Frommes, etc. . .

After leaving Farmersville at 12:41 p.m., May 18, we were on I-55 going south for about 38.4 miles. We took exit 33 toward Illinois 4 toward Staunton/Lebanon. We turned left onto Illinois 4 South and were on that two-lane highway for 26.7 miles. We turned left to merge onto I-64 East and stayed on that interstate for 55 miles, when the highway divided. We took a slight left to stay on I-64 East toward Louisville for another 32 miles. We took exit 110 to merge onto US-45 S/Co Rd 1900E, and followed that for 12.5 miles to Enfield. We had to stop at a garage sale and ask for directions to the cemetery. Somehow, we found the cemetery, but it was larger than I had expected. I was looking for the graves of my Great-great-great and great-great grandparents named Fields and Orr. We found many graves marked with those names, but we did not find the ones for which I was searching. Before the next trip, I will write to the city of Enfield and ask if someone can tell me the specific locations of my grandparents’ graves.


I don’t know how, but we found our way back to US-45 S/Co Rd 200E and turned left. After eight-tenths of a mile, we took the second left onto IL-14E/Co Rd 1400N. We were on that road for 9.5 miles, then we turned onto West Main Street in Carmi. We took the first left onto Slocumb Street and arrived at the Carmi Public Library. I spent a few minutes there and found a book called The Backward Book, which had a paragraph from March, 1903, that said, “George McArthy is sawing lumber to build his son a house near Sacramento.” Another paragraph dated June, 1903, that said, “Ralph McArthy of Sacramento is crippled with the rheumatism and has to walk with a cane.” Yikes! Great-grandpa Ralph would have been only 38 years old in 1903. If we had headed northwest on Slocumb Street, then turned right on West Main Street, then taken the third left onto North Church Street/Co Rd 1475 N/Co Rd 23/Stewart St, we would have arrived at the Mary Smith Fay Geneology Library at 203 North Church. However, it was getting late and I still had cemeteries I wanted to visit before sundown.


From the Carmi Public Library, we turned right onto West Main Street, then left onto IL-14W/3rd St/Co Rd 1400N and travelled about 9.5 miles. We turned left onto US-45 S/Co Rd 200E, went another 3.5 miles, and arrived at the place where Sacramento used to be. Turning right off the highway onto Co Rd 1050N, then taking the first left onto Co Rd 240E, and following a gravel road through the fields, leads one to the Old Sharon Church and Cemetery. The first plots I wanted to find were those of my great-great-great-grandparents George Buchanan and Margaret Steele McArthy and Daniel and Sarah McElhjarin. I did not find them, but as soon as I walked into the cemetery, I found the headstone of my great-great-grandparents George Sader and Sarah Ann McElhjarin.



















Sadly, I could see no evidence of Sacramento’s existence. Great-grandpa Ralph McArthy had a general store in Sacramento. The picture showing him with the four oldest children, including Grandma Hudgens, standing near a log house was taken four miles north of Norris City and a mile west of Sacramento. I don’t think we turned down the right road. The house probably is long-gone, but I would like to go back to that area and do more exploring.


We headed southwest on Co Rd 240 E and turned right onto Co Rd 1050N.  After 3.7 miles, we turned left onto US-45 S/Co Rd 200E and followed it for 3.7 miles into Norris City.  The librarian at the Carmi Library had told me that the McArthys were located more in the vicinity of Norris City than Carmi. I didn’t know what to look for then, but I will do more research on Norris City before the next trip. I also plan to visit the Norris City Library.


In Norris City, we headed east toward North Division Street, then turned left onto US-45 N/N Division Street. After 7.2 miles, we turned left onto IL-14 W/Co Rd 1400N and traveled 33.6 miles. We turned left onto North Main Street, then right onto IL-37 S/S Main St, and travelled for 9.5 miles.





















The headstones of my great-grandparents Andrew Ralph and Louella Fields McArthy were next to that of George Sader. The were turned over. Bob lifted them up so I could take pictures, then I turned the pictures upside down. I am showing Andrew Ralph’s headstone.