VIRDEN - FIRST BAPTIST CEMETERY?



Names and dates abstracted from an article in the Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL, 13 Oct. 1971.

These stones were uncovered in the yard of resident of Virden while searching for coins. Nine stones were found, but only six were listed. According to a history of Virden, Alexander Hord built the first home in Virden and he was clerk of the First Baptist Church there. Information was found that years ago a Baptist Church stood near the spot where the stones were found.

Click on above link to view the article in its entirety. Two tombstone photo's are included. These are underlined/linked in red below.

Of those listed below, none are recorded in the cemetery inscriptions of Virden Cemetery published in Tombstone Revelations, Book I, by the Macoupin County Historical Society. An Alexander Hord is listed, but the death date is different. This Alexander is listed as being born 1 Sept 1819 and died 15 Dec 1867.

NAME BORN/PARENTS DIED AGE
HORD Alexander 13 Nov 1856 36y16ds
REYNOLDS, Samuel C. 14 Nov 1857 23y10m25ds
STONE Oliver S. twin 15 Aug 1856
STONE Oscar M. twin 9 Aug 1856
VIRDEN George F. 5 July 1855 8mos
WESTON Unknown child of H.G. & A.S. Weston 3 Sept 1858 8y1m19ds



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