Jennings Burials, Mount Sterling Twp. Brown Co., IL

Jennings Burials, were on his farm he bought on Section 8, near what is now Camden Road, Mt. Sterling Township. Elkanah Jennings came to Brown county from Kentucky in 1836, with three sons, John & family, Samuel, Caleb and his daughter Rebecca, and husband John Henderson Curry, and their two children along with their slave a colored boy, David Jennings.

A relative in moved the tombstones from the family cemetery to a plot bought in the Mt. Sterling Cemetery, Mt. Sterling, Illinois.

Stones removed were:

Elkanah Jennings died June 7, 1853---91yers

Caleb Jennings January 1870-----79years---served in the 36th Regiment, Illinois Vol. in the Mormon War.

Samuel Jennings died April 12, 1882----76yrs

Elinore Jennings dau of John & Mary Jennings died Oct 1, 1840

John A. Henderson Curry died June 22, 1838---aged 32yrs

Rebecca Jennings wife of J. A. Curry died September 5, 1877  aged 67 yrs.

John Elkanah son of J. H. & R Curry died June 1840 aged 2years

 Keifer Stones are located an the northeast quarter of section 30, Mt. Sterling Township.

Father Jacob Keifer--August 05, 1812-May 04, 1897

Catherine, wife of Fred Keifer November 13, 1888 aged 68 years.  All on one stone.

Fred Keifer came tot he US from Baden, Germany. Jacob Keifer, his Father came later. Jacob is thought to have fought with Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo

Kendrick Stones were located on Section 12, Mt. Sterling Township.

A burial ground on what is now part of the Freeland Orchard, having eight to twelve stones has disappeared. Four stones near the Freeland house were recorded.

M. Kendrick born Jan 12, 1789-July 6, 1860 aged 71 yrs 6mos

-------- born ---12, 1832-died July 08, 1860

Daniel son of M. & S. Kendrick died Jan 16, 1848 aged 24 yrs 9ms 8ds

----------died January 12, 1848 aged 20yrs 9ms 4ds

Glen Jones whose father Orville and grandfather Thomas have owned the farm since 1864, thinks that William and Benjamin were the names on some of the stones.

This land was taken from the government by William Kendrick, a Revolutionary Soldier in Jan 1835 and there has been a strong tradition that he was buried here in December 1835 and his wife fanny in 1843. Mitchell Kendrick was the son of William and Fanny.

Florence Jones, daughter of Orville, related a story told her by an elderly neighbor who witnessed a double burial there from the nearby Sharon Home. Two of the Kendrick family had died of Cholera and were buried at night. The woman never forgot the eeriness of the shadows cast by the lanterns.

Icabod Perry Cemetery is located Northwest quarter of Section 24. This burial ground is on a timbered knoll north and west of the home of William Ward, son of Mary Ward and grandson of Icabod Perry. Several years ago the stones were straightened and reset and a stout fence put around it.

Icabod Perry when 16 years old came with his father Edmond to Brown County, in 1836,  he went to Iowa but returned and in 1838 married Martha Bell, daughter of Robert and Jane Anderson Bell. Their son, Luke was killed at Stone River Jan, 1863 and son, John died in Andersonville Prison August, 1864; Oliver H. 1915-Co 84 Ill Reg Inf; Lewis Cass 1845-1906, Eathen Allen 1847-1919, and Mary Ward 1855-1941 survived their parents and are all buried in the Mt Sterling City Cemetery.

Mr. Perry at one time owned 800 acres of land and he was proud that he had 80 acres for each of his children. The two story house with wide double porch in front where the family was reared stood just back of the William Ward home. It had and open stairway to the upper floor on the porch. The Perry boys never forgot the trips to bed on cold nights and the descent on cold mornings. Sounds like a very pretty home.

Mr. Perry met a tragic death one icy morning despite the warning of his daughter, Mrs. Ward, he went in to the barn-lot and was knocked down  and gored by an angry bull. The hogs found the body before Mrs. discovered that her father had left the house.

Daughter of T. W. and A. G. Beatty, Anna Laura died June 9, 1871 aged 1yr 9mos 1da

Jennie wife of J. W. Marshall & dau. of Icabod Perry died February 27, 1880 aged 29yrs 11ms  29ds.

Perry son of J. W. and Jennie Marshall died March 9, 1883 aged 6yrs 1mo 21ds

Icabod Perry died January 01, 1898 aged 82yrs 6ms 3ds

Martha Bell, wife of Icabod died January 7, 1892 aged 73yrs

Marshall son of I & M Perry died August 6, 1862 aged 7yrs 2mos 12ds

Louisa E. dau of I & M Perry died August 24, 1876 aged 6yrs 5ms 18ds

Sarah E. wife of J. E. Wright & dau. of Icabod Perry March 24, 1852-Dec 25, 1888

Jennie dau of J. E. and Sarah E. Wright December 28, 1873 --May 01, 1876

Means Cemetery is located in the Southwest quarter of Section 6 Mt. Sterling Township.

    In 1835, George and Elizabeth Elton Means of Lewis County, Kentucky came to Brown Co., IL, to raise their family along with brought their colored families with them, granted them freedom, and built cabins for them on the east side of Prairie Road north of the John Means home. Some of these people are buried or assumed to be buried in the Means Cemetery. How many colored families came with them is unknown.

John & Luella Scott owned ten acres in Section 8 and had a cabin where they reared their children. After the death of John in 1884, Luella moved to Keokuk, Iowa to be near her family, where she died. She was a capable, highly respected person, a member of the Second Presbyterian --Old School--Church, where the Means families attended.

A woman named  Ambrey was probably named Washington. She was likely the mother of Luella. She was an old woman when she died and cleaned at the Dry Goods Store of Mr. E. F. Crane, A daughter, Bina was sick at the time of her mother's death and may have died that year. Elijah Washington may have been the husband of Ambrey or her son, more likely the former. He requested that he be allowed to speak at Ambrey's funeral. His request was granted with the stipulation he not talk more than fifteen minutes. The funeral was held at the John Means home with the Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church in charge. Elijah Washington, a barber married as a second wife Mary Sipps of the Hazel Dell neighborhood and reared at tleast two children, Fred and Mary Washington. Where Elijah and Mary Washington are buried is unknown but likely in the Means Cemetery.

There was a woman named Emily who lived in one of these cabins and reared a son named A. It is presumed that her family moved to Keokuk with the Scotts. All of these children attended Olive School some as later as the middle 1880's under the sponsorship of the Means & Irwin families.

A man by the name of Moses Blackburn came to Illinois with Dr. John Irwin before 1842 as he was listed as a slave of servant of color in the tzx assessment book of 1842 with the valuation of twenty-five dollars. He owned ten acres in Section 8 at one time but there is no record of his marriage or of any family. He lived at the time of his death with William Irwin and died from burns which he received in fighting a grass fire when clearing off the garden. He is presumably buried in the Means Cemetery.

Rose Neylon remembered colored couple named Porter who were buried in the Means Cemetery but no other information was found on them in 1973.

Means family information:

Robert married Harriet Debell who died leaving a small son, George W. who was reared by his stepmother who was also his aunt, Mary. They lived  on the road just west of the Prairie Road in a house near the railroad crossing.

George Means and Eliza, his wife, lived in Lee Township. Two known children wer eAmos and Kate Shankland.

Rachel Means Boggs lived in the Hersman neighborhood on Wild Cat Road. Robert, Mrs. Nannie Owen, and Mrs. George Parker were three of her children.

The Means burial ground was on the John Means farm on land owned in 1973 by Louis Markert. It has always had a good fence around it, has at times been overgrown with brush. The present fence was built in 1962 under direction of Dwight Armstrong then owner of the land with donations from great-grandchildren, Robert, George, John Means, John Jones, and grandchildren of Michael McGovern.

Recorded burials:

George Means died 1876 aged 68 yrs

Eliza, Means, his wife died 1865 age 42 years

Major John Means 1798-1863

Patsy Means, his wife 1805-1885

Robert Means 1860 aged 61 years

Mary Means, his wife not known.

Lizzie C. daughter of T. I. and M. E. McDonnold died Feb 28, 1853-aged 3yrs

Lydia Jones, wife of John 1796-1869

Michael McGovern 1890-aged 71 years

R. W. Parker died 1885--aged 14yrs

Luellen Scott died 1889.

John Scott died 1884

Moses Blackburn died April 22, 1881

Aunt Ambret died Sept 18, 1867.

Price Cemetery, a sad little tale. used to be located on section 10, Mt. Sterling Township, Brown Co., Illinois. John Price took out land from the U. S. Government on Section 10, in December of 1835. John and his wife Elizabeth had a family of at least ten children, Amanda, Mrs. R. N. Curry; Mary Ann, Mrs. William Bates; Parina, Mrs. John Green McHatton; John W. Price, Marcellus, Leon, Uriah, Josephus, Sophia wife of Dr. James Brockman and George Washington.  On the death of their parents the farm passed to Uriah and then to his son Walter. Walter and his wife Mary A. Arnold reared their family Eva, Mrs. Herman Nelson, Leslie and Leon.

Mr. John Price buried his loved ones in the corner of the yard around which he built a neat iron fence to enclose the stones. A later owner of the farm did not relish living so close to a cemetery so he removed the fence. piled the stones neatly one on top of the other and buried them.

Many years later, Mr. Leonard Robbins, owner of the farm found some stones which Sibley Gaddis thought were placed under the bee house which Mr. Robbins had erected when the Price house had been torn down. Mrs. Charles Kock who lived on this farm in 1963 reported that standing in their garage were the following stones:

 Elizabeth wife of John Price Jan 9, 1862 aged 70 yrs 21ds

Sarah Sophia wife of Dr. James Brockman April 18, 1845 aged 24yrs 1da

George Washington Price Dec 31, 1841 aged 8yrs 1mo 12 ds.

John Price is also buried here but the only stone found to date was foot stones with his initials marked J. P.

Stableton Burials on land owned by James R. Clark in 1959. When James Richey bought the east 1/2 of the Northwest 1/4 of section 18, in 1856 from William Stableton who had entered it from the government in 1835, he promised to never plow over the graves on it. Since that date until 1962 the plot has been a locust grove.

Known burials: William Stableton and wife Sarah and son---

Nrob Anson------

---- Vandosil & wife and son -- Lon

Orton Cemetery
Timewell, Lee Township Brown County, Illinois

Lat: 39 59' 51"N, Lon: 90 54' 30"W
Lee Township, Sec 7

Contributed by Clark Clinton, Dec 04, 2006, last edited Dec 16, 2006  Thanks Clark Clinton.

Driving instructions: From Hwy 24 at Mound Station near Timewell drive west on County Road 1100 NE for 1.4 miles. Turn left (south) onto Rd 100E and proceed 0.4 miles to cemetery on the left or east side of the road.

This small old cemetery has many stones toppled over and many others illegible. The cemetery has some maintenance but is not active. I did not investigate current ownership.

I surveyed this cemetery on Sept 30, 2007. All legible tombstones are included.

Bliss, Nathaniel T., d. Sep 15, 1868, age: ? Yrs, Son of A.W. & J., Broken stone
Clinton, Nancy, d. Sep 11, 1878, age: 78 Yr, wife of S.P. Clinton
Davis, Abraham, no dates, Co.I 119 ILL. Inf
Davis, Margaret, d. Jun 5, 1883, age: 59 Yrs 7 Mos 1 Dys, Wife of A. Davis
Gill, Caroline, d. Mar 18, 1899, ? of ? Gill
Gill, Harriet, no dates, with William
Gill, William, no dates, with Harriet
Hogan, Nancy, d. Dec 31, 1880, age: 63 Yr 8 Mo 10 Ds, wife of William Hogan
Hopper, Drucilla, b. Sep 15, 1811, d. Oct 7, 1853, age: 42 Yrs 22 Ds., Wife of James Hopper
Mauurin, Rosa Olive, d. Jan 26, 1858, age: 1 Mo, dau of S. & M.
Miller, Cordilia F., d. Oct 19, 1853, age: 1 Yr ? M 8 D, Dau of S. & C. Miller
Orton, Clark, b. Dec 23, 1826, d. Feb 23, 1856
Orton, Ellsworth, b. Apr 13, 1874, d. Mar 11, 1907
Williams, ??ffv??, b. Jul ? 1881, d. no date
Byars, ?, toppled stone

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