In response to numerous
requests for information about ancestors graves, location of cemeteries
and preservation of Union County cemeteries, the County Historian, Bonnie
Heiskell Peters in June of 1999, requested the County Executive - now
County Mayor, Larry Lay, to appoint an exploratory committee to undertake
the formation of a Union County Cemeteries Association with the mission:
To actively seek ways to
preserve these historic cemeteries sites and to make recommendations to
the County Executive on a variety of preservation, restoration,
maintenance, and perpetual care needs.
A group of interested person began meeting each month. Workshops were
scheduled for drafting a charter and by laws. Attending these workshops
were Robert and Ollie Ellison, Linda Coppock, Martha Carter, Bonnie
Peters, Ellen Perry, Lula Clevenger and John and Mary Ann Cabage. Officers
were elected. The UCCA was chartered by the State on March 14, 2001. Board
members were elected at the annual meeting on May 19, 2001. The UCCA was
given a 501(c) 4 classification by the IRS.
About eighty UCCA members and other volunteers revisited and catalogued
331 cemeteries including (GPS) readings. Of these cemeteries 129 were
located since the previous edition of FOOTPRINTS. This information was
given to the Union County Historical Society and they published it in a
third edition of FOOTPRINTS, UNION COUNTY CEMETERIES.
UCCA members have spent many hours working on the clearing of cemeteries
throughout Union County. The UCCA worked with the State Forestry Division
and Joe Elkins, who put cemeteries in the Chuck Swan WMA on a map.
The UCCA has aggressively worked toward getting signs on as many Union
County cemeteries as possible. We are happy to report that only a few
cemeteries are without signs now.
In order to educate persons and to keep our members informed on what the
Union Counties Cemeteries Association is doing, a website has been created
The Fieldstone, Newsletter of the Union County Cemeteries Association is
mailed twice a year. A number of fundraisers have been held by the UCCA,
The UCCA has members from all across the country who are interested in the
preservation of the graves of their ancestors and loved ones. They have
supported the UCCA by memberships and contributions. If you are not a
member and would like to join us, annual memberships are $10.00 per