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djtruitt (#47746502)
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Bio Photo My husband, David, and I have done restoration work in Round Point Cemetery, near the town of Agency, in Wapello County, Iowa since 1997. We always use the cleaners and procedures recommended by the Association for Gravestone Studies. I also take pictures and document our work, and I will eventually put copies of the documentation on file with our local genealogy society and the Association for Gravestone Studies. In the years to come if the stones should fall into disrepair again, it is my hope that these pictures will let researchers see what their ancestors' stones looked like.

The original records for Round Point were destroyed in a fire many years ago. As we work, we compare the writing on the stones to the reading of the cemetery done by Miles and Helen Bacon in January of 1971. Miles and Helen did a very thorough reading and carefully documented any discrepancies they noted with the WPA readings done prior to 1940. Their documentation has been invaluable to us as we work. As we have cleaned the stones, we have noticed some differences in the carvings and the Bacon's notations. Some of the stones had been so coated with layer upon layer of lichen that letters and numbers had filled in and appeared differently than when the lichen was removed. I have also noted any discrepancies with my documentation.

I have also researched the history of some of the people whose stones we worked on, and I have corresponded with several families. I will post my pictures on any memorials that do not already have pictures on them, and if we worked on the stone, I will tell about our work in the caption - just click on the picture to read it. If anyone has any questions or wants any further information about the work that we did on a stone, please feel free to let me know.

When I started working on genealogy in the late 1970's, I discovered that many of my ancestors were buried in Round Point. Upon visiting the cemetery, the thrill of discovering their graves was quickly replaced by sorrow at the condition of their final resting place. The grave site of my 3rd great-grandparents William & Susannah Dimmitt and their family was particularly deplorable. All but two of the stones were on the ground and could be seen only by crawling around in a mass of overgrown trees, poison ivy, and brush. They were so dirty and discolored, the carving on them could barely be read.

The grave sites of my 3rd great-grandparents John & Nancy Bedell and 2nd great-grandparents, Caleb & Mary (Bedell) Miller, were also a sad sight. John's stone was broken out of its base and was lying on the ground. The top was broken off of Caleb's stone and both parts of the stone were lying on the ground, partially buried in the dirt and grass.

I was saddened by the situation, but I had no idea what to do. Twenty years went by. In the summer of 1997, Indian Hills Community College offered a short course on gravestone repair, taught by Beverly Bethune. We took the class and learned many basic steps for cleaning and repairing gravestones. Our text book was, "A Graveyard Preservation Primer," by Lynette Strangstad.

Heartened by our newly-learned knowledge, but leery of the job ahead, we tentatively started work on William and Susannah Dimmitt's grave site in July 1997. Shortly after our work began, we realized that while our class had taught us many of the basics, there were many things that we did not know how to do. Our textbook was a help; however, many times we just had to explore our options and use our best judgement. Sometimes we would discuss our options for repairing a stone for several weeks before we would proceed. On a few stones, we waited for two or three summers before making a final decision. These decisions are noted with each stone's documentation, and it is our sincere hope that our work proves durable over time.

We had originally intended to repair my family's stones only. However, as we worked that first summer, we found ourselves repairing the other stones in the area. After three summers of work we were finished with my family's stones and those who were buried close by. By that time, we were feeling more confident of our abilities and had found this was an endeavor we really enjoyed. We asked for and received permission from the Cemetery Trustees to continue working on the cemetery's gravestones. Through the years, we have also bought new gravestones for three people who had never had a stone and replaced two stones that were damaged beyond repair.

For anyone who comes to visit the graves of their ancestors, it is our hope that you will be pleased with the appearance of the stones. As we work, we treat each stone as if it was marking the grave of our own ancestor. I would enjoy hearing from anyone who has any additional facts concerning their ancestors that they would like to have me add to my documentation of the cemetery or this web-site.
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Deb......please re-send any messages regarding this family as this is the first message I have received from you regarding this surname. Looking forward to hearing from you. ~PJ~
Added by ~P.J.~ on Mar 03, 2015 3:24 PM
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John Moss
Hi Deb.....you sent a DOB & DOD for John. What is your source? Would appreciate for my records. He was my paternal grandmother's baby brother. I have a copy of his obit, hence knowing the years. THX!
Added by MFC on Mar 02, 2015 12:44 PM
Jerri Minter
Thank You
Thank you for your help recently on an edit to Maxine. That was very helpful.

Thanks again
Jerri Minter
Added by Jerri Minter on Feb 21, 2015 4:27 PM
Barbara Cooper
RE: Just a note
No worries; my head has been spinning with all the geneology research I've been doing lately and it's getting harder and harder to keep things straight! Yes, would love to help with linking up the families and memorials as I discover more - I'll be in touch! :)
Added by Barbara Cooper on Feb 20, 2015 9:13 PM
Barbara Cooper
Sarah Moyer was my 3rd great-grandmother too! :D
Hi,

My name is Barbara Higdon Cooper, and I was so thrilled to find this online when researching my ancestry. Sarah Hutchinson Moyer was my 3rd great-grandmother as well (Michael and Mary Heckart's daughter Sarah married James Marion Higdon, my great-grandfather - my father Marion Kirby Higdon was named after him), so I guess we're cousins! I haven't seen the picture of her knitting in over 40 years since I was a child when my aunt Mona Moyer Higdon Campbell (yes, she was also named after her great-grandmother Sarah Moyer) showed it to me. What a thrill to find not just this picture, but the ones of Michael and Mary as well! They are now on my 23andme.com profile and Family Tree Now trees that I'm assembling. Thank you so much - all the best to you!
Added by Barbara Cooper on Feb 20, 2015 6:02 PM
"IRISH EYES ARE SMILING"
ISREAL SNOOK
Found this and thought you my be able to use it. Marriages for Jefferson County Iowa.

SNOOK Israel Jr. age 19 06 May 1872 HODSON Sarah age 18 At house of Thomas Hodson; C.O. Stanton J.P.; he asks for divorce Feb 1877; she died 25 Feb 1900
Added by "IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" on Feb 20, 2015 11:50 AM
Theron Dowell
Clara Meeks
Send me an E-mail
therondowell@gmail.com
Added by Theron Dowell on Feb 19, 2015 2:59 AM
Laura Hawkins
Ernest Long
Thank you sooo much for Ernest's plot photo.
I appreciate your hard work in getting it marked and photographed. Thank you.
Added by Laura Hawkins on Feb 15, 2015 10:48 PM
"IRISH EYES ARE SMILING"
Susie Snook
Thanks~~I will make corrections as needed.
Added by "IRISH EYES ARE SMILING" on Feb 15, 2015 12:21 PM
Betty Johnson
William Edgar Rill
Thank you so much for your search. I've made the correction. I appreciate all your help. Betty Johnson
Added by Betty Johnson on Feb 12, 2015 6:49 AM
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