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      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.!!


Tombstone Inscriptions



    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

Veterans  buried here

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.

Joseph Evans Foster enlisted in Company C, 133rd Regular Pennsylvania



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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