|George H. Bristow|
Quote from "Historical Sketches of Cass County, IL", 1907 by Hon. J.N. Gridley
"George H. Bristow bought the land, where this Cemetery is located, from William Breeden in Dec 1830. Mr. Bristow lived upon the tract and kept a small store, between the burial plat and where the Crum Homestead stood. At that place the militia met to go through their military drills and there the stage coach made a stopping place in the early days. Upon the present site of this burial ground stood a beautiful walnut tree, which was an object of pride of Mr. Bristow, who often called attention to it with the remark that he wanted to be buried under it when his time came. Bristow was fond of fishing and hunting an often went to the Sangamon River to gratify his love of these sports. Upon one of these periodical trips he sickened and died; his body was brought home and in accordance with his oft expressed request, was buried under the favorite tree. No trace of the tree can now be found.
This information we get from Mr. T.J. Crum, to whom it was often told in his youth, but the date of Mr. Bristow's death can not be learned. His administrators sold the land to Henry Price in 1835, therefore his death and burial must have occurred shortly before that time. His body was the first buried at that place and after the purchase of the land, owned by Mr. Price he allowed the place to become a burial place by the people of the vicinity.
The first recorded death in this graveyard is that of Matilda, daughter of P. and B. Conover who died Dec 8, 1836, aged 6 months and 10 days."
Vy Note 1: Per Hon. J.N. Gridley "It will be noted that the last recorded death in this burial ground was that of Hugh R. Powell who died April 24, 1859. Several of the stones in this yard are broken and lying on the ground, some partly covered with earth; the plat is in the field, next to Mr. Crum's orchard; from its appearance it has never been plowed over, but is neglected and fast vanishing: in a few years, all traces of it will have disappeared."
Vy Note 2: I will add all the names that Hon. Gridley recorded in his "Historical Sketches" I found this info while searching for my 2nd Great Grandfather (Ossian Major Ross) I found the buriel place of his 1st wife (Amanda Catherine Hammer-Ross) who is also buried in this Cemetery. I am not related to Mr. George Bristow, if anyone has more info I'd love to hear from you.
May he rest in Peace.
George Bristow Cemetery
Plot: Cem Loc: NE quarter of the SW quarter of Sec 31, T.17, R.10.
Created by: VyAZ Whitaker
Record added: Nov 29, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 101478095