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William Perry Hay then went to Yankeetown (where it used to be anyway), and a half a mile east, across Deer Creek, lies Yankeetown Cemetery which he went over thoroughly. "The cemetery has been completely negelected, it is overgrown with vines and briars, there are numerous instances of the removal of bodies and such stones as remain are leaning or fallen." He failed to find any names known to him.
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|Theodora Lincoln's tombstone in Kirkwood Cemetery in London, Ohio - 2006 internet photo|
London Times -- 1903 -- Mrs. Judge Lincoln had 6 of her relatives removed from the old cemetery at Yankeetown and one from the graveyard on the Jones-Breyfogle farm to the London Cemetery. Colonel Johial [sic] Gregory, buried in 1817, Revolutionary War Veteran and was the great-grandfather of Mrs. Lincoln and also of O.W. Loofbourrow.
In 2002, Jeannie Kelleher of the Madison County Genealogical Society at the London Library said "there is no cemetery in London called the 'London Cemetery' but they were probably referring to Oak Hill Cemetery, I have checked our book for Oak Hill, plus Kirkwood and St. Patricks plus Range Township and do not find any entry for Jehiel Gregory." She personally went out to Oak Hill Cemetery on January 9, 2002 and looked at the Judge Lincoln lot (which is the reinterment place specified in Grant Gregory's book "Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Gregory"). She stated "it contains three identical large tombstones -- John Ashley, Harriet Lincoln (first wife) and Judge Lincoln. The lot does not look big enough to have buried eight other people there, but they did. Unfortunately no mention of Jehial [sic}." This was based on information from Gloria Penwell who has the lot records for Oak Hill which state that in "October 1863 the following were bured on Lot 48 Section 2: B. J. Clark, Rachel Clark, Franklin Clark, Quinn Clark, J. Clark, Minnesota Clark, Myrtle Clark and Bert Cark without tombstones" (the eight other people buried there). This is the lot where "John Ashley Lincoln, Judge and Mrs. Judge Lincoln are buried with very nice markers" -- J. J. Clark and a J. Lincoln having purchased the lot from A. E. Wilson. Jeannie Kelleher did not know where the second Mrs. Lincoln (Theodora Annette Phelps Lincoln) was buried. (Note that there was no relationship between the Gregorys and Judge Lincoln and his first wife; it is only the second wife, Theodora Lincoln, to whom the Gregorys are related.)
As of 2006, it is certain that the Gregorys are buried near the grave of the second Mrs. Lincoln in Kirkwood Cemetery, and Kirkwood was probably once referred to as "London Cemetery;" the burial site is not Oak Hill where Judge Lincoln is buried. The seven relatives reinterred in 1903 from Yankeetown Cemetery and Jones farm included: Jehiel Gregory, Sr. (1755-1818), his wife Elizabeth Andrews Gregory (1757-1857), their sons Andrews Gregory (1789-1866) and Jehiel Gregory, Jr (1782-1823), and most assuredly Jehiel Jr's wife Sarah VanDolah Gregory (~1793-1824). The sixth and seventh bodies could be Nehemiah Gregory (1784-1817) and Andrews' wife (Sarah Roberts Gregory). These would undoubtedly be "all the early Gregorys" as mentioned in 1937. It is assumed that Nehemiah's wife (Patience Brown Gregory), who remarried after his early demise, is buried elsewhere. William Perry Hay was certain that Jehiel Gregory Sr. and Elizabeth Andrews Gregory were among the reinterred (as specified in Grant Gregory's book "Ancestors and Descendants of Henry Gregory"), and that Jehiel Gregory Jr. and Sarah VanDolah Gregory had been buried on "Jones farm" (as specified in Grant Gregory's book) -- however, the newspaper article says that only one body was exhumed from "Jones Farm" -- curious since clearly Sally and Jehiel would have been buried next to each other when they died four/five months apart. It is assumed that this discrepancy is a minor point, and that either the newspaper article or Stella Miller or Grant Gregory's source remembered the original burial places incorrectly, but that the total number of bodies reinterred (seven) is likely to be correct.
In 2007 I visited the Library of Congress and photographed the original book; prior to that time I was working from William Perry Hay's first draft. In the final book it is noteworthy that he too specifies "Kirkwood Cemetery" -- page on Jehiel and Elizabeth Andrews Gregory -- refer to last sentence under Jehiel's notes section. So, independently, William Perry Hay concluded in the 1940s and I in the 2000s that the Gregorys were reinterred to Kirkwood cemetery, buried next to Theodora Phelps Lincoln. However, it is curious that he never concluded which early Gregorys were reinterred, and while he assumed Jehiel Jr who died in 1823 was reinterred, he did not assume Sarah VanDolah Gregory who died in 1824 was reinterred; it is thought that because he had no idea of how many "early Gregorys" were reinterred, he could not make any assumptions as to who. Indeed, no documentation has been found to say which Gregory's make up the seven reinterred at Kirkwood.