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Kate's & Foxie's adventure on a Sunday afternoon.
This is an update to the Harper Cemetery listing page on my site. I have to tell you from the beginning. Kate, my daughter, and I set out on Sunday, October 16th, 2005, to find the Harper Cemetery. According to the directions given to me from another person and then going online and getting a topozone map and such which we ended up we had forgotten my pouch that is generally in the car at all times with the Knox county twp. map in it, plat map of Knox county, and then other little things I pick up to guide me along the way. We set out going to the place where we thought it would be taking Knox county road #8 south out of Knoxville; we traveled clear to the end where it ends in a T and you either go west or east. We headed east towards Maquon. Upon coming to a road that was marked 1000E which actually runs north and south and we thought this might be the road. We took this road which we ended up heading North of where we should of been going South. We stopped and asked. A very nice farmer said he didn't know of it or had never heard of it but there was two other gentlemen living not far away and he gave us directions to their farms which we stopped at. The first was not home. So, on to the next guy. He had never heard of it and has taken care of the cemeteries in his township, which was Orange. We were in the wrong township. By going north we had left the township we should of been in. So, we head back over to where we had started out. And came to another place where we thought it might lead back to the cemetery. The mistake in being the said Harper Cemetery was a 1/2 mile from the road. The place where we turned off south to head to what we thought would be the cemetery was into a cornfield. We drove over the darnedest road until it came to and end and then branched out towards three or four different directions. I called my very dear friend, Sally. She thought we were on the right road. So, Sally says we have to angle left and then back again and the cemetery should be there. Well, we angled left over a very treacherous mud road with ruts we or rather I had to drive on top of them or the bottom of my car would of dragged the bottom. We came to another clearing and then in between the cornfield was like another road. So, we decide with Sally's help to drive down it only to have it lead us to the Spoon River that flows through the pasture and the cornfield. I had to back up about a half a mile or more because there was no place to turn around. We finally decided to go to Sally's house which isn't far and she had her plat book. We looked at it and then Sally told me to call Todd he knew where the cemetery was and such and might be able to show me. So, we look his phone number up and I finally give it a try only to get an answering machine. So, I leave a message..... Next step is to call on the people who own the property which I did and am not naming them as they are the ones who destroyed this cemetery with weed cutters, bull dozers and only the Good Lord up above knows what else. I told him what I wanted and he told me where and how to get to the cemetery and gave permission for me to go as long as I closed all the gates. So, from Sally's house here we are off again in pursuit of the Harper Cemetery. Along the way, Todd returns my call and ends up meeting us at the Harper Cemetery.
To be continued........
The background for web page is photo taken on October 16, 2005, and made into a background photo. It is of a pile of broken up tombstones.
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more at a future date....
Todd Walter's Research on HARPER CEMETERY
Contributed by Todd Walter.... Thanks, Todd.
South East Quarter Section Three, Chestnut Township
This cemetery is located five miles West of Maquon on County Hwy 20, and about 100 yards South in a pasture. It was damaged by a tornado in May of 1995 and was pretty much completely destroyed by the current owner with a bulldozer. Some stones had previously been shattered with a large weed mower. With the damage that has been done it will be impossible to know which order the stones were in, that is if all of them are ever found, or if the transcript done earlier contained any mistakes or omissions. I have compiled the following using the transcription that was done for the "History of Maquon and Vicinity" in 1976. It was done by Charles Briggs, but not published in the book. I have added any other information I could find.
Todd Walter; December, 2001
William Cramer Apr 24, 1875 Age 70y 3m 29d (WILL)
Sarah A. (Shutes) Cramer Apr 24, 1871 Age 65y 7m 11d
Charlotte B. (Morris) Cramer, Wife of R.S. No Dates
Their tombstone has been plowed down and in a bunch of timber brush.
Maude Briggs, Dau of Judson Willmont and Priscilla (Jones) No Dates
Peter Jones, Father No Dates
Sarah (Sally) H. Jones, Mother No Dates
George M. Smith Feb 9, 1829 - June 14, 1913--------
Rachel E. (Jones) Smith, Wife of G. M. 1836 - Sep 8, 1876
Priscilla I. Smith, Dau of G. M. & R .E. 1857 - 1859
Uzzi Nickerson July 3, 1789 - Feb 13, 1874
Elizabeth (Plumb) (Sweetser) Nickerson, Wife of Uzzi Dec 4, 1797 - Feb 16, 1887
James J. Hearn Dec 3, 1859 Age 27y 11m 6d
James U. Hearn, Son of L. R. & M. Dec 3, 1847 Age 10m 2d
Samuel Hearn Died May 30, 1852 (No Age)
Josiah Tucker Aug 14, 1879 Age 53y 9m 24d (PROBATE)
Catherine P. (Baughman) Tucker, Wife of Josiah Jun 1, 1863 Age 33y 9m 19d
(This date is possibly 1862, Josiah remarried Oct 8, 1863)
Laura Tucker, Dau of J. & C. Jun 1, 1862 Age 2m 2d
Zachariah Stevenson May 11, 1848 Age 66y 11m 24d (WILL)
A very probable burial is that of Sarah (Stevenson) Stevenson, wife of Zachariah, July 29, 1786 - ca. 1863.
Jemima (Stevenson) Conner, Wife of G. W. Jul 16, 1856 Age 36y 8m 29d
Emily Conner, Dau of G. W. & J. Sep 2, 1856 Age 10m 7d
Lynda M. Conner, Dau of G. W. & J. Apr 10, 1855 Age 1y 9m 25d
Sarah (Conner) Snell, Wife of J. Jul 26, 1856 Age 17y 7m 28d
Estella E. Jacobs, Dau of C. P. & R. A. Sep 7, 1872 Age 1y 5m 22d
Clara L. Wainright, Dau of D. & E. Oct 7, 1862 Age 1y 8m 3d
****We found this tombstone that is not on any list.
created October 28, 2005
Saturday, June 10, 2006 08:10:59 AM
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