RE: James Rosa and Ruth Post stone. How kind of you to write, Mike. My husband, George, is also the gg grandson of James and Ruth Post Rosa. Per DixonRosa family tradition, we decorate all of the graves on Memorial Day. We have come to feel quite close to those who came before, and leaving that stone broken was not an option. It's such a beautiful stone, isn't it? I think they were a very happy couple. Nice to hear from you ! Lynda Elliott Dixon
RE: please disregard my other post The John Rosa that served in the civil war was the son of Abraham Rosa and Jantje Harper. He was born abt 1825 in Gorinchem in the Netherlands. He married Elizabeth Reed and died in 1900 in Quincy, IL. He's the grandfather of your John H Rosa.
Most of my family lived from the Batchtown area down to the southern tip of Calhoun County. As a consequence, I haven't visited many cemeteries farther north than the Richwoods Pct.
I did find a couple of pictures on the Internet that were taken at Hefner. (Try going to ancestry.com and looking up Henry Dillon, 1889-1910, Calhoun County, Illinois. He's buried at Hefner and someone has put a couple of cemetery pictures on ancestry.com under his name. I don't have a membership at ancestry.com, but I can still see small copies of the pictures with what they have on the Internet for non-subscribers.)
From the photograph, Hefner looks like it may be in better shape than some of the old Calhoun cemeteries farther south, but the description does make it sound like it could be on private property. It's been my experience that some farm owners are really nice about letting people visit, while one or two are quite the opposite.
I've been to more than one Calhoun cemetery that is only accessible late in the fall, after the crops have been harvested. That's another factor to take into consideration if you plan a visit.
You might try contacting the Calhoun County Historical Society. (Their website can be found using Google.) I would think that someone associated with them would be able to answer your questions regarding specific directions and accessibility.
If you do find out how to get to Hefner, I would appreciate a copy of the directions, if you don't mind.
A few months ago, I told you that I thought you might be looking for Hetzer Cemetery instead of Hefner, because I was not familiar with any cemetery by that name. I wanted to let you know that there is indeed a small cemetery called Hefner in Calhoun County, Illinois. (AKA Hefner-Goode Cemetery.)
Hefner is located in Gilead Pct. which is north of Batchtown and southwest of Hardin. I've entered some information for Hefner on Find A Grave that might be of interest to you. There are three people named Surgeon there who you might have been trying to find.
I am sure you are talking about Hetzer Cemetery in Golden Eagle. All known memorials for that cemetery are already on Find A Grave, and I have photographed every stone there. Any memorial without a marker picture means that there was none to be found.
RE: Margaret Surgeon Mike, the cemetery is located on the Klaas brothers farms it is accessible part of the way by a dirt field road in dry weather, the last time I was there was in 1991, and it was all fenced and surrounded by a pasture. If you wish to visit it contact Dan Klaas at Batchtown, IL he should be in phone book. If you get to go there please take pic's of the other graves as I cant go there right now, and it would be nice to see them on find a grave. Thanks GR
My cemetery book says that Hosey is located 5 miles south of Batchtown and has 43 graves. I have photographed most of the accessible cemeteries in the southern half of Calhoun County (in and around Batchtown, down to the southern tip of Calhoun), but not Hosey. That probably means it's really hard to find.
Some of those little Calhoun cemeteries are back in the hills with no roads leading to them anymore. Others, like Aderton in Brussels, you can only get to at certain times of the year, depending on the growth stage of the surrounding farm fields.
When we went to Aderton, late last fall, we had to cross a large corn field on foot to a stand of trees, and the cemetery was waste deep (or higher) in weeds and brush. Late fall or the dead of winter are the best times for places like that. I've also been warned to watch for rattlesnakes in the spring, summer and early fall!
You might write to the man who owns Margaret Surgeon's memorial on Find A Grave. He is a good friend of mine and knows a lot about the area. He could probably give you more details on where Hosey is located.
He may be able to tell you more about Margaret Surgeon, too, but I kind of doubt it. He usually puts the links he knows on his Find A Grave memorials. It wouldn't hurt to ask--he's very, very nice about helping others.
Thank you for the correction! It looks like I had Charles Surgeon as the son of the wrong James H. and Margaret Surgeon. It should have been James H. Surgeon, Sr. and his wife, Margaret Boyd. I believe I have it straight now, but if it is still incorrect, please be sure to let me know.
Do you think Charles' mother, Margaret Boyd Surgeon, could be the Margaret Surgeon listed on Find A Grave at Hosey Cemetery? There's a death date on the memorial, but no birth date for her. (See memorial #41644833.)
If your research confirms that the Margaret Surgeon at Hosey is Charles' mother, let me know and I'll add a link to her.
Thanks again for your help. I really appreciate it.