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steadyshot 08-27-2013 11:21 PM

Old cemetery on my parents land
 
There is an old cemetery on my parents property. It's a small cemetery that predates the civil war. I use to play around the headstones when I was a kid, never giving any thought to the people who were buried there.

I walked on out there the other day and gave some thought to the people there. I thought about what their lives were like and what the area was like when they were alive.

I live here in Illinois and one of the men buried here was born in 1817. One year before Illinois became a State (the 21st). Another man here witnessed the civil war and WWII during his life time.

These people lived in a time when the USA was still a new Country. They witnessed times and events in US history that I can only read about in books.

It's kind of funny how much more interested I am now compared to when I was a kid...

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clr8ter 08-27-2013 11:31 PM

That's real interesting. I wonder how your parents came to own a cemetery? Some of those markers don't look original, particularly the pink granite one....... Is it just the 3?

winds-of-change 08-27-2013 11:33 PM

I love walking through old cemeteries. Around here, some of the farms have family cemeteries on their property that are quite old. They don't mind if you walk through them. My Mom and I used to walk through cemeteries quite often. We find them interesting. Like you, we wondered about the lives of those now in the ground.

steadyshot 08-27-2013 11:38 PM

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Originally Posted by clr8ter (Post 1348998)
That's real interesting. I wonder how your parents came to own a cemetery? Some of those markers don't look original, particularly the pink granite one....... Is it just the 3?

It was there when my parents bought the land back in the 70's. They own about 600 acres.

I don't think the headstones have ever been moved. That would be illegal.

Yes, there are just the three graves.

steadyshot 08-27-2013 11:39 PM

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Originally Posted by winds-of-change (Post 1349002)
I love walking through old cemeteries. Around here, some of the farms have family cemeteries on their property that are quite old. They don't mind if you walk through them. My Mom and I used to walk through cemeteries quite often. We find them interesting. Like you, we wondered about the lives of those now in the ground.

That's what this is, a farm cemetery.

trip286 08-27-2013 11:48 PM

My step dad's grandmother was 101 or 103 when she passed. No one seems to know for sure. SHE said 101, so that's what I go with.

On her 99th birthday, she wrote me a letter in Afghanistan. It was beautiful in its own way, written obviously by a very shaky hand, the only hand she had, but in a very classic cursive style.

I still have it somewhere. I've often thought about the things she'd seen.

And I decided that over 100 years is a long damn time to put up with this ****.

Axxe55 08-27-2013 11:50 PM

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Originally Posted by steadyshot (Post 1349013)
It was there when my parents bought the land back in the 70's. They own about 600 acres.

I don't think the headstones have ever been moved. That would be illegal.

Yes, there are just the three graves.

are the three people buried there related to another?

steadyshot 08-28-2013 12:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Axxe55 (Post 1349023)
are the three people buried there related to another?

I don't know for sure, however I think they must be in some way.

c3shooter 08-28-2013 01:02 AM

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Folks in the country usually had a family burying ground. I walked thru ours whenever I walked between my grandparents homes- never really understood the aversion to cemeteries in the movies.

I have taken the grandkids thru the church cemetery where my folks are buried- teaching them family history.

And for those that wonder about the lives of people in those long ago times, I dare you to read this without a lump in your throat. It is in Williamsburg VA.

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notdku 08-28-2013 03:03 PM

I'm glad I live in an age where that doesn't happen as much. What a nightmare.


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