John Balis Stone
Located near the intersection of Rte 23 and Rte 32. The stone is propped against a tree. In 1884, when the History of Greene County was published by J.B. Beers, a small cemetery with about 15 headstones marked the spot. Most stones were fieldstones according to Beers. All have disappeared by 1999, with the exception of the headstone for John Balis. His year of death and age at death are unreadable from the stone. These dates have been located in the Beers text.
Transcribed by Sylvia
Hasenkopf April 9, 2000. Validated in the summer of 2010 and stone digitized.
The picture of the tombstone is in the possession of the Cairo Historical Society.
Sacred to the memory of Mr. John Balis who died Dec. 10th A.D. 1789 in the 48th year of his age.
"In silent shade, here
lies the dust,
Of him who made the Lord his trust.
O! what a sudden, dreadful stroke,
'Twas when the thread of life was broke.
But children dear prepared to be,
For you must die and follow me."