Janice Williams

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Newburg Cemetery Association

In Basic Family Information, Gravestones, Newburg Cemetery on March 31, 2014 at 10:20 pm

For a Tombstone Tuesday, let’s talk about all the tombstones of the Newburg Cemetery.

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On March 22, 2014, I attended my first Newburg Cemetery Association Annual Meeting. It is held on the fourth Saturday of March every year and I encourage you to put it on the calendar for next year and try to attend.

The Newburg Cemetery has always been near and dear to me. Of course, James and Susannah Cunningham are buried there along with 4 of their children and many grandchildren and beyond. The first funeral I ever went to was conducted at the Newburg Cemetery when I was 6 years old. My great-grandmother Henrietta Cunningham Hallford was buried just a few rows to the east of James and Susannah (her grandparents).

The meeting of the association was more like a family reunion than anything formal. And it was a family reunion for me. The Cunninghams are my grandfather’s side of the family, but 5 members of my grandmother’s family were at the meeting and it was wonderful to see them (Couch family).

We had a good representation of the Cunningham family on hand, too, with the Perkins and Virginia Wood.

The meeting was held in the community building, which is owned by the cemetery association. This meeting is the only function held there now. I was thrilled to get to go inside it because I hadn’t been inside it since I was a little girl. My grandparents and their siblings all went to school there and my grandfather taught in that school building for a short time.

If you would like to make a donation to the upkeep of the cemetery, send me an email through this blog and I will get you the information. Currently the cemetery is well kept and the trees have been recently trimmed, but one of the historic rock walls needs some repairs.

Don’t be alarmed by the double crosses on the photo above. I used the panorama feature on the camera and sometimes that makes features duplicate. There is just one cross on Williams Cunningham’s grave.