Monday, March 31, 2008


A most distressing situation has recently come to my attention. It has been 20 years since I visited this cemetery to take photos of my ancestors graves (see former postings). I requested some photos through Find A Grave and volunteers Floyd & Patti very kindly tried to take photos for me.

They were able to find one grave I was interested in. In doing so they also took a photo of the present condition of the cemetery.

John S. - 1859-1937
Elizabeth H. - 1854 - 1953

This photo shows Floyd hunting through the overgrowth. The large stone at the far left is also for my ancestors. The top of the stone reads Phillips - Dougan. You can see how this area looked before by going to my former posting of September 2007.

Below are some more photos showing the condition this cemetery has deteriorated to. They were taken by R. Bradley Maule ( You can see these and many more on his wonderful website in the Mount Moriah photo essay section at

According to an article on the Mount Moriah Cemetery Dot Org website, a volunteer group called Friends of Mt. Moriah was formed, and was active in 2005. However, I cannot find any up-to-date information on this group. If you are interested in helping to bring this cemetery back to its previous condition please visit the Mount Moriah website at,com_frontpage/Itemid,1/

If anyone has information on this group please let me know. This is an historical cemetery with some famous persons buried here. Something needs to be done.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Swanwick Cemetery, Perry County, Illinois

These great photos were taken by Cheryl Hughes. The graves are for her paternal great and great great grandparents.

James S.
Jan. 24, 1847
Apr. 14, 1928

Jane B.
Jan. 20, 1849
July 30, 1927

Mary Ann Leslie
Wife of
Samuel Huey
Born Apr. 22, 1823
Died June 6, 1854

Aged 31 Yr. 1 mo. __ ds.

(Note: This is Samuel Huey's first wife)

This stone is a replica of the Samuel Huey home. On the front of the stone:
Samuel Huey
1813 - 1887

Samuel's second wife, Mary Coulter, and son Samuel H. also have their names and dates on this stone.

For some great family photos and genealogical information, visit Cheryl's Swanwick Cemetery listings at

Sunday, March 16, 2008

More From Baldwin Cemetery

Robert Burnett
Nov. 22, 1867
Jan. 6, 1936

Theresa A. Burnett
Jan. 12, 1868
Feb. 18, 1951

Anna M. C.
Aug. 13, 1888 - July 24, 1935

Andrew W. V.
Jan. 26, 1885 - Mar. 4, 1944

Vincent Burnett

(no dates on stone)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Finding "Lost" Cemeteries

The following article was published in RootsWeb Review: 27 January 2008, Vol. 11, No. 9

"I once searched for a lost cemetery in a small Connecticut Community. My method was to visit the local coffee shop at breakfast time. All the "regulars" noticed me and spent time wondering who the stranger was.

Towards the end of my meal I asked the waitress if she had ever heard of the cemetery or knew anyone who might have knowledge of it. Without hesitation she approached the regular crowd with the answer they sought ("Who is that guy?"), and the question I had. Within seconds I had half-a-dozen friends, the way to the cemetery, and the history of how the surrounding land developed."

Jay Powell

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Baldwin Cemetery, Continued

Colonel C.
June 2, 1876 - July 6, 1936

Anna M.
Feb. 20, 1882 - June 21, 1963

(Note: Anna M. is Anna Mary Lyons, daughter of Archibald and Martha Boyd (Hemphill) Lyons.)

Hazel Burnett
1914 - 1956

(Hazel is the daughter of Colonel C. and Anna M. Burnett)

James Preston Burnett

Husband of
Helen B. Burnett
Jan. 14, 1870
July 7, 1910