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About Our Cemetery Caretaker

Sharon Riddle, Caretaker 2012

In addition to being a warm and caring person Sharon Riddle is the caretaker of Union Chapel Yates Cemetery, a job she inherited from her mother Jewel Froman Sears. We are working closely with Sharon to assist her from afar regarding the cemetery. This cemetery is likely the most historic Yates Family related cemetery that has been identified to date.

It is likely the burial location of John Yates, Sr. b. ca 1760 and his father Benjamin Yates b. ca 1735 documented in the 1820 and 1830 US Census records. We have detected the presence of approximately 75 unmarked graves in the cemetery. Sharon agreeably goes about her task as caretaker with a caring and loving spirit.

Sharon was born in Crawford Co., IN (daughter of Robert Franklin Sears and Jewel F. Froman). Her parents were Robert Franklin Sears and Jewel F. Froman. Robert Franklin Sears was born 2 Dec 1912, IN; died Jun 1986, IN; he married Jewel Froman (daughter of Lloyd Orville Froman and Minnie Alice Patrick) born 29 Nov 1917, Crawford Co., IN; died 21 Jan 2009, Crawford Co., IN.

Lloyd Orville Froman was born 9 Nov 1885 (son of John Michael Froman and Martha Ann Lee); died 9 Nov 1954, and was buried Union Chapel Yates Cemetery Lloyd married Minnie Alice Patrick. Minnie (daughter of Elias Patrick, Jr. and Amanda Adeline Hughes) was born 17 Mar 1890 and also buried Union Chapel Yates Cemetery.

Elias Patrick, Jr. was born 25 Nov 1834 (son of Elias Patrick, Sr. and Frances B. Riddle). He died 29 Jul 1912 and was buried Union Chapel Cemetery. Elias married Amanda Adeline Hughes 18 Oct 1875. Amanda (daughter of James Armstrong Hughes and Rachel Yates) was born 26 Jan 1848 and died 8 Jan 1938 and was buried Union Chapel Cemetery.

James Armstrong Hughes was born 18 May 1825 (son of John Hughes and Mary Daggs); he died 22 Jan 1896 and was buried Seaton Hill Cemetery. James married Rachel Yates 22 Apr 1847 (daughter of Robert E. Yates and Mary Ann Byers) born 23 Feb 1823; she died 23 Apr 1872 and was buried Seaton Hill Cemetery.

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