WPA - Staunton City Cemetery, Staunton Township, Macoupin County IL


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

Staunton City Cemetery
Section 30 T7N R6W
Staunton Township Macoupin County

Indexed by WPA ca. 1939-1940


The Macoupin County Archives has, in its files, indexes/listings of many veterans buried in numerous Macoupin County cemeteries.  WPA workers compiled the indexes during the Depression Era.  Staunton City Cemetery listing is found in Box 2 at the Macoupin County Archives.

The following list of veterans is made up of two sources.  One is the individual work sheet that information was copied onto for each veteran.  The instructions stated to check these sources:  burial plot, cemetery record, death certificate or burial permit, patriotic organization (name) official U. S. records or other.  These names were copied into a typed list.  I took information from both sources because the typed list didn't give all of the information that was on the work sheet.  Also, there were some discrepancies between the original work sheet and the typed sheet.  I am listing information from both sources.  If you find information below on your ancestor's record please research all differences because it's impossible to know which source is correct.  The information will at least give you an idea of where to begin.

To reach the Staunton City Cemetery one travels straight west of the city down Pearl Street about 1/2 mile. 

There are 83 soldiers buried in the Staunton City Cemetery.  Ten do not have markers.  The ones with (*) have gov't. markers.

The names are listed in the order that they were on the original typed sheet.  The information on the work sheet is listed in the order that it was listed on the work sheet, with the exception of the name that was listed first name first.

Typed Sheet is listed first - Work Sheet is listed second (in bold):

*Adler, Henry  Civil War  Pvt. Co. L 3 Illinois Cav.  Died 02-05-1917 Grave 4 Lot 4  Block 2
Adler, Henry Sr. 
Field Check:  Grave No. 4 Lot No. 4 Block No. 3 Sect 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Henry Adler, Co. L   3rd Ill. Cav.  1830-1917
Cemetery Record Date:  Date of Burial:  Feb. 8, 1917; Remarks:  Appoplexy (2nd attack)
Death Certificate Data:  Died:  02-05-1917 at Staunton of Appoplexy; Born Nov. 28, 1830 in Germany
Service Record: Cavalry Private   Co. L   3 Illinois Cavalry

Alley, Austin  S War  Grave 4  Lot 4  Block 11
Alley, Austin   Grave No. 4   Lot No. 4  Block No. 11  Sect 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Austin Alley 1872 - 1909
Cemetery Record Date:  Note:  recheck date on marker
Death Certificate Data:  Died 02-05-1917; Born:  1872
Service Record:  Spanish American War

Ballard, James  Civil War  Pvt. Co. I    9 Illinois Inf.  Died 07-10-1917   Grave 4   Lot 3  Block 19
Ballard, James G. 
Field Check:  Grave No. 4   Lot No. 3  Block No. 19  Sec. 2; Marker: upright; Information on Marker:  James G. Ballard, Co. I 9th Ill. Inf. 01-12-1837 - 07-10-1917
Death Certificate Data:  Died  07-10-1917; Born 01-12-1837
Service Record:  Infantry  Private  Co. I 9 Illinois Infantry  Civil War

*Bayless, Dan  Civil War  Pvt. Co. K  144 Illinois Inf.  Grave 10   Lot 10  Block F
Bayless, Dan
Field Check:  Grave No. 10   Lot No. 10   Block No. F; Marker:  upright; Information on Marker:  Dan Bayless  Co. K 144 Ill. Inf.
Service Record:  Infantry  Private  Co. K 144 Illinois Infantry  Civil War

Beckers, Herbert  World War  Pvt.  Co.  H    333 Reg.  Died  06-02-1933  Grave 1  Lot 3  No Marker
Beckers, Herbert
Field Check:  Grave No. 1   Lot No. 3  Block No. 16  Sec. 1; Marker: none
Death Certificate Data:  Died 06-02-1933
Service Record:  Pvt.  Co. H.  333 Reg.  World War

*Beinke, Otto  World War  Corp.  Co. K   15 Inf. U. S. A.  Died  09-08-1926  Grave 3  Lot 4  Block 20
Beinke, Otto
Field Check:  Grave No. 3  Lot No. 4  Block No. 20  Sec. 1; Marker – upright;  Information on Marker:  Otto Beinke  Corp; Ill. U. S. Army  Sept. 8, 1926
Death Certificate Data:  Died  09-08-1926
Service Record:  Infantry  Pvt.  Co. K   15 Inf.  U. S. A. Civil War

Best, Earl  World War  Corp.  Co.  QMC 151 Inf. 38 Div.  Died 12-11-1931  Grave 1  Lot 4  Block  9
Best, Earl
Field Check:  Grave No. 1  Lot No. 4  Block No. 9  Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Earl Best  Ill. Corp. (25 or ? 251 Inf.) 38 Div. 12-11-1931
Death Certificate Data:  Died 12-11-1931
Service Record:  Infantry  Corp'l 151 Infantry 38 Div.  World War

*Bishop, Jeremiah  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. G   32 Illinois Inf.  Died 02-11-1905  Grave 3  Lot 3  Block 62
Bishop, Jeremiah 
Field Check:  Grave No. 3  Lot No. 3  Block No. 62  Sec. 2; Marker - upright;  Information on Marker:  Jeremiah Bishop  Co. C  32 Ill. Inf.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 02-11-1905
Service Record:  Infantry  Pvt. Co. C. 32 Ill Inf.  Civil War

*Brackhane, Wm H    Civil War  Pvt.  Co. H  28 Illinois Inf.  Died 08-27-1911  Grave 2  Lot 3  Block 16
Brackhane, Wm H. 
Field Check:  Grave No. 2  Lot No. 3  Block No. 16  Sec. 1; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Wm H. Brackhane  Co. H. 28 Ill. Inf.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 07-27-1911 
Service Record:  Infantry  Private  Co. H.  28 Illinois Infantry  Civil War

(Braner, Julius E)    Co. 7S (as is)  Navy  Died  12-09-1922
No work sheet found

*Bub, John  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. L   3 Illinois Cav  Died 12-24-1863  Grave 6  Lot 31  Block E
Bub, John 
Field Check:  Grave No. 6  Lot No. 31  Block No. E; Marker - upright;  Information on Marker:  John Bub  Co. L. 3rd Ill. Cav.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 12-24-1863
Service Record:  Cavalry Pvt.  Co. L. 3 Illinois Cavalry  Civil War

Buhl, John G.  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. A   11 Penn. Cav  Died 01-03-1895  Grave 3  Lot 4  Block 53
Buhl, John G. 
Field Check:  Grave No. 3 Lot No. 4  Block No. 53  Sec. 1; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  John G. Buhl  Co. A  11 Pa. Cav.  04-26-1824 - 01-03-1895
Death Certificate Data:  Died 01-03-1895  Born  04-26-1824
Service Record:  Cavalry  Private  Co. A  11 Penn. Cavalry  Civil War

(Burns, Archibald)  Civil War  Capt.  Co. D  10 Illinois Vol.  Died  08-13-1906  Grave 1  Lot 140  Block 3
Burns, Archibald 
Death Certificate Data:  Died 08-13-1906
Service Record:  Infantry  Capt.  Co. D. 19 Reg. Vol. Inf. Civil War
Comments:  CANNOT FIND
    MCGS Editor's Note:  There is an Archibald Burns marker at Spangle Cemetery in the country between Staunton and Livingston (Madison County), IL.   This person has the same birth date and was a Capt. in Co. D 10 Ill. Inf.  His regiment is different in the service record of the record sheet, but not on the typed sheet.  Otherwise info appears similar.  Perhaps his body was moved or the family changed their minds as where to bury him.

Clock, Dan L.  Civil War   Seaman  U. S. S. Argosy  Died 12-15-1926  Grave 5  Lot 25  Block E
Clock, Dan L. 
Field Check:  Grave 5  Lot 25 Block E; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  U. S. Navy
Service Record:  Navy Seaman  U. S. S. Argosy  Civil War

Courtney, Ben F.  Civil War Pvt.  Co. G   7 Ohio Cav  Died 08-04-1916  Grave 2  Lot 1  Block 107
Courtney, Ben F.
Field Check:  Grave No. 2  Lot No. 1  Block No. 107 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Ben F. Courtney;  Co. G 7 Ohio Cav.  11-17-1843 - 08-04-1916
Cemetery Record Date:  Buried Aug. 6, 1916
Death Certificate Data:  Died 08-04-1916 at Staunton of Chronic Gastro Intenitis; Born 11-17-1848 (as is, but someone changed it)  in Ohio
Service Record:  Cavalry   Private  Co. G.  7 Ohio Cav. Civil War

Cowell, Jim  War of 1812  Grave 3  Lot 3  Block 67  No. Marker
Cowell, Jim 
Field Check:  Grave No. 3  Lot. No. 3  Block No. 67  Sec. 2  No marker
Service Record:  Branch of Service is 1812

*Dalhaus, Frank  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. E   3 Illinois Cav.  Died 12-08-1901  Grave 1  Lot 3  Block 56
Dalhaus, Frank H. 
Field Check:  Grave No. 1  Lot No. 3  Block No. 56  Sec. 2; Marker - upright;  Information on Marker:  Frank Dalhaus  Co. E. 3 Illinois Cav.
Cemetery Record Data:  Buried Dec. 10, 1901
Death Certificate Data:  Died 12-08-1901 at Staunton of Pneumonia; Born in Germany
Service Record:  Cavalry  Pvt.  Co. E.  3 Illinois Cavalry  Civil War

Dick, George E.  World War  Pvt.  Bat. E  21 F. A. 5 Div.  Died:  09-23-1918  Grave 3  Lot 1  Block 59;
Dick, George E. 
Field Check:  Grave No. 3  Lot No. 1  Block No. 59  Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  George E. Dick  Ill. Pvt. 1 Cl. 21 Field Art. 5th Div.; 9-23-1918
Death Certificate Data:  Died 09-23-1918
Service Record:  Field Artillery Pvt.  1 Cl. 21 Field Art. 5 Div. World War

Dietcker, John C.  Civil War  Pvt.  22 Illinois Inf.  Died 01-21-1917  Grave 1  Lot 3  Block 45; No marker
Dietcker, John C. 
Field Check:  Grave No. 1  Lot No. 3  Block No. 45  Sec. 3;  Marker - none
Death Certificate Data:  Died 01-21-1917
Service Record:  Infantry Pvt.  22 Ill. Inf.  Civil War

Douzer, John  Civil War  Capt.; Regiment or Vessel - Carney St. Marys;  Died 04-08-1900  Grave 3 Lot 2  Block 4
Dowzer, John 
Field Check:  Grave No. 3   Lot No. 2  Block No. 4  Sec. 2; Marker - upright;  Information on Marker:  John Dowzer; Born Dec. 18, 1827  Died Apr. 8, 1900
Death Certificate Data:  Died 04-08-1900  Born:  12-18-1827
Service Record:  Capt.; Company, outfit or ship:  Carney St. Marys   Civil War

Funderburk, J. H.  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. G  7th Illinois Cav.
Funderburk, J. H. 
Field Check:  Grave No. 1  Lot No. 21  Block No. B; Marker - upright ; Information on marker -  J. H. Funderburk;  Co. G.  7th Ill Cav.
Service Record:  Cavalry  Pvt.  Co. G.  7 Illinois Cavalry  Civil War

Gates, Joe  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. I  144 Illinois Inf.  Died 05-05-1897  Grave 4  Lot 55 Block E
Gates, Joe 
Field Check:  Grave No. 4  Lot No. 55  Block No. E; Marker:  upright; Information on Marker:  Co. I 144 Ill. Inf.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 05-05-1897
Service Record:  Co. I 144 Ill. Inf.

*Gerlt, Otto  World War Pvt.  22 Engrs.  Died  04-21-1934  Grave 7 Lot 20 Block E
Gerlt, Otto
Field Check:  Grave No. 7  Lot No. 20 Block No. E; Marker - upright;  Information on Marker:  Otto Gerlt  Ill. Pvt 22 Engrs.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 04-21-1934
Service Record:  Engineers Pvt. 22 Engineers  World War

Goeckel, Albert F.  Died 10-14-1938  Grave 1 Lot 4 Block 66; No marker
Goeckel, Albert 
Field Check:  Grave No. 1  Lot No. 4  Block No. 66  Sec. 2; Marker - none
Death Certificate Data:  Died 10-14-1938

Grant, Samuel J.  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. D  177 Illinois Inf.  Died 04-08-1921  Grave 3 Lot 1 Block 66
Grant, Sam 
Field Check:  Grave No. 3  Lot No. 1 Block No. 66 Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Grant, Sam  Co. D  117 Ill 7 Inf.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 04-08-1921
Service Record:  Infantry  Pvt.  Co. D  117 Illinois Inf.  Civil War

Handley, Edward G.  Civil War  Sergt. Co. I  122 Illinois Inf.  Died 03-07-1914  Grave 4  Lot 3 Block 22
Handley, Edward G. 
Field Index  Grave No. 4  Lot No. 3  Block No. 22 Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker: Handley Edward G. Segt. Co. I 122 Ill. Inf.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 03-07-1914
Service Record:  Segt. Co. I 122 Ill. Inf.

John Handley  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. H   28 Illinois Inf.  Died 03-24-1870  Grave 2 Lot 25 Block D
John Handley 
Field Check: Grave No. 2  Lot No. 25  Block No. D  Marker - flat
Death Certificate Data:  Died 03-24-1870
Service Record:  Pvt. Co. H. 28 Ill. Inf. Civil War
Comments:  Stone is broke.  Cannot read writing.

Harding, John  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. B 145 Ohio V. Inf.  Died 11-06-1910  Grave 3  Lot 2  Block 24
Harding, John B.
Field Check:  Grave 3  Lot No. 2 Block No. 24 Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Harding, John  Co. B. 145 Ohio N. G. Inf.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 11-06-1910
Service Record:  Private   Co. B. 145 Ohio V. Inf.

Hiffman, Albert  Civil War  Bugler  Co. G 12 Missouri Inf.  Died  02-17-1902  Grave 3  Lot 3  Block 34
Hiffman, Albert 
Field Check:  Grave No. 3  Lot No. 3  Block No. 34  Sec. 2; Marker - upright;  Information on Marker:  Hiffmann, Albert
1840 - 1902  Bugle Co. G  12 Mo. Inf. 
Death Certificate Data:  Died 02-17-1902  Born  1840
Service Record:  Bugler  Co. G. 12 Missouri Infantry   Civil War

Higgins, Samuel  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. L  3 Illinois Cav.  Died  09-02-1907  Grave 4  Lot 6  Block 3
Higgins, Sam O.
Field Check:  Grave No. 4  Lot No. 16  Block B; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Higgins, Sam  Co. l 3 Ill Cav
Cemetery Record Data:  Buried:  Oct 5, 1907  Death record states he was buried in Spangle Cem. which is in Madison Co.
  Note from MCGS Editor:  I found several Higgins in the Spangel Cem. Index, but not Sam.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 10-02-1907 at Staunton,  of Abcess of Lungs; Born:  Crawford Co., IL
Service Record:  Private  Company L  3 Illinois Cav.  Civil War

Hochmuth, Otto P.  World War  Pvt.  Co. F  387 F. A.  Died  02-27-1933  Grave 4 Lot 3 Block 59; No marker
Otto Hochmuth
Field Check:  Grave No. 4 Lot No. 3 Block No. 59 Sec. 3; Marker - none
Death Certificate Data:  Died 02-27-1933
Service Record:  Private  Company F  327 F. A.  World War

Jackson, Samuel  War of 1812  Capt.  Died 10-01-1856  Grave 2  Lot 4  Block 45; No marker
Jackson, Samuel
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 4 Block No. 45 Sec. 3; Marker - none
Death Certificate Data:  Died 10-01-1856
Service Record:  Captain War 1812

Jacobs, Martin World War  Pvt.  Co. I  148 Inf. 37 Div.  Died 05-05-1929  Grave 3  Lot 3  Block 30
Jacobs, Martin 
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 3 Block 30 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker: Jacobs, Matin  Illinois Pvt. 148 Inf   37 Div
Death Certificate Data:  Died 05-05-1929
Service Record:  Company I 148 Inf 37 Division World War

Jarman, Charles  Co. I  Died 09-13-1870  Grave 4 Lot 1 Block 41; No marker
Jarman, Chas.
Field Check: Grave No. 4 Lot. No. 1 Block 41 Sec. 2: Marker - none
Death Certificate: Died 09-13-1870
Service Record: Company I

Jennings, William  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. H  128 Illinois Inf.  Grave 1 Lot 2 Block 62; No marker
Jennings, William
Field Check:  Grave No. 1  Lot No. 2  Block No. 62 Sec. 2: Marker - none
Service Record:  Pvt. Company H. 128 Illinois Inf. Civil War
Comments:  Lot covered with weeds.

Kelly, George  Civil War  Pvt. Co. A  144 Illinois Inf.  Died 10-06-1915 Grave 4 Lot 2 Block 33
Kelly, George E. 
Field Check:  Grave No. 4  Lot. No. 2  Block No. 33 Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Kelly, George  Co. A 144 Ill. Inf.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 10-06-1915
Service Record:  Private  Company A. 144 Illinois Infantry Civil War
Comments:  Lot covered with weeds.

Kinghorn, Walter  World War  Pvt. 1cl.I  89 Illinois Inf.  Died 10-09-1920  Grave 2 Lot 4 Block 89
Kinghorn, Walter 
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 4 Block No. 89 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Walter Kinghorn ; Co.   10-09-1920  Colo. Pvt. 1 cl 89 Mil Police
Service Record:  Pvt. 1 cl.  Company I; 89 Ill Inf.  World War
 
Knapp, John  Civil War  Pvt.  Capt. Carney  Died  07-06-1902  Grave 3 Lot 2 Block 21; No marker
Knapp, John Gottlieb 
Field Check:  Grave No. 3 Lot No. 2 Block No. 21 Sec. 1; Marker - none
Cemetry Record Date:  Buried July 8, 1902
Death Certificate Data:  Certificate No. 4198; Died 07-06-1902 at Staunton of Stenoris of Pyloric and of Stomach; Born in Germany
Service Record:  Civil War  Pvt.; Company, outfit or ship:  Capt. Carney

Lovelace, Ray  World War  Pvt.  32 Ky. Inf.  Died 11-01-1932  Grave 2 Lot 1 Block 94
Lovelace, Ray
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 1 Block No. 94 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker: Ray Lovelace  Kenty Pvt. 3 Ky. Inf. N. G. 12-08-1871(1877?) - 11-01-1932
Death Certificate Data:  Died 11-01-1932  Born 12-08-1877
Service Record:  Pvt. 32 Ky. Inf. World War

Miller, August  Civil War Pvt. Co. K 4th Missouri Cav.  Died 05-11-1929  Grave 3 Lot 3 Block 56
Miller, August
Field Check:  Grave No. 3 Lot. No. 3 Block No. 56; Sec. L or 2 (?); Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  August Miller  Co. K 4th Mo. Cav.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 05-11-1929
Service Record:  Private Company K 4th Missouri Cavalry  Civil War

Mitchell, William  Civil War  Sgt. Co. L  3 Illinois Cav.  Died 09-22-1920  Grave 1 Lot 19B Block B
Mitchell, Wm. N.
Field Check: Grave No. 1 Lot No. 19 Block No. B; Marker - upright; Information on Marker: Mitchell Williams (as is) Sgt. Co. L. 3 Ill. Cav
Cemetery Record Date: Buried Sept. 24, 1920
Death Certificate Data:  Died 09-22-1920 at Staunton of Urlania with Metralrezuretation semi peralysis; Born April 6, 1841 in Illinois
Service Record:  Civil War Sgt. Company L 3 Ill. Cav.

Moeckel, Arno  Civil War Pvt. Co. H   1 Wash. Vol. Inf.  Died 01-25-1917  Grave 2  Lot 3  Block 31
Moeckel, Arno. H.
Field Check: Grave No. 2 Lot No. 3 Block No. 31  Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Arno Moeckel  Spanish American War.  Co. H  1 Wash. Inf.
Death Certificate Data: Died 01-25-1917
Service Record: Pvt. Co. H 1 Wash Vol. Inf. Civil War

Monschein, Anton  World War  Pvt.  7th 2 B. 159 D. B.  Died 09-22-1918  Grave 1 Lot 1 Block 71
Monscheine, Anton
Field Check: Grave No. 1 Lot No. 1 Block No. 71 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker: Anton Monschein;  Ill Pvt. 159 Depot Brig.  Sept. 22, 1918
Cemetery Record Data:  Burial:  Sept. 26, 1918
Death Certificate Data: Died 09-22-1918 at Staunton by gun shot wound inflicted by own hand Sept. 22, 1918;  Born April 25 in Illinois; 26 yrs. old
Service Record:  World War  Pvt.

Morgan, Charles  Civil War  Sgt. Co. B  4 Missouri Cav. Died:  07-19-1911  Grave 2 Lot 1 Block 26
Morgan, Charles 
Field Check:  Grave No. 2  Lot No. 1  Block No. 26  Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Charles Morgan  Sgt. Co. B. 4 Mo. Cav. 02-26-1838 - 07-19-1911
Death Certificate Data:  Died  07-19-1911; Born 02-26-1838
Service Record:  Cavalry  Sgt. Co. B. 4 Missouri Cavalry Civil War

Mueller, John  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. C  149 Illinois Inf.  Died  06-04-1908 Grave 3 Lot 3 Block 32
Mueller, John P.
Field Check:  Grave No. 3 Lot No. 3 Block No. 32 Sec. 1; Marker - upright; Information on Marker: John Mueller Co. I 149 Ill. Inf. 
Death Certificate Data:  Died 06-04-1908
Service Record:  Private  Company C  149 Ill. Inf. Civil War

McIntyre, William  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. C  3 Illinois Cav.  Died  11-28-1925  Grave 2 Lot 1 Block 58
McIntyre, Wm
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 1 Block No. 58 Sec. 3: Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  William McIntyre  Co. C. 3rd Ill. Cav.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 11-28-1925
Service Record:  Cavalry  Private  Co. C. 3 Ill. Cavalry Civil War

Patrick, Bernean  Civil War  Nurse  Died 11-11-1929  Grave 3 Lot 3 Block 2
Patrick, Bernean
Field Check:  Grave No. 3 Lot No. 3 Block No. 2 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker: 1878-1929
Death Certificate Data:  Died 11-11-1929
Service Record: World War  nurse

Patrick, William  Civil War  Pvt. Co. G  20 Illinois Inf.  Died 01-29-1909  Grave 4 Lot 2 Block 2
Patric, (as is) Wm. 
Field Check:  Grave No. 4 Lot No. 2 Block No. 2 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  William Patrick  04-24-1831 - 01-29-1909  Co. G 20 Ill Inf
Death Certificate Data:  Died 01-29-1909  Born 04-24-1831
Service Record:  Infantry  Private  Co. G. 20 Illinois Infantry Civil War

Purdy, William C.  M War  Pvt. Co. E  4 Reg. Illinois V.  Died 12-19-1912  Grave 2 Lot 2 Block 3
Purdy, Wm.
Field Check:  Grave No. 3 Lot No. 1 Block No. 2 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  William Purdy  Pvt. 4 Ill Inf. Mex. War  Dec. 19-1912
Cemetrey Record Data:  Buried Dec. 22
Death Certificate Data:  Died 12-19-1912 at Mt. Olive, Ill. of Myocarditis; Born 03-30-1827 in Illinois
Service Record:  Infantry  Private  4 Illinois Infantry  Mexican War

Purdy, William Sr.  Ind. War  Pvt.  Co. I   Regiment - Sup. Hauler  Died  02-28-1881  Grave 2  Lot 1  Block 2
Purdy, William Collins
Field Check:  Grave No. 2  Lot No. 1  Block No. 2  Sec. 3; Marker - upright
Death Certificate Data:  Died 02-28-1881 at Dorchester Twp. of Puerperil Fever; Born 03-30-1827 in North Carolina
Service Record:  Pvt. Company I  Indian War

Poore, James  Civil War  Pvt. Co. L  3 Illinois Cav.  Died:  01-06-1898  Grave 3 Lot 2 Block 34
Poore, James
Field Check:  Grave No. 3  Lot No. 2 Block No. 34 Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker  James Poore  Co. L. 3rd Ill Cav.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 01-06-1898
Service Record:  Cavalry  Pvt. Co. L. 3rd Ill Cav.

Powers, Noah  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. L  3 Illinois Cav.  03-16-1865  Grave 6 Lot 23 Block A
Powers, Noah W.
Field Check:  Grave No. 6 Lot. No. 23 Block No. A; Marker - upright; Information on Marker  Noah Powers  Co. L 3 Ill Cav
Death Certificate Data:  Died 03-16-1865
Service Record:  3 Ill Cav.  Pvt.  Co L. 3 Ill Cavalry  Civil War

Randle, B.  War BH  Capt.  Regiment - Snyders  Died  05-13-1862  Grave 2 Lot 5 Block B
Randle, Josiah  Grave No. 2  Lot No. 5  Block No. B; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Josiah Randall  Pvt. Snyder's Co. Ill Mtd Vol. Inf. Black Hawk War  02-03-1862
Death Certificate Data:  Died 02-03-1862  Born 05-13-1862  (Dates apparently in error, but are "as is" on work sheet.
Service Record:  Capt.   Sources - Snyders  Black New War  (as is)

Ripley, J. R.  Civil War  Pvt.  Ill. State Mil.  Died 04-02-1903  Grave 2  Lot 2  Block 48;  No marker
Ripley, J. R.
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 2 Block No. 48 Sec. 2; Marker - none
Death Certificate Data:  Died 04-02-1903
Service Record:  Pvt. Ill. State Mil.  Civil War

Rivie, Albert  World War  Pvt.  105 Ill. F. A. 27 Div.  Died 01-11-1929  Grave 2 Lot 2 Block 99
Ririe, Albert Louis 
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 2 Block No. 99 Sec. 3;  Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Albert Rivie  Pvt. 105 Ill. Field Art.  27 Div. 01-11-1929
Death Certificate Data:  Died 01-11-1929
Service Record:  Field Artillery  Private  105 Illinois Field Artillery 27 Div. World War

Rochester, Walter  World War  Pvt. Co. H  59 Inf.  Died 08-12-1918  Grave 3 Lot 4 Block 67
Rochester, Walter 
Field Check:  Grave No. 3  Lot. No. 4  Block No. 67 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Walter Rochester  Ill Pvt 59 Inf 4 Div.  08-12-1918
Death Certificate Data:  Died 08-12-1918
Service Record:  World War  Pvt. 59 Infantry & Div

Runge, John  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. D  7th Illinois Inf.  Died 03-05-1938  Grave 2 Lot 1 Block 54
Runge, John 
Field Check:  Grave No. 2  Lot No. 3  Block No. 106 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  John Runge  Co. D 7th Ill. Inf. 1842-1929
Death Certificate Data:  Died 05-14-1929  Born 1843
Service Record:  Civil War  Pvt. Co. D 7th Ill. Infantry  Civil War

Saatkamp, Wm. H.  World War  Pvt. Co. 41  20 Engrs.  Died  03-05-1938  Grave 2 Lot 1 Block 54
Saatkamp, Wm. H.
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 1 Block No. 54 Sec. one; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  William H. Saatkamp  Jan 05-1887 - March 5 - 1938
Death Certificate Data:  Died 03-05-1938  Born 01-05-1887
Service Record:  World War  Pvt. Co. 41 20 Engrs.
Comments:  No. Gov. Marker

Sawyer, Selick B.  M War  Pvt.  Co. E  4 Illinois Inf.  Died 11-08-1901  Grave 3 Lot 4 Block 34
Sawyer, Selick
Field Check:  Grave No. 3 Lot No. 4 Block No. 34 Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Selick Sawyer  Pvt 4th Ill Inf Mex War  11-08-1901
Death Certificate Data:  Died  11-08-1901
Service Record:  Mexican War  Pvt.  4th Ill. Inf. Co. E.  Mexican War

Schroeder, Ferdinand  S War  Died 05-11-1927  Grave 2 Lot 3 Block 40
Schroeder, Ferdinand
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 3 Block No. 40 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  1855 - 1927
Death Certificate Data:  Died 05-11-1927
Service Record:  Spanish War
Comments:  No. Gov. marker

Schlasser, Martin  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. D  99th Ohio Inf.  Grave 4 Lot 4 Block 34
Schlasser, Martin
Field Check:  Grave No. 4  Lot No. 4  Block No. 34 Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Martin Schlasser  Co. D  99th Ohio Inf.
Service Record:  Pvt. Co. D 99th Ohio Inf.  Civil War

Schmidt, Christian  Co. K  5th Missouri Inf.  Grave 2 Lot 4  Block 11
Schmidt, Christian
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 4 Block No. 11 Sec. 1; Marker - upright;  Information on Marker:  Christian Schmidt Co. K. 5th Mo. Inf.
Service Record:  Company K 5th Mo. Inf.

Scroggins, Roy  World War;  Rank - Stewart; 4 N.S.U.S.N.R.  Died 09 14 1919  Grave 2 Lot 4 Block 3
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 4 Block No. 3 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Mo. Shipright U. S. N. R. F.  09-14-1919
Death Certificate Data:  Died 09-14-1919
Service Record:  Rank - Stewart  Co.  4 N.S.U.S.N.R.  World War

Simmons, John  Civil War  Co. F.  12 Illinois Cav.  Died 05-31-1913  Grave 3 Lot 2  Block 31
Simmons, John R.
Field Check:  Grave No. 3  Lot No. 2  Block No. 31  Sec. 2; Marker - upright;  Information on Marker:  Co. F. 12 Ill. Cav.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 05-31-1913
Service Record:  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. F  12 Ill. Cav.  Civil War

Smith, Jasper  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. B  144 Reg. Ill. Inf.  Died  01-28-1924  Grave 3 Lot 1  Block 39
Smith, Jasper 
Field Check:  Grave No. 3  Lot No. 1  Block No. 39  Sec. 1; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Jasper Smith  Co. B. 144 Ill. Inf.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 01-28-1924
Service Record:  Pvt.  Co. B. 144 Ill. Inf. Civil War

Smith, Wm. H.  World War  Pvt.   Co. D  Air Serv. Mech. Sch.  Died 12-12-1918  Grave 4  Lot 16  Block D
Smith, Wm.
Field Check:  Grave No. 4 Lot No. 16 Block No. D; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  William Smith  Pvt. Co. D  1st Peyr.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 12-12-1918  Born 1898
Service Record:  Pvt. Co. D Air Service Mech. Sch. World War

Snell, James  Civil War  Sgt.  Co. L  3 Illinois Cav.  Died 02-10-1892  Grave 1 Lot 3 Block 24
Snell, James 
Field Check:  Grave No. 1   Lot No. 3  Block No. 24 Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  James Snell  Sergt. Co. L 3 rd Ill. Cav.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 02-10-1892
Service Record:  Civil War  Sergt.  Co. L. 3rd Ill. Cav

Snell, Robert  Civil War  Pvt. Co. H  28 Illinois Inf.  Grave 5 Lot 7 Block D
Snell, Robert
Field Check:  Grave No. 5 Lot No. 7 Block No. D; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Robert Snell  Co. H. 28 Ill Inf.
Service Record:  Infantry  Pvt.  Co. H. 28 Ill. Inf. Civil War

Snell, Hardy   BH War  Pvt.  4 Reg. 3 Brig.  Died  05-01-1865 Grave 2 Lot 8 Block E
Snell, Hardy
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 8 Block No. 5; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Hardy Snell  Ill Pvt. Nowlins, 4th Regt. 3rd Brig, Ill. Mts. Vol. Black Hawk War May 1st, 1865
Death Certificate Data:  Died 05-01-1865
Service Record:  Pvt. 4 Reg. 3 Brig. B. H. War

Stiegemeier, Wallie  World War  Amb. Ill. Wag. Med. Dept.  Died 12-26-1925  Grave 1 Lot 4 Block 138
Stiegemeier, Wallie
Field Check:  Grave No. 1 Lot No. 4 Block No. 138 Sec. 4; Marker - upright; Information on Marker - Wallie Stiegemeier  Amb. Ill. Wag. Med. Det. 12-26-1925
Death Certificate Data:  Died  12-26-1925
Service Record:  Amb. Ill. Wag. Med. Dept. World War

Thompson, George  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. B  144 Illinois Inf. Died 01-15-1881  Grave 3  Lot 1  Block 7
Thompson, George W. 
Field Check:  Grave No. 3 Lot. No. 1 Block No. 7 Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  George Thompson  Co. B 144th Ill. Inf.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 01-15-1881
Service Record:  Civil War  Pvt. Co. B. 144th Ill. Inf.

Volentine, Williard  World War  Sgt.   Ord. U.S.A.  Died 01-10-1933  Grave 3 Lot 4 Block 93
Volintine, Williard Clyde 
Field Check:  Grave No. 3 Lot No. 4 Block No. 93 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Williard Volentine  Ill. Sgt. U. S. Army 01-10-1933
Cemetery Record Data:  Buried Jan 16, 1933
Death Certificate Data:  Died 01-10-1933 at Staunton; Born Nov 20-1895 at New Douglas, Ill.
Service Record:  World War  Sgt.  Co., Outfit or ship was Ord U.S.A.
Comments:  An inquest held cause of death: Gunshot wound inflicted by himself while temporaily insane.  Suicide intent . Instant.

Weis, Engelbert  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. A  1 Mo 4 A  Died  02-22-1913  Grave 3 Lot 1 Block 11
Weiss , Engelbert
Field Check:  Grave No. 3 Lot. No. 1 Block No. 11 Sec. 1; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Engelbert Weiss  Co A 1st. Mo. L.A.
Cemetery Record Data:  Buried Feb 25 - 1913
Death Certificate Data:  Certificate No. 933; Died 02-22-1913 at Staunton of Cerebral Hemorrhage; Born 11-06-1840 in Germany
Service Record:  Pvt.  Company A 1st Mo. 4 A. Civil War

Weis, Frank  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. L  3 Ill. Cav.  Grave 2 Lot 3 Block 56
Weise, Frank
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 3 Block No. 56 Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Frank Weise  Co. L 3 rd Ill Cav.
Service Record:  Pvt.  3 Ill Cav. Co. L  Civil War

Werner, Jacob  Civil War Pvt.  Co. G  133 Ill. Inf.  Died 07-09-1928 Grave 1 Lot 4 Block 31
Werner, Jacob
Field Check:  Grave No. 1 Lot No. 4  Block No. 31  Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Jacob Werner   Co. G 133 Ill. Inf. 07-09-1928
Death Certificate Data:  Died 07-09-1928
Service Record:  Pvt.  Co. G  133 Ill. Inf. Civil War

Werner, Arno  World War  Pvt.  Co. L&M 144 Inf. 151 Inf.  Died 06-06-1921 Grave 2 Lot 3 Block 6
Warner, Arno
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 3 Block No. 6 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Arno Werner  Ill. Pvt. 144 Inf. 36 Div.  06-06-1921
Death Certificate Data:  Died 06-06-1921
Service Record:  Infantry Pvt.  Co. 144 Infantry 36 Division World War

Whalen, Henry  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. L  3 Ill. Cav.  Died 1914  Grave 3 Lot 1 Block 86
Whalen, Henry
Field Check:  Grave No. 3 Lot No. 1 Block No. 86 Sec. 3; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Henry Whalen  Co. L 3 rd Ill. Cav. 1845  1914
Death Certificate Data:  Died 1914  Born 1845
Service Record:  Pvt. Co. L  3rd Ill. Cav.  Civil War

Weick, Henry  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. B  1 Missouri Cav.  Died 10-29-1904  Grave 4 Lot 2 Block 64
Weick, Henry
Field Check:  Grave No. 4 Lot No. 2 Block No. 64 Sec. 2; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Henry Wieck  Co. I Mo. Cav
Death Certificate Data:  Died 10-29-1904
Service Record:  Cavalry   Pvt.  Co. I Missouri Cavalry  Civil War

Williams, David E.  Died 1904
Williams, Ezan David
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 2 Block No. 15 Sec. 1; Marker: upright;   Information on Marker:  Ezan David Williams
1872/1904
Cemetery Record Data:  Buried:  Oct 15, 1904
Death Certificate Data:  Died Oct. 12, 1904 at Staunton from gun shot wound intentionly to murder

Williams, Richard  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. G   3 U.S. Cav.  Died 03-21-1892 Grave 2 Lot 1 Block 41
Williams, Richard
Field Check:  Grave No. 2  Lot No. 1  Block No. 41 Sec. 1; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Richard Williams  Co. G. 3rd Wis. Cav.
Death Certificate Data:  Died 03-21-1892
Service Record:  Pvt.  Co. G  3rd Wis Cavalry  Civil War

Williams, Clarence  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. I  2 Kans. Cav.  Died 06-25-1910  Grave 1 Lot 2 Block 14
Williams, Clarence J.
Field Check:  Grave No. 1  Lot No. 2  Block No. 14  Sec. 1; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Clarence Williams  1st Lieut. Co. I 2 Kans. Cav.
Service Record:  1st Lieut.  Co. I 2 Kans. Cav.  Civil War

Witte, Henry  Civil War  Pvt. Co. F  4 Mo. Inf.  Died 02-19-1917  Grave 2  Lot  2 Block 18
Witte, Henry
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 2 Block No. 18 Sec. 1; Marker - upright; Information on Marker:  Henry Witte  Co. F 1 Mo. Inf. (as is)
Death Certificate Data:  Died 02-19-1917
Service Record:  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. F  4 Mo. Inf.

Zimmerman, John  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. A  4 Mo. Cav.  Died 01-07-1911  Grave 4 Lot 3 Block 52
Zimmermann, John
 Field Check: Grave No. 4  Lot No. 3  Block No. 52  Sec. 3; Marker - upright;  Information on Marker:  John Zimmermann  Co. A 4th Mo. Cav.
Cemetery Record Data:  Buried Jan. 9, 1911
Death Certificate Data:  Died 01-07-1911 at Staunton of Tuberculosis; Born in Switzerland
Service Record:  Cavalry  Co. A.  4 Missouri Cavalry  Civil War

Zimmerman, Henry  World War  Pvt. Co. 1 cl  18th Inf. 1 Div.  Died 05-17-1923  Grave 2 Lot 3 Block 52
Zimmermann, Henry
Field Check:  Grave No. 2 Lot No. 3  Block No. 52 Sec. 2; Marker - upright;  Information on Marker:  Henry Zimmermann  Pvt. Ill 18th Inf. 1 Division  May 17, 1933
Death Certificate Data:  Died 05-17-1933
Service Record:  Infantry Pvt.  18th Inf. 1 Division World War

* Have Government markers.
(  ) Listed on Garrity list but cannot be located in cemetery.

The graves of Herbert Beckers, Jim Cowell, J. R. Ripley, John C. Dietcker, Albert F. Goeckel, Otto P. Hochmuth, Samuel Jackson, Charles Jarman, William Jennings, and John Knapp do not have markers.

The oldest grave in the Staunton City Cemetery that we can locate by the dates on the markers is that of "Barbary, Dau. of W. H. and M. McKinney" who died on December 27, 1841 at the age of 14 years 11 months and 6 days.

STAUNTON CITY CEMETERY
STAUNTON TOWNSHIP 30-7-6
MACOUPIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
½ MILES WEST OF MAIN STREET IN STAUNTON
(Recorded about 1940)

The Staunton City Cemetery originated about 100 years ago but we were unable to find out who first laid out the burial grounds.  About 40 years after the first burial was made in this cemetery the land was purchased and the cemetery platted.  Additional land was purchased whenever necessary until today it consists of 13 acres of land.  this cemetery is under the direction of the City Council of Staunton.

In 1880, about 1 ½ acres of land (on which there were already a number of graves) was bought from Mr. Miller and used for burial purposes.  The deed conveying the title to the land over to the trustees reads as follows:  THE GRANTORS: Henry Miller and Louise Miller, his wife, of Staunton in the County of Macoupin and State of Illinois for and in consideration of $30.00 in hand paid, CONVEY and WARRANT to John Snell, Stephen Sawyer and Edmund Fritz, trustees of the cemetery near Staunton and to their successors in office of the County of Macoupin and State of Illinois the following described real-estate, to-wit:  a long property description follows….
(this deed is dated May 15, 1880 and was recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deeds for Macoupin County, Illinois on May 18, 1880 in Book “CX” of Deed Records at page 384.)

In 1881, the cemetery was deeded to the Village of Staunton and the trans was acknowledged by William Patrick, George W. Townsend, Henry Hackman, Henry Voge, Frederick R. Fritz and Rudolph Knoemoller composing the Board of Village Trustees of the Village of Staunton, in the County of Macoupin and State of Illinois.  (To read the transfer in its entirety, you will find a complete copy with this index at the Staunton Public Library, Genealogy Room.)

In 1891, ordinances were drawn up and accepted after which a Board of Managers, selected from the City Council, were appointed to have control and management of the cemetery.

In 1907, the third addition was made to the Staunton City Cemetery and it is known as Section 3 and is located to the far west.  The deed conveying the title to the land over the trustees reads as follows:  THE GRANTORS: Henry Miller and Louisa Miller, his wife, of the city of Staunton, in the County of Macoupin and State of Illinois for and in consideration of the sum of $279.20 in hand paid, CONVEY and WARRANT to the City of Staunton, in the County of Macoupin, State of Illinois the following described real-estate , to-wit:  (a long legal land description follows).

In 1922, the cemetery board deemed it necessary to make another addition to the cemetery and Section 4 was purchased together with a 16 foot strip to the east of the original cemetery for a driveway.  Section 4 is to the North the full length of the cemetery. The deed transferring the land over to the trustees reads as follows:  THE GRANTORS:  Henry Miller, a single man, Louis Miller, Clara M. Miller, Otto H. C. Miller, Lucia M. Miller, Wm. Miller, Christine Miller, Albert C. Miller, Mable J. Miller of the City of Staunton, Illinois, County of Macoupin, State of Illinois the follow described real-estate, to-wit:  (long legal land description follows.)

The present Board of Managers of the Staunton City Cemetery are:
Joe Mouish, Chairman; Roy France – Trustee; Fred Bemath-Trustee; Otto Mull – Trustee; E. J. Foulk, Sexton.

The money from the sale of lots is put into thee city treasury.  Whenever any debt is incurred for the repair of the cemetery grounds or any other expense, a levy is made out of the taxes to cover the amount.

The Staunton City Cemetery is in fair condition.  3244 graves have been counted in the cemetery and 570 of that number needs filling in or leveling.  278 tombstones are leaning or down and need resetting.  94 markers are old and weatherworn and the inscriptions need recutting.  The driveways throughout the cemetery is covered with shale.  The woven wire fence which encloses this burial ground is in fair condition.  There are 12 soldiers buried in this cemetery who do not have any marker.  The land is hilly and gives the cemetery good drainage.

THE CITY OF STAUNTON

In connection with the history of the City Cemetery we touch upon the pioneer history of the City and Township of Staunton and some of the early pioneers who are buried in the cemetery.

In the year 1817, John Wood a blacksmith and millwright came from Virginia and settled on the southeast part of Section 36 and he was beyond a doubt the first settler in Staunton Township.  Later came Richard Wilhelm, Eennith Seymore who settled on Section 24, then came Talamachus Camp, Jesse Chapman, James B. Cowell, Lewis Cormack, William Cormack, Rodger Snell and many others who emigrated from North and South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and a few from Pennsylvania.

Life of these early pioneers was rough and hard.  They generally settled at the edge of a timber where they could easily cut trees to secure logs for their cabins and could also be protected against the wind and the storm.  The land near the timber was soft and more easily cultivated with their primitive implements.  Their homes were rude huts with a small window and door for light and a rough floor made from split logs; but some of the pioneers did not even have a floor.  The nearest market was St. Louis and Alton and the pioneers had to live entirely upon the products of the farm and the wild game which was so abundant.  The women of the family had to raise, ret, and spin the flax from which the cloth was woven and likewise cut and make the clothing.

The early schools were of the most primitive character.  They were constructed of unhewn logs, which were sometimes covered with boards, which were held in their place by weight poles and no floor.  Oiled paper was placed over an opening in the wall to serve as windows.  The seats were usually made of split logs with wooden pins driven into them for logs.  Sometimes these logs were hewen and smoothed for comfort and to save the wear of the clothing.  The subjects taught in the early were orthography, reading, writing and some arithmetic.  Most of these schools were by perscription whereby the teacher received $2.00 per student for the school year.  The first school taught in Staunton Township was in 1822 by William Wilcox and was a private school taught 8 hours day and 5 days a week for 3 months at $2.00 per scholar.  The first school-house erected in 1825 was built of hickory logs split open and put up in cabin style with a clapboard roof and dirt floor.  This building was erected and completed on Saturday and school began the following Monday and was also used as a church and public hall.  Rodger Snell, Tristian P. Hoxsey, Philip Denham and Archibald Hoxsey were the first teachers in the township.

The first entries of land in the township was that made by Talamachus Camp in 1819 on Section 19, which is now part of Mt. Olive Township, and in 1825 he entered land on Section 31.  In 1828 Nathaniel Buckmaster entered land in Section 29 and Rodger Snell in Section 31.

The first church was built and dedicated in 1828 and stood on the grounds now used as a cemetery in the town of Staunton.  This church was a small cabin built of logs much on the order of the school house and had rough pews and a pulpit and was used by all denominations, each reserving their particular Sunday to hold their services.  As the city of Staunton grew each denomination built their own edifice and there were 9 churches in Staunton serving the Presbyterian, English, German, Methodist, Lutheran, Evangelical Lutheran, Christian, Baptist and Catholic faiths.

The first minister who preached in the township was Parham Randle of the Methodist denomination at the home of Richard Chapman in 1820.  James Lemon, a Baptist, preached in the fall of 1821 at the residence of Talamachus Camp.

The first marriage of parties living in the township was that of Jesse Chapman and Comfort Alexander on May 29, 1820.

The first white child born in the township was Benjamin Chapman, son of John D. and Sarah Chapman in the spring of 1820.

Dr. Luke S. Coons was the first physician who came in 1835.

The first mill was made by Richard Chapman who purchased a pair of small millstones and fitted up a hand mill where up to 1823 most of the breadstuffs for the settlers was ground.  

Later tread mills, water mills and steam mills came into existence until Staunton had the finest milling facilities, manufacturing the choicest brand of flour.  At the present day there is no milling system in Staunton.

Many of these old settlers are now buried in the city cemetery.
   
The city of Staunton is located in parts of Section 29, 30, 31, and all of 32.  When the town was first started in 1831 by the opening of a store by Stephen J. Hicks it only covered part of section 32 and a small addition in 29.  Four years later the regular streets running north and south were laid out by David Hendershott and on the 23rd day of February 1859 it was incorporated by special act of the Legislature and subsequently incorporated under the general law.  Six village trustees and one clerk and a police magistrate were elected which constituted the first city council. 

The city was laid out with a public square in the business center of the town which was 240 feet square and donated by David Hendershott.  It was set out in trees and adds much to the beauty of the town.  The growth of the town was steady and rapid.  It was fortunate in having for its businessmen, gentlemen of energy and enterprise who had spared no pains in advancing the interests of the place.

Note:  The author of the above history of Staunton is unknown.  There were several pages of miscellaneous notes that I combined into one story, but for the most part I kept text, spellings and grammar “as is”.  If you want to view the exact property descriptions of the original cemetery and additions please check the file folder for WPA City Cemetery Records located at Staunton Public Library in Staunton, IL.



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