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 McDonough County, Illinois
History of Cemeteries
 
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Source: "Place Names of McDonough County, Past and Present"
By Gordana Rezab, ©2008 by Western Illinois State University

The whole book is being displayed on the "Internet Archive" site, but we've just plucked out the cemetery information. The book lists the history of all the place names in McDonough County and is most definitely worth the read (google for it)
There were numerous OCR errors, many of which we've tried to correct here. But many errors probably remain, so be very careful to confirm all information for yourself - especially dates and names!

 

ARCHER - BETHEL CEMETERY
Located on the NE quarter of Sec. 8 in Bethel Twp., this cemetery was platted in 1884 as Sullivan Cemetery (Plats: 2/22), because James Sullivan owned land northeast of the cemetery, but the 1885 history of the county called it Archer Burying Ground (1885 History, 708), probably because it evolved from a private burial plot of the Archer family. The cemetery is also known as West Bethel Cemetery and Mathews Cemetery (Genealogy: 17:2/32; Cemeteries: 5/22). The earliest burials date from the 1850s. The cemetery is still in use.

 
 


ARGYLE CEMETERY
This large cemetery is located on the north side of the SW quarter of Sec. 36 in Hire Twp.. Just east of the Argyie Church. An 1870 plat of the SW quarter of Sec. 36 shows both the church and the cemetery (Deeds: 29/434), but the cemetery appears on maps only from 1913 on. It is still in use.

 


 
ATKINSON CEMETERY
Located near the center of Sec. 3 1 in Emmet Twp., this cemetery is also known as McCord Cemetery. It does not show on any map. The names are after Atkinson and McCord tamilies. Job Yard, Sr., buried in 1839, is the oldest intemient. He owned land in the NW quarter of Sec. 31. His widow married Simon Atkinson. William Willard. a veteran of the Revolutionary War, and father of Mrs. McCord is buried here. The cemetery is locally famous for the headstone of "Jack, the Black Man of John McCord," who died between 1850 and 1860. It is an unusual loving memorial to a black person in a white family graveyard.

 


 
BAILEY CEMETERY
Located on the SW corner of Sec. 12 and the adjoining SE corner of Sec. 11 in Chalmers Twp., this cemetery started in 1857. The name derives from the W.S. Bailey family, which in 1871 owned the land on which the cemetery is located. No Baileys are known to have been buried here. The cemetery is shown on all major maps, but no land deed could be found.

 


 
BANKS CEMETERY
Located on the SW quarter of Sec. 30 in Hire Twp., this cemetery is not shown on maps. The name derives from the Vandever Banks family, which settled on Section 30 in 1835. Numerous family members are buried here.

 


 
BARBER CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the SE corner of the NE quarter of Sec. 19 in Colchester Twp., on land originally owned by John D. Barber. Burials date from 1833 to the 1880s. This cemetery is shown in the atlases of 1871, 1893, and 1913.

 


 
BEAN CEMETERY
Located on the SE quarter of the NE quarter of Sec. 7 in Colchester Twp., this cemetery is well marked on all maps, but no deeds could be located. The cemetery is named for the Bean family, who owned land just east in Sec. 8 and whose many members are buried here. The cemetery contains the grave of Joseph Barnes Bacon, a veteran of the War of 1812.

 


 
BECKELHYMER CEMETERY
This burying ground, located in the SE quarter of Sec. 15 in Sciota Twp.. now contains only one grave. Other burials were moved to the Good Hope Cemetery in Sec. 30 of Walnut Grove Twp. (Harris, M.). The site is not identified on any map. The solitary grave is that of Sarah A., wife of Alexander Beckelhymer, but the site is located on land, which at burial time belonged to John W. Lowe. No relationship could be established.

 


 
BEDFORD CEMETERY
This cemetery, also known as Barnes Cemetery, is located on the NW corner of the NE quarter of Sec. 6 in Blandinsville Twp., half a mile west of the Old Bedford Christian Cluirch. The cemetery is on land which John and Charles Huston donated to the Christian Church of Bedford in 1877 (Deeds: 43/290), although the first burials date from the 1830s. The cemetery appears on all maps of the county starting in 1871.

 


 
BETHEL BAPTIST CEMETERY
Located on the SW quarter of Sec. 10 in Bethel Twp., the cemetery is also known as Bethel Cemetery or Baptist Cemetery No. 1. It started in 1847 with Union Baptist Church. It is not used any more.

 


 
BLACK'S GRAVEYARD
This is a family burial ground not shown on any map but known to be located on land owned by the Black family in the NW quarter of Sec. 31 and the SW quarter of the SW quarter of Sec. 30 in Industry Twp. The 1919 map shows a church building on the south side of Sec. 30, just ½ mile west of the Black School. The church building and the cemetery were probably related but no information could be located about the church.

 


 
BOWLIN - WAYLAND GRAVES
Located on land originally settled by Wesley Wayland in 1832, the graves are on the NE quarter of Sec. 34 in Chalmers Twp., on the south side of present Charlotte Road. The three gravestones are those of Wesley Wayland, his wife, and a young woman by the name of Bowlin. They are clearly visible but not marked on any map.

It is said that there is an additional grave of a black woman, a family servant by the name of Celea, to whom Wayland gave freedom in 1836 (Commissioners: A/284). The 1860 Census lists "Celea" in the Wayland household as 70 years old, but it is not known when she died and where she was buried.

According to Lester (Cemeteries; 5/28), the cemetery was once known as Riden Cemetery, but there is no record that any member of the Riden family is buried here. David Riden owned property on Sec. 33 in Chalmers Twp. The cemetery is today also called Black Wayland Cemetery.

 


 
BOWMAN CEMETERY
Located on the NW quarter of Sec. 28 in Industry Twp., this site is not marked on maps and there are no visible grave markers. In 1893 J. Bowman owned 15 acres of this quarter scction. The cemetery is probably a private burial plot. According to local sources it was located just east of Clayton Cemetery (Cirimm, 2002).

 


 
BROOKING CEMETERY
According to neighborhood sources, this burial plot was located on the SE quarter of Sec. 7 in Macomb Twp. There are no gravestones and the cemetery has never been identified on maps. The site was on the Brooking family land, but members of the family are buried in Macomb's Oakwood Cemetery. The burial ground on Sec. 7 was at one time adjacent to the McDonough County Poor Farm. The plot probably contains graves of county paupers.
See also County Farm.

 


 
BUSHNELL CEMETERY
This cemetery started with an 1855 deed from William Dickhut for part of the SW quarter of the SE quarter of Sec. 33 in Bushnell Twp. (Deeds: 2/63).

 


 
CAMP CREEK CEMETERY
This cemetery is one of the major rural cemeteries in the county still in use. It is located on the SW corner of the SE quarter of Sec. 32 in Scotland Twp.. and the adjacent NE quarter of Sec. 5, in Industn. Twp. It is well marked on all county maps. The earliest burials date from 1837, but the cemetery does not show on maps until 1893. The first deed for the site is Joseph McCroskey's 1846 land sale to trustees of the Camp Creek Old School Presbyterian Church (Deeds; L/80). The deed mentions the existence of a frame church. In 1888 James Kinkade deeded land to trustees of a "burying ground known as Camp Creek Cemetery." The land was located in the NE quarter of Sec. 5 in Industry Twp. and was to be used "for hitching purposes and none other" (Deeds; 53' 599). The 1892 deed from William Eddington extended the grounds into the SE quarter of Section 32 in Scotland Twp. (Deeds; 71/423). Several additional purchases in the 1900s added land in both Scotland and Industry townships.

 


 
CATHOLIC CEMETERY (Tennessee Twp )
This cemetery, also called Old Roman Catholic Cemetery and Sacred Heart Cemetery, is located on the NW corner of Sec. 15 in Tennessee Twp., on the east side of the old stage coach road from Tennessee to Blandinsville, and one mile northwest from the Sacred Heart Church in Tennessee. It was established in mid 1850s together with St. Mary's Parish in Tennessee, but the land deed from Joseph Riley was executed only in 1865 (Deeds: 14/462). The cemetery does not appear on the 1861 nor the 1871 map, but all later maps show the site.
This cemetery is the final resting place for many of the county's early Irish settlers. It should not be confused with the Old Catholic Cemetery, which was the first cemetery of Macomb's St. Paul Church.

 


 
CENTRAL CEMETERY OR GRAVEYARD
This cemetery is located east of the SW corner of the NW quarter of Sec. 19 in Hire Twp., on land owned by George Hainline, It was the cemetry of the Central Christian Church, located southwest of the cemetery. The cemetery is also known as Rock Creek. The earliest burials date from the l890s. This township cemetery is first shown on the 1893 map and is still in use.

 


 
CHOCKLEY CEMETERY
Located in the center of the SE quarter of Sec. 29 in Eldorado Twp., this is a county cemetery still in use. It was established in conjunction with the Salem Meeting House of the United Brethren in Christ Church. A gift of land in 1857 from three Chockley families named the congregation as the grantee (Deeds: 3/206). By 1910 S.E. Beghtol donated additional land to McDonough County (Deeds: 110/490). The cemetery is shown on maps starting in 1893, but the earliest burials date from the 1840s. The cemetery is named for the Chockley family.

 


 
CLARK - EVANS - WOODS CEMETERY
This family burying ground is not shown on any map. It is located on the section line between eastern parts of sections 3 and 10 in New Salem Twp. (Grimm, 1987). The land on which the graves are located was owned in 1871 by Alva Clark and in 1893 by Sarah Clark. Both are buried here as are members of the Woods family who settled in New Salem Twp. in 1831. The earliest interment was in 1843.

 


 
CLAYTON CEMETERY
This small family burial plot, also called Clugston Cemetery, is located on the NW quarter of Sec. 28 in Industry Twp. It is not shown on maps. It is located on land owned in 1871 by Samuel Clayton and R. Clugston. Only members of the Clayton Family are buried here.

 


 
COUNTY POOR FARM
The Poor Farm in Macomb Twp. ceased operation in 1884, at which time a new Almshouse was built on the SE quarter of Sec. 7 in Scotland Twp. This latter farm had a cemetery located a quarter mile east of the building. In 1949 the "County Farm" or "Almshouse" was turned into a nursing home and renamed "The Elms" because the building was surrounded by elm trees. By 1958 the building was overcrowded and outdated. A new facility in Bushnell, also called Elms, replaced the old almshouse. Ultimately Elms Nursing Home was relocated to Macomb. See also Brooking Cemetery.

 


 
COUNTY FARM CEMETERY
This cemetery, located on the SE quarter of Sec. 7 in Scotland Twp., was part of the county almshouse. When the building was removed, graves were also relocated. Only one grave remains in the original location, that of Private Nolan, a Civil War veteran (1976 History, 45). This cemetery is not marked on any county map.

 


 
CRAIG CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the SW quarter of Sec. 34 in Scotland Twp., on land donated in 1865 by Craig, Sims, Anstine, Odenweller, and Rings families "in trust for themselves and each and every member of their families and for the purpose of a burying ground" (Deeds: 18/7). The grave of Harriet Craig was already on the premises. The cemetery is not marked on any map, but contains the grave of Richard Craig, a veteran of the War of 1812.

 


 
DAILEY CEMETERY
This family graveyard is located on the NW quarter of Sec. 6, in Eldorado Twp., on land settled by Thomas Dailey. Family burials were between 1840 and 1860. In later years the cemetery was also called Moore Cemetery. On the 1913 atlas the cemetery was surrounded by land owned by Frank Moore.

 


 
DENNIS CEMETERY
This is a private cemetery located on the SW quarter of Sec. 26 in Eldorado Twp. Isaiah Denniss purchased the land in 1851 (Deeds: P 392), and seemed to have resided there until 1857. It is not known who is buried there.

 


 
DODDSVILLE CEMETERY
Located on the SW quarter of Sec. 32 of Industry Twp., just north of the town site, this cemetery is still in use. The earliest burials date from the 1840s. Samuel Dodds donated the land in 1866 (Deeds: 20/166). In 1925 the cemetery was called Runkle because Danus Runkle was one of the cemetery trustees and many Runkle family members were buried there.

 


 
DROWNING FORK GRAVEYARD
This burial site is located on the SW quarter of Sec. 7 in Mound Twp. According to local lore it is the gravesite of two soldiers in Abraham Lincoln's militia unit who drowned while crossing the creek on their way to fight in the Black Hawk War. Tradition has it that the creek was named for these two soldiers, but Hallwas disputes the date of the drowning and the identity of the soldiers. The death dates recorded on the marker are 1832 (Grimm), the year of the Black Hawk War. It is not known who erected the marker and when.

 


 
DUNCAN CEMETERY
Located on the SW quarter of the SW quarter of Sec. 31 in Blandinville Twp., this family burial ground appears only in the 1913 atlas of the county. The name derives from the many members of the Duncan family interred here. The first burials were in the early 1850s.

 


 
DUNKARD CEMETERY
Located a quarter mile southeast of the center of See. 18 in Bethel Twp., this cemetery was established in 1880 as the cemetery of the Dunkard or German Baptist Brethren Church. In 1901 William M. Harlacher donated land "to be used as a cemetery and for church purpoces (sic)" (Deeds: 90 328). The cemetery is still in use.
See also Camp Creek Church.

 


 
DUNSWORTH CEMETERY
This is a family burial located on the NE quarter of Sec. 7 in Bethel Twp., on land owned by James H. Dunsworth. It is not shown on any map but was probably connected to the New Hope Methodist Episcopal Church shown only on the 1861 map. There is no information about the burials in this cemetery. It is said that the cemetery contains graves of four children who died in 1830.
See also New Hope Methodist Episcopal Church.

 


 
FAMILY CEMETERY
This cemetery is supposed to have been located in Mound Twp., but nothing else is known about it. It is probably a cemetery better known under a different name,

 


 
FANDON CEMETERY
See Gibson Cemetery No. 1

 


 
FOREST LAWN MEMORY GARDENS
This cemetery, located in the NE quarter of Sec. 3 in Chalmers Twp., is privately owned and is now the largest cemetery in the county. The first burial was in 1947.

 


 
FOSTER POINT CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the SE corner of the NE quarter of Sec. 2 in Eldorado Twp. and was part of the Foster's Point settlement. The cemetery started in the 1830s as the family burial plot. It contains the grave of Jonas Hobart, a veteran of the Revolutionary War. An 1860 gift of land from Samuel Foster transferred the ownership to the people of McDonough County (Deeds; 32/554). The cemetery is still in use.

 


 
FRIEND GRAVE
This single grave site, located on the NW quarter of the SW quarter of Sec. 20 in Lamoine Twp., is the burial site of Elizabeth Friend, on what used to be the family farm. Other members of the Friend family are buried in Gibson Cemetery No. 1 (Cemeteries: 3/41 ).

 


 
FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY
The land deed for the NW corner of the NE quarter of the NW quarter of Sec. 5 in Tennessee Twp. was issued by Dotson Seybold to the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1839 (Deeds: 0/415). The cemetery is marked on all maps of the county starting in 1871, and is still in use. George W. Hire, a veteran of the War of 1812 for whom Hire Twp. is named, is buried here, as are five children of Jefferson Hire, his son. The children were all victims of a typhoid epidemic in 1852-53. The western part is called Mourning Cemetery because it contains many graves of the Mourning family.

 


 
GIBSON CEMETERY NO. 1
This cemetery is also called Fandon Cemetery. It is located on the NE corner of Sec. 6 in Bethel Twp. The name comes from John and Nancy Gibson who in 1859 sold land to "trustees of a public grave yard" (Deeds: 6/165; 16/80). John Gibson is reported to have been the first settler in Bethel Twp. The earliest recorded burials in the 1840s were members of the Gibson family.

 


 
GIN RIDGE CEMETERY
Lost to contemporary local memory, this burying ground was discovered by the Freeman United Coal Mining Company while surveying land slated to be strip-mined. The cemetery was located in Bethel Twp. on the NW quarter of the SW quarter of the NW quarter of Sec. 25 and the adjoining part of the NE quarter of Sec. 26. When discovered, it proved to have been known as Gunning or Irish Cemetery. The cemetery contained markers for members of the McCoy family from Ireland, the Charles Monies or Monetee family, and the Gunning family. The latter were listed as owners of the north half of Sec. 26, but no land deed for the cemetery could be located leading to the conclusion that this was a private family cemetery. Most interments were in the 1840s and the 1850s. After notifying existing descendents, the remains were removed and reburied in the old Macomb Cemetery and in the nearby Stoneking Cemetery.

 


 
GLADE CITY CEMETERY
Located on the SW corner of the NW quarter of Sec. 33 in Blandinsville Twp., this cemetery is now the main cemetery for the town of Blandinsville. It started as a private burial plot for the Blandin family, with the first burial in 1840. In 1887 Charles Blandon sold the grounds to town trustees (Deeds: 61/404) and in 1888 the cemetery was platted (Plats: 2/63). At first it was known as North Cemetery, to distinguish it from the South or New Hope Cemetery located just south of town.
See also New Hope Cemetery.

 


 
GOOD HOPE CEMETERY
This municipal cemetery is located north of town, on the SW corner of the NW quarter of Sec. 30 in Walnut Grove Twp. It was platted in 1878 on land purchased from Benjamin Murphy (Plats: 2/64).

 


 
GUY CEMETERY
Located near the NE corner of Sec. 20 in Emmet Twp., Guy Cemetery started in 1849 as a family plot with the burial of George G. Guy's son. On February 26, 1870, George G. Guy donated the two acre plot to the Pleasant View Church to be used as cemetery (Deeds: 42/418). Most burials were members of the Guy and Joshua Simmons families (Harris, M.) The cemetery is also known as Pleasant View Cemetery.

 

 

 

 HARRIS CEMETERY
Located on the NE corner of Sec. 1 in Eldorado Twp., this cemetery started in 1848 with James Harris donating two acres of land "for the purpose of a public burying ground for the neighborhood" (Deeds: M 142). Three more acres were added in 1909. James Harris, Sr., was frequently referred to as "Father Harris." He settled in 1832 on Sec 1 , and was a highly regarded Universalist preacher.

 


 
HARRIS FAMILY CEMETERY
This family burying plot is located on the NE quarter of Sec. 22 in Macomb Twp. The cemetery is not marked on maps, but the location was part of the Alexander Harris land holdings.

 


 
HAYS CEMETERY
This family cemetery is located on the NW quarter of the NE quarter of Sec. 3 in Hire Twp. The cemetery is named for Jefferson Hays who settled on Sec. 2 in 1832. The Hays or Hayes families formed a settlement in the neighborhood in the 1830s (Clarke, 545). The cemetery is mentioned in the Road Survey Records as being on the road from Macomb

 


 
HEAD GRAVEYARD
This family cemetery is located on the NE corner of Sec. 6 in Emmet Twp. on land settled by James and Isabella Head in 1832. The grave of Susan, their daughter is the oldest headstone, dated 1836. This cemetery was first known as Hainline Cemetery because it was a private burial ground for the Hainline family (1885, 693), but most Hainline graves were subsequently moved to the Spring Creek Cemetery. The cemetery is shown on county maps from 1871 to 1913.

 


 
HERON or HERRON CEMETERY
Located on the NE quarter of the SW quarter of Sec. 9 in Emmet Twp., this is a family burial plot not marked on any maps. Alex G. Herron acquired the property in 1852. It is not known who is buried here.

 


 
HICKORY GROVE CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the east side of the SE quarter of Sec. --? in Walnut Grove twp. The cemetery was adjacent to the Hickory Grove Church, later called Shiloh, and is shown on all county maps, but no deeds were found. The earliest interments date back to the 1860s. This cemetery was also known as Sorghum Grove Cemetery and "Old Hickory Graveyard" (MDJ, 12/10/1900, p.3). One reference called the cemetery and the church "Sugar Grove" probably referring to sorghum, but this name use could not be verified.

 


 HILLSBOROUGH CEMETERY
This cemetery was established in 1849 at the same time as the church. The 1861 map shows it north from the church, while the 1871 and later maps show the cemetery on the NE corner of the SE quarter of Sec. 18 next to the church building. The 1905 gift from William Blackhurst to trustees of Hillsborough Church confirms the location (Deeds: 91/562).

 


 
HILLS GROVE CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the SE corner of Sec. 30 in Tennessee Twp. on land which Phebe Holton donated in 1863 (Deeds: 13/111). Numerous burials predate the 1863 deed. The cemetery contains the graves of Roswell Tyrrell and Abraham Fulkerson, both veterans of the War of 1812 who settled on lands awarded to them for wartime services. The cemetery is still in use. It is sometimes referred to as Owens Cemetery.

 


 
HOAGLAND BURIALS
Not much is known about this family cemetery except that it is located on the SE quarter of Sec. 24 in Macomb Twp. on land owned by the Hoagland family from 1839 to 1880.

 


 
HUFF CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the SW corner of the NE quarter of Sec. 35 in Blandinsville Twp., on land donated in 1884 by James Anderson "to be known as Anderson Graveyard" (Deeds; 51/259). It is shown on all county maps from 1871 to 1913. Anderson family graveyard was located on Preston Anderson's land and the first burials in the 1850s were family members. In later years, the cemetery was known as Huff, reflecting numerous Huff family burials.

 


 
INDUSTRY CEMETERY
Located on the NE quarter of Sec. 15 in Industry Twp., the first plat for the town cemetery was filed in 1893 (Plats: 2/123), but burials preceded that date. This cemetery is still in use.

 


 
JACOBY GRAVE
This is an unmarked burial site of A. Jacoby, the 4-year old child of Andrew Jacoby. It is located on the SW quarter of the NE quarter of Sec. 14 in Emmet twp. The Jacoby family did not own that property, so it is unknown why the child was buried there. Other family members are buried in the Spring Creek Cemetery.

 


 
KEPPLE BURIAL PLOT
According to the 1976 History (p. 37), this cemetery was located south of Bardolph in Mound Twp., but has since been obliterated. It was probably in Sec. 19. There is no present-day knowledge of this cemetery and no records could be located.

 


 KING or KING-TABLER CEMETERY or GRAVE YARD
This cemetery on the NE corner of the SW quarter of Sec. 4 in Lamoine Twp. was established as a family burial ground, and was known as King Grave Yard ( 1885 History, 1925). In 1856 descendents of James King donated land to trustees of a burial ground (Deeds: 5/390), and an additional land transaction took place in 1878 (Deeds: 62 339). The cemetery was also known as Tabler Cemetery, because of the proximity of Tabler land holdings. Burials date from mid 1830s. The cemetery is shown only on the 1893 and the 1913 atlases. The name derives from James King, an early settler and a prominent minister in the Hills Grove neighborhood.
See also Owen's Cemetery.

 


 
LARKIN or LARKINS CEMETERY
This is a private burial ground located just south of the McDonough-Warren County line on the NW quarter of Sec. 3 in Walnut Grove Twp. Burials date from 1858 to the 1880s. The cemetery is named for John W. Larkins, who from 1854 to 1868 owned the property on which the cemetery is located. The cemetery contains graves of John Larkins and several members of the family (Grimm, 1991).

 


 
LIBERTY CEMETERY
This cemetery was established about 1833 in connection with the newly organized Liberty Christian Church. The cemetery was located on the SE quarter of the SW quarter of Sec. 21 in Blandinsville Twp. in the Muddy Lane neighborhood. An 1848 gift of land from Elijah Bristow to the Christian Church (Deeds: L/582) mentions the existence of the "burial ground" and the "Liberty Meeting House" where the Christian Church congregation worshipped. The cemetery, located one and one half miles from Blandinsville, contains graves of numerous original settlers of the Job Settlement.

 


 
LOWER CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on private land on the south side of the SE quarter of Sec. 23 in Colchester Twp. The land was purchased by the Lower family in 1840. The earliest graves date back to the 1850s, being that of the wife and daughter of John J. Lower. The cemetery is shown only on the 1893 and the 1913 maps of the county. The name of the cemetery is all that remains of the "Lower Neighborhood," which, according to the 1885 history, had a school house as early as 1838, and which retained its name well into the 20th century. The cemetery is sometimes called Colchester South Cemetery.
The 1974 USGS map mistakenly shows "Lower" cemetery on the NE quarter of Sec. 26 in Colchester Twp. No cemetery is known here.


 


 LYNN GROVE CEMETERY
This cemetery is on the NW corner of the NE quarter of Sec. 23 in Walnut Grove Twp. It is also known as Hageman Graveyard, Lantz Cemetery, or Lynn Center Cemetery. Jesse Hageman donated the land in 1868 (Deeds: 27/146), and the earliest graves are those of the Hageman and Lantz families. The cemetery is shown on all county maps starting in 1871.

 


 
MCMAHILL BURYING GROUNDS
This is a private burial plot on the NE quarter of Sec. 11 in Walnut Grove Twp., on land that in the 1870s and the 1880s was owned by James and George W. McMahill.

 


 
MILES CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the NE, quarter of Sec. 23 in Fldorado Twp. It is a family graveyard of the Martin Miles family and is now located on private land even though Martin Miles in 1879, shortly after the death of his wife, donated land to the county "for a burying ground for the use of the neighborhood" (Deeds; 45/433).

 


 
MILER GRAVESITE
Martha Miler, a member of a wagon train traveling through the county, died in 1840 near Fandon and was buried northwest of town, on the SW quarter of Sec. 32 in Chalmers Twp. (Cemeteries, 5/40). The site is marked only on the latest USGS maps. It is a well-preserved monument on the side of the road.

 


 
MILLVILLE CEMETERY
This cemetery, whose name indicates a settlement, was supposed to have been located on Sec. 8 in Blandinsville Twp. and is shown on the 1861 map as a small cluster of buildings around a mill. The mill probably started in 1845 when D. Seybold purchased two acres on the NE corner of the SW quarter of Sec. 8 in Blandinsville Twp (Deeds: 15 176). The 1850 Census lists Seybold as "sawyer of logs." and this is confirmed in 1856 when Dolton Seybold is said to have owned a "steam mill" (RSR, 175). In 1855 Dotson (sic) Seybold offered his mill for sale (MJ. 4 13 1855. p. 4). The mill was a saw- and gristmill run by steam, having attached to it "a wool and carding machine." An 1864 plat of the SE quarter of Sec. 8 shows Dolton -Seybold as the owner of a property, on the NW corner, but in the 1871 atlas the mill is located on the NE corner of the SW quarter and S.M. Rulerts is listed as miller on Sec. 8 in Blandinville Twp.

 


 
MOORE CEMETERY (Colchester Twp.)
This cemetery is located on the NE quarter of Sec. 14, just west of Colchester, where it is shown on county maps from 1871 on. The cemetery was named for Mary Moore, whose second husband, Schuyler B. Moore, was buried there in 1848, only five years after his marriage to Mary. The 1850 census lists Mary as head of household, 39 years old, and having seven children. Twice widowed, she must have commanded great respect to have had the cemetery named after her. She was also buried there in 1863.
The cemetery is sometimes called Old Colchester or Widow Moore Cemetery.

 


 
MOUND METHODIST CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the NW quarter of Sec. 22 in Mound Twp. on land which Andrew J. Fleming deeded in 1875 to the Mound Chapel M. E. Church for the purpose of laying out a cemetery (Deeds: 47/471). An 1874 plat, called "Mound Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery," is shown in Plat Records (Plats; 2/5). The cemetery is sometimes called Lizden Cemetery. Fleming wife's name was Eliza. It is not known whether this influenced the otherwise unexplainable alternate name

 


 
MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY
Mount Auburn is the present cemetery for the town of Colchester. It is located on the NW corner of the SE quarter of Sec. 12 in Colchester Twp. It started with a 10-acre deed in 1881 (Deeds: 46/592), and an 1882 plat (Plats: 2/79). The first burial was in 1885 (Moon, 28). Mount Auburn replaced Moore Cemetery as Colchester's main cemetery. According to Moon, the name was chosen among several votes placed into a hat. It is possible that the name was suggested because of the famous Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which was the first park-like cemetery in the country. The Colchester cemetery had a picket fence and an arched entrance and was proudly featured on post cards. It is the final resting place of the coal mining leader James Roberts and locally famous bootlegger Kelly Wagle.

 


 
MURRAY GRAVESITE
A stone marking the graves of John F. and Elizabeth Murray is located on the NW quarter of Sec. 16 in Chalmers Twp. on Murray land from 1864 to 1896.

 


 
MUSTAIN CEMETERY
A single marker lists three graves, that of John and Elizabeth Mustain who died in the 1860s, and of their daughter who was buried in 1845. The marker is located at the center of the NW quarter of Sec. 16 in Blandinsville Twp.

 


 
NAYLOR CEMETERY NO. 1
This burial ground is located on the SW quarter of Sec. 29 in Emmet Twp. on Benjamin T. Naylor land. Burials date from 1838 on. It is not known who is buried here.

 


 
NAYLOR CEMETERY NO. 2
The small burial plot is located on the SW quarter of Sec. 33 in Emmet Twp. on James H. Bacon Land. Neither Naylor Cemetery is marked on any maps.

 


 
NEECE or NEESE CEMETERY
This cemetery started as the family graveyard for the Jesse Neece family. It is located on the NW quarter of the NW quarter of Sec. 30 in Colchester Twp. Death dates recorded on grave stones are from the 1820s to the 1920s. In 1869 J. Neece donated the grounds to McDonough County "permanently establishing a grave yard or burying ground for themselves, their heirs and their relatives" (Deeds: 29/275). The cemetery is shown on the 1893 and the 1913 atlases of the county.

 


 
NEW BARDOLPH CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the NW corner of the NE quarter of Sec. 24 in Macomb Twp. Early burials predate 1856 when the cemetery was formally established. In 1879 McDonough County deeded the cemetery to the Village of Bardolph (Deeds: 47/116). The cemetery is still in use.

 


 
NEW HOPE CEMETERY
This cemetery was the oldest burial ground for Job's Settlement and Blandinsville. It is also called Baptist Cemetery No. 2, South or Old South Cemetery, Logan Burial Ground, and Foster Cemetery. It is located on the SW corner of the NW quarter of Sec. 4 in Hire Twp.
The various names reflect the history of the cemetery. It was established in 1837-38 in connection with the New Hope Baptist Church (1885 History, 647). Over the years it became the burial ground of the large Baptist community in the vicinity, including John Logan, the prominent Baptist preacher. The name "South" reflects its location as opposed to the Glade City Cemetery on the northeast side of Blandinsville. "Foster" comes from the 1905 addition to the cemetery called Foster's (Plats: 3.19).
See also New Hope Baptist Church.

 


 
OAK RIDGE CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the NW corner of the SW quarter of Sec. 35 in Tennessee Twp. It started in the 1830s as a family plot (Cenielenes: 4/16), and is not shown on the 1871 map. The owner of the surrounding land was W.A. Hutchinson and the cemetery is sometimes called by his name. In 1875 Edward Jarvis and Leo F. Carson donated land to trustees of the "Oakridge Burying Ground" (Deeds: 39/83). The cemetery is shown on all later maps of the county. It is still in use. This cemetery is on a ridge, overlooking Troublesome Creek, which explains its name.

 


 
OAKWOOD CEMETERY
This is the second cemetery of the City of Macomb located on the SW quarter of Sec. 30 in Macomb Twp. The cemetery was established by William H. Randolph in 1857. (Plats: 1/23). His widow, Mary J. Randolph, sold it to the City of Macomb in 1877. Randolph was a noted Macomb businessman and supporter of Abraham Lincoln. The cemetery contains graves of prominent Macomb residents as well as Civil War soldiers and veterans. Over the years it has been much enlarged and is still in use
The original cemetery which used to be the home of Mary Randolph, nee Brooking, is graced by an impressive grove of oak trees.

 


 
OLD BARDOLPH CEMETERY
This cemetery was located on the NE quarter of Sec. 13 in Macomb twp. According to local sources, the cemetery is "not identifiable as a graveyard, but known to be one" (Grimm, 1987 rev.) No land deeds could be found.

 


 
OLD MACOMB CEMETERY
Also called "Old McDonough Cemetery" and more recently known as the "Wigwam Hollow Cemetery," this cemetery is located near the SE. corner of the NE quarter of Sec. 35 in Emmet Twp. It was formally established in 1836 when Robert Garrett sold two acres to McDonough County Commissioners "for the use of the people of McDonough County as a public burial ground" (Deeds: C/68). The site was a burial ground already in 1830, when a child of Peter Hale was interred there, on what, at that time was Hall's or Hale's property. This is the final resting place for veterans of the Black Hawk War, Mexican War, and Civil War. Some headstones are the work of the pioneer stone carver, John Long, and are the oldest historic artifacts in the county (Hallwas, 1984, p.23-26). The burials in the cemetery became less frequent after Macomb's Oakwood Cemetery was established in 1857. In 1981 remains of graves from the Gin Ridge Cemetery in Bethel Twp. were transferred to this cemetery (Old Cemetery, 2).

 


 
OLD PLYMOUTH CEMETERY
This cemetery, also known as Whittington and Smith Cemetery, is located on the SW quarter of the SW quarter of Sec. 30 in Lamoine Twp. The cemetery is on private land and is not shown on any map of the county. According to the 1885 history, it was located on the farm of Dr. King (1885 History, 662). Graves date from 1841 to 1865. Most burials were children from families residing in Lamoine Twp. The 1840 U.S. Census lists Beverly Whittington living in Lamoine Twp.
The name probably means that the land was also used as an early burial ground for the town of Plymouth, although that could not be verified.

 


 
OLD ST. PAUL'S CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the NW corner of Sec. 2 in Chalmers Twp., on land which in 1860 Patrick McGinnis donated to the recently organized St. Paul's Catholic Church in Macomb (Deeds: 8/40). Because the cemetery was quite distant from the town and access to it was difficult, a new cemetery was established in 1869 north of Macomb across the road from the town's Oak Wood Cemetery. At the time all but twenty graves were relocated to the new cemetery. This cemetery is sometimes called "Old Catholic" and "McGinnis."
See also Catholic Cemetery (Tennessee Twp.) and St. Paul's Catholic Cemetery.

 


 
OSBORN CEMETERY
This cemetery, which was also known as Claybaugh, is located on the SE corner of the NW quarter of Sec. 22 in Industry Twp. This is a private burial plot on land which over the years belonged to members of the Osborn family and to John Claybaugh. Burials date from 1850s to 1870s. Most graves are members of the Osborn family. The cemetery is not shown on any county map.

 


 
OWEN'S or OWENS CEMETERY
Industry Press places this cemetery in Lamoine Twp. (5/23, 1967, p. 3). It seems that this was a mistaken name for the King -Tablor Cemetery probably because James F. Owen was the last burial there in 1954. According to Libby Grimm, a local cemetery researcher, Owen is an alternate name for Millgrove Cemetery in Tennessee Twp. where Rev. William Owen, a noted religious leader and many members of his family are buried.
See also Hillsgrove
Cemetery.


 

PENNINGTON CEMETERY No. 2 (Industry Twp.)
This cemetery is located on the east half of the NE quarter of Sec. 17. It is named for Thomas J. Pennington who in 1872 donated land to McDonough County "as a burying ground for the use of Industry Township" (Deeds: 35/247; Genealogy 13:3/472). The son of Thomas Pennington was the first burial in 1869. The cemetery is also known as Coker Cemetery for George W. Coker, who owned land on the adjacent quarter section. No Coker family members seem to have been buried here. The cemetery is not shown on any county map.

 

 

 PENNINGTON POINT CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the SW quarter of Sec. 19 and the adjacent NE corner of the NW quarter of Sec. 30 in New Salem Twp. It started in 1836 as a private burial ground on land owned by John Stuart Pennington. In 1 860 James E. D. Hammer donated the Sec. 30 lot to McDonough County "for the purpose of neighborhood cemetery" (Mortgages: 0/239). In 1881 the ownership of the cemetery passed into the hands of the Pennington Point Cemetery Company (Deeds: 49/628). In 1882 Hammer deeded the Sec. 19 lot (Deeds: 47/247), and in 1893 another lot in the NW quarter of Sec. 30 (Deeds: 75/80). This cemetery, which includes graves of soldiers of the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, and the Civil War, is still in use.

 


 
PIONEER CEMETERY
This cemetery was located on private land on the SW quarter of the NW quarter of Sec. 22 in Bethel Twp. in what was known as the Eagle District. Although the cemetery is not shown on maps until 1893, the oldest burials were members of the Solomon Brundage family in the early 1830s. The cemetery was known by the name of Brundage and also by names of the subsequent owners of the land, T.C. Montee, Iverson Jones, and Kost or Cost. The most recent name, "Pioneer" came from the inscription on the bronze plaque at the east entrance: "Erected in honor of the pioneers who cleared away the forests and destroyed the abiding places of the wild beasts so that civilization might occupy the land" (Cemeteries: 2/19). The cemetery was vacated by the Freeman Coal Mine when coal was strip-mined in Bethel Twp. The buried remains not claimed by relatives were interred in the Old Macomb Cemetery.

 


 
POPE CEMETERY
This is a family graveyard located on the NW quarter of the SW quarter of Sec. 6 in Tennessee Twp. The cemetery contained early graves of Elijah Pope and James Dye families, although the Dye graves were subsequently relocated. The cemetery is also called Dye Cemetery. It is not shown on any county map

 


 POST-SHIPPEY CEMETERY
This is a family burial plot which is located on the SW quarter of Sec. 32 in Emmet Twp. In the 1830s and 1840s the land belonged to David Shippey and John J. Post. Only three graves have been positively identified.

 


 
PRAIRIE CITY CEMETERY
Prairie City's early cemetery was on the SE quarter of Sec. 36 in Greenbush Twp. in Warren County. In 1874, the present city cemetery was laid out on the NE quarter of Sec. 2 in Prairie City Twp., on land purchased in 1866 from Franklin G. Snapp (Deeds: 25/437).

 


 
PRUITT or PRUETT CEMETERY
This cemetery is on privately owned land on the SW quarter of Sec. 27 in Bethel Twp. The name derives from members of the Pruitt family buried there. The family lived in the vicinity but did not own the land on which the cemetery is located.

 


 RABBIT CEMETERY
This cemetery was located on the NE quarter of Sec. 2 in Chalmers Twp. It must have been a private burial ground because no deed for a cemetery could be located and it does not show on any map. Even the memory of it has not survived. According to Louis Gumbart, an early county historian, stones were used for a floor of a hog house sometimes before 1900.
Gumbart called the unnamed cemetery "Rabbit" because he and local boys hunted rabbits among the grave markers.

 


 
RIGG CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the SW quarter of Sec. 1 in Bethel Twp. It is a private burial ground for the Rigg family and is located on land that originally belonged to Joseph Rigg. Rigg Cemetery was part of the Cottage Corner Neighborhood (1976 History, 15).

 


 
RINEHART CEMETERY
This cemetery is mentioned in The Industry Press for May 23, 1967 (p. 3) as having been located in Bethel Twp. No other information could be found.

 


 
ROBINSON CEMETERY
Not much is known about this family cemetery located on the SW quarter of Sec. 30 in Bushnell Twp. on land owned by the Mathew Robinson family in the 1870s. The cemetery is not visible any more (Grimm, 1987 rev.). It was also known as Solon-Robinson Cemetery. There is no explanation for the name "Solon," unless the cemetery was viewed as part of Mt. Solon neighborhood.

 


 
ST. PAUL'S CEMETERY
This cemetery was established in 1869 on land purchased in 1877 by parishioners to replace the original St. Paul's cemetery, called Old St. Paul's Cemetery in Chalmers Twp. (St. Paul, 79). St. Paul's Cemetery is located on the SW quarter of Sec. 30 in Macomb Twp., on the north side of Macomb across the road from Macomb's Oakwood Cemetery. At the time the cemetery was consecrated, most graves in the Old Catholic Cemetery in Chalmers Twp. were moved to the new location. The cemetery is still in use. See also Old St. Paul's Cemetery.

 


 
SCOTT'S CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the west side of the SW quarter of Sec. 30 in Bethel Twp. An 1841 deed from William Holton to John Scott mentions the already existing "burying grounds" (Deeds: G/72). The 1842 deed from William Holton to trustees of the Union Meeting House specifies that the land is for "public burying ground" and mentions the meeting house, which was then located east of the burying ground (Deeds: L/581). Subsequently, Joshua Scott deeded additional land (Deeds: 78/411; 130:442). The first burial was of Olive Holton, wife of William Sr. in 1836. The cemetery became public in 1927 (Deeds: 150:442) and is still in use.

 


 
SIMMONS CEMETERY
This cemetery, also called Lansdown, is located on the NW corner of the NE quarter of Sec. 16 in Emmet Twp. In 1838 Emanuel Lansdown sold two acres of land (Deeds: E/386), and is listed as the owner of adjacent land in 1861 . The earliest known grave is that of Joseph E. Lansdown in 1855. An 1864 land deed from Mankin Champion to James D. Simmons for the north half of the west half of the NE quarter of Section 16, mentions the graveyard which was not included in the transaction (Deeds: 16/59). The cemetery is first shown on the 1893 map. Most burials are those of the two families. The cemetery is now part of the Spring Lake Park.

 


 
SIMPSON CEMETERY
The Shannon or Simpson Cemetery is located on the NW corner of the SW quarter of Sec. 19 in Macomb Twp. The earliest two graves are from the 1840s. Shannon children were buried here in the 1860s and members of the Simpson family in the 1870s and 1880s. The cemetery is shown only on the 1893 and the 1913 county maps. This was a private burial ground on the Shannon and Simpson lands and no deeds were found.

 


 
SPRING CREEK CEMETERY or GRAVEYARD
This cemetery, also called Spring Grove, Head, Humbard or Humbert, Sciota and Russell, is located west of the NE corner of the SE quarter of Sec. 5 in Emmet Twp. It is shown here on all maps. Burials date from the 1830s, but the cemetery was platted in 1866 (Deeds: 23/214) when Thomas W. Head sold two acres for a public graveyard in 1867 (Deeds: 18/466). The cemetery is not in use any more. The different names come from neighboring families, many of whom are among the earliest settlers of Emmet and Sciota townships.

 


 
SPRINGER GRAVE
The grave of Mordecai Springer, who died in 1887 and was buried near his residence, is all that remains of a cemetery which was located just south from the present grave site, on the NW quarter of Sec. 26 in Industry Twp. The cemetery was called Crossroads or Pleasant Grove, because of its proximity to the Crossroads settlement and the Pleasant Grove Methodist Episcopal Church. There is no evidence that this cemetery was public, although it must have been used as one of the earliest burying places in the county. All traces of it have long disappeared (Cemeteries: 1 16). Lewis Springer owned the SE quarter of Sec. 26 in 1840 and Charles P. Springer owned in the 1860s and the 1870s the SW part of the NE quarter of Sec. 25.

 


 
STANDARD CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the south side of the SW quarter of Sec. 24 in Industry Twp. It is shown only on the 1913 map. In 1894 A.J. Smith donated land "to be used as a Public Cemetery in the Town of Industry" (Deeds: 75 234). Most burials date from the 1840s to the 1860s. The name probably comes fom the Standard family which owned adjacent land.

 


 
STEVENS' CEMETERY or GRAVEYARD
This burial ground is located on the SE quarter of Sec. 17 in Colchester Twp., on land owned by the Stevens family, the ancestors of the mercantile houses of Stevens Brothers in Colchester and Chicago, and the U.S. Supreme Court justice, Paul Stevens. The graveyard is not marked on any map (Cemeteries; 11/23-24.), but it contains the grave of Lyman Peck, a veteran of the War of 1812.

 


 
STICKLE CEMETERY
Stickle Cemetery is located on the SW quarter of the SW quarter of Sec. 11 in Emmet Twp., on land originally owned by Abram Stickle. It is a sizeable cemetery, which served the neighborhood families, even though it was on private property. The cemetery was located southeast of the Stickle Methodist Episcopal Church. The earliest burials of Abram Stickle's wife and daughter were in 1839, but the cemetery is first shown on the 1913 map.
It is reputed that just south of the cemetery there is a mass grave of thirty-six pioneers who died in the plague of 1849 and 1851 (Stickle). The identity of the burials is not known. They may have been travelers or migrants on the Burlington Road.

 


 
STONEKING CEMETERIES
There are two Stoneking cemeteries, both in Bethel Twp. The larger one, located on the east side of the SW quarter of Sec. 28, is a public cemetery incorporated in 1920 (Incorporations; 1/218). It started in the 1860s on land owned by John Stoneking. Jr. The cemetery is first shown on the 1893 map and Stoneking family members are among the first burials. The cemetery is still in use.
The Stoneking graves, located on the NE quarter of the SE quarter of Sec. 33 in Bethel Twp., is all that remains of the small family burial plot. The graves of two small children of J.G. Stoneking in the 1850's are identified, but eight other field stones are unknown graves. The land belonged to John Stoneking, Sr., and the plot is not shown on any county map. The burials predate those in the Stoneking Cemetery on Sec. 28.

 


 
STRADER-NANKIVEL CEMETERY
This family cemetery is located on the NW quarter of Sec. 34 in Chalmers Twp., on land owned in 1871 by Simeon Strader. The John Nankivel family owned land on the SW quarter of Sec. 34. The cemetery is shown only on the 1913 county map. No deeds could be located. Burials date from 1838 to 1902.

 


 
UPPER MOUND CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the NE corner of the SE quarter of Sec. 14 in Mound Twp. The cemetery was established in 1854 when George W. Sheets deeded land to the State of Illinois as the ""burying ground for school district inhabitants" (Deeds: 7 393). The cemetery is shown on all county maps starting with 1861. The cemetery is also known as Dyer, High Mound, Sheets, and Mound United Brethren Cemetery. It is not used any more.

 


 
VAIL CEMETERY
This family graveyard is located on the west side of the SW quarter of Sec. 14 in Industry Twp., on Vail family land at the east edge of the town of Industry. Thomas Vail moved to McDonough County in 1834 and first burials date from the late 1830s. The cemetery was located close to the residence of his son John B. The cemetery is shown on the 1893 and the 1913 maps of the county. No deeds could be located.

 


 
VAWTER CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the NE quarter of the NW quarter of Sec. 14 in Bethel Twp., three-fourths mile west of the former site of the East Bethel Church. It is a family burial plot, with interments dating from 1835 to 1918. John C. Vawter is known to have owned the site from 1840 on. The cemetery is also known as Calvin Cemetery (1976 History, 15) because three Calvin children were buried there. The Calvin family owned land south of the cemetery. No deeds could be located and the cemetery does not appear on any map.

 


 
VANCE CEMETERY
This large cemetery is located on the north side of the NW quarter of Sec. 24 in Industry Twp. One of the first burials was James Vance, Sr., an early McDonough settler. He died in 1835 and was buried on what used to be his farm. The cemetery became a township cemetery in 1862 through a gift of land by the Vance family (Deeds: 12/465). It is shown on maps from 1893 and is still in use.

 


 
WALKER CEMETERY or GRAVEYARD
This cemetery is located on the NW corner of the SW quarter of Sec. 8 in Emmet Twp., on land donated by James W. Walker in 1853 (Deeds: S/173). Even though this was a public cemetery, it is not shown on county maps due to its small size. The first burials were in the early 1850s. The cemetery is sometimes called "Old Walker Cemetery," "Old Pennington Cemetery," or "Pennington Cemetery No. 1 ." It is the resting place of some of the oldest settlers in the Spring Creek neighborhood, as well as veterans of the War of 1812 and the Civil War.

 


 
WALNUT GROVE CEMETERY
This cemetery of the Walnut Grove Cumberland Presbyterian Church was established in 1838. The cemetery is located on the SE quarter of the SE quarter of Sec. 32. It is also known as Hamilton Cemetery because Levi Hamilton donated land to the church in 1854 (Deeds: W/339). The graves in the cemetery date from 1844 to 1870.

 


 
WAYMACK, WARMACK or WORMACK CEMETERY
This is a small family burial plot located on the NW quarter of Sec. 9 in Bethel Twp. Only members of the Waymack or Warmack family are interred here. The land belonged to the family from 1836 to 1859. The cemetery is not shown on county maps.

 


 
WESLEY CHAPEL CEMETERY
This cemetery started with the Wesley Chapel Methodist Episcopal Church located on the SW quarter of the SW quarter of Sec. 18 in Blandinsville Twp. on land deeded in 1848 by Nathan Ward to the "Methodist Episcopal Church" (Deeds: M/51 ). The church is shown in atlases from 1861 to 1913. The 1893 and the 1913 atlases show both the church and the cemetery, but the 1919 USGS map shows only the cemetery, called "Chapel Cemetery." This cemetery is still in use. The first burial was that of Andy W. Ward who died in 1847. The cemetery also contains the grave of John Gilfrey, a veteran of the Revolutionary War.

 


 
WHITE CEMETERY
This is a family cemetery located on the NW quarter of the NE quarter of Sec. 9 in Tennessee Twp. The 1871 atlas shows this land belonging to the White family. Burials date from 1843 to 1900. The cemetery is shown only in the 1893 and the 1913 atlases. Thomas While, a soldier in the Revolutionary War, was buried here in 1843.

 


 
WHITE FLOCK CEMETERY
This cemetery, also called Lewis, Jenkins, Payne, Bayles, Gibson, Sanford, and Rice, is located on the NW corner of Sec. I 1 in Lamoine Twp. The burials date from 1843. It is still in use, administered by the Cemetery Association. No land deeds could be located.
The many names of the cemetery come from adjacent land owners and interments.

 


 
WIDOW TAISE GRAVE
According to the 1885 history, a widow who died in 1834 was buried on the NW quarter of Sec. 4 in Tennessee Twp. The grave is not marked ( 1885 History, 564).

 


 
WILHELM CEMETERY
This was the family cemetery for nine families from 1850 to 1887. The cemetery is located on the south side of the NW quarter of Sec. 23 in Industry Twp., one hundred feet east of Peak Cemetery. The cemetery is not used any more. It is named for Welcome Wilhelm who in 1861 donated land "for the use of public burying ground" (Deeds: 52/33). The cemetery is marked on the 1893 and the 1913 atlases.

 


 
WILLEY CEMETERY or GRAVEYARD
Located on the SW comer of the NE quarter of Sec. 35 in Bethel Twp., this is a family cemetery on private land. Burials date from 1841 to 1918. The cemetery is named for Charles Willey, who is listed as the owner of the quarter section in the 1871 and 1893 atlases. The cemetery is not shown on maps.

 


 
WILSON GRAVES (Blandinsville Twp.)
This small burial plot on James Wilson's land has only three graves, the earliest in 1836. The site is on the SW quarter of the SW quarter of Sec. 20 in Blandinsville Twp.

 


 
WILSON GRAVES (Emmet Twp.)
These are unmarked graves of Mark and Bessie Wilson located on the SW quarter of Sec. 33 in Emmet Twp. (Pioneers, 276, 3 IM).

 


 
WRIGHT CEMETERY
According to a list of cemeteries from the Office of the Veterans Administration published in the Industry Press for 5/23/1967, this cemetery was located in Tennessee Twp., but no other mention or knowledge of it could be found. None of the Wright burials in McDonough County are in Tennessee Twp., but William and Jacob Wright are listed as living in the township in the 1860 census (p. 692-693). The location of the cemetery could not be established.


 
PEARCE or PIERCE CEMETERY
Pearce Cemetery is located on the SW corner of the NW quarter of Sec. 26 in Walnut Grove Twp. It is the cemetery of a large number of Scottish settlers in the area, including Joseph Gilmer and Abner Walker. Burials date back to the 1830s. This cemetery is shown on all maps of the county. The name derives from Jesse Pearce who in 1865 surveyed and platted the land and in 1883 donated it "for use as a burying ground" (Deeds: 52 356). Charles Allen Gilchrist, a Civil War general is buried here.
The cemetery is also known as Scottsburg, Arbogast, Spicer, and Solan. "Solan" might indicate that the cemetery was part of the neighborhood.

 

 


 
 
  
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