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Lorton Cemetary in Cowden

Lorton Cemetary in Cowden

Posted: 1022803687000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1027807600000
Surnames: Lorton
Does anyone know the directions to the Lorton Cemetary located in Cowden Ill? This town is located in Shelby County Ill. Thank, J. Hawks

Re: Lorton Cemetary in Cowden

Alicia AW Morgason (View posts)
Posted: 1031286567000
Classification: Query
Is there another name that this cemetery goes by???

Re: Lorton Cemetary in Cowden

Elaine Laux (View posts)
Posted: 1034991488000
Classification: Query
The Lorton cemetary is not in Cowden but is in the country between Herrick and Cowden. Take the "Dixie" highway that runs between Herrick and Cowden, about halfway there is a sign for a road that says Lorton Supply. (Coming from Cowden, turn left. Coming from Herrick, turn right.) The cemetary is at the end of that road beyond Lorton Supply. Henry Lorton (son of Rev. War Robert Lorton) and others are buried there. Robert and Tabitha Gannaway Lorton are buried at Whitehall Cemetary in Greene County, Illinois. The Lorton reunions are held there every summer.

Re: Lorton Cemetary in Cowden

Posted: 1040552718000
Classification: Query
I'm Ernest Lorton and The is not but one lorton left living that we know from our family of William Robert Lorton and he was born in ILL. some where and we were told that his Father was from ILL and there could be someone that could be there yet that would know He was born in the year of 1883
Please is there anyone that could help me try to look up someone Theanks E-Mail ernest55@earthlink.net

Re: Lorton Cemetary in Cowden

Elaine Laux (View posts)
Posted: 1040705330000
Classification: Query
Ernest,

I am moving to a new house so do not have ready access to my records. The Lortons who descended from Rev. War Robert Lorton lived in Fayette County, Illinois (Made from Bond County) and then several moved on to Greene County, Illinois, including Rev. War Robert, sons Thomas, John, Robert, William, Joseph and daughter Mary. Those staying were Henry (my ancestor), Susannah, and Mordecai. Of course there was more than one William Lorton. Try this: Go to USGenWeb.com. Select Illinois. When you get to Illinois, select the Illinois IRAD archives database. All marriage records are listed. Maybe that will give you some clues. When I get to my information in about a week, I'll see what I can find for you. Do you know the wife's name? The one you mention born 1833 is about the fourth generation from Rev War Robert. Mine goes Rev War Robert, Henry, John Marion, and William Granville Lorton born 1850s or so.

Re: Lorton Cemetary in Cowden

Posted: 1043088365000
Classification: Query
Hello. My name is Garrett Lorton, and am orginally from Cowden, Ill. As a matter of fact, I lived 2 miles from the Lorton Cemetery. My grandfather Leon, is the one who owns Lorton Supply situated next to the cemetery. I am looking for information about my family history. I know Louis is my great grandfather, past that I am not sure, due to us not being "in touch" with my grandfather for 15 years. If anyone could help me out I would appreciate it. Thanks!!

Re: Lorton Cemetary in Cowden

Posted: 1043091207000
Classification: Query
Just a funny story about the Cemetary, if I may. My great great grandfather, sorry if I dont know his name, but at any rate, it seems my g.g. grandfather, was a quite eccentric old man. He had heart trouble from what I understand, and thought he was going to die. Well he took it upon himself to build himself a wooden coffin, only thing is, he got better. For years, anytime anyone would come over, he would demonstrate his casket for everyone.
Well the time came when he did pass away. He gave instructions as to how he wanted to be buried. It seems it is a custom of some sorts for everyone to be buried West to East, or East to West whichever way you look at it. Well his instructions were to be Buried North to South. Reason Being: If you have been to the cemetary, you will notice right after that there is a large hill, known to some as Lorton Hill. At the bottom of that hill is a beautiful site to farmers, because it is river bottom land, and probably some of the most fertile ground in the world. My g.g. grandfather thought when the "dead shall arise", he wanted to be able to look across that river bottom one last time.
However, in the 1980's the coffin wrotted out, and my family had to exhume the remains and bury him the traditional way.

Re: Lorton Cemetary in Cowden

Elaine Laux (View posts)
Posted: 1043112258000
Classification: Query
Garrett,

I know the story about the coffin and the cemetary! Thanks for posting it. I have met Leon and Otis Lorton. I think this is your lineage:

1. Lewie Lorton married to Hattie Beck (I do not have Lewie and Hattie's list of children. If you do, would you provide it?)

2. William Granville Lorton (b. 1855) and Nancy Elizabeth Black (b. 1855) They called W. G. Lorton, Bappy. He bought an elaborate coffin years before his death and had it in an upstairs bedroom. My mother says she remembers people coming on Sunday to visit and trooping upstairs to see this coffin.

3. John Marion Lorton (b. 1832) and Mary Ann Elizabeth Mahan Lorton ( b. 1837) I believe John M. is the one who insisted the coffin face East/West.

(The above all born in Fayette Co.)

4. Henry Lorton (b. 1799 in Henry Co. VA) and Sarah Carson (b. 1799, maybe in NC)

5. Revolutionary War patriot Robert Lorton (b. 1746 or 47 in Charles Co. VA) and Tabitha Gannaway (b. 1763 VA)

TThe calendar was changed in the mid 1750s so that's why you see double dating for people born before.)

Go to Genforum.com and select the Lorton forum. You will find quite a lot of information on Robert Lorton. Sarah Carson (wife of Henry Lorton) is also descended from a Rev. War soldier, James Starrett. I am trying to find proof for that line.

How I am related to you is that Lewie's sister, Mary Jane Lorton is my great grandmother. She married Joseph Wasson. My mother is Wanda Wasson, daughter of Bill and Hazel Wasson. My father was Ray Black. I spent a lot of time at their farm which is not far from the Lorton Cemetary and near Oak Grove Church. Nice to hear from you! You can correspond with me directly at lslaux@aol.com

Re: Lorton Cemetary in Cowden

Posted: 1507131763000
Classification: Query
Hi. Want to connect with you but can't figure out how other than to reply to this old message. After your many years of looking into Tabitha Gannaway's parentage, do you remain convinced that John Sr. vs. Jr. was her father, and that in any case it's definitely one or the other of them? I'm fascinated by the Spanish-Italian connection.So exotic. My Lorton line is Robert, son John, son James, daughter Lydia, son John Harris, daughter Eunice Harris, daughter Linda Huddleston, me.
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