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Posted By: Angie Hynek (email)
Date: 8/20/2009 at 08:43:00

In Response To: WILLIAM CONE SR. FAMILY (Margaret Motter)

I am on the pioneer cemetery commission for Ringgold County. We are in the process of restoring the Pumptown Cemetery, Union Township, Ringgold County, IA. Many stones are missing and William Cone has come to our attention. William Cone is shown to own 40 acres, SW quarter of Section 21, Union Township, Map dated 1915, appearing in "A Century of Memories, Ellston, Iowa, 1881-1981". William H. Cone is also listed as the last postmaster of Union Hill Post Office in Jan. 2, 1877. Union Hill was closed when the Wirt Post Office opened. This change occurred when the railroad came through and the town was moved to Wirt, later renamed Ellston. William H. Cone served as Wirt's postmaster in April 3, 1882. Union Hill was located in the southern part of section 15, Union Township. Wirt/Ellston is located in the SW Quarter of section 20, Union Township. May 27, 1878 reported in the "Ringgold Record", "Our Sabbath schools are very pleasant. We will probably have a Sunday School convention at Mr. Cone's grove in Pumptown." This was probably a reference to the Pumptown Country school, where Sunday school events were often held. The school was located in the NW quarter of Section 22, Union Township. The Pumptown Cemetery is located in the NW quarter of section 15, Union Township. Is William H. Cone buried in Pumptown Cemetery and his is one of the missing stones? The only other Cone's buried in Ringgold Co. are in the Ellston Cemetery, Sec. 30: Bert Free 1887-1955, Florence E. 1909-2000, Henry 1875-1957, Kate 1883-1966, Mike F. 1848-1918.

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