Sample Cemetery

SE 1/4 NE 1/4, Section 10, Township 15N, Range 10W
Morgan County, Illinois

The city of Jacksonville is almost within sight of Sample Cemetery. To locate this small cemetery in relation to Jacksonville, drive across the Myrtle Street bridge over Mauvaisterre Creek. Drive one and four-tenths miles and, looking to the left, a small grove of walnut trees will be seen near the middle of a field. These trees mark the site of Sample Cemetery. An ornate iron fence once surrounded the cemetery, but is has been stolen a section at a time. Bricks are scattered along the east side of the burial ground. These bricks are believed to be remnants of a still that was supposedly once located in the adjacent field. Several tombstones are known to be missing from this graveyard. A hired man once removed several tombstones, using them as weights to make his disc or harrow heavier. They were never returned to the cemetery and their present location is unknown.


Name Born Died Age Additional Inscription/Info.
BRANSTITER, Elizabeth 25 Mar 1856 50y6m Wife of D. Branstiter
FOOTSTONE, M. A. B. S.
FOOTSTONE: M. J. W.
FOOTSTONE: R. D. S.
FOOTSTONE: E. A. S.
FOOTSTONE: J. S.
FOOTSTONE: M. H.
HAMILTON, Benjamin 11 May 1790 13 Dec 1865 75y7m2d
SAMPLE, Albert 8 Aug 1872 8m22d
SAMPLE, Ann 7 Feb 1877 18y1m Dau of F. & M.A. Sample
SAMPLE, Dorothy E. 10 Mar 1839 22 Feb 1891 Wife of F. Sample
SAMPLE, Francis M. 26 Feb 1841
SAMPLE, Hettie Bell 23 Jan 1877 8y10m2d Dau of F. & M.A. Sample
SAMPLE, John 19 Feb 1869 51y2m27d
SAMPLE, Mary 15 Jul 1863/8 5m1d
SAMPLE, Sally 22 Jul 1868 58y8m2d Wife of John Sample
SAMPLE, Susan 6 Jan 1863 10m2d Dau of J. & S. Sample
SCHOFIELD, Dick (Mrs.) Sep 1880 (Taken fm Journal clipping - no stone here)

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