FRANKLIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS
Many thanks to Stevie Hughes, JoAnn McGhee and the Frankfort Area Genealogy Society.
MACEDONIA CEMETERY LISTING
BY STEVIE HUGHES, STEVIE1302@AOL.COM
The Macedonia Methodist
Church is located in the town of Macedonia, Illinois. The land for the Church was deeded on September 13, 1866.
Macedonia is the dividing line between two counties, one being
Hamilton County and the other being Franklin County.
The Church is located on the Franklin County side.
This transcription has been graciously provided by Jo Ann McGhee
and Patti Breaux.
The earliest tombstones in
the Church Cemetery date from about 1860.
The earliest grave in this transcription is dated 1856.
It is believed that burials took place in this cemetery before
that date; however, there are no records to substantiate this.
Certainly there are a number of unmarked gravesites.
Jo Ann McGhee has included many of the “unknown” people
interred here based on various sources of information.
These unmarked graves are preceded with an arrow.
I have also included some unmarked graves that I have identified. My entries are preceded with (SH: UNMARKED), followed
by the person’s name and what is known about them.
“commentary” I have added for a number of people buried here has
been derived from various sources. First and foremost is information
from the descendants of Zopher and Phebe Cooper Johnson and the
descendants of Elizabeth Sims Carney/Kearney.
Other sources of information include various censuses of Hamilton
County and Franklin County, IL; Rev. James William Dupree’s book
“Early Johnsons of Hamilton County (IL); Harold G. Felty’s “Legacy
of Kin, Hamilton County, IL; the
book “Franklin County, IL 1870 Plus” by Judith Walley Couey; Volume
I and Volume II of “Northern Township Franklin County, IL A
History”, by David E. Goss; and the centennial publication,
compiled by the Macedonia Eastern Star 1028, Mrs. Dorothy Pickard,
Chairman of Macedonia History and Mrs Margaret Harper, Chairman of
With regard to Ms. Couey’s
work, in her book “Franklin County, IL Federal Census of 1840,
Veterans of Franklin Co. and Federal Census of 1850 Plus”, a number of
Civil War soldiers known to be interred in the Macedonia Methodist
Church Cemetery are listed in this work as being buried in Logan
Cemetery. After several
inquiries, I have been unable to confirm that the Macedonia Methodist
Church Cemetery was at one time also known as “Logan” Cemetery.
Nor have I been able to confirm a separate Logan Cemetery exists
in Franklin or Hamilton County. In
the interest of honoring all Civil War soldiers even possibly interred
here, I have included the names of these Civil War soldiers according to
Ms. Couey who are buried “at Logan Cemetery”.
These additions are preceded with “PER JC” followed by the
soldier’s name and civil war unit number.
I deeply regret that full
and complete research on every person interred in the cemetery could not
be accomplished. The time
limitations made this an impossibility; however, it is my intention to
provided additional commentary on as many people as possible.
Several persons buried in this Cemetery have a short biography at
the website “Yesterdays of Hamilton County”.
I would encourage you to visit this wonderful website at www.carol.yar.com.
For more information on Civil War soldiers, please visit the
State of IL website that has a complete roster of soldiers.
My great-grandfather, James
A. Johnson, his brother, Zopher Alexander, his sisters, Elizabeth Jane
and Phebe Adeline, and his
parents, Christopher Cooper and Kathryn Kerbaugh Johnson, and his
grandparents, Zopher and Phebe Cooper Johnson, came
to the Macedonia area from Greene County, TN in 1853/4. James A. Johnson was a soldier in the Civil War, serving with
IL 40th, Company A. The
IL 40th Infantry Company A was largely mustered from
residents of Hamilton County. IL
40th Infantry Company F was mustered from residents of
Franklin County as was the 13th IL Cavalry.
James’ brother, Zopher A. Johnson, was also a soldier, serving
with the 13th IL Cavalry.
Brothers, James A. Johnson and Zopher A. Johnson are credited
with purchasing the bell for the Church bell tower.
The bell remains there to this day.
Both brothers as well as many family members are buried in the
Church Cemetery. There are
over 50 Civil War soldiers interred at this cemetery.
A roster of these brave men is included at the end of the
We have been granted
permission by the compiler, JoAnn McGhee, and the Frankfort Area
Genealogy Society to post this Cemetery Transcription at our website.
We are much indebted to Jo Ann for this wonderful piece of
historical work. Jo Ann has
requested that any corrections or additions be emailed to her at email@example.com.
Frankfort Area Genealogy Society requests the following disclaimer be
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