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RIPLEY COUNTY MO TOMBSTONE PHOTOS

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EXCITING NEW PROJECT!!!!!!!

LIBBIE CAMP AND I HAVE DECIDED UPON A NEW AND EXCITING PROJECT.

 

WE ARE GOING TO MAKE 2 CEMETERY BOOKS.  THESE ARE BOOKS THAT INCLUDE A PICTURE OF EACH & EVERY TOMBSTONE IN THE BARDLEY & THE PINE CEMETERIES OF RIPLEY COUNTY MO AND A PHOTO OF THE PERSON.

 

ALONG WITH A PHOTO OF THE PERSON, WE WILL ALSO HAVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR EACH AND EVERY PERSON THAT WE CAN. 

 

WE NEED PHOTOS OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE BURIED IN THESE CEMETERIES. 

 

IF YOU WISH TO CONTRIBUTE PHOTOS OF YOUR LOVED ONES, WE WOULD BE EXCITED TO HAVE THEM.

 

WE PLAN ON SELLING THESE CEMETERY BOOKS AND THE PROCEEDS FROM EACH AND EVERY BOOK WILL GO TOWARDS THE CEMETERY FUNDS AND FOR PLACING TOMBSTONES ON UNMARKED GRAVES IN EACH CEMETERY. 

 

WE ARE NOT DOING THESE BOOKS FOR PROFIT.  WE BOTH HAVE A LOT OF OUR ANCESTORS BURIED IN THESE TWO CEMETERIES.  OUR LOVE & THE WISH TO HONOR THESE LOVED ONES THAT HAVE GONE ON BEFORE US IS OUR REASON FOR THIS PROJECT.

 

AS MOST OF YOU KNOW, I HAVE SPENT THE LAST 4 OR MORE YEARS PHOTOGRAPHING THE TOMBSTONES IN THE CEMETERIES IN RIPLEY COUNTY.   AS I TRAVEL BACK TO RIPLEY COUNTY TO PHOTOGRAPH MORE CEMETERIES, I OFTEN STOP BY THE CEMETERIES THAT I HAVE ALREADY PHOTOGRAPHED AS I PASS THEM IN SEARCH FOR ANOTHER ONE TO PHOTOGRAPH.  I CAN STATE FOR A FACT, THAT IN THE SPAN OF TIME OF ONLY 4 YEARS, SOME OF THE TOMBSTONES ARE ERODING TO THE POINT WHERE THEY ARE NOW UNREADABLE AND EVEN BROKEN & IN SOME INSTANCES, NO LONGER THERE.  BE IT FROM THE ICE STORMS, THE SPRING RAINS AND THUNDERSTORMS OR JUST TIME, WE ARE LOSING WHAT LITTLE INFORMATION WE HAVE ON TOMBSTONES.

 

IT IS MINE AND LIBBY’S BELIEF, THAT THESE CEMETERIES AND TOMBSTONES MUST BE PRESERVED.  NOT ONLY THE ONES IN RIPLEY COUNTY, BUT ALL CEMETERIES.

 

 

LIBBIE AND I PLACED 4 TOMBSTONES,  TWO YEARS AGO FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE BURIED IN THE BARDLEY CEMETERY, WHO HAD NO TOMBSTONE.  I CAN NOT EVEN BEGIN TO EXPLAIN THE EMOTIONS THAT I FELT THAT DAY AS I WAS THERE AS THE STONES WERE BEING PLACED.  EVERY NEW TOMBSTONE THAT WE HAD PLACED, LIBBIE NOR I HAD EVER MET THE FOLKS, JUST A NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PERSON AND THAT THEIR 'DASH' WAS NEVER FORGOTTEN.

 

WE ARE HERE TODAY BECAUSE OF OUR ANCESTORS WHO CAME BEFORE US.  DO WE LOOK LIKE THEM?  DO WE HAVE ANY OF THEIR TRAITS?  DID THEY EVER THINK THAT IN THE FUTURE, THAT THEIR DESCENDANTS WOULD COME LOOKING FOR THEM?  THAT WE WOULD EVEN CARE?  DID THEY EVER IN THEIR WILDEST DREAMS EVER THINK THAT COMPLETE STRANGERS WOULD MEET, GET TOGETHER AND FIND OUT THEY WERE RELATED THROUGH THE ONE ANCESTOR THAT IS LAYING IN REST IN AN UNMARKED GRAVE?  THEN BECOME FRIENDS WITH AN ENDEAVOR TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR LIFE, IS RECORDED AND DOCUMENTED

 

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTRIBUTE INFORMATION, OBITS, PHOTOS (WE REALLY NEED PHOTOS) OR SOME HISTORIES ON ANYONE BURIED IN THE BARDLEY OR PINE CEMETERY, PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH US.  WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET.

 

WE PLAN ON HAVING THE BARDLEY CEMETERY BOOK PUBLISHED AND DUE TO COME OUT IN THE SPRING OF 2010.  THE DEADLINE FOR SENDING PHOTOS AND INFORMATION FOR FOLKS BURIED IN THE BARDLEY CEMETERY IS DEC. 1, 2009.

 

AFTER WE GET THE BARDLEY CEMETERY BOOK PUBLISHED WE WILL THEN START THE PINE BOOK.  THE PINE CEMETERY BOOK SHOULDN'T TAKE AS LONG TO GET PUBLISHED IN THAT WE KNOW A LIL BIT MORE NOW ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING.

 

WE STILL NEED YOUR PHOTOS.

LIBBIE CAMP

BECKY PYLAND DAVIS

BARDLEY CEMETERY BOOK

BARDLEY CEMETERY

PINE CEMETERY