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FREEMAN - Walnut Cemetery, Bureau Co
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Mar 09, 2010
8:03 AM
One of my cousins recently discovered our ancestor Abigail Freeman buried at Walnut Cemetery. Unfortunately the headstone has degraded quite a bit so that the date of death and the aged numbers are not clearly visible. Just to find her burial place was a fantastic find as this has been a brick wall for sometime and we had thought she passed away in McHenry County. Is there someone who can access death or burial or historical records for the Walnut area for us? Her name is Abigail Freeman, married to Walter Freeman (there would be no record of Walter in Bureau County) and the mother to Charles Silas Freeman who resided in Walnut for a great number of years. We believe her death date is in the 1870's and most probably 1872 to 1877. She and Charles are buried in Walnut Cemetery along with others of Charles' family. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely, Mike Peterson geanie@cox.net
523 posts
Mar 09, 2010
12:46 PM
As you know, I called the Walnut Library because they have the cemetery index for the Walnut Cemetery. However, they did not show a listing for these names. I don't know if their index is from a "walked" index or the sexton's records. Hopefully someone out there can offer more information.
123 posts
Mar 09, 2010
2:25 PM
I find that Abigail was Abigail Ross, b. 1806, and her marriage to Walter was the first marriage in Clymer Chautauqua Co., N.Y., 1823.

(I have a descent from both, Freeman and Ross family names)

I find several family files on Ancestry and one or more has Abigail's cemetery stone picture. It appears to be 1872 as a guess.

As the Walnut Library didn't list the name, could it be that the stones are in the Red Oak Cemetery, that is some 2 or three miles NE of Walnut?

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Mar 09, 2010
8:13 PM
Thank you again Denise.
Jack - the picture you see of Abigail's stone was originally taken by another cousin, Kathleen Row, a descendent of Walter and Abigail through Charles Silas. I descend from Walter and Abigail through David W. Freeman. Both Kathleen and her husband could not say for sure what the engraving was; that's how bad the weather has beaten it. Unfortunately they were on a hurried trip so couldn't take the time to look up any records. They were actually very surprised as they weren't looking for her stone but it's very close to why they went there, to see her son Charles Silas' gravestone. It does look like 1872 to us also but a problem with that is she is listed in the 1877 Bureau County Illinois Voters & Tax-Payers Directory, Page 296, as: "FREEMAN ABIGAIL Mrs. widow of Walter; Bapt; N.Y." So that 2 could be a 7 or 9 which is why we would really like to find a record of some sort and if that is found we have an outside chance of getting a good birth date also.
I appreciate your note Jack and I'd be interested in what line you descend re the Freemans/Ross'.
124 posts
Mar 10, 2010
7:52 AM
Dear Mike,

I suggest that you get in touch with the Bureau Co., Historical Society, in Princeton. My wife and I have spent a lot of time in the library - Historical Soc., and the Court House. Word has it that the genealogy room that was upstairs in the library has been moved to the Historical Society building. If there was ever a second place to be named "Gate Way to the West", Bureau County would be my vote.

My Ross and Freeman connections;

SARAH ROSS b. unknown in PA. Married DAVID WORK abt. 1830, Morgan Co., Ohio. d. Bef. 1844, Morgan Co., Ohio.

Maj. JOHN FREEMAN, b. England; married Mercy Prence, b. Plymouth Colony, bef. Sept. 1631 and d. 28 Sept. 1711 at Eastham MA. John d. 28 Oct. 1719 Eastham.

3 posts
Mar 10, 2010
9:15 PM
was hoping I had a connection to your Freeman and Ross but can't find one. Thanks for your suggestions.
524 posts
Mar 11, 2010
7:58 AM
Glad you posted on the msg. board. Jack is always so helpful! You can find the Bureau County information (contact) on our site:
BUREAU COUNTY Jack is right, BCGS is a wonderful resource.
Good Luck!

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