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Bygone County Cemeteries?

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Bygone County Cemeteries?

Posted: 1229806370000
Classification: Query
Many years ago, with the help of the Mt Carmel Library, we started to electronically archive the WPA Cemetery Recordings that were recorded in the 1930’s.

I’ve never been to Mount Carmel, but if I was to visit the Google Map website at and type in its name, I would see a map of all their streets. Then I could click on Satellite View and I would see an aerial view. Unfortunately, the Satellite Views are not clear enough to see all the cemeteries throughout the county.

Can you help describe any of the following cemetery locations, using distances from a nearby road intersection –or- plot their location on a Google Map for me? If you can, I will be able to preserve their GPS location in the IL GenWeb Project Archives.

Paul Kankula
Seneca, SC


BANKS-BLISS-CORRIE (aka John Corrie Sr.)
Location: On the Thomas Banks farm later owned by James E. Kelsey and John Corrie Sr., settled here about 1816 or 1815, when he came from Scotland. A clump of trees mark the site of the cemetery.


Location: Near Friendsville. Main road to this cemetery, leads to Wood's Fort, allegedly desecrated

Location: On 1100N & .25m W of 490E.

BUMP (aka Compton)
Location: Section 9, near Keensburg, Coffee Twp


BURWAY-PICHIRANT (aka Coffee Bottoms)

CARROLL (aka Fox)
Location: Allegedly, the graves have been plowed & planted over with crops

Location: 1350N & 1560E, A cemetery located at the site of old Centerville, the first County seat of Wabash County, states Enoch Greathouse was buried here, age 101 years.

CLARK-TUTTLE (aka Lee Jordan Farm)
Location: South of Allendale

Location: Small unmarked cemetery located in the woods to the east of the John Corrie farmhouse.

COUCH (JOHN) (aka Compton-Mattingly)
Location: On SW side of Antioch Church. Near Keensburg.

Location: 1m N of Friendsville, on SW corner of Section 14, Township 1N, Range 13 west (2030N x 810E)

Location: 1m N of Friendsville

Location: Friendship Twp

DARDEEN (aka Sammy Btillwell)
Location: A small cemetery was located on the old Dardeen farm, later owned by Sammy John Stillwell. Very little is known about this cemetery.

DEGAN (aka Todd heirs)
Location: 28-30 graves, cemetery allegedly desecrated by crop planting farmer

Location: It was reported that 2 graves were allegedly on the William Deischer farm, but were never found.

Location: Bellmont Twp

DIXON-WHITE-WILLIAM (aka John White or W.L. Litherand)
Location: 14-15 graves located on farm near Friendsville. Originally
owned by John White, later by Seybold heirs.

DONAHUE (WILLIAM) (aka Henry Pfieffer)
Location: Allegedly desecrated, a single grave is reported being in the center of the farm of William Donahue. Later known as the Henry Pfieffer farm.

Location: Wabash Twp

FREAR (aka Gilkinson or Joe Keepas)
Location: 4-5 graves

FREEMAN (aka Holste or Perrott)
Location: N of 2300N $ E of 650E (2350N x 670E)

FREEMAN (MARTIN) (Grave) (aka Griesmier or Charles Newkirk)
Location: On the old Griesmier farm near Lancaster, later owned by Charles Newkirk, is the grave of Martin Freeman.

Location: Wabash Twp

GREATHOUSE (aka Centerview or Kieffer)
Location: Near the old Centerville site, section 35 of Friendsville Twp

Location: Berberich Farm (1420N x 420E)

GUISEWITE (BILL) (aka Ballard or Putman)
Location: On the Bill Guisewite farm is buried Jeremiah Ballard, Ross G. Putman
of Elderado, Il, who is a great grandson of Jeremiah.

GUPTON (aka Carlyle)
Location: SW corner of Lancaster Precinct

HAM (aka Brines)
Location: Cemetery allegedly desecrated by crop planting farmer

HARNESS (aka George Couch)
Location: Near Orio, a cemetery located on old George Couch farm near Orio. Probably 8-10 graves here. The graves were never marked, the only one known to be buried here was Rena Harness and her husband.

HAZELTON (aka Schafer or John Trapp)
Location: 3.5m N of Lancaster.

HENDRICK (NATHANIEL) (Grave) (aka Jake Ginther)
Location: Located on the Jake Ginther place also known as the Stoltz, Adam Marx, John Metz, and August Keiffer farm, the grave of Nathaniel Hendricks, veteran of Revolution, and Louis Hoffman, veteran of the Civil War. Information from Earl Deixcher who lived near Stoltz School house.

Location: At Hershey settlement near Allendale.

HIGGINS #1 (aka Kroh or Couch)
Location: On Levi Couch heirs farm, SW of Friendsville, section 26 of Friendsville Twp

Location: Section 35 of Friendsville Twp

Location: On the Dr. E.A. Bucholz farm, there were allegedly 3-4 graves, believed to be that of Mr. & Mrs.
E.B. Keen.

Location: Near St Sebastian Church, section 20 of Bellmont Twp

Location: Near Sugar Creek.


KING (CLYDE) (aka Dan Ravellette)
Location: Near Allendale, allegedly desecrated

LAMBERT (aka Lovellette)
Location: On old John T. Lovellette farm.

LANDES (aka Landis)
Location: Cemetery allegedly desecrated by crop planting farmer

LIDDLE (aka Seybold)
Location: Section 12 of Friendsville Twp

Location: Near 1450N & 1060E. At the end of Risley Avenue. On the left side of the road, before a cultivated field, section 8 of Mt Carmel Twp.

Location: Buried on the Dr. H.R. Lovellette farm back of the barn, there are two Frenchmen buried here, massacred by the Indians.

Location: (620N x 550E)

Location: Coffee Twp, cemetery was allegedly located on the Milburn farm, later owned by Ike Schrader. 30 graves were once located here.

WILBURN (aka Lewis Armstrong)
Location: A cemetery is reported to be on the Milburn farm later owned by Lewis Armstrong. Two Milburn family members are allegedly buried there.

Location: There is one grave between Lancaster and Clark Corner on the north side of the road. A family by the name of Milton is thought to be buried here. Some of the family died while traveling west.

MILL SEAT (aka Rhom Rambel)
Location: Located on the old Rhom Rambel farm, also known as the Mill Seat, is buried R. Grayson, grandfather of Charles Grayson. This cemetery is near Keensburg.

Location: N of Lancaster

Location: N of Lancaster

Location: N of Lancaster (2340N x 280E)

MAY (REVEREND) (aka Banks)
Location: On the old Thomas Banks farm now owned by the Thompsons, is buried Rev. May, minister of the Orio Presbyterian Church.

Location: Mt. Pleasant?

OSBORN (aka John Miller)
Location: The exact location of this cemetery is unknown. It is know that a cemetery existed near the old orchard on the John Miller farm. A horse mill and distillery was also located in the general area.

Location: (680N x 210E)

Palmyra was settled around 22-apr-1815. This was the first Edwards County seat, when the County was one third the size of Illinois and a part of Michigan & Wisconsin. For some unknown reason, people died here by the hundreds. Unfortunately, there are no grave markers that lasted.

PUTNAM (aka Ballard or Lutz)

RIGG (aka Meadow)
Location: On the old Bass Seiler farm, now owned by Walter Kelley.

REYNOLDS (BENJAMIN) (aka Martin Stephens)
Location: On the Benjamin Reynolds farm later owned by Martin Stephens, there are allegedly about 12-15 graves, under cultivation. Mr. Raynolds himself is buried here.

RIGG (aka Meadow)
Location: On the old Bass Seiler farm, now owned by Walter Kelley.

Location: Between 9th & 11th, on Plum Street.

Location: Built in 1845-46 and dissolved in 1856. All the graves were moved to
Sand Hill.

Location: On Route-1 & surrounded by Hack Berry, 4th & Bellmont. 0.35m W of Route-15 (Walnut St) in the City of Mount Carmel.

Location: A small cemetery allegedly on the Ellsworth Schrodt farm near Sugar Creek, lost many years ago.

Location: On the William Schrodt Farm, located S of Bellmont. Allegedly, the cemetery has been plowed over and planted with crops.

Location: 2.1m N of 900N & 100 yds W of 800E. (1090N x 790E)

SEIBERT (ANDY) (aka Griesmer)
Location: N of 2250N & E of 750E (2350N x 670E)

Location: A small cemetery located on the Seigert farm, Sugar Orchard.

SEILER (S.S.) (aka C.M. Grundon)
Location: A small cemetery located on the Seiler farm.

SHERREL (DOCTOR) (aka Cabbage Corners)
Location: Cemetery was located near Cabbage Corners on the farm or orchard of Dr. Sherrel, who allegedly had all the markers removed and destroyed. Some 40-50 graves were there, including Renston Utter.
(1750N & 750E)

SIALOME (aka Wier or Wirth)
Location: Section 17 of Bellmont Twp

Location: Near 1540N & (100E or 1110E) - near Simond School.

Location: Bellmont Twp

SMITH (BILLY) (aka Westfall)
Location: Speculation is that this cemetery was probably called the Westfall Cemetery, because there is mention of one in the general area, that currently can't be located. There was also a Congregational Church that was located near the cemetery. Another source reported that there were approximately 20 graves that were plowed over and the area planted with crops.

Location: Single child's grave located on Henry Smith farm.

SNIDER (aka John Cissel
Location: On old Peter Snider farm, now owned by Mrs John Cissel of Allendale.

STILLWELL (aka Collison Heirs)
Location: There is a small cemetery on the James Stillwell farm, later owned by the Collison heirs. There was about 20-25 graves. Cemetery allegedly plowed over and the area planted with crops.

Location: Cemetery on the F.W. Wilcox farm located near Friend Grove schoolhouse. John Stillwell was buried here. His tombstone was allegedly removed by members of the Stillwell family and is lost. Cemetery allegedly plowed over and the area planted with crops.

STILLWELL (JOHN) (aka Frank Piety)
Location: A single grave is on the John Stillwell farm, that of Frank Piety, who drowned in the Wabash River and was buried on the bank.

UNKNOWN NAME (aka Edwald or McCabe)
Location: Cemetery allegedly desecrated by crop planting farmer

Location: NE of Route 15 & CR700E
GPS: N38 24.767 x W87 51.133

Location: W of Oak on Poplar
GPS: N38 25.210 x W87 47.080

Location: On 700E & S of 1540N
Same as W071 ?
GPS: N38 26.233 x W87 51.350

Location: On Beasley W of 1
GPS: N38 25.800 x W87 47.117

Location: NW 10 & 1000N)
GPS: N38 22.217 x W87 57.833

Location: On 5 S of 15 & 700E
GPS: N38 24.367 x W87 51.317

Location: NE of 15 & 700E
GPS: N38 24.833 x W87 53.133

UNKNOWN NAME (aka Thompson Blackford or Matthias Stern)
Location: A Cemetery on the old Thompson Blackford farm (near Cowling), later owned by Matthias Stern, about 8 graves are here.

UNKNOWN NAME (Alonzo Cochran or Ravenstein)
Location: A cemetery of 50-60 graves allegedly located on the old Ravenstein farm, later owned by Alonzo Cochran. Situated along the southern railway, one mile west of Maud. The graves allegedly have been plowed over & planted with crops.

UNKNOWN NAME (William Mahon or William Lacer)
Location: Cemetery on the William Mahon farm later owned by William Lacer. A Revolutionary War veteran was buried here. Information given by Anna Harman, that a Mr. Schearer, Civil War veteran told her years ago, also Henry Seitz said the veteran was here on a visit and died and was buried in this cemetery some
50 years ago. The marker is still there.

UNKNOWN NAME (C.C. Strasser)
Location: Small cemetery with 7-8 graves, cemetery allegedly desecrated by crop planting farmer.

UNKNOWN NAME (Levi Thompson or Ben Shuh)
Location: Small cemetery now gone.

Location: Located on the Thomas Armstrong farm several years ago stood a Congregational Church and cemetery.

Location: .5m S of 1540N, on 700E, about 100 yds W of the road in trees.
Same as W077?

UNKNOWN NAME (NEGRO) (aka Mitchel)
Location: (1500N x 700E)

Location: Orio

WEST (aka Wright)
Location: A cemetery is located on the old Kent Wright farm across the road from the Jacob Fearheiley farm near Maud on the left side of Maud road on a knoll. Four graves are here and of the West family, no markers were ever put here.

WILCOX (aka Beard Heirs)
Location: A cemetery of about 15-20 graves are on the Dan Wilcox farm, later owned by the Beard heirs.

Location: Lick Praire Twp

WILLIAMS (aka Litherland or White)
Location: Across road from the Loran Richardson home on 1820N

WOOD (JEREMIAH) (aka C.C. Craig)
Location: The old Jeremiah Wood farm is now owned by Mrs. C.C. Craig, located near Patton, IL. Years ago a cemetery was on this farm. Here was found several markers resting against a tree in a briar patch.

WOOD (aka Burkhart or Shuh)

Location: A cemetery is on the Washington Wood farm, located near the Woods families. Buried here are Woods, Potts, and McClures, among others. A distillery and grist mill once was located here and powered by water on Coca Creek.

Location: A small cemetery on the George Wright farm that was long abandoned.
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