Rhodes Cemetery



Athensville Township

Gazette-Patriot, Carrollton, Ill., Thursday, August 28, 2003, from an article about the "Greene County Days" activities: This small cemetery is located on a little knoll in the middle of a pasture about a half mile down a field road on the farm of Steven Hicks. Land for the cemetery was donated by John Ruyle, whose daughter, Martha Barnard, was the first recorded burial in 1847. A tornado in the 1920s damaged some trees and stones of the cemetery, which is maintained by Steven Hicks. The cemetery also has been surveyed by a state botanist, who found some endangered plant species such as prairie trout lilies and cat's paws. Some surnames that can be found in the cemetery include Austin, Barnard, Butcher, Calhoun, Dorks, Edwards, Ferguson, Griffith, Herron, Hicks, Jones, Jackson, Lewis, McCleeland, Munzebrock, Pace, Powar, Rhodes, Roberts, Ruyle, Sanders, Smith, Stinnett, Turner, Waddell, Waters, Wayman, Weaver, Whitlock, Wilder and Wyatt. Donations can be sent to Mrs. Nancy Costello, 607 East St., Greenfield, Ill. 62044."

Don & Terry Barnard re-visited this cemetery during February 2010 to transcribe the stones they could find in the cemetery. Don said there were at least two additional stones which were face down and frozen to the ground which they couldn't read. He went on to say that they would go back in the spring to probe and see if they could find any additional stones which weren't found during this trip. Thanks so very much to both of them for their work on this cemetery and for being willing to take pictures and share them and the corrected information shown below.

This cemetery occupies a hilltop site in Athensville Township. It is about one-fourth mile north of the roadway, which is a good road that goes east out of Athensville.

Location: Section 24, Township 12 North, Range 10 West, Third PM.


Name Born Died Age Additional Inscription/Information
ARNOLD, Charles M.
ARNOLD, Myrtle R.
ARNOLD, William E.
AUSTIN, Cordelia 1 Feb 1880 14 Aug 1889 (Stone not found)
AUSTIN, Ida 3 Aug 1881 17 Jan 1887 d/o Jas Taylor & Rosetta Austin;(No stone found)
AUSTIN, Wilber 10 Feb 1887 11 Mar 1888 Son of James Taylor & Rosetta Waltrip Austin
BARNARD, Martha 6 Feb 1822 8 Dec 1847 Wife of (Wm.) Henry Barnard; He is
buried in Elm Grove Cem., Linn Co., KS.
BUTCHER, Sallie 1898 83y (Stone not found)
CALHOUN, Lida 17 Feb 1889 29 Jun 1889 Dau of A.M. & S.E. Calhoun
DORKS, James 1860 1917
DORKS, James 1926 1926 (Stone not found)
DORKS, Mabel 1925 1925 (Stone not found)
EDWARDS, Illegible 11 Mar 1869 1y2m Dau of A.E. & N.M. Edwards (Stone not found)
EDWARDS, Mary E. 16 Aug 1855 30 Oct 1872 Dau of A.E. & N.M. Edwards
EDWARDS, Nancy M. 19 Sep 1837 30 Jan 1872 Wife of A.B. Edwards
FERGURSON, James Trail 10 Jun 1824 14 Apr 1881
FERGURSON, Martha E. (Hull) 9 Nov 1829 10 Feb 1896
FINLEY, Virginia R. 21 Mar 1854 23 Mar 1936
GRIFFITH, Benjamin M. 24 Oct 1918 Co. B, 122nd Ill. Inf.
GRIFFITH, Melvina (Peck) 29 Mar 18941 22 Jul 1867 1st Wife of Benjamin Griffith
HERRON, Bryan 10 Jun 1899 10 Feb 1917
HERRON, Don 6 Feb 1899 27 Feb 1901 Son of F.E. & J.H. Herron
HERRON, Fannie B. 26 Jan 1886 9 Sep 1887 Dau of J.L. & M.E. Herron
HERRON, Francis H. 30 Apr 1888 28 Jan 1889 Son of J.L. & M.E. Herron
HERRON, John L. 4 Oct 1859 19 May 1952 (Stone not found)
HERRON, Martha J. 17 Jan 1865 21 Feb 1917 Wife of John L. Herron
HERRON, Notie L. 8 Jun 1890 9 Jan 1891 Son of J.L. & M.E. Herron
HERRON, Robert L. 3 May 1892 5 Feb 1917
HICKS, Georgia 9 Nov 1876 12 Nov 1891 Dau of Vines & Nancy Hicks
HICKS, Jennie 9 Aug 1871 18 Feb 1901 Dau of Vines & Nancy Hicks
HICKS, Lucretia I. 27 Mar 1869 Dau of Vines & Nancy Hicks
HICKS, Nancy 1839 1917
HICKS, Robert 8 Dec 1863 5 Dec 1881 Son of Vines & Nancy Hicks
HICKS, Vines 1835 1930
HOPPER, Charles Dec 1892 Son of Cavil P. Hopper (No stone)
HOPPER, William 30 Sep 1842 13 Dec 1911 (William's unmarked grave is along the east fence in
Rhodes cemetery. Clyde, Ray & Russell had
both grandfathers named Hopper, but they were not
related to each other. Both Hopper men married
Barnard sisters. The grandfather not buried here was
John Sydney Clinton Hopper, born in Greene Co., IL
Nov. 29, 1836, died in a Chicago hospital on or about
Jan. 28, 1908 and buried in an unmarked grave on the
Hopper lot in Gillespie, IL cemetery.)
HULL, Henry L. 16 Dec 1842 11 Sep 1872
HULL, Infant 7 Oct 1871 Son of H.L. & EJ. Hull
HULL, Mary A. 12 Nov 1866 7 Feb 1893 Wife of Walter Hull
JACKSON, John C. 30 Jul 1911
JACKSON, Laura Ann 20 Jun 1916 Wife of John C. Jackson
JACKSON, Leo 4 Mar 1908 s/o John C. & Laura Ann Jackson
JONES, Infant 4 Apr 1884 Dau of W.H. & R.A. Jones
LEWIS, Archie H. 27 Nov 1825 17 Aug 1903
LEWIS, Charles F. 14 Jul 1886 4 Nov 1903 Son of Archie & E. Lewis
LEWIS, James H. 8 Aug 1877 1y7m3d Son of Wm. T. & S.A. Lewis
LEWIS, James H. 23 Sep 1865 9y9m26d Son of A.H. & S.A. Lewis
LEWIS, John R. 27 Jul 1864 21 Nov 1884
LEWIS, Joseph A. 17 Mar 1870 3y1m17d Son of A. & S. Lewis
LEWIS, Julia S. 28 Sep 1889 4 Mar 1896
LEWIS, Phebe M. 10 Sep 1887 30 Nov 1872 5y Dau of A. Lewis
LEWIS, Susana G. 37y3m Wife of A. Lewis (Broken stone)
MCCLELLAND, Nancy 1 May 1809 1 Jun 1864 (Buried on Rhodes lot)
MUNZEBROCK, Alice 1859 1938
NICHOLS, Marinda 25 Dec 1836 2 Feb 1882
PACE, Robert M. 12 Oct 1862 15 Aug 1880
POWAR, Henry N. 1842 1906
POWAR, Nancy T. 1856 1935 Wife of Henry N. Powar
POWAR, William H. 1878 8 Dec 1881 3y10m28d Son of H.N. & N.T. Powar
RHODES, Alden 20 Mar 1813 5 Aug 1863
RHODES, Sarah (Morrow) 11 Mar 1815 30 Jul 1898 (Wife of Alden Rhodes)
ROBERTS, Maurice L. 23 Feb 1889 31 Oct 1918
ROBERTS, Sarah L. 10 May 1906 10 Jun 1906 Inf. Dau of W.E. & M.L. Roberts
RUYLE, Anthony B. 17 Mar 1856 17 Mar 1856 Son of John & Elizabeth Ruyle (Stone not found)
RUYLE, Cleve 13 Oct 1865 3y2m25d Son of John & E. Ruyle (Stone not found)
RUYLE, Elizabeth 12 May 1817 17 Mar 1856 38y10m5d Wife of John Ruyle (Stone not found)
RUYLE, John 7 Sep 1876 52y5m (Possibly a veteran)
RUYLE, John 19 Mar ????
RUYLE, Oliver 29 Sep 185? 7m3d Son of John & E. Ruyle (Stone not found)
SANDERS, Elizabeth 17 Jan 1813 12 Aug 1868
SHIPLEY, W. R. Co. D, 148th Ind. Inf.
SMITH, Albert E. 28 Dec 1874 3y26d Son of J.P. & M.A. Smith
SMITH, D. W. 1855 1918
SMITH, Daniel 11 Jun 1807 18 Mar 1886 78y9m7d
SMITH, Emily (Ruyle) 4 May 1851 20 Jul 1909 Wife of Robert A. Smith
SMITH, J. Howard 4 Feb 1874 20 Jan 1882 Son of R.A. & E.S. Smith (Stone illegible)
SMITH, John P. - (Obit) 29 Aug 1834 27 Feb 1896
SMITH, Lucretia F. 17 Dec 1841 3 Aug 1870 Wife of R.A. Smith
SMITH, Lucy A. 20 Sep 1812 14 Jun 1896 83y8m24d Wife of Daniel Smith
(Children of Daniel & Lucy A. Smith are buried in
Smith Cem., Sec. 1, Twp 11N, R 10, Rubicon Twp.)
SMITH, Luella J. 5 Sep 1868 6 Sep 1870 Dau of R.A. & L.E. Smith
SMITH, Martha A. 6 Feb 1834 11 Jun 1927 Wife of John P. Smith
SMITH, R. A. 26 May 1841 6 Apr 1914 "Father"; Co. D, 32nd Ill. Inf.
SMITH, Sarah E. 1845 1887 Wife of Thomas L. Smith
SMITH, Sarah M. (8 Aug) 1836 (16 Mar) 1928 (Same Stone with Wm. Smith)
SMITH, Thomas L. 1838 1913
SMITH, William M. (20 Jan) 1828 (Oct) 1915
SMITH, Wilson 25 Aug 1873 1y2m13d Son of R.A. & E.S. Smith
STINNETT, J. F. 1865 1932
STINNETT, J. T. 1869 1935
STINNETT, Nancy 14 Feb 1829 30 Aug 1908
STINNETT, W. M. 1874 1910
TURNER, Flora 16 Aug 1867 11m Dau of T.C. & M.M. Turner
TURNER, George W. 26 Mar 1863 3m29d Son of T.C. & J.M. Turner
TURNER, Herbert L. 20 Feb 1882 27 Aug 1891 9y6m7d Son of J.A. & V.A. Turner
TURNER, Jane M. 17 Oct 1836 17 Sep 1864 Wife of Tilmon C. Turner
TURNER, Martha M. 13 Apr 1837 14 Jul 1921 Wife of Tilmon C. Turner
TURNER, Ottis A. 27 Sep 1888 5m1d Son of J.A. Turner
TURNER, Tilmon C. 15 Dec 1829 22 May 1907
TURNER, Troy M. 28 Aug 18895 13 Dec 1895 Son of F.O. & Alice Turner
UNKNOWN, Olive Illegible Stone
WADDELL, Frank M. 20 Sep 1866 27 Nov 1921
WADDELL, James B. 4 Sep 1891 63y6m15d
WADDELL, Julia M. 28 Aug 18882 8 Jul 1907 Wife of Frank M. Waddell
WADDELL, Sarah A. 1 Feb 1893 60y11m5d Wife of James Waddell
WATERS, Elizabeth 1811 1891
WATERS, James E. 1829 1901
WATERS, James M. 4 Jul 1850 26 Aug 1912
WATERS, Mary Ann 1819 1890
WATERS, Mary L. Ruyle 10 Jan 1849 28 Feb 1919 Wife of James M. Waters
WATERS, Ouella B. 4 Feb 1875 2y9m12d Dau of J.M. & Mary L. Waters (Illegible)
WAYMAN, Ulysses W. 22 Sep 1891 5y1m Son of F.M. & M.E. Wayman (Stone not found)
WEAVER, J. C. 7 Feb 1835 28 Apr 1914
WEAVER, Sciota 21 Feb 1835 28 Apr 1925 Wife of J.C. Weaver
WHITLOCK, Amelia (Ruyle) 7 Sep 1886 56y5m6d Wife of Tarleton Whitlock
WHITLOCK, Tarlton (No Stone); Born Russell Co., KY, & came to
Greene Co., IL in 1829. They were parents of
at least two children, Wilson Whitlock & Lucy
Whitlock. Wilson Whitlock is buried in Whitlock
Cem. near Nortonville in Morgan Co. A
granddaughter of Amelia is Mrs. Eula Marsh
of Greenfield and she knows that Tarleton
is buried in Rhodes Cem.
WILDER, Unknown (1 stone with Wylder & 4 stones with a W.)
WYATT, Infant 3 Jun 1877 7 Sep 1878 Inf Dau of R. & S. Wyatt (Stone not found)
WYATT, June 28 May 1889 8 Oct 1936
WYATT, Robert S. 1850 1909
WYATT, Sarah A. 1859 1928

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