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From: "Beverly" <>
Subject: McNamee Hite Cemetery #2
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 16:07:48 -0500
Here is John's second response to the need to clean up this cemetery.
You can quote me and use my name, and heck, give my email to anyone with
interest in the McNamee/Hite Cemetery or any other cemetery in Walnut or
Liberty Township. We have relatives in most all of them.
I'm a little leery of sending money to someone I don't know. It's a leap
of faith for those who live far away. I would donate in person to
someone doing something in Walnut or Liberty twp, and donate some time
and work, if I surmised it to be on the up and up.
The law states that the McNamee/Hite Cemetery could be dozed over, sold,
and forgotten if no one goes out there or is buried there in 50 years.
The last burial I have found is 1896, that of B.P. McNamee, the last of
my surname to own the land the cemetery is located in. Other than us
genealogists there aren't any visitors, only vandals. Since they have to
mow it all the time, they have incentive to destroy it, but I don't
think that's happening just yet. They were pretty happy to hear from me
when I expressed interest, and have been nothing but supportive.
Township Trustee is an elected position, so the future is never safe for
these old cemeteries. I've made some minor changes out there, but it's
risky doing anything to a marker - I've had a couple of them break as I
pulled them up, to my horror, but they're both still readable. I have
tried to contact a descendant of every one of the original 9 who are
buried there, with some success, and have the go ahead for Adam G.
McNamee and wife from a descendant. Their markers are still very
readable, but are lying face-up, and need to be stood before the weather
destroys them. Many of the markers are showing worse for wear since I
started going out there, so they get priority.
The artisan Bonnie spoke of, John Strickler, was the husband of
Catherine, d/o Adam G. McNamee Sr. I don't know that they are buried
there, but of course the name John Strickler is inscribed as the author
on most stones out there. It could be easily mistaken from a partial
stone that he is indeed buried there. I'll check into that.