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This cemetery has been abandoned and is in very bad repair. 

The stones are all very old.   

If you know of anyone who is buried here or information

that is not correct feel free to person buried her and not listed, just anything:

    click on doggie to email me direct. Thanks!

      This cemetery NEEDS DESPERATELY TO BE restored  it is in very bad shape.  It is on the located on land adjoining farm ground owned by David hawkinson.  David was kind of enough to let my daughter Kate and I visit the cemetery today to photograph the tombstones and also to see the shape it is in.   I asked him about restoring it and He said he wished somebody would. He has tried to cut down a few trees and spays weed killer in it every year but doesn't have time to mess with it with all the farm ground he takes care of.   This will be a cemetery on my list with Illinois Saving Graves.

I am going to call this cemetery the GUM CEMETERY.  It was originated on the Reverend Jacob Gum homestead  on section 30 Henderson Township, Knox County, IL.  Rev. Jacob Gum was married to Rhoda Bell and they were the parents of when he came up from Kentucky

Wednesday, May 10, 2006 12:24:04 PM last update.

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 Gum  Cemetery, Henderson Twp., Knox County, IL

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Old Gum  CEMETERY

This Old Gum Cemetery, as I like to refer to it, can be located taking IL state Route #150 north out of Galesburg, IL, headed towards Woodhull.  When you come to the road sign 2000N which is a cross roads turn Right.  It's not far out of Galesburg, IL. By the Knox County Platt map it's the first crossroads. You turn right/east and then go down to the next house which is David Hawkinson Farm.  I stopped and talked to him and he took my daughter, Kate & I the rest of the way.  You just go past his house a bit and the corn field in the middle you see a water way. and not far a graveled entrance that goes into the field. You turn here North and follow the water way down so far and then stop.  Kate and I had to walk up over a field of alpha, I believe it was and then down a hill and up another short hill and half way up this there is a grove of trees which is fence in.  The cemetery is located in this grove of trees.  The dates on the photos are wrong.  Kate and I took them yesterday on Friday, August 05, 2005. You can click on any of the photos for a bigger view.  Took all in both black & white and then again in color; the tombstones we could find and locate. Have done this cemetery with the photos and then put their information below that. Have matched up tombstones with appropriate footstones if available.  This cemetery really need some help. We also found some tombstones that were missed by the Knox County Genealogical Society when they read it.

To better view the photos click on them they open in own windows

Made a little smaller for easier downloading.

If you have any information on the person buried in this cemetery I would like to hear from you.  Plus, and this is a big Plus+ would like to hear from relatives so I can get some help on getting this cemetery put back to rights.  This is one of the oldest cemeteries in Knox County, IL, and to me it should not look like this.  Just think of yourselves when you have been buried for over a hundred years and how you would like your cemetery and tombstones to look like.  There is history here being lost.

Help! Help! Help!

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This Cemetery is very much in need of some help. If you would care to donate your time, donations to help with repairs, have family buried here, or anything you could do to help in the renovocation of this cemetery either click on my doggie to email me or write me at

Foxie Hagerty
RR #2 Box 63
1635 Sherwood Road
Dahinda, IL 61428

Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

 

I have since found out from a family member that the land for the cemetery was given to the people of Log City and laid out so they would have have a place to bury their loved ones.  This information was obtained from John Gum.  He is a direct descendant of John Bell Cassandra Dills Gum.  John Bell Gum being the son of Rev. Jacob Gum and Rhoda Bell who was from Germany.  John is also a direct descendant of John Montgomery and Minerva Gum his wife.  John Gum is looking for Gum relatives.  So, if you happen to fall on to this web site and find this page.  Please email me so I can have him get in touch with you.  John doesn't own a computer and says he is too old to learn.  Thanks

May 06, 2006 Spring photos of the Gum Cemetery when Foxie, great-nephew, Jorden, & daughter, Kate walked from the road to the cemetery. New photos below older ones.

 

This is standing at the entrance looking north

This is standing in the southwest corner

looking southeast

This is standing at not far from entrance

looking southwest.

this is standing where all the tombstones

are in the above left photo looking west

Standing by fence looking south west.

Farm in background is David's

This is Kate standing in the cemetery.

Always take one of her there. Black & white

took photos in both except for this one. 

Thought I had it turned off.

   
Looking at William Reynolds Tombstone in

Northern part of cemetery by tree

Telephoto view of William's tombstone
   
Kate & Jorden stand'n in entrance

 just before we leave.

Look'n at Cemetery through entrance
   
   
   
   
   

Color Photo

Black & White

 Their Footstones

Catherine J. Arnold

dau. of John & Mary Arnold

Died February o9, 1869

Age 20 yrs 1mo. 5das.

same tombstone

new photos below, dug up by Kate w/ Jorden's help.

photographed by Foxie

This photo taken May 09, 2006

James W. Arnold son of John & Mary S.  died June 09, 1851 Age 1yr 5 mo 5 da

Broken stone lying by tree just

inside of the Cemetery

 
Flora M. Gum

daughter of I. & M. Gum

died March 29, 1875 AE 6wks

   
Mary Froman wife of

Jacob died Oct. -1835 AE 60 yrs

also suppose to be another tombstone with Martha 1856

 

Joseph Fuqua

Jan. 16, 1830 AE 52 yrs 5 mo

Also suppose to be a tombstone for his son

Obadiah E. died September 1842 AE 1year 8mo

Don't know if this was there to mark this fellows last resting place or for someone else. It's a little bigger than a regular footstone and real thick and made out of concrete.

Thomas G.  Jennings

died June 26, 1851 SR 72 yrs

Thomas Jennings died Sept 05, 1837 AE 1yr 8m 11da

John H Jennings died Jan. 24, 1837

Berryman E died July 11, 1845 Ae 2yrs 6m

 

Turner R. Roundtree son of J. D. & D. A. died Nov. 05, 1845 Age 18 yr 1m 12 da

Mary B. Roundtree died July 1831 1 yr 6mo &

Obadiah E.  Roundtree died September 1842 1yr 8mo

 Photo at left is a close-up of Obadiah's part on the tombstone with Mary

also suppose to be two other tombstones with daughter's of J. D & D. Roundtree on them. Kate & I failed to turn these up.

John D. Roundtree  died August 31, 1849 died 49yrs 3mos 222da

Photo above & to the right was taken May 06, 2006

 

Mary Miles wife of John Miles, Sr.  died May 09, 1835 age 59yrs

 

?? Lake daughter of W. I. & N. M. Lake died April 08, 1886 age 9yr ?m 16das

     

Henry Reynolds died December 12, 1862

Age 29 years 19 da

Company B of the 102nd
Reg't. Ill. Volunteers

 gave his life for his country.

Jorden by his footstone.

William N. Reynolds son of H. ^& M

died August 30, 1867 Age 1yr 3m 11da

stones are lying against a tree.  not his footstone by the tombstone in the photo on the right.

 
     
Jonathan C. Jr son of J. C. & A. M. Reed

died  can't read is buried in the ground.  This stone is also lying against a tree.

Oliver Shepard of D. & M.

Died February 17, 1874 Age 17yr 10 mo

Can't read

James W. Arnold's footstone not

with his headstone. and other one

might be his brother's not sure.

C C on footstone

nobody with name on other

tombstones to match up

Arnold, Isaac M. son of J. & M. S. died May 04, 1857 Age 2yrs 22da

Kate & I did not find his tombstone (yet)

Photo on left we couldn't get to this one with all the debris around

the tombstone or footstone.

         

Rev. Jacob Rhoda Bell Gum

1st to preach the Gospel in Knox County, IL.

These two tombstones are no longer in the Gum Cemetery. Rev. Gum came to Knox

County, IL, in 1827 with his family and bought land around where the this cemetery now lies abandoned' where his wife buried him  here on his land and then she was laid beside her.  The Graves are now unmarked; unless the footstones are still there.  They were moved at the request of family members on account of the condition of the cemetery and no one to take care of or wanting to take of it.  Rev Jacob Gum also has ties with Abraham Lincoln.

Foxie's Findings: When the tombstones were moved to another cemetery in Knox County, the bodies were left here, they are buried by Flora Gum, their granddaughter.  This was done by; considered right on account of the person in question was a regent for the local DAR Chapter in Galesburg, IL, and a descendant of Rev. Jacob Gum and his wife Rhoda Bell Gum; which doesn't make right or easy for future descendants to prove where their last resting place is;  when the records for this cemetery are missing, no record of tombstones being moved to the current cemetery, local DAR Chapter refuses to furnish any information on this matter to me or descendants, nothing was otherwise recorded that we can find anywhere. This is suppose to be noted in cemetery records, courthouses, and also posted in the cemeteries. Which it is not, if you care to trek out to this cemetery you find that out for yourself and also the very poor condition it is in.  Let me hear from you out there so we can do something to clean up this cemetery and save a part of Knox County's History.

I have since found out from a family member that the land for the cemetery was given to the people of Log City and laid out so they would have have a place to bury their loved ones.  This information was obtained from John Gum.  He is a direct descendant of John Bell Cassandra Dills Gum.  John Bell Gum being the son of Rev. Jacob Gum and Rhoda Bell who was from Germany.  John is also a direct descendant of John Montgomery and Minerva Gum his wife.  John Gum is looking for Gum relatives.  So, if you happen to fall on to this web site and find this page. 

Please email me so I can have him get in touch with you.  John doesn't own a computer and says he is too old to learn.  Thanks.

 

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