Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Photo of Mosias Maupin’s gravesite by Dennis. Discovered to be the present frontrunner for the oldest marked burial in Franklin County.
REMINDER: Brammell Cemetery work day this coming Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. We’re making fast and efficient progress. We need LOTS of help probing and looking for fallen stones. We suspect there are more awaiting discovery but need your help to find them. Also, plenty of cleaning work to do as well as the usual repair and resetting. Hope to see you all there.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Bob thinks two chainsaws and 2 or 3 people to pile and burn brush, the rest of it could be knocked out in half a day of work. There is only one more week till the burn ban. There will be more trees to take out in the future. Even if there are stones underneath them, it won't hinder probing. There is still fencing to be removed and more brush. With a good turnout Thursday, Bob B. thinks we could get a lot done!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Flash! As of this morning, we were able to determine that the stones were from Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.
A call to the cemetery revealed that these were discarded stones, due to condition, that had been replaced. Amazingly, Jefferson Barracks sent someone out to Catawissa to retrieve the headstones. As of now, they are destroyed to prevent them from being “released into the wild” yet again. Now that’s efficient government!
Marc thought all of you would enjoy this story.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Brush and tree removal continues.
Brammell Cemetery west of Washington, Monday, April 2, 9:00 a.m.
Maiden voyage to new project site: Meet at 9:00 a.m. at museum.
Finke Cemetery or Krog Park (Bassora Cemetery), Thursday, April 5, 4:30 p.m.
Probe night at either, dependent on weather conditions.
(Cannot drive up to Fink, if too muddy).
Brammell Cemetery, Washington, Saturday, April 7, 9:00 a.m.
Brammell Cemetery, continued. Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m.
Watch your inbox for e-mail updates, cancellations or changes to the above agenda.
Friday, March 2, 2012
Marc is happy to report that the Franklin County Cemetery Society plans to finish the Cole Cemetery project on Saturday, March 10, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Below is a synopsis of the project.
1. Thanks to a personal connection with one of our society members, permission was given the society to return, repair, and /or re-erect the known tombstones at the site.
2. An agreement with the property owner included that we would not remove any trees nor do anything “invasive”.
3. The site was found to contain a heavy blanket of periwinkle which has kept unwanted brush and tree growth at a minimum for these 150-plus years!
4. Late last year (2011) two large headstones of Mr. and Mrs. Findley (African-Americans) were reset at the site and two Cole family monuments were located there.
5. Research has proven that after the Cole ownership the site was used for the burial of African-Americans from the South Point community up until circa 1924; most of these graves remain unmarked.
6. Late summer, 2011 a tombstone from the cemetery was recovered from a barn in nearby Krakow, Missouri.
7. This week, headstones were recovered from a neighboring property where they had been placed out of harm’s way in about 1975.
8. As I write this, new bases are being fabricated for five Cole family headstones which will then be placed back on site on March 10.
9. Also, an aluminum brace is being fabricated to stabilize the headstone of Sallie Harrison Cole, which is in five pieces. With this method of repair, her headstone will stand again.
10. Sadly, several of the Cole family headstones are apparently gone forever.
The headstones to be re-set are:
1. Montraville W. S. Cole (stone located by probing site, in excellent condition)
2. Samuel L. Cole (stone from neighboring property, in excellent condition)
3. Sallie Harrison Cole (stone from neighboring property, in poor condition)
4. John H. Forqueran (stone from barn at Krakow, MO, in fair condition)5. Leah M. Cole Graham (stone found on site, against tree, in poor condition)