Sunday, September 6, 2009

St. Pauls Cemetery Near Dungannon

Welcome to St. Pauls Cemetery on Gavers Road in Dungannon, Ohio. The large cemetery stone is what attracted me to this place. I first saw it when we were on our midnight critter rescue.
It is not large , but it is bigger than Bowmans. There were many interesting stones to view and read. The one that impressed me most was one for a couple that both died in 1947. Their cause of death is a mystery, but the inscription on the stone said "Until we meet again." I loved it.

Most of the stones up front are like the white ones. Unfortunately, time has not been friendly to them and they are very hard to read.

Sometimes it reminds me of something you would see out west. Very charming for any one who enjoys a stroll through an old cemetery.

Some inscriptions are still quite visible, but written in a foreign language. Either way, you can't read many of the older stones.

This is a family plot, and perhaps that is how this cemetery started out. You can still see where a wrought iron fence once encircled this little area.

Yet, some are nothing short of magnificent to see. They stand out and beg to be looked at.

The inscription on this old stone is long gone, but it's beauty remains. However, on a dark night, this stone would lend to the chilling atmosphere.

There is even one of my favorite grave markers here. It is a table top grave stone, originally started by the Greeks, so that when you went to their graveside to mourn them, you could bring food and drink and stay a while. Once again, the inscription is long worn away across the top.

And this is the stone that grabbed my attention the most. Rev. Eli Washington John Lindesmith erected this monument before his death in 1900 and it reads as follows:
May the souls of my departed relations, the American Soldiers and of all the faithful departed through the Mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Amen
Below that it says:
Chaplain of the US Regular Army. Born Sept. 7, 1827- Son of a Volunteer Soldier- Grandson of a soldier of the War of 1812-Grand Nephew of 2 Soldiers of the War of 1812- Great Grandson of a soldier of the War of the Revolution of 1776-Ordained priest July 8, 1855-Served as a Chaplain in the Rocky Mountains during the Indian Wars from June 19, 1880 to September 7, 1891.
Wow, what a history. And on the back of this stone is a list of his relatives that go way back. It is a most fascinating stone that it worth a look if you are looking for something to do some weekend.
There are two more cemeteries we checked in this area and stories on them are coming soon.

1 comment:

Autumnforest said...

I love cemeteries and seeing ones I've never seen. Hope you keep documenting them.