"echoes from the past"
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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:
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
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May 10, 2006
Gum Cemetery, Henderson Twp., Knox County, IL
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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