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Grace Church, Preemption Prairie, IL a plea for help.... Rock Island county, Il Genealogy

Grace Episcopal Church Pre-emption Prairie, Illinois 1854-1919

The Canterbury Cross--- this is part of the plea that is typed out below the Sherrill's email & photos.

placed it here for some reason or another.

Here are the files...I hope that you will be able to understand my explanation re: headstone locations...just want you to be able to picture this lovely little cemetery in your minds..... : )
The pages of text are full of information...thought that you would like them for your files if you find a connection.
Now for the photos which I started out labeling as A, B, etc and then forgot (DUH!) and continued to label with numbers...oh, well.
Photo A:
This photo is taken from 13th Street W. which is a gravel road. We parked our car here and climbed up the hill...the iron fence is only around the Johnston and Armstrong families...there are many more graves outside the fence as you will see from the list of graves. On the left, you can see a white/grey pyramid shaped headstone (Robert Armstrong) and a dark grey "gabled" headstone (Thomas Armstrong)...if I remember correctly, there is an entrance into the ARMSTRONG side just to the right of the dark grey headstone. Looking at the dates, I wonder if Robert and Thomas were brothers???? The tall white monument marks the grave of John and Mary Johnston, my 3rd g-grandparents. The entrance into the JOHNSTON side is just to the left of it in this picture.
Photo B:
This is a close-up of Robert's headstone. I am still on the 13th Street W. is behind me. Notice the little white stone to the is Photo 4. If you look closely toward the upper left of this photo (B), you will see a wee bit of Co. Highway 18 in the bushes. It is paved.
Photo 3:
A closer close-up!

Photo 4:
After the Civil War, all Union soldiers were given markers with just their names and units that they served in....Robert was in the 37th Illinois Infantry, Co. A....If you find that this is a family connection, there is LOTS to be found re: military records. One of my g-g-grandfathers, Archibald McAfee (from Coleraine, Co. Londonderry/Derry) was also in the same unit as Robert. I have his full pension application file that I got from the National Archives ($37.00) that is a treasure trove!

Photo 5:
This is looking toward Co. Highway can see it in the right middle of the picture...13th Street W. runs perpendicular to that at the left of the picture...the voltage wire pole in the upper left if sitting pretty close to the intersection of the two roads. You can see both of the Armstrong headstones I mentioned above just to the right of the white Johnston monument. The small white headstone at the middle right behind the corner of the fence (a smaller monument that has fallen over) is also one of my Johnston's...not sure why she is outside the fence!?!?! Would love to know all the family secrets and stories! HA!
Photo 6:
I am standing with the Armstrong's and looking back toward my John and this picture with all the flowers.
That is 13th Street W. in the middle of the picture...Highway 18 is behind me.
Photo 7:
This is the entrance into the Johnston side as seen in another picture...Highway 18 is at left...13th Street W. is behind me.
I forgot to scan Thomas Armstrong's headstone...sorry...will do it now and send it right away....
I hope that you will enjoy all of this info hopefully find a connection!

Let me know ....
Sorry to have take so long to get these sent! Need to go fix dinner...think my husband John is feeling neglected... : )



H, to comment on this e-mail from you....
Again, I am so glad that you liked all the photos....yes, you may put them on the Saving Graves website...since I took all of them, you may credit them to me without worrying about someone else's copyright.  Please use my name as follows:
                                                                    Sherrill Hofer Kerbaugh      
I am the one researching family in the Rock Island names of interest:   HOFER, JOHNSTON, PLATT, BAKER,
WILLIAMSON, McAFEE, O'MARA, BIGLER, GALLAGHER.  My parents were born the Low Moor/DeWitt/Clinton, Iowa area.  All of my Dad's family lived around there and the Rock Island area...some in Macoupin Co., Mercer Co., etc.  The HOFER and BIGLER families came from Switzerland.  The PLATT and BAKER families came from New York via Switzerland Co., Indiana.  The JOHNSTON family was from Co. Fermanagh, Ireland.  The McAFEE ancestor (Archibald McAfee) was from Coleraine, Co. Londonderry(Derry), Ireland.  The O'Mara family (some married into the Kelly family) was from Co. Galway/Mayo, Ireland.  The Williamson and Gallagher families were from Co. Donegal, Ireland.  If anyone you know is researching any of these families, please give them my name and e-mail...would love to connect with more cousins.  : )
My husband John's research is mostly in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee...his names of interest:
I hope that you and lots of others can use this information and the previous files/photos I sent.  Do let me know if you find a link!
If you have any questions, please ask...
Speaking of doing housework, I had better get going...our son and his girlfriend are coming from Phoenix tomorrow to visit for a week....
Is Foxie your given name?  Very cute!
Keep in anxious to go to some of the websites you have listed after your name....

Sherrill has opted not put their email on the web due to spamming. you will have to email me & I will forward on to them if you care to or have family info concerning them. Thanks!

Woods Cemetery photo by John & Sherrill Kerbaugh Rock Island Co., IL Genealogy

Woods Cemetery photo by John & Sherrill Kerbaugh Rock Island Co., IL Genealogy

Woods Cemetery photo by John & Sherrill Kerbaugh Rock Island Co., IL Genealogy

Woods Cemetery photo by John & Sherrill Kerbaugh Rock Island Co., IL Genealogy

Thomas Armstrong & Sarah Clark His wife.

Woods Cemetery photo by John & Sherrill Kerbaugh Rock Island Co., IL Genealogy

Woods Cemetery photo by John & Sherrill Kerbaugh Rock Island Co., IL Genealogy

Woods Cemetery photo by John & Sherrill Kerbaugh Rock Island Co., IL Genealogy

Robert Armstrong

Woods Cemetery photo by John & Sherrill Kerbaugh Rock Island Co., IL Genealogy

December 8th, 1860 George Sayres,

THE MISSIONARY STATION AT PRE-EMPTION PRAIRIE, ILLINOIS consists of Irish families, nearly all farmers, who came to this country from the northern part of Ireland, soon after the great famine which prevailed there, fourteen years ago. They are an intelligent, industrious, and well-behaved people. They are all Protestant Episcopalians, members of the old Established Church in Ireland, and have been carefully trained by faithful pastors in the doctrines and duties of Christianity. They were taught the church Catechism in childhood and the adults have nearly all been confirmed, and admitted to Holy Communion.

There are about 120 families of these, collected with in a space of eight or ten miles square, and allowing five or six persons to a family, which is in this case a moderate estimated, it will be seen at once that there are enough of them to form a large congregation of several hundred persons. But there are besides them about fifty families form the New England and other states, settled in the neighborhood, who have no place of worship, and would gladly attend our service.
These Irish are as usual, a warm hearted and hospitable people forming by themselves a good sixty colony. They are for the most part ardently attached to the Church in which they were brought up and with which ours is in full communion about six years ago when they had a church building partly finished it was completely destroyed by one of this fearful tornadoes which occasionally sweep across the prairies of the West leaving utter ruin and desolation in their track.
But they have now another edifice still further advanced toward completion, which has been built thus far, with commendable zeal and self-denial during the last few years of scarcity. They have done according to their ability, and some even beyond their ability, to provide for themselves and their children a sanctuary of the Lord. They do not ask nor look for help, yet they cannot go on without it and are well.
The cheapest missionaries which can be sent and they enable the living teacher to carry on his work to the best advantage.

The hard times, from which the great West is just recovering, arose from a general failure of crops for two successive years before the last two, which owing to severe droughts and other cause, the farmers could scarcely obtain grain enough from their lands to replace that which they had sown for seed. As corn and wheat are their principal articles of export and commerce, it can be easily imagined, how the failure of times must result in penury and privations, to those who depend upon them almost entirely for income and support. Immigration to, which brings much wealth to a new country, had, just before this, been seriously checked. And the preceding years of prosperity had induced habits of extravagance, which were not soon enough amended. The consequences were of course and immense drain of specie from the North-West and a general prostration or failure in business.

During the present year, however, the crops are unusually and enormously large, except the interior of Kansas, where, from long continued drought, a serious famine has arise. With this exception, the increase has been "some thirty found, some sixty and some a hundred." Another such abundant harvest will restore the North-West to its usual thrift and prosperity. Then many of the churches, which require aid, will need it no longer. Now therefore, is the time to lend a helping had, when the help is needed.

Three years ago, there were as many as 60 Episcopal clergymen in Illinois, but last year they were reduced to 50; and during the present year they are still further reduced to 45 or 40. These are all that remain to do the work of a diocese, about equal in extent to those of New York and Pennsylvania together. But though so many pastors have been drive off by a general failure of the means of support, yet the inhabitants are as numerous as before, and require future aid in their spiritual matters, ever more than ever. Several larger parishes, which two or three years ago gave their ministers $810 or $1,000 a year, can now scarcely raise more than three or four hundred for the purpose. Thus many large and zealous congregations are left without a shepherd, unfed and unattended. "The harvest truly is plenteous; but the laborers are few"

For himself, the Missionary desires to state, that, if his own sympathy for the poor people committed to his charge, were not so deep as it is, he would not desire to continue among them; for the situation has been to him one of personal inconvenience and of pecuniary loss. But he is ready again to incur the risk and do the work, to the utmost of his ability, trusting in the power of Christ to sustain and prosper him. Yet it should be remembered that an equal obligation rests upon all other ministers and members of Christ, to do good to these brethren. And if all Christians do not go in person to visit the poor and instruct the ignorant, yet the least they can do is to provide the means for those who are able and willing to undertake the task. Let each one give according to his ability, and then, if all are not Apostles or Missionaries, yet all may, in one way, preach the Gospel to the poor, by the mouths and ministry of others.

The foregoing statements cannot fail to be of deep interest to all who feel a deserving of it. For they have erected a neat and comfortable building, capable of seating more than 300 persons, Which has been painted externally, plastered, and enclosed with a suitable fence. Every part of the work has been paid for so they are not in debt for one dollar on account of it.

All these will no doubt be obtained after a while; but most of them are absolutely needed at once, for the proper performance of divine service. And if they were all provided by others, there would still be quite as much effort required of the people for many years, as they will be able to make in order to sustain a pastor among them. Their children, meanwhile, are growing up without proper instruction, and are liable to be lost in paths of vice and error. it is therefore, a matter of utmost importance to them and to the church, that they should be helped in their time of need. For they are beginning to fell greatly discouraged, at the prospect of every having ahcurthc will established among them. A little assistance now, judiciously applied, would cause them to become, in two or three years, one of the largest of the country congregations in Illinois.

Much sympathy has been excited, of late, for a colony of converted Romanist, under Father Chinook, their pastor, and a large amount of money has been contributed for their relief. They are situated in this very diocese, further down the river Bishop Whitehouse, the Diocesan, is well acquainted with this circumstances' and has lately, at their request, sent them missionary. But he has asserted, that the Irish colony in Pre-emption is equally worth y of help and sympathy, as they are our fellow churchman, of the same household of faith, and united to us by the strongest ties of brotherhood. So deep is his feeling of interest in the church building for which this appeal is made, that he has contributed $100 towards it himself. He has also written the circular letter appended to this document, strongly commending this as a worthy object of charity, and giving it his heartiest approval.

During the eight months the Missionary has divided between this and his other posts of labor, he has distributed, at Pre-emption and its neighborhood, from private resources $30 worth of Prayer books, with an immense pile of religious tracts and papers; although these were appositional carefully, and a few at a time. There are still needed for immediate use two or three hundred Prayer Books more, and a large quantity of good reading, for the benefits of young and old. They are not in a condition to obtain these things for themselves, and, many of them are so very poor, that they cannot provide decent clothing, Several of their farms have been sold for taxes, and are likely to be forfeited by the owners. Bibles, Prayer Books and tracts are the hearty concern for the extension of our pure system of faith and worship throughout the land. For love of Christ is shown chiefly by love to whatever for His sake we do them. And however much of good we may have done already, our reward will be the greater, if we do still more. For "there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed by Him, whose of right it is "While we have time, let us do god unto all men, and especially unto them that are of the household of faith."

Recommendations by the Right Rev Bishop Whitehouse.

The parish of Grace Church, Rock Island County, know as Pre-emption Prairie, where the Rev Mr. Sayeres is missionary, is an Irish settlement exclusively Protestant, and contains over a hundred and twenty families attached to the Episcopal Church. They have been making an effort for some years past to build a church, and have a partially succeeded, but cannot finish it for occupation, without assistance to the amount of five hundred dollars.
The Rev. Sayers who knows accurately the condition of the parish, and the singular interest which attaches to it has determined to make and effort to raise at least a portion of this amount, and I can hearty commend his labor of love.
May 8th, 1860
Henry J. Whitehouse, Dioceses of Illinois Church of White Pine

Grace Episcopal Church got help. The wood structure was built in 1855 at a cost of $1,300. The first church was demolished by a tornado and a second building was erected. The original batting siding was changed to bevel. The leaded-glass windows opened out. The church was heated by two pot-bellied stoves. A coal pile for them was in the back of the church. ------J. Benjamin Clarke.

When the church was closed in 1919, the building was sold to Charles Love for $300. He built a farm building of the lumber and it was blown down in a storm.

The ringing of the church bell is an invitation to worship. The bell from Grace Church was taken to St. John's by Christy Doonan in a Model T-Ford with the top down. The bell was made by the B. M. Rumsey, St. Louis, Mo., in 1878.  The bell is still used, and peals before each Sunday serve. --Deacon Paul.


Oliver M. Copley born 1855 died 1907
John Copley born 1827 died 1893

Annie, dau. of Joseph & Annie Graham died Oct 11, 1884 aged 21yrs 3ms 11ds
Annie Clarks-- nod dates
David Clarke died May 11, 1879 aged 56yrs 7ms 19ds.
Alice, wife of David Clarke died Nov 13, 1879 aged 45yrs
David W. Clarke died Oct 12, 1904 aged 36yrs 4ms 10ds
Sarah A. Clarke died Apr 10, 1888 aged 31yrs 2ms 22ds

Anderson, Father Alex 1851-1927
Anderson, Mother Justine 1864-1910
Infants dau. Mary 1886-1914

George T. Blakely Feb 10, 1867-Jan 29, 1942
James E., son of Wm & Jane Blakley died Oct 20, 1886 rest unreadable
Wm Blakely born Nov. 5, 1839 died Oct. 25, 1924
Jane Beatty, wife of Wm Blakely born July 10, 1838--Jan 26, 1917
William Blakely Dec 8, 1869-Dec 20,. 1945

Richard Clay co B 65 Ill Inf. G. A. R.
George Clarke Dec 25, 1882 aged 58yrs
James Clarke Sept 9, 1866 in the 76th year of his age A native of the Co Fermanaugh, Ireland

Thomas, son of John & Mary Johnston died Oct. 3, 1859 aged 22yrs 5ms 14ds
John Johnston born in the Co. Fermanaugh, Ireland a resident of Bowling Township for 22 years died Nov 15, 1867 aged 76 years Gr gr gr grandfather of Sherrill born in 1791
Mary, wife of John Johnston died Apr 5, 1880 aged 80yrs
Baby son of J. W. & a. Johnston 1885-1885
Clara Alice, dau. of J. W. & a. Johnston 1887-1887
Joseph Johnston born Oct 15, 1831 died Feb 8, 1875
Family record fo Joseph & Eliza Johnston:
Francis born Sept 21, 1857
John born Sept 22, 1861
Eliza Jane born July 31, 1865
Mary Ann born Dec 15, 1867
Matilda born July 12, 1871
Josephine born May 5, 1875
Rachel, wife of Joseph Johnston died Dec 19, 1867 aged 32years
Thomas Armstron died Oct 13, 1903 aged 68yrs 6ms 9ds
Sarah Clarke, his wife 1834-1909
Children of T. & s. Armstrong
Christopher C. born July 17, 1872 died Dec 10, 1872
Robert N. born Mar 26, 1867 died July 29, 1877
Robert Armstrong born in the co Fermanaugh Ireland Jan 19, 1837 died a soldier in defense of our country sept 23, 1863 at Carrolton, La.
Mararet Ann, his wife, born at Preemption Oct 29, 1840 died Mar 16, 1893

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