Cemetery transcription by members of the Jacksonville Area Genealogical and Historical Society
Two field stones are the only indications that this site is a burial ground. Clyde Oxley cultivates the surrounding field but does not disturb the area around the two field stones. The site is in the west half of the southeast quarter of Section 17 of Township 13 N Range 9 W of the Third Principal Meridian, in Morgan County. It is east of and across the road from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Oxley, about one mile east and nearly a half mile north of Nortonville. Although it isn't known for certain who is buried here the Oxleys believe them to be members of the Spires family. Morgan County land records tend to verify this belief. Even before 1853 the land was owned by the Spires family. On Feb. 12, 1853, Will B. Spires and John C. Spires sold to William S. Spires the land where the graves are situated but no mention of a burial ground is made on the land entry recorded at the Morgan County clerk's office in Deed Record FF on pages 206 and 207. A further search of land deeds through March 24, 1883 shows the land remained in the Spires family but there seems to be no written mention in the deeds of a burial ground.
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