AKA Eagle Corners
Eagle Township, Richland County,
Tales The Tombstones Tell - Republican Observer - December 13, 1956
The Newburn and
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When Jeremiah B. Newburn came to the town of Eagle in 1852 and located
at what is now Eagle Corners, he became in 1870 postmaster of the cross
roads village and was Uncle Sam's head man at that point until 1882,
when he resigned in favor of John A. Lawrence. There is a cemetery a
half mile straight south of Eagle Corners, known as the Newburn
cemetery, and Mr. Newburn and members of his family are buried therein.
The cemetery is now a neglected one to say the
least, overgrown with brush, many of the tombstones there are almost
hidden from view. Perhaps 20 or 30 tombstones are in this burying
ground and only two of them are of granite. Of the marble ones time and
the elements have taken toll of the words engraved upon them, so much
so that they cannot be read.
On the Newburn stone it says he "died February 28,
1886; aged 71 years, 3 months and 26 days." We learn that he came to
Richland county in 1852, remained a short time then returned to his
home in Edgar county, Illinois. The next June he loaded his wife and
family and their household goods on a wagon and started for Richland
county. They camped at night by the roadside and after 20 days reached
their destination; built a rude cabin in which they lived for several
years. A new house was built but burned down in 1875, so he built
He was a native of Pennsylvania, born December 2,
1814. When two years of age he was bitten by a snake and was a cripple
for 14 years, not being able to work. In 1838 he was married to
"James Harvey - Susan Harvey" is all that one
monument says but a GAR emblem is there. We note that a James Harvey
opened a store in Eagle Corners in 1879.
Some of the monuments bear the names of Craigo,
Boak, Lightfoot, Barrett, Pool, and Cornwell. Margaret Pool, we note by
the stone on her grave, was born October 14, 1844, and died March 28,
One stone reads:
Leander Cooper 1858-1935.
Lucinda Cooper 1859-1934.
Three large cedar trees stand in this neglected
cemetery. Rev. A. R. Moon is buried close to the north fence. His
"Rev. A. R. Moon, born at
Bernington, Vt., March 6, 1815,
Died March 17, 1901."
On one side of the monument is a Masonic emblem and
on the other side it reads: "Blessed are the pure in heart for they
shall see God." Matt. 5.8
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