If I recall correctly, the Virgin Cemetery/Virgin Burial Ground is on the old Virgin home place along Virgin Creek, two miles or so northeast of Zalma.
I’ve never been to the cemetery. The last time I was in Bollinger County, about 10 years ago, I intended to visit both the Clubb Creek Cemetery, where my father’s paternal grandparents (Stoke and Martha Ramsey) are buried, and the Virgin Cemetery. I was leaving the Clubb Creek Cemetery when a downpour began. The heavy rain, and approaching dusk, ended my attempt to find the Virgin Cemetery on that trip. Don’t know when I’ll get back there.
In his introduction to the May 1975 issue (Vol. 6, No. 2) of the Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society’s quarterly, the society’s President, Edward D. Virgin, wrote this paragraph about his search for the Virgin Burial Ground:
“After going back for the second time, in two years, to search a private cemetery with negative results, a casual, off hand, stop at a rural farm house to inquire if they knew who had the burial records, which from the appearance of the cemetery would have seemed to have been nonexistent, I was told (a) there are no Virgins buried there, (b) there are no Virgins buried in the next cemetery that you plan to search, but (c) if you go back up the road about three miles and stop at Mr. Dennis’ house he can help you. In doing so I found out that Mrs. Dennis was a first cousin to the wife of Samuel Virgin, who was a first cousin to my grandfather and they pointed out for me where the Virgin’s Burial Ground was. It is not recorded in courthouse records, is not shown on any maps (which I’ve been able to find,) is in the middle of a cultivated field with no road leading to it and could not be identified from the nearest road as a cemetery. Of course, they gave me other family information, which confirmed and tied the courthouse records together.”
I believe Edward D. Virgin, President of the Kankakee Valley Genealogical Society, was your great-grandfather, Edward D. Virgin Sr. (1918-2000), not your grandfather, Edward D. Virgin. Jr. (1941-2003).
Bob Farmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) posted these directions to the Virgin Cemetery on a Bollinger County-related genealogy site:
“A city block’s distance beyond the Highway 51 and H junction on the north end of Rt. H, is a gravel road going east. Down the gravel road after crossing Hawkens Creek, formerly known as Jenkins Creek, is the old Speer Cemetery. After crossing the creek (going south) the road makes a 90 degree turn north and continues on the east line of section 16, about 1,000 feet to a house and barn, owned by Joseph S. Waing, on the west side of the road. At the barn site a road goes west approximately 1,000 feet to the old Virgin Cemetery.”
The official Web site of the Bollinger County Archives Center (http://bocoarchives.org/ceminfo.asp?ID=149) lists the coordinates of Virgin Cemetery as:
Latitude: N37° 10´ 31.24´´
Longitude: W90° 03´ 05.12´´
The “Find A Grave” entry for the Virgin Burial Ground (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GScid=2274679&CRid=2274679&pt=Virgin%20Burial%20Ground&) also lists GPS coordinates and has a Google map and a satellite photograph.
MyBirdMaps.com, a site for birdwatchers, has an entry for Virgin Creek:
“Virgin Creek in Bollinger County in Missouri”
“The Virgin Creek is a top location for bird watching in the State of Missouri. The Virgin Creek is profiled on the United States Geological Service (USGS) Zalma Topological map. The Virgin Creek is located at the latitude and longitude coordinates of 37.1711634 and -90.0270443 at an elevation of 116 feet. Virgin Creek is situated in Bollinger County in the State of Missouri. Birding enthusiasts interested in experiencing the many wonderful bird families in the surrounding areas of Virgin Creek should print out the Topological map and bring it along on their birdwatching adventures. Birdwatching enthusiasts should also draft and submit a comment or report on Virgin Creek to allow your fellow birdwatchers to learn about Virgin Creek.”
My guess is the red dot on the Google map accompanying the Virgin Creek entry on MyBirdMaps.com is relatively close to the Virgin Cemetery/Virgin Burial Ground.
Separately, I’ve sent you a photograph of the Virgin Burial Ground and the image of a page from the 1930 plat book of Bollinger County, Missouri, published by W. W. Hixson and Co. of Rockford, Illinois. The Bollinger County plat book is in the plat book collection of the Missouri Digital Heritage project (http://cdm.sos.mo.gov/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/moplatbooks&CISOPTR=217&REC=8). Section 15 of T.9N-R.9E (the “pla-bollinger-09” entry for the 1930 Bollinger County plat book) contains the property of S.G. Virgin. I’m certain S.G. Virgin was the Rev. Samuel Grisham Virgin (1866-1945), an older brother of my father’s maternal grandmother, Missouri Belle (Virgin) Owens. I believe the Virgin Cemetery/Virgin Burial Ground was on or very near his property, which was in Bollinger County’s Liberty Township. I believe the line shown curving through the southeast corner of his property in the plat book is Virgin Creek.
The Virgin Cemetery/Virgin Burial Ground may have been inactive by the time Samuel Grisham Virgin died in April 1945. He died in Sullivan, Franklin County, Missouri. His death certificate, which is in the Missouri State Archives’ Death Certificate Database (http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates), notes that he had resided in Franklin County only for a month, and that his usual place of residence was Zalma, Bollinger County, Missouri. I don’t know what had taken him from Bollinger County to Franklin County.
Samuel Grisham Virgin, like his wife, Emma Jane (Robbins) Virgin (1875-1960), is buried at the Baker Cemetery outside Lutesville, Bollinger County, Missouri, not the Virgin Cemetery/Virgin Burial Ground.
As an aside, funeral director Andrew Jackson Baker (1885-1959) of Baker Cemetery was a cousin of my paternal grandmother, Stella Jane (Owens) Ramsey. He was a son of Richard Thompson Baker and Drucilla Jane (Crites) Baker.
Samuel Grisham Virgin was Drucilla Jane (Crites) Baker’s half brother. Drucilla’s father was Andrew Jackson Crites. Samuel’s father was Enoch Virgin. Drucilla’s mother was Elizabeth (Shearing) Crites. After Andrew Jackson Crites died, the widowed Elizabeth married Enoch Virgin.
I hope this gives you enough clues to find the Virgin Cemetery/Virgin Burial Ground.
Keep me posted on your progress.
Regards from Virginia,
From the Daily Journal, the Kankakee area’s newspaper:
Local Obituaries for January 19, 2000
Edward Virgin Sr.
Edward D. Virgin Sr., 81, of Bradley, died today (Jan. 19, 2000) at Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes where services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Jay DeMent will officiate.
Burial will be in Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Riverside Oncology.
He was born Oct. 4, 1918, in St. Louis, Mo., the son of Edward P. and Grace Dunkin Virgin.
His first wife, Rita Antoinette Virgin, whom he married Oct. 6, 1940, in Bradley, died July 17, 1997.
Surviving are his wife, the former Margie Hackler, whom he married Aug. 1, 1998, in Fredericktown, Mo.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Edward D. Jr. and Esther I. Virgin of Birmingham, Ala., Robert A. and Cheryl A. Virgin of Bourbonnais; two step-daughters, Linda and Steve Branneky of Woodridge, Va., Lawanna Roland of Frederickstown, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Theresa Johnson of Bradley, Nelda and Robert L. Ravens of Bonfield; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Deceased are one son, Richard; and two sisters, Thelma Kemp and Esther Rogers.
Mr. Virgin was an industrial management specialist with the U. S. Army for 30 years before retiring in 1973.
He was a driver for the Adult Daycare for Provena St. Mary's Hospital.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps serving during World War II.
He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, Bradley.
Mr. Virgin was a member of the Bradley American Legion and the Moose.
He enjoyed researching genealogy and had taught genealogy at Kankakee Community College. He also liked golf and travel.
Local Obituaries for July 18, 1997
Visitation for Rita Antoinette Virgin, 76, of Bradley, will be from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. James L. Dement will officiate.
Burial will be at Kankakee Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Kankakee Valley.
Mrs. Virgin died Thursday (July 17, 197) at her residence.
She was born Dec. 6, 1920 in Campus, the daughter of Adolph and Ella Boudreau Langlois.
Surviving are her husband, Edward D. Virgin Sr., whom she married Oct. 6, 1940 in Bradley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Edward D. and Esther I. Virgin Jr., of Birmingham, Ala., and Robert A. and Cheryl A. Virgin of Bourbonnais; two daughters and one son-in-law, Theresa Johnson of Bradley and Nelda and Robert L. Ravens of Bonfield; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
One son, Richard Virgin, died in 1989.
She was a 48-year member of the Women of the Moose and held every office of the Kankakee Chapter except the argus and treasurer. She was a member emeritis [emeritus] of the Kankakee Women's Bowling Association; a 25-year member of the Illinois WIBE; a member of the Academy of Friendship; a member of the College of Regents and star recorder as well as deputy grand regent of the State of Illinois, 1973-74.
She golfed in two leagues and across the country with her husband on military golf courses.
She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church.
Local Obituaries for July 20, 1997
Visitation for Rita Antoinette Virgin, 76, of Bradley, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today with a service at 7 p.m. by the Women of the Moose at the Bradley Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes, where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. The Rev. James L. Dement will officiate.
Mrs. Virgin died July 17, 1997 at her residence.
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