Sunday, April 10, 2016

Returning a Piece of History

This a genealogy post.
Our family cemetery where my 3rd GGrandfather who was in the Revolutionary War is buried has somehow changed names of the years.

Someone slapped up this sign
Patsy Mitchell Golladay Cemetery many years ago?

The cemetery has always been Mitchell Cemetery, named after my other 3rd GGrandfather who owned the land it was on, the first burial being in 1834.

The gentleman at the local monument company and I came to the same conclusion,
in the 1970's many cemeteries were read in preparation for the Bicentennial.
If a cemetery did not have a formal sign out front, who ever was reading it just gave it a name.
Patsy Mitchell was my GG Uncle's wife? There is only one Golladay buried in the entire cemetery?

Cousin Fred and I have been on a mission to get it back to the original name.
We started at the Courthouse, the name there was still Mitchell.
Then we spoke to the Cemetery board members, that was fine with them as well.
So cousin Fred couldn't wait to rip that sign down and proudly bring it to me!
There it sits in my laundry room at 1515
It is a piece of history.

Well here is what our family did
A new official marker!
I had the put the established date on the front with my 3rd Great Grandfathers name on it who came to Coles County IL in 1828.



We have it up 4 feet so you can see it when the beans and corn come up.

On the back I had them put the information about my 4th GGrandparents who are buried in the field just south of the cemetery. He was in the Revolutionary War and she is the Aunt of Sam Houston of the Alamo.

I even got the Find a Grave people to change the name on the website.

It is a sense of accomplishment Fred and I are so proud of.
My 4th 3rd 2nd and Great Grandparents are all buried there and I want to make sure it is recognized for that, for future generations of our family.

8 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Ann! Oh, what an accomplishment! I'm so proud for you and your cousins to work so hard to get this new sign for your family cemetery. What history and the sign looks wonderful! Now what are you going to do with the old sign? ;) Hope you're doing well and thank you so much for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Not sure, Fred suggested we burn it! But it is a piece of history too!

Weekend-Windup said...

You must have had a tough time to bring it back to the original...

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh that is wonderful Ann! How nice! Isn't family history wonderful to know?

Nancy Turner said...

ann how nice for you to be able to restore the cemetery. does any of the family own the land now?my ggrandmother and gg grandmother were buried in the corner of the field where they were homesteading there was a very nice tall marker put on the graves. the place was sold many times the last owner pushed the marker in the ditch and plowed over the graves the family then donated the marker to the county museum. i do believe plowing over graves is illegal. nancy

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Uplifting post Ann! Such great family history kept alive by all your members. Glad to see the sign. :)

ann said...

I do wonder if our relatives crossed paths as they fought in the Revolutionary war? The marker will remain as a wonderful tribute to family, reminding those who see it that those were real people who sacrificed greatly.

Susie said...

Ann, So sorry I am late reading this post. I love that you got your cemetery sign up. It's a nice one also. You are the best family history person I know. I hope you and yours are well. Blessings, xoxo, Susie