in South Central
the 19th century
Roebuck Family Tombstone Dedication
Cemetery was rescued from neglect by local historian Barbara B. Barksdale, who began the Friends of Midland organization.
That organization is the best source of information on the cemetery.
They can be contacted at the following address:
Friends of Midland,
P. O. Box 7442,
Steelton, Pennsylvania 17113-0442.
article is part of a series about the people who make up the community served by
Midland Cemetery. Beula R. Mack of Las Cruces, New Mexico found
ancestors buried at Midland and wanted to replace the wooden headstones
with a more durable granite headstone. She was able to accomplish
her goal recently and invited family and friends to witness the dedication
and unveiling of the new stone. The photographs below are from this
dedication, which took place on October 16, 2004. For a history of
the Roebuck Family in Steelton, please click here.
#1 The original wooden markers, which have been in storage, rest over the
draped new replacement marker.
#2 Family members gather before the dedication ceremony: Andrea McBride, David Richardson, Kim Roebuck- Dunston
#3 Garth McBride, Ronald L. Roebuck (center), Joe Johnson, Ethel Roebuck- Pickens,
David Richardson, Jr., Mary Louise Roebuck-Richardson, (front) Arlene Roebuck
#4 Reginald Pickens and Ronald Dunston, Jr. stop to read the Midland Cemetery
#5 Reginald Pickens, Ronald Dunston, Jr. (detail)
#6 Beula Roebuck- Mack, Ronald R. Roebuck, unidentified (in the baseball cap
in the back) and Ronald McKamey discuss family history.
#7 Vincent C. Mack and Beula Roebuck-Mack near the ancestral graves. At
right is Friends of Midland board member Sharon Harris in nineteenth century
#8 Ronald L. Roebuck, Jr., Kim Roebuck-Dunston and Ronald Dunston, Jr.
#9 Beula Roebuck-Mack begins the dedication ceremony by discussing how she
found the original graves with the help of Barbara Barksdale.
#10 Shelby Richardson, David Richardson, Jr., Dawn Richardson, David Richardson Sr.,
and Mary Louise Roebuck- Richardson listen to the presentation.
#11 Listening to Barbara Barksdale (in historical costume) give a presentation
about the history of Midland Cemetery are Mary Louise Roebuck-Richardson, Arlene Roebuck, Ashley Artimis, Myra
Roebuck-Anderson and Jada Anderson.
#12 Rear: Ronald R. Roebuck. Garth McBride, Reginald Pickens
Next row: Russell Roebuck, Jr., Kim Roebuck-Dunston, Ethel Roebuck- Pickens,
Children: Ronald Dunston, Jr., Brandon Pickens, Jason Pickens, Issac Roebuck
Barbara Barksdale of the Friends of Midland tells the historical background of
#14 Melanie Anderson and Vincent Mack (back ground) listen to Ronald R.
Roebuck explain what genealogy means to him."
#15 The Richardson family, David, Jr., Dawn Mary Louise, children Shelby
and Shannon, and Arlene
Roebuck shelter under umbrellas from the steady rain that developed during
#16 Claude Burns tells how he and his brother used to maintain the wooden
grave markers by repainting them on a regular basis.
#17 Claude Burns points out details on Jennie Roebuck's old wooden marker
#18 Myra Roebuck-Anderson and Jada Anderson listen to the ceremony.
#19 Vincent Mack gives closing remarks.
#20 Beula Roebuck-Mack and Vincent C. Mack unveil the new Roebuck headstone.
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Photographs by George F. Nagle, Friends of Midland Cemetery.
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This page was updated November 22, 2004.