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Re: Mystery cemetery
In Response To: Re: Mystery cemetery ()

Zena..I have a relative looking through the cemetary for those names. The Washington cemetary was started by a former slave named Ellen after she was freed. She took her former masters last name in order for the land to be given to her in the form of a dowry. So in a sense she became Ellen Washington. She has family buried there with her as well as other former slaves of that land area. Once the land became hers she used part of it for the actual cemetary. The cemetary is located in a place that was called Washington Springs. Its located on an old civil war trail road at the base Crowleys Ridge on the out skirts of Cherry Valley. Feel free to contact me personally if you wish..I have a little more info if you want it. Alana

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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