I am not researching the Priest, but have an interest in them from a project I started this winter. They are buried in the old section of the Shelbyville Memerial Cemetery. This was the IOOF cemetery until it was turned over to the city. I became intereted in the cemetery when ask by a researcher if I would look for a stone in this part of the cemetery. I went back and found weeds and grasses taller thatn the stones. You really couldn't find most of the stones. I started talking to people about this mess and last year it was cleaned up and mowed. I must have gotten the word to the right people some how.
I have since started recording the stones in this section and last week checked to make sure of the area of the old cemetery. I hope to get all the stones read and I am making family sheets for those names I find and hope to learn as much about them as I can. I hope to find all the ones who were involved in the civil war and see if we can get the graves identified with some kind of marker. The civil war here in Shelby County was one of neighbor fighting neighbor. There were several battles around the area and several ambushes that killed locals. We know of at least one southern solider and his grave has been marked by the southern reactor unit here in the area. I have come across several others who were in the war and I need to determine which side they fight for so we can try to get their graves marked.
I find a lot of these people were involved in the politics and busineses of Shelbyville. There is a congressman who has an interesting history, several doctors and a minister or two. When I get this worked out I hope to get a story in the paper andd see if we can repair the stones and do some more cleaning up of the cemetery. Now you know my interest in the Priest.
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