cemetery survey starts with Row 1 on the far east side of the cemetery, and
Grave 1 starts from the south end and goes to the north end of the cemetery. All
other rows do the same.
The cemetery was re-canvassed by
visually checking each monument, by sight, at the cemetery in 1999/2000 and
indicating the data on these monuments. The ones that were unable to be read
were rechecked using old listings. This cemetery is also known as Freeland
Also a plat diagram was used from
Pulliam Funeral Home, Oblong, that Lucille Randolph had prepared in her
research. This indicated more data on some of the unmarked graves and help
determine where the uneven rows were indicated at. The notations of empty
spaces, several lots, old graves, etc. does not always know if they are open
burial spaces or not. Some lots do have reserved family lots noted. There are
many, many old graves lot in this cemetery.
The oldest marked burial was
Benjamin Tharp who died February 22, 1841, at age 26. His grave is located in
Row 11. The latest burials, so far, are Geneva P. Beauchamp Goodwin, who died
November 25, 2000, and Vena Harris, July 28, 2001.
This is a beautiful old large
cemetery that lies on the north side of the road that runs east of the Bellair's
"Main Street" road approximately 3/4 of a mile. There is reason to
believe that this cemetery has been a burial ground for more than 150 years.
This cemetery is large and contains many hundreds of graves, estimated at least
to be 1000 or more. Many graves are old unmarked graves and it is no longer
known who is buried there. The current burial known in this cemetery, based on
Monument readings and old known unmarked graves is around 600, including
reserved lots for other family members.
There are graves from the
Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Blackhawk War of 1832, Mexican War 1845-47,
Civil War, World War I, World War II and possibly even the Vietnam War.
This Cemetery Project was done by
Norman K. Miller, Robinson, Illinois, 618-544-8234. A member of the Crawford
County Genealogical Society, Robinson, Illinois. This data is as accurate as the
existing material that was available.
Copyright and credit: Crawford
County Historical Society.
A ghost of a young boy has been seen
walking or running between the tombstones. He is dressed in a golf hat,
suspenders and pants. There is a man who died on Halloween and nearby his grave,
the sounds of voices have been heard and numerous EVPs recorded.
The back part of the cemetery,
visitors have seen strange dark shadows and apparitions in the past. This is
also near to where Civil War veterans are buried and a past EVP was said to have
said, “Don’t talk about the war!” There
has been the sound of a dog barking within the cemetery and Snider’s group
claimed to have chased the sounds for over ten minutes and found nothing.
Neighbors of the cemetery have buried their coon dogs in the front part of the
Balls of lights have been seen and
there have been a lot of paranormal equipment failures. During a ghost tour
there in the past, someone’s flashlight became extremely hot and they had to
dump the batteries which were steaming when they hit the ground. Later that same
evening, someone else’s car caught fire in the parking lot. Strange fogs and
mists have been reported.
The old chain fence in the front was
the scene of the fence being rattled from one end to another and there was
nothing visible that could have caused that sound. A very bright green light was
reported in the past that actually illuminated nearby stones!
The Ghost Research Society investigated Bellair Cemetery July1, 2017 and the team members included: Stan Suho and Dale Kaczmarek, with help from Jason Snider, Jason Dickerson, Marcus Cook and Courtney Bowen from Crawford County Ghost Hunters
setup: Only handheld pieces of equipment were used during this investigation
including a static IR camcorder, Ovilus X, digital tape recorder and camera.
performed: Ovilus X sessions in both dictionary and phonetic mode were
conducted by some stones where the ghost of a little boy has been seen in the
past running around and near the Civil War graves near the back of the cemetery.
Suho: Jason Snider, who knows more people than Larry King, was kind enough
to spend two days and nights showing us around the area. Following a hectic
pace, we visited; Dale says 18 haunted buildings, cemeteries, and wooden
were even shown a marker to the Tippecanoe solders that Jason had discovered and
reported to the Historical Society. Dale was dutifully dragging his EVP suitcase
all over Hell’s Half acre. As we were leaving Jason assured us he had even
more haunted places to show us in a future visit. Hey Jason I’d like to see
that 4000 acre farm of yours. Thanks for spending your time with us.
Kaczmarek: While setting up for our first Ovilus X session near some stones
where a young boy ghost is said to run around, Jason Dickerson caught the image
of a deep green light and called out. I immediately turned in the direction that
he indicated and caught the tail end of this ghost light. I don’t believe it
was a firefly because it was too bright and did not reappear again.
I also caught the image of a shadow
figure about the size of a small boy quickly dart between a couple of tombstones
no further than 15 feet away from me! It was pretty amazing because both of
these encounters are actual claims that people have seen in the past while
There was a strange growling noise
that I didn’t initially hear but I did record it on my camcorder that was
facing in the proper direction. The Ovilus X kept kicking out the name “Ed”
over and over again however the nearest tombstones had the name “James” on
Asshole bellair cemetery.MPG –
while conducting an Ovilus X session in phonetic mode, Snider’s unusual
ringtone went off and immediately after that, the Ovilus said, “Asshole”
Get out of here bellair cemetery.MPG
– while conducting an Ovilus X session in phonetic mode, a question was asked,
“Do you want us to leave or stay?” The Ovilus responds with, “Get out of
Strange growling sound bellair
cemetery.MPG – while conducting an EVP session, a long, low growl was heard by
many and recorded. One claimed it was a horse but the majority of those who
heard it said it sounded nothing like a farm animal.
spoken in dictionary mode: anti, Venus, communicate, though, gender, be,
comfort, though, mother and indicate.
Conclusions: This was a fascinating cemetery and I had quite a few visual paranormal experiences there that matched what others had experienced in the past. The area around the Civil War graves however was very quiet with no EVPs or visuals encountered there. This location was only steps away from a schoolhouse were another investigation was conducted. I would like to come back here again and really flood the cemetery with IR lights to see if any running shadow figures could be recorded.
It was a pleasure working with Jason and members of his group. They are great investigators and I would not hesitate to travel down south for another batch of investigations. This area was just infested with ghost stories and other locations.
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