Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Linda & Lemar at McCord, standing behind the stones for Joseph Thompson Williams (1818-1894) and his wife Drusilla Ann Knight (1829-1873). I had given up ever finding these headstones! Many thanks to Linda & Lemar!
To locate McCord at Find A Grave, you can click on this link (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=106799&CScn=mccord&CScntry=4&CSst=16) or simply go to http://www.findagrave.com/ and click on "search for a cemetery" and enter McCord, Illinois, Montgomery County. From there, you can enter a specific name you are looking for, or browse through all of the burials at McCord.
I hope that other family history researchers can find a long-sought "treasure" here like I did!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
The first meeting of Restore McCord was a rousing success! Seventeen wonderful people showed up, all interested in how this historic cemetery could be restored. Some of the exisiting ideas were endorsed and some new ideas (like a new cemetery sign) were brought up. Here is a photo (courtesy of Lemar Hartman) of the attendees.
We are now working on our next steps: what should be done now, what should wait until spring. It's exciting to see how many people want to help with this effort!
Saturday, November 7, 2009
The first meeting of the Restore McCord group is this afternoon at the Century House in Irving. I thought this would be a good day to review what's already been done!
A master list of interments has been created, based on a compilation of cemetery readings conducted in 1946, 1980 and 1985, as well as purchase receipts for burial plots and a few obituaries. Special thanks to volunteer Jeanne Johnson for all of the hours she spent compiling this list. We will be working to make the master list more complete and accurate as our work continues.
Memorials for 261 individuals buried at McCord have been posted at the “Find A Grave” website (www.findagrave.com). When available, photos of headstones, obituaries or portraits can be posted here, as well as “virtual” flowers and notes. Again, Jeanne Johnson has been the driver of this effort.
The cemetery has been cleared of brush and brambles in the past few months. I posted some before and after photos previously, and they are amazing! A huge swath of brush and brambles were cleared away, giving us access to parts of the cemetery that were nearly impossible to reach. A big “thank you” to Dale and Keith Walcher, who have accomplished all of this.
While we’re hoping that much of our work will be done by volunteers, we have started fundraising to support the future efforts of Restore McCord. Our gratitude goes out to our generous supporters:
Molly & Todd Bennington
Haidee & Samuel Morehead
Marilyn & Galen Strain
Joyce & Rich Williams
Irving Area Historical Museum
Village of Irving
The idea for Restore McCord was sparked in late August of this year. Look at all that has been accomplished in a little over 2 months! As more and more volunteers get involved, just imagine what we can do by this time next year!
Friday, October 30, 2009
This may be our first meeting, but the work is already well underway. So much has been accomplished! Just look at some "before & after" photos that demonstrate how the cemetery has been cleared of brush and brambles. (Photos courtesy of Lemar Hartman.)
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Restore McCord will be conducting another reading in the near future, including photographs of each marker. Following that reading, any necessary changes will be made in the Find-a-Grave records and the photos will be posted.
Many, many thanks to Jeanne for dedicating her time to this project! Please check out the fruits of her labor at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=106799.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
McCord, formerly known as Old Bear Creek cemetery, is one of the oldest cemeteries in Illinois. Veterans from the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Black Hawk War and Civil War are buried there. The gravestones at McCord reflect the pioneer history of Illinois and we should honor them. Restore McCord was formed to do just that, by restoring as many of the headstones as we can locate, and maintaining the cemetery grounds so that family members, descendents, and genealogists are able to visit the site. We will be also posting the results of our cemetery readings and photos of each headstone for the benefit of people who cannot visit in person.
Follow this blog for updates and come to our first meeting on Saturday, November 7th at 3:00 pm. We'll be gathering at the Century House in Irving to talk about our progress to date and discuss what still needs to be done. Hope to see you there!