I spoke on the phone recently with Eunie G in Loveland, Colorado. We hadn’t spoken for a few years. She is going to send me some more information on our family ancestry. I will post whatever she sends to my blog here.
While we were on the phone, she mentioned that there are two older cemeteries here in Illinois worth looking into. The Old Kelly Cemetery and the New Kelly Cemetery. It sounded like Eunie had been to both. They are in Coles County near Lake Charleston, Illinois. I would like to visit both of these. On the phone Eunie said that the old cemetery was all grown over with trees and not much to look at. I’d still like to see it.
After I got off the phone with her I did look into these two old lots and found some info. I will copy and paste it below justified and in italics.
Cemetery notes and/or description:
Section 30, T12N, R10E
South of Charleston on IL Rte 130 past the entrance to Lake Charleston to the first road on the left (Cardinal Lane). Drive two-tenths of a mile just past the top of the first rise in the road. Park near the orange colored “Buried Pipe Line” sign and a utility pole. Walk SSE up a gentle incline directly to cemetery (less than 200 feet).
Believed to be the oldest burial location in Coles County, dating back to 1825 (which was actually 5 years before Coles Co was formed). Kelly Cem is the first known burial ground of people of European descent in what is now known as Coles Co., but at that time still included parts of Douglas and Clark Counties.
Only 11 or 12 persons are believed to be buried there.
The property was donated by James Kelly.
A portion of James Kelly’s marker was THE ONLY ONE observed with any inscription out of the nine stones/markers that were located during two searches on July 20 and 30, 2011.
Several blank or illegible tablets or piles of flat stones were located, and the only other tablet (Cemetery) that was located is pictured. It was down and covered by soil, and only discovered by probing.
Here is the link to the original.
There were also a couple of pictures posted of the New Kelly Cemetery here. The picture showing the headstones is from 1972.
That is all for tonight. Keep on keeping on folks and Merry Christmas.