WPA - Old Solomon Stiedley Family Cemetery, Barr Township, Macoupin County IL


A Transcription of the WPA Record in Macoupin County Archives, Carlinville, Illinois
Indexed about 1939-1940
by Mary McKenzie


Old Solomon Stiedley Family Cemetery


Barr Township
Macoupin County
NE ¼ of the SE ¼ Section 20 T11N R9W Illinois


The Macoupin County Archives has the following cemetery information stored in its files.  This information was gathered by workers for the WPA Project during the Depression Era, 1939 – 1940.  This cemetery information was found in Box 2 of the WPA Cemetery Project.    It consists of 4 pages that I compiled together.   (I tried to keep the writing and spelling as it is in the WPA report).

The Old Solomon Stiedley Family Cemetery is located in the SE ¼ of the NE ¼ of Sec. 20. Town 11. N Range 9 W in Barr Township.  The land around the cemetery is owned by the trustees of the Hettick State Bank.  The cemetery ¼ of a mi. east of the Asbury Mound Church Cemetery in a pasture with a very poor fence around it.  The posts are broken off and the woven wire fence is in a very poor condition.  Stock is running in the cemetery.  Most of the stones are broken down and are broken.  The cemetery has a good drainage to the north.  There is no road to the cem. except across the pasture.  All of the old settlers that lived around the cemetery are dead.  No one has cared for it in years. 

There are one old C. War vet burried in the cem. on the west side named
John W. Steidley, son of Solomon & Bertha Steidley, died Jan. 28, 1863.  18 years 7 mo. 28 days.

Veteran’s Work Sheet Info. states;County – Macoupin.  Cemetery – Asbury Mound.  Name – John W. Steidley. Grave No. 10 Lot NO. 3.  Block No. 1  Upright marker.  (Privet Stone)

Information on Marker:  John W. Son of J & B Steidley, died Jan. 28, 1863,  aged 18 yrs. 7 mo. & 28 days.
Death Certificate Data:  Date of Death 1-28-1863,
Service Record:  Branch of Service Ill. Inf.,  Rank Pvt; Company 32 Ill. Vol. Inf. (War C.)
Inspection of burial plot:  Poor Grave Sunken

Solomon Steidley started this cemetery about 1838 on his land as a privet cemetery.  Most of the people that are buried there are Steidleys or their folks.

Oldest Grave:  Solomon, son of S. & B. Steidley, died 1-21-1839 aged 16 yrs. 1 mo. & 21 das.

Number of lots:  14                                                               Number of graves to be filled:  15
Number of graves to be leveled:  20                  Number of Veterans graves that need stones:  None
Number of stones in cemetery that need resetting:  25
Number of stones that need re-cutting:  5
Rods of fence around cemetery:  about 20
Condition of fence:  Poor
Rods of fence to be repaired:  ½
Rods of fence to be replaced:  ½
Number of people interview:  4
Any veterans’ graves in cemetery that has no marker:  none

This cemetery is in a very poor condition.  Stones are broken down.  Hog has been in cem.  The cem. has a good drainage to the north.  It has no trustees, no one to look after it.  The land belongs to the Bank of Hettick, Ill.  The fence is in a poor shape.  Need new post and some new wire.

Anna A   dau. of F. A. & M. C. Steidley, died May 12, 1854, aged 1 mo. & 19 das.

William B. Son of F. A. & M. C. Steidley died July 23, 1841, aged 3 mos.

Fredick Steidley, Born July 8, 1817, died Mar. 28, 1900.

Solomon Steidley, died Nov. 18, 1848, aged 59 yrs. & 28 das. 

Robert B. Son of S & B Steidley, died Feb. 9, 1839, aged 5 yrs. 4 mo. & 14 das.

Catharine Martin, Born Oct. 4, 1802, died Jan. 18, 1882

W. B. Taggart, Born May 6, 1806, died Oct. 1, 1839.

John, Son of W. P. & Malinda Harris, died July 9, 1844, aged 1 yr. 10 mo.& 9 das.

Isiahi, Son of A & C Dial, died Dec. 9, 1845, age 11 yr 10 mo 8 das

John Ghill (sp. ?) died Feb. 2, 1864, aged 49 yrs 6 mo & 2 das



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