Greenwood-Crum Cemetery, Concord-Meredosia Township Morgan County Illinois



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Morgan County Illinois
Greenwood-Crum Cemetery
Concord-Meredosia Township T16N R12W 3rdPM
NE 1/4, Section 1

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Cemetery transcription by members of the Jacksonville Area Genealogical and Historical Society


James and Christina Crum, husband and wife, deeded land for this burial ground on Nov. 8, 1862. The deed is found recorded in Deed Record Book TT "to be forever held and used as a Public Burial place for the use of the Inhabitants in the Neighborhood of the Said premises and for no other use whatever." The fenced cemetery is adjacent to and east of a north-south road, a few yards south of an east-west road that straddles the Cass County and Morgan County line. Union Church was formerly located on the Cass County (north) side of the road, very near the cemetery. The legal description of the cemetery includes an area encompassing 18 rods by 10 rods square, situated in the northeast quarter of Section 1 in Township 16 N Range 11 W of the Third Principal Meridian and is about three miles northwest of the tiny village of Arcadia. The cemetery was subjected to vandalism in 1979. In addition to tombstone readings made by Mrs. Sanford (Florence) Hutchison and Robert W. Dalton the following burials are gleaned from several sources and the burials are not always marked.



Words in brackets [ ] or parenthesis ( )are not on stone.

Name Birth Death Other or Notes Veteran? Donated By Obit?



ATER, Bassel Died 5 Oct 1866 63 Yr 10 Mo 30 Da
(Arthur Crumrin's listing of burials has the age of this man as being 63 Yr 10 Mo 23 Da. Bassel Ater's shaft-style tombstone was broken in the vandalism of 1979.)

ATER, John Lee 7 Sept 1884 - 31 Jan 1919
(From Jacksonville Daily Journal of Saturday, Feb. 1, 1919. John Lee Ator died at the home of his parents, Mr. & Mrs. James Ator, near Arenzville about 4 o'clock Friday afternoon. He had been ill for several months and death resulted from cancer of the stomach. Deceased was born near Arenzville, September 7, 1884, and his entire life was spent in that vicinity. In 1908 he was united in marriage to Miss Mae Johnson of Beardstown who survives together with two children, Verna L. & Dorothy Irene. He also leaves his parents and two sisters, Mrs. Allie Mae Allen of Virginia and Mrs. Florence Bernice Braner of Morgan County. Mr. Ator was a young man of sterling qualities. He was honest and upright in his dealings and highly respected in his home community. Funeral services will be held at Union church near Arenzville Sunday morning at 11 o'clock with burial in the church cemetery.)

ATER, Infant Died 25 Apr 1887 Son of J. & M. Ater Nancy Died 29 June 1887 81 Yr 6 Mo 27 Da Elizabeth 10 Oct 1832 - 12 July 1890 Samuel 7 July 1847 - 7 July 1904

BATIS, Davis Died 16 Dec 1868 5 Yr 9 Mo 11 Da Son of C. & S. Batis

BEACH, Franklin 8 Feb 1872 - 14 July 1873 Son of Samuel H. & Cathren Beach

BEADLES, Lucy A. Died 2 Apr 1882 Dau of J.H. & E.G. Melone Wife of Rev. W. T. Beadles

BUTCHER, Martha Died 21 May 1860 Age 31 Yr Wife of A.W. Butcher
(In 1872 A. W. Butcher was living at Arcadia. He was a farmer. Born in Maryland, he came to Morgan County in 1840. There is no marriage license recorded in Morgan County's court house for A.W. and Martha.)

BUXTON, Suzanna 19 May 1802 - 28 Jan 1888 Wife of Peter Buxton (Suzanna Reams Buxton was living in Ohio when her daughter, Sarah A., was born on Sept. 3, 1828.)

CHARLESWORTH, George 18 Aug 1826 - 4 Mar 1908
(From page 740 of "History of Morgan County, Illinois, 1878, and continued on page 741: CHARLESWORTH, George, farmer and stockraiser, Section 3, Post Office Arenzville, Cass Co.; born in Yorkshire, England, Aug. 18, 1826; married Nov. 28, 1852, to Mary Kenworthy, born in Yorkshire, England, Nov. 26, 1831; have five children living, Anna L., born in Cass Co., Ill., May 18, 1857; Joseph T., born Feby. 16, 1860, on this farm; John W., born March 5, 1863, on this farm; George L., born July 15, 1868, died March 28, 1871; Mary L., born Sept. 22, 1871, on this farm; James Richard, born May17, 1874, on this farm; Mr. George Charlesworth left England in 1849; prior to this time he was on his father's farm, farming and weaving being his occupation at the time; he landed in Boston in 1849; went to Lowell, Mass.; here his employment was that of weaving, and remained six months; in Oct. 1849, he went to Peacedale, R.I., remained here three years, engaged as a weaver; then he went to Westerly, Conn.; here he remained one year; occupation during this time, weaving; then he settled in Cass Co. in 1854, near his present place; moved to his present farm Nov. 10, 1859.)
Mary 26 Nov 1831 - 6 Oct 1916 Wife of G. Charlesworth
George L. Died 28 Mar 1871 2 Yr 8 Mo 13 Da Son of G. & M. Charlesworth
John W. Died 23 Dec 1887 24 Yr 9 Mo 18 Da Son of G. & M. Charlesworth
Mary Lee Died 18 Apr 1880 8 Yr 6 Mo 26 Da Dau of G. & M. Charlesworth
J. T. 1860 - (Joseph T. Charlesworth and his wife, Ida May, have one of the finest tombstones in the cemetery.)
Ida May 1861 - 1915 Wife of J. Charlesworth
Joseph Died 16 Sept 1887 Son of J.T. & I.M. Charlesworth

CROWTHER, James B. Died 30 Aug 1871 68 Yr 10 Mo
Nancy Died 31 May 1880 Age 45 Yr
Nancy Price Morris 12 Feb 1832 - 5 Jan 1905 Wife of Samuel Crowthers
(Nancy Price Morris was born in Kentucky on 12 Feb 1832. She was first married to George Clark who died years ago. She remained a widow eighteen years and was married to Samuel Crowthers Oct. 27, 1881 at her sister's in Cass county. She had suffered from rheumatism for years, but took very bad last June and had been growing worse ever since. She had been confined to the house, but not to her bed, until nearly the last. She passed from this life at about 11 o'clock Thursday evening, Jan. 5, 1905, to the great beyond where sorrows are no more and joys will flow for evermore. . . .She leaves to mourn a loving husband, two sisters and many neighbors and friends. The funeral was held at the Union church at 11 a.m. Saturday and conducted by Rev. J.A. Murray, pastor of the church of which she was a member. The body was laid to rest in the Union cemetery. (More was printed about what their pastor thought of the lonely life of Mr. & Mrs. Crowthers and how they helped each other.))

CRUM, Amos Died 15 Feb 1842 Age 8 Mo Son of C. & M. Crum

CRUM, Christian 11 May 1803 - 30 Dec 1881 Aged 78 Yr 8 Mo 19 Da
(Christian Crum was born in Kentucky and left there on account of the outrages of the Indians, and went to Indiana, but in 1831 came to Morgan County, Ill. He was there married to Mary Robertson, who was a native of Indiana. After marriage they settled a few miles distant from Virginia, Ill., it being Mr. Crum's intention to engage in chopping wood in the timber, but his plans were frustrated as that was the winter made notable by the "big snow", so much snow falling that the people could do little but remain at home. On the original homestead Christian Crum and his wife passed the rest of their lives and reared a family of eight children.)

CRUM, Mary 17 May 1813 - 9 Mar 1882 Aged 68 Yr 9 Mo 22 Da Wife of Christian Crum
(The following news itemwas taken from the Jacksonville Daily Journal of Thursday, March 11, 1882: DEATH OF MRS. CHRISTIAN CRUM. Mrs. Christian Crum died at the home of her son, Mr. David M. Crum, near Arcadia Thursday, with typhoid pneumonia, after an illness of seven days. She was in the 69th year of her age, and had been a church member for nearly 50 years. She was born in Clark county, Indiana, in the year 1813, and was married to Christian Crum July 5th, 1831, by Dr. W.F. Short, of this city. She united with the Methodist church that year. She was the mother of eleven children, of whom eight, six sons and two daughters are still living-- all married. The funeral will take place at 10 o'clock this morning at Union church, four miles northwest of Arcadia. The services will be conducted by Dr. Short. He attended their 50th anniversary wedding on July 5th, last, and also presided at the funeral of the husband on January 1st, 1882.)

CRUM, Margaret Jane Died 27 Apr 1859 7 Yr 2 Mo 25 Da Dau of C. & M. Crum
Sarah E. Died 16 Oct 1847 2 Yr 1 Mo 8 Da Dau of C. & M. Crum
Christina Died 1 May 1878 Age 64 Yr 16 Da Wife of James Crum
(Her name is sometimes found as Christian and Christiana. She was a daughter of John Ream. She married James Crum on Jan. 31, 1833. Her husband re-married after Christina's death. Christina and her husband donated the land for Greenwood Cemetery. Her obituary appeared as follows in the Jacksonville Daily Journal: MUNICIPAL MITES. Mrs. James Crum Sr., residing in Arcadia neighborhood, died of lung disease on Wednesday last. The funeral takes place today from the family residence and will doubtless be largely attended the deceased having resided in that locality for many years.

CRUM, James 1806 - 1899
(James Crum was born in Clark County, Ind. on Sept. 22, 1806, a son of Matthias and Margaret Spangler Crum. James was a brother of Christian Crum. James and Christian came to Cass County, Ill. in 1830. James took up 160 acres of government land and made it his home until he died. He married Christina Ream and they became parents of 12 children.)
David M. (oldest) Son of James & Christina Crum Died 4 Oct 1851 17 Yr 9 Mo 27 Da
Oscar R. (youngest) Son of James & Christina Crum Died 9 Sept 1858

CRUM, William Marcellus 1844 - 1895
(From page 314 of "History of Cass County, Illinois, 1882": Marcellus also received 250 acres from the old homestead, upon which he located. He was born Jan. 9, 1844 and is the sixth living child of James and Christina Crum. He attended the Wesleyan University at Bloomington; afterward took a commercial course in Chicago. Married, Oct. 19, 1870, to Mary E. Graff, daughter of Washington Graff, of Morgan County. They have four children: Alma C., Jessie F., Elton M., Reuel G.)
Mollie 1856 - 1910 Wife of George W. Crum (Mary E.--known as Mollie--was a daughter of David Melone of Evansville, Indiana. Born April 10, 1856, she was a graduate of the Jacksonville Athaeneum. She married Dr. George W. Crum on Aug. 21, 1878. They had at least two children, Cora A. and Olga I. Crum.)

CRUM, Dr. George W. 1848 - 1935
(From page 314 of "History of Cass County, Illinois, 1882": Dr. George W. Crum, the seventh living child (of James and Christina Crum), was born on the homestead Oct. 1, 1848. He attended school at the State Normal University, two and half years, at Bloomington, in 1868, 1869, and a part of 1870. He then entered Adrian College, at Adrian, Mich., and in 1872 received the degree of A.M. He then returned to the Wesleyan College, and graduated as an A.B. In the meantime he spent two years in the study of medicine, at the St. Louis Medical College, and graduated in 1874, receiving his degree as M.D. The course of study he pursued may seem rather irregular, but it was taken as his choice, to avoid the discipline under one set of minds. Dr. Crum practiced medicine about four years, but is gradually abandoning practice, and has embraced farming, on account of failing health. He entered farming in 1869, when he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land adjoining the homestead. . .)

CRUM, Anna B. Died 6 Mar 1861 2 Yr 6 Mo 17 Da Dau of J.F. & S. I. Crum
Cecil Born & Died 19 June 1881 Twin child of T.S. & S.A. Crum
Cedilla Born & Died 19 June 1881 Twin child of T.S. & S.A. Crum
Little Maud Died 15 Nov 1878 3 Yr 9 Mo 23 Da Dau of W.M. & M.E. Crum
Effie T. 1868 - 1941 Sellie A. 1866 - 1939

DEAN, James W. Died 12 Aug 1860Son of J. & L. Dean
Louisa Died 24 Feb 1863 Age 34 Yr 2 Mo Wife of J. Dean
Louisa Died 8 Aug 1863 Age 6 Mo Dau of J. & L. Dean

FOX, Hazel 22 Jan 1893 - 15 Sept 1893 Dau of T.E. & L.B. Fox Luella Belle 1861 - 1893 Wife of T.E. Fox

FOZZARD, Anna L. 1857 - 1931 Wife of William Fozzard
(Anna Louise Charlesworth was born in Cass County, Illinois on May 18, 1857. She and her husband, William F. Fozzard, became the parents of only one child, William Howard Fozzard. See page 885 of "Historical Encyclopedia Of Illinois and History of Cass County, Vol. II, 1915.")

FOZZARD, William F. 1849 - 1917
(From Jacksonville Daily Journal of Tuesday, July 24, 1917: MORTUARY Fozzard. William S. Fozzard died at a local hospital Sunday night at 11:50 o'clock, after a long illness. Mr. Fozzard was born March 5, 1849, two miles east of Arenzville, the son of Thomas and Mary Fozzard. He was married to Miss Anna Charlesworth in 1879 and to this union one son was born, Howard Fozzard, at home. Mr. Fozzard leaves two brothers, Thomas B. Fozzard of this city and J.L. Fozzard of Lincoln, Neb. A sister, Mrs. Mary Carpenter, resides in Butler county, Neb. A half brother, Edward Fozzard, died a number of years ago. The body was taken to the parlors of Williamson & Cody and prepared for burial. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock and the burial will be made in the family lot in Union cemetery.)
Charles Died 17 Dec 1857 Age 1 Yr 10 Da Son of T. & M. Fozzard
David Died 1 July 1851 Age 7 Mo Son of T. & M. Fozzard
Mary Died 10 May 1875 51 Yr 3 Mo 7 Da Wife of Thomas Fozzard
Thomas Died 5 Aug 1880
(Thomas Fozzard's death certificate is not on file in Morgan County clerk's office. His tombstone shows his age was 78 Yr 1 Mo 7 Da.)

FRONK, Walter 27 July 1887 - 27 Mar 1902 Son of W.H. & C.A. Fronk
(This boy's death certificate is not on file in the Morgan County clerk's records. There is some evidence that this family was also known as Frock.)

GREELEY, H. W. 1874 - 1950

JORDAN, Alexander Died 11 Dec 1867 Age 50 Yr
John Died 13 Oct 1865 7 Yr 8 Mo 28 Da Son of A. & C. Jordan
Joseph Died 20 Nov 1860 1 Yr 7 Mo 5 Da Son of A. & C. Jordan

KENWORTHY, Hannah H. Died 13 Aug 1893 80 Yr 7 Mo 8 Da Wife of J. Kenworthy
Joseph B. Died 20 Jan 1875 64 Yr 9 Mo 21 Da
(In 1872 he owned land in Morgan County but the north side of his property touched Cass County. His land was north of Concord and located in Section 3 of Township 16 North Range 11 West of the Third Principal Meridian.)

LAMBERT, Elizabeth 1798 - 1880 LYTLE, Mary Lou 1874 - 1902

MATHEWS, Richard Died 17 Nov 1874 73 Yr 3 Mo 6 Da
Margaret Died 29 Oct 1834 Age 26 Yr Wife of R. Mathews
Cyrus M. Died 27 Oct 1833 9 Yr 5 Mo 17 Da Son of R. & M. Mathews
Amanda F. Died 15 Sept 1890 75 Yr 11 Mo 20 Da Wife of R. Mathews
Nancy Ann Died 9 Apr 1859 6 Yr 8 Mo 29 Da
Franklin E. Died 2 Feb 1863 19 Yr 2 Mo 21 Da

MELONE, Elizabeth 1825 - 1923 Wife of John H. Melone
(Born in Kentucky, her maiden name was Morrow. She became the mother of eight children: William T., Jennie H., Oscar, Lula B., Mary C., Lucy A., Ida L., and George W. Melone. The graves of Elizabeth and her husband are marked with a large modern-style red granite tombstone. In a major source this family name is mistakenly given a Malone being the name engraved on the tombstone.)

MELONE, John H. 1815 - 1898
(John H. Melone came to Virginia in 1837 and settled five miles southeast of Arenzville, then in Sangamon County but now part of Cass County, being in the Three Mile Strip taken from Morgan County in 1845. John Melone was an early school teacher of Scotch descent. Refer to page 212 of "History of Cass County, Illinois, 1882".)
Julia C. 1831 - 1915 (She is buried near Dr. and Mrs. George W. Crum.)

MELONE, George W. Died 15 May 1858 2 Yr 3 Mo 8 Da Son of J.H. & E.G. Melone
Ida Lee Died 1 Feb 1879 14 Yr 5 Mo 29 Da Dau of J.H. & E.G. Melone
Mary C. Died 18 Jan 1881 23 Yr 6 Mo 28 Da Dau of J.H. & E.G. Melone

PHILLIPS, Olive Crum Died 26 Jan 1897 Infant Dau of George A. & Jesse Phillips

PITNER, Catharine Died 19 Oct 1872 94 Yr 10 Mo Wife of M. Pitner
Michael Died 30 Apr 1840 Age 64 Yr 3 Mo
(A weird, true story is associated with the above tombstone. Apparently stolen years ago, the tombstone was unearthed when a garage was demolished on North Church Street in Jacksonville. A photograph of the tombstone and a story about the incident appeared in the Jacksonville Daily Journal of April 21, 1976. The tombstone was reburied in the garden at the same address, its proper location being unknown at that time. Neighborhood boys were unhappy at the reburial as they desired to have the tombstone. When descendants of Michael Pitner (Rev. & Mrs. Donald P. Smith, 125 Concord Ave., Glen Rock, N.J., 19452) sought to return the tombstone to the Pitner burial lot in 1979 it was impossible to again find the marker. Other material buried at the same time and location as the tombstone was easily found.)

PITNER, Clarissa Died 20 July 1857 Age 21 Yr Dau of A. & C.A. Pitner
(Possibly this is an erroneous reading. According to page 81 of "Marriage Record Book B" in the Morgan County Clerk's office, Alexander Pitner and Catharine Ann Davis were married Dec. 18, 1851. Rev. S. Crane officiated at the ceremony.)
Fountain W. Died 13 Aug 1866 13 Yr 6 Mo 5 Da Son of A. & C. Pitner
Catherine Died 9 Feb 1851 Age 32 Yr Wife of Wm. Pittner
(Page 30 of "Marriage Record Book B" in the Morgan County clerk`s office shows that Wm. Pitner and Catherine M. Price were married by D. Short on Nov. 2, 1841)

PITNER, William Died 22 Mar 1875 Age 75 Yr
(The following paragraph is copied from page 687 of "Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Cass County, Volume II, 1915.": "At the November term, A.D. 1854, of the Circuit Court of Cass County, Judge Pinkney H. Walker, of the Fifth circuit, who was called to hold the Cass County court, entered two fines the same day against the sheriff, William Pitner, for failure to keep order in the court. The presumption is that the levying of the aforesaid fines had the desired effect, and the judge relented, for the record discloses that upon the last day of the term, just before adjournment, the court entered a remittance of "the fines heretofore assessed against the sheriff."")

POGUE, William C. Died 22 Feb 1861 Age 16 Mo Da Son of A. & S. Pogue

REAM, Amanda Ellen Died 21 Nov 1861 Age 11 Yr 1 Da, Dau of Michael & Jemima Ream
Michael Died 26 Nov 1860 Age 48 Yr 7 Da
(Michael was the son of John & Margaret Ream and grandson of Tobias & Juliana Keller Ream. "Marriage Record A", page 30, in the Morgan County clerk's office, shows that Michael Ream & Jamima Henderson were married on Aug. 17, 1834 by Benjn. Cauby, preacher of Gospel.)
James M. Died 21 June 1859 Age 4 Yr 12 Da Son of M. & J. Ream
Nettie B. Died 8 May 1859 Age 5 Mo Dau of M. & J. Ream

REAM, George F. Died 11 Jan 1858 Age 4 Mo 22 Da Son of M. & J. Ream
George W. Died 18 Apr 1861 Age 30 Yr 1 Mo
("Marriage Record B" on page 144 shows that George W. Ream married Sarah E. Robertson on Nov. 28, 1860, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Robert Williamson. The marriage record is housed in the office of the Morgan County Clerk at Jacksonville.)
Sarah Died 21 Sept 1866 29 Yr 11 Mo 17 Da Wife of George Ream

RHINEBERGER, Elta Born & Died 13 May 1879
Nancy 23 Dec 1841 - 13 May 1879 Aged 37 Yr 4 Mo 20 Da (Nannie Richards was the first wife of W.H. Rhineberger whom she married May 29, 1867.)
Walter 23 Aug 1876 - 28 Mar 1880

RICHARDS, Della Died 2 Sept 1860 Age 58 Yr 4 Mo Wife of J.H. Richards (Delilah Larence Richards was born in North Carolina on 2 May 1802 and died 2 Sept 1860. She was the mother of 11 children.)
Hester A. Died 12 Mar 1876 42 Yr 7 Mo 3 Da Wife of J.H. Richards
J. M. Died 12 Apr 1872 39 Yr 1 Mo 12 Da
James D. Died 12 Mar 1876 1 Yr 4 Mo 20 Da Son of T. & M.A. Richards
(He was the fourth child of Thomas and Martha A. Dinwiddie Richards. Thomas was born in Arenzville Precinct, Cass County, on May 20, 1837, a son of James H. and Delilah Lawrence Richards. Thomas married Martha A. Dinwiddie in Morgan County on March 2, 1864. Martha was born in Morgan County on Nov. 7, 1844, a daughter of Kentucky natives Thomas and Virzilla Dinwiddie.)
James H. Died 28/29 June 1866 Age 66 Yr (He was born in Botetourt Co., Va. on 15 Apr 1800)

RICHARDSON, Enos Ervin Died 12 July 1876 4 Mo 8 Da Son of E.H. & M.A. Richardson
Laura Belle Died 13 Sept 1868 1 Yr 5 Mo 23 Da Dau of E.H. & M.A. Richardson

RUSSELL, Mary 1867 - 1911 (She is buried near the Kenworthy and Crowther lots.)

SCOTT, David A. 15 May 1870 - 17 Feb 1912
(This grave is apparently unmarked. His death certificate in the Morgan County clerk's office shows that he was a son of Tennessee native Steven Scott and Illinois native Mary Griffith Scott. Cause of David's death was a self- inflicted gunshot in the temple. The incident took place in Arcadia Precinct. A news item in the Jacksonville Daily Journal listed his survivors as a sister, Bess, of Champaign County, Illinois; and three brothers, one of whom was John L. Scott of Winchester, Illinois. David was listed as an unmarried laborer. His body was taken to the home of his brother-in- law, John White, who resided 2 1/2 miles northwest of Arcadia.)

SHIELDS, Alfred Elmer 1876 - 1962
Charles N. Died 11 July 1871 Age 3 Mo 21 Da Son of T. & F.E. Shields
James M. Died 12 Jan 1861 23 Yr 2 Mo 5 Da
Michael Died 20 Aug 1841 Age 40 Yr
Patrick M. Died 28 Aug 1870 30 Yr 7 Mo 28 Da
(Marriage Record Book B, page 145, in the Morgan County Clerk's office shows that Patrick McKenny Shields married Lydia Ann Burgess on Feb. 7, 1861. Justice of the Peace Stephen Sutton officiated.)

SHIELDS, Thomas J. Died 1 Oct 1880 44 Yr 11 Mo 17 Da
(Marriage Record C, page 12, in Morgan County shows that Thomas J. Shields married Frances E. Hall on Feb. 18, 1864. The ceremony was performed by Jeremiah Mitchell, Minister of the Gospel. The death certificate of Thomas J. Shields is not recorded in the official death certificates of Morgan County.)

SMART, Richard D. Died 1 Jan 1866 4 Yr 9 Mo 2 Da Son of ? & M. Smart

SPOON, Sarah 1856 - 1933
(Her death certificate in Morgan County shows that she was born in Tennessee on March 23, 1856 and died Jan. 25, 1933 at the age of 76 Yr 10 Mo and 2 Da. Her father's name was listed as William Moore, a native of Tennessee. The informant did not know the name of Sarah's mother. Place of burial was given as Union Cemetery in Road District 2.)

THOMPSON, Oswell Sr. Who departed this life September 19th AD 1838 aged 55 years. "Unveil thy bosam, faithful tomb. Take this new treasure to thy trust. And give these sacred relics room. To seek a slumber in the dust."His grave is marked by an old style sandstone tombstone. The engraver was evidently not very experienced. The word "bosom" is incorrectly spelled and the word "trust" is badly botched up. The first name is clearly spelled "Oseel" on the tombstone while all the references found refer to the man as Oswell Thompson. Pages 15 & 16 of "Morgan County Family History, 1976" shows that "Basel Ater, at the age of sixteen drove four "chunky" horses . . . on a freight wagon for Oswell Thompson, a wagon train master, to Union neighborhood, south side of Cass County, arriving in the winter of 1818-19. Thompson's train was Oregon bound but the desertion of drivers, and sickness, caused him and his followers to build against the winter here. The others journeyed on. Those who settled here liked the plentiful wood, water and game and the promise of a grist mill. ..")

THOMPSON, Oswald
(The compiler (Robert W. Dalton) believes that Oswald Thompson never was buried in Greenwood Cemetery, but the information given here could be of assistance to any researcher interested in the Thompson family. The compiler believes that Oswald Thompson was probably buried in Henderson-McFadden Cemetery, a tiny and neglected burial ground about a mile northeast of Arcadia. The following news item appeared in the Jacksonville Daily Journal of Saturday, Oct. 20, 1894: CITY AND COUNTY. The remains of Oswald Thompson, and two children, and those of George Henderson's father, mother, a brother and sister, were removed from near Arcadia, to Walnut Ridge cemetery at Virginia a few days ago.")

THOMPSON, Catharine Died 18 Nov 1859 88 Yr Wife of Oswell Thompson
(Catharine's tombstone has not fared as well as has that of her husband. Catharine's tombstone lies broken off and flat, immediately south of the upright tombstone that marks her husband's grave. Unlike her husband's tombstone, Catharine's marker is badly weathered.
Everett Died 14 Dec 1883 Age 5 Mo 5 Da Son of A.M. & M.L. Thompson
Nellie E. 1 Aug 1874 - 19 Oct 1874 Aged 2 Mo 19 Da Dau of A.M. & M.L. Thompson
William H. Died 21 June 1883 7 Yr 6 Mo Son of A.M. & M.L. Thompson
George Died 4 Dec 1868 Age 67 Yr
Margaret 29 Oct 1806 - 15 Sept 1884 Widow of George Thompson
Margaret 7 Feb 1834 - 23 July 1878
Jimmie Newton Died 22 Mar 1871 Age 7 Da Son of W.H. & A.C. Thompson

THORNLEY, Anna May 1860 - 1901
Hugo 18 Aug 1831 - 13 Dec 1898
Samuel 30 Jan 1822 - 30 Mar 1901
William Franklin Died 19 Sept 1867 1 Yr 3 Mo 3 Da Son of Hugo & Mary Thornley

WEBB, Daisy Died 2 Feb 1888 Age 2 Mo 12 Da Dau of William T. & Nettie Webb
Nettie Died 13 Mar 1888 Age 23 Yr Wife of William T. Webb
(Page 197 of Marriage Record C in the Morgan County clerk's office shows that on Nov. 18, 1885 Nettie Crowther was married to William T. Webb. The ceremony was performed by Rev. I. M. Johnson. Nettie's death certificate is not on file in the clerk's office and the deaths of Nettie and her daughter Daisy apparently were not published in the Jacksonville Daily Journal.)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION While checking burial records of Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florence Hutchison found that on Oct. 4, 1878, four Epler bodies were removed from Greenwood cemetery and interred in Lot 55 of Section G in Diamond Grove Cemetery. David Epler, one of those moved, was born in Indiana in 1804, settled in Morgan County in 1831, and died in 1877. David Epler was a member of the "Old Settlers Of The County Of Morgan," formed in Henderson's grove near Arcadia on Aug. 25, 1870.A visual check on the stones in Diamond Grove Cemetery does not reveal the names of the reinterrments. A large gray granite monument standing in the middle of Lot 55 simply says EPLER.Gray granite headstones give the following reading:
EPLER, Cyrus, 1823 - 1909
EPLER, Cordelia Nettleton Died 29 Mar 1916
EPLER, Carl Edwin Died 10 Mar 1927
EPLER, Nellie Frances Died 1 Oct 1933
EPLER, Effie 1952
EPLER, Blanche, has no visible stone. (From city clerk's record: her ashes were "1st from North of monument". Buried Sept. 30, 1953, aged 88 yr.)
EPLER, Dr. Ernest Ghyndon The vacant space in the area of these 2 lots probably contain earlier burials.





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