Andrew Jackson Ruark (1844IN-1921) - md Sarah Ellen Farmer (1849-1926) in 1863 in Putnam Co., IN, where they spent the rest of their years. A great-nephew, Almon R. Buis, said in a letter that Andrew was known by the family as "Uncle Duck." In the 1900 census Andrew and Sarah were living on their farm in Putnam County, and had 3 children still at home: Edna, Edith, and Monta.
Andrew and Sarah, as well as most of Andrew's brothers, sisters, and parents, are buried in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Putnam County. This is an old, unused, and mostly forgotten cemetery, but is still mowed occasionally. Some of the weeds have grown to the size of small trees! Most of the stones are in good condition, and still quite readable. I was there in 1996, on a beautiful quiet day. When I returned in 1998, several of the stones had been broken. Andrew and Sarah's large monument had been toppled. As you can imagaine, I was crushed when I saw this. I've taken some pictures. Here's one from 1996, and here's the two from 1998 (1) & (2). Also, the last time I was there, there was a large tree branch which had fallen and was laying over several stones towards the back of this small cemetery. The leaves were still on the branch, but the whole thing was black. It must have been there quite a while. The Ruark stones are mainly spread out through the middle.
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