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Where is Whittinigton Cemetery?
The Tampico Area Historical Society encompasses parts of Whiteside County and Bureau County in Illinois. Focus is on Tampico, Hume Twp., Hahnaman/Deer Grove, & Prophetstown in Whiteside County & Yorktown & Thomas in Bureau County.
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Apr 29, 2005
10:39 AM
Several of the old obits I have transcribed have said interment was at the Wittington Cemetery, southeast of town (Tampico). Is that the old Tampico Cemetery? If not, where is it? This could be very helpful in finding some "missing" graves! Thanks
Family History Coordinator
Tampico Area Historical Society
2 posts
Apr 30, 2005
6:21 AM
It looks like the Whittington Cemetery was/is near New Bedford:

From The Tornado:

April 8, 1893
DIED - RAY, - At her home in Tampico, Saturday, April 1st, 1893, Mrs. E. RAY. The funeral took place Sunday, and the remains were interred in the Whittington cemetery, near New Bedford.

April 8, 1893
DIED = BROOK, - At his home in Tampico, Wednesday morning, April 5th, 1893, John BROOK, of apoplexy; aged 80 years. He was buried in the Whittington cemetery.

January 10, 1903
Henry OWENS, an aged citizen of Fairfield township, who resided on the old HOGEBOOM farm eight miles southwest of here, died Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock, his death being due to consumption. The funeral service was held Friday at 10 o'clock at the deceased's late home and at 11 o'clock in the Center church. Interment was at Whittington.
The deceased was about seventy-two years old and had resided in Fairfield a number of years, where he was well known and respected. He leaves two sons and a daughter.

September 26, 1903
Chancey McCLURE died Sunday night at 9:30 at his home north-west of here from the effects of a severe kick in the abdomen by a mule last Wednesday noon. Since his injury he seemed to be getting better and the inflammation seemed to be getting better, but on Sunday he grew rapidly worse and although both Dr. HORNER and SMITH did everything possible, they could not stem death. Interment was in Whittington cemetery.
Chauncey Herbert McCLURE was born in Galva, Ill., April 19, 1862, and was married at Jefferson, Iowa, Jan. 23 to Ruby UNDERHILL. For five years they lived in Jefferson when they moved to Nebraska where they lived six years. In 1892 they came to Tampico since which time this community has been their home. The deceased was one of a family of seven children, two of whom died in childhood. The surviving are: E.D., of Tampico; William, of Nebraska; James, of Utah; Mrs. Bessie SEAVER of Utah; and Joseph of Nebraska. A wife and four children survive: Eunice, Maud, Lillian, Chauncey and Alice.

March 29, 1907
Mrs. JOHNSON's Death
Mrs. Johanna JOHNSON an aged Swedish lady died at her home east of Fairfield town hall south of Tampico last Sunday morning at 5 o'clock. Old age and infirmities of a long period of poor health caused her death. The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Fairfield chapel. Internment was in the Whittington cemetery, Rev. MILLS officiating.
The deceased was born in Vernamo, Sweden, February 4, 1827 and came to Illinois in 1882 with her husband, Andrew JOHNSON whom she married in 1844. Fifteen children were born to thes union, six of which survive.They are Swan, John, Gus, Charles and August and Christena JOHNSON.
The deceased lady was a quiet, unassuming, aged lady who was held in high esteem by her relatives, friends and acquaintances who mourn her departure.

December 14, 1911
Nathan MEEK Answers Call
Nathan MEEK, and old soldier and one of the well know old timers of Tampico township, died at his home three miles south of Tampico Saturday night about 12:30. Death resulted from senile diabetes and gangrene which affected both feet and was spreading to his limbs. The disease had manifest itself sometime ago and only for the past three weeks had his condition been such that he was confined to his home. The funeral services were held Tuesday noon at the Methodist church, Rev. H.A. SNYDER officiating. Music was rendered by Mr. and Mrs. Jack HELLIER, E.W MEREDITH and Mrs. Lovinia BOOTH. Internment was in Whittington cemetery southeast of Tampico.
The pall bearers were: John S. JOHNSON, J.C. ADAMS, Robt. ADAMS, A.J. GRAHAM, Frank COLLINS and Asa BURDEN.
Nathan MEEK was born in Hardon County, Ohio, Feb. 23, 1839, and when a mere child came west to Illinois with his parents who first settled near Amboy, later going to Iowa, then to Wisconsin and finally locating near Walnut where he resided a number of years. He was married Dec. 21, 1865 to Catherine B. ADAMS at New Bedford who died May 23, 1899. About thirty-seven years ago he located on a farm southeast of Tampico and then a few years later moved to the place three miles south of Tampico where he lived until his death. He joined the Methodist church when nineteen years of age and taught school previous to serving three years in the Civil War as a private in the ranks of Co. 8, 93rd, Ill., Vol. Inf. He was a good, quiet citizen, a man of good principle, and held in high esteem in the community which had been his home for so many years. Four sons, William P., of New Bedford, Samuel, Richard and John of Tampico, survive, also two other brothers, William of Walnut, Samuel of Carlton, Neb., and three sisters, Mary RENNER of Davenport, Neb., Betty RENNER of Walnut and Melissa of Carlton, Neb.

August 26, 1920
Henry M. THACKABERRY, Oldest Citizen of This Vicinity, Died in Sanatarium at Rockford.
Henry M. THACKABERRY, New Bedford's grand old man and for many years a resident of Thomas south of Tampico, died last week Wednesday morning at 5:30 o'clock at the sanitarium in Rockford where he had been a patient for less than a week. The remains were brought to the home of his daughter in New Bedford where he has lived for many years and been tenderly cared for and funeral services were held last Friday with internment at the Whittington cemetery in charge of the Masons of Tampico. Although the roads were bad and it rained about fifteen of the brethren from Tampico attending the funeral. Mr. THACKABERRY was a charter member of the Yorktown lodge No. 655 and the oldest member of the lodge at the time of his death.
Mr. THACKABERRY, who was one of the pioneers of northwest Bureau county, had been ill for several months. A few weeks ago while a patient at the Prineton hospital, he fell out of bed and broke his hip. He made a remarkable recovery from the injury and was able to sit in a wheel chair when he was removed last week to the sanitarium at Rockford, but he succumed to the infirmities of old age. Although he was nearing the century mark, Mr. THACKABERRY had never before experienced a serious illness.
Mr. THACKABERRY had been a resident of Bureau county since 1852. He was born in Queenstown, Ireland, August 18, 1824, and lived there until he was 10 years old, when his parents moved to England. He was reared and educated in England. He came to America in 1851, arriving in New York on Christmas day. He went first to Chesterville, Pa., where he lived a few months with his brother, and in April 1852, he starrted west, arriving Princeton on May 5.
For three years Mr. THACKABERRY lived on a farm north of Princeton, after which he took up his residence in Fairfield. He retired 21 years ago to make his home in New Bedford.
Mr. THACKABERRY was married in August, 1851 to Miss Jane MEARNS, of Montrose, Scotland. The marriage was performed in St. George's Episcopal church in Honover Square, London. Three children were born of this marriage: Mrs. W. E. BOOTH, New Bedford; Alexander, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and another now deceased.
Mark Thackaberry, Jr
Jun 03, 2005
1:54 PM
You have been asking questions about the "Wittington Cemetary" Since Henry Thackaberry is mentioned on the web page as being buried there and since he and his family are buried in the Geenville-Fairfield Union Cemetary near New Bedford (that was the name in 1958 when the remainder of the graves in the Henry Thackaberry plot were deeded to my great aunt Margaret Rae Thackaberry). It stands to reason that the name used 100 years ago has changed. Henry is the brother to Marcus Thackaberry (also burried there, there is a tall Thackaberry monument, it's so easy to find). Marcus was my geat-great grandfather.

Posted by Mark D. Thackaberry, Jr. on June 3, 2005
11 posts
Jun 03, 2005
7:55 PM
How great to hear from you. Please send me an email & I will share all of the rest of the THACKABERRY articles I've transcribed from The Tornado newspaper.
Gail Cocagne
Jun 19, 2005
6:04 PM
My brother, Mark, called me and asked the name of the cemetery where our ancestors are burried. (Greenville-Fairfield Union Cemetery, New Bedford) Today I decided to check the web site he responded to. I found it very interesting. Thank you.

Posted by Gail Thackaberry Cocagne on June 19, 2005

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