ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME RECORDS
Jacksonville, Illinois
1840 - 1849

Originally transcribed by Florence Hutchison



Quoting from Mrs. Florence Hutchison's transcription:

“To come into the possession of the James S. Anderson undertakers sales records for the 1840's is a remarkable 
happenstance.  We owe our heartfelt thanks to John Power for his kindness in permitting me to photocopy these 
old valuable record books.  There are seven books, with one missing.  It will take a long time to make an index of 
the names in these books.

These dates of evident casket and services purchases may be the only record of death a researcher may find, unless 
one were able to locate the place of burial, and find an existing tombstone some one has seen and recorded for public use.

From the prices listed one can tell something of the economic or social status of a given family by the amount paid for a 
coffin, or extras.  Also one may judge the size of a babe or approximate age of a son or daughter by the cost of the coffin, 
since these vary from $2.50 for “babes” and $3.50 to $7.00 for children, with $8.00 being the usual price for an adult, 
later $9.00.

A sudden jump in prices of coffins and attendance and boxes started on pages 47 and 48.  The Anderson Undertakers 
evidently added a new line for affluent customers since some cost as much as $20.00 Then the prices settled back to a 
little higher than the original ones.

Many names appear to be sound-spelled, or mis-spelled.  Therefore, one has to search other possible surnames in this 
index, as they have been recorded as they appeared in the original book.

When the purchaser was listed as “self”, it probably meant the decedent and not a person purchasing a coffin in 
anticipation of death.  These entries are all of the entries in the first book we have found of the James S. Anderson 
Furniture Store in Jacksonville, who were also Undertakers, for the period of time 1840-1849.  This particular book, 
however, runs from page 55 to 102 yet, from January 5, 1850 to November 11, 1854.  At this point in time, I had no time 
to complete indexing this complicated and time-consuming record, but anyway I thought it preferable to stop just short 
of the 1850 period in order to coordinate the rest of the purchases and names of decedents with the 1850 census records 
that are available for further genealogical research.”

Click for Surnames I - Y


Surnames A- H

Columns= Name of purchaser, Date, For Who, For What, Amount of Purchase, Remarks.
Adams, Eligah 11 June 1846 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Adams, Thos. 11 Oct 1846 daughter Coffin  $       8.00
Agelow, John 16 Sep 1848 wife Coffin  $     20.00
Alexander, J. M. 9 Mar 1842 self Coffin  $     12.00
Alexander, Mrs. 14 Jul 1842 babe Coffin  $       7.00
Allen, Mr. 18 Jul 1840 self Coffin  $     12.00
Angelo, A. J. 8 Apr 1849 Est. Coffin  $     20.00
Angelo, A. J. Est. Box  $       3.00
Art, John 6 Aug 1849 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Art, John 8 June 1848 for Miss McConel Coffin  $       8.00
Austin, Mrs. 25 Jan 1843 self Coffin  $     12.00
Ayres, Wm. 18 Jul 1848 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Bacon, 2 Aug 1841 child Coffin  $       4.00
Bacon, E. 4 Oct 1842 child Coffin  $       4.50
Bacon, Eligah 5 Apr 1847 Estate Coffin  $     10.00 Probate #81
Bailer, Henry 13 Nov 1844 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Bailey, Elder 18 Jul 1847 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Baker, Wm. 31 Mar 1847 babe Coffin  $       2.50 (May be Barker)
Baldwin, Blake 16 June 1849 Estate Coffin  $       8.00 (Not probated)
Bancroft, H. 27 Oct 1849 child? Coffin  $       6.00 Coffin + box
Barber, _____ 13 Jul 1841 babe Coffin  $       4.00
Beavers, James 2 Dec 1845 son Coffin  $       7.00
Becraft, D (?) 1 Jan 1844 daughter Coffin, box, horse & buggy  $       7.50
Becraft, D (?) 5 Jan 1844 double coffin, horse & buggy  $     16.50
Benjamin, Charles 26 Feb 1848 son Coffin  $       7.50
Bernard, J. G. A. 8 May 1846 Coffin  $       9.00
Blancher, Jas. 28 Sep 1845 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Boman(Bowman), Andrew 5 Nov 1847 Estate Coffin  $       8.50 (Probate #34)
Bonham, Wesley 26 Nov 1845 Estate Coffin  $       8.00 (Probate #85)
Boreth, Daniel 16 Jul 1847 child Coffin  $       3.50
Botts, Mrs. 6 Nov 1848 Estate Coffin  $       9.00
Box/Boy, ___ 18 Jul 1844 son Coffin + box  $     12.00
Box/Boy, ___ 25 Jul 1844 babe Coffin + box  $       3.50
Boyce, Noah 17 Jul 1845 Estate Coffin  $       9.00 (No Probate #)
Boyce, Thos. 4 Sep 1845 Estate Coffin  $       9.00 (Probate #105)
Bradshaw, John 4 Aug 1845 babe Coffin  $       3.00
Bridgeman, Mr. 26 Feb 1847 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Brim, John 19 Jul 1844 son Coffin  $       3.50
Briscoe, A. T. 28 Aug 1845 babe Coffin  $       3.00
Brisendine, Brooks 21 Aug 1846 Estate Coffin  $       8.00 (Probate #16)
Brisendine, Leo (?) 2 Jul 1846 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Brisendine, Leo (?) 30 Jul 1846 daughter Coffin  $       7.00
Brisendine, Young 18 June 1846 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Brisendine, Young 4 Jul 1846 Estate Coffin  $       8.00 (No Probate #)
Broadhead, Thos. 26 Feb 1844 Estate Coffin  $       8.00 (No Probate #)
Brown, Robt. 9 Aug 1846 Estate Coffin  $     20.00 (No Probate #)
Brown, Wm. 22 Oct 1848 wife Coffin + box  $     11.50
Brown, Wm. 11 Feb 1849 infant Coffin  $       2.50
Callen, Mr. ___ 5 Feb 1848 Coffin  $       4.50
Cambell, ___ 27 Sep 1842 Coffin, box, muslin for winding sheet  $       9.93
Canvan (?), Mathew 3 Apr 1848 wife Coffin  $       7.00 "Lexington"
Cardwell, Mr. ___ 18 Dec 1849 babe Coffin  $       4.50
Carns, Jas. 7 Oct 1849 "Old lady" Coffin  $       8.00
Carter, Mr. ___ 27 Nov 1845 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Casey, John 15 Aug 1848 babe Coffin  $       3.50
Cassell, Doct. 11 Dec 1849 wife Coffin  $     25.00
Cassell, Marlin (?) 14 Jul 1847 babe Coffin  $       3.50
Chadwick, John 9 Jul 1848 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Chadwick, John 27 Oct 1849 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Challen, John 10 Dec 1843 Coffin  $       4.50 Probably child
Chamberlin, ___ 9 Oct 1843 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Chin, M. A. 23 Sep 1843 daughter Coffin  $       3.50
Clampet, Moses 16 Apr 1846 son Coffin  $       7.00
Clark, John S. 9 Nov 1847 for Mary Hodges Coffin  $     10.00
Cleag, ___ 28 Sep 1844 babe Coffin  $       3.00
Cobbs & Dawson 5 Sep 1845 ? Coffin  $     10.00
Coffman, P. (?) 13 Dec 1841 babe Coffin  $       5.00
Cole, Robert 3 Mar 1842 babe Coffin  $       3.00
Cole, Robert 1 May 1848 daughter Coffin  $       5.00
Coleman, J. 7 Apr 1845 babe Coffin  $       3.00
Comes (?), John 25 Aug 1849 Estate Coffin  $       9.00 (No Probate #)
Conner, J. 28 Feb 1849 babe Coffin  $       2.50 "near Rushville"
Coons, Martin 13 Mar 1844 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Couchman, Benj. 15 Dec 1848 daughter Coffin  $       5.00
Couchman, Benj. wife Coffin  $       9.00
Cox, ___ 8 May 1848 Estate Coffin  $       9.00
Cox, Coradon ? 14 Aug 1847 son Coffin  $       7.00
Cox, Jeremiah 16 Jul 1847 Coffin  $       3.50 (Probably child)
Cox, Leartus W. 7 Jul 1848 wife Coffin  $       8.00 "on Sam Magill"
Craig, Mr. ___ 23 Mar 1847 daughter Coffin  $       4.50
Cully, J. 25 Mar 1846 Coffin  $       4.00 (Probably child)
Cully, Joshua 28 Aug 1843 Coffin  $       3.50 (Probably child)
Daniel, Mr. /or Wm. 25 Oct 1843 son Coffin  $       8.00
Davis, Wm. __Jan 1846 infant Coffin  $       1.00
Dear, Twidle 9 Aug 1844 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Deweas, N. 10 Feb 1846 wife Coffin  $     13.00
DeWeas, Wm. 8 Sep 1846 wife Coffin  $       9.00 Attendance $3.00
Dickson, A. C. 9 Aug 1845 babe Coffin  $       3.00
Dillan, Patrick 5 Jul 1844 babe Coffin  $       3.50
Dougherty, J. Miller 15 Feb 1842 wife Coffin  $       9.00
Drew, ___ 18 Oct 1843 child Coffin  $       3.00 "paid 12 Jul 1859"
Drew, Fredrick 28 Sep 1844 self Coffin  $     10.00
Drew, Polly 30 Aug 1846 boy Coffin  $       6.50
Duey, Mrs. 27 Oct 1842 self Coffin  $     19.00
Duncan, Dru (?) 16 Feb 1843 Coffin  $       2.50 (Probably babe)
Duncan, Mrs. 1 Nov 1844 babe Coffin  $       5.00
Dunham, Sarah 29 Jul 1844 Coffin  $       8.00 "Morgan County"
Dunivan, Martha 1 Jul 1848 child Coffin  $       4.50
Dunwoddie, Thos. 5 Aug 1845 son Coffin  $       8.00 (Dinwiddie?)
Dutchan, ___ 25 May 1849 Coffin  $       8.00 "by M. Huffacer"
Dyer, Willson 2 Aug 1844 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Eaton, Wm. 27 Aug 1845 Estate Coffin  $       9.00 (No Probate #)
Edmonds, Charles 24 Aug 1840 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Edmonds, Charles 28 May 1843 babe Coffin  $       4.00
Elam, Thomas 7 Feb 1842 wife Coffin  $       9.00
"Englishman's Coffin" 10 Dec 1843 ? Coffin  $       1.25
Ennis, Henry 9 Aug 1849 wife Coffin + box  $     23.00
Evans, ___ 6 oct 1843 father Coffin  $       9.00
Evans, Eligah 14 Dec 1846 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Ewing, Jas. 19 Sep 1845 wife Coffin  $     10.00
Ewing, Jas. 26 Mar 1846 babe Coffin  $       4.00
Fairbank, Mr. 15 Sep 1844 mother Coffin, box & attendance  $     16.00
Filson, ___ 19 Jul 1847 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Filson, Wm. 28 Mar 1848 Estate Coffin  $       8.00 (Probate #271)
Foster, Mrs. Mary 5 Sep 1845 daughter Coffin  $       8.00
Foster, Mrs. Mary 8 Sep 1845 son Coffin  $       8.00
Fox, Mis_, ___ 27 Apr 1846 ? Coffin  $       8.00
French, Wm. 17 Oct 1840 babe Coffin  $       5.00
French, Wm. 1 Oct 1844 Estate Coffin  $       9.00 (No Probate #)
Frizell, J. 30 June 1849 Estate Coffin  $       9.00 (No Probate #)
Fry, Milton 14 Apr 1848 wife Coffin  $       8.00 "attendance $1.50"
Gaddis, Miss 9 June 1849 self Coffin  $       8.00
Gadis, Wm. 28 Oct 1842 father Coffin  $       9.00
Galbreath, Samuel 7 Sep 1842 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Garrigan, ___ 26 Aug 183 child Coffin  $       3.00 cedit by halling lumber .75, and hay and credit by 2 bu potatoes .75 cents"
Gass, B. F. 22 Aug 1843 Burten Coffin  $       9.00
Gass, B. F. 10 Feb 1844 son Coffin + box  $       7.00
Gaunt, Mrs. 17 Feb 1845 self Coffin  $       9.00
Gest, ___ 24 Oct 1840 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Gest, ___ 23 June 1842 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Gest, Jeremiah 10 Aug 1844 self Coffin  $       8.00
Gibbons, J/Z (?) 13 Oct 1846 estate Coffin & hears (1.50)  $     10.50
Gibbons, John 12 Mar 1847 ? Coffin & hears (1.50)  $     10.50
Gibson, Mr. ___ 3 Mar 1846 wife Coffin  $       9.00 "gone to Iwa"
Gillett, Dr. ___ 6 oct 1842 babe Coffin  $       5.00
Gillmore, Wm. 29 Nov 1847 child Coffin  $       4.00
Gilmore, Hal (?) Coffin  $       8.00 "Carlinvillle, est. Joel York, Adm."
Gledhill, Joseph 19 June 1847 babe Coffin  $       3.00
Gledhill, Thos. 27 Apr 1848 estate Coffin
Goodpasture, Madison 10 Apr 1846 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Goodpasture, Madison 27 Jul 1847 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Goram, Stephen 18 May 1845 child Coffin  $       3.50
Goram, Steven 16 Dec 1847 wife Coffin  $       8.50
Green, James 23 Feb 1847 wife Coffin  $     10.00
Green, Jas. 18 Jul 1847 son Coffin  $       8.00
Green, John 10 June 1843 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Green, Jonah 9 Aug 1845 babe Coffin  $       3.00
Guinn, Stephen 24 Sep 1842 son Coffin  $       4.00
Guinn, Stephen 25 Sep 1842 babe Coffin  $       3.50
Gunn, John 24 Dec 1845 babe Coffin  $       2.00
Hadley, John 5 Jul 1844 babe Coffin  $       3.50
Haley, Wm. 2 Nov 1844 daughter Coffin  $       8.00
Happy, W. W. 6 Sep 1840 babe Coffin  $       4.00
Harp, J. Eli 9 Oct 1846 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Harris, ___ 4 Oct 1842 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Harris, Thos. 13 Aug 1847 ? Coffin & Horse & Hears $1.00  $       9.00
Harris, Thos. 1 Sep 1847 mother Coffin  $       9.00
Harris, Thos. 3 Apr 1849 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Harrison, Geo. 19 May 1848 daughter Coffin  $       5.50
Harrison, Wm. 28 Jan 1841 babe Coffin  $       4.00
Hart, ___ 9 Oct 1841 babe Coffin  $       2.00
Hart, John babe Coffin  $       2.50
Hathman, ___ 2 Aug 1846 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Hedelston, Mrs. 20 Feb 1843 Mrs. ? Coffin  $       8.00 by John Coldwell
Hedelstone, ___ 9 Apr 1843 ? Coffin  $       8.00
Hedenburg, P. 21 Nov 1848 babe Coffin  $       4.50
Hedenburgh, Jas. 10 Dec 1840 child Coffin  $       4.00
Henderson, Aaron 20 Nov 1844 estate of Coffin  $       8.50
Henderson, Benj. 31 Mar 1847 babe Coffin  $       2.25
Henderson, David W. 12 Oct 1848 estate Coffin + box  $     23.00
Henderson, Ira 23 Jan 1844 self Coffin  $       8.50
Henderson, Jeremiah 20 Aug 1846 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Henderson, S. H. 9 May 1842 son Coffin  $       8.00
Henderson, S. H. 31 Aug 1846 babe Coffin  $       4.00
Henderson, Silas 12 Sep 1847 mother Coffin  $       8.00
Henderson, Smiley 8 Aug 1847 babe Coffin  $       3.50
Henry, Greenup 12 Mar 1848 son Coffin  $       8.00
Henry, John T. 9 Apr 1849 wife Coffin  $       8.00
Henry, Wm. 31 Jan 1846 child Coffin  $       3.00
Henry, Wm. 12 Feb 1848 daughter Coffin  $       8.00
Henry, Wm. 17 Feb 1848 daughter Coffin  $       7.00
Henry, Wm. 26 Feb 1848 son Coffin  $       8.00
Heslep, Joseph 12 Nov 1843 babe Coffin + grave box  $       5.00
Heslep, Joseph 31 Jul 1846 babe Coffin + grave box  $       4.50
Heslep, Mrs. __ 21 Apr 1842 daughter Coffin + grave box  $     12.00
Hillegas, ___ 21 Sep 1841 babe Coffin  $       4.00
Hire, Mr. ___ 30 Jul 1841 ? Coffin + box  $     36.00
Hley, ___ 20 Sep 1846 babe Coffin  $       2.50
Hobert, N. 17 May 1845 child Coffin  $       4.50
Hobs, E. 14 Feb 1841 self Coffin  $     11.00
Hodges, Mary 9 Nov 1847 for Mary Coffin  $     10.00 by John S. Clark
Hoke, Mrs. ___ 12 Jan 1846 daughter Coffin  $       5.00
Holmes, Isaac 8 May 1846 estate Coffin  $       8.50
Hope, Mrs. A. 28 May 1844 self Coffin  $       8.00
Howerton, Andrew 19 Dec 1844 estate Coffin  $       9.00
Hufacer, Jacob 10 Oct 1842 daughter Coffin  $       9.00
Huffacer, M. 21 Aug 1847 child Coffin  $       4.00
Huffacer, M. 25 May 1849 Coffin  $       8.00 for Dutchan
Huffaker, M. 18 Feb 1848 daughter Coffin  $       5.50
Huffaker, M. 15 Feb 1848 child Coffin  $       3.50
Humble, Lewis 23 Mar 1844 estate of Coffin  $       9.00
Humphrey, B. N. 15 Jan 1844 son Coffin  $       4.00
Humphrey, John 16 Jul 1847 ? Coffin & attendance $1.00  $       3.50
Hunt, Saml. 19 Mar 1847 son Coffin + box  $       5.00
Hunter, E. 20 Feb 1841 ? Coffin  $       9.00
Hurst, John 17 Aug 1844 son Coffin  $       4.50
Hurst, John 29 Jul 1847 estate Coffin + box  $     12.00
Hurst, John 28 Dec 1841 babe Coffin  $       5.00
Hurst, Mrs. 20 June 1844 self Coffin  $     10.00

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