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Good Hope Cemetery
Schuyler County
Illinois  USA

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The following text is NOT about a burial, nor about any 'person' - it was added to provide information about the cemetery itself and the unmarked (and/or undocumented) burials...

Schuyler Co., IL., "Deed Book", page 337, #306, recorded March 9, 1863. {land for this cemetery deeded by} Michael SOWERS and his wife, Mary Ann SOWERS to TRUSTEES of GOOD HOPE CHURCH: Michael Sowers, James Sargeant, Sr, and Cannon R Gardner."

Nota Bene: this cemetery is sometimes referred to as, "CORMAN and SKILES" Cemetery.

"Maybe I can give you some facts about the GOOD HOPE CEMETERY that will help with the listing. Just West of the entrance road the first stone is Wm. {presumably, Thompson} and Jessie Isabell {presumably, Thompson}. On the row just west of that row is Oscar R. Thompson (next to the public road) then north Raymond Thompson (Oscar's son); b. July 27, 1920 d. June 18, 1924. Hazel Harris was Raymond's mother. Then Jessie Rachael Thompson; b. Jan. 19, 1919 d. July 17, 1933. [Mother: Cora Moore, Father: Otto Thompson.] Then Cora Moore Thompson, Otto's wife. I haven't an obituary, don't know her date of birth or death. Then Elmer Tharp. He has a military stone, but don't remember that they give birth and death dates. Born, Mar. 13, 1892; obit doesn't state and I've forgotten the exact date. His parents were Henry and Alice Strups {sic, Stroops} Tharp, Mrs. Ethel Gertrude Tharp; b.Aug. 16, 1885 d. Jan. 20., 1945 there is no stone. Lester LeRoy Gossage has a stone with birth and death date. Joseph R. Thompson and wife Nancy M. Skiles Thompson. George M. Skiles. Emma-Infant daughter of George and Elizabeth Skiles. Somewhere East of the entrance road I think where some of the Beebe family are buried, is the grave of Winnie Beebe Thompson {see note a.} and her sister Clarabelle Beebe (don't know her married name)."

SOURCE: letter concerning Good Hope Cemetery, from: Bertha Gossage-Hopkins [date unknown].


a. Winnie Beebe-Thompson, born April 11, 1882-died July 4, 1908; there were 4 children born, 2 died in infancy, Ivan Thompson (now deceased) and John Thompson of near Macomb. Her father was John Beebe and her mother's name was Jessie."

b. Clarabelle Beebe {see note c.} was buried hurriedly at night. She was a victim of the Spanish flu 1918-1919 and had been dead some days when found by neighbors; her husband was raging with fever and knew nothing of what had happened. Whether he survived, --I do not know. Son Phillips gold me the general location of the grave and that they hung lanterns in the evergreen tree near and opened-the grave by their light and buried her as soon as the grave was ready. Those years were terrible, war, pestilence and food shortages as the Bible prophesied. Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21.

c. This refers to Stella Beebe Umphryes (12 May 1884-17 Jan 1917); Clarabelle was unmarried.
IMPORTANT: all comments within {braces} were added by your editor, F.A.G. contributor, Robert C. Kuhmann, on 04-Sep-2010.
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