I found your Knox County website via the Illinois Saving Graves Project
Last November 4th I was in the area to search for the elusive grave of a great
uncle. I stopped at the genealogy section at Galesburg Library and found the
cemetery list for Abingdon Cemetery; but when I found that his grave was in the
section titled "UNKNOWN BURIALS", I thought, "Oh #@%!".
Undaunted, I headed down to Abingdon to start my search--at least it was a
sunny autumn afternoon and I had plenty of time before it got dark. I picked
the NW corner behind the mausoleum (turned out not to be such a great choice)
and proceeded to walk back and forth quickly eyeing every stone, about as
exciting as reading a large phone book, though I was becoming very familiar
with many last names. Finally, after about TWO HOURS, several "Meadows" caught
my eye, then I found what I was looking for: HANFORD T
PIERCE & PEARL MEADOWS. I dropped to my knees yelling "Hallelujah", then took a
few photos, being careful not to get the tips of my shoes or my reflection in
the pictures. (Foxie's note: I'm not always so careful on this.)
I don't know what section they're in--kind of towards the center. Perhaps you
can figure it out from the photo. Actually, I've often found cemetery
coordinates to be truly puzzling.
Attached are three photos I took of the gravestone of my great-uncle and his
wife. I reduced the size of the first two but left the third at full
resolution. Any problems, let me know.
Hanford Theodore Pierce, 10 Aug 1884 to 20 Feb 1961
Pearl L. Meadows, 24 April 1894 to 05 Jan 1985
I took a few other photos in Abingdon Cemetery because of names that might be
connected. If you want me to submit them, let me know. I also, have several
photos from Galva Cemetery.
I've recently posted a lot of cemetery gravestone photos (Princeville,
Prospect, & Mt Hawley) at the following Peoria County website with as much
detail regarding names, dates, and relations that I can "dig up":
That's all for now,
Falls Church, VA