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Inventory and Photos by: Steve Slaughter
 

Otto Cemetery
Kickapoo Township, Section 13
 

Status: Abandoned by 1956 and now Despoiled
Last burial was in 1939.

~LEGAL DESCRIPTION~
Kickapoo Twp, No 9, N. Range 7, N.W. Corner of the N.W. Section 13 (2003)
note: original platting was section 11 of the original farm of J. Otto in 1873.

 

JOHN JOHNSON married HANNAH MOUNTS (daughter to Caleb & Jane Mounts) on Christmas Day, December 25, 1823. They arrived in Peoria, ILlinois on October 7, 1831. John rented a farm from PETER MENARD which he tended for 3 years. This farm was located above Mossville. He stayed there until 1836 when he made claim to a tract of 240 acres of land near the present site of Jubilee College, which he purchased from the government in 1837. Improvements to the farm continued until he sold the farm to Bishop Chase in 1841. Shortly after the sale in 1841, John Johnson again bought land in the amount of 200 acres in Section 13 of Kickapoo Township. He served 4 years as Lieut-Colonel of the 44th Regiment Indiana State Militia according to Indiana records.

Johnson served nearly every office in township government while in Kickapoo Township. He was elected as Justice of the Peace in the spring of 1851. By religion, he was a Baptist; as a government official, he was a staunch Democrat.

Johnson fathered 10 sons & daughters:
CRAWFORD, 11/2/1824 to 3/10/1859, interred at OTTO Cemetery
RACHEL, born 1/30/1836, married Omer Bosworth in January 1856, died 1/14/1866, interred at OTTO Cemetery
JOHN, born 6/6/1841, married first wife, Sarah Whittington, on 11/22/1863 (she died 6/22/1874).
John remarried, Vera Hindmarsh, on 2/13/1877. This union bore 2 unnamed children. John is interred at OTTO Cemetery.

By: Steve Slaughter

 

 

Inventory of Known Burials

BOSWORTH, RACHEL, b. Jan 30, 1836, d. Jan 11, 1866


CHERRY, INFANT, d. May 5, 1873,
CHERRY, ERNEST, d. April 5, 1878, Aged 3 yrs 6 mo 22 da
Sons of P. L. & L.A.

DORY, JANE, wife of Matthias OTTO, d. May 16, 1862 , Aged 21 yr 5 mo 8 da
note: Jane was the sister of John, the owner of the family farm.

ESPEY, ABBIE E., wife of W. SLOUGH, b.1866- d.1893

GRAZE, GEORGE HENRY, d. March 24, 1875, Aged 65 yr 2 mo 14 da
GRAZE, CAROLINE, wife of George Henry, d. Feb 21, 1865, Aged 53 yr 8 mo 21 da
GRAZE, ELIZABETH, Daughter of P. & S.E., b. June 18, 187_ - d. May 29, 187_ (date unreadable)
GRAZE, ISAAC, Son of P. & S.E., b. July 3, 1869, d. September 24, 1869

HOWARD, HENRY, b. July 6, 1813, d. July 13, 1869

JOHNSON, BRANFORD, b. November 2, 1824, d. March 10, 1859
JOHNSON, C. L., 1879-1921 (original & marker was homemade; -- family records)
JOHNSON, JOHN, 1841-1908 (fam. records: original & marker was homemade)
JOHNSON, ELVIRA, 1852 -1937 (fam. records: original & marker was homemade)
JOHNSON, SINA H., wife of John MOUNTS, Born in Pennsylvania March 22, 1805, d. October 7, 1878
JOHNSON, SARAH A., wife of John JOHNSON, d. June 22, 1871, Aged 35 yr 1 mo 5 da
JOHNSON, McCLELLAN, Son of J & S.A., d. February 10, 1866, Aged 0 yr 5 mo 9 da

KUHN, RACHEL, b.Sept. 16, 1807, d. Sept 6, 1873

MOUNTS, GALEB N., 1842 - 1876

OTTO, CONRAD A., Son of John & Lydia, d. March 1, 1868
OTTO, S. DOUGLAS, Son of J. & L.A., d. June 15, 1873, Aged 10 yr 8 mo 1 da
OTTO, LYDIA ANN, Wife of John, d. May 3, 1873, Aged 47 yr 11 mo 21 da
OTTO, SAVILA C., Daughter of J & L.A., d. June 3, 1873, Aged 16 yr 0 mo 28 da
OTTO, MATILDA E., Daughter of J. & L.A., d. June 10, 1873, Aged 13 yr 8 mo 23 da
OTTO, LOUISA, Daughter of J. & L.A., d. March 11, 1873, Aged 18 yr 8 mo 27 da
OTTO, WILLIAM, Brother of John, (Incorretly listed by researchers in 1985)b. Feb 25, 1828, d. Sept 19, 1850

Around the base of the tree farthest South in the cemetery when I did this investigation & inventory,
lay several footstones bearing initials: RAK ....... SAJ ........ LAO ......... McJ.

 

 

 

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