Bushnell Cemetery

Bluffdale Township
Greene County, Illinois


   

   

Photos taken & submitted by: Allen Handling

Note from Allen: The pictures I've been sending are pretty low resolution, if any one wants print quality I would be happy to send them a copy.


THE BUSHNELL CEMETERY GHOST

In the late nineteenth century, there were stories of a ghost that haunted Bushnell Cemetery north of Eldred. During stormy nights, people reported seeing a pale figure of a ghostly woman walking along the rock wall that bordered the cemetery.

One stormy night the local doctor was riding home on horseback with a friend. As they rode by the cemetery, they spied the ghost walking along the rock wall. The doctor, a practical man who was not a believer in spirits, rode over to the wall, spoke gently to the ghost and pulled her up behind him on his horse.

The ghost turned out to be a bereaved mother who had lost her child at birth and lost her wits as well. On stormy nights, she walked the cemetery, bemoaning the fact that the body of her dead infant was subject to the rain and weather. Through time and kindness, she recovered her sanity and lived a normal life.

The doctor's companion that night retold this story many times as he had nothing but admiration for a man who could fearlessly confront a ghost in a cemetery on a stormy night.

Submitted by: Allen Handling


Name Born Died Age Additional Inscriptions/Information
BACON, Cynthia M. 27 Jun 1852 28y 6m 15d Wife of A. G. Bacon
BARTLETT, Charles Henry 14 Feb 1876 1952
BARTLETT, Lucretia 20 Aug 1879 27 Nov 1928 Wife of Charles Henry Bartlett
BEEBE, Cora Adelia 31 Jul 1865 3y 17d Dau of Samuel L. & Eunice Beebe
BEEBE, Fidelia 5 Aug 1804 31 Jan 1860/9
BEEBE, Marcus A. 1826 1914
BEEBE, Selden 13 Apr 1855 57y 1m 23d
BRAHAN, Infant 15 Mar 1885 Son of J. & N.A. Brahan
BRAHAN, John 1856 1914
BRAHAN, Nancy A. 1 Feb 1880 18 Mar 1885 Wife of John Brahan
BRAHAN, Patrick 4 Mar 1820 13 Mar 1900
BRISCOE, Patrick 4 Mar 1820 13 Mar 1900
BRISCOE, Cora M. 9 May 1878 8 Oct 1884 Dau of J.S. & M. Briscoe
BRISCOE, Cora May 20 Oct 1860 1y 3m 16d Dau of W. & C. Briscoe
BRISCOE, John S. 13 Aug 1879 24y 12d
BURROWS, Kate 16 May 1852 26 Oct 1921
BUSHNELL, Almada 16 Feb 1878 18y 18d Dau of W. & E.
BUSHNELL, Alvin 1866 1941
BUSHNELL, Archie Ball 3 Nov 1873 13 Oct 1934
BUSHNELL, Bertha  9 Apr 1906 4 Sep 1909 Dau of A.B. & L.B. Bushnell
BUSHNELL, C. 24 Aug 1839 50y 6m
BUSHNELL, Casha A. 5 Aug 1869 5 Feb 1954 Wife of D. Bushnell (No Stone)
BUSHNELL, Clara R. 27 Apr 1874 10 Nov 1874
BUSHNELL, Cyrus L. Co. F  1 Mo. Cav.
BUSHNELL, D. Walter 24 Aug 1833 11 Feb 1918
BUSHNELL, Dan/Don 21 Aug 1863 12 Nov 1942 Son of Hiram & Julia Bushnell (No Stone)
BUSHNELL, Daniel 9 Feb 1850 44y 2m
BUSHNELL, Dean 1886 1971
BUSHNELL, Eliza Ann 4 Oct 1855 24y 9m 20d Wife of D. W. Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Elizabeth 20 Feb 1835 10 Feb 1916 Wife of D. Walter Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Eunis Ann 3 Mar 1855 11y 3m 4d Dau of D. P. Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Fannie Jane 16 Aug 1880 14 Dec 1952 Wife of Archie Ball Bushnell
BUSHNELL, George W. 1882 1921
BUSHNELL, Georgia A. 16 Feb 1882 12 Feb 1953
BUSHNELL, Hiram H. 1 May 1831 16 Jan 1879
BUSHNELL, Rev. Howard S. 9 Jun 1899 26 Dec 1963 Son of Reuben Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Jane 14 Feb 1852 23 Mar 1923 Wife of T. C. Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Julia A. 31 May 1835 17 Jan 1914 Wife of Hiram H. Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Lulu 1872 1921
BUSHNELL, Lyness E. 1902 1927 Killed by tornado
BUSHNELL, Mary 13 Oct 1883 19y 8m 20d Dau of W. & E. Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Mary A. 17 Aug 1845 15 Oct 1906 Wife of Sylvester Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Milli V. 14 Feb 1861 2y 8m Dau of W. & E. Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Parthenia 14 May 1879 65y 8m Wife of Daniel Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Reuben S. 17 Oct 1874 1957
BUSHNELL, Rick L. 1954 1978
BUSHNELL, Sarah Katherine 1873 1958
BUSHNELL, Sophia L. 6 Jun 1873 4m 20d Dau of T.C. & L.J. Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Susan E. 30 Oct 1857 1y 3m 1d Dau of G. & Z. Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Sylvester 9 Jun 1835 10 Jul 1919
BUSHNELL, T. C. 27 Apr 1887 39y 6m
BUSHNELL, T. C. 1852 1923 (No Stone)
BUSHNELL, Tuna ? 17 Jul 1870 2y 10m 2d Son fo C.W. & J. Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Walter Silas 25 Feb 1871 3 Sep 1951 Son of Sylvester & Mary Carpenter Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Ward C. 12 Jan 1899 9m 6d
BUSHNELL, William R. 1882 1950
BUSHNELL, Willis 23 Feb 1872 2y 5m 25d Son of C.W. & J. Bushnell
BUSHNELL, Zerilda J. 13 Jan 1882 59y 3m 10d
CAMPBELL, Amanda 13 Mar 1846 40y 9m 13d
CAMPBELL, R. W. 3 Feb 1855/85 52y 7d
CARTER, Charles J. 22 Jun 1875 81y
CARTER, Eliza A. 4 Oct 1875 24y 9m 20d Wife of D.  W. Bushnell
CARTER, Isabella 2 Dec 1871 71y Wife of C. J. Carter
CARTER, Rosalie 1851 1890 Wife of W. S. Carter
CARTER, William S. 2 Aug 1833 2 Nov 1895
COONRAD, Alice B. 1871 1957 Wife of Henry Coonrad
DAVIDSON, Donald P. 1952 1968 So of Merle J. & Opal Davidson
DAVIDSON, Merle J. 1898 1964
DAVIDSON, Opal M. 1907 Dau of Walter Bushnell; Wife of Merle J. Davidson
DAY, Harry R. 1917 1944
DAY, Roslia H. 1919
FLATT, Henry 1 Nov 1890 30 Aug 1904 Son of J.P. Flatt
FLATT, James K. 1843 1917
FLATT, Rhoda Z. 27 Sep 1878 4y 27d Dau of J.P. & S.A. Flatt
FLATT, Sarah A. 29 Nov 1850 24 Nov 1888 Wife of J.P. Flatt
FLATT, Wesley C. 1885 1960
GARRETT, Anna 6 Dec 1864 4 Jul 1868
GARRETT, Furla Noer 23 Aug 1863 11 Nov 1863 (No Stone)
GARRETT, Henry 12 Jul 1830 7 Jan 1911
GARRETT, Pearley M. 19 Dec 1891 28 Sep 1894 Dau of S. & D. Garrett
GIBSON, Eunice 4 Sep 1872 23 Mar 1904 Wife of William Gibson
GIBSON, William T. 1862 1940
HARRIS, Mrs. John 1890 1915
HERMENS, Charles L. 1883 1960
HERMENS, Ellen E. 1846 1928 Wife of Herman T. Hermens
HERMENS, Herman T. 1835 1914 Sergt. Co. F 1 Mo Cav.
HERMENS, Maude L. 1889 1969
HERMENS, Mensa 15 Jul 1874 15 Jun 1891 Dau of H.T. Hermens
HOOTS, Almyra 1862 1940 Wife of Doug Hoots
HOOTS, Douglas 1859 1941
HOOTS, Minnie E. 12 Sep 1894 1m 15d Dau of D. & M. Hoots
JOHNISEE, Gerald Eugene 2 Nov 1938 27 Nov 1944
JOHNISEE, Ralph 1896 1932
MCADAMS, Louella 1865 1899
PATTERSON, Lucille B. 4m 28d
RATHGEBER, Mary E. 1 Jun 1870 10 Mar 1914 Wife of John W. Rathgeber
RITCHEY, Nettie M. 10 Jul 1888 2 Feb 1980
SEGER, Daniel E. 23 Mar 1910 28 Mar 1910 Son of E. & Viola Seger
SEGER, Edward 24 Aug 1876 1 Feb 1945
SEGER, Mary 25 Jan 1909 Infant Dau of E. & Viola Seger
SEGER, Viola 6 Jul 1876 30 Apr 1936 Dau of Hiram & Julia Bushnell;  Wife of Edward Seger
SHAW, Dianna Lea 1954 1969
SHAW, Randall Clarence 1951 1968
SMITH, Ada 1891 1930 Dau of Douglas Hoots
SMITH, Joseph N. 5 Nov 1822 1 Nov 1850/9 Born West Granville Mass.
SMITH, Otis C. 3 Dec 1886 11 Jun 1971
WINCHELL, Edith 1886
WINCHELL, Gaylord M. 1911 1911 (No Stone)
WINCHELL, Infant 20 Dec 1872 Son of S.H. & J.A. Winchell
WINCHELL, Jennie 1844 1899 Wife of S.H. Winchell
WINCHELL, John A. 1871 1892
WINCHELL, Silas H. 8 Dec 1916 Pvt. Co. K Inf.
WINCHELL, Truman L. 1904 1943 (No Stone)
WINCHELL, Violetta 1866 1886
WINCHELL, Willie 1881 1881
WINCHELL, Zerilda A. 1878 1881

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