Candace R Willey Emery is almost certainly buried in the Maple Grove Cem.She was the first burial in the Methodist church cemetery.The church was formerly the first school in Thompson and used by the Methodists. The church was later rebuilt but the burying ground remained the same.
I contacted an archeologist and historian (he contacted me, actually) and he was able to confirm the history of the Maple Grove burying ground as the same described in Viance Emery's work with the info supplied by Candace who was seven when her mother died.The grave was likely marked by a wooden cross as the Emerys left Thompson long before a formal stone could be carved.The wooden cross would have long rotted away.Ken Willey suggested Candace was buried with two infant children...though Viance's work suggests there was only one..ie. Dr. Emery was the father of 11, six by his second wife.
"Ohio was still quite a frontier state then; my sister (Candace) tells me there was nothing at Thompson when they first lived there; afterwards there was a school house built, and the Methodist held church services in it. The school house widows were made of oiled paper instead of glass.They started a burying ground there, and my father's first wife was the first one buried in it."Viance Lettie Emery Burrill
email 9 Mar 2010
"Madam, (oops) Please forgive me for not getting back to sooner. My name is Rob Williams and I am an Archaeologist and Historian. After being informed of your inquiry by Trustee Leffel, via my father, I have looked into your search for your ancestor's grave. I am also forwarding this to Trustee Leffel so also has a record of my findings.
After reviewing and verifying the information you have submitted I feel that your great x4 grandmother is a victim of circumstance and history. According to your research your ancestor was buried in a newly opened cemetery in 1932 (1832). Through my research the only cemetery to open for use in that year was the second township cemetery called Maple Grove Cemetery, west of the township square and west of the Methodist Church, which lay on the same site as the current church, as in your research. Even though I feel that this is her final resting place there is no record of her burial nor a headstone bearing her name in the cemetery.
I believe that at one time her resting place was marked with a simple wooden cross which has long since deteriorated. I feel that this is probable because the use of wooden crosses were typical of pre 1850 cemeteries to mark grave until a stone could be purchased and carved. Carving a headstone took several months barring availability of the stone, time of year the person died, and spelling errors which cause the entire process to start over. The reason I feel there is no headstone is that during my research I uncovered that Dr. George Reid Emery had remarried a woman from Montville, Ohio and moved to Kansas (Spencer Ohio)withing a year of his first wife's death. This short time frame between her death and his remarrage / relocation elludes to my hunch that a headstone was never made and as her wooden cross deteriated her grave was forgotten with time. I have narrowed the graves likely location to section 61, on the western side of the cemetery, where the oldest headstones are located besides a couple of reburied Revolutionary War soldiers from other earlier abandon cemeteries. I apologise that I could not narrow it down any closer because the deep snow hindered me from locating unmarked graves."