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♦ Isaac Alexander is the 2x Great Grandfather of member: jim coughlin
♦ Isaac Alexander is the 2x Great Grandfather of member: jim coughlin
♦ Eugene Smith is the Grandfather of member: Peter Smith
♦ Amesia Rastus Sellers is the 2x Great Grandfather of member: carrie wilson
♦ Samuel Sellers is the 3x Great Grandfather of member: carrie wilson
♦ Effie Mitts is the 2x Great Aunt of member: Lisa Murphy
♦ Louise Klemme is the 2x Great Aunt of member: Lisa Murphy
♦ Margaret Scherer is the 2x Great Aunt of member: Lisa Murphy
♦ Nettie Mitts is the 2x Great Grandmother of member: Lisa Murphy
♦ Murta C Mitts is the Great Grandmother of member: Lisa Murphy
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Historical Society of Montgomery County Illinois

  • September 28

  • Mary Collins Mary Collins I am researching Milton Robb, born 1810, died 1879; Mary (Polly) Evans Robb, his wife, and all related persons.
    a day ago
  • September 21

  • Robert Cary I would like to thank all who have contributed to this site. I have enjoyed reading the information and have even found some information I didn't have.
    about 2 weeks ago
  • September 20

  • Carey Carter Is your society, or maybe a museum in Montgomery County that would be interested in this?
    about 2 weeks ago
  • Carey Carter I have a signed copy of the illustrated Atlas map of Montgomery County Illinois from 1874. It was signed by General Jessie J Phillips the signature is above the printed version of the signature on the front page.
    about 2 weeks ago
    • jim coughlinWill there be a copy on site for review? In particular, I am looking for the site of the town of Woodsboro and the farm property of the Alexanders in the late 1840-1850.
      5:13 PM September 26
  • September 19

  • Peter Smith I am searching for the relatives of Eugene Vincent Smith 1891-1954 whose Daughter was Alice (died at age 6) and whose son was Frank Charles Smith born in Toledo, Ohio in 1914. Franks mother was Myrtle May-Eugenes first wife. I am Frank's oldest son and would like to reseach my granfather who I never met and have very little history. Thanks Peter Frank Charles Smith
    about 2 weeks ago
    • Carol Hounsellit appears that it is possible that Eugene's middle name is Vernon, both 9-22-1891 in Port Auston, Huron, Michigan. Census records show he worked for the railroad and was living in Chicago in 1940 and married to Evelyn L. Smith. She also worked for the railroad. Myrtle May's father was Charles L. Mizner and if you google his name there is a family tree online for more information. Hope this helps
      11:25 AM September 21
  • Lisa Murphy Forgotten Cemeteries Hello, I was reading the description about the Cass Cemetery. I have information it was the first ground consecrated to the burial of the dead in Raymond Township was on the farm belonging to John Cass. The first interments were made in the 1830's At least 12 soldiers are buried there including veterans of the War of 1812, John Cass and A.C. Cass. veterans of the Black Hawk War, Jessie Mitts, Co. C Whiteside Brigade, and J. T. Lawler, and the other veterans of the Civil War: Adolphus Berrie, Sgt. Co. H 143 Ill. Infantry, John Hitchings, Private Mo. Vol. Inf., J. H. Mitts, Private, Co. C 114th Inf., James Wharton, Co. D 126th Ill. Inf., A. E. Wharton, Private, Co. D 126th Ill. Inf., Martha Swallow is also buried at this cemetery. She was the first school teacher in the area having taught children of the pioneers at her farm home. I am related to the Cass family and the Mitt's family, I just thought I would share the info I came across while doing my research on my Great, great grandparents Milton Mitts and his wife Augusta (Cass) Mitts they were married in Montgomery Co. Ill 12 Sept 1856
    about 2 weeks ago
  • September 16

  • Matthew Kenyon searching for information about my great grand parents Julia L. Pelham (Williams, Kinyon) and John B. Kinyon. My grand-father was born 1886 in Coffeen: Elery Arla Kinyon
    about 2 weeks ago
    • Carol Hounsellsee Findagrave.com memorial 32369308. A family tree exists on Ancestry - a subscription site
      2:24 PM September 17
    • Carol HounsellJulia Louise Pelham, married Frank M. Williams (1845-1883) Dec 14, 1866 in TN. married John Benjamin Kinyon Aug 18, 1885 in Montgomery County, IL. Julia died Feb 14, 1891 in KS. John born June 1, 1840 and died Dec 30, 1917 in Coulterville, Randolph County, IL. buried in Coulterville City Cemetery
      2:31 PM September 17
  • September 15

  • Debbie Small Stephanie Schweitzer Hello Stephanie, Saw your post re Elbert Busby's gravestone photo, Wares Grove Cemetery. If you Google Find-A-Grave and put in his name and the cemetery name, you'll find a photo posted that you can use. I believe Ann Tindall posted the photo.
    about 2 weeks ago
  • September 12

  • Stephanie Schweitzer Ann Tindall Hi Ann, Re: 3572 Essie Busby Pease. I am seeking permission to use this image. I have sent an email to my prospective member to request she leave genealogical information with you regarding her family. Please let me know if I have permission to use your image.
    about 3 weeks ago
  • Stephanie Schweitzer Ann Tindall Hi Ann, I am seeking permission to use your picture of the Busby, Elbert and Belle tombstone in Wares Grove Cemetery? I have a lady who would is seeking membership in our lineage society.With her permission I would be happy to give both of you contact information. She recently retired and is doing her family genealogy.
    about 3 weeks ago
  • September 11

  • Robert Gallup Ann Stoddard The Tennessee cemetery is actually on my cousins property, there is some Turners buried there also Williams ( Mattie Williams) is 1 for sure that is there I don't remember the dated on her stone , the person staying at the house is probably related t me also and I don't remember his name...Mt. Zion Cem. Is missing a lot of stones, I did find 2 of my relatives there ..1 was Augusta May & Benjamin Gallup brother & sister side by side
    about 3 weeks ago
  • September 08

  • Barbara Schreiber Donnellson Illinois I am looking for info on the George W. Edwards family of Donnelson, Coffeen area.
    a month ago
  • Barbara Schreiber Walshville Illinois Looking for info on the Arndt, Edwards and Smith families.
    a month ago
  • Barbara Schreiber Coffeen Illinois My great g grandparents were residents in the Coffeen, Donnellson area. Andrew Jackson Edwards, son of George W. Edwards. GG grandmother was Laura Ellen Smith, daughter of J.W. Smith and Hester Ann Craig Smith. Any one looking into these families?
    a month ago
  • Barbara Schreiber Panama Illinois my father, George Arndt was born in Panama in 1914. The son of Ed and Cora Edwards Arndt.
    a month ago
  • Barbara Schreiber Jennifer Baugher Hi Jennifer, I was searching the site and found your posts about the Smith family and was trying to see if your Smith family is in some way connected to my George Smith family. They had connections in Donnellson and the Lithchfield area. Geroge W. Smiths daughter Laura married Andrew Jackson Edwards. Thanks, Barb
    a month ago
  • September 04

  • Tom Cherry Hello, I am searching for info on the Litchfield IL rock quarry history or photos or documents. My grandfather used to work there and would just like to try to find something on the history from its time. If anyone has any info on the old rock quarry or would even like to share a story with me i would appreciate it. Thank you. My email is sixstring_2007@yahoo.com or feel free to call at 217-710-5664.
    a month ago
  • August 29

  • scott george does anyone know anything about 3 graves marked mami, father, and mother next to a tree in oak cemetery in hillsboro il?
    a month ago
  • Deanna Reeves john chumley Mr Chumley I have a question about your picture of the Pevely Creamery at Chapman. Would you please contact me; my email address is dreeves@consolidated.net. Thank you, Deanna Reeves, Litchfield
    a month ago
  • August 28

  • jim coughlin Our ancestor was Isaac Alexander and we have been researching into his life in Montgomery. He died in 1857 and is buried in Clear Springs Cemetery. One of his sons, who is also buried in the same cemetery, was listed as having died in Woodsboro. Does anyone know where I can find a copy of a map of the town which declined after the railroad was built through it? I am also trying to find the location of their farm from land record information. Thanks.
    about 2 months ago
  • August 24

  • Brenda Rogers Forgotten Cemeteries My Dad's middle name is wrong on the King Cemetery page. I made a note on the page, but would like for it to be corrected. It should be Earl Maynard Jett, Earl Martin Jett. Also the inscription is wrong. My brother, Brad, was left off. I also noted that on the page. Thanks.
    about 2 months ago
  • August 15

  • Jean Gruber Ann Stoddard Ann, I have been member for about a year. I recently was cleaning out some things after my mom died and I found an Obit for a Ted Simmons, fpr 1095 that my dad had apparently saved because he worked with him years ago at the Brown Shoe Company. It means nothing to us. I will be happy to send it to the society if you want it. Can you send me an address? My email is jeangruber2012@gmail.com. Thanks. Jean Gruber
    about 2 months ago
  • Glenn McAnarney Arthur McAnarney, his wife Elizabeth and their 3 youngest children, Elizabeth 12, Mary Ann 10, and Charles left Liverpool, England 17 March 1855 on the packet sailing ship "Tonawanda" and arrived in Philadelphia, PA on 23 Apr 1855. NARA film series 425 roll 78. Philadelphia Passenger lists. Still looking for immigration data on the 6 older children; Patrick,Sarah, James, Edward John and Arthur,
    about 2 months ago
  • August 02

  • Linda Wallis Sallie Hilligoss Hi Sallie! We are second cousins. I have many more pictures of your ancestors. You can contact me at: MissWallis@aol.com
    about 2 months ago
  • July 31

  • Glenn McAnarney NARA passenger lists microfilm series #425 Roll #78: ships arriving Philadelphia, PA 23 Apr 1855 leaving Liverpool, England on 17 March 1855: Arthur McInerny 52, Elizabeth McInerny 50, Elizabeth McInerny 12, Mary Ann 10 and Charles 7. Steerage passengers, 4 pieces of luggage. He is a Laborer. All from Ireland. Finally found them! Now to locate the 6 older children Patrick, Sarah, James, Edward, John and Arthur.
    about 2 months ago
  • July 27

  • Linda Barricklow-Collins Where was Fairview?
    about 3 months ago
    • Linda Barricklow-CollinsI read that there was a Fairview school on Schoolhouse Rd slightly SE of Schram City.
      1:17 PM July 27
    • Sharon HillFairview School was located north of Route 108 on the second road past the Interstate 55 intersection. It sat on the west side of the road between property now belonging to Stewarts and Hollidays.
      9:32 PM July 29
  • July 20

  • Gary Poelling Trying to identify the name of a school in Nokomis my mother attended approx. 1915. I have an old photo but don't know how to put photo with this inquiry. Can anyone help me?
    about 3 months ago
  • July 16

  • Annette King Hello, My great grandfather is Charles Dilworth King he is the brother of Nellie King McLean. She married Charles Fleming McLean and is buried with her mother Lydia and father George and her husband in Hillsboro. I will happily checkout your tree site. Annette
    about 3 months ago
  • July 14

  • E Branstetter Annette King I see that you are related to a Charles Mclean. I have two in my tree but they don't seem to match your Charles. My tree site is BlissSeymourBuchan.tribalpages.com
    about 3 months ago
    • Annette KingI wasnt able to find you on the tribal site but cool like it and i signed up. Did a search I believe the charles fleming mclean links up with your lines through his father Alvin Aiken. is the son of william Mclean sometimes listed as McLain and Isabella Aiken. Alivin had 3 wives and charles was from his second anne hutcheson. I believe Ben and charles were cousins. But funny thing my gg charles king would go on to become a dr.
      10:58 PM July 16
    • E BranstetterOh hmmm! I am under Branstetter, Elizabeth Sunshine.
      Interesting findings! I might have to dig a little to see what I can find myself about those guys!!
      8:59 PM July 17
  • July 01

  • Bill Lutrick Bill Lutrick Looking to share and deposit research on the Ludewick surname and associated North Carolina descendants in Montgomery County. Associated families include Cress, Foil and, Bost of East Fork and Fillmore Townships.
    about 3 months ago
  • June 06

  • bonnie brown I am seeking information about Frank Hudson of Irving, Illinois. His parents were William and Myrtle Brown Hudson. He had a brother named Wade and a twin sister Rhoda who died in 1920. He and his wife Frances appear on the 1940 census and her maiden name might have been Snow. I would appreciate any help.
    about 4 months ago
  • June 04

  • Marcella Jackson I'm looking for the death date of Mabel Mason Caulk. Also where she was buried. She was born October 1875
    about 4 months ago
    • Carol Hounsellcan't find Mable but census records show family moved to the Des Moines Iowa area by 1910 and Mabel still alive. Husband James Franklin Caulk buried in Jordan Cemetery and died in 1955. Also a couple of their children are buried in Iowa. Census records show Frank was widowed by 1920
      10:21 PM June 04
  • May 28

  • Warren McReynolds History question. When did 2-digit phone numbers disappear from Hillsboro
    about 5 months ago
    • Marilyn HudsonWarren, I message about 2 weeks ago, my husband who is Blake Hudson I think is your cousin. His father Wade Hudson is from Hilsboro, Il A Franis Snow married a Frank Hudson who would be his Uncle And Franis Snow's father is Francis Snow. If you are from Peoria, and would like to call, we live in Marquette Hgts. Here is our number 382-3759 just ask for Blake or Marilyn Hudson
      8:27 PM June 06
    • Marilyn HudsonAnother cousin named Bonnie Brown and I are trying to find people. She is also on this site if you would like to contact her. She is the one who contacted us on getting this started. They gave her our phone number from the cemetery where Wade Hudson, my husband father is buried.
      8:32 PM June 06
    • bonnie brownWarren, you, the Hudsons, and I have the same gggrandparents. Our great grandmother Rhoda C. Lipe was the sister of your great grandmother Lora Lipe.
      7:42 AM June 10
  • May 19

  • howard desart stephanie fee Hi Stephanie, I am Howard D. DeSart and I have been researching DeSart family members for the past 30 years. I have over 2,000 family members in my database. I have Thomas DeSart your 2X great grandfather, George DeSart your 3XGreat grandfather, Abraham DeSart your 4XGreat Grandfather, Matthieu DeSart, your 5XGreat Grandfather and Servatii DeSart your 6X Great Grandfather. I also have records for your grandparents thomas Edward White and Printha Esther (Crabtree) White, and all of their six children. One of the six children must be your parent. If your interested in obtaining any of my data, please Email me.howarddesart@gmail.com
    about 5 months ago
    • howard desartI forgot, your 3XGreat Grandfather George DeSart was my 4Xgreat grandfather Francis Eagles DeSart's brother.
      11:38 AM May 19
  • May 18

  • howard desart Ann Stoddard Hello Ann, I am a new member of the historical Society and in searching for DeSart family members, I found two. Thomas DeSart,died 21 Sept 1939 age 91 buried Mt Moriah Cem Montgomery Co. I already have most of his family information. My question is, do you have any information about Anna DeSart Brown who is also buried in Mt. Moriah? I did find a Georgia Ann DeSart born in 1877 married to Oscar Braun??? I would appreciate any info. Howard DeSart
    about 5 months ago
  • May 03

  • Janice Dyson Hi, I am researching my Langford ancestors who emigrated to America from England. William and his wife Ann, with their family lived in Montgomery.
    about 5 months ago
    • Janice DysonSorry, that should be William and Esther Langford.
      7:45 AM May 03
    • Jodee Langford WeaverHi Janice. If you would e-mail me at Jweaver@tmcc.edu I would be more than happy to talk to you about my grandparents.

      Jodee Langford Weaver
      11:35 PM June 10
  • April 23

  • Marcia Morton I am looking for information on the families of Henry A. McDonald and Mary Fletcher Taylor. They removed from Cook County, IL to Mongomery Co, IL in about 1878. Most of their children were married in Montgomery Co., IL. I would dearly love to hear about the following families: Francis Taylor McDonald married Jane Hamblen on December 25, 1879 in Nokomis, Montgomery Co., IL ; Ann Eliza McDonald married Charles Wesley Stivers on December 24, 1881 in Audubon, Montgomery Co., IL; Mary Jane McDonald married Joel T. Robinson on October 25, in Audubon, Montgomery Co., IL : I am working with a group of four people...all McDonald decendants of John McDonald of Rhode Island. My McDonald line removed from Montgomery Co., IL to Fontanet, IN and Parke and Vigo Co., IN. I would appreciate any information...to include family lore or pictures of these extended families.
    about 6 months ago
    • Jeanine EvansI have some info on Ann Eliza McDonald, who m. Charles Wesley Stivers (my gr-grandfather's brother). She died of consumption on March 13, 1886, age 21, leaving her husband with three young children, including 7-wk-old Clara Ethel (1886-?). Their two older children were Cora Edith Stivers (1882-1932) and Charles Everett Stivers (1884-1956), who both died in Houston, Texas. I do not know if baby Clara survived or not.
      7:58 PM June 19
  • April 18

  • Dave Allen J C Long
    about 6 months ago
  • April 13

  • Tina Baker I found a letter from my grandmother's aunt and uncle, Lula (Folks) and Alfred W Henroit. Alfred was writing to tell my grandmother, Amy (Folks) Estes that he found her mother's grave site. I have transcript it below. I need some help in locating the cemetery. My hope is maybe someone who is familiar with this location can help. Pana, Ill. Sept. 16,1951 Dear Niece and Nephew, I thought I would drop you a note to let you know that I took Sat. afternoon, Sept. 8th off and drove to Ohlman alone and hunted up the trustee of the cemetery and he had the plot of the cemetery and we found that your dear mother is buried and rests in plot one on lot 36, your father had marked it with a piece of stone he took out there from the railroad, and there was also some kind of a wild flower on the grave that grows along the tracks, it is in the South East section of the Cemetery. The cornerstone was below ground, but dug and found them. It also happened that the man that is the Trustee and his wife was your next door neighbor and took care of you and your mother when you were born. They sure are wonderful people. I would like for you to meet them, Why not use that pass and you and Harwell come to Pana for a weekend and we will drive down . We would be glad to have you come as your aunt and I think a lot of you girls, I wrote Ione last Sunday and told her to send you my letter, and then Aunt Lula and I, Uncle Ed and Aunt Bess drove there and took some flowers for the grave, Well this is all I can tell you for now until we see or hear from you, With best regarded remains your Uncle Alfred Henriot, 210 S Poplar St, Pana, Ill. Aunt Lula sends her regards tell all hello for us bye. My great grandmother was Anna Christine Craig Folks, birth 24 May 1887 in Illinois,death 5 Dec 1908 in Ohlman Illinois . She died two weeks after giving birth to Ione. My grandmother, Amy Folks was sent to live with her paternal grandparents, Herman and Marthe Folks. Ione was eventually adopted by the Thurn fa
    about 6 months ago
  • April 06

  • Ramona Linda Veliz Von Berg I would like to request the photo of children (1935) in front of the Taylor Springs school. Could you kindly let me know how to request this photo and/or who to contact and their contact information. Thank You!
    about 6 months ago
  • April 05

  • Cari Taplin I am researching the Rummons family that lived in Montgomery (and Macoupin) County in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Oscar Rummons married Julia Belle Mitchell in 1876 in Montgomery County. I am having difficulty locating his death. Anyone else researching this family? Thanks!
    about 6 months ago
    • Carol HounsellOscar K. Rummons died Nov 8 1908 and is buried in Bethel Ridge Cemetery in Macoupin County, IL. next to Julia who died in 1918.
      1:04 PM April 08
  • March 31

  • robin gergen Coffeen Illinois My g-grandparents were William Valentine Good and Isabelle Good buried at Oak Grove cemetery, Hillsboro. His death date is 20 May 1915. I can't find an obituary or death notice for him/them. I've located them on the 1910 census of Coffeen Village but they're not listed under death notices or anywhere else I've searched. They were from PA, moved to IL between 1900 and 1910. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    about 7 months ago
  • March 21

  • John Lippard Linda Sellers Hi Linda, Alison was my Great Grandfather's half brother and also his second wife, Susan C. Beaver's half brother. Alison's father John, a widower to Sally Seford, married Sarah LINN Beaver, Susan's mother, and the widow of Mumford Beaver in 1862. They had 1 child, my great grandfather, Solomon Thornton Adolphus Lippard the following year. Sarah died sometime before 1870 and John, listed widowed, is listed to have died in January in the 1870 Federal Census mortality table. It was shortly after that Allison and Susan got married. My Grandfather George Lippard b. 1898 told me that he and his brothers used to take a train to go to work on their Uncle's farm in Illinois back before WW1. I think Allison died in 1913, but may have had a farm in the family. My Great Grandfather was a farmer in Faith, N.C. Was the family reunion that you attended in Faith, N.C.? All of the offspring of Solomon meet there the second Sunday in August. I haven't been in years as I have lived in Connecticut since 1995. My Dad and Uncle still go every year. I would love to hear from you and compare notes. There is also a Bunnie Lippard that is from Illinois that is a member of this web site. Are you related to her?
    about 7 months ago
    • John LippardHi Linda, Are you going to the Lippard reunion in North Carolina, Labor day week end?
      4:18 PM May 08
  • March 15

  • Teresa Zumwalt Looking for info on Harriet E. (Curlee) Smith. According to her death certificate, she died February 17, 1920 and had lived in Hillsboro for 39 years and was residing at 1404 School Street at the time of her death. It also shows she was retired. I am trying to find out where she retired from.
    about 7 months ago
    • Jeffrey B. DunnFrom the Hillsboro Journal: Mrs. Smith was known to many of the older residents on this community as a carpet weaver of great ability. She wove carpets for twenty years or more and took a keen delight in the work as well as supporting the family in that way.
      3:07 AM March 19
    • Teresa ZumwaltThank you so much Mr. Dunn. Is there anyway to get a copy of that article?
      9:07 AM March 19
  • March 04

  • John Lippard Solomon Harkey was my 1st cousin 5 times removed. His father, Martin, was the brother to my 4th Great grandfather, David. Martin's (and David's) father was also named Martin, and was born in PA. The family moved South to North Carolina during the great migration prior to the Revolution.
    about 7 months ago
    • Linda SellersJohn, my maiden name was Lippard. Allison (A.L.J.) was my great-grandfather. His son, Thomas, was my grandfather, and my father was Wayne. We went to the Lippard Family Reunion in N.C. in 2001 so obtained a lot of genealogy info there. Did you attend that one? Anyway, both Allison and Thomas are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsboro, IL, and my dad is buried at Clear Springs Cemetery in Montgomery Co., IL. Let me know if I can be of any help.
      8:15 AM March 10
    • John LippardHi Linda, Alison was my Great Grandfather's half brother and also his second wife, Susan C. Beaver's half brother. Alison's father John, a widower to Sally Seford, married Sarah LINN Beaver, Susan's mother, and the widow of Mumford Beaver in 1862. They had 1 child, my great grandfather, Solomon Thornton Adolphus Lippard the following year. Sarah died sometime before 1870 and John, listed widowed, is listed to have died in January in the 1870 Federal Census mortality table. It was shortly after that Allison and Susan got married. My Grandfather George Lippard b. 1898 told me that he and his brothers used to take a train to go to work on their Uncle's farm in Illinois back before WW1. I think Allison died in 1913, but may have had a farm in the family. My Great Grandfather was a farmer in Faith, N.C.
      Was the family reunion that you attended in Faith, N.C.? All of the offspring of Solomon meet there the second Sunday in August. I haven't been in years as I have lived in Connecticut since 1995. My Dad and Uncle still go every year. I would love to hear from you and compare notes. There is also a Bunnie Lippard that is from Illinois that is a member of this web site. Are you related to her?
      6:29 AM March 13
  • March 03

  • John Lippard Bunni Lippard Hi Bunni, My name is John Lippard I am researching my Lippard family. Are you a descendant of Allison Lippard? He was my Great Grandfather's half brother. John
    about 7 months ago
  • February 12

  • Julianna "Julie" Elizondo Forgotten Cemeteries My Mother, Julianna Carroll, duplicated itself. Sorry. Could one be deleted? I hope it's not too much trouble. Thanks a bunch!
    about 8 months ago
  • Julianna "Julie" Elizondo The record I created for my mother duplicated itself. I can't find a spot anywhere to delete one. Please help. Thanks! Sorry for any inconvenience.
    about 8 months ago
  • January 31

  • Beverly Preston Forgotten Cemeteries How do you get a cemetery included in this list? I have information on Rankin Presbyterian Cemetery aka Mt Pulaski Cemetery plus pictures. I think there might be a question of whether this cemetery is in Montgomery county, but I think it is on the line and in Montgomery County. Let me know. B. Green Preston
    about 9 months ago
    • Carol HounsellThe "Forgotten Cemeteries" were originally identified by Walter Sanders and his Litchfield High School history classes in about 1945. He coined the term "Forgotten Cemeteries". Any cemeteries now included under that term were named in his original list. Rankin Presbyterian, AKA Mt. Pulaski AKA Mt. Pleasant was one of the cemeteries his students "read" but it was not considered to be a "Forgotten Cemetery". It is included in the cemeteries posted here.
      3:33 PM February 02
    • Linda Barricklow-CollinsLooks like it's in Montgomery County to me.. Just south of Renken Ln. Kirkland Cem is south and west of it and it's in Montgomery County.
      1:12 PM February 27
  • January 27

  • Christina Hamblen Forgotten Cemeteries I'm interested in the Martin Cemetery in Zanesville. Somebody posted on Ancestry.com that Wilhelm Deister, son-in-law of Franz Poggenpohl, was thought to be buried there and is marked by a small plain marker near Franz's headstone (in a photo, it is the small marker to the left of the headstone of Franz as you are looking at the photo). I tried to get more info from the person who posted that on Ancestry.com, however, nobody has responded to my posted inquiries. I'd like to send a special "thank you" to Ann & her mom Carol for all the work you both have done in Montgomery County. Ann you have posted several photos of headstones on memorials in "Find a Grave" on my ancestors. The photos have been very appreciated and I cannot thank you enough!
    about 9 months ago
    • Carol HounsellAnn and I certainly appreciate your kind thoughts on our work in searching out the Forgotten Cemeteries as originally mention in the Walter Sanders 1940's readings. Ann and I originally took the photo in question and posted it on Ancestry. Others copy our photo, without benefit of photo credit, and post it on their own pages. We didn't find any marking on the small stone which would indicate whose grave it is. The photo posted by dsummers194 on Ancestry, says " the stone is thought to be the headstone of Wilhelm Deister". We never found any evidence of that. Remember, this cemetery is out in the middle of a corn field in a small stand of trees. We were lucky enough to visit there in the fall after harvest so that the headstones in the stand of trees were visible from the road. Many other similar cemeteries have fallen victim to "agricultural intrusion". Martin has been saved from that fate so far. Ann and I haven't had the opportunity to visit the area in a couple of years so follow up on the current state of the cemetery.
      12:14 PM January 28

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