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Re: Elsbury - DE to IN
Posted by: Marlena Date: April 15, 2000 at 11:57:39
In Reply to: Elsbury - DE to IN by Karin Sloan Reichart of 366

Karen, I just saw your message about the Elsburys. In it you show Sanford E Elsbury as being buried in the Hinchman Cemetery. Have you ever visited this cemetery? Do you know why it is called Hinchman instead of Elsbury? It is located on what was the 100-acre farm of Levi Hinchman and there are DOZENS of Elsburys buried there. In fact, there are very few "outsiders" at all. It is a goldmine of Elsbury information. I am researching my uncle's family tree (three of the "outsiders") and we visited the cemetery yesterday evening. There are a great many headstones that are (or were) very impressive. The big problem I had is that this cemetery has been VERY BADLY VANDALIZED. Even though most of the pieces are still there, there is NOT ONE headstone that had not been vandalized. Some of them have been uprooted, some of them once probably stood six or eight feet tall and are now "dismembered" and tossed everywhere, still others have been broken off at the ground. I know that is the township trustee's responsibility to take care of these cemeteries but, as in the case of the Hinchman, it is not done. They are mowing it, but that's about all. Do you know of any family members that are in the area that would be interested in seeing to it that this cemetery gets taken care of? If not, this valuable piece of history is soon going to be gone. Well, I'm sorry I got up on my soapbox but this kind of irresponsibility on the part of our government just burns me up. I'm going to get the information together and nominate it to the Indiana Hall of Shame Pioneer Cemetery Project and see if they can come up with something. Something needs to be done and the sooner, the better. Oh, by the way, Fortville is in Vernon Township, Hancock County, Indiana. It is on the Hancock/Hamilton/Madison County lines. A good many Fortville pioneers may have lived in Hancock County but are buried in either Hamilton or Madison Counties. Well, thanks for letting me vent. If I can be of any help in your research, let me know. I'll try to help without any more complaining. Marlena


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