Indian Point/Dawdy/Boydston Cemetery
was originally called Indian Point Cemetery
Indian Point Cemetery was named for the remains of an Indian Village that early settlers found when they settled in the territory. Authors cannot agree on the name, but agree that John Dowdy lived in Section 16 in 1838. A quit claim deed given by John Dawdy and his wife Tabitha Boydston dated 13 Feb 1874 gave the land to be used forever as a burying ground, and for no other purpose.
The cemetery is located just east of Illinois Highway 41, south of Abingdon about 2-1/2 miles. It is off the road on top of a hill about 100 yards back from the highway. My daughter and I visited the cemetery this summer. There are many signs of clean up and back in the corner are stacks of stones that I assume somebody is going to make use of. There is also a lot of fenced in areas that have very little or no stones in them. This cemetery is currently being reconstructed by the families. The location is on the Rebecca Lowrie Estate Farm, Section 16 of Indian Point Township, Knox County, Illinois, South of Abingdon, East of State Route 41.
Kate and I have been to this cemetery and taken photos and walked it. Anyone knowing of anybody else who might be buried here and is not listed feel free to email me. We are not responsible for errors. Kate and I have made every effort to make this information as accurate and complete as we can. Thanks and Have good Day.....
Many old stones are not legible. Sunken ground indicates more burials with no stones. It is said many have been removed to Abingdon, Illinois Cemetery. The cemetery is “ill kept”.
Inscriptions by D. B.. Allaman, 1972 Knox County Genealogical Society
The following additional inscriptions were taken from the Dowdy (Boydstun) Cemetery by some members of the Colonel Jonathan Latimer Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution in 1930 and in 1965. There is one Grand Army marker – unknown grave.
Mills, who lives right now in Texas, typed this up and emailed it to me via the net. Thanks so Much Kathy!!! I really
appreciate all the time and trouble you've taken to help me out on my new venture on my Knox County, Illinois Web Site.
Kate, my daughter, and I have been to this cemetery last summer. We took photos of most of the tombstones in the cemetery. there is signs of it being restored. I have photos of all the tombstones in this cemetery and will be posting them here later. If you know of anyone who is buried here or information that is not correct feel free to Click on doggie to email me.
Have a Great Day.!!
Monday, October 24, 2005 12:48:43 AM updated.