Morgan City Cemetery

E 1/2 SE1/4, Section 9, Township 15N, Range 12W
Morgan County, Illinois

Morgan City was laid out on May 24, 1839, and its founders hoped that the county seat would be moved to the site, however Scott County was set off from Morgan County that same year. The dividing line passed less than a mile south of Morgan City. That erased any geographical logic for Morgan City becoming the county seat of Morgan County. Morgan City was known for its long, covered railroad freight and passenger loading platform, but that was about all that it could boast of. By 1878, its few business buildings were practically unused. Most of the commerce of the area was conducted at nearby Chapin and Bethel, both villages being in sight of Morgan City. The last house that existed in Morgan City was razed shortly after November 1968. A two story frame structure with an ornate stairway bannister, it sat atop a foundation constructed of native rocks left in their original shapes, then pieced together. It is believed the structure was once used as a hotel. Morgan City Cemetery was laid out about 1/2 mile south of the village. To reach the cemetery site, drive west from Chapin on the Neelyville road. At the second road going south (this junction is the former site of Morgan City) drive south for 1/4 mile and the road makes a sharp job. Complete the job in the road, then glance ahead and to the left (east). You will see a tree about 200 yards east of the road at a fence corner. When Robert W. Dalton and his 17 year old daughter Brenda Lee visited the burial ground on Nov. 14, 1976, they found another large tree had been cut down and it was lying among tombstone remnants and directly over one tombstone that was complete, flat on the ground, face downward. It is rumored that most of the tombstones that belong in this cemetery have been removed and used to pave a nearby hot lot.


Name Born Died Age Additional Inscription/Info.
HATFIELD, Nathan
HATFIELD, William B.
OSGOOD, Eddie 31 Oct 1866 4 Nov 1866
OSGOOD, Henry D. 7 Jan 1806 13 Feb 1878
OSGOOD, Sarah 3 May 1809 9 Feb 1871 Wife of Henry D. Osgood
OSGOOD, Sarah Rusia 14 Jul 1863 6 Dec 1871 Dau of C.H. & G.A. Osgood
SESSIONS, Sarah - (Obit) 30 Apr 1881
SMITH, Desdemona 25 May 1847 1y23d Dau of J.F. & H. Smith
RICKEY, Unknown Male 3 Sep 1881 9m11d (No stone - from death certificate)
RUSSEL, Martha 8 Jan 1881 73y No stone - fm death certificate)
THOMPSON, Unknown Revolutionary War & War of 1812
UNKNOWN 16Y11M3D
FOOTSTONE: P. S.

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