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Subject: Re: [NCCURRIT] Save our Cemeteries
Date: Fri, 09 Feb 2007 17:19:17 -0000
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Glenda, I appreciate your interest in helping us, believe it or not you are the ONLY one who has offered to help us!! We had a real hum dinger of a mess with one supposeded landowner of a cemetery we went to at the REQUEST of someone else!! We had an altercation with the woman on the first day we arrived at the cemetery, and just on a hunch Ben and I went to the Courthouse and dug through the deeds to find the cemetery had been EXCLUDED off the property (which meant the cemetery was NOT on the woman's property) and Ben and I unknowingly had went on the wrong driveway and were not on her property to begin with but on her neighbors. Anyway we went back the second day knowing we were in the right, (we had already dug up one tombstone) before all HECK broke loose, the woman's husband arrived on scene and called the police (which we had alerted the police, and the Clerk of Court that am that we expected further problems from this landowner)We didn't have 1 police officer We had "!
6" cars of Police to show up, "2" sets of neighbors (with their deeds in hand)all arguing with this landowner that they had nothing to do with this cemetery. Ben and I both believe that there are other tombstones there underground about 6", but we were asked to await the decesion of the Magistrate, because this property owner and his Wife were so unreasonable and refused to accept that this property was not on their deed.
LONG STORY SHORT...The man's whose driveway we were on and who takes care of the cemetery told us we could come on his property ANY TIME and he would love for us to find the other tombstones BUT....the magistrate wants the other Property Owners off his back and would rather we not go back without an order from the Clerk of Court (which we do not have time to get orders from the Clerk for every cemetery we might run into trouble on). Ben and I thought if we approached the Govenor of North Carolina and asked for BLANKET permission to photograph and if necessary dig up the buried tombstones we could aleviate any futher ordeals of this magnitude. Unfortunately as I said before YOU are the only one to reply to our out reach of support.
Ben and I will continue to do our thing untill we run into another problem and decide at that point if what we are doing is worth all the grief.
Thanks again Glenda
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