The Huffstutter Family website ended the first year on a busy note. The survey of the Huffstutter cemetery on the farm of Mary Ann and Sterling Evans in Kentucky (Carlisle, Nicholas County) took place on December 19th. Darnell Engineering of Cynthiana, Kentucky performed the work.
The cemetery is the final resting place of our family patriarch, Ulrich, on the original land he purchased in the 1790s. The survey was the first step in affording the cemetery legal protection by adding it to the farm deed and county maps. Dan Huffstutter, a Nashville, Tennessee attorney (my brother) paid for the survey and will handle all legal work. I will provide an update on the legal framework of the cemetery in a future blog.
The priorities are to keep the cemetery safe from ever being plowed under (it happened to the cemetery in Indiana where Ulrich’s grandson, George was buried) and to afford us reasonable access should farm ownership change in the years to come. It would be nice to have another cemetery clean-up similar to what we did in 1999. Maybe that can happen in 2013.
Also in December, Janet Gagnon-Yerkie, a 30-year Huffstutter researcher, graciously sent us her entire Family Tree Maker file for inclusion on the Huffstutter family website. Kudos to Connie Graves who did the heavy lifting to merge Janet’s files with ours. As for statistics, our Media files grew by 10% in December to 1070 records and we have almost 3900 profiles. We have also re-organized some of the albums to make navigating the site easier.
We will continue to expand and improve the Huffstutter Family website in 2013. As always, continued submissions of photos and documents are encouraged.