WPA - Woodburn Cemetery, Bunker Hill Township, Macoupin County IL


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

Woodburn Cemetery
Section 17 T7N R8W
Bunker Hill Township Macoupin County

Indexed by WPA ca. 1939-1940

*The following historical items were extracted from several loose notebook sheets compiled by the WPA workers ca. 1939 – 1940.

The Woodburn Cemetery is located about ½ mile south-west of Woodburn and it is the oldest cemetery in the county.  This cemetery has a new iron fence on the east and a barb wire fence on the west, south and north which is in fair condition.  There is a fair drain running through the south-west part.  There is also a driveway that can be used, but is in poor condition.  It needs another driveway so cars can come in and go around-a-bout way out.  A public road passes on the east.

On the 23rd of February, 1858 Messrs. B. Br. Tompkins, J. Z. Pennington, and Wm. Bailey were elected trustees of the Cemetery Association for the ensuing five years.  It was recorded on March 2, 1858, in Book P.P., page 656.  Another cemetery association was organized in 1867 and in 1870 the care of the cemetery was given up to the town authorities.

In 1935 a new cemetery association was formed.  The committee members were: President – Wm. Scheldt; Secretary – Alvin Greer; Trustees – Laura Heal, Laura Jones, Clara Festerman, Henry Miller, and Herman Ellis. 

A charter was recorded December 16, 1938.  At this time the cemetery is made up of about 15 acres.  As a public cemetery, lots are sold and the money is used for taking care of the cemetery.  The sexton is John Bostic who gets $90.00 a year.  The caretaker is hired by contract and the job goes to the lowest bidder. Current cemetery association members:  William P. Scheldt, President; Herman Ellis – Vice President; Mrs. W. W. Head, Henry G. Miller, Miss. Cora Fensterman – Trustees; Alva Greer – Sec. Treasurer.

The town of Woodburn was laid out by B. F. Edwards in 1834.  The Rider family (relatives of Mrs. Judge/Frank Burton) started a small burying ground in the northwest corner of the cemetery and the village of Woodburn bought a plot of ground for a cemetery.  There were two additions – old and new.  Mr. Huggins owned land on both sides of the cemetery.  According to Mrs. Tunnell he gave the front part (next to the road) which was a little more than ½ of the cemetery.  That is the new part.

There are about 1578 graves in this cemetery, but some of the old graves have no markers.  There are 175 stones needing recutting and 148 stones need resetting or rebuilding.  The oldest grave found is the grave of David Pennington, died Sept. 25, 1844, aged 24 yrs. & 11 days.  Forty-two soldiers are buried here and all have government markers, except one, R. O. Wood.

The people of Woodburn put up a monument in the City Park in commemoration to three soldiers who died in the World War.  It sets in the north-west quarter of Sec. 17.  The names and rank are as follows:
     
    George Partridge, Co. B. 1st Kas. (?) Regt. Killed in action at Banthville Wood on Nov. 1, 1918.  He was buried in France.
    Dietmich A. Rust, Co. A. 5th Fld. Service Regt., died at Camp Grant, IL on Oct. 3rd, 1918.
    Alfred Heine, Hdg. Co. I, 14th Bnf. A.R.D. Bat C., died at Camp Taylor, Kentucky  Oct. 7, 1918.

*Editor’s note:  There were many loose “rough notes” sheets in this file, some with additional names of trustees in other years, and a few with conflicting info.  If you have any questions, you can find the original WPA Woodburn Cemetery file stored at the Macoupin County Archives, Carlinville, IL.


The following list of veterans is made up of two sources. First, are the individual "work sheets" that information was copied on to, for each veteran found. Secondly, these names were copied into a typed list. I took information from both sources because the typed list didn't list ail of the information that was on the "work sheet." Also, there were many descrepencies between the original "work sheet" and the typed sheet. I'm not sure why this happened, but 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.

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

Adams, Chas F. Civil War Capt. Co. I 59 III. Inf. Died 10-15-1862 Lot 7 Block B
Adams, Charles F. Capt. Co. I 59 III. Inf   Died 10-15-1862 Grave 6 Lot? Block D; Upright marker; marker good

Adams, John Civil War Pvt. Co. I 59 III. Inf. Died 01-02-1870 Lot 7 Block B
Adams, John Pvt. Co. I III. Inf. Died 01-02-1870 Lot? Block B Stranger's Block; upright marker

Beach, Robt. B. Civil War Pvt. Co. F 7 III. V. Inf. Died 03-08-1862   Lot 10 Block D
Beach, Robt. B. Pvt. Co. A 7 III. Inf. 03-08-1862 Gravel Lot 10 Block D

Blake, Jacob Civil War, Pvt. Co. F 7 III. Inf. Died 05-27-1900   Lot 19 Block D
Blake, Jacob Pvt. Co. F 7 III Inf. Died 05-27-1900 Grave 2 Lot 19 Block D; Upright marker; marker in fair condition

Bouilion, Chas (S.W.) Civil War Co. K 144 III. Inf. Died 12-05-1927 Lot 20 Block F
Bouilion, Chas T. Pvt. Co. K 144 III. Inf. Died 11-05-1927 Grave 3 Lot 20 Block F; Upright marker; born 02-13-1839; no gov't marker

Bullman, Elija D. Civil War Pvt. Co. I 155 III. V. Inf Died 06-06-1912 Lot 32 Block 8
Bullman, Elijah D. Pvt. Co. I 152 III. Inf. Died 06-06-1912 Grave 2 Lot 23 Block H; Upright marker; born 07-24-1852 in
Illinois; Died in Bunker Hill of Brights Disease, Buried 1912

Campbell, Theo. Civil War Pvt. Co. F 27 III. Inf. Died 01-07-1899 Lot 4/14 Block 4
Campbell, Theo. Pvt. Co. F 27 III. Inf.   Died 01-07-1899 Lot 4 Block 14; Marker good

Cleaver, Wm Civil War Pvt Co. I 59 III Inf. Died 12-18-1874 Lot 12 Block A
Cleaver, Wm Sgt. Co. I 59 III. Inf. Died 12-18-1874 Grave 3 Lot 12 Block A; Upright marker; marker hard to read

Constatine, C. Z. Civil War Pvt. Co. A    2NYCav. Died 04-10-1896 Lot 4
Constatine, C. Z. Pvt. Co. A      2 NY Vet. Cav. Died 04-10-1896 Grave 6 Lot 4 Block 8; Upright marker; marker hard to read

Crowder, Wm. H Civil War Pvt. Co. I 59 III. V. Inf. Died 04-15-1869 Lot 56 Block G
Crowder, Wm. A. Pvt. Co. B 59 III Inf. Died 04-15-1869 Grave 5 Lot 55 Block G; Upright marker

Eddington,Wm.R. Died 01-16-1936
Eddington, Wm. R. 1st Sgt. Co. A 97th Reg. Ill Vol. Inf. Died 01-16-1936 Grave 3 Lot 2 Block 15; No gov't. marker; Born 04-02-1842

Farr.John Civil War Pvt. Co. F 7 III V. Inf. Died 11-26-1862 Lot19BlockJ
Farr, John Pvt. Co. F 7 III Inf. Died 11-26-1862 Grave 5 Lot 19 Block J

Ferdin, Chas Civil War Pvt. Co. D 155 III. Inf. Died 04-05-1898
Ferdin, Chas N./H. (?) Pvt. Co. D 144 III. Inf. Died 04-05-1898 Grave 4 Lot 2 Block G; Upright marker; gov't marker sunken
into ground

Ferdin, Richard Civil War Pvt. Co. I 59 III. Inf. Died 02-24-1874
Ferdin, Richard H. Pvt. Co. I   59 III. Inf. Died 02-24-1874 Grave 1 Lot 2 Block G; Upright marker

Filworthy (Eilworthy), Wm. H. Civil War Pvt. Co. F 1 Mo. L. A. Died 08-19-1882 Lot 5 Block H
Filworthy, Wm. H Pvt. Co. F 1 St. Mo. L. A. Died 08-19-1882 Grave 1 Lot 5 Block H

Foster (Frost) Nelson P. Civil War Pvt. Co. B 80 III. Inf. Died 05-25-1894 Lot 6 Block 28
Frost, Nelson P. Corp. Co. B 80 III.Inf. Died 05-26-1894 Grave 6 Lot 6 Block 28; Marker good

Frost, Edw. Civil War Pvt. Co. F 7 III. Inf. Died 08-25-1894 Lot 6 Block 28
Frost, Edw. W. Pvt. Co. F 7 III. Inf. Died 08-25-1894 Grave 4 Lot 6 Block 28; Upright marker; marker good

Fry.Wm. N Civil War Pvt. Co. F 27 III V. Inf. 03-25-1899 Lot 4 Block 14
Fry, Wm. N. Pvt. Co. F 27 III. Inf. Died 03-25-1899 Grave 4 Lot 4 Block 14; Upright marker; marker good

Gillies John W. Civil War Pvt. Co. F 97 III. V Died 02-09-1908 Lot 9 Block E
Gillies John    Corp. Co. A 97 III. Died 02-09-1908 Grave 2 Lot 9 Block E; Upright marker; marker good; born 1821 in
Scotland; died at Woodburn, III of Bowel Trouble, buried 02-11-1908

Green, John W. Civil War Pvt. Co. E 133111. Inf. Died 02-26-1890 Lot 1 Block 5
Green, John W. Pvt. E 133 III. Inf. Died 02-26-1890 Died 02-26-1890 Grave 4 Lot 1 Block 5; Upright marker; marker good

Hall, LevisJ. Civil War Pvt. M. Mil Died 02-15-1884 Lot 35 Block H
Hall, LevisJ. Pvt. Co. F 10th Mo. Cal. Grave 5 Lot 11 Block G

Hallows, Enoch Civil War Pvt. Co. I 152V. Inf. Died 04-30-1901  Lot 3 Block 24
Hallows, Enoch Pvt. Co. 1152 Inf. 07-30-1901  Grave 2 Lot 3 Block 24; Upright marker; age 68 years 10 m. 22 days.

Hays, Mathew Civil War Pvt. Co. B 80 III. V. Inf. Died 05-12-1895 Lot 10 Block A
Hayes, Mathew Corp. Co. B 80 III. V. Inf. Date of Death 05-12-1895 Grav 1 Lot 9 Block A; Upright marker; marker sunk into
ground; hard to read

Houseman, Rudolph Civil War Pvt. Co. k 144 III. Inf. Died 04-23-1915 Lot 3 Block 3
Houseman, Rudolph Pvt. Co. K 144 III. Inf. Died 04-23-1915 Grave 6 Lot 3 Block 3; Mar. good

King, Samuel W. Civil War pvt. Co. I 144 III. Inf. Died 04-25-1869 Lot 9 Block B
King, Samuel W. Pvt. Co. I 144 III. Inf. Died 04-25-1869 Grave 1 Lot 9 Block B; Upright marker; marker hard to read

Langachen, Christian Civil War Pvt. Co. D 43 III. Inf. Died 08-19-1882 Lot 6 Block H
Langachen, Christian Pvt. Co. D   43 III. Inf. Died 08-19-1885 Gravel  Lot 6 Block H; Born in Switzerland; died in
Macoupin co. of T. B. of the lungs.

Muhleman, Jacob R. Civil War Pvt. Co. QM (as is) 14 III. Inf. Died 04-28-1915 Lot 5 Block 27
Muhleman, Jacob R. Sergt. Majr. 14111. Inf. Died 04-28-1915 Grave 2 Lot 5 Block 27; Upright marker; marker good

Partridge, James C. Civil War Pvt. Co. H 30 III. V. Inf. Died 11-25-1884 Grave 3 Lot 18 Block G
Partridge, James C. Pvt. Co. H 30 III. Inf. Died 11-25-1887 Grave 3 Lot 25 Block G ; Upright marker; born at Buckinghamshire
England; died near Woodburn of pneumonia; buried Nov. 27,1887; government marker very dim

Partridge, Timothy Civil War Pvt. Co. F 7V. Inf. Died 05-01-1912 Lot 6 Block 28
Partridge, Timothy Pvt. Co. F   7 III. Inf. Died 05-01-1912 Grave 8 Lot 6 Block 28; Upright marker; marker good

Partridge, Wallace Civil War Pvt. Co. F 7 III. Inf. Died 06-07-1929 Lot 3 Block 28
Partridge, Wallace Pvt. Co. F   7 III. Inf. Died 06-07-1929 Grave 4 Lot 3 Block 28; Upright marker; marker good cond.

Rumbolz, James G. Civil War Pvt. Co. B 1 Mo. Cav Died 07-07-1915 Lot 51-52 Block G
Rumbolz, James G. Pvt. Co. B 1 Mo. Cav. Died 07-07-1915 Grave 4 Lot 1 Block 15; Upright

Scheldt, Jacob G. Civil War Pvt. Co. K 91 III. V. Inf. Died 08-04-1908 Lot 3 Block 5 14
Scheldt, Jacob Pvt. Co. K 91 III. Inf. Died 08-04-1908 Grave 3 Lot 3 Block 14; Born 1835 in Germany; Cause of death
Cerebral Hemephligia (chronic) date of burial 08-06-1908; marker good

Simms, Wm. H. Civil War Corp. Co. A 2 Virg. Cav. Died 03-21-1910 Lot 43 Block G
Simms, Wm. H, Corp. Co. A   2W. Virg. Cav. Died 03-21-1910 Grave 2 Lot 17 Block F; Upright marker; born 07-04-1840

Smith, John E. Civil War Pvt. Co. I   152 III. Inf. Died 12-08-1922 Lot 2 Block 8
Smith, John E. Pvt. Co. I   152 III. Inf. Died 11-18-1922 Grave 3 Lot 2 Block 8; Born 07-11-1839

Stockwell, Thomas M. Civil War Pvt. Co. I 59 III. V. Inf. Died 11-15-1904 Lot 3 Block N
Stockwell, Thomas M. Pvt. Co. I   59 III. Inf. Died 11-15-1904 Grave 4 Lot 3 Block N; Marker hard to read

Welch, Richard Civil War Pvt. Co. I 59 HI. V. Inf. 04-07-1915 Lot 3 Block 8
Welch, Richard Pvt. Co. I 59 III. Inf. 07-07-1915 Grave 3 Lot 3 Block 8; Born 03-05-1834 in England; died at Bunker Hill from
Senile Debility; buried 07-10-1915; aged 81 years 1 m. 2 days; upright marker

Wheeler, Joel Civil War Pvt. Co. A 97 III. Inf. Died 10-17-1905 Lot 4 Block 8     "
Wheeler, Joel Civil War Pvt. Co. A 97 III. Inf. Died 10-17-1905 Grave 3 Lot 4 Block 8; Upright marker; good condition;

Witte, Wm. Civil War Pvt. Co. B 80 III. V Died 01-19-1909 Lot4 Blocks
Witte, Wm. Pvt. Co. B 80 III. V Inf. Died 01-19-1909 Grave 2 Lot 4 Block 5; Born 1836 in Germany; buried 01-02-1909; died at
Woodburn; cause of death was Lobar Pneumonia; upright marker; marker good

Wood, Rueben O. Civil War Pvt. Co. F 133 III, Inf. Died 09-17-1925 Lot 5 Block D
Wood, Rueben O. Pvt. Co. F 133 III. Inf. Died 09-17-1925 Grave 4 Lot 5 Block D; No marker; born 11-30-1845 in Illinois; Died at Woodburn
of Influenza Bronchitis; Buried Sept. 20,1925; no gov't. marker

Wood, Richard H. Civil War Capt. Co. A 97 III. Inf. Died 03-08-1903 Lot 7 Block C
Wood, Richard H. Capt. Co. A 97 III. Inf. Died 03-08-1903 Grave 3 Lot 7 Block G; Born 1833 in N. J. Died at Woodburn of     .
Heart Failure; buried 03-11-1903; upright marker; gov't marker

Young, John Civil War Pvt. Co. F 7 III. Inf. Died 03-12-1904 Lot 5 Block E
Young, John Pvt. Co. F 7 III. Inf. Died 03-12-1904 Grave 1 Lot 5 Block E; Marker sunk into ground

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