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PHOTOS:Please feel free to take any photos that I attach and upload them to your family tree. You do not need to ask my permission.
TRANSFERS: Rules are made to be broken. Others have freely transferred memorials to me and I'm inclined to do the same. I will transfer just about anything (except my family or memorials I have put a lot of hours into), don't hesitate to ask!
REQUESTS: Have an older photo request that has not been filled? Message me! Please understand that most of the cemeteries in my area are in remote locations, some even require hiking, some take extra time to locate them. I will to get to all of the requests, but please have patience. Thanks for understanding.
Samantha Hughes I have no idea, but there is a caretaker at the gate in a small building that has all the records. He could tell you where she's located. Thanks! I'm currently recovering from surgery or I would do it myself. Sorry!
Maria This is the info I have on The County Home Cemetery--I have also transferred the memorial to you. Good luck in your search.
Old cemetery rediscovered in Bath By MARY PERHAM Published: Sunday, September 3, 2006 Corning Leader Mobile Work Crew leader for Steuben County talks about the graveyard he and his crew cut out of the brush in Bath this summer.
BATH | Reggie Clark found the first tombstone by crawling through the brush and dense grass and tripping over the marble slab. Clark, a Steuben County Mobile Work Crew leader, and his crew had been sent to clean out a small county cemetery behind the highway department shop on Mount Washington Road. What they found was a thicket of thorn bushes, high grass, dense grapevines and 412 numbered gravestones.
County Historian Twila O'Dell said the cemetery was used by the county for indigent residents of the county home and patients at the local tuberculosis hospital. “It's really typical of county cemeteries back then, the square heads with just the numbers,” O'Dell said. “It's quite stark, but really, the cheapest way.” O'Dell said the county may have buried people there until the 1950s. Then it faded from memory and sight. Occasionally, people searching their family histories would ask the historian's office to locate someone buried there, but after 50 years, no one was sure where the cemetery was.
“Oh, they'd just say it's over there somewhere,” Clark said, waving his arm in the general direction of north. Clark and his crew began work during the last week in June. More than 10 weeks later, the thick brush has been pushed well back off the cemetery grounds, the dense thorn bushes trimmed and most of the headstones put back in place. The first two weeks on the project were the most difficult, Clark said. “We had one crew member, she was 5-feet tall, and we couldn't even see her,” Clark said. “We'd just say, follow our voices”. The newer tombstones are marble and most weathered the elements. Earlier ones - rough slabs of boulder -- may date back to the Civil War era, Clark said. “We've got a fellow here died in a barn, somebody else had his skull caved in,” Clark said. One, large slab of rock marks the gravesite of six babies, he said. “Everybody worked really quiet around there, didn't make much noise or say much of anything,” Clark said. The physical work was demanding, with the crew using chain saws to slice through gnarled branches and grapevines as thick as a tree branch. They hauled brush occasionally stucking themselves on 3-inch long thorns. But clearing the cemetery meant something important to the workers, Clark said. “They jumped right into it, they were really excited about it,” he said. “They couldn't believe it had been let go so long.”
There were other, natural compensations for their toil and sweat. They cut a tree trunk into seats for their break time under a shady, large tree. There were interesting tracks from a mother bear and her cub, and rabbits darting back and forth. They set up their break room near a nest of small bumblebees. “At first, I thought I'd have to kill them, but they were so friendly. I didn't have to,” Clark said. “They'd just kind of fly around during break time, land on a knee and fly off.”
Clark said public works officials plan on leveling the makeshift path to the cemetery and using gravel to make it passable. Next year, he plans on clearing the remaining stubble and making more cosmetic changes.
O'Dell is determined the cemetery will not be ignored again. She said she will request annual maintenance by the work crews and will ask the county to put up a memorial plaque at the entrance. “Like any cemetery, it is full of history and it behooves us to keep them up. If they're gone, the history is gone,” O'Dell said. “Of all the cemeteries I've ever seen, that one is the saddest.”