|Ron Woldridge met with Stan and Jeanie Lowe in Petersburg in August 2007. He had
traveled there the week before to pay his respects to his great great
Grandfather David Woldridge on the anniversary (7 Aug 1857) of his death date.
He searched the general area but was not able to find the stones.
He contacted Stan and Jeanie and they met with him the at Petersburg Pizza Hut.
They had a wonderful visit. Ron then put out the following e-mail to family and
descendants of those buried in Woldridge Cemetery on 20 August 2007. Below is
Greetings: Most of you might know by now of the Woldridge Cemetery which is on Grandfather Davids land
near Petersburg, Illinois and that someone bulldozed
the tombstones into a ravine in the late 1960s or so.
Stan and Jeanie Lowe and others have found some
headstones, (some in broken condition) and the
approximate location of the actual cemetery, which is
on private land and a half mile or so from the road.
Several descendants have been quite interested in the
developing story and would maybe like to see some sort
of restoration/memorial. The Lowe's have corresponded
with several, Vic Woldridge, Nene
(Woldridge)Humphreys, Mike Woldridge, and others, and
I was fortunate to be in the area Aug 12 and enjoyed a
nice visit with Stan and Jeanie. Since David was
Abraham Lincoln's first client as a young attorney,
there is considerable interest from the Lowe's and
others in a memorial also. There is even a possibility
of some State funding for a project like this because
of the 200th anniversary in 2008. Application for
funding needs to be in by sometime in October.
There could be somewhat of a challenge since the
property is privately owned but it is believed that
law favors access to gravesites on private land.
I suggest we start by establishing a central address
list of anyone related and see who might be interested
in taking this further. Let it be known how you feel
about it. Hope to hear from you soon.
I am Ronald Jackson Woldridge, son of Rowan, son of
Harley Jackson, son of Jackson Heath, son of David and
Cousin Ron Woldridge