Joy Cemetery, Jacksonville-Markham
Cemetery transcription by members of the Jacksonville Area Genealogical and Historical Society
This cemetery no longer exists but was in the northwest quarter of Section 4 of Township 15 N Range 11 W, about seven miles northwest of Jacksonville on what is commonly known as Joy Prairie. Much information about the Joy family can be found by referring to the several Morgan County history books that have been published.
However, a news item published on page 12 of the Jacksonville Courier of Thursday, Aug. 21, 1930 is most unlikely to be found even by the most diligent researcher.
John Power of the Jacksonville Journal-Courier news staff found the news item in 1980 and it appeared in part as follows:
EIGHTEEN BODIES MOVED FROM JOY CEMETERY HERE. Bury Remains Taken From Abandoned Family Plot to Diamond Grove - - Take Three to Winchester. Eighteen bodies were interred yesterday in thirteen graves in Diamond Grove cemetery having been removed from the old Joy cemetery on the Lyman F. Joy farm northwest of the city. The remains were disinterred Tuesday and brought to Diamond Grove and placed in the mausoleum overnight. Three bodies were removed to Winchester cemetery. The old cemetery, where the first body was buried in 1839 and the last in 1904, is being abandoned. A large stone and small individual markers will mark the family plot in Diamond Grove. Some of the bodies were in a good state of preservation, while others had to be moved most carefully." The reburials are now in a large grouping in Section L of Diamond Grove Cemetery, just east of the large area used for burials of residents of the Illinois (now Barton W. Stone) Christian Home. Modern tombstones replace the markers that were in the original Joy Cemetery. The list of burials given here is reconstructed by Robert W. Dalton from the August 21, 1930 Jacksonville Courier news story, the tombstones in Diamond Grove Cemetery and other available sources.
** used to denote a soldier.
Words in brackets [ ] or parenthesis ( )are not on stone.
|Name||Birth||Death||Other or Notes||Veteran?||Donated By||Obit?|
|Joy, Angelica (Haseltine)||9 Apr 1892||Obit|
|Joy, Arthur Bigger||12 Apr 1852||Twin of Lyman F. & Angelica Joy|
|Joy, Clarence||Infant Son of John Pickering & Judith P. Joy|
|Joy, Henry||1839||(He is buried beside John Pickering Joy and Judith P.
Batcheldor Joy in Diamond Grove Cemetery, Jacksonville.)
||20 July 1878||(His name was not among those listed as being
removed from Joy Cemetery to Diamond Grove
Cemetery. However, the Jacksonville Journal of
Wednesday, July 24, 1878 carried a news story
headlined "A Worthy Young Man Drowned."
It tells of the drowning of James Joy in the Neosho
River at Humboldt, Kansas, and of his remains
being returned to Morgan County. About 35 years
of age, he was the oldest son of Mrs. Charles Joy
of Joy Prairie. His wife, a sister of Mrs. George
Daniels, died about three years before the drowning
of James. He later married a woman at Humboldt.
The Jacksonville Journal of Thursday, July 25, 1878
told of Charles F. Joy, Esq., coming from St. Louis
to attend the funeral of his brother, James Joy. The
same newspaper said the remains of James Joy
were conveyed to Joy Cemetery, a private cemetery
dedicated to the several families of Joy. Charles F.
Joy, Esq., was mentioned in the Jacksonville Journal
of Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1880. A news story shows
that he once again at Joy Prairie, this time to
bury his wife of a little over a year, Bell Ordway
Joy, who had died at St. Louis on Dec. 19, 1880.
She was a daughter of Rev. Jarius Ordway of Salem,
|Joy, Jane (Bigger)||1823||1904||(She was born 6 Sept 1823, daughter of
Robert & Elizabeth Bigger. Jane
became the second wife of John
Pickering Joy at Beardstown on
Aug. 17, 1853.)
|Joy, John Pickering||17 May 1806||18 Feb 1879||History of 1878||Obit|
|Joy, John Pickering||12 Apr 1852||Twin son of Lyman Frederick & Angelica H. Joy|
|Joy, Judith P. (Batchelder)||14 Aug 1805||9 Jan 1849||(Page 709 of "History of Morgan
County, Ill., 1878" shows that Judith P.
Batcheldor married John P.
Joy in New Hampshire. She
is buried beside John P. Joy in
Jacksonville's Diamond Grove Cem.)
|Joy, Susan E.||1810||1852||(Susan is buried in a family
grouping with Jane B.,
Walter and Clarence
Joy in Diamond Grove
||Infant Son of John Pickering & Judith P. Joy|
|Joy, Walter Crafts||1869||1889||(He was a son of Lyman F. & Angelica Hazeltine Joy.)|
|Kirkpatrick, Beryl||Child of H.B. Kirkpatrick|
|Kirkpatrick, Dean||Child of H.B. Kirkpatrick|
|Kirkpatrick, Miss||Sister of H.B. Kirkpatrick
(The following paragraph was published in the
Jacksonville Courier of Thursday, August 21, 1930,
regarding the removal of the bodies from the Joy
Cemetery. "The three bodies which were removed
to Winchester were members of the H.B. Kirkpatrick
family and been buried forty years. They were the
remains of Beryl and Dean Kirkpatrick, children
of H.B. Kirkpatrick, and his sister, Miss Kirkpatrick.
These bodies were buried this week
in the Winchester cemetery, where
other members of the family lie.)
|Parsons, Sarah B.||5 Sept 1868|
|Parsons, Sarah Lizzie||1861||Dau of Sarah B. Parsons|
|Swan, Charlotte||2 Dec 1850||Infant Dau of Mariah L. Swan|
|Swan, Helen||15 Oct 1845||Infant Dau of Mariah L. Swan|
|Swan, Mariah L.||26 Aug 1852|
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