe on both and make a notation as such.
I think you're doing a great job with the old cemetery. Keep fighting!
The county line was different when it became a state in 1803. Dunlap Station, I believe, was on the Butler County side of the river but at some point during a dry season the river took a different course and passed through a couple of the previous loops it had made. Most modern records recognize the original path but there are some inconsistencies with that border when the Dunlap Station Massacre happened in 1791(?). Nearby Richard-Gilbert Family Cemetery used to be in Hamilton County but is now in Butler.
It's common with rivers. There is a part of Kentucky near Henderson that is actually on the north side of the Ohio River. And the borders between Lousiana and Mississippi switch frequently on both sides of the mighty Mississip.
Added by K Guy on Mar 05, 2013 9:32 PM
|charlotte pohle||RE: Your photo request for Francis Snow, St John Cem.|
Thank you for taking photos of Frank's grave, I am sorry i have not been sooner on the transfers
to you i have not been feeling well. I am catching up tonight. good luck on your family graves. Charlotte Pohle
|Bobbie||RE: Amanda Hutton's husband and child|
Thanks so much.
Added by Bobbie on Mar 03, 2013 9:41 PM
|Bobbie||Amanda Hutton's husband and child|
101353273 James Staford Hutton who died in 1976 was the husband of 101352950 Amanda Bedinger Hutton. 102211580 Mary R DeMoisey 1929-1993 was their child. Info taken from FindaGrave and, a local newspaper article entitled: Amanda Hutton, served on Walton council
Added by Bobbie on Mar 03, 2013 4:34 PM
|Patricia (Patti) Joy Berndsen Jacko||RE: john wallace|
they may be father and son. Talked to my friend Christine at Spring Grove Cemetery who knows every space in that cemetery I swear.
|Patricia (Patti) Joy Berndsen Jacko||john wallace|
duplicate burial records
|Jan S||RE: Greenleaf Cilley & Questn if Gen. Jos Cilley Rev War Script in OH was Colerain Twp,Ham.Co.,OH?|
I am so sorry that I am late in replying. Lots of things happened and I lost track of things that needed to be done. Here is a link to the Bureau of Land Managements search for Cilley land in Ohio:
Added by Jan S on Feb 25, 2013 3:52 PM
|Patricia (Patti) Joy Berndsen Jacko||finding reburials|
I have no way to access all of the records that are reburials. We have to find them by hand.
I've fixed Jeremiah Kiersted
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