[HISTORY][WORK PARTY SCHEDULE] [PROGRESS REPORT] [BENEFACTORS]
A Recent History of the Cemetery
The James O'Neal Family Cemetery was found by our cousin,
Kenneth O'Neal in November, 2001 Here's Ken's report. We had some
time & the weather was
OK, so we went to Bedford and found the James O'Neal Cemetery. Here are the directions to the Cemetery. Take RT 26 out of Everett, 3 miles, turn left
on W.Mattie Road, go 1/ 10 mile to a sharp right bend, park or pullover on the left side of bend. Walk back the dirt road on the left, and go about 50
yards. The Cemetery is in the field about 100 yards, at 11 o'clock on left. Ken
Here's the cemetery as cousin Ken found it.
(Right click to see larger image.)
My first thought on seeing the photos is the terrible condition of the site. Ken said he was also concerned, so he contacted the landowner, Mr.Wayne Sollenberger. On Nov 13th, Ken reported that Mr.Sollenberger gave his permission to put a fence around the site. Ken told him that we would keep the fence about 2 to 3 feet from the stones so as not to take away from his field, but enough to protect the stones.
Ken found Catherine's stone broken and temporarily stood it back up. John H's and Anna's stones were listing badly. Ken said groundhogs where making homes under the stones, causing them to lean and eventually fall over. Unfortunately, James' stone is totally unreadable and will need to be replaced. To see a writeup and additional photos go to http://www.onealwebsite.com/jocem.htm
Let the restoration begin !
So, to the task at hand. First, what needs to be done?
We need to get a work crew to the site to restore the underpinnings of the leaning stones.
We need to replace James's stone altogether and we need to repair Catherine's stone.
We need to put up a protective barrier around the site.
OK, how are we going to coordinate this.
What are we going to need to restore the James O'Neal
Bottom line, we're going to need two things, money and strong backs.
What can I do as a member of the O'Neal Family to help
There are several things YOU can do to help.
Volunteer for a work party
Donate funds to help with expenses
OK, so we're going to restore the James O'Neal Family
It sounds like a fun project . How do I help and/or donate?
If you want to volunteer for a work party, contact cousin Ken. He will be setting up the dates and times. You can contact Ken by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me at email@example.com. I will be posting the work parties on the James O'Neal Cemetery Restoration page on the O'Neal Web Site and in The O'Neal Genealogy Association Newsletter.
Send monetary donations to Ken also. His snail mail address is listed at the bottom of the page.
When you send donations to Ken, send me an email. Ken will confirm when he receives the donation and I will send you a receipt.
The same goes for material donations. Receipts will be sent on O'Neal Genealogy Association stationary and can be used for tax purposes.
Thanks and Recognition
We want to recognize every person who contributes to this noble effort to save a small piece of our O'Neal Heritage.
Every contributor will have his/her name immortalized on the James O'Neal Cemetery Restoration Contributors page,
both on the O'Neal Web Site and in The O'Neal Genealogy Association Newsletter.
(Amount of donations will be kept confidential. Only donors will be listed.)
Kenneth O'Neal Information
227 Swink Hill Rd.
Connellsville, PA 15425