Friday, August 27, 2010

Monday Madness - UPDATE!!!!

Here is my Monday Madness post from Monday of this week.

I have an exciting update!! Minnear Cemetery has been located!

And you'll LOVE the end it was my non-genealogically minded husband who cracked the case! 

The journey towards finding the location has been helped along by many people and I want to be sure and thank them all here:

- DeeDee, my new found "cousin" was able to find a copy of the original deed in the State Libray on her lunch hour. 

- The librarian at the LaFontaine library suggested leads to me that made me think that my first hunch about the cemetery location just might be correct.

- I posted this question on rootsweb and received some great suggestions!

- Heather Allen, Head of Archives/Associate County Historian, Wabash County Historical Museum found even more information about the location.

- Kathleen/Kathleen both left awesome suggestions on my blog posting.

But, as I said, it was my husband who gave me the suggestion that got me the answer I was looking for.  One night, in desperation, I said to him, "I need someone to take a look at all the information I have and give me an idea on what to do next.  I feel like I have everything I need, I'm just missing something."  Within minutes, literally, he said "call the Wabash County Tax Assessor, they will know who owns the property".    DUH......

So, thank you to Kelly Schenkel, County Assessor for providing me with the name and telephone number of Larry Manning, Liberty Township Trustee who was able to give me the address location, name of current property owner and telephone number to call them!

I spoke with the wonderful, friendly people who now live on the land my g-g-g grandparents are buried on and they are happy to let me come down and visit the cemetery.  One of my biggest fears was that there would be no stones left.  Just before we hung up the telepone the homeowner said to me "by the way, is there a child buried there?  One of the stones is smaller than the others."  I replied that, yes, their youngest daughter Jane is buried with them.  She died in 1880 at the age of 14.  Inside I was jumping for joy!  The stones are still there!

On Sunday we are taking my oldest back to college and I am making a side trip to visit Minnear Cemetery. I'm bringing my husband along.

After all, he deserves the honor!


  1. Now that sounds like a packed weekend! Have a great time.

  2. Yay! I'll bet you're very excited to see the cemetery. Will you be photographing the whole thing? We had a similar situation a couple of years ago, we finally found the cemetery my 4th gr grandfather is in, in the middle of a thick grove of trees on private property, no way to get their except through their yard. If we hadn't asked the farmer, we'd never have known it was there. It was a thrill I'll never forget.

  3. What a great success story!! I can't wait to read about the actual visit and see the pictures. Have fun :-)