WPA - McReynolds Cemetery, Brushy Mound Township, Macoupin County IL

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


Brushy Mound Township
NE 1/4 N 1/4 Section 35-9-7 
Macoupin County


(Written January 24, 1940)
Thomas Jefferson McReynolds and his wife Sarah Jane Dixon owned a great many slaves when they lived in Virginia and also Kentucky; but sold their slaves before they came to Illinois. They came here with a great deal of money and bought a lot of the land in the community around this cemetery for $1.25 per acre. This is a public cemetery, but mostly the McReynolds relatives were buried in the cemetery.

About 15 years ago, when Mayfield Memorial was just starting, there were 7 bodies, all McReynolds, were dug up and moved to Mayfield Memorial cemetery. Among them was a civil war soldier, James McReynolds, son of Thomas McReynolds. He has a government marker at his grave at present time. Pierce McReynolds is the present owner of the land where the cemetery is located. He is a grandson of Thomas McReynolds. Thomas McReynolds deeded the cemetery to the public many years ago. Don’t know the dates. Don’t know for sure he did. He talked of doing that.

There are 3 infant graves left in the cemetery, one with a small marker; but there will be more of the McReynolds buried there. John McReynolds got a deed from D. McReynolds. These transactions among the relatives were made in 1889 or ’90.

Information received from Mr. And Mrs. C. O. Loveless of Carlinville, Ill.

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