Hello fellow researchers below is what I posted on my own board for my Warren county web site @ AHGP. Hickory Point Cemetery really needs some help from people who are descended from the ones buried here or it's not going to be any longer. Read below. I'm only one person trying to do many many jobs in cemeteries, my web pages, and other things and I need some help here and some support in trying to put some semblence back into this cemetery that hasn't had much even through it's own history. We need to do something now. Thanks. Foxie http://www.usgennet.org/usa/il/county/warren/http://www.usgennet.org/usa/il/county/warren/ Read below:
Hello everyone, Hope you are all sound and safe. Our Weather sure is not cooperating this spring, We've had cold, damp, rainey, and even a little snow. Suppose to be getting up into the 60's this next week. But as I am getting a little tired of it when some of the days are a little better have been going out to the cemeteries anyway. Spring time is really good time to be casing a cemetery to find older stones that might be buried in the soil and such. the Ground is soft muddy right now. But my daughter Kate and I we muddle through anyway and have a good time doing it. In some of the newer photographs that will be going online you also see my dog or rather my father's little Toy_fox terrier. He's 11 years old hardly ever went in a car but once he hears my keys jingling he's all ready to jump in. Just gets a little cold right now.
I was asked to for some tombstone photos in the Salem Cemetery, Ellison Twp., Warren County, Illinois for a lady who is trying to join Daughter's of the American Revolution. Actually this was my first on this Cemetery for someone to ask about them. Have found out there are a bunch of Ross's that are buried there and some of the tombstones are old and broken, sunken into the ground and not in very good shape. They take good care of it otherwise but the older stones are going and I didn't get all of them with my older digital I had and hadn't been back down since with my newer camera so Yesterday, Kate, Bingo Buddy, my dad's dog, and I headed out to get our sheep some feed and then the poor things had to wait until after 8pm to get fed because I decided on the way down we had to go by the Mosher Cemetery, where my great's and the beginnings of my Wallace family are buried and I've been looking for over ten years for my great grandmother's tombstones, Huldah Whitman Wallace, but alas we still did not find hers. We did however Find her or rather my 4th great grandfather's tombstone. It was on the back of his wive's Nancy Smith. Her stone is old huge big white slab that has been broken off for years and still lying in the same place and I asked Kate if she could lift it up and so we could look on the other side and there was his name. Walla---William Wallace. I was so happy. Then we found another little tombstone for a child, named Edward, son of W. W. & H. J. Wallace we dug it up and stood it up. This cemetery was let go for many many years and then cleaned up and some tombstones have been replaced and some of the older ones are just plain decaying and being broken off and sunken in ground, piled in an old tree stump. They did however cut out some old trees from a couple of them. But was happy with the find and re photographed my own families tombstones with my new camera. Then we are off again to have lunch in Monmouth at Burger King, my daughter won't eat at McDonald's.
On the way to the Salem Cemetery, we have to go by the road which goes to the Hickory Point Cemetery and I've been wanting to see this cemetery without any of the tall tall grass and weeds before it got all overgrown again. I had taken most of the tombstones but that was in the late fall when the grass was High. When taking them for a couple of people we thought we had gotten them all. Well, we did get a surprise there and I actually knew the cemetery would NOT be in Really great condition but was very very much appalled at what we found with the grass had been burned & cut off. Tombstones are being grunched up by the mower which on the ones lying on the ground, they are blacked and greyed from the heavy heat of the fire when burning which I also realize some is from the lechenin that grows over time but they were awful. You will be able to see as I'm going to put them all online. Haven't decided how as of yet but am working on that. I want to help this poor cemetery that has not had the best of care even in it's beginnings. And now it's getting worse. A few of the Civil War monuments really need to be replaced, some of the family stones could use some help. I'm employing anyone with family in this cemetery for help!!!!! The township as I've talked to one or two people in the area really don't care about it and burn it off and mow it once a year but that is destroying the last resting place of someone's ancestors. The fence on the east has now been taken down that was there last fall. So that means they will be plowing up more of it or closer to it for more corn. Someday they will probably actually plow right over them and don't think it can't be done because it has been done I know of few places where this has actually happened and it sickens me. So, if you have relatives in the Hickory Point Cemetery, Ellison Twp., Warren Co., IL. Let me hear from you. here is a link to the known people buried in this cemetery:
when I get the photos online will let you know. Then we headed for the Salem Cemetery going cross country as I've gotten to know the roads and where they go in Warren Co., IL. and we ended up going to the Asbury Cemetery first and now between Kate and I we have all the tombstones on film for this cemetery. Am going to try and get these online too with the tombstone lisitngs. Kate dug some tombstones here too.
Then we headed for the Salem Cemetery which is not very far from the Asbury Cemetery. And Kate and I had the most fun digging up Charles Ross' tombstone and his wife Pricilda Ross. Hers was the worst we finally didn't get it all the way up or the bottom part out of the hole it has sunken into. We were even asking Pricilda to help us by pushing up from the bottom but she must of been out on another mission because we didn't get any help there. I was standing on a shovel and trying to get it to go into the ground and it was taking forever, Kate got to laughing at me, then I was laughing, then I fell down on the tombstone, in the hole behind it and we really had a good laugh and wondered if there was anyone else out there that goes to all this trouble for someone we don't even know and we had another good laugh. Kate says it's fun and she likes digging them up. Charles' is in three pieces and we tried to put it back and laying down so that when they mow it won't get broken anymore. These tombstones are made of the white limestone and are in crumbling condition. If they run the mower over it too many times Charles Ross' tombstone will be in more pieces.
But that was our day. I lost my shoe trying to change pants in one of the cemeteries and Kate laughed her head off because it was in the back window of the car and I couldn't even see it. Jeans just didn't cut it for the cold wind we had and had to put my winter pants on to keep me warm. Suppose to warm up this week. I surely hope so. Would like a few days of Spring weather before we have hot summer. Spring is almost over and it's been cold and rainy.
But pass the word Hickory Point Cemetery. I have a couple of people to email on it myself whom I took a bunch of tombstone photos for in the pass and Dave You Black's tombstone is falling apart. Also, found a Brazelton's tombstones. Remember the name.
Well, have to go and put some laundry in today we have to do domestic chores before anything. Didn't get any done yesterday with running to all the cemeteries way down south in Warren County, IL.