The specific location
of the cemetery is:
My name is Kate Maynard, a native of Portsmouth now living in Martinsburg,
WV. During a recent trip home to visit my mother in Sciotodale,
I visited several area cemeteries in order to document Gilliland
family gravesites. As the owner/administrator for Gilliland Trails,
a Gilliland family history site at www.gillilandtrails.org, I take
photos and write cemetery reports to be posted to our Gilliland
I was so impressed by one particular visit that I thought I'd send
you a copy of my report on the old Shumway cemetery near Minford.
Mr. Wayne Gampp has devoted so much effort to its restoration that
I was very moved. He downplays any importance for the remarkable
work he's done but I wanted to bring his efforts to your attention.
I just returned to Martinsburg a few days ago so I've not had time
to post the report and the accompanying photos to Gilliland Trails,
but once I do so you are welcome to use any of the photos you find.
I had previously reported on Bennett Cemetery in Minford and Scioto
Cemetery north of Lucasville. During this most recent trip I documented
Mt. Joy, Old Shumway, and Friendship. There is also a Gilliland
family cemetery not indicated in any indexes for Scioto County and
I hope to visit it on my next trip. The folks most familiar with
this cemetery are associated with the Erwin-Allen Funeral Home in
Minford. Anyway, although my specific interest is in recording Gilliland
gravesites there may be some photos or the like which you may find
OLD SHUMWAY CEMETERY
Scioto County, Ohio
Location: Off RT 335 just south of Minford. The land adjoining Shumway
(there are no signs for the cemetery) is located behind two homes
to the south side of the Sunshine Church of Christ. Park at the
church lot. Looking east towards the airport you will see a small
forested area behind the two homes. This is where the older section
of Shumway is located. A small, more recent section of Shumway is
situated in the back yard of a yellow house, the second house from
the church. This yellow house was once church property before the
new Sunshine Church building was erected.
Most references I've seen refer to a Shumway#1 and Shumway#2 to
differentiate the older and newer cemeteries but since I am not
familiar with which is supposed to be #1 and #2, I am simply referring
to them as the older and newer sections, with the older one located
in the wooded area. I did not explore the newer cemetery as the
residents of that house were not around at the time I was visiting.
However, I was pleasantly greeted by the residents of the other
home, Wayne and Irmalee Gampp, who invited me to cross their property
and explore Old Shumway.
This is one of those rare success stories of an historic cemetery
that has been lovingly restored by a private and caring citizen
of the community. Wayne Gampp had grown up on the family farm which
is now the regional airport. At that time Old Shumway was located
at the back of the Gampp family's property and he remembered riding
out to the cemetery on his bicycle to spend many an hour of his
boyhood reading the old stones.
After the Gampp property was purchased for the airport, the land
which included Old Shumway became county property. Unfortunately,
one of first things that happened after that transfer was the harvesting
of the old growth forest, including many stately oaks, a process
which caused considerable damage to the cemetery. Before the trees
were cleared, Wayne stated that it was an easy walk through the
cemetery, as the shade of the tree canopy prevented growth of underbrush
and briars. With the large trees cleared, it wasn't long before
the cemetery was swallowed up by the explosive growth of underbrush.
Over time the condition had become so severe that the cemetery became
nearly impassable and its true condition could not be determined.
But Wayne Gampp had not forgotten Old Shumway. When he and his lovely
wife Irmalee took a home near the old cemetery he determined to
restore the cemetery to the one he remembered as a boy. So he took
upon himself the herculean task of clearing Old Shumway of all the
brush and briars that had concealed it. (You can still see some
evidence of the work that was involved.) Then he began the process
of finding the stones, many of which had by this time been broken
or buried. He accomplished this painstaking task with a probe, finding
many stones which had become completely buried. Other large stones
which had been broken from their base are now upright, supported
by trees, stones, or supports.
Sadly, many stones were beyond saving but the ones that remain serve
as indicators to the historic nature of the cemetery. I had sought
out Old Shumway to record the old Gilliland family stones there
and was delighted to find they are among those which have survived.
I also took photos of some White family markers, many of which have
also survived, along with several of the Wood family.
Walking peacefully through the now-cleared resting place for old
Scioto County pioneers, I came to fully realize just how much hard,
dirty work it must have taken to restore Old Shumway as Wayne Gampp
had done. Chatting with him later, he was totally self-effacing
about this accomplishment, stating that he simply wanted to restore
Old Shumway to the place he had known as a boy. Anyone who visits
the cemetery now will appreciate his humility but also realize that
there was also a lot of love invested in this restoration. Old Shumway
is proof that one devoted citizen with civic pride, a sense of history
and unwavering determination, can make a difference -- not for monetary
reward or public accolades, but simply because it's the right thing
to do for those who have come before us and those who will follow.
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