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I am producing a community study of the area around the former village of Pulaski, Illinois. This "life's work" is based on the burial records of the Pulaski Methodist Episcopal Church of Augusta, Illinois and on the need to preserve the Crain family photo collection. |
The Crain family photo collection of the area's old timers (mostly Crain, Baxter, Newcomb, Gordon, Hoyt, Reynolds, Bacon) has been maintained by the descendants of Rev. William Crain (fastidious labelers!) from the 1860's to today. On loan from my father-in-law, once my work is complete or when I die—whichever comes first—our family will donate the photos to Western Illinois University Archives in Macomb, Ill.. There are already many photos at WIU in the Crain Collection within the Tri-County Genealogical Society Collection (Augusta, Illinois). The photos still in the family-held photo collection represent our closest relatives.
Long maintained by the Pulaski Methodist Church Recording Steward, William Reynolds Hoyt (1830-1907), the Pulaski Cemetery records were part of Tri-County Genealogical Society Collection and copied by hand in the mid-1940's by my husband's great granduncle, Harry Marshall Crain (1874-1967). Harry's original transcription is kept at WIU Archives and my scanned copy is available at http://hancock.illinoisgenweb.org
The Pulaski Methodist Church and its Pulaski Cemetery served a tri-county community including:
-Augusta, Hancock Co., Ill.
-Huntsville, Schuyler Co., Ill.
-Birmingham, Schuyler Co., Ill.
-Northeast, Adams Co., Illinois
-LaPrairie, Adams Co., Illinois
Today, all that is left of this central-western Illinois village is the cemetery. For the most part, corn and soy fields inhabit the area for miles around, with homes here and there. Despite the excellent care that the Augusta Township generously bestows upon Pulaski Cemetery, at least half of the burials lack markers or the markers are long lost in the earth like the marker for Thomas Brunton (1778-1871).
In 2007, I was informed by the WIU archivist that the original cemetery records accompanying Harry's transcription were discarded due to mold. Without Harry Crain's transcription of Reynolds Hoyt's records, there would be nothing more than the visible stones today.
Corrections and further information are always welcome. Please contact me via the email address below or through Find A Grave's "Suggest a Correction" (SAC).