What are these stories? There's the woman who lost her husband, four children and her mother in a 10 day period in the 1860s. There are a number of Civil War soldiers, those dying in the war and veterans of the war. And there was Close Light. Was he a Native American? I'll provide more detail on these and other stories during the program (and I will share these on the blog, too). We'll also look at some of the interesting stones in Bovina's cemeteries.
One of the reasons I'm able to do this is thanks to the hard work of Ed and Dick Davidson in documenting these cemeteries. They are in Bovina as of this posting continuing their work of locating all marked graves (go to http://www.dcnyhistory.org/Cemetery/bovina-all-burials.pdf on the Delaware County Genealogy website for the current list of the burials). And they recently attended the Delaware County Historical Association's gravestone cleaning workshop. On September 19, I helped them as we cleaned a couple of stones at the old Associate Presbyterian Church cemetery on Reinertsen Hill Road. The results were impressive (before and after pictures are below). The product they are using is not cheap but it has the advantage of not compromising the stone's integrity.
|Dick and Ed cleaning a stone|
|The gravestone of John Elliott before cleaning.|
|The gravestone of John Elliott after cleaning.|
|Ed and Dick verifying stone location using GPS. The gentleman in the middle is Ed's son, Tom.|