WPA - County Home Cemetery, Carlinville Township, Macoupin County IL

A Transcription of the WPA Record in Macoupin County Archives, Carlinville, Illinois
by Mary McKenzie


 Carlinville Township
Macoupin County
Section 16-10-7

Carlinville Township 16-10-7
1 1/2 Miles North of Carlinville
Macoupin County, Illinois

Name of Cemetery County Farm Cemetery
Location E 1/2 of the SE 1/4 of sec. 16-T 10 R7.
Oldest Grave none
Number of graves to be leveled none
Number of Veterans graves that need stones one
Number of stones in cemetery that need resetting none
Number of stones that need recutting none
Rods of fence around cemetery 33 rods or 550 ft
Condition of fence Fair
Rods of fence to be repaired all
Rods of fence to be replaced none
Number of people interviewed 2

To get to the cemetery one must go north from Carlinville on route no 4 to the C. C. Camp. Go east 1/4 mi. through field. Then across Pasture North about 100 yards. The cem. is fenced with woven wire and Hedge Posts. There is a small Gate at the South west corner and a large Wooden Gate at the North West Corner. There are quit a few weeds growing and a few trees. There can be some repair did to the Cemetery. E 1/2 of the SE 1/4.

The County Home Cemetery was laid out by the Directors of Macoupin County for the burial place of the inmates of the County Home who have no relatives to claim their body or any pauper who needs burial. Just exactly when this cemetery was laid out is not known. There is only 1 marker in the cemetery; so inquiries were made as to the earliest date on record of the first burial made there and it was found to be in 1879.

There is no deed on record for the burial grounds. 120 acres of land was purchased for the County Farm and later the cemetery was laid out on that plot near the County Home.

The only description that we can give of the County Home Cemetery is that made by the fieldmen of the cemetery as fenced in and could read as follows:

A plot of ground out of the E. 1/2 of the NW. 1/4 of the SE. 1/4 of Section 16, t. 10 N. R. 7, West of the Third Principal meridian and measures: Commencing at the SW. corner of the cemetery and running thence North 200 feet; thence East 75 feet; thence South 200 feet; thence West 75 feet to the place of beginning, containing 1/3 acre more or less to be used for a burial ground, situated in the County of Macoupin and State of Illinois.

The County Home Cemetery does not have an incorporated cemetery board.

This cemetery is under the direction of the Board of Supervisors of Macoupin County and in the care of the superintendent who is appointed to that post. Mr. William Nieman is the superintendent at the present time.

The County Home Cemetery is taken care of by the caretakers of the institution and by the active inmates.

The County Home Cemetery is in good condition with the exception of the grass which as grown tall at the time of the inspection. There are 325 persons buried in the cemetery. These graves are in rown (sp is as is), one following the other as each burial occurred. One of the graves in the cemetery has a tombstone, some have a tile to mark the grave and others are unmarked. A good woven-wire fence encloses this burial grounds with a small gate at the southwest corner and a large wooden gate at the northwest corner. There is no driveway in or to the cemetery. The land slopes to the ____ giving it good drainage.

To reach the County Home Cemetery one travels about 1 1/2 mile North of Carlinville on Route 4, then 1/4 mile east across a pasture to the cemetery.

There is one soldier buried in the County Home Cemetery.

Name:    Bridges, Joseph E             P. T. War; Pvt. Died 3/18/1933; Lot 1
Name:    Bridges, Joseph E.
Field Check:      Near center on West side of Cem.; Lot No. 1; Upright marker
Information on Marker: Joseph E. Bridges; Born Aug. 16, 1909     Died March 19, 1933 (as is)
Cemetery record Data: Lot No. 1 Block No. First row on West side, near the Center of Cem.
Death Certificate Data:   Died 3/18/1933 at Carlinville, Ill., caused by Killed in Automobile wreck
    Born 8/16/1909
Service Record: Private (In Peacetime Service)
Notes:   23 yrs & 6 mo - 23 das.

The first burial made in the Macoupin County Home Cemetery, which is on record, was that of "Cathering (as is) Young" who died on May 20, 1879.

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