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History of Hazel Green Cemetery
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From "The Sterling Evening Gazette", Saturday, September 20,1913
Transcribed by Larry Reynolds

A little over a year ago there arose a question in conversation regarding the title to what has been known for many years as the &"Hazel Green Cemetery" in Genesee. This cemetery was established in 1863 by the United Brethren denomination and was used by them and others in general for interment purposes until about the time, or shortly after the division of the United Brethren church which occurred a number of years ago. Since this time it appears that the so called &"Radical&" faction of the church practically assumed the greater part of the responsibility of keeping the place in repair and continued to bury their relatives there while the so called &"Liberal&" faction of the church, with some exceptions have since interred elsewhere. Many of the very earliest settlers of the town and county are resting here and although there were living within a radius of only a few miles, at least a hundred relatives of deceased fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, great and great, great grand parents, who are entombed within its borders, no one could give any definite information regarding the title except that some of the older members were quite certain that the cemetery was conveyed by A. S. Ferguson to some one connected with the church about fifty years ago. A thorough search through the church papers revealed nothing. The attention of Rev. George Luttz, pastor of the Radical U. B. church at Coleta was called to the matter, who at once instituted an investigation. Rev. Luttz, who having no personal interest in the matter, other than his duty to the church, but being a man possessed of an exceptionally generous and ever ready disposition to assist others, consented to try and if possible, unravel the tangle and secure the jurisdiction of the cemetery to the church, or, to some responsible parties at least, who would have a legal right to repair and look after it in general and thus protect it from being plowed up and planted in corn or potatoes, as in the case wit a cemetery in the vicinity of Coleta, at the present time.

A research of the records at Morrison revealed the record of a deed given in 1963 by A. S. Ferguson conveying one square acre for cemetery purposed to Martin Overholser, John Overholser and George Hurless individually, but not as trustees of any church organization, the consideration being twenty-five dollars. This deed after considerable research was finally located in Iowa. All these original owners passed away years ago, leaving may heirs. Attorney R. W. E. Mitchell of Sterling was consulted in regard to the matter of legal procedure in the case, who informed Rev. Luttz that there were two ways in which to acquire a legal title. One was by a decree of the court, the other to obtain the signatures of all heirs of the original owners to a quit claim deed. The process through the courts it was considered would be the shortest and quickest method but would be quite expensive, while the locating of all these heirs numbering about eighty and scattered to almost every state in the union, to each of whom the deed would have to be mailed, and who would have to personally appear before an officer to acknowledge their signature, would be a long drawn affair and not a very desirable undertaking. Rev. Luttz chose the latter course and ordered Attorney Mitchell to draw up a deed and the ball started rolling. May said, &"Its no use to try.&" Some gave him five while others prophesied that ten years would elapse before the matter could be adjusted, but the pastor with a smile of determination, turned a deaf ear to these discouraging remarks and went ahead. In a short time Rev. Luttz, together with George D. Hoffman, a justice of the peace who took their acknowledgement, obtained about forty signatures of heirs residing in Whiteside, Lee, Ogle and Carroll counties, after which it was necessary to start the document on its journey by mail hither and thither, back and forth across the continent. It travelled into many towns in the states of Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Washington, the Dakotas, Minnesota, Michigan and California, when it returned to Rev. Luttz complete with the exception of the signature of one heir, whose name will be obtained later.

The deed contained the names of seventy-nine of the heirs and attached to it were acknowledgements of thirty-six different justices and notaries. It was again taken to Attorney R. W. E. Mitchell for examination who pronounced it all O. K., and it was sent to Morrison where it was placed on record. The deed conveys the cemetery property to Benjamin Kline, Owen L. Harrison and Charles Smith, as trustees of the Radical United Brethren to Christ church of Coleta. The acquisition of this cemetery by the Radical U. B. church people was prompted by no other desire than simply to protect the sacred spot where so many o their loved ones are at rest and be rightfully entitled to care for and keep it in proper shape. Quite recently it was all mowed and given a general cleaning up, the head stones which had been neglected put in place, the entire yard was measured and platted into lots, and henceforth this silent city of the dead will receive all necessary attention to make it second to none in appearance to any in this county. The church people and many others feel very grateful to Rev. Luttz for taking hold of this matter as he did and helping them out of their dilema [sic]. Not only this is justly due him but they should recompense him well in dollars and cents for much of his own time and money spent and for the untiring efforts and zeal which he put forth in their behalf. Through the courtesy of the Gazette and in compliance with a request by a majority of the heirs, we will here give the names of the heirs who so willingly and promptly signed this deed and to whom Rev. Luttz, the church and all others interested desire to extend their sincere thanks:

Parker Hurless and wife Minerva. Martin Hurless and wife Maria. Vern Hurless and wife Edith.
William Hurless and wife Anna. George Hurless and wife Mary. C. Leroy Hurless and wife Ruia.
George P. Hurless and wife Emaline. Andrew J. Hurless and wife Hattie. John Hurless, Lee Hurless,
Malissa Hurless. James Frankfather and wife Mary. Martin Frankfather and wife Anna.
George Frankfather and wife Mary. John Frankfather and wife Eleanor. William Howe and wife Sarah.
Geo. W. Howe and wife Susannah. Randolph Ackerman and wife Susan. Harry Shelp and wife Josephine. David Overholser and wife Lizzie. James P. Overholser and wife Elizabeth.
John M. Overholser and wife Lydia. Henry Overholser and wife Louisa.
Sullivan H. Overholser and wife Mary. John B. Overholser and wife Rachel.
Martin H. Overholser and wife Lizzie. John W. Overholser and wife Emma.
Hiram McCray and wife Susannah. David G. Proctor and wife Sarah. Samuel Kingery and wife Rebecca. Charles Cronister and wife Anna. Samuel Gipe and wife Cora. Henry Meakins and wife Florence.
Walter Woodin and wife Della. Ollie Hawkins and wife Minerva. Henry Wetzel and wife Catherine.
James Scanlon and wife Delila. Amanda Cobb, Rebecca Crom, Rebecca Bushman, Rachael Bushman,
Delila Chaffe, Catharine Deets, Annie Beers, Amber Wallace, Fannie Malick.
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BURIALS
Burial List Contributed by Margaret Mangers & Billie Jo Read

*May not be a complete list*

NAME

BIRTH

DEATH

SPOUSE

PARENTS

ARFORD, Sanford S. 01 Jan 1853 25 Nov 1883 Susan E. Grant Crawford & Catherine (Slater) Arford
BEERS, Barnette M.   09 May 1909   Co H 55th Inf. Civil War
BEERS, Clair 4 weeks 04 Feb 1915   Son of Lester & Fannie (Wine) Beers
BEERS, Frances Ann (Overholser) 22 Dec 1839 13 May 1934 Barnett Beers Martin & Barbara (Arford) Overholser
BEERS, Iris . 1909 . Wm. & Lucy (Kennedy) Beers
BEERS, Leo Kennedy 03 Jan 1903 25 Aug 1903 . Lester & Fannie (Wine) Beers
BEERS, Mary 05 Oct 1870 01 Jan 1875   Barnett & Frances (Overholser) Beers
BEERS, Son   1912   Lester & Fannie (Wine) Beers
BRONSON, Corp. Charles E.   03 Jan 1895   Co G 75th OH Civil War
BRONSON, John Frank 02 May 1858 30 Nov 1946   Charles S. and Rhoda H. (Tobyne) Bronson
Thought to be buried here (re: researcher Sue Nesland)
BUNTLEY, David E. 1879 17 Jan 1881    
BUNTLEY, Frank 1858 12 Apr 1912    
BUNTLEY, Mary . . Frank Buntley .
BUNTLEY, Mary 1818 23 Jun 1894 . .
BUNTLEY, Mary (Wetzel) 20 Aug 1849 01 May 1911 Frank Buntley .
BUSHMAN, Rachel (Overholser) 14 Mar 1838 25 Dec 1913 Peter Dull
Henry Bushman
Martin & Barbara (Arford) Overholser
CHAMBERS, Austin Sep 1874 30 May 1881 . Jacob L. & Alice (Hawkins) Chambers
CHAMBERS, Caroline 1853 10 Jul 1870 . .
CHITTY, Eliza (Shelby) 1835 02 Aug 1861 James McAllen Chitty .
CLARK, Nancy 1864 28 May 1864 . .
CLINE, John C.   26 Jan 1864   J.B. & M. Cline
Bugler Co H 12th IL Civil War
CROM, Amanda 20 Jun 1873 02 Jul 1878 . Jeremiah & Mariah (Smith) Crom
CRUM, Anna (Overholser) 22 Oct 1806 25 Jun 1870 Jacob Crom Christian & Rebecca (Gundy) Overholser
CROM, Emma J. 04 Jul 1869 22 Oct 1870 . Jeremiah & Mariah (Smith) Crom
CRUM, Ida 01 Dec 1866 09 Dec 1866 . Martin & Rebecca (Overholser) Crum
CROM, Infant 04 Jan 1868 30 Nov 1875 . Martin & Rebecca (Overholser) Crum
CROM, Infant 18 Jan 1898 18 Jan 1898 . Jocephas & Margaret (Deets) Crom
CROM, Rev. Jacob 15 May 1801 22 Aug 1868 Anna Overholser John & Margaret (Miller) Crom
CRUM, Lawrence 18 Apr 1900 22 Oct 1902 . Sumner & Laura (Lawrence) Crum
CRUM, M.V. Infant 04 Jan 1868 . Martin & Rebecca (Overholser) Crum
CRUM, M.V. Infant 30 Nov 1875 . Martin & Rebecca (Overholser) Crum
CRUM, Rev. Martin 07 Oct 1828 13 Jun 1893 Rebecca Overholser Jacob & Anna (Overholser) Crom
CRUM, Rebecca (Overholser) 25 May 1836 16 Aug 1916 Rev. Martin Crom Martin & Barbara (Arford) Overholser
CROM, S.O. 08 Jan 1873 30 Mar 1953 Veretta Deets Martin & Rebecca (Overholser) Crom
DONAHOO, Frank 1879 05 Jan 1881 . .
DULL, Nora B 07 Oct 1861 13 Jun 1868 . Peter & Rachel (Overholser) Dull
DULL, Peter 04 Jun 1834 04 Apr 1900 Rachel Overholser
Amelia Harria
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DULL, Son 13 Jul 1857 20 Jul 1857 . Peter & Rachel (Overholser) Dull
FENTON, Catherine (Crom) 02 Aug 1825 06 May 1897 John Fenton Rev. Jacob & Anna (Overholt) Crom
FENTON, Rebecca 22 Mar 1865 11 Apr 1865 . John & Catherine (Crom) Fenton
FENTON, Willie 17 May 1884 10 Aug 1884 . John & Catherine (Deets) Fenton
FISHER, Eliza 1854 17 Mar 1873 . .
FRANKFOTHER, Catherine (Hurless) 12 Sep 1833 14 Jul 1901 Elias Frankfother  
FRANKFOTHER, Elias 10 Mar 1833 03 Feb 1924 Catherine Hurless  
FRANKFOTHER, Sarah 31 Aug 1862 11 Nov 1863   Elias & Catherine (Hurless)
GLEGG, J.P. 1829 24 Feb 1864 . .
GRANT, A.H. 1821 13 May 1878 . .
GRIFFITH, A. 1843 06 Jan 1868 . .
GUNDY, Isiah 1847 15 Dec 1887 . Benjamin & Catherine (Crom) Gundy
HALLET, Myra 1862 12 Jan 1864 . .
HAWKINS, Betty (Henry) 24 Mar 1919 02 Jan 1988 Dorrance Hawkins Frank & Carrie (Stewart) Henry
HAWKINS, Dorrance 13 May 1915 28 May 1992 Betty Henry Noel & Modwena (Flynn) Hawkins
HAWKINS, Florilla 1874 10 Dec 1880 . Seth & Marinda (Johnson) Hawkins
HAWKINS, Luther 1869 30 Dec 1880 . Seth & Marinda (Johnson) Hawkins
HAWKINS, Seth 14 Oct 1828 25 Dec 1885 Marinda Johnson Samuel & Rebecca (Andrews) Hawkins
Co H 75th IL Inf. Civil War
HEALY, Pauline . 12 May 1859 . .
HELM, Marguerette (Thomas) 07 Aug 1838 02 Mar 1865 John Helm Owen Thomas
HELM, Willie E. 15 Mar 1863 21 Feb 1864   John & Marguerette (Thomas) Helm
HOWE, Daisy Grace 06 Aug 1884 17 Jan 1885 . George & Susannah (Overholser) Howe
HOWE, Infant 17 Sep 1877 17 Sep 1877 . George & Susannah (Overholser) Howe
HURLESS, Abner R.   08 Feb 1907   Co H 75th IL Inf. Civil War
HURLESS, Cephas 24 Oct 1827 14 Nov 1884 Elizabeth Overholser
Tabitha Winters
George & Susannah (Leatherman) Hurless
HURLESS, Elizabeth (Overholser) 02 Apr 1830 20 Feb 1882 Cephas Hurless Martin & Barbara (Arford) Overholser
HURLESS, Elizabeth 17 Feb 1868 17 Feb 1868 . Cephas & Tabitha (Winters) Hurless
HURLESS, Fannie 1876 10 Sep 1877 . Cephas & Tabitha (Winters) Hurless
HURLESS, Frankie 1876 15 Sep 1877   Cephas & Tabitha (Winters) Hurless
HURLESS, George 22 Apr 1792 14 May 1867 Susannah Lucy Leatherman  
HURLESS, James A. 15 Aug 1865 29 Nov 1895   Cephas and Tabitha (Winters) Hurless
HURLESS, John   09 Mar 1939 Lizzie Sucher  
HURLESS, Leah (Sucher) 12 Sep 1857 20 Oct 1910 John Hurless  
HURLESS, Lizzie 17 Feb 1868 17 Sep 1868 . Cephas & Tabitha (Winters) Hurless
HURLESS, Lottie . 01 Feb 1925 . .
HURLESS, Lucinda 1849 01 Aug 1864 . Samuel & Catharine (Malone) Hurless
HURLESS, Mary Jane 1854 19 Apr 1861 . Cephas & Elizabeth (Overholser) Hurless
HURLESS, Melvin O. Dec 1869 10 Jan 1870 . Cephas & Tabitha (Winters) Hurless
HURLESS, Nora 1860 11 Oct 1864 . .
HURLESS, Susanna (Leatherman) 30 Nov 1801 01 Mar 1878 George Hurless Michael & Catherine (Palmer) Leatherman
JOHNSON, Mary 6m 16 Apr 1859 . .
JOHNSON, Nancy 1803 19 Jan 1883 William Johnson .
JOHNSON, William 1 Mar 1807 26 Mar 1875 Nancy Maiden .
KLINE, Anna (Overholser) 1866 1949 Martin V. Overholser
Benjamin Kline
Peter & Rachel (Overholser) Dull
KLINE, Benjamin 1878 1948 Anna Dull Overholser .
MARTIN, John 1798 13 Jul 1875 . .
MARTIN, Samuel 1811 12 Jan 1884 . .
McCOMBS, Bertha 17 Oct 1881 13 Jan 1883 . Wm. & Emma (Hawkins) McCombs
McCOMBS, Emma (Hawkins) 11 Apr 1857 02 Sep 1908 William P. McCombs
m 12 Aug 1880
Seth & Marinda (Johnson) Hawkins
McCOMBS, Rebecca (Crom) 02 Dec 1830 21 Dec 1866 David McComb Jacob & Anna (Overholser) Crom
McCOMBS, Ollie Ray 18 Oct 1884 30 Aug 1889 . Wm. & Emma (Hawkins) McCombs
McCOMBS, Sarah 16 Aug 1865 26 Nov 1866 . David & Rebecca (Crom) McCombs
McCOMBS, William 11 Mar 1856 25 Jul 1936 Emma Amelia Hawkins David & Rebecca (Crom) McCombs
McCOMBS, Zula 1870 30 Aug 1885 . David & Anna McCombs
MEAD, Margaret . . . .
MEAD, Philip 11 mts 16 Sep 1863 . .
NICHOLAS, Wilson H. 1846 03 Jul 1887   Co H 22nd Iowa Civil War
OVERHOLSER, Barbara (Arford) 27 Dec 1811 08 Sep 1889 Martin Overholser Frederick & Cyrena (Smith) Arford
OVERHOLSER, Barbara Ellen 14 Dec 1848 06 Apr 1883 . Martin & Barbara (Arford) Overholser
OVERHOLSER, John Martin 19 Jan 1834 09 Apr 1927 Lydia Crom Martin & Barbara (Arford) Overholser
OVERHOLSER, Lydia (Crom) 18 Apr 1835 24 May 1913 John Martin Overholser Rev. Jacob & Anna (Overholser) Crom
OVERHOLSER, Martin 28 Apr 1809 20 Dec 1899 Barbara Arford Christian & Rebecca (Gundy) Overholser
OVERHOLSER, Martin V. 01 Sep 1860 11 Dec 1894 Anna Dull John & Lydia (Crom) Overholser
OVERHOLSER, Mary Jane 13 Aug 1846 14 Sep 1855 . Martin & Barbara (Arford)
REPASS, David 1808 02 Mar 1865 Amelia Jane Agler .
REPP, Stella 1884 03 Sep 1887 . .
ROLAND, Alexander 1833 29 Nov 1865   Co M 8th IL Cav. Civil War
ROLAND, Mary 1811 03 Jul 1886 . .
ROLAND, William 1806 17 Feb 1863 . .
SMITH, Emma 1857 14 Jan 1876 . .
SMITH, George 1852 17 Feb 1866 . .
SMITH, Laura 1876 30 May 1876 . .
SMITH, Mary 1857 01 Nov 1861 . .
SMITH, Thomas 1801 04 Jan 1874 . .
STALLSMITH, Benjamin 1853 16 Aug 1866 . .
STALLSMITH, Henry 1811 15 Nov 1883 . .
STOLB, Elgy 01 Jan 1870 04 Jan 1870 . .
SWEARINGER, Isaac 1805 06 Nov 1883 . .
THUMBLESON, Melisse 1845 11 Oct 1860 . John & Cyrena (Arford) Thumbleson
VINSON, Elizabeth (Overholser) 01 Aug 1858 28 Dec 1950 William Clark Vinson John M. & Lydia (Crom) Overholser
VINSON, William Clark 25 Mar 1852 27 Jul 1928 Elizabeth Overholser Martin & Elsie (Richards) Vinson
WAGNER, William 1873 08 Jun 1879 . .
WETZELL, Jacob        
WETZEL, Susanna (Beidlee) 27 Sep 1816 85y 8m 4d Jacob Wetzel  
WICK, Medora 1840 01 Sep 1875 . .
WILFONG, Catharine 1807 04 Nov 1882 . .
WILFONG, George 1804 24 Jan 1871 . .
WINTERS, Frank 1867 02 Dec 1874 . .
WINTERS, Lanetra 1865 23 May 1866 . .
WISE, Anna 1816 12 Dec 1878 . .
YEAGER, Marinda (Johnson) 04 Nov 1839 07 Oct 1913 Seth Hawkins
John Yeager
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YEOMAN, Jane Feb 1861 19 Apr 1861 . .

 


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