Bragg Cemetery Photo Gallery of Knox County, IL

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Cemetery Sign

this is a big B in a diamond it is made out of iron. then there is a fence around the cemetery. It is not mowed or anything. Just lies here.

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photo of the cemetery standing in it. You can barely see the tombstones for the weeds.

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another view of the cemetery while standing inside. this is looking from west to the east.

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View of cemetery taken from the road.

foot stone

M. A. H.

foot stone

F. ? M.


can't read very well.


may be the same as previous photo



very old tombstone and about the biggest one in it. Made of concrete and almost all of the writing has been weathered away.

another photo of the big concrete one you can't read it anymore....

Back of the big stone previous. Thought something might be on it. But wasn't.

tombstones lying by a big tree.


Mary daughter of


Frances daughter of J & S. M.


Dauris son of J & M


Polly H. wife of Elias

this is right next to Elias tombstone. in the same row as the big stone you can't read.

view of the Allen children tombstones

Racheal's lease got caught on a branch and she couldn't move.


Loammi son of D. & H.


son of James and Sarah

foot stones

P. H. B.

probably for Polly H. Bragg wife of Elias.

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Racheal, my Sheltie, who accompanies me sometimes when going to abandoned cemeteries.

Plus, another view of the cemetery.

Jacking up my car to change my flat. my husband teased my daughter that if they couldn't find me they would leave me in the cemetery. She kept calling me on the cell to make sure where I was at. Really not hard to find.

Husband changing my tire. I had to call him because when I pulled up and got out of the car the driver's side back tire went hizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Then it was flat. So, Racheal and I did the cemetery. took a walk down the road east. and then went back to the corner of county road #8 to wait for husband to come and help us.

The mighty spare.... wanted to record this here so I wouldn't forget... first time have had a flat at a cemetery.

Racheal in the tall grass trying to cool off. It was pretty warm and with the flat tire and all...


my doggie hiding in the tall grass. She got hot waiting to get the tire changed on my car.

this is a train going through East Galesburg on the way home we had to stop for. Kate wanted me to take a photo...


Elias Bragg Cemetery

Elias Bragg Cemetery is located in the Northeast corner of the northwest 1/2 section 4, Chestnut township, 1/2 mile east of county road #8 on Floyd Skinner farm.

You take county road #8 going south out of Knoxville, IL, which you find in the middle of the city.  Follow county road #8 to 600 N and turn left. Go on pass the first house on the right hand side of the road.  it's in a plot right next to it.  across from it there is a drive that goes back into where an old farm stead used to be.  This is where I parked.

Bragg, Elias d. Jan. 1867

Bragg, Polly H. wife of Elias died September 14, 1865

Moores, Francis dau. D. & H. b July 03, 1850 d. Sept. 01, 1853

Moores, Loommi son of D. & H. born Aug 10, 1845 died Oct. 08, 1845 This child's name is misspelled here.  Tombstone above reads as Loammi. 

Allen, Francis dau. J. & S. M. died Aug. 27, 1850 1y 2m

Allen, Daruis son of J. & S. M. died Sept. 1855 11m 4d

Allen, Julius son James & Susan Died Sept 01, 1865 2y 23 d

Allen, infant son of J. & s. M. died Oct. 12, 1855

Moores, Mary A. dau of E. & H. Born May 06, 1849 died Sept. 04, 1849

M. A. H. This is foot stones.... Genealogical Society doesn't note that but I will.

one stone unreadable.  Must be the big stone above.  It's the biggest one in the cemetery.

Mary Ann Bragg Hall, Oct 24, 1811 --May 09, 1942 ---Sacred to the Memory of Mary   24, 1811 wife of rest is unreadable.

Fenced in plot un-kept. And you can see by the photos above that ancestors have forgotten these people.


1886 Portrait and Biographical Album of Knox County, Illinois--Biographical Publishing Company

     James Allen, one of the leading citizens and most successful farmers of Chestnut Township, owning a large and finely cultivated farm of 200 acres, situated on section 4, is the subject of this personal history. He is engaged not only in farming, but in the raising of Short Horn cattle and Poland China hogs, and owns a blooded bull five years old, weighing 2,00 lb., by name "Judge Willets."
     Mr. Allen entered life in Jefferson County, Ind., April 19, 1825. He is the son of Josiah and Jane W. (McDowell) Allen, natives of Kentucky, in which State they were wedded, removing to Indiana in 1810. From that State they emigrated to Illinois in 1838, at which time the subject of this sketch was a boy of 13 years. The mother departed this life in the year 1852, and his father in 1863. Of this matrimonial alliance there were born nine children, six girls and three boys, namely: Rosanna, who married John Moore, and lives in the State of Indiana; Margaret, wife of Alkana Moore, resident of Knoxville, Ill.; Sarah married Jonathon Minor, both deceased; William took to wife America A. Maxey, and lives in Orange Township; Nancy married John Carico, a resident of Bureau County, Ill., and is deceased; Matilda married Alfred Carico, and lives in the State of Iowa; James espoused Miss Sarah M. Bragg, and lives in Chestnut Township; John married Miss Lydia Epperson, and lives in Bureau County, Ill.; Mary N. died at the early age of 16 years.
     Mr. Allen the elder settled in Orange Township in 1838. James remained at home on his father's place until after his marriage, when he purchased land in 1862 on section 4, in Chestnut Township, and where he has since remained.
     Mr. Allen of this notice, early in manhood, took to wife Miss Sarah M. Bragg, March 16, 1848. She was born Nov. 30, 1828; she is the daughter of Elias and Mary (Bryant) Bragg, natives of Virginia, who came to Illinois in 1836. They settled in Orange Township, and two years later removed to Chestnut Township. Her father was born in September, 1784, and departed this life Jan 20, 1861, in the State of Illinois. He was a soldier in the War of 1812. The date of her mother's birth was 1789, and she closed her eyes to this existence Sept. 14, 1865. Both she and her husband were of both English and Scottish lineage, and upon them were bestowed 15 children, viz.: Jane, wife of Benjamin McCort; James, who wedded Nancy M. Carter; Elizabeth, who wedded a Mr. Moore; Mary, wife of E. Hall; Abner, who formed a matrimonial alliance with Miss Julia Carpenter; Frances, who married Mr. John Hendricks; John, husband of Miss Sarah Hurley; Harriet, wife of D. Mooers; Matthew died at the early age of 18 years; Mark, at the time of the California gold fever, went to that state and no word has been received from him for a number of years; Joseph married Miss Nancy Heppenstall; Sarah, wife of James Allen, of this sketch; Eliza died at the early age of five years; Andrew, in infancy, was removed from this earth, and there was an infant unnamed.
     About the parental hearth of Mr. and Mrs. Allen have grown up three children, although seven were born to them - Francis, born August 24, 1847; Harry, Sept. 30, 1851; Darius, Sept 7, 1855; Julius, born Aug 20, 1864; James, Sept. 7, 1867; Frank, Sept., 1872. Four children of the family were deceased in infancy, viz.: Harry, Darius, and two unnamed.
     Although the possessor of a handsome property, Mr. Allen has suffered great loss through the agency of fire, being once burned out, at which time all the family records were destroyed, and also the records of his farm; the entire detriment to his possessions he estimated at $2000. He began work in this section of the county in 1861, since which time he has been remarkably successful in his particular line of labor. He is in character moral and upright, and his wife is a member of the United Brethren Church. His parents were, politically, of the old-line Whigs, but Mr. Allen is Democratic in sentiment and belief.

( The statements in paragraph five about the children of James and Sarah M. Allen are confusing and don't match the names and dates on the stones.)


Elias Bragg married Mary H. Bryant in July of 1807 in Buckingham County, Virginia.

Mary Ann Bragg married Erasmus Darwin Hall on April 16, 1839 in Knox County, Illinois.


Galesburg Republican Register--October 6, 1883

Estate of Elias Bragg; affidavits of Francis Hendricks and Sarah Allen were filed Sept. 26, stating that Marks Bragg had not been heard from for 27 years, and praying that his portion of said estate, belonging to affiants, be paid to them. The Judge ordered that the County Treasurer, J. L. Burkhalter, pay said affiants each one tenth of said amount deposited in the County Treasury. The Judge further ordered that should it satisfactorily appear that $72 is on deposit for said Marks Bragg at the First National Bank of Knoxville, said Francis Hendricks and Sarah Allen shall be allowed to draw the same and distribute it as above provided. ????(hole in this line of the paper) proof of death and will filed; it was then ordered that a tedious issue to some legal officer at Dedmonton .testing witnesses.


The last Will and Testament of Elias Bragg

In the name of God Amen, I Elias Bragg being in common health and perfect mind make this my last will and Testament VIZ} after my legal debts are paid and my wife should survive me I wish her to be decently provided for at her own option during her natural life or widowhood after that is done I wish the balance of any property of every kind to be equally divided amongst a part of our Children (that is to say) there is three that I am not willing to give to either of them any thing more than will prevent there becoming equil distributees with...(can't read)...those I wish hereby to disinherit are namely Elizabeth H. James A. and John H. and I do hereby declare they nor neither of them shall inherit my property given under my hand this fifth day of May AD one thousand eight hundred and fifty three.

                                                                                        Elias Bragg {Seal}

I, Elias Bragg, do hereby certify that I have wrote my last will and Testament and dated it the fifth day of May one thousand eight hundred and fifty three and deposited it in my pofsefsion to remain unopened during my life and then to acted on agreeable to the last will and Testament of Elias Bragg proceeding is to prevent the will from being known while I live.

This acknowledged in the presents of                                 I am Elias Bragg {Seal}
G. W. Burnaugh
John Burnaugh                                                                  I wish Erasmus D. Hall to execute the
                                                                                        aforesaid will all acknowledge in presents of

Illinois Knox County October 1st 1857

To all to whom it doth concern,
Read these lines and you may learn, that I Elias Bragg doth let John S. Hall and Julius Bragg and sons of the above named Elias Bragg a certain colt to each of them at the price of fifty dollars each to bear interest at the rate of six per cent per annum from the first day of October one thousand eight and fifty three until settled given under my hand and seal as part of my last will.

 Elias Bragg {Seal}


Elias Bragg served as a Sergeant in Captain John Field's Company of Light Infantry, 8th Regiment, 4th Brigade, Virginia Militia, under the command of John H. Cooke, during War of 1812. He enlisted at Camp Carter, near Richmond on August 31, 1814 and mustered out February 23, 1815 at Camp Carter. He was 105 miles from home. For his service he received 11 dollars per month. He received an 80 acre land grant of the East half of the Southeast quarter of Section 5 in Chestnut Township on March 15, 1852. After Elias died his wife again applied for Bounty Land.




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