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From: "Janet Hall" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] Girard/Virden area of Illinois
Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2009 21:27:43 -0500
The Old Dunkard Sugar Creek Cemetery is actually closer to Auburn than
Divernon and is just east and north off Route 104 a short distance from
Auburn.. It has burials of the names listed here of Fahs, Harnly and Miller,
that I know for sure. It is well maintained by the Virden COB. There is
evidence of a building having been on the grounds also.
Near the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, just to the next cross road south, can be
seen the old Pleasant Hill brick school house. It has been converted into a
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2009 8:23 PM
Subject: [BRE] Girard/Virden area of Illinois
> I've never been to the area you describe, but my Kimmels, Florys, and
> Bowmans lived there before 1887. Well, some of them were at Auburn.
> Virden/Girard/Auburn area is also the area about which the book "Pleasant
> by Ethel Harshbarger Weddle (2002, Girard Sesquicentennial Book
> 377 pp) was written, so there should be things relating to the Vanimans,
> Harshbargers and Brubakers, among others, to be seen.
> Chester Melvin Vaniman, the renowned
> inventor/photographer/explorer/aeronaut and his brother Elmer, killed in
> the spectacular explosion of their
> dirigible, are among the folks buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
> Hill" has an alphabetized listing of Pleasant Hill Cemetery burials.
> author also mentions that
> "there are burials of some members of Pleasant Hill families
> in the Dunkard/Sugar Creek Cemetery. This cemetery is
> described as located about 1/2 mile east from township roads
> 3.5W and 13.5AS, northwest of Divernon, Sangamon County,
> IL. Among pertinent names are Fahs, Masterson, Shearer,
> Flory, Miller, and Harnly."
> The Vanimans at LaVerne also connect to my Kimmel and Bower family.
> I could make the trip you mention...
> Jan T
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