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  Hawk Cemetery

Hawk Cemetery is located near Palmer, Illinois in Bear Creek Township.  
Very little remains of this cemetery.  Even less is known about it.  It currently consists of a pile of marker "pieces" piled in the middle of a corn field.  One slip of the plow and this, too, could disappear.  
Members of CCGS visited and photographed the remaining stones in late April 2009.  Of the 3 stones listed in the 1970 Christian County, Illinois Cemetery Inscriptions Volume III, most of 2 of those stones were located.  One exciting note, on the reverse of John Hawk's (large/heavy) stone, was the inscription for his wife, Margaret, that was previously not recorded.
Photos from that day and transcription of the stones are contained on this page.

All that remains of this little piece of Christian County's history.

This large "Hawk" stone would have been the base of John & Margaret's monument

Next would be the large square with his infomation topped with the
two cylindrical pieces seen here (more ornate piece on top)

"Our Father's Grave
Beloved Husbnad and Father."
Below the surface, the stone also reads:
"The Lord is my shield
Every word of God is pure
He is a shield unto them
That put their trust in Him."

The "cap" shown on the left, topped off the Hawk monument.
The darker stone on the right is a piece of his footstone.

Margaret's side of the stone was against the base and previously unnoticed.
Her footstone is on the right.
"Sleep on dear wife and take thy rest.
God called Thee home, He thought it best."

Fanny G. Hudson - before and after our jigsaw puzzle session.  Her footstone is on the far right.

Wife of A. Hudson
Oct 21 1857
Aged 21Years
10 Months 21 Days

Photos by Joan Blood

A listing of burials for this cemetery is available in our library.
Tombstone photos and burial information can be found at US Cemetery Project.

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