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.
This cemetery has been abandoned and is in very bad repair. The stones are all very old. Have been told it has been completely destroyed by farm animals. If you know of anyone who is buried here or information that is not correct feel free to Have a Great Day.!!
This cemetery is located two miles south of Maquon on the north east quarter of Section 21 in Maquon Township. (Near the old Bennington school house.) This cemetery was originally known as the Bennington Cemetery.
Elisha Thurman laid out the Town of Bennington on April 04, 1838, with 20 lots, two streets, and two alleys. The town failed to developed was was used as the township voting place until 1858. After that it was moved to Maquon.
Andrew C. Housh bought out Elisha Thurman's farm but one acre was set aside for the cemetery. In 1884 Elisha & his wfie, Anna, sold the one-acre lot to the Bennington Cemetery Association for $1.00. They also sold the one acre lot the school sat on to the Maquon School District #8 for one dollar.
The first known burial in the Bennington Cemetery was in 1836 and the last in 1923. Most of the stones have been destroyed by a cow pasture.
There are surely several unmarked graves in this cemetery
John W. Smithson,
Maquon, enlisted as a Corporal in Company F. 86th Infantry on August 5,
1862, died of illness at Danville, Kentucky, November 18, 1862.
Known burials in this abandoned and very neglected, destroyed cemetery:
FOSTER, Joseph E. 1840 – 1917 Co. C 133 Inf. Regt. Pa.
Harriet , his Wife, 1844 – May 14, 1871 age 25 yr 7 mo 26 days
Eliza Combs, Wife of J. M. Foster, d. Mar 25, 1847
Infant d. Sep 18, 1842 age 13 days
infant d. May 17, 1871
Keys, Amanda F. Thurman Smithson b. Sept. 29, 1835 d. Feb. 09, 1883 47 y 4m 10da.
OAKS, Mary J. dau. of G. R. & E., d. May 28, 1868 age 18 mo 17 days
Bemon M., child of D. E. & N. U.. d. 1841
SMITHSON, John W. b. Sept 28, 1835 d. Nov 18, 1862 age 27 yr 1 mo 20 days
Edward (Husband of Betsey Walter) d. young
THURMAN, Elisha b. July 1, 1812 d. July 4, 1885
Anna (Bell) b. Oct 29, 1814 d. Dec 28, 1899
Albert 1857 - 1923
Anna Hall Oct. 29, 1814 d. Dec. 28, 1899
Archie b. Dec. 08, 1882 d. Feb. 16, 1883
Nico b. May 02, 1840 d. Sept. 22, 1841 1 y 4m 20da
infant son b. Sept. 17, 1876 - Sept. 26, 1876 of H. & M. Thurman
infant dau. b. d. Sept. 26, 1876 of H. & M. Thurman
(First couple married from Maquon Township, Married in Fulton Co.)
THURMAN, Albert 1857 - 1928
Infant Daughter d. Sept 26, 1876
Infant Son b. Sept 17, 1876 d. Sept 26, 1876
Archie b. Dec 8, 1882 d. Feb 16, 1883
(Children of H. & M.A. Thurman)
Nica, dau. of J. & H. Thurman, d. Sept 22, 1841 age 1 yr 4 mo.
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