RESTORATION OF BAINBRIDGE CEMETERY

2006

 

 

Larry Tippin and Sheila Morrison restored a significant portion of the Bainbridge Cemetery during the spring and summer of 2006.

 

This book was prepared to document our restoration efforts. Included in this book are:

This narrative discussion of our restoration,

Maps and description of the layout of the cemetery,

Listing of legible tombstones,

Discussion of individuals buried here and other narratives, and

Photos of a sample of restoration.

Also included is a CD with digital photos of all the stones in the cemetery and other info.

 

 

INITIAL ASSESSMENT

An initial assessment of this cemetery was performed during February and March of 2006. We photographed all the stones we could see and made a rough map of the cemetery. According to the Association Trustees, plat maps of the old part of the cemetery have been destroyed or lost. Part of our restoration involved identifying and mapping the stones in the old part. The restoration efforts focused primarily on the tombstones in the old part of the cemetery which had fallen over or were broken and those which were in immediate danger of falling or breaking. This cemetery was vandalized during 2005. Some of the damage occurred then, but a good portion of the stones that were repaired had fallen and/or broken due to natural deterioration and previous restoration efforts that were not performed in accordance with approved practices, in many cases doing more harm than good. We identified about 70 stones that had fallen off their base, had been broken or were otherwise in need of immediate attention.

 

 

LAYOUT OF CEMETERY

A more detailed description of the layout of the cemetery is included later in this book. Briefly, this cemetery is divided into two major portions, the new part which is east of the main driveway and the old part which is west of the main drive. The old, or west, part is made up of several different sections. The original cemetery consisted of one acre in the northwest corner of the cemetery. This acre was deeded to the "citizens of Bainbridge" by Lewis Shell October 25, 1851. Two additions were added by members of the David Ader family just west of the original part in 1868 and 1869. In 1899 Belinda Ader, widow of David Ader, granted the remainder of the cemetery to the Association.

 

Since there is no current map or plat of the original part of the cemetery, we created a map of the currently known tombstones and markers. We determined it best to number all the stones and markers on the west side of the cemetery. We started at the southwest corner of the cemetery and went north on the western most row, assigning a number to each stone and marker. We then went one row over to the east and numbered that row from south to north and continued this process until all stones and markers in the cemetery was numbered. We have taken digital photos of all the stones in this cemetery. The numbers assigned to the pictures correspond to the plat numbers we assigned.

 

We then created a plat map of the stones using the numbers mentioned above. We also created another map of the cemetery by overlaying those numbers onto the plat of the cemetery, if applicable. Thus, the numbers on the south side of the west part of the cemetery fall within platted and mapped areas as maintained by the cemetery association, while the numbers to the north of west part, which is generally the original acre of the cemetery; do not correspond with any plat of the cemetery. The numbers we assigned for those stones are the only record of the burials that are marked with a stone or marker.

 

We have included a listing of the tombstone inscriptions. The numbers assigned correspond to the number in the plat map mentioned above. There are several listings. There is a listing for the west part of the cemetery and the east part. There is also an alphabetical listing of all known tombstones for the entire cemetery (both sides).

 

In order to obtain an historical perspective of the cemetery, we performed extensive research of the individuals buried here. Our research focused primarily on the burials on the west, or old, side of the cemetery. It is always interesting to find out a little bit about the original pioneer settlers of the area. The results of our research are located near the end of this book.

 

We have also included a few before and after photos of our restoration.

 

 

RESEARCH AND HISTORICAL INFORMATION

We feel an important part of the restoration of a cemetery is to research the individuals buried there. We do this for several reasons. In this cemetery, there are several stones that are not legible, or are difficult to read. In many cases we can verify the dates on the stone through census records. For instance, there may be a tombstone where the death date is either 1868 or 1888, and the age at death was 15 years. If we can verify through the 1880 census records that individual was born about 1873, we can conclude the death date is 1888. We often use the same methodology to determine the name or other inscriptions. We also research marriage records, military records, etc. to obtain information.

 

Another good example of how important research is would be the stone of Marmaduke Darnall. This stone is number 111 on the west side (old part) in our plat map. This stone is very badly deteriorated. We could determine there are three different individuals inscribed on this stone, all of which appeared to be children of William and Emelia Darnall, who are on the next stone to the south. We were able to verify in the 1850 Monroe Township census William and Emelia Darnall had a son named Marmaduke, born about 1836 and a daughter named Nancy J., born about 1838. In the 1860 census, William, Emelia and Marmaduke are still listed, but not Nancy J. or any other children. We are confident that Nancy J. Darnall is the inscription on the west side of this stone. The inscription on the east side is difficult to read but the second line has the word Indiana and what looked like other military information. The dates are hard to read, but it appears the birth date is May 9, 1838 and the death date is April 30, 1864. Those dates do fit the birth date of Marmaduke as noted in the census records. Since the death date is during the Civil War, we researched military records. We found that a Marmaduke Darnall enlisted Sept 10, 1861 with his home listed as Bainbridge. This Marmaduke Darnall was commissioned as a second Lt. in the Co B 43rd Indiana Infantry Regiment. It appears Marmaduke was also in the 11th Indiana infantry for a short time in 1861 until that company was disbanded. We found records indicating a Marmaduke Darnall of Co B 43rd Indiana Infantry Regiment was promoted to Lt 1st class May 7, 1862 then to Captain on May 13, 1862. We also found records that indicated Captain Marmaduke Darnall died of wounds April 30, 1864. Upon further research, we determined Captain Darnallís regiment was in fact engaged on that date at Jenkinís Ferry at the Saline River in Grant County, Arkansas. We are confident the Marmaduke Darnall described in the military records here is in fact the Marmaduke Darnall buried in this cemetery. Thus, through research we were able to verify the burial of a significant Civil War veteran.

 

 

RESTORATION

We restored the 70 stones we had noted in our initial assessment as those in the most need of repair. We also cleaned and or repaired an additional 30-40 stones not listed in our initial assessment. In addition, we were able to locate and identify four or five stones that were not visible during our initial assessment, but were just below ground level. A detailed description of our restoration work is included later in this book.

 

(c) 2006

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View photos of restoration of Bainbridge cemetery:

Martha Housel before

Martha H Housel after

Wm A Starr before

Wm A Starr after

Mary Crews Starr before

Mary Crews Starr after

Ellis children before

Ellis children after

Resetting James and Sarah Allen

Jamesand Sarah Allen reset

Restored looking northeast

 

 

View list of individuals buried in this cemetery.

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