Newman Cemetery

NW 1/4 SE 1/4, Section 3, Township 16N, Range 13W
Morgan County, Illinois

The original land transfer for this isolated rural cemetery located between Meredosia and Arenzville is found on page 521 in Deed Book KK, in the Morgan County Courthouse. Dated 1 March 1856, the document shows that Benjamin Newman, Jaral Wilday and his wife Catharine Wilday, sold to Simon P. Newman, Lorenzo D. Graham, James A. Post, Charles Wilday, David Giger, John F. Skinner and William Burrus, for $1.00, 2 1/2 acres of land located in Section 3. Those receiving the land had been appointed a body of trustees for the purchase of "George Newman Burying Ground." As found on page 136 of Deed Book 40 in the Morgan County Clerk's office, more land was added to the cemetery on April 4, 1891. On that date, Alexander Wilday & Tabitha, his wife, sold to Thomas Naylor, Starrett Coy and John D. McLain, as trustees of the Newman Cemetery, for $1.00, a part of the northwest quarter of the southeast quarter of Section 3 in Township 16N, Range 12W. The said land is conveyed in trust for the sole purpose of a burial ground, and no other.

When visiting the cemetery on September 6, 1976, Robert W. Dalton and his youngest daughter, Brenda Lee Dalton, found the cemtery to be a difficult place to find. Entrance was made by driving about 100 yards along a trail covered with weeds as tall as the car, and then driving along a very winding and dusty dirt road for perhaps 1/4 mile, then driving across a pasture to the cemetery fence. A previous attempt to find the cemetery had failed. The cemetery was practically free of brush but apparently had not been mowed that growing season. The compilers felt that they probably missed some tombstones because of the tall and dense vegetataion. Several tombstones were so badly weathered that they could not be read.


Name Born Died Age Additional Inscription/Info.
BENNETT, Betsy C. 12 Oct 1835 4 Feb 1908
BENNETT, James Co. I, 11th Missouri Inf.
BLANDFORD, Ann 3 Nov 1844 1y9m15d Dau of L. & E. Blandford
BOLES, Josephine 1853 1917 Wife of Wm. Boles
BOLES, Lione 1897 1918
BOLES, William 1848
BURRUS, Elizabeth E. 27 Feb 1886 40y21d Wife of John Burrus
BURRUS, Leonard 26 Aug 1853 25y3m1d
BURRUS, Lovina 25 Aug 1860 3y5m3d Dau of G. & M. Burrus
BURRUS, Lovina 24 Nov 1876 45y10m5d Wife of Matthew Burrus
BURRUS, M. Agolda 8 Feb 1898 18 Oct 1900 Dau of Alex & Mary L. Burrus
BURRUS, Martha C. 14 Mar 1883 24y6m3d Wife of John Burrus
BURRUS, Martha M. 13 Aug 1859 18y21d Wife of G.W. Burrus
BURRUS, Mary Alex 5 Jan 1912 47y (No stone found); Dau Frederick & Mary Cockran
BURRUS, Nancy Rebecca 17 Sep 1854 19y1m Wife of G.W. Burrus
BURRUS, Susan Catharine 15 Oct 1868 Dau of Matthew & Lovina Burrus
BURRUS, William D. 2 Oct 1859 1m20d Son of G.W. & M.M. Burrus
BUTCHER, Sarah 9 Aug 1862 6y10m
CIRE, Nancy 8 Feb 1879 57y Marr. (1) Masterson (2) J. L. Cire
CLARK, Chriscilda 28 Feb 1841 17y3m28d
CORCORAN, P. H. 13 Sep 1900 67y28d
COY, Addie E. 11 Jan 1898 28 Dec 1898 Dau of U.S. G. Coy & Sarah Elizabeth (Kuhlman) Coy
COY, Mary E. (Lamb) 14 Oct 1897 53y Wife of S.P. Coy
COY, Starret Preston 23 Oct 1838 25 Mar 1922 Co. I, 115th Ill. Inf.
COY, Ulysses Simpson 8 Feb 1865 1 Dec 1910
DANIELS, Pearl N. 26 Aug 1902 11y22d (From death cert. - no stone found)
DRINKWATER, Addie Marie 24 Mar 1862 4y8m21d Dau of Rev. Jacob & Catherine Drinkwater
DRINKWATER, Catherine 14 May 1859 26y Wife of Rev. Jacob Drinkwater
DRINKWATER, Charles 20 Feb 1866 30y1m22d
DRINKWATER, Isaac 17 Feb 1817 12 Mar 1873
DRINKWATER, Jacob, Rev. 13 Aug 1820 10 Aug 1905 84y11m21d
DRINKWATER, Rebecca 12 Jan 1847 18y3m16d
DRINKWATER, Sarah 17 Jun 1845 50y
DUNN, Mahala J. Wife of (Broken off)
EMORY, Clark/Carl Oct 1883 No stone - coroner's jury said kicked to death by mule
ERVIN, Ange (Illegible)
FRY, Charles 29 Oct 18?? 60y11m9d
FRY, Matilda (Illegible - stone matches Charles Fry's)
GABLE, Joseph 28 Feb 1884 28y (No stone - death cert. - died of exposure & drunk)
GIDEON, E. S. 11 Oct 1863 1 Jan 1889 25y2m20d
GIGER, Charles Wesley 1872 1956
GIGER, David 31 Jul 1817 24 Sep 1891
GIGER, Elizabeth Houdyshell 25 Aug 1815 6 Nov 1873 Wife of David Giger
GIGER, Tillie McLain 1874 1933
GIGER, William H. 9 Jan 1845 18 Dec 1895 Co. I, 115th Ill. Inf.
GIGER, Willie 12 May 1873 12m7d Son of W.H. & S.E. Giger
GILLILAND, Emma 20 Oct 1907 46y (No stone - fm death cert.)
GILLILAND, John E. 2 Dec 1853 17 Jul 1923 (No stone - fm death cert.); Son John & Rebecca G.
HAYES, Lizzie 17 Dec 1882 41y (No stone found - fm death cert)
HENDERSON, William 22 Sep 1856 23 Jan 1913
HESS, Melvina 10 Apr 1882 37y11m (No stone found - fm death cert)
HOGAN, William 2 Dec 1902 32y4m6d (No stone found - fm death cert.)
JAMES, Adam 5 Jul 1854 8m11d Son of John & Fannie James
JAMES, Charles 23 Feb 1865 11y27d Son of John & Fannie James
JAMES, John 31 Dec 1857 67y6m21d
JAMES, Mary 21 Sep 1861 2y25d Dau of John & Fannie James
JAMES, Nancy 1 Jul 1861 71y9d Wife of John James
JAMES, Tenna 16 Sep 1862 52y9m21d
JOHNSON, George H. Nov 1880 (coroner's jury -hanged himself)
MATHEW, Elizabeth 25 Dec 1859 20y6m25d Dau of J. & A.M. Mathew
MATTHEWS, Annie 16 Nov 1863 76y3m25d Wife of L. Matthews
MATTHEWS, Elizabeth Jane 3 Sep 1847 26y?7m
MAYES, Catherine 1839 1927 Wife of James H. Mayes
MAYES, James G. T. 16 Apr 1869 1y1m
MAYES, James H. 1828 1918
MAYES, James R. 15 Sep 1860 1y4m25d Son of J. & M. Mayes
MAYES, Mary L. 7 Aug 1855 9m27d Dau of R. & S. Mayes
MAYES, Susannah 11 Jul 1861 31y10m26d Wife of Robert Mayes
MCALLISTER, Mattie E. 1861 1931
MCLAIN, Infant 8 Apr 1882 Child of J.D. & M.A.McLain
MCLAIN, Maudie 18 Oct 1881 1y11m5d Dau of J.D. & M.A. McLain
MCLAIN, Ruth 1899 1900 Dau of C.W. & T.E. McLain
MCLAIN, Wilmer E. 15 Jul 1888 5y3m19d Son of J.D. & M.A. Mclain
MILLER, Glena 19 May 1898 10 Apr 1899 Dau of J.A. & M. Miller
MILLER, James Allen - (Obit) 1862 1929
MILLER, Martha Ellen 1864 1956 Wife of James Allen Miller
MILLER, Randol C. 27 Feb 1852 33y11m
MUSH, Emma 21 Jan 1883 14y6m
NAYLOR, Mary C. 7 Aug 1865 5y8m4d Dau of P.H. & E. Naylor
NAYLOR, Mary R. 11 Nov 1873 18 May 1899 25y5m9d (Born Lancashire, Eng.)
NAYLOR, Mother
NAYLOR, Philip H. 27 Jun 1890 73y1m15d (Born Rutland, Eng. - came to Morgan Co. 1852)
NAYLOR, Sarah E. 18 Oct 1906 81y9m5d
NAYLOR, Thomas 15 Sep 1849 18 Sep 1902 Father
NAYLOR, William Henry 8 Apr 1880 36y3m7d (Born Rutland, Eng.)
PANKEY, William, Lieut. Ill. Mtd. Vol., Black Hawk War
POST, Mary E. 28 Mar 1873 26y2m15d Wife of John M. Post
POST, Nancy R. 11 May 1849 25y11m29d Wife of J.A. Post
POST, Phebe 30 Sep 1853 49y11m7d Wife of Wm. Post
POST, Stephen 12 Oct 1851 33y6m16d
REILY, J. W. 25 Aug 1885 50y (No stone - death cert says he was a peddler)
RHEA, Ellen 3 Feb 1817 1 Dec 1875 Wife of Samuel Rhea
RHEA, Howard 14 Feb 1874 6 Jun 1874 Son of Wm. & L.J. Rhea
RHEA, Linda 1852 1874 Wife of Wm. Rhea
RHEA, Margaret Jane 6 Aug 1862 3y5m Dau of Robert & Mary Rhea
RHEA, Mary 20 Jun 1882 14 Nov 1882 Dau of Wm. & M.J. Rhea
RHEA, S. Esteline 1850 1878 Wife of Wm. Rhea
RHEA, Samuel 18 Apr 1820 3 Feb 1880 59y9m16d
RUMMEL, Infant 17 Apr 1871 Son of G. & M. Rummel
RUMMEL, Mary E. 3 Oct 1865 7m11d Dau of G. & M. Rummel
RUMMEL, Peter 10 Oct? 1879 12y7m18d Son of G. & M. Rummel
SCOTT, Bennie 22 Jan 1883 1m5d (No stone found - fm death cert)
SLEETER, David H. 12 Jun 1875 8m21d Son of Wm. & W. Sleeter
SLEETER, Josephine H. 7 Sep 1874 Dau of Wm. & M.M. Sleeter
SLEETER, Lillie May 13 Aug 1875 6 Nov 1917
SLEETER, William 1848 19 Feb 1880
SLEETER, William 19 Feb 1884
SKINNER, Harriett 31 Dec 1862 Wife of Hazen Skinner
SKINNER, Hazen 3 Nov 1866 32y6m
STRICKLIN, Caroline Henson 24 Dec 1839 23 Jun 1920 Wife of W.R. Stricklin (Born OH, Died OK)
STRICKLIN, Ophelia 24 Feb 1880 18y2m22d Wife of W.J. Stricklin
STRICKLIN, Ophelia 18 Jul 1880 5m25d Dau of W.J. & O. Stricklin
STRICKLIN, William R. 1 Jan 1829 31 Mar 1870
SUMPTER, Eva May Coy 15 Aug 1885 12 Nov 1918 (No stone - fm death cert)
SUMPTER, Margaret ca 1908 ca 1913
THOMPSON, Surrwin ? 10 Oct 1908 78y8m15d (No stone found - fm death cert.)
TRUITT, Archel 20 Aug 1893 Son of W.S. & R.J. Truitt
TRUITT, Clinton 22 Jun 1890 7m17d Son of W.S. & R.J. Truitt
WAGNER, Aaron Smith 22 Mar 1825 6 Feb 1904
WAGNER, Mary 17 Nov 1889 58y4m7d Wife of A.S. Wagner
WILDAY, Alexander 11 Jul 1825 28 May 1914 (Son of Ale & Elendor Wilday)
WILDAY, Arthusa J. 15 Nov 1848 16 Oct 1909
WILDAY, Benjamin 12 Jan 1815 25 Feb 1894
WILDAY, C. A. 1841 1913
WILDAY, Charles 11 Jul 1825 27 Jul 1901
WILDAY, Diana 1818 1904 Mother
WILDAY, Eleanor 3/5 Nov 1866 83y4m11d Wife of Thomas Wilday
WILDAY, Elizabeth 26 May 1841 30 Aug 1908
WILDAY, Infant 3 Feb 1851 Son of A. & T. Wilday
WILDAY, Jerial E. 25 May 1859 25 Aug 1861
WILDAY, John 31 Jan 1855 41y11m27d
WILDAY, Katharine 13 Oct 1824 29 Jun 1897 Wife of Charles Wilday
WILDAY, Luella M. 2 Dec 1865 20 Mar 1890 Wife of Wm. Wilday
WILDAY, Sarah 10 Apr 1820 16 Dec 1861 Wife of Benjamin Wilday
WILDAY, Sedonia 1849 1922
WILDAY, Thomas J. 22 Jan 1884 30y8m5d (No stone - fm death cert)
WILDAY, Tilitha Drinkwater 28 Feb 1827 23 Apr 1912 Wife of Alexander Wilday

The following paragraph is copied from an undated and unsigned history of Grace Chapel Methodist Church: "We have on record an account of a Rev. William Drinkwater, a Methodist minister who served the churches in this vicinity, devoting his life to preaching the gospel and doing good. His examples and good life were long remembers by older settlers. He had for his residence a hole in the ground on the bank of the Indian Creek about a mile and a half above the old Babb and Horns mill which I am told by the older settlers that the mill was located on the farm now owned by Mr. Fritz Hammer, formerly known as the Ogle farm. Remnants of the old mill were still in existence. This farm is close to Grace Chapel and not far from the old camp meeting ground which served the entire community in an early day.


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