Whiteside County Illinois
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It was surveyed and platted by Charles R. Rood, a pioneer settler, farmer and surveyor who homesteaded on the north end of Albany, just over the line that became Garden Plain Township.
 The triangular cemetery was divided from the most southern point to the rear by an undeveloped avenue, with a second undeveloped avenue bisecting it. The cemetery is maintained by the village. The first burial was that of Elijah Knowlton, who died in 1838, before the actual platting of the cemetery was done.

Most of the stones are more than 100 years old, many are older. Two of the marked graves were Duty Buck and E. O. Efner. Both died in the tornado that struck Albany June 3, 1860. Efner's family and friends often told of his tragic death. He reached the safety of a cellar with his family as the storm approached. He then came out of the cellar to get a wrap for his little child and, thus, was killed when struck by flying debris.

 Transcribed by Christine Walters: These are the names and dates on the stones that I could read March 1998. I found several incorrect spellings.
I am also going to incorporate some additional information about these early settlers and family which will be in "notes". There are question marks where I was not sure of the letter or number.
Rood Cemetery, at Erie Road and First Avenue, is in the village of Albany.
 

NAME

BIRTH

DEATH

SPOUSE

PARENTS/NOTES

BUCK, Duty 48y 03 Jun 1860 Isabella Jeremiah & Hannah Buck. Killed in Tornado
BUCK, Isabella 48y 19 Mar 1860 Duty Buck .
COLE, Susan 18 Feb 1847 1847 . Abraham & Hannah Cole. No Stone
DURANT, Henry M. 13 Oct 1854 12 Aug 1855 . D.S. & W.H. Durant
EFNER, Dean Swift 35y 03 Jun 1860 Sarah Thompson Married 2 Mar 1843. Killed in Tornado
EFNER, Infant age 6? . . D.S. & Sarah Efner
EFNER, Margurite . 3 weeks . No Stone - D.S. & Sarah (Thompson) Efner
EFNER, Sarah (Thompson) 04 May 1817 02 Sep 1845 Dean Swift Efner Alexander & Sarah (Scroggs) Thompson
FILES, Minnie 11y 25 Mar 186? . A. & M. Files
GROVES, Ann 1796 1878 . .
HAINES, Jonathan 2m 05 Nov 1858 . Alfred & Sarah Haines - other children were Mary E., Caroline, Alfred B, Josephine, Lewis & James.
HUGININ, Capt. James . Jan 1891 Sarah (there is also a Capt. James Hugunin with wife, Sarah in Oak Ridge Cemetery, different dates.)
HUGUNIN, Sarah . . James Huginin .
KNAPP, Harriet . 25 Apr 1855 . No Headstone d/o G. & H.L. Knapp
LAIDLEY, Isabel . Sep 1856 . David & Louise Laidley (David was a bricklayer they also had a daughter Julia b 1858)
McDONALD, Jacob M. . . . 16th Iowa Veteran
McILVAIN, Robert S. 1851 18 Jan 1855 . J. O. & M.C. McIlvain
McILVAIN, Sarah J. 1845 20 Aug 1847 . J. O. & M.C. McIlvain
McMAHAN, Albert . 1861 . Navy Veteran
McMAHAN E. . . . Small Stone
McMAHAN, Ebenezer 26y 8m 26d 21 Feb 1855 . .
McMAHAN, John . 20 Nov 1856 Rachel Co M 1st Iowa Cav
He died before the Civil War ??
McMAHAN, Octavia E. Apr 1825 07 May 1855 Oliver McMahan .
McMAHAN, Orra 21 May 1816 . . .
McMAHAN, Rachel . 06 Jul 1852 John McMahan .
MITCHELL, Abraham 08 May 1817 18 Feb 1876 Eveline "Linna" .
MITCHELL, ALice . . . .
MITCHELL, Evelina "Linna" 07 Jun 1826 12 Fe 1889 Abraham Mitchell .
MITCHELL, Evaline . . . Abraham & Eveline Mitchell
MITCHELL, Lillie . . . .
MITCHELL, Mattie H. . 11 Jul 1904 . .
NIBLACK, Amy (Buck) 71y 07 Mar 1878 Randolph Niblack married 11 Feb 1838 First wedding in Albany;
NIBLACK, Eliza A. . . G. Niblack .
NIBLACK, Randolph 71y 26 Feb 1879 . Co F 52nd IL Civil War
Born in OH, was a carpenter. Had 2 children that died in infancy
NIXON, John 69y 1861 . .
QUICK, Alfred W. (or Albert) Infant . . George D. & Orvilla (Booth) Quick
SLAYMAKER, Samuel Humes 17 Jan 1823 17 Aug 1861 Ella G. Caruthers John & Jeanette (McIlvaine) Slaymaker
Born in PA, a merchant in Albany
SMITH, Maria 1860 1874 . .
SMITH, Thomas 1857 1857 . .
SWETT/SWEET, Lucius 24 May 1827 03 Jun 1860 Electa Lucinda Miner Killed in the Tornado
Luke & Paulina (Knapp) Swett
YOPST, Delores .. . . 1924 Family Information - No Stone
Infant dau. of Clarence & Nora Emmert Yopst
YOPST, Mae 1853 1907 William D. Yopst .
YOPST, William D. 1836 28 Feb 1917 Mae Co C 8th Il Cav.

 


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