Effingham County
Did You Know ...

If you know of any interesting facts about Effingham County, its people, and tips and hints about researching your ancestors, please let me know.  I'm interested in finding buildings that are on the Historical Register, information about monuments, famous Effingham County people, legends, hauntings, etc.  I'll add your information to this list for others to see (and I'll give you credit, of course!).   Linda

  New   Did you know.........

That Judy Milde researched and prepared a history of the Van Camp Packing Company of Effingham, Illinois? 
Thanks for sharing Judy!  You do awesome work!

Scroll down to read the entire article, along with her sources. 

New     Did you know.........    

That Tony Mammoser has recently published a 3 Cemeteries tombstone photos DVD?  The three cemeteries are: St. Aloysius Cemetery, Bishop Creek, Effingham Co., IL (2004); St. Francis Cemetery, Teutopolis, Effingham Co., IL (2005); and St. Joseph Cemetery, Island Grove, Jasper Co., IL (2004).  His DVD contains about 2,900 tombstone photos that he took in April 2004 and March 2005.


Tony does genealogy as a hobby, not for money, and he doesn't have a mass production setup.  Although Tony is not selling his DVD, he has donated a copy of it to the Effingham County Genealogical and Historical Society.  He is interested in arranging trades of his DVD with other genealogists in exchange for publications or family history books they might have that add to his collection.  Anyone interested in discussing such a trade needs to contact Tony privately at ItAllStartedWith@comcast.net

Linda's note:  Tony is NOT offering to do lookups. 

Now  DID YOU KNOW..........

That the 1883 History of Effingham County, Illinois is now online at the Internet Archive?  It is viewable in several formats and is searchable.  Thanks to Mike Hebert for sharing this information......


Teutopolis Monastery Museum

The Teutopolis Monastery Museum is located on the west side of St. Francis Church in Teutopolis at 110 South Garrett Street (just south of Route 40).  It is open to the public on the first Sunday of the month, April through November. The hours are from 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Admission for adults is $3.00 and $1.00 for children.  A tour of the Monastery Museum includes the Mausoleum and St. Francis Church.  Special group tours for 10 or more adults or school groups can be arranged for days other than the scheduled Sunday openings by contacting Joyce and Ray Vahling at (217) 857-3586.

There are more than 30 rooms open for viewing in the museum which is housed on the second floor in the former Franciscan Novitiate building. The articles are on display in the "cells" (or bedrooms) of the Novices.  The Monastery Museum is known for its collection of articles and books used by the Franciscan friars during the novitiate year. Bibles in different languages and books from the 1700's and the Theological Seminary are on display. Other items on display are items used by early Teutopolis pioneers including furniture, clocks, quilts, toys and various household items, as well as carpentry and farm tools used by or typical of those used by the founding fathers of Teutopolis.

Note:  As of August 25, 2010, the School Sisters of Notre Dame are in the process of establishing "The Notre Dame Room" in the museum. The Notre Dame sisters came to Teutopolis in 1861 and became an integral part of the Teutopolis school system.

Effingham County's Haunted History
by Linda Lambert

Ramsey Cemetery – Is it Haunted?  Some Think So!

Some people think that one of Effingham County’s most popular cemeteries is haunted.  Stories have been told about it for years.  Ramsey Cemetery is also known as Casbar, Casbah or Kasbar cemetery.  It’s easy to understand why so many believe the area is haunted. The cemetery is located about six miles north of Effingham.  To get there you take a narrow, winding road through large trees. The cemetery itself is quite isolated and in the middle of a forest. Many of the tombstones are old and in ruins.

Many web sites contain strange rumors about Ramsey Cemetery, including this description from http://www.communitywalk.com.  “There have been many strange things reportedly happening here. This old cemetery is supposed to have several haunted caves. There have also been reports of a werewolf, and a man cloaked in black with red glowing eyes.”  There have also been stories of ghostly figures on horseback, strange lights and strange sounds. The cemetery is even featured in a 2007 book “The Illinois Road Guide to Haunted Locations” by paranormal investigators Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk.

According to information from “Effingham County, Illinois Past and Present” by John Russell, Ramsey Cemetery began as a private cemetery when 29-year-old Alexander Ramsey was the first burial there in 1851. Three more Ramseys were buried within three years.  After that it became a community cemetery.

One of the most popular stories is that if you go to Ramsey Cemetery and put a penny heads up on a tombstone, when you come back, it will have been turned upside down.

(Note from Linda): I personally have never seen the "caves". 

The First Schoolhouses in Teutopolis
(Taken from the Teutopolis Press, August 30, 1995)

The first schoolhouse in Teutopolis was built about 1841. It was located about two blocks south of the cemetery. The first students were Fritz Mindrup, Casper Mindrup, Anthony Mindrup, Mary Boeckmann, Joseph Boeckmann, Francis Boeckmann, Marie Uptmor, Clem Uptmor II, Josephine Pundsack and Catherine Pundsack.  The first teacher was John Henry Rabe. From 1845 to 1847 classes were held first at the Waschefort home (now the Bauer Funeral Home) and later at the parsonage.  The pastor at Teutopolis, the Rev. Joseph Kuenster, doubled as the teacher. The first full-time lay teacher in the community was Peter Doerner.  He taught in the new log school building built near the first church until 1851.  H.H. Huels, Herr von Schuler (an Alsatian) and John Hoene who taught during 1852 and 1853 were there in rapid succession.  John Hoene was the first teacher in Teutopolis to hold a state teaching certificate.

The next teachers mentioned in the early history of Teutopolis were Ms. Kugler, Michael Weis, William Stilleke, P. Gottesleben, John (or Henry) Eversman, John Wehling, Brother Rudolph Horstman, OFM (who later was ordained a priest) and Brother Gottfried Memel, OFM.

The first schools in Teutopolis were subscription schools. A teacher's salary was a few dollars per pupil or a few bushels of grain. Later the village schools became a combination of public and parochial.  The girls academy was strictly a private school.

The coming of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1861 brought the stabilization of the Teutopolis school system. When Louis Rieg was hired in 1874, he began recording the evolution of the Teutopolis school system.

National Register of Historic Places

The Effingham County Courthouse in Effingham was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.  (Information from Phil Lewis)

The Dr. Charles M. Wright House in Altamont was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.  (Information from Phil Lewis)

USS Effingham (APA-165)

Did you know that Effingham County had a ship named after it?  The USS Effingham was an amphibious personnel attack ship that participated in the invasion of Okinawa during the final months of World War II.  She was commissioned November 1, 1944 and decommissioned May 17, 1946.  She was 455 feet long and 62 feet wide.  She had a crew of 56 officers and 480 enlisted men and could haul up to 1,500 troops. She trained at Guadalcanal with the 1st Marines, then staged at Ulithi for the invasion landings on Okinawa on April 1, 1945.  With the end of the war, she transported troops for the reoccupation of Jimsen, Korea and China and returned to the United States on "Magic Carpet" duty.  She helped liberate Korea from the Japanese and ferried Nationalist Chinese troops before she was decommissioned.  After her decommission, she was scrapped.

5 MILE RULE - Genealogy Tip

A young man couldn't go courting at night much further than 5 miles or he wouldn't make it back home the next morning in time for farm chores. Five miles was a long way to go on foot, by horseback or by buggy. Young men often married young women within that 5-mile radius, so look to the tax lists for information that may lead to the maiden name of your female ancestor. This is especially true if the tax lists ARE NOT in alphabetical order, but are listed by location.


The following is part of a write-up I found in the Effingham, Illinois Fiftieth Anniversary Book.....who got it from the files of the Effingham Newspaper, The Democrat......

"In the fall of 1874, Nathan Burgess murdered Joseph Robbins, a watchman on the  Vandalia bridge east of Vandalia.  He was indicted by the Fayette Circuit Court and the case was brought to the Effingham Circuit Court on a change of venue. He was tried at the March term, 1875, and was sentenced to be hanged, the execution taking place in Effingham on June 18, 1875."



By Judith Krauss Milde

Gilbert C. Van Camp, an Indianapolis, Indiana grocer, was the Founder of the Van Camp Packing Company, although the company’s history is sketchy at best.&nbsfalse">http://books.google.com/books?id=XSRKAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA27&dq=%22van+camp+packing+company,+effingham,+illinois%22&hl=en&ei=mBl9TfHcAYT4rAHmhMyIBg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CFcQ6AEwBQ#v=onepage&q&f=false:  accessed 10 September 2010.

 6 Houghton, Frederick Lowell, Editor and Proprietor, “The Holstein-Friesian Register, Volume 28, Part 2”, Brattleboro, VT, 1910, Page 1356.  Google Books.  Original from Cornell University.
Digitized:  3 Nov 2009. 

http://books.google.com/books?id=fCRJAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA1356&dq=%22van+camp+packing+company,+effingham,+illinois%22&hl=en&ei=AGWnTdDpEsnogQes8_zzBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CGgQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q&f=false:  accessed 13 September 2010.

7 “Report of Committee and Hearings Held Before the Senate Committee on Manufactures Relative to Foods Held in Cold Storage”, Washington Government Printing Office, 1911, Page 154.  Google Books.  Original from The Library of Congress.  Digitized:  11 Oct 2006.
http://books.google.com/books?id=6kETAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA154&dq=%22van+camp+packing+company,+effingham,+illinois%22&hl=en&ei=_mKnTdObK8fbgQfg6fDzBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CFIQ6AEwBA#v=snippet&q=effingham%2C%20Ill&f=false:  accessed 10 September 2010.

8 “Coal Age, Volume IX, January 1 to June 30, 1916”, Hill Publishing Co., New York, 1916.  February 19, 1916 Coal Age, Page 361, Coal Contracts Pending.   Google Books.  Original from Princeton University.  Digitized:  8 April 2010. http://books.google.com/books?id=S4hNAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA361&dq=%22van+camp+packing+company,+effingham,+illinois%22&hl=en&ei=m1-nTfb-E8jVgQeUkPDzBQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CEUQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false:  accessed 10 September 2010.

9 “Van Camp Packing Co.”  Watertown Gazette, 4 September 1908, 11 September 1908 [Effingham, Ill. Democrat]
http://www.watertownhistory.org/Articles/Miscellaneous005.htm:  accessed 13 September 2010.

10 “Van Camp Packing Co.”  Watertown Daily Times, 23 April 1915.
http://www.watertownhistory.org/Articles/Miscellaneous005.htm:  accessed 13 September 2010.

11 “Illinois Statewide Death Index, Pre-1916,” database, Jesse White Secretary of State and State Archivist.  http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/deathsrch.html:  accessed 11 March 2011.

12 “Database of Illinois Death Certificates, 1916-1950,” database, Jesse White Secretary of State and State Archivist.  http://www.ilsos.gov/GenealogyMWeb/idphdeathsrch.html:  accessed 11 March 2011.

13 The Automobile Blue Book 1918, Volume 5, Copyright 1918 by The Automobile Blue Book Pub. Co.  Original from:  Harvard University.  Digitized: 22 September 2007.  Google books, Page 481. http://books.google.com/books?id=X94NAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA481&dq=van+camp+packing+company,+effingham,+illinois&hl=en&ei=DkqSTYBPxdOBB6zLsBk&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CD4Q6AEwATgK#v=onepage&q&f=false

What They "Really" Mean!

Info from Deeds

In the lower-left corner of most old deeds, you will find two to four witnesses. The first one is always from the husband's side, the next two from the wife's side.  That is to protect her one-half dower rights under the law.  (Nothing you will ever use will give you greater clues to a woman's maiden name).


Ron Kabbes - Former St. Louis Cardinal baseball player.

Glen Brummer - Former St. Louis Cardinal baseball player (catcher).  (Thanks to Ellen Meinhart, we now know Glen's first name!!!)

Ada Kepley - first lady lawyer in Illinois and the first woman to graduate from a law school; buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Effingham.

David Stanley Hill - author

C. K. O'Dell - author

Zona B. Davis - radio broadcaster and author of articles for Guideposts Magazine

Susan Feldhake - author

Kathleen Sage - author

Robert "Doc" Kralman - radio broadcaster; radio executive and corporate sales manager for Premier Broadcasting, Inc. (WXEF; WKJT; and WXET).  He was included in the 1984 edition of "Outstanding Young Men of America". (May I make a major brag here?  This is my kid brother!!!!!!!!)

Larry Wilson - Sports Announcer - Illinois Sports Hall of Fame

Mary A. (Brown) Newcomb - a Civil War nurse who wrote a book of her experiences, is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Effingham.  The soldiers called her "Mother" Newcomb.  She was at the battle of Shiloh and met President Lincoln and General Grant.

Colonel John J. Funkhouser  -  commanded the 98th Illinois Infantry Regiment in the Civil War, is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery in Effingham.  He was wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga on September 20,1863.  He was Effingham County's highest ranking Civil War soldier.

Teresa Hoffman - teacher of the year in 1956 chosen by the National Education Association.

Major (Dr.) Henry Eversman - chief medical officer on Johnson Island in Lake Erie (Union prison for Confederate soldiers) from January, 1864 to July, 1865.

Jackson Keith Loy -  received the Navy Cross posthumously for extraordinary heroism as a gunner aboard the USS San Francisco.  The US also named a destroyer escort for him, the U.S.S. Loy.

James Newton Matthews - a doctor from Mason and a noted poet, is buried in Mason Union Cemetery.  His son, James Riley Matthews, was named for his friend and fellow poet, James Whitcomb Riley.  (See below article posted here with permission of the Effingham Daily News and author, Tony Huffman.  The article was published in the Effingham Daily News on July 1, 2008.  Thanks, EDN and Tony!!!)

Samuel L. Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, wrote “his songs have lifted my spirit like a strong and helpful hand” about 19th century Mason native James Matthews. “Such poets as Matthews are the world’s best benefactors,” wrote Clemens.
This accolade to Dr. James Newton Matthews is one of a laundry list of accomplishments the Mason native reached before his death in 1910.
In addition to his extensive literary accomplishments, Matthews was known as the first student of the University of Illinois, Urbana.
“When faculty gathered at the door to welcome new students on the first day of registration (March 2, 1868), Matthews was the first to appear,” wrote associate director of development at University Illinois Library Roxanne Frey in “Country Doctor” and “Poet of the Prairies.”
“The son of a country doctor in the small town of Mason in Effingham County, he was just 15 years old when he officially became a student at the new university organized under the Morrill Act of 1862, federal legislation that established land-grant institutions,” wrote Frey.
The college, known then as Illinois Industrial University, was a five-story building in the middle of a field. While Matthews flourished as a student, life as a college student had its challenges.
“In a March 1870 missive, Matthews declares he’s ready to leave school at the end of spring term and mentions the need for additional funds (having received $7 from his father of which $5 had been stolen),” wrote Frey.
Writing about the acceptance of women into the college in “Boys of the Spring of 1868,” Matthews notes he “delighteth in the society of the fair, and thinketh often of that good saying, ‘It is not good that man should be alone.’”
Other aspects of the U of I that hold Matthews’ initial influence, according to Frey, can still be found around campus. Matthews was an editor for The Student, a publication that eventually became The Daily Illini, and he was a charter member of the Beta Upsilon chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Upon graduation, Matthews worked as an editor of the Champaign Gazette and a columnist for the Chicago Record before returning to school to become a doctor.
Following in his father’s footsteps, Matthews graduated top of his class at St. Louis Medical College.
Returning to Mason, Matthews became a traveling country doctor. This coupled with a continued dedication to literature, which garnered him noticeable national publication and fame. Matthews provided valuable additions to society on local and national levels.
Recognized by the University of Illinois with a degree of Master of Letters and a medical career heralded for diagnostic skills, Matthews died after traveling in a winter storm to minister to a patient.
In passing, Matthews left a legacy of impressive educational firsts, national literary achievements and a successful medical practice. His life has been remembered through literature and the college by the James Newton Matthews Scholars program, which recognizes high achieving incoming freshman.
“Those who sat on the initial selection committee in 1996 for the scholarships (which are awarded in a blind selection process based primarily on academic qualifications) were astonished to discover their first choice for the award was Adam Hooks, a native of Mason who was majoring in English,” wrote Frey of the ironic history.

The old Mason Cemetery is the final resting place of James Matthews and his family. 

Rich Thomas from Dieterich, Illinois was recruited by Bobby Knight and later played basketball in the NBA.

Mrs. Bearins from Dieterich, Illinois was Jimmy Hoffa's secretary.

Did you know.......how the Teutopolis Wooden Shoes got their very unique name?? 'Way back in 1932, when John Harold Griffin was hired as the coach of the new athletic department, he looked for a "unique" name for the basketball team. At the time, there was an old Teutopolis pioneer, George Deyman (pronounced diamond) who carved wooden shoes for a living. To recognize Mr. Deyman and the German heritage of Teutopolis, Mr. Griffin chose the name "Wooden Shoes" for the team. (Information courtesy of Paul Kralman [my dad] and Lawrence Carie (retired coach of the Wooden Shoes and Mr. Griffin's successor).  If you get the chance, stop by the Monastery Museum in Teutopolis.  One room is dedicated to Mr. Deyman and features wooden shoes he carved, as well as his carving tools.

Just a little background on Mr. Griffin.... He was born April 26, 1906. Came to Teutopolis from East Hampton, Massachusetts in 1925. Married Luella Siemer August 21, 1929. As well as being the athletic director for all sports, he taught accounting, typing and shorthand in Teutopolis High School until his retirement. (Taught my dad, taught me 25 years later, and then my two younger brothers). He died in Teutopolis December 4, 1993 and is buried in St. Francis Cemetery, Teutopolis. The Teutopolis High School Gymnasium is named in his honor.

Yeah! Shoes! (I graduated from Teutopolis High School in 1960).

Did you know.......That Teutopolis once had a brickyard AND a brewery?

The owner of the old brickyard was George Deyman (yep, the same feller who carved those wooden shoes).........

1868 - Krieg Brewery owned by Mathias Krieg - located on Salt Creek, north of Teutopolis. The water was not suitable, and the brewery was discontinued.  (from the Historical Sketch of Teutopolis and of St. Francis Parish by Eugene Hagedorn, OFM dated 1926)

And there was a bottling company....the Jos. H. Buehnerkemper Bottling Company, which bottled cream soda in 4-5 different flavors, using a "special family recipe".  It was located in the block building located next to Weber's Clothing & Jewelry Store.

Revolutionary War Veterans Buried in Effingham County

Charles Moore

Charles Moore was born in Hanover County, Virginia on January 11, 1763.  He enlisted in the Continental Army from Rowan County, North Carolina and served in various capacities from 1775 through 1780.  He was in the Battle of King's Mountain.  Charles came to Illinois, and settled in Sangamon County.  He built a cotton gin (Linda's note: cotton gin in central Illinois?????) near Buffalo Hart Grove somewhere around 1823.  Then he moved to McLean County (an area that is now part of Woodford County).  He died on September 19, 1839 as a result of a stagecoach accident which caused his death.  He was traveling through Effingham County on his way to draw a pension.  One story is that he was buried at Ewington in Effingham County.  Another story is that he was returned to Woodruff County and is buried there.  However.....the DAR did put a stone with his name on it in Ewington Cemetery in Effingham County.  (Thanks to Audrey Garbe and Andy Verdeyen for helping gather this information).

Thomas Green

Thomas Green was born in 1763 and died in 1851.  He is buried in Gilmore Cemetery (sometimes called Green Cemetery) in Union Township.  The DAR has put a stone there although they are not sure where exactly he is buried in the cemetery.  (Credit goes to Audrey Garbe for submitting this information).

Civil War Veterans Buried in Effingham County
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Rank & Unit

(See List Below)


Adams, James

Allen, Andrew J.
Company G, 11th Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery
Allen, William R.
Company G, 11th Illinois Infantry Ewington Cemetery
Allgood, James
Corporal, Company K, 48th Illinois Infantry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City

Alsop, John
Captain, Company K, 17th Kentucky Cavalry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
Anderson, William H.
Private, Company B, 10th Illinois Infantry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
Bailie, Andrew
Company E, 51st Illinois Infantry
Mason Cemetery, Mason
Judy Milde
Bailie, Gilbert
Company E, 51st Illinois Infantry
Union Cemetery, Altamont
Judy Milde
Bailie, H. P.
Company B, 38th Illinois Infantry
Bailey Cemetery, Mason Township, Mason
Bailie, Taudy
Company K, 143rd Illinois Infantry
Bailey Cemetery, Mason Township, Mason
USA Baker, Aaron

Beach, August
Company B, 62nd Illinois Infantry
St. Aloysius Cemetery, Bishop Township, Dieterich
Bracken, Livingston
Company F, 5th Kentucky Cavalry
Ewington Cemetery

Brockett, James S.
Company C, 35th Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery
Brown, John L.
Company A, 1st Ohio Infantry
Beecher  City Cemetery
Frank McKeever
Brown, Harrison H.
Lieutenant, 5th Illinois Cavalry
Possibly Union Cemetery, Altamont
Cheryl Rodriguez
Burch, Elisha F.
Company C, Unit 135, Illinois US Infantry
Freemanton Cemetery
Rita Funk
Burritt, James N.
Company F, 1st Missouri Cavalry Bethsadia Cemetery, Union Township, Dieterich

Bussman, Jr., Joseph
Company C, 6th Illinois Cavalry
St. Francis Cemetery, Teutopolis
Mary Lou Deters
Calvert, Gideon B.
Private, Company E, 37th Battalion Virginia Cavalry
Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham

Cameron, Lewis
Company C, 98th Illinois Infantry
Bethsadia Cemetery, Union Township, Dieterich
Campton, Wm.
Private, 144th Indiana Infantry, Company G (family history says he was held in Andersonville prision till the end of the war)
Mt. Zion Cemetery, Lucas Township, Elliottstown
Wanda Page
Carey, Benjamin W.
Private, Company G, 62nd Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery
Carey, Ira M.
Private, Company I, 7th Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery
Carson, I. W.
Company K, 35th Illinois Infantry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
Creek, James H.
Company C, 98th Regiment
Bailey Cemetery, Mason Township, Mason
Crooker, Philip
7th Regiment Indiana Volunteers
Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham
Deanna Higgs
USACuster, Thomas HenryPrivate, Company K, 35th Regiment, Illinois InfantryFreemanton Cemetery, AltamontSuzanne
USADennis, HenrySergeant, Company K, 98th Illinois VolunteersUnited Methodist Church Cemetery, ShumwayScott Goslin
USA Devore, James

Duckwitz, George
Sergeant, Company F, 14th Illinois Cavalry
Bethleham Cemetery, Mound Township, Altamont

USA Dunn, Dr. T. J.

Duval, James W.
Bugle Boy, Company I, Unit 143, II US Infantry
Bethsaida Cemetery, Eberle
Madonna Shutt
USA Dye, Adam

USA Ensign, Wm.

Eskew, Ira B.
Private, Company C, 98th Illinois Infantry
Bethsaida Cemetery, Eberle
Madonna Shutt
Eversman, Henry
Major, Chief Medical Officer (January, 1864 to July, 1865), Johnson Island, Lake Erie (Union prison for Confederate soldiers)
Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham

USA Foster, James

Funk, Christopher C.
Sergeant, Company D, 135th Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery

Funkhouser, John J.
Colonel & Commander, 98th Illinois Infantry (Effingham County's highest-ranking Civil War soldier)
Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham

Gamble, Albert
Company A, 26th Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery
Gamble, Hiram
Company C, 135th Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery
Gamble, Robert
Company C, 135th Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery
USA Garrington, A. E.

Gillespie, Harmon
Company B, 38th Illinois Infantry
Watson Cemetery
Laura Gillespie
Guy, John William
Private, Company D, 54th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Mike Jones
USAHamman, JeremiahCompany H, 154th Illinois InfantryKavanaugh CemeteryJanice Morrissy
USAHamman, Oliver PerryCompany K, 98th Regiment, Illinois InfantryKavanaugh CemeteryJanice Morrissy
USAHamman, RusselCompany K, 98th Regiment, Illinois InfantryKavanaugh CemeteryJanice Morrissy
USA Harris, Sam


Henderson, Martin
Sergeant, Company E, 7th Infantry, Minnesota Volunteers
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
Hill, John W.
Corporal, Company A, 32nd Kentucky Infantry
Ewington Cemetery
USA Hooten, Henry

Hout, Wesley M.
Private, Company K, 35th Illinois Infantry
Freemanton Cemetery, rural Altamont
Steve Leitzell
Hovis, W. M.
18th Illinois Infantry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
Jackson, William H.
Company K, 12th Kentucky Cavalry (Even though most records
show him in the 8th Kentucky Cavalry, his record in the CWSS states he was in the 12th Kentucky Cavalry)
Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham

USA Jennings, Geo.

Jewell, Benson
Company I, 71st (6th Cavalry) Indiana Volunteers
Ewington Cemetery

Joergens, Louis
(Looking for information)
Lutheran Church Cemetery, Winterrowd

Kagay, Daniel Hall
2nd Lieutenant, 35th Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery
Keating, Bartholomew
Private,  Company D., 7th Illinois Infantry
St. Anthony's Cemetery, Effingham
Ida Keating
Kinsey, Abraham
Private, Southern Indiana Volunteers
Moccasin Cemetery
Mary Jo Stich
Kitson, John
Company E, 5th Ohio Cavalry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
USA Knierim, Emanuel

Kruger, Ferdinand
Private, Company B, 8th Regiment, New York Artillery
Bethleham Cemetery, Mound Township, Altamont
USA Leith, Sam

Leitzell, George W.
Sergeant, Company A, 148th Pennsylvania Regiment
Union Cemetery, Altamont
Steve Leitzell
Lively, W. B.
Company D., 117th Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
Loy, Thomas A.
Corporal, Company I, 71st Illinois Infantry
Loy Cemetery

Martin, Nathan A.
Private, Company A, 26th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Bethsadia Cemetery, Union Township, Dieterich
McArdle, Lenord
Company D, 73rd Regiment Volunteer Infantry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
McCann, Alonzo
Company L, 5th Illinois Cavalry
Ewington Cemetery
USA McKinnon, John

McNeely, Thomas B.
115th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
Meek, William R.
Private, Company A, 26th Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery
Sharon Gerhardt
Mesnard, Addison E.
Private, Company I, 71st Illinois Infantry Little Prairie Cemetery, Jackson Township
Randy Reed
Kay van de Rostyne
Mesnard, Norman
Company G, 130th Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery

USA Michaels, Geo.

Miller, John J.
Private, Company K, 35th Illinois Infantry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
Moody, A. C.
Company G, 62nd Illinois Infantry
Bethsadia Cemetery, Union Township, Dieterich
Moore, John H.
Company C, 150th Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery

Moore, John W.
Company C, 26th Indiana Infantry
Bethsadia Cemetery, Union Township, Dieterich
Morrison, Isaac Francis
Sergeant, Company K, 2nd Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham

Neeld, Frank N.
Company C, 98th Illinois Infantry
Bethsadia Cemetery, Union Township, Dieterich
Newcomb, Mary A. (Brown)
Civil War nurse. Was at battle of Shiloh; met President Lincoln and General Grant
Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham

USA Norris, Stewart

USA Parkhurst, Mack

Parks, Marcus Lafayette
Private, Company E , 1st Tennessee Infantry
Brocket Cemetery, Mason

Pemberton, David C.
Private, Company D, 16th Missouri Infantry
Kinmundy Cemetery, Mason
Peters, John
Company A, 26th Illinois Infantry
St. Aloysius Cemetery, Bishop Township, Dieterich
USA Piper, D. F.

Riley, William
Company K, 35th Illinois Infantry
Ewington Cemetery
Rossier, Francis J.
Company I, 14th Illinois Infantry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
USA Rudy, D. W. (or W.D.)

Schooley, Palemon
Sergeant, Company D, 54th Illinois Infantry
Watson Cemetery, Watson

Sharp, Thomas Jefferson
(some records say Thomas  Jackson)
Blacksmith, Private, Co. 1C, 1st Alabama Cavalry
Loy Chapel Cemetery, Watson Township

USA Shrigley, J. R.

Siddens, Joseph  Harvey
Company D, 54th Illinois Infantry
Mahon Cemetery, Gilmore
Beverly Cronk
Smith, Frederick
Corporal, 62nd Illinois Infantry
Oakridge Cemetery, Effingham
Ida Keating
USA Smith, Charles

Smidth, Harmon
Company B, 38th Illinois Infantry
St. Aloysius Cemetery, Bishop Township, Dieterich
USA Snook, John

Stroud, Nathaniel S.
Private, Company D, 54th Illinois Infantry
Mt. Zion Cemetery, Elliottstown
Lance Stroud
Stroud, Ner
Quartermaster Sergeant, Company L, 5th Illinois Cavalry
Mt. Zion Cemetery, Elliottstown
Sue Aloisio
Lance Stroud
Stroud, Ura
Private, Company H, 32nd Regiment, Illinois Volunteers
Mt. Zion Cemetery, Elliottstown
Lance Stroud
Taylor, John W.
Company I, 3rd Kentucky Infantry
Ewington Cemetery
Tally, Albert
Company A, 59th Indiana Volunteer Infantry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
Thompson, S. P.
Company A, 25th Illinois Infantry
Beecher City Cemetery, Liberty Township, Beecher City
Wiley, James
Private, Company D, 55th Alabama Infantry
Loy Chapel Cemetery, South of Effingham

Williams, Stephen J.
Lieutenant, Company C, 98th Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Bethsadia Cemetery, Union Township, Dieterich
USA Wilson, Andrew

USA Worman, Henry

Effingham County Cemeteries
From GNIS and Various Publications

Name Town/Nearest Town Township
Agney Cemetery Shumway Liberty
Altamont Union Cemetery Altamont Mound
Arborcrest Cemetery Funkhouser Summit
Bailey Cemetery Mason Mason
Beck Cemetery Southeast of Altamont West
Beecher City Cemetery Beecher City Liberty
Besing Cemetery West of Altamont West
Bethlehem Cemetery West of Altamont Mound
Bethlehem Lutheran Altamont Mound
Bethsaida Cemetery Eberle Union
Blue Point Baptist Cemetery Lake Sara Summit
Bowling Green Cemetery Funkhouser Jackson
Brockett Cemetery Mason Mason
Brown Cemetery Edgewood Mason
Brown Cemetery Moccasin Summit
Covert Cemetery
Crockett Cemetery Hord Mason
Davidson Cemetery Edgewood Mason
Dieterich Cemetery Dieterich Bishop
Dowell Cemetery Lake Sara Summit
Edgewood Cemetery Edgewood Mason
Effingham City Cemetery 
(AKA Oak Ridge Cemetery)


Evangelical Cemetery
Lucas Township
Ewington Cemetery South of Effingham Summit
Faulk Cemetery Gilmore West
Flensburg Cemetery Flensburg Union
Fremanton Cemetery Keptown Jackson
Funkhouser Cemetery East of Altamont
German Methodist Cemetery East of Altamont Mound
Gilmore Cemetery Elliottstown Union
Green Creek Cemetery
(AKA St. Mary's Cemetery)
Green Creek (north of Effingham) Douglas
Grubb Cemetery Beecher City Liberty
Hickman Cemetery Shumway Liberty
Hollis Cemetery South of Altamont  West
Hull Cemetery Hord Mason
Immaculate Conception Cemetery Wheeler
Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery East of Altamont Mound
Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery South of Effingham Watson
Kavanaugh Cemetery Southeast of Altamont West
King Cemetery Dieterich Bishop
Leith Cemetery Mason Mason
Little Prairie Cemetery Dexter Jackson
Loy Chapel Cemetery South of Effingham  Watson
Mahon Cemetery Gilmore West
Mason Union Cemetery Mason Mason
Memorial Gardens Cemetery Beecher City
Merry Cemetery Eberle Lucas
Miller Chapel Cemetery Funkhouser Jackson
Moccasin Cemetery Beecher City Moccasin
Morris Cemetery Elliottstown Lucas
Mt. Zion Cemetery Elliottstown Lucas
New Hope Cemetery Edgewood Mason
New Salem Cemetery East of Altamont
Newman Cemetery East of Altamont  Mound
Oak Ridge Cemetery Effingham Douglas
Old Loy Cemetery South of Effingham Watson
Old Mason Cemetery Edgewood
Old Salem Cemetery Dexter
Old Turner Cemetery Mason Mason
Pleasant Grove Cemetery Beecher City Moccasin
Pre-Salem Cemetery Joe Phillips Farm Jackson
Poe Cemetery

Poor Farm Burials South of Effingham Watson
Ramsey Cemetery North of Effingham  Douglas
Rentfro Cemetery Shumway  Banner
Richardson Cemetery
Ridge Cemetery Mason/Eberle Union
Rinehart Cemetery South of Effingham Watson
Ruffner Cemetery Mason Mason
Robinson Cemetery Edgewood Mason
St. Aloysius' Cemetery Dieterich Bishop
St. Ann's  Cemetery Edgewood Mason
St. Anthony's Cemetery Effingham Douglas
St. Francis' Cemetery Teutopolis Teutopolis
St. John's Cemetery Eberle Union
St. John's Lutheran Cemetery Dieterich Bishop
St. John's Lutheran Cemetery Effingham Douglas
St. Mary's Cemetery Green Creek (north of Effingham) Douglas
St. Mary's Cemetery Shumway Banner
St. Matthew's Lutheran Cemetery Eberle Lucas
St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery
Altamont Mound
St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery Montrose St. Francis
St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery (Blue Point)

St. Rose's Cemetery Montrose St. Francis
Scott Cemetery Winterrowd Lucas
Shumway Cemetery Shumway
Tipsword Cemetery Beecher City Liberty/Moccasin
Toothaker Cemetery Effingham (nearest town) Summit
Trinity Lutheran Cemetery Shumway Banner
Turner Cemetery Dexter Jackson
Union Cemetery Altamont Jackson
Wabash Baptist Cemetery Edgewood Mason
Wallace Cemetery Altamont Mound
Watson Cemetery Watson Watson
Wood Lawn Cemetery South of Effingham 
Wright Cemetery Mason Mason
Zion Lutheran Cemetery Altamont Mound

Private Burials

Name Town/ Nearest Town Township
Armstrong Cemetery Altamont Mound
Bartscht Cemetery North of Beecher City on Schlanser Farm Liberty
Bell Cemetery Elliottstown Bishop
Broomsbury Cemetery McCoy Property Mason
Brumbeck Cemetery Near CIPS Lake Summit
Bryant Cemetery Watson - Gillispie Property Watson
Bunker Hill Cemetery Arthur Watts Farm Union
Choee Cemetery Effingham (Henry Mersman Farm) Douglas
Cholera Victims Near Wabash River, Earl Bishop Property Union
"Colored" Cemetery Howard Bailey Farm Union
Covert Cemetery Elliottstown (W. Krueger Farm) Lucas
Craver Cemetery Glen Ruffner Farm (no trace of it now) Mason
Dieckman Cemetery Shumway (W. Klarman Property) Banner
Drysdale Cemetery Newman Mound
Dowty Cemetery Moccasin (L. H. Bess Property) Moccasin
Ford Cemetery Near Charles Campe Home Jackson
Funk Cemetery South of Effingham Watson
Gypsy Burial Moccasin Road Moccasin
Heiden Cemetery Shumway (W. Heiden Property) Banner
Higgs Cemetery Higgs Property Jackson
Horse Thieves' Cemetery
(3 Horse Thieves Burial)
Josie Major Farm Union
Indian Burials Clarence Mayhaus Property St. Francis
Indian Burials V. E. Clark Property Union
Indian Graves Clyde Martin Property Watson
McCoy Cemetery Altamont Mound
Miller Cemetery Dieterich (Probst Property) Bishop
Norris Cemetery In back of Roy Bolin Farmhouse Jackson
Parker Cemetery Winterrowd (Brummer Farm) Lucas
Parks Cemetery
Parks Cemetery Little Wabash Bottom (Schoenhoff Farm) Mason
Parks Cemetery L. Horath Property Union
Porter Cemetery
Richardson Cemetery Victor Carlin Property Liberty
Robinson Cemetery Altamont Mound
Robinson Cemetery Wm. Macklin Farm Union
Shelley Cemetery Route 32 Across Wabash River Summit
Shirley Cemetery L. Robertson Farm Mason
Sipes Cemetery F. Bloemker Property Union
Smith Cemetery Altamont Mound
Storm Cemetery Paul Storm Property Summit
Stroud Cemetery Elliottstown (Paul Kreke Farm) Lucas
Trexler Cemetery
Warren Cemetery
Weber Cemetery George Spragg Farm West
Westfalls Cemetery Salt Creek Bottom Union

Please, if you have any additions, corrections or name changes, let me know. For lookups, please refer to the Lookup page for what is available.

Copied from:  The Durham-Orange Genealogical Society Newsletter
                            Volume 8 No. 7
                             November, 1998

Have you hit a proverbial dead end in your research?  The following may help you to analyze your problem(s).

The naming of children often follows custom...In various cultures at various times, the naming of children with names from within the family frequently follows a set pattern. Here is a common naming pattern among the Scots: This may provide a clue to the relationship of various members of a family.

Effingham County suffered three terrible plagues of cholera....in 1832-33, 1854-55 and 1872-73.
Many tombstones in Effingham County bear these dates.


In 1723 the state of Illinois was bought from ten Indian chiefs representing ten tribes by 22 white men of Pennsylvania and England.  The territory was in two tracts, one called "Southern Illinois" and the other called "Northern Illinois".

The consideration was 200 strouds (whatever those were), 260 blankets, 360 shirts, 150 pounds of stroud breech-cloth, 500 pounds of gun powder, 4,000 pounds of lead, one gross of knives, 30 pounds of vermillion, 2,000 gun flints, 200 pounds of tobacco, 2 dozen gartering, 10,000 pounds of flour, 5,000 bushels of Indian corn, 12 horses, 12 horned cattle, 20 bushels of salt and 29 guns.  The articles were paid and delivered in full council. The deed was signed and executed before a French notary public at Kaskaskia village exchange.  (Courtesy of Henry County GS-IL X:6)


When you're out "tramping" the cemeteries, don't you ever wonder about the exquisite carvings on them and what those carvings mean?  How about some of the terminology from back then....

              CARVINGS AND THEIR MEANINGS The above is courtesy of a very old article I found in an Arizona newspaper.  They have graciously given me permission to paraphrase the article here.

The Importance of Military Records

An ancestor's military record often gives you a lot of information. A military record can provide such details as the date of birth, age at enlistment, and the city, county, and state of residence.

An ancestor may have enlisted in the military for a number of reasons, including the following:
- To gain citizenship
- To be perceived as an adult and to get away from home.
- To receive an original land bounty or warrant (deed to property)
- To earn money during hard times
- To gain a specific skill or specialized training
- Because he was drafted
- Because he wanted either medical or Veterans Administration benefits or to qualify
   as a property/home buyer
- For personal reasons such as getting away from a bad situation or a bad relationship.

Although you may not think an ancestor served in the military, a little research may prove you wrong. Consider the circumstances in your ancestor's life and the financial and social situation surrounding him.  If there's a chance he might have participated in military service, search for a military record.

They often give the following information:
- Age at enlistment
- Full legal name
- Date of birth
- Physical description
- Whether the person could sign his own checks
- Nativity or county of origin if person was a foreigner
- City, county and state of residence
- Company and Unit
- Rank
- Date of enlistment
- Battles participated in
- Wounds (if any)
- Discharge date and place
- Retirement benefits
- Spouse and heirs (if widow applied for a pension)
- Names of dependents on military insurance or benefits
- Health issues due to military service
- Place of burial
- Information placed on person's headstone (if provided by the military)
- Military honors and awards

Above all, don't forget that women served in the military, too.........

Vanished Lake Kanagga

Lake Kanagga was a 20-acre lake that was drained and abandoned in the early 1990's.  German immigrant John Knagge, a former tollkeeper on the National Road Bridge over the Little Wabash River, operated a gristmill on the lake at the east end of his property, about 1 1/2 miles west of Effingham.  The lake was originally called Lake Knagge, but after Knagge sold his property to the old Vandalia Railroad, the name was changed to the more phonetic spelling of Kanagga.  You will find records with either spelling.  While the primary purpose of the lake was the watering of the steam engines for the railroad, employees of the railroad could use the lake for swimming, boating and fishing.  Cabins were built which could be rented by the week or month.  The lake was later opened to the general public for recreational uses.  When the railroad switched from steam to diesel engines the lake was used only for recreational purposes.  Then property owners filled in a road that had been used to get to the lake.   As time went on, the lake began to fill up with silt.  By 1972, the cabins and piers were long gone. The lake was drained in the early 1990's and sold to the city of Effingham.  The lake had to be abandoned because it would discharge sediment into the nearly Central Illinois Public Service lake.  The property remains vacant.  (Thanks to Kate Bourland and Phil Lewis for supplying this information).

Masquelet's Place - 1839-1843
by Linda Lambert

Masquelet's Place was a small log church/settlement west of Teutopolis and east of Effingham on Route 40 that is long gone.  It was about 75 feet south of Route 40 near the Pennsylvania Railroad tracks.  The story is that it was a log church with a small cemetery, located very near where the old Crystal Bar was, just south of the tracks.  It was built about 1840 by Reverend Joseph Masquelet, a native of Alsace, France. It seems this little church was quite a thorn in many sides.  It caused dissent between St. Peter's Catholic Church (now St. Francis of Assisi Church in Teutopolis) founded by the German Land Company settlers and the German Catholic communities in Effingham and Green Creek. Many historians feel that Masquelet's Place was the first Catholic church in the area.  Since no deeds or land records are available, this cannot be proven (or disproven).  Many years ago, I was given the land records for my grandparent's place just west of Teutopolis, and those records seem to support the fact that the first surveyed records of the area showed it as being owned by Joseph Masquelet and various members of his family.  Father Masquelet left the area in October 1843 after incurring the wrath of his bishop.  No one really knows what happened to the cemetery's residents (3 adults and 3 children).  One version of local verbal history says that they were removed and reburied in St. Francis Cemetery in Teutopolis.  Other accounts say they were removed and reburied in St. Anthony's Cemetery in Effingham.  According to Father Eugene Hagedorn in 1926, the adults were Mr. F. Schlepper, M. Mindrup, and Mrs. Adelaide Bruemmer.  No names are known for the children.  This seems to be one of the on-going "mysteries" of Effingham County.

NewBrewery in Effingham
           Information from Kate Keller Bourland

Source:  Old Settlers' Annual & Homecoming Reunion, 1912 (page 38)

F. B. Schooley wrote the following to be published in the annual "How many of the present residents recall that once in the city limits there was a brewery on the bluff south of the city cemetery, owned by a German whose name I cannot recall. I remember Van Allen taking me there, the beer was the genuine old brew, pure hop and malt amber color. I also remember one glass was all I could chamber and stay on the earth."

Linda's note 9-14-2009:  If you can add to this information, please email me.


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