Jordanville Cemetary
Rex Parmelee

Southfield, MI

#1 Aug 3, 2006
My Grandparents are buried there. Earl and May Adelaide Parmelee. My great Aunt and Uncle were Thaddeaus and Zulu Purchase and their son Hiram. My family names are Belshaw..Jennings..Purchase..M email is [email protected]
Rex Edward Parmelee
I spent many summers working on the Purchase farm

Watertown, NY

#2 Nov 20, 2009
Are you referring to the Highland Rural Cemetery? That's the one on the point going out of town. That cemetery has some old burials in it. It is now run by a few people who re-elect themselves every year in secret meetings that is headed by a woman who lives in Massachusetts. She claims her grandfather donated the land but I don't know anybody who hasn't paid for their lots. She therefore thinks it somehow gives her the right to be in charge. There is a huge amount of money on hand but they refuse to put it to good use doing things that are neglected. They do not abide by past perpetual care either. However, they want more and more donations every year and have no qualms about sending out a request for that every year. They don't report things to the lot owners such as cash on hand, what they have done nor how much the people get paid to mow and maintain but this piece of paper begs for money every year. There is a woman (who happens also to be a board member - conflict of interest anyone?) and her son that have been in charge of the cemetery for years - however, they do not do what they are paid for. They get a new riding mower every 2 years -o I wonder if they use it other places? Even on Memorial Day the place isn't totally mowed and cleaned up. There are a lot of old graves that need filling in, stones need repair, the old building needs fixing and there's piles of trash left in a couple places. Too bad to have such disrespect for our ancestors. This board thinks they own the place and they refuse to get any other people involved - they won't even give up the lot-owner list so other people can take a concensus of the majority. Some day it's all going to backfire on the current board.

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