Search for Issac Russell Continues

Bob arrived home for Christmas just in time to go with me and John to a service project at the possible Isaac Russell burial site in Richmond. Bishop Dial of the Whitmer Ward arranged for the full-time missionaries and some members to start working on removing the dead branches and cleaning out the debris among the trees where we are thinking Isaac Russell may be buried.

We arrived at about 10:30 in the morning. It was a pretty cool day, but not too bad, so we were able to get a lot of work done. Our friend Keith Bowen had already done some work in the weeks prior (Keith is also the president of the Missouri Mormon Frontier Foundation), and had found some old bricks fence posts, and pickets among the trees. Keith was there when we arrived, and one of the first things we did was take measurements of where the various relics were, how far apart the trees are, etc. We were then joined by missionaries and members, and before long the whole area looked great.

We still didn’t find any solid evidence of Isaac’s grave, but there is definitely more digging to do and other work to see if we can find anything. Exciting!

This is the largest tree and the one nearest where artifacts have been found
Digging down where decades of soil have been built up
Keith prodding for a headstone or other relic
The tree has grown around this early 1800s brick
Moving logs

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