Sunday, August 24, 2008

Posthumously Partisan

Carlock, Illinois, had one cemetery for Democrats, another for Republicans.

[I]f you look carefully enough in the Democratic cemetery, you'll find the grave of Abraham Carlock, the man who signed his checks "the Old Democrat."

He kept the title, even in death, as his monument reads: "Here sleeps the 'old Democrat.'" It's no surprise to learn that Carlock himself started the partisan cemetery trend after donating a parcel to the Christian Church in 1850.

His political rival, Phillip Benson, couldn't be outdone and donated land down the road. [Link]

Lori Thornton

My Carlock ancestors were buried at Denman Cemetery. I do know that they were Republicans though because of a letter that was written shortly after some of them moved to Mississippi.

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