to 1850 there was small cemetery north of town, north and east of
the Philip Boyles farm. George Guye, pioneer settler, says this
was the first cemetery. The first death in the County was a baby
of the Phillip M. Boyles family. This would be Union Township. (Contributed
by JoAnn Walker)
—John Alles, Douglas Township found in Cedar Creek running
through farm, Sec. 23 Sl/2 SE ¼ a stone “Mary Eddy, wife of F.
Irwin b. November 2, 1865 d. August 24, 1920". (Contributed
by JoAnn Walker)
—A stone found in a draw SW of buildings on ridge in a fence
line being bulldozed on Dean Mapes farm S 1/2 SE 1/4 Sec. 13 and
N1/2 of NE ¼ of Section 24. Stone 24x18x4” with the
inscription “Baby Boy, b.1867 Henry, son of D and A Hal (Hallings?)".
(Contributed by JoAnn
Johnson, a former resident of Jefferson Township, grew up there
and now living in Madison Township, Madison County, remembers an 8
to 10 inch square stone carrying a description of the death of an
older woman. He describes the stone as being in
Section 12, Jefferson Township. This stone was in a
draw below a pond. The stone was said to be 20 to 30
feet to the west of the section line in the South ½ of the NE ½.
This stone was not found due to the area being a wild life
by Lewis E. Morris)
None of these cemeteries are known to have
"official" names. They have been given names herein by
the editor to distinguish amongst them.
Farm Cemetery - In 1935, Herman Mueller documented his trip to
the former Hiram Clough farm where it is believed that 6 Clough
children are buried. His notes are as follows:
|This afternoon, I went to the field of
Raymond Johnston to see where the graves of the Clough
children are located. The Cloughs lived where Sam Johnston
lived and owned that 80 and the Raymond 80. They were
related to Morgans who owned the land just east of them
where Truman Johnston now lives. Raymond says that there
were six of the children buried. It is on the third ridge
from the road and not quite half way down the hill from
the north fence, and in the east forty. It was originally
fenced and locust trees around it. but Proctor cut them
down and the stock traped over the graves and broke down
the stones. We found three markers which had been
carefully piled up in a pile by Raymond - but the fence is
gone - also the trees - and it has been plowed all around.
The stones found are:
1. My Babe
2. Wallace B. son of H & A Clough, b. Apr 1, 1851 and
died Oct 1, 1852
3. Sarah E. daughter of H & A Clough b. July 22, 1846
and died Sept 4, 1852
other names were found and if there are three more children buried
there as claimed, they would have been infants born and died
Poor Farm Cemetery - In
February of 1975, Leonard Abrahams, a lifelong resident of Douglas
Township, living in Section 23, spoke of people who were residents
of the County Poor Farm, located in Section 24, being buried on
the County Farm property, west line, adjacent of the draw that
goes through the property. No records of who may be
buried in these potters graves are available.
Township Cemetery - Douglas Township, Section 11 also has a
reported abandoned cemetery. The name is not remembered and this
abandoned cemetery is located in the SW half of this section, on
the bluff overlooking North River valley to the west, south and
east, with a country road at the foot of the bluff on the west
side. The exact spot has not been found as a search was made for
markers and foot stones and none were found. This area is partly
timbered over. (Contributed by Lewis E. Morris) (Editor's
Note: All of the Douglas Township plat maps from 1896 forward show
location of this cemetery, just as described above.)
Eyerly Cemetery -
Land for a cemetery in Section 29 of Douglas township was given by George and Martha Eyerly on September 8, 1875.
Whether anyone is buried there or not is unknown.
Francis Cemetery -
Emily and Daniel Francis gave land for a cemetery in Section 15 of Penn township, May 8, 1875.
Whether anyone is buried there or not is unknown.
Cemetery - Tradition
says that there is a burial site located in Douglas Township on or
very near the Section Line running east and west between Sections
14 & 23 on the approximate north-south centerline of these
sections on what was (in 1976) the Thomas Kirvin farm and believed
to be relatives of the Kirvins. The gravesites are at the point
where the North-South road turns west and goes down the hill
toward the river bottom. It is also said that the stones were laid
down and covered over by the road grading crew.
Township Cemetery - The 1875
township map shows an unnamed cemetery in the southwest corner of
Section 8 of Jackson Township. Subsequent plat maps do not show
the cemetery and no other written record of its existence has been
Township Cemetery - An abandoned
cemetery is in Section 18, Lee Township, Madison County.
The WPA cemetery records state that there was an abandoned
cemetery in this section - but apparently no stones were found or
read. This cemetery was very close to the road and tradition says
that when the road was widened (year not known) the existing
stones were thrown upon the bank and left lay. There were said to
be 18 or 20 gravestones. In March 1976, Walter Eichner, on whose
farm the cemetery was located, pointed out the site.
It is on the south side of the road, on a knoll, near his east
property. It is described as on the north section line of Section
18, and in the very northeast corner of NE ½ of the section.
Inspection of the site produced a foot marker type stone and a
gravestone bearing the inscription: George W. s/o L. &
S. Knight d. the rest of the stone is broken off. (Editor's
note - the Feb 1880 death of George W. Knight, s/o Lester & Sarah Knight,
was reported in the 1880 Mortality Schedule). There
is also a claim that people by the name of Burgett were also
buried there. Leo Jungman, a nearby neighbor, reported that a
burial stone had been found in the ditch south of his buildings.
It bore the inscription: Reuben Hale d. 1-23-1883
age 57. (Contributed
by Lewis E. Morris) (Editor's note - this cemetery
appears on the 1875 county map as well as most of the early plat
maps and on a county map published in 1976.)
Township Cemetery - There is an isolated grave site on the
Lester Rhodes farm, Lincoln Township, Section 14, near the
approximate east – west center line of the section,
approximately 20 rods west from the north–south road and 125
feet west from said road on a knob running north toward Middle
River. This is presently north of a set of farm
buildings. Grave site measures 10 feet by 10 feet,
surrounded by a woven wire fence with creosote posts and 2 inch by
6 inch rails nailed top and bottom. A small elm tree
is in the lot. Two graves that were found by witching
appear to be facing southwest. The found
headstones read: Theo Ansley d. May 19, 1865 age 71y
1m 12d and Esther, w/o Theo Ansley d. Sept. 25, 1862,
age 69y 14d. Tradition says two other people are
buried here, but that may be in error. Also, in the Madison County
two-volume history published by Mueller in 1915, on page 441,
under Nobel Loehr, makes reference to E. L. Richmond being buried
in an isolated grave in a field in Lincoln Township.