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Location: N Statue Lane 525N
Section 36 of Bald Hill Twp.
Walked & Indexed By: Cindy Ford July 22, 2000
Photos Submitted By: Cindy Ford Taken 9-8-2001

*May Not Be a Complete Transcription*



THE LEGEND OF THE WARD CEMETERY
by Connie Sue King

It is said that when the Lloyd Ward family came into Jefferson County, sometime in the late 1830's or early 1840's, they settled in the north end of Horse prairie on land that was extended into both Elk Prairie and Bald Hill townships. Owen Wilson, the brother of Mrs. Ward, the former Catherine Wilson, stayed with them.
One Saturday afternoon he saddled his horse and started out to court his sweetheart who lived a few miles away. He never returned. It was not unusual for suitors to go a courtin' and be gone for 2 or 3 days at that time, but when he had not gotten home by Monday evening the family became worried. On Tuesday, when he had still not returned, a search party was sent out. Wednesday morning a horse was seen grazing on the little knoll where Ward Cemetery is now located. It was saddled and bridled and on close examination seemed to be dragging something.
When it was finally caught it was found that Owen had apparently been thrown from the horse, catching his foot in the stirrup, and had been dragged to death. During the long period since the tradegy had occurred the horse had continued to drag the body until it was now in a very bad state of decomposition and the head and arms had been almost completely torn away by the trees and brush.
The menfolk, not wishing to shock the ladies with such a gruesome sight, wrapped him in a blanket and hid him from view before the womenfolk were notified of the terrible tragedy that had befallen their beloved kinsman.
When Mr. Ward arrived he said they must lay out a burial ground somewhere and it might as well be here. So an acre of land was measured off and Owen was buried where they found him in the northwest portion of the chosen ground. The ladies brought flowers and assisted with the ceremony, the body was laid to rest and thus the Ward Cemetery came to be.
In passing it might be said that sometimes on a dark foggy night a large, dark, object can be seen moving about in the cemetery. Some say it appears to be a horse dragging something alongside, but who is brave enough, or curious enough to investigate such an eerie phenonmenon?

Source: "The Prairie Historian"
June 1973 Volume 3 Number 2
Transcribed By: Abby Newell

Burials
Allen, Joel W. -- 10-30-1874 -- Older Stone 3m
Allen, Mary J. -- 3-2-1872 -- Older Stone 21d
Allen, Walter -- 8-31-1884 -- 2-15-1902; s/o JF & ME
Atkins, Wase Tella -- 11-25-1878 -- 7-27-1935
Blazier, Corenia E. -- 10-18-1844 -- 7-1-1890; w/o G.W.
Blazier, George W. -- 9-5-1843 -- 5-24-1906 -- b. Franklin County, IN
Blazier, Ida M. -- 2-25-1882 -- 8-31-1901 -- b.Jefferson County,IL
Blazier, Margaret E. -- 8-29-1851 -- 2-25-1909; w/o G.W.Blazier & W.H.Asbery
Brown, Jane -- 1-3-1862 -- 68y9m27d ; w/o H.H.
Cavens, Infant -- B & D -- 1-23-1858 -- inf/o R & S
Cavens, Sarah -- 11-13-1812 -- 2-28-1858; w/o Ralph
Chalfant, Ada D. -- 4-10-1857 -- 11-19-1939; w/o Jerimiah L.
Chalfant, Anna D. -- 4-17-1868 -- 1-27-1891
Chalfant, Benjamin -- 9-17-1847 -- 2y7m1d ; s/o James & Sarah
Chalfant, Fanny E. -- 11-24-1886 -- 5-20-1889
Chalfant, James -- 1804 -- 1862
Chalfant, James L. -- 5-2-1892 -- 5-7-1892
Chalfant, Jerimiah L. -- 3-9-1858 -- 1-10-1925
Chalfant, Mary F.T. -- 1-10-1879 -- 20y3m4d ; w/o JL
Chalfant, Matilda -- 11-1-1832 -- 5-17-1854; d/o James & Mary
Chalfant, Sarah A. -- 1816 -- 1889
Clampet, Avery -- 1-14-1896 -- 1-18-1975; s/o NJ & Millie bur.at Washelli Cem. Seattle, WA
Clampet, Daughter -- 4-20-1903; d/o NJ & M
Clampet, Millie -- 5-22-1867 -- 10-8-1935
Clampet, Newton J. -- 2-1-1862 -- 6-4-1948
Clampet, Ora Dell -- 1887 -- 1899; d/o NJ & M
Clampet, Son -- 6-6-1905; s/o NJ & M
Clampet, Son -- 7-24-1901 -- 7-25-1901; s/o NJ & M
Cline, Lottie -- 11-11-1887 -- 5-2-1888; d/o JM & ME
Corgan, Giles P. -- 7-14-1855 -- 23y4m12d
Crouch, Jessee L. -- 8-7-1888 -- 66y2m24d
Crouch, Sarah E. -- 10-28-1856 -- 9m8d ; d/o SL & R
Cunningham, Mary E.Harris -- 6-5-1842 -- 2-16-1879; w/o W.H.
Cunningham, Wm. H. -- no dates -- Blacksmith Co.H 1 IL Cav.
Downen, Drusy -- 1-3-1884 -- 4-3-1886; d/o ML & BT
Downen, Ellen -- 4-4-1835 -- 2-7-1894; w/o W
Downen, Infants -- 3-9-1944 -- son; s/o Wm. & Dorothy
Downen, Infants -- B & D -- 5-11-1890 -- son; s/o Ada & BJ
Downen, M.L. -- 8-4-1856 -- 5-20-1880; w/o B.T.
Downen, Maggie -- 9-23-1880 -- 9-29-1881; d/o ML & BT
Downen, Timothy -- 6-16-1877 -- 13y3m25d ; s/o W & E
Forrest, Infant -- 3-8-1893 -- 1m4d ; d/o WA & MJ
Forrest, Mary Jane -- 1867 -- 1910
Forrest, William A. -- 1862 -- 1933
Gordon, Bert JR -- Born -- 4/1/1929 -- Died -- 4/1/1929 -- (Stillborn Infant) [Sub. by Wayne Gordon]
Gordon, Bessie -- Born -- 3/2/1904 -- Died -- 4/7/1929 (Mother)marked with a steel rod in the ground [Sub. by Wayne Gordon]
Gordon, Raymond -- -- died c. 1927, aged a few months old. marked with a rock for his head stone [Sub. by Wayne Gordon]
Hall, Earl H. -- 1891 -- 1958 -- WWI [Src: Fred Justice collection, c. 1960's]
Hall, Leroy -- 3-24-1935 -- 1-7-1981
Hall, Loretta May -- 5-4-1938 -- 6-10-1978 -- m. Leroy 12-31-1955
Harris, Alonzo -- 7-31-1851 -- 1-3-1938
Harris, Harold A. -- 11-6-1893 -- 3y11m14d ; s/o D
Harris, Harry G. -- 11-25-1895 -- 1-20-1977
Harris, Herman Oscar -- 12-22-1882 -- 12-29-1972 -- WWI
Harris, Infant -- 2-2-1873 -- 7d ; d/o A & MA
Harris, Maria A. -- 11-27-1850 -- 4-4-1905
House, Crete C. -- 11-21-1897 -- 6-18-1976; w/o Matt ; d/o Ada & Jerry Chalfant
Isom, Lucy -- 3-6-1862 -- 3-27-1932; w/o Mack M.
Isom, Mack M. -- 2-6-1855 -- 8-16-1917
Junkins, James W. -- 7-18-1871 -- 11y9m17d ; s/o JE & ME
Junkins, Louis G. -- 3-10-1873 -- 2y6m6d ; s/o JE & ME
Junkins, Luther Ernest -- 1888 -- 1901; s/o JE & ME
Junkins, Margaret E. -- 2-12-1852?; d/o JH & S
Junkins, Margaret Ellen -- 1857 -- 1893; w/o J.E.
Junkins, Martha I. -- 3-2-1877 -- 29y10m30d ; w/o J.E.
Junkins, Ruth -- 3-31-1845 -- 7y2m14d ; d/o JH & S
Junkins, Susanna -- 1811 -- 1870
Junkins, Susannah "Ward" -- 1811 -- 1870; w/o James H.
Junkins, Wm.L. -- 2-2-1834 -- 9-30-1922 -- Military Marker 1st Sgt. Co.F 13 IL Cav.
Kellogg, Amanda A. -- 10-27-1859; d/o JM & MG
Kirkpatrick, Garrison -- 6-29-1840 -- 5-22-1909
Kirkpatrick, Sanford -- 6-28-1885 -- 19y8m8d ; s/o G & SJ
Kirkpatrick, Sarah J. -- 12-11-1839 -- 9-26-1921
Kirkpatrick, William E. -- 1874 -- 1923
Knupp, Hattie R. -- 12-21-1926
Knupp, Owen Jr. -- 8-3-1925
Lovelady, Martha E. -- 3-1-1854 -- 4-21-1891
Martin, John W. -- 11-19-1862 -- 2y9m20d ; s/o LC & MC
Martin, Lee C. -- 5-24-1875 -- 61y1m19d
Martin, Lydia M. -- 11-17-1852 -- 7m25d ; d/o LC & MC
Martin, Menerva C. -- 2-26-1893 -- 78y4m26d ; w/o Lee C.
Mezo, Constant -- 1877 -- 1917 -- Another Stone
Mezo, Corneluis -- 1842 -- 1920
Mezo, Henry -- 11-20-1867 -- 3or8y 1m 17d ; s/o D & E
Mezo, Laura L. -- 9-6-1874 -- 1y2m8d ; d/o C & MJ
Mezo, Marie -- no dates; w/o Constant
Mezo, Nancy -- 1851 -- 1942 [Src: Fred Justice collection, c. 1960's]
Mezo, Tabitha A. -- 2-13-1879 -- 2y3m22d do. J & CA
Murphey, Thomas -- 12-15-1805 -- 2-14-1874
Reeves, Martha -- 1-15-1861 -- 57y11m ; w/o Barnes
Robinson, John R. -- 9-15-1847 -- 4y6m
Robinson, Mary B. -- 2-28-1852; w/o Semei
Shanks, Mary Jane -- 2-16-1854; d/o JP & SA
Shanks, William -- 11-8-1854 -- 51y
Slade, William H. -- 10-18-1850 -- 3-17-1899
Smith, James W. -- 1869 -- 1871; s/o RF & MA
Stevison, Ebenezer Monroe -- 2-24-1844 -- 4-20-1931
Stevison, Martha A. -- 4-5-1905 -- 65y2m13d
Stiles, Phebe -- 10-3?-1875 -- broken
Stricklan, James Hezekiah -- 2-3-1862 -- 4y1m17d ; s/o WS & MF
Strickland, Elizabeth -- 2-28-1840 -- 9-3-1869
Strickland, John N. -- 6-16-1868 -- 7-27-1868
Thomas, Agnes -- 1869 -- 1941
Thomas, Allen Ray -- 5-4-1891 -- 3-18-1892
Thomas, Charles W. -- 1869 -- 1949
Thomas, Leland W. -- 3-21-1896 -- 4-14-1919
Thomas, Robert E. -- 3-12-1918 -- 3-9-1980
Turner, Elizabeth -- 10-19-1860 -- 3-15-1902
Turner, William H. -- 5-8-1845 -- 3-15-1902
Unknown
Unknown, Footstone
Unknown, Footstone no name
Unknown, Footstone no name
Unknown, Footstone no name
Walker, Lemma -- 2-7-1854 -- 4-1-1891
Waller, Myrtle -- 9-22-1905 -- 6-1-1972
Ward, Catherine -- 8-21-1854 -- 64y6m ; w/o Lloyd
Ward, Charles T. -- 6-15-1859 -- 10-30-1891
Ward, Eliza A. -- 12-14-1868 -- 34y10m22d ; w/o L.S.
Ward, Frank P. -- 3-28-1853 -- 3-1-1921
Ward, Lester G. -- 4-5-1884 -- 2y1m11d ; s/o GT & MJ
Ward, Lewis B. -- 12-25-1848 -- 11-7-1938
Ward, Lloyd -- 7-18-1848 -- 58y6m3d
Ward, Martha -- 3-24-1868 -- 12-15-1938; w/o Charles T.
Ward, Mary J. -- 10-3-1858 -- 8-29-1953
Ward, Prudence -- 3-9-1829 -- 4-14-1890; w/o John B.
Ward, Rachel J. -- 2-19-1849 -- 11-10-1937; w/o Lewis
Ward, Stephen A.D. -- 11-26-1875 -- 16y11m29d ; s/o JD & Prudence
Ward, William E. -- 1-6-1851 -- 12-8-1911; s/o JB & Prudence
Ward, William L. -- 2-1-1881 -- 28y1m9d
Ward, William Mariah -- 8-12-1862 -- 6y2m10d ; s/o LS & EA
Wells, Juanita -- 3-11-1914 -- 11-20-1914; d/o Homer W. & Alma
Wilkerson, Charles N. -- 8-12-1862 -- 1y3m1d ; s/o F & NJ
Wingo, Alta May -- 6-26-1882 -- 12-6-1951
Wingo, Gale Edward -- 1924 -- 1941; s/o JE & AM
Wingo, Jewel Deane -- 1921 -- 1926; d/o JE & AM
Wingo, John Elmer -- 2-16-1877 -- 4-1-1956
Wingo, Luther E. -- 1904 -- 1952
Youngblood, Susan B. -- 1819 -- 1878; w/o Daniel Ward




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