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DLMc (#47850398)
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You may use any gravestone photos I've contributed for any non-commercial use (please include "Photo by DL McCready, used with permission" to your posting). This permission does not include photographs of people (I will consider use of those - send me an email).

I am interested in many family names - the most recent generations of whom are Garner, Grover, Stone, Pulford, Wilson Starry, McCready, Thomas (including maiden names and subsequent surnames of relatives).

Strangers coming together to document and memorialize family histories from cemeteries is a wonderful thing.

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Breeden (13)
Garner Family (& Ogden) (59)
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Susan Cota
RE: Louis Merle Ammerman
You're very welcome, I was glad to help.
I feel I am taking the photo for you as you cannot, therefore it it is yours to use in your research, both privately and on public sites as you see fit.
Susan
Added by Susan Cota on May 02, 2015 9:50 AM
Cynthia Plahuta
RE: Everett Wilson, Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman IL
I wish it could have had a happier ending, but at least you went as far as you go. Was great that you heard back from them. People in that area of the county are fantastic.

Take care,

Cyn
Added by Cynthia Plahuta on Mar 18, 2015 1:19 PM
Cynthia Plahuta
RE: Everett Wilson, Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman IL
Good luck! Hope they can help some! If they wish anything document-wise picked up in person, just lemme know. Some funeral homes can be strangely fussy that way. Most aren't tho.

Take care,

Cyn
Added by Cynthia Plahuta on Mar 16, 2015 3:55 PM
Cynthia Plahuta
RE: Everett Wilson, Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman IL
P.S. Was Everett or anyone else in their family connected to a church in the area that might still exist & possibly have records? It's much more common in Europe, it's often a long shot in the U.S. but every so often I can out info on someone thru church records.

Take care,

Cyn
Added by Cynthia Plahuta on Mar 15, 2015 8:38 PM
Cynthia Plahuta
RE: Everett Wilson, Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman IL
Hi Donna,

No problem. It's generally very enjoyable talking to rural people. And I always learn something.

Just got hold of Craig Rice. He's sexton for both Clinton Townships cemeteries. (There's also a Waterman Cemetery aka North Clinton Cemetery.) So he checked the books of both cemeteries for Everett Wilson.

Unfortunately, no luck either place.

He did concur with the ladies at the Waterman Heritage Society, tho, that it's quite likely he's buried in an unmarked grave whose site was owned by the Starry family.

What he DOES know is that Everett Wilson or any of his family never bought any graves there themselves under the Wilson name. If they had, it would be in his book. The only Wilsons in his book are the ones I sent you in the previous message.

The ladies at the Heritage Society were kinda wrong. In the Johnson Grove Cemetery, he doesn't know the names of the bodies buried there. He only knows who bought and owned the property.

Johnson Grove Cemetery was privately owned. All the people who owned plots there owned the cemetery, kinda like "stockholders" & got together to make all decisions. So the only thing they cared about was ownership. They had a map of the entire cemetery & kept a book just like a plat book as to who owned exactly what property. They turned it over to the township to own when maintenance costs got too high & Craig Rice & the previous sexton have kept good records SINCE then but that began in the 1950s or so.

(Craig Rice himself has been sexton for the 2 cemeteries for 24 years.)

North Clinton Cemetery, on the other hand, has always been publicly owned, so they have wonderfully complete records going back to 1861. It's a shame Everett couldn't have been buried in North Clinton Cemetery.

Anyway, Craig Rice said it's absolutely possible that Everett could be buried at Johnson Grove in one of the Starry gravesites.

He said that he wouldn't know, however, if any of the Starry gravesites were occupied but had no gravestone. He said in the past, families just knew which gravesites that they owned were occupied and which weren't. As time went on, that information got lost & the person digging the grave would have to go slowly as they dug to make sure that gravesite was indeed unoccupied. But he said it was fairly easy for an experienced grave digger to tell because vaults weren't used, so graves tend to cave in somewhat as a body decomposes.

He said that nowadays it doesn't matter because none of those old families are around anymore anyway, so nobody is really ever going to be added to any of those older gravesites. In other words, with the oldest part of the cemetery (the center section), what ya see is what ya get, it's never gonna change. :)

With the new gravesites now being managed by the township, they've got careful records of everything.

Am assuming that you haven't come across any old records/writings/diaries/graveside photos/etc kept by the Starry family themselves to give any indications.

So Healy Funeral Home might be the only idea left to try. I know the funeral home that handled my parents' burials keeps that information. They might be able to tell you who the owner of the burial plot was or even the location of the grave so that you'd know if he was in with the Starrys or not. In the Starry area of the cemetery, there's an awfully lot of room for what could possibly be unmarked graves.

I was surprised when he told me how large the cemetery actually is. It's property extends way to the west & it's still quite active in selling gravesites. But only on the west side. :)

If there's anything else I can help ya with, lemme know.

Take care,

Cyn Plahuta
Added by Cynthia Plahuta on Mar 15, 2015 2:11 PM
Cynthia Plahuta
RE: Everett Wilson, Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman IL
P.S.: Do you have the name of what funeral home handled Everett Wilson's body?

Cyn
Added by Cynthia Plahuta on Mar 14, 2015 5:22 PM
Cynthia Plahuta
Everett Wilson, Johnson Grove Cemetery
Walked the entire cemetery this morning. No Everett Wilson. Dropped by the Waterman Heritage Society. Run by four really super nice ladies. They pulled out all their records & gave it their all. They're incredibly well organized. Unfortunately, no luck on poor Everett.

They have records for 3 Wilsons buried at Johnson Grove: William, Hannah, & Freddie.

Hannah was married to an Arthur Wilson, & Freddie was their son. Freddie died in 1874 at 15 years old. Hannah died in 1861 at age 31. They have no record of Arthur being buried there. Don't know if those are any relation to Everett or not. They couldn't find any mention of any relationship with Everett.

William was a Civil Sgt, Co. D&E, 23+4, Illinois Cavalry & died Dec 15, 19_3. The ladies didn't know for sure but they think it's supposed to be 1913.

In their obituary records, the only Wilson they found was Nervell Ray Wilson, 1916-1968. Married in 1936 to Mary, they had 11 children: Shirley, Carol, Vickie Kay, Kinda Diane, Patty Jo, Raymond, Robert, Douglas, Larry, Bill, & Charles. Nervell was the son of Charles & Minnie Pearl Jockish Wilson.

Any of this sound familiar at all? Could Everett have been related the any of these folks?

I noticed on your page for Everett that his wife's maiden name was Starry. There are a fair number of Starrys buried there.

The ladies said that some of the graves are recorded as having bodies in them but there are no names in the records as to who the bodies actually are. And that sometimes when a person died, they would just quietly use one of the family graves for that person but the name didn't always get recorded if there was no gravestone made.

Is it possible that Everett was buried in one of the graves that was owned by the Starry family?

Anyway, there's one person in the county who's the "ultimate authority." :) Craig Rice is a farmer & is also the caretaker & burial guy for Johnson Grove Cemetery. They gave me his number & I put in a call to him & left a message this afternoon. Will give him another try this evening.

The ladies only have written records in the Heritage Society office. Craig Rice has the actual map of the cemetery which shows where bodies are & aren't & which ones have names & what those names are. So if he looks at his map, I'm hoping he's either going to find the name Everett Wilson in a grave with no gravestone, in which case, at least he can tell me exactly where that grave is located. Or he's going to find no mention of an Everett Wilson but find a grave with a body but no name attached to it in one of the Starry sections.

Or whoever had decided to bury him in Johnson Grove Cemetery changed their mind after the death certificate was filled out & no correction got made.

Is there any chance he's buried where his wife was buried?

Anyway, will let you know if I hear back from Craig Rice. As far as Johnson Grove goes, he's probably the last hope. I hope he's as nice as the women of the Heritage Society.

Take care,

Cyn Plahuta
Added by Cynthia Plahuta on Mar 14, 2015 2:50 PM
Nbowers
RE: Thank you
You're very welcome! The picture was taken as part of a state-wide effort to photograph the tombstones of all Iowa veterans of the Civil War. So glad you can use it. Nancy
Added by Nbowers on Mar 13, 2015 6:47 PM
Cynthia Plahuta
RE: Everett Wilson, Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman IL
Hi Donna,

Too much snow this morning out there, so didn't go tromping in. In these rural cemeteries, I don't like to walk thru too much snow because these cemeteries can contain some ankle-bustin' woodchuck holes under the snow.

But am actually going to stop there again this Saturday. A whole lot more of the snow should easily be gone plus the Waterman Heritage Society generally has its office open for 2 or 3 hours just on Saturday afternoons if folks want to drop by. So if I can't find a gravestone, I'll see if there's any possible info they can give me on just who in the area might know. Sometimes I have good luck finding one or two local people with either a head full, a box full of information, or an attic full of info. It's a pretty nicely kept cemetery so I might be able to find someone who knows somethin'. :)

My mother's family was hard hit by the Depression too. Very wealthy Chicago Irish family before the stock market crash. The Depression hit my grandfather so hard mentally when they lost everything that he ended up an alcoholic bum living out on the streets, died from the alcoholism, & ended up buried only God knows where because the family didn't have enough money to even claim his body. So he's in a pauper's grave somewhere with no record of it.

~~ Cyn Plahuta
Added by Cynthia Plahuta on Mar 11, 2015 10:46 AM
Cynthia Plahuta
Everett Wilson, Johnson Grove Cemetery, Waterman IL
Am going to be driving out to the Kauffman Turkey Farm on Leland Rd today which is right in the vicinity of Johnson Grove Cemetery. We're having some warm days right now, so snow is melting fast, & I might be able to walk around the cemetery easily. If I'm able to easily see the gravestones, will look for Everett Wilson. If not, I'll be back that way probably toward the end of April & can look then. Since he died in 1930 right as we were going into the Depression, wouldn't surprise me if family didn't afford a gravestone. Am not going to put "claim" on the request at this point. Will wait to see what I can find. Take care,
~~ Cyn Plahuta
Added by Cynthia Plahuta on Mar 11, 2015 7:41 AM
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