HOPKIRK CEMETERY, LOCKRIDGE (Coalport), IOWA, USA
The cemetery was established around 1846 on the property of William
Hopkirk, born May 9, 1811, the son of William Hopkirk and Isabella Home
of Melrose, Scotland.
This was undoubtedly the location of the first church, a wooden
structure, in Coalport, Lockridge Township. The last burial there was
in the 1890's and there is nothing remaining of the old church.
Sadly, the Trustees responsible for the maintenance of the cemetery refuse to do anything about cleaning it up. They are:
Brian Taglauer 2942 Salina Rd
Fairfield IA 52556 ph: 1-3l9-696-3686
Brian Hollander 2983 180th St
Lockridge IA 52635 ph: 1-3l9-696-2312
Dan Graber 2905 Wintergreen Blvd
Lockridge IA 52635 ph: 1-319-696-3686
Phil Countryman 2123 Spruce Ave Fairfield, IA ph: 1-641-472-9041
To view the various people buried in the Hopkirk Cemetery, go here.
The people on the list named Bankhead, Brown, Hopkirk, Nicholson, Stamm
and Stephenson were definately related by blood or
marriage. Others on the list may also be related, and would
probably have been part of the church community.
In the three pictures below you can see the following:
Top photo: some of the barb-wire fencing surrounding the cemetery
Middle photo: some of the stones visible in the mess of vegetation
Bottom photo: some stones are no longer readable and most are surrounded by thorny vines and very difficult to access and view.
These photos were supplied by the Kelly family. They recently purchased
a parcel adjoining the Cemetery. Their son may be willing to clean up
At this page is a photo of the cemetery in 1991
Here is a roadside photo
near Hopkirk Cemetery. When I visited 20 years ago, I had to climb
over 3 fences. It looks like the access is a little easier now, but not
much!!! See the 3 bulls. :-) Our thanks goes to Richard Thompson for
taking this photo. Here is what he had to say: "Signage for the
entrances (through three gates) to Hopkirk Cemetery (a/k/a
Hopkirk/Coalport Cemetery) in Jefferson County, Iowa. Due to the three
bulls on the other side of the gate, this contributor opted not to
tempt fate and attempt access to the cemetery to take photos. Long legs
are no match for three bulls. Photo (from the safe side of this first
gate) by Richard K Thompson, April 3, 2011."
What we hope to do: raise enough money to clear the existing vegetation
and be able to photograph the remaining stones. A few of the stones
have been previously photographed.
If you would be willing to donate to this project, please email John Hopkirk at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for donations of at least $25. Sponsors of $100 or more
will be at the Gold level. Sponsors at $50 will be Silver level. Unfortunately, I don't think these
donations would be tax deductible. If you donate, you will be thanked
and listed on this page as a sponsor of the Hopkirk Cemetery, as
Hopkirk Cemetery Sponsors:
GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS:
Jack E. Easton, Folsom, California
SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS:
Marilyn Peterson, Wilkesboro, North Carolina
Leslie & Diana Habkirk, Henderson, Nevada
John K. Hopkirk, San Carlos, California
Shelly Kalliam, Kihei, Hawaii
Carol Bolton, Placerville, California
Bill and Laura Fejfar, Yankton, South Dakota
Don & Nancy Hopkirk, Fallon, Nevada
Diane Kalliam, San Francisco, California
Deborah Abbott, Guilford, Connecticut
Marilyn McGuire, Fairfield, Iowa
Thank you all for your support.
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