Clesson Family Cemetery, Elba Twp. of Knox County, IL


Is located in Section 26 of Elba Township.

Joseph Clesson farmer, son of Joseph and Methetable Clesson, was born in Deerfield, Franklin county, Mass, in 1818, where he received a common school education. He came west and settled in Shelby county, Ill, in 1837, where he remained until 1842, when he removed to Knox County, where he still resides. He has filled the offices of School Trustee and Road Commissioner. He was married in 1844

I took many different views of this cemetery.  It is in very bad shape and we found the top to the Main tombstone and Kate carried it back up

to the rest of the tombstones.  It is on top of a little hill a ways from where the original farm house stood in a group of hedge trees that have seen

better days at one time or another along with this cemetery. It will take something big to put the main tombstone back in it's rightful place. Anyone willing help out here with donations or anything please email me as I would like to see this put back together. Made the thumbnails bigger in this Tombstone Photo Gallery so you can see it better but you may also click on the thumbnails for a bigger view of the photos. The main tombstone was very hard to photograph as it was lying on it's side and sort of at an angle so are different shots of it, too but still hard to read at the angle it is in. This cemetery will also be on my Illinois Saving Graves Endangered Cemetery Page. Thanks for your help. Any and all is really needed here and if you know of descendants send them here. Thanks and Happy Days!!!

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This Cemetery is very much in need of some help. If you would care to donate your time, donations to help with repairs, have family buried here, or anything you could do to help in the renovocation of this cemetery either click on my doggie to email me or write me at

Foxie Hagerty
RR #2 Box 63
1635 Sherwood Road
Dahinda, IL 61428

Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.





Surname Given Name

Birth Date

Death Date


Carr J. S.   1875 55y
Carr John   1863 78y
Carr Mary   1867 82y
Clesson Elizabeth   1852 26y
Clesson Hedsia (Mehepsabeth) ***Feb. 22, 1815 1889 She is also listed as being buried in the Kightlinger Cemetery.

have to check my tombstone photos.

Clesson Joseph   1880 27y
Clesson Joseph 1818 1888 70y


Portrait and Biographical Album of Knox County, Illinois
Chapman Bros.
     Joseph Clesson, one of Knox County's respected citizens and well to do farmers, residing on section 26, Elba Township, was born in Deerfield, Mass., Sept. 7, 1818. Mr. Clesson is a son of Joseph and Mehitable (Stebbins) Clesson, natives of Massachusetts. The parents came to Shelby County, this State, away back in 1837, and there lived until their death. Their children were nine in number, and Joseph was the second in order of birth.
     Joseph Clesson came to this State with his parents and lived with them in Shelby County, until his removal to Peoria County. He resided in the latter county two years, when he moved here, and in the spring of 1855 made settlement in Elba Township, on the place where is at present residing. His life has been devoted to agricultural pursuits, and he is at present the owner of 80 acres of good and productive land, on which he has erected a comfortable residence, and in the prosecution of his most independent of all callings is meeting with success.
     Mr. Clesson was married in Shelby County, this State, in 1839, to Miss Mary Humphrey. She bore him one child - Mary - who died when two years of age. Mr. Clesson's wife died in this [Shelby] county, and in 1843 he formed a second matrimonial alliance with Miss Elizabeth Humphrey, sister of his former wife, and a native of Ohio. Of the latter union, four children have been born, named Melvina J., Barbara A., Nancy E. and Joseph H.; the latter is deceased. Melvina is the wife of Samuel Patterson, a farmer of Elba Township; Barbara A. married Joseph J. Matthews, who is engaged in farming in Salem Township; Nancy became Mrs. Albertus S. Codding and resides in Victoria Township.
     Mrs. Clesson died in Peoria County, Feb. 1, 1853, and our subject was again married in Lowell, Mass., March 25, 1855, to
***Hepsia Carr, a native of Deering, N. H., and born Feb. 22, 1815. Mr. and Mrs. Clesson have an adopted son - Melva W. Clesson. Our subject has held some of the minor offices of his county, and in politics is a Democrat. He and his wife are believers in the tenets of the Universalist Church.

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