Soperville Cemetery of Knox County, IL

Abandoned Cemetery..... is lost and needed to be found....

created July 14  2005 7:00pm

11/21/2005 07:39:54 AM

Endangered Cemetery Report by Tim Godsil


Cemetery: Soperville Cemetery
Sign: Yes----Made by Tim Godsil
Street: 2053 Soperville Road across the road.
City: Galesburg
Township: Henderson
County: Knox
State: IL
Nation: US
Zip: 61401
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Status: In Active
Size: Small
Directions: 2053 Soperville Road across the Soperville Road
Type: Road-public
Location: Rural
Terrain: Hillside
Water source: No
Features: up a hill
Property: By a cornfield.
Access: Open
Enclosure: No fence
Gate: no Gate but Tim has put out a solar light
Established: 1850
Gravestones: Tim has found five others have reported about 17 and another report is 40-50 at one time. I have to look this up.
Removed: Unknown
Relocated: Unknown
Repairs: No
Methods: None
Restoration: Yes by Tim Godsil
Association: No one will lay claim to the Cemetery
Records: at Library in Galesburg, IL, I have a copy of them
Inventory: Yes
Knox County Genealogical Society at Galesburg Library, -
Landscaping: Tim is trying to make a park near where the burials are to plan a picnic;   later for descendants of Casson's & Tyron's buried there.
Paths: Yes, made by Tim Godsil and kept open by Tim
Trees: Yes, Tim has cut some but needs some help to get some more cut down.
Crypts:        No
Fencing:      No
Brickwork:  No
Ironwork:    No
Sculpture:   No
Fountains:  No
Roads:         No
Buildings:   No
Cement:      Yes
Granite:      Yes
Marble:       No
Native:        No
Slate:           Yes
Others: Foot Stones
Wood: Unsure
Materials: No
Architectural: Yes
Angels: Yes
Draperies: No
Fraternal: No
Hands: Yes
Lambs: Yes
Monograms: Yes
Plants: Yes
Photos: Yes, I took several copies of the tombstones today and Tim is getting a copy of them from me. Plus, I forgot to ask Tim about photos he might of taken.  Tim????
Religious: Yes
Scrollwork: Yes
Urns: No
Carvings: Yes
Condition: Cemetery only maintained by Tim Godsil
Unmarked: Yes
Broken: Yes
Toppled: Yes
Disintegrating: Yes
Buried: Yes
Weather: Yes
Pollution: No
Vandalized: No
Report: Yes
Groundcover: Tim keeps it weeded and tries to trim the small trees that keep growing.  He needs some brush killer to help with that.
Moss: No
Vines: No
Drainage: Good
Problem1: Tim needs some help in maintaining this cemetery.  He feels very protective and he is very knowledgeable of the people buried here.   He would like to be able to locate more tombstones if at all possible and also do more in the maintaining of the ones already there.  He needs some cement and some brush & weed killer at the present time to help keep things down.
Problem 2: He is only 13 years old and has no money and would love some help on this.  What Tim says "I accidentally clicked two other general problems. The cemetery is surely neglected I myself am the only person the takes  care of it and it isn't even my cemetery.
Owner: No One will claim ownership.
Use: Agricultural
Bordering: Agricultural
Change: Same
Reason: Roads
Visited: by Tim and he will take you there anytime you would like to see it.  He has also visited a descendant who is now in a Nursing Home, wrote to another, joined the Knox County Genealogical Society.  Tim is really trying hard to do something for the last resting place of these people.  I think he has done a fabulous job and really could use our help or anyone who read this email Tim with any advice, or anything to help him on his way.
Archeology: Unknown
Habitat: Yes
Name: Tim Godsil
Email: (
Date:  June 21 2005
Surnames:   Casson/Cosson, Tryon

Other Information:  Tim is also in the process of redoing an old camper of his dad's.  When he gets the remodeling done he plans to sell it.  He wants to buy, I can't remember the name of it, but it helps to locate graves, tombstones or anything that would be buried in the ground.  Tim is working hard in this project... If you can be of any help to him or just want to show your support email him at his email address above.  You will have to copy and paste as have it so it won't be copied due to spamming emails.  Thanks for your support.

Support: Foxie & Kate Hagerty & Tim needs other people to help him out... click on his email or mine... Thanks bunches.....

click on photo for bigger view. Thanks!
Photo taken by Foxie Hagerty

for report Tim

Now we just need someone to help

Tim to keep up the good job he's

accomplished on this cemetery.

Thanks Tim for a very,

wonderful, fabulous job you

have done here..... And I know

the Casson and Tryon's who are buried here

Thank you as well.  You've single handedly

put them on the map...

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