I'm really a bit surprised at myself. I have been researching the Cane Creek Massacre for almost 4 years, and although I have been to the Conder Cemetery and seen the marker placed for Riley and Martin, I still had not visited the graves of the family members who survived: Jim, Malinda, Rachel and Vicie.
About four months ago I decided to fix that oversight. It wasn't hard to learn where they were buried. Several independent records confirm that they were buried at Dabbs Cemetery on Trace Creek. That made sense. The family lived along Trace Creek after returning to Lewis County in about 1897. That year Vicie married Will Haley, whose family had lived along Trace Creek for many years.
The cemetery itself, however, was harder to find than I expected. I found Dabbs Cemetery Road, and where it intersected with Trace Creek Road. Thinking that the cemetery was probably at the far end of the road, I drove out to find it. Sadly, the road ended and there was no cemetery to be found. It was getting dark and I was running out of time, but no one was home at the only nearby house I could find. My search would have to wait until next time.
On my next visit months later I finally found the cemetery. Turns out that the road used to continue on to Dabbs Cemetery, but that the bridge had been destroyed and the bulk of the road had been reclaimed by the woods. There was another road from the opposite direction that was still being used: Kro Hollow. My second attempt was successful.
Although the condition of some of the grave stones is sad, I don't really have a relationship with the deceased. Legally I can't fix this. My only options are to see if some descendents are willing to approve efforts at repairs. Most of them, however, want nothing to do with Mormons.
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