Houston Cemetery

NW 1/4, Section 1, Township 16N, Range 12W
Morgan County, Illinois

Houston Cemetery consists of a single known grave in a cluster of trees that is surrounded by a cultivated field. Until the 1950s the area, atop an Illinois River Valley bluff, was all timberland. The tombstone is flat on the ground and broken into three pieces, but it is very legible. The initialed foot stone is still standing. The gravesite is about 1/2 mile east of Heffner Cemetery. Houston Cemetery is about four miles northwest of Concord and about 1 1/2 miles south of the Morgan and Cass county line. The burial site cannot be seen from the nearest roadway and the lane leading to the cultivated field disappears before the gravesite is reached. The compilers are indebted to Mrs. Charles Hendricker who took them to the site of the burial.


Name Born Died Age Additional Inscription/Info.
HOUSTON, S. B. 1 Aug 1861 29y

Starret B. Houston's marriage license is recorded in the Cass County Clerk's office. The record shows that Starrett B. Houston was married to Mary E. Blanford on 30 Nov 1854 in Cass Co. Morgan County Deed Book SS, page 171, shows that Starrett B. Houston sold land in Morgan and Cass counties to William Houston on March 29, 1861. In Deed Book WW, pages 342-344, is copied a decree rendered at the August, 1863 term of the Cass County Circuit Court. The decree empowered Hazen Skinner, administrator of the estate of Starrett B. Houston, to settle the estate. Skinner sold a portion of Houston's land for $8 per acre, for a total of $368. The remainder of the land went to Mary Ellen Houston, widow of Starrett B. Houston, as her dower interest in his estate. The tracts of land mentioned in the court decree include the burial site of Starrett.


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