Stark County Illinois
Franklin Cemetery

Very many of the old settlers of Penn and adjoining townships now lie in the Franklin cemetery, in Osceola township. The record dates back to 1835, beginning with

Sally Seeley, aged one year, died in 1835
Elizabeth Seeley, 1841
Zurah Smith '43
Lereau Emanuel, '45
Jay Spencer '39
Elizabeth Spencer, '41
Sarah Brees, '38

The other interments of old persons in this cemetery, as far as denoted by monuments, are as follows - the name and date of death being given:

Joel Wilson, '32
Jane Newton '81
Joseph Newton '71
Wm Seeley, '50
Eliza Seeley, '60
Martha Seeley, '50
H. Seeley, '76
Amanda Seeley, '65
Orpha Wells, '73
Hepsabeth Moore, '50
James Moore, '53
Eliza Moore, '69
Wm. Moore, '72
Peter Sharer, '66
Asher Smith, '69
Phoebe Smith '81
Adelaide Hylton, '72
Mary Hylton, '82
Mary Wilcox, '54
Samuel Montooth, '85
Eliza Jackson, '65
John Hunter, '63
Riley Harwood, '74
Madgalene Dickerson, '68
John Phenix, '67
Mary Russell, '46
Nancy Whitten, '68
Hiram Emmanuel, '50
Mary Erwin, '81
John Earhart, '74
Sarah Spencer, '65
Henry Brees, '73
John Smith '64
Margaret Harmon, '77
Nancy Shull, '75
Mary Harris, '71
Lydia Snare, '65
Temperance Bacon, '81
Abigail Davison, '45
Hannah Miller, '61

The children buried there include
Ira Drawyer
Lincolon Adams
John McMullen
Harla Collins
Gertrude Stewart
Endora Stewart
Fred Stewart
Sarah Seeley
Della Elston
Cyrus Elston
John Phenix
James, William and Mary Thomas
Myron and Sherman Avery
John Taylor
Lily Reardon
L. Harwood
John, Emma, Lucinda and Nancy Geer
Melissa Whitten
Hiram Drawyer and infant sister, Emily Schermerhorn
Seldon Stark
Warren Smith
Annie and Jennie Adams
Henry Davison
Charles Davison
W. Briggs
S. Miller
Clara Applegate
Hannah Markland
Clarinda Emmanuel

The Franklin Cemetery Association, Castleton, elected E. D. Drawyer, Byron Smith and Paul Newton directors in 1886 with the latter secretary and treasurer.

[Source: "Documents and biography pertaining to the settlement and progress of Stark County, Illinois : containing an authentic summary of records, documents, historical works and newspapers relating to Indian history, original settlement, organization and politics, courts and bar, citizen soldiers, military societies, marriages, churches, schools, secret, benevolent and literary societies, etc. : together with biography of representative men of the past and present." Chicago: M.A. Leeson & Co., 1887. - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]


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