Hickory Point Cemetery Pictures
Taken last September 2004
The Reformed Presbyterian Church was organized in 1848 in Monmouth, Illinois. Copy of Recorded Deed as Follows:
July 09, 1856, the Congregation purchased a tract of land as follows: Abner C. Harding & Susan A. his wife; to James Martin, James Moore, and John Martin, Trustees of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Monmouth Illinois, 2 acres of land in the Southeast Corner of Section 15 in Tompkins Township, Warren County Illinois. Being 17 rods and 221 links square of said Southeast Corner of the Section 15, for the use of church purposes only.
It is however expressly understood and reserved that said tract of land shall revert to said Grantors whenever the same shall cease to be used as a site for a church of said Religious Denomination.
The congregation built a Church on this tract of land and it was known as the Hickory Point Church.
On March 18, 1858, The Reformed Presbyterian Church purchased the following tract of land: John Paul and June, his wife, of Warren County, Illinois party of the first part and B. Goudy, J. H. Heigud, and Joe Moore, Trustees of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, party of the second part. That the party of the part, for a consideration of the sum of Ninety Dollars in Lawful money of the United States of America, to them in hand paid by said party of the second part, at or before the delivery of Title; All of the following piece of ground: commencing at the Southwest Corner of Section Thirteen (13) in Township ten (10) North Range 3 West, running on the South Line of said Section, sixteen (16) rods East, thence North Twenty (20) rods, thence West sixteen (16) rods, then South twenty (20) rods to the place of beginning. Containing 2 acres more or less.
As there were already ten burials on the tract of land before this time the Reformed Presbyterian Church purchased it for a cemetery.
The Reformed Presbyterian Church disbanded in 1866
April 30, 1908, Copied from the Review Atlas:
"Due to the damage done by the recent storm, there will be a called meeting of the patrons of Hickory Point Cemetery Saturday afternoon, May 2, at 2:00 o'clock at the cemetery. Everyone interested is asked to be present, ladies included. It will be necessary to elect one or more trustees. A collection may be taken to repair the fence.
It is indeed a pitiable sight to see the last resting place of our loved ones made into a hog pasture. Two years ago there was a meeting held at Hickory Point Cemetery, a new committee was elected and quite a sum of money raised which is still held by the committee. It was expected that something would be done, but it has been neglected until it is simply a wilderness, cattle and hogs generally. Now to those interested we think something should be done either it to be looked after or the bodies should be taken up and place where they would be taken care Of. One person said he would give five dollars towards a good iron fence and no doubt if we would have a meeting and get those interested together, we would have no trouble in raising money enough to put up a good fence around the lot and see that it was done. An Interested Party
At the present time, meaning now, there is not a fence all the way around the Hickory Point Cemetery. There was at one time a fence to the East and North side of the Cemetery. I'm not sure if this fence is still here or not as when my daughter and I visited it this summer the weeds were so high you could not hardly even see the tombstones as you can attest to that by some of the photos we took below. There is a nice fence and arch way like at the beginning of what once might of been the entrance to the cemetery. Now there is just a path that you could barely get down in the center and I took pictures from the car as the weeds were higher than my 5' 6", I did not want to step out into anything. Seems like this cemetery has a history of being neglected. The poor people buried here. It seems such a shame. I'm not sure who takes care of it but was told it was in the hands of Thompkins Township. Just a little mowing would help. As it is winter here in January in IL will have to wait a little while to go back and see how many stones are left. In 1981, the Warren County Genealogical Society read 127 stones. But as I have found in other cemeteries there are never that many left now.
The first known burial in the Cemetery was of James Triplett 1782-1948. The last known burial in the Cemetery was Jacob Hayden. There is a picture of his tombstone listed below among the weeds.
There are 10 known Civil War Veterans buried in this cemetery, their names are: John Berry, John W. Hogue, William F. Martin, James Moore, Robert C. Moore, J. B. McIntyre, James Neely, John W. Nunamaker, William S. Stormont, and Nathan Peairs.
Scroll down for pictures of the cemetery...
The picture above is taken from the gravel road running east and west of the cemetery
The picture above is taken driving through a narrow weedy patch looking west... The same for the rest of them. was only way to take them without stepping out into a bunch of weeds and long grasses higher than I am tall.
Can't read this one very well either only Read Ralph V, Gracie G. and Bertha B Wilson info on Hickory Point Cemetery Main Page.....
I can't find a listing on the Hickory Point Cemetery Page for this little fella. His name seems to look like Frank R. son of W. S. & M. A Tormont not sure on that. Have to go back and read it again at the cemetery.. Sorry about that..
Newer stone. Jacob Hayden and his wife Mary.....