Hamilton Cemetery, Chapin-Bethel Township Morgan County Illinois

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Hamilton Cemetery
Morgan County Illinois
Chapin-Bethel Township T15N R12W 3rdPM
W½SW¼, Section 5

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

On page 279 of "Deed Record 17" housed in the Morgan County clerk's office is recorded the sale of 120 acres (less a reservation of one half of an acre burying grounds) off of the West side of the South West quarter of Section 5 Township 15 North of Range 12 West of the 3rd P.M. in Morgan County, Illinois. Dated Feb. 15, 1873, the sale of the land was completed by George W. Clark, Commissioner, to William Hamilton. The land sale was necessary to settle a lawsuit between Mary H. Brockhouse et al., complainants, and Ellen Taylor, et al., defendants. Also housed in the same office is a book entitled "Deed Record Quit Claims 10". Also dated Feb. 15, 1873, page 346 shows that Ellen Taylor (she couldn't sign her name so she made her mark) sold to William Hamilton, for $1. 150 acres off of the West Side of the South West quarter of Section 5, but no mention is made of a cemetery. A study of the documents shows that the exact location of the half-acre burying ground is not mentioned. Page 115 of "Atlas Map of Morgan County, Illinois, 1872" shows a cemetery symbol, but in fact the symbol is misplaced about one-eighth mile too far south. A visit to the cemetery on March 17, 1981 proved the site is one-fourth mile southeast of the intersection of roads 700E and 1717N. To reach the intersection leave Illinois Highway 104 at Bethel. Go west out of Bethel on a good rural road for two miles until arriving at a T intersection. Turn left (south) and drive one-fourth mile to the first road west. Easily seen from the intersection of these two roads, several walnut trees and cedar trees serve to attract attention to the unkept cemetery except when surrounding crops obstruct the view. There is no fence to protect the burial area which seems to be no more than 90 feet north to south and 60 feet east to west. The compilers, Wayne E. Dalton and Robert W. Dalton, his son, are indebted to Glenn L. Schone for permission to enter the cemetery by crossing his property.

* = No Stone
** = Soldier

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

Name Birth Death Other or Notes Veteran? Donated By Obit?
**Fulks, Lysander     Co. I 129th Ill. Inf.
(His tombstone stands near the
south end of the cemetery.)
Hamilton, David P. 5 Yr 8 Mo 13 Da 10 Apr 1861 Son of W. & S.A. Hamilton      
Hamilton, Emma L. 10 Mo 20 Da 15 Apr 1861 Dau of W. & S.A. Hamilton      
Hamilton, Martha J. __ Yr 3 Mo 3 Da 3 May 1861        
Hamilton, William 17 Jan 1817 28 Dec 1896 (His death notice appeared as follows in the
Jacksonville Daily Journal of Thursday,
Dec. 31, 1896: CHAPIN. William
Hamilton died at his home north of
Neelyville Dec. 28. He had
reached the advanced age of 81 years.
He leaves a wife and nine children. The
funeral was held at the house Wednesday
morning at 10 o'clock. The family have the
sympathy of the entire community in their
sad hour of affliction.
Hamilton, Sarah Ann (Shelton) 17 Oct 1821   (There is no death date engraved on her
tombstone which she shares with her husband.
Her marriage license in the Morgan County
Court House shows Sarah Ann Shelton and William
Hamilton were married on Feb. 20, 1840 by
Justice Of The Peace John Crawford. No death
certificate for her is to be found there.)
Potter, Martha G.   3 June 1867 Wife of S. Potter
(Her tombstone is broken off at the word "aged"
but it appears from touch and sound that the
remainder is intact several inches under the surface
of the ground. Martha's tombstone is the most
southwesterly marker in the cemetery. Page 67
of the book "Scott County, Ill. Marriage Licenses
28 March 1839 - 30 December 1899" by Edna
M. Secrest shows that on Nov. 10, 1858 Mrs.
Martha G. Boswell married Solomon Potter.)
Potter, J. B. E. 3 Mo 13 Dec 1863 (He is buried in the first grave north of
Martha G. Potter.)
** Rodgers, Zephania     Co. I 11th Mo. Inf.
(His is the most southeasterly tombstone in Hamilton
Cemetery. The plowing of the nearby field has nearly
reached his grave. Searches for a marriage license for
this man in Morgan County and Scott County have
been unfruitful. This man served at least two enlistments
in service during the Civil War. Page 464 of
"History of Morgan County, Ill. 1878" shows that
Zephaniah Rodgers enlisted as a private in the 155th
(One Year) Infantry on Feb. 23, 1865 and was
mustered out on Sept. 4, 1865. His tombstone shows
he served in the 11th Missouri Infantry. Although the
following news item doesn't relate directly to Zephania
Rodgers, it surely reflects what his feelings must have
been about being assigned to a Missouri regiment. From
Jacksonville Daily Journal of Sunday, Apr. 8, 1906:
Adventures of a Veteran. Some of the experiences of
Captain John E. Wright in the Civil War. During the
summer of 1861 Barbour Lewis recruited a
company for the cavalry service and we were sent to Jefferson
Barracks in St. Louis and as there was no Ill.
regiment for us to join we were mustered in as
Company G in the First Missouri Cavalry. This
created the greatest dissatisfaction as we all
preferred to be credited to our own
state, but we had taken the oath and
there was nothing left but to make the best
of it and after all it turned out well
enough with the exception of the fact that we
were counted from Missouri and do not
appear in the adjutant general's report of
the troops of this state.)
Sorrels, Mary E. (Sullens) 23 Yr 10 Mo 21 Da 10 Feb 1861 Wife of Joseph Sorrels
(Page 61 of "Scott County Ill. Marriage Licenses
18 March 1839 - 30 December 1889" compiled
by Edna McMahan Secrest shows that
Joseph Sorrels married Mary Sullens on June 25, 1857.)
Sullins, Larkin 54 Yr 4 Mo 17 Da 24 Feb 1860        
Su_____, Mary L.     (The above was recorded from a scrap of
broken tombstone. Page 15 of "Marriage
Register 2" in the Morgan County clerk's
office contains personal data for the Feb.
14, 1889 marriage of 33 year old James Wesley
Sullins and his second wife, Eva Wilson. James
Wesley Sullins listed his father as Larkin
Sullins and his mother's maiden name as
Mary Ell Richmond. There is no death certificate
for Mary L. Sullins recorded in the Morgan
County Court House. Larkin Sullins apparently
married at least twice, because page 721
of "History of Morgan County, Ill. 1878"
lists a Sarah Sullens, widow of Larkin,
living at Bethel.)
Taylor, Johathan 84 Yr 6 Mo 4 Da 3 Sept 1867 (In "Deed Record N" in the Morgan County
clerk's office, pages 373 and 374 dated May
7, 1836, show that on that date Jonathan
Taylor and Elendor Taylor his wife sold land
in Section 5 of Township 15 North Range
12 West of the Third Principal Meridian to
Josiah H. Smart. Jonathan signed his name
and Elendor "made her mark" indicating that
she was probably illiterate. Her name is written
on the document as both Elendor and Elender.)
Turner, Mrs. Robert   22 Feb 1925        
_________, ________ 79 Yr 8 Mo 27 Da 3 Nov. 1889 (A check of records in Morgan County
and Scott County does not reveal any
death certificate that could apply to
this burial.)

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