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Bits of history from our familes

It was a jungle!

Back in the early 1990’s, we were hot on the trail of several generations of Crawfords. We had found information that several Crawfords were buried in a ‘Red Oak’ cemetery somewhere in Brown Co, Ohio.

We found Charter Oak-Aberdeen Cemetery in Huntington Twp, Brown Co, but found no Crawfords. We found Red Oak Churchyard-Presbyterian Cemetery in Union Twp, Brown Co. Again, we found no Crawfords.

We discovered a ‘Old Redoak Cemetery’ but couldn’t find a location. Finally, we found an old map that had an ‘Old Redoak Cemetery’ located just off of W. Henry Road on Cemetery Road (a gravel lane that ends in a private drive).

When we arrived, we found quite a surprise. The cemetery stones were barely visible even though the cemetery was right along the gravel lane. It was completely grown over with weeds and brush. It didn’t appear to have had any attention for years.

Old Redoak Cemetery

Old Redoak Cemetery

Old Redoak Cemetery

Four Crawford headstones at Old Redoak Cemetery

We spent hours trying to locate the Crawfords, knocking down weeds, pushing aside small trees that had started to grow everywhere.

Old Redoak Cemetery

Its hard to see the headstones for the weeds at Old Redoak Cemetery

In the end, we were successful! We found the headstones of three generations of Crawfords. William H Crawford and three of his four wives, John Crawford and his wife Susan Jane (McNary) Crawford and Joshua Crawford and his wife Mary.

And more good news! Several months later, my wife’s parents visited the cemetery and it looked completely different. Work had begun to maintain it as it should be.

Old Redoak Cemetery

Old Redoak Cemetery

Old Redoak Cemetery

Old Redoak Cemetery

We were never sure what happened and why suddenly, they started to maintain the cemetery. We would like to believe that we might have had something to do with it. Maybe someone saw us in the cemetery, taking pictures, pulling weeds, tramping down the overgrowth so we could read the stones. But, we will never know.

Happy hunting!

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