02 December 2015

Hidden Graves Uncovered

It is always great to hear about a “reveal” that involves a cemetery and tombstones!

We often hear about long-neglected cemeteries and this is the first time that I’ve read about a newly discovered large-scale cemetery (okay a bit of an exaggeration as I gather that local genealogists were aware that it existed though the headstones had long been buried). Hidden Eloise graves uncovered in Westland tells the story ...

Locals have long heard about the hidden graveyard from that time. Now, those graves have been found and those who found them have a new mission: getting Wayne County to recognize the site as a cemetery.

The history of Eloise in Wayne County is more like Michigan folklore. It originally housed the mentally ill and is nearly as old as the state, dating back to 1839. It closed in 1984.

What appears to be a lonely field alongside Henry Ruff Road in Westland is a graveyard that three months ago was unmarked. It sits several hundred yards from the old Eloise mental hospital.

The article is an interesting read and again reminds us of what just a few people can accomplish.

To learn more about Eloise, check out the Friends of Eloise FB page.  There appears to be an active gofundme effort to fund the creation of an Eloise Museum.

Also recently reported was the discovery of coffins in NYC, Old Coffins From 1800s Discovered Underground

This reminds us that cemeteries are being “unearthed” all the time and that just because you don’t find burials listed on Find A Grave, BillionGraves, Interment.net, or other cemetery records websites, it doesn’t mean that they don’t exist.

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