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
Zip:48183
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
Oldest:1837
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
Moss:
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
Email:

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.
Support:
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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