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application for the table rock cemetery
In January 2020, the Table Rock Historical Society applied for designation of the Table Rock Cemetery as a site significant to the Underground Railroad. On this page you will find portions of the application and copies of many of the sources. The cemetery was established in 1857, and is shown in the original plat of the Village of Table Rock, the final which was recorded in 1858.
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APPLICATION & ATTACHMENTS
a short biography of the life of fannie clarissa giddings
Gaylord Wilson, A Short Biography of the Life of Fannie Clarissa Giddings, 1932 (unpublished).
This unpublished book was written in 1932. It is a collection of the memories of Fannie Giddings Norris prepared when she was in her 90s. Fannie came to Table Rock in 1858, and described a specific event at the family home. The home was then about the only building in Table Rock, a boarding house that stood across from the northwest corner of the Square, where the Methodist Church now stands.
This copy of the book is in the possession of Elizabeth (Betty Ann) Siemsen Wilkins of Maryland, who donated a digital copy in PDF. Betty Ann's mother was a daughter of Edgar Norris, who was a son of Fannie's son C. I. Norris.
stories of early settlers along the nemaha
Doralyn Steiner Cheney, Stories of Early Settlers Along the Nemaha, Table Rock (Nebraska) Historical Society, 2016.
This book was self-published by the Table Rock Historical Society. Although stories about the Underground Railroad are not included, Cheney provides a valuable background with her meticulously-constructed amalgam of many important sources.
a home in the heartland
Helen Howe Saylor and Douglas Saylor, A Home in the Heartland, available on Amazon.
A touching reflection on the Pepoon and Howe families, their history before they came to Table Rock, and what became of them and their descendants.
history of the table rock cemetery
J. C. Layden, "History of the Table Rock Cemetery," 1975. Layden was a long-time sexton of the cemetery. This history is in the collection of the Table Rock Historical Society, and may be found online at