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HECKMAN MEMORIAL CEMETERY
(AKA HESSTON CEMETERY)
By Donna Nelson at email@example.com
Transcriptions show the earliest death was that of William D. Heckman,
son of Jacob and Elizabeth.
William's death occurred December 30, 1836 at the age of 14 yrs, 11 mo. and 6 days. In 1932, Mary Heckman Fuller, sister to young
William, dictated her reminiscences. At that time, nearing 97 years of age, Mary stated that the cemetery had not yet been established when her brother William died.
William was buried in the woods and her father built a little picket fence around the spot. Other graves were subsequently made in the same area
and sometime later all were removed to what is now known as Heckman Memorial Cemetery.
At this writing (September 2005), there are approximately 350
identified graves. Various churches have occupied the area next to the
for over 125 years, the current one being Galena Baptist Church. This is an active cemetery.
Pre-1879 Deaths (Likely Reinterments From Other Locations) *Denotes Children
*William D. Heckman Year of Death: 1836
Mary Cooper Year of Death: 1843
*Maomi Heckman Year of Death: 1845
*John Cooper Year of Death: 1851
Michael Ensley Year of Death: 1856
Rebecca Hann Year of Death: 1857
*Eunice Cooper Year of Death: 1861
*Theodrick A. Heckman Year of Death: 1861
*Schuyler Fuller Year of Death: 1862
Catherine Taylor Year of Death: 1863
William Waldruff (Rev.) Year of Death: 1863
Elizabeth Dodd Heckman Year of Death: 1864
Levi P. Heckman Year of Death: 1864
*Jacob Cooper Year of Death: 1867
*David U. Heckman Year of Death: 1867
*Theodrick A. Heckman Year of Death: 1867
Margareth M. Waldruff Year of Death: 1867
*Naomi K. Vandusen Year of Death: 1871
*George W. Rumbaugh Year of Death: 1872
Elizabeth L. Hatfield Year of Death: 1874
Naomi Heckman Foster Year of Death: 1875
*Infant Heckman (Son of Asa A) Year of Death: 1878
Margareth E. Coplin Year of Death: 1879
Compiled from obituaries by Donna Nelson, Aug 11, 2005
Heckman Cemetery listing
Heckman Cemetery Map
Obituaries & Notes