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rootsjockey (#47271025)
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Bio Photo Since 2010 I have been working to honor the pioneers of the village of Pulaski, Augusta Twp., Illinois by adding their memorials to Find A Grave. This work is based on the burial records of the Pulaski Methodist Episcopal Church and on the need to preserve the Crain family photo collection.

     The Pulaski Methodist Church and its Pulaski Cemetery served a tri-county community including:
          -Augusta, Hancock Co., Ill.
          -Huntsville, Schuyler Co., Ill.
          -Birmingham, Schuyler Co., Ill.
          -Northeast, Adams Co., Illinois
          -LaPrairie, Adams Co., Illinois

     As of 2015, I no longer expect to publish this work as a whole elsewhere. While processing the photo collection continues, I am satisfied with Find A Grave: importing the cemetery records, linking families, visiting and taking gravestone photos, scanning and uploading Crain Family Collection photos for preservation. You'll see that honoring and remembering these hardy Illinois pioneers has been a collaborative effort. My heartfelt thanks to those who have offered further info and photos.

     Many of the photos that I upload are from the Crain Family Collection. The collection contains photos of the Pulaski old timers (mostly Crain, Baxter, Newcomb, Gordon, Hoyt, Reynolds, Bacon) and has been carefully maintained by the descendants of Rev. William Crain and his wife, Harriet Tong (fastidious labelers!) from the 1860's to today. On loan from my father-in-law, once my work is complete or when I die—whichever comes first—our family will donate the photos to Western Illinois University Archives and Special Collections in Macomb, Illinois.

     A collection of Pulaski-related photos and ephemera already resides at Western Illinois University Archives & Special Collections in the Crain Collection found within the Tri-County Genealogical Society Collection (Augusta, Illinois). The photos still in the family-held collection represent my husband's closest relatives.

     This project would never have been possible without the long lovingly maintained burial records of the Pulaski Methodist Church Recording Steward, William Reynolds Hoyt (1830-1907). The Pulaski Cemetery records were part of Tri-County Genealogical Society Collection and copied by hand in the mid-1940's by my husband's great granduncle, Harry Marshall Crain (1874-1967). Harry's original transcription is kept at WIU Archives and my scanned copy is available at
Go to the last pages for the index to facilitate locating family groupings.

     Today, all that is left of this central-western Illinois village of Pulaski is the cemetery. For the most part, corn and soy fields inhabit the area for miles around, with homes here and there. Despite the excellent care that the Augusta Township generously bestows upon Pulaski Cemetery, many of the burials lack markers or the markers are long lost in the earth like that of Thomas Brunton (1778-1871).

     In 2007, I was informed by the WIU archivist that the original Pulaski cemetery records accompanying Harry's transcription were discarded due to mold. Without Harry Crain's transcription of Reynolds Hoyt's records, there might have been no further record than the visible stones today.

     Corrections and further information are always welcome. Please contact me via the email address below or through Find A Grave's "Suggest a Correction" (SAC).
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