WPA - St. Michael's Cemetery, Staunton Township,
Macoupin County IL
A Transcription of the WPA Record in Macoupin
County Archives, Carlinville, Illinois
transcribed by Mary McKenzie
St. Michael's Cemetery
Staunton Township Section ? Macoupin County
Located in Staunton Illinois
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. St.
Michael's cemetery listing is found in Box 2 at the Macoupin County
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 compiled 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 many
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
Typed Sheet is listed first - Work Sheet is listed Second ( in bold):
Arndt, Wm. Civil War Pvt. Co. H 28 Ill.
Inf. Died 10-10-1926 Lot 1 Block 82 Section 1
Arndt, Wm. Field Check: Grave No. 1, Lot No. 1, Block No.
83; Marker - upright
Information on Marker: Wm. Arndt, Nov. 26, 1838-Oct. 21, 1926
Cemetery Record Date of Burial - Oct 24, 1926
Death Certificate Data: Died 10-21-1926 at Staunton, IL of Cerrhosis
(sp. as is) of Liver, Born 11-26-1838 in Germany
Service Record: Civil War, Pvt. Co. H. 28 Ill. Inf.
Brown, James Civil War Pvt. Confederate Soldier, Died
10-14-1905 Lot 4 Block 16 Section 1
Field Check: Grave No. 2 Lot No. 4 Block No. 16; Marker -
upright; Information on Marker - cannot read
Death Certificate: Died 10-14-1905;
Service Record: Civil War, Pvt., Confederate Soldier
Buerger, Joseph Civil War Pvt. 65 Ill. Inf.
Died 10-31-1918 Grave 3 Lot 3 Block 57 Section
**Berger, Joseph Anton
Field Check: Grave No. 3, Lot No. 3, Block No. 57; Marker -
upright; Information on Marker 65 Ill. Inf.
Cemetery Record Date: Cemetery Record Date of Burial Nov. 2, 1918
Death Certificate Data: Died 13-31-1918 at Mt. Olive of Chronic
Myorardis; Born 03-30-1841 in Germany
Service Record: Civil War, Pvt.
Comments: Lot under weeds
**Notice difference in surname (ed. MCGS)
Fletcher, Edw World War Pvt. Co. Mech 68
Am. Co. Died 06-18-1924 Lot 1 Block 86 Section 1
**(There was no “work sheet” for Edw. Fletcher. There was a “work
sheet” for Edward A.
Felchner (below), but he is not listed in the typed list.
Grave location and military info. is same for both names. It
appears this is an error in copying by the WPA.)**
Felchner, Edward A.
Field Check: Grave No. 4 Lot No. 1 Block No.
85; Marker- upright; Information on Marker: Illinois Mech. 68
Amb. Co. June 18, 1924
Cemetery Record: Date of Burial June 21, 1924
Death Certificate Data: Died 06-18-1924 at Staunton when run over
by loaded car in coal mine; Born June 5, 1896 at Staunton
Service Record: World War, Pvt.
Comments: Grave in fair condition
Hasse, Henry C. Civil War Pvt. Co. 141 F. A. 39
Div. Died 01-15-1930 Lot 1 Block 42 Section 1
Hasse, Henry C. Field Check: Grave No. 2 Lot No.
1 Block No. 42; Marker - upright; Information on
Marker: Illinois Pvt 141 Field Art. 39 Div.
January 15, 1930
Death Certificate Data: Died 01-15-1930
Service Record: World War, Pvt. Company - 141 F. A. 39 Div.
Jageman, Edw. Civil War Pvt. Co. F 10 Ill.
Cav. Died 06-13-1894 Lot 2 Block 31 Section 1
Field Check: Grave No. 2 Lot No. 2 Block No.
31; Marker - upright; Information on Marker: 2 Lieut. Co.
F. 10 Ill. Cav.
Death Certificate Data: Died 06-13-1894; Born 03-03-1841
Service Record: Civil War, Pvt. Co. F. 10 Ill. Cav.
McKeown, Harry World War Pvt. Co. 13th 20
Engrs. Died 08-22-1935 Grave 3 Lot 2 Block
43 Section 1
Field Check: Grave No. 3 Lot No. 2 Block No. 43;
Marker - upright; Illinois Pvt. 1 I. 20 Engrs.; Died August 22, 1935
Cemetery Record Date: Buried August 24, 1935
Death Certificate Data: Died 08-22-1935 at Staunton of Cancer of
Stomach and Bowles; Born Sept. 28, 1889 at Raymond, IL
Service Record: Date Enlisted: June 20, 1918; Date
Discharged: July 3, 1919; Branch of Service - Army; Co. B 13th 20
McManus, Harry R., World War Rank - Baker lcl U.
S. Leviathan Navy Died 08-05-1922 Lot 2 Block 63
McManus, Harry Richard
Field Check: Grave 2 Lot 2 Block 63; Marker -
upright; Information on Marker: Illinois Baker 1 Cl. U. S. Navy;
Died August 5, 1922
Death Certificate Data: Died 08-05-1922
Service Record: Rank - Baker
Spalding, S. F. Mex. War Died 01-03-1899
Lot 2 Block 25 Section 1
Spalding, S. F.
Field Check: Grave No. 1 Lot No. 2 Block No. 25;
Marker - none
Death Certificate Data: Died 01-03-1899
Service Record: Mex. War
HISTORY OF ST. MICHAEL'S CEMETERY
This cemetery is located on the west part of the city of Staunton,
IL. It is a very poor looking cemetery and in bad shape.
The weeds are from three to six feet high and there are only about 12
or 15 lots that receive care. The rest is all weeds.
It has a very poor driveway. The driveway is full of weeds and if
you drive in, there is no way of turning around.
A wooden cross stands in the center at the end of the driveway and on
the south an iron gate and an iron fence, which is in poor
condition. On the west is a barbwire fence, also in poor
condition. On the east the cemetery st. and on the north a
barbwire fence in very poor condition. All the fence around this
cemetery needs repairing.
The oldest grave found in this cemetery is that of Brown (no first name
given) born 03-05-1885, aged 1 mo. 7 dys.
There are 113 lots and 398 graves. There are 31 graves to be
filled and 56 graves to be leveled. Two veterans' graves need
stones. Twenty-eight stones in the cemetery need resetting and 37
need to be recut. Eight people were interview for information
concerning this cemetery.
The deed to St. Michael's cemetery was hand copied by a WPA worker on
Nov. 8, 1839. I list an edited version of the deed If you
want to learn the exact description of land from the original deed it
was recorded Feb. 12, 1890, Book EK page 335.
"The Grantor Hubert Hermanns (unmarried) of the village of Staunton, in
the County of Macoupin and State of Illinois for and in consideration
of $255 in hand paid, convey and warrant to Right Rev. James Ryan
Catholic Bishop of Alton and to his successors in office of the City of
Alton, County of Madison and State of Illinois the following described
real estate to wit: ....land description...to the place of beginning
containing two acres more or less and it is intended that the east and
west line of said tract shall be parallel. All coal rights are
hereby reserved. Situated in the County of Macoupin, in the State
of Illinois, hereby releasing and waiving all rights under and by
virtue of the Homestead Exemption Laws of this State".
Dated: Nov. 11, 1889. Signed: Hubert Hermanns
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