Cemetery: Columbus Cemetery
Street: SE edge of Columbus
City: Columbus Township:
Nation: U. S.
lat ns: N
long ew: W
Directions: Quincy on 104 East past airport & further
on it will show you where to turn to go to Columbus.
Directions from the Adams County
Columbus Cemetery is located at SE
edge of Columbus, Illinois, NW 1/4 Section 18, Columbus Township
Waters Source: Yes Kathy says she didn't see any water source and she was
just at the cemetery on August 03, 2005.
Features: Lots of trees with branches down on the Tombstones,
roadway & brush growing over the tombstones almost covering
Established: No date, but is considerably one of the older ones in Adams
County. Guessing earl 1800's
Availability: Great River Genealogical Society Approx. 988--Quincy
Fencing: No---was only thing left is the front gate.
Photos: No-----Kathy Mills sent me some and will be
having more put up on the county site as she and I together are going to
maintain the Adams County Cemetery Page. Kathy used to live here
and visits here frequently.
Condition: Cemetery poorly maintained
Ground Cover: Yes
Contacted: There is nobody to contact & the last time was told that
maybe, just maybe some boy scouts might want to clean the cemetery up
for some merit badges. ywan
Name: Bobbie Lewis
Date: 1 July 2005
Walker, Clothier, Roseberry, Oberling, Lepper, Rutledge, Richardson,
Davis, Barlow, Jackson, Akers, Gray, Kelly, Asher, Moore, Fisher,
This cemetery is one of those, that if you went to visit,
you would set down & cry, the condition is such, that tree limbs
fallen over some of the tombstones, grass is knee deep & you have
thru the cemetery as you can't drive & the brush has almost taken
of the tombstones to where you can't even get to them to put
flowers on them.
From Kathy Mills:
In 1974 when the Adams County
Genealogical Society read the tombstones here is what they said & found:
This cemetery is one of the older ones
in Adams County, it is well maintained and has easy access. It does not
say when it was canvassed, but I'm guessing like all the others about
1974. There were 25 small stones with
initials (footstones) found in a ditch and they could not be matched up.
Also, found in the ditch, the tombstone of WILLNESS, Anna S. w/o G. M. d
16 Jun 1889 76y 5m 24d; J. G., W. B., G. M. W., (there was a G. M.
Willis, d: Feb 1877 ae 67 yrs listed as living in area and probably
buried there); P. R., J .S., -.B., S. B. P., C. W .S., M. A. M., F. M.
P., S. E. R., H. P., J .S., J.P., J. J., J. W. Mc, E. C., J. K., H. S.
D., J. M. T., R. L. T., D. H., W. N., E. M. N., M. E. J.
I have no idea who you would contact.
Foxie's Note: First
contact the township officials. If get nowhere, then then the only other
recourse is to organzie a clean up the cemetery yourself. Contact
people who have relatives buried there, the Boy Scouts in your local
area; but they will need help and adult supervision. Let me know
if anything gets done on this. Email is below. And if all else
fails contact the members of the County Board, the Newspapers in the
area, the TV people. Get the word out. We have to step up
and do something or someday these will all be lost to us & future
generations. Thanks Bobbie and Kathy on this. Bobbie for the
report and Kathy for being kind enough to go and take photos for me.
A picture is worth a thousands words.
Photos: Below are photos sent to me via the email from
Kathy Mills, who right at the moment is residing in Adams County, IL,
but will be moving out until next year pretty soon. Thanks Kathy and I
know Bobbie Lewis Will thank you, too.