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Pioneer Sketches

Wyanet Cemetery, Bureau Co, IL

burial of Walter and Susan (SCHWYHART) KINNICK

and their sons, John and Jacob (and his wife, Fannie)

Part of The KINNICK Project

Compiled by William L. (Bill) Smith

This page includes sketches I have compiled from my family history research for my own use. I am posting them on the Internet in the interest of sharing this information with interested parties. If you appear to be directly related, based on the information in the the sketches, or have comments to share with me about these sketches, I would be happy to hear from you. I do not do research for others, nor am I particularly interested in speculative relationships or unrelated surname discussions. There are many other worthy sites for these activities. I hope you enjoy reading some of these interesting stories.


The following pictures were taken for me in the Fall of 1995 by Carol Shipp, Volunteer Researcher
with the Bureau County Genealogical Society:

The Forest Hill Cemetery in Wyanet, Bureau Co, IL is the site of the burial of several members of the Walter and Susan (Schwyhart) Kinnick family. The discovery of these stones was extremely valuable to my family history research.

The following shot gives a wide view of the several gravesites of the family. The old Walter and Susan and John (leaning slab) stones are on the far left. The large stone (with the little flag) is their son, Jacob, and his wife, Fannie Fletcher, with their indivivual markers in the foreground. Just to the right of them is another Fletcher family stone. There are many Fletchers buried here.

The following is a closer view of the old stone on the left. The broken stone is dated 1851. Their oldest son, John S., was in his sixteenth year. The cause of his death is still unknown.


Thanks to Carol and her husband, we have some great up-close shots of these old stones. The larger stone likely dates to her death in 1884, even though Walter died in 1853. First, however, let us take a close view of the older, broken stone:

Next, the father's side of the square stone, plain, and then with shaving cream to enhance our ability to read the engraving.

And, the Susan side:

Finally, one of their other sons, Jacob J. Kinnick, the only one to stay and farm in Bureau Co, IL, with whom Susan spent many of her later years. His detailed will in 1923 has been another invaluable family history resource. His second wife, Fannie Fletcher, was another link to the extended Fletcher family I have written about as "the Fletcher connection." Jacob never had any children. (It is also interesting to note that Fannie was fourteen years older than her husband.)




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This page created 13 Feb 2000. Last updated 12 Jan 2002, by William L. (Bill) Smith.