Rumsey Cemetery
Brownstown, Michigan

Rumsey Cemetery
Date: July 23, 2002
Sign: No
Street: 25253 Telegraph
City: Brownstown
Township: Brownstown
County: Wayne
State: Michigan
Nation: USA
Status: Abandoned
Size: Small
Directions: .25 miles South of West Road behind Big Bear Lodge
Type Road: -public
Location: Surburban
Terrain: Hillside
Watersource: Yes
Features: several trees, vegetation mush over-growth
Property: Public
Access: Open
Enclosure: None
Gate: None
Established: 1873
Gravestones: 100 plus
Newest: November 9, 1925
Removed: Yes
Relocated: No
Repairs: Yes
Methods: Adhesives
Restoration: Unsure
Association: No
Records: Yes
Inventory: Yes
Availability: Mrs. John Kreiger author; Michigan Historical Archives
Landscaping: Yes
Paths: Yes
Trees: Yes 2
Crypts: No
Fencing: No
Brickwork: No
Ironwork: No
Sculpture: No
Fountains: No
Roads: No
Buildings: No
Cement: Yes
Granite: Yes
Marble: Yes
Native: Yes
Slate: Yes
Others: Yes
Wood: No
Materials: No
Architectural: Unsure
Angels: Unsure
Draperies: Unsure
Fraternal: Unsure
Hands: Yes
Lambs: Unsure
Monograms: Unsure
Plants: Unsure
Photos: Unsure
Religious: Yes
Scrollwork: Yes
Urns: Unsure
Carvings: Yes
Condition: Cemetery in danger of destruction
Unmarked: Yes
Broken: Yes
Toppled: Yes
Disintegrating: Yes
Buried: Yes
Weather: Unknown
Pollution: No
Vandalized: Yes
Report: Yes
VA1: Gravestones-Overturned
VA2: Gravestones-Broken
VA3: Gravestones-Stolen
Overgrowth: Graves-Disturbing
Overgrowth1: Gravestones-Disturbing
Overgrowth2: Gravestones-Damaging
GroundCover: Yes
Vines: Yes
Drainage: Good
Problem1: Encroachment
Problem2: Apathy
Owner: Unknown
Use: Commercial
Bordering: Commercial
Change: Smaller
Reason: Commercial
Visited: Rarely
Archeology: Unknown
Habitat: Yes
Contacted: Brownstown clerk's office... Also Lila Fedokovitz from Flat Rock Historical Society
Name: Timothy Johnson

Surnames: Blanchard, Brown, Chase, Gault, Little, Milliman, Rumsey, Smith, Wells

Other_Information: The ground is infested with burrowing animals--opposums, skunks, others. I could only Identify 18 gravesites and then only 7 or so had headstones. The property had been a nightclub for several years now it is a resturant. No one seems to have ownership of this property. The last land deed on record is dated 1923 and the cemetary just seems to "go with" the transfer of ownership.
Sherry A. Berecz Burton
Brownstown Township Clerk
21313 Telegraph Road
Brownstown, MI 48183
734.675.0910 (office)
734.675.9931 (FAX)
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