WPA - Mt Pleasant or Piasa Cemetery, Shipman Township, Macoupin County IL


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

Mt Pleasant or Piasa Cemetery

Shipman Township Section 29 Macoupin County
  Located in Piasa Illinois on Route 16
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.  Mt. Pleasant Cemetery listing is found in Box 2 at the Macoupin County Archives.

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 copied into a typed list.  I took the information from both sources because the typed list often didn’t give all the information that was on the work sheet.  On some of these WPA records the two sources had some discrepancies between the original work sheet and the typed sheet.  If you find information on the following pages for your ancestor please research all differences because it’s impossible to know which source is correct.  This information will at least give you an idea of where to begin.

In 1939 the following was said about the cemetery:

The Mt. Pleasant Cemetery is located at the edge of the city of Piasa on Route 110.  This cemetery is laid out very nice, but there are plenty high weeds as the cemetery is not taken care of as it should be.
There is a driveway leading to the cemetery which could stand a good repairing.
The fence is a good wire fence and is in fair condition. 
The cemetery contains 1 ¼ acres, also a road from the Alton road 25 feet wide to the said land on the section line.  This includes the church also (Methodist Episcopal).

The cemetery began in the year 1851, the land was donated to the church trustees by Mr. Samuel Treble for cemetery and church purposes.  Recorded March 5, 1851.  The deed to the cemetery and church can be found in Book U. page 378, 5th day of Oct. 1851.”

The trustees of the cemetery at the time that the cemetery began were as follows:

Harmon Justison --- Treasurer
David C. Kellem  --- Secretary
H. M. Ford
J. R. Denny
Richard Kellam
A. W. Amas
Milton Yeatman
Richard James

As part of the agreement on the deed it mentioned that:  The trustees shall erect and build a place of worship for the use of the members of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States of America, according to the rules and discipline which from time to time may be agreed upon and adopted by the ministers and preachers of the said church at their General Conferences in the United States of America.  (For more information concerning this agreement you will find a copy of the deed and land description in the folder “Mt. Pleasant Cemetery”, Box 2, on a  shelf at Macoupin County Archives.

Name of Cemetery            Mt. Pleasant
Location                    In Piasa
Oldest Grave                1845 Eliza C.  Dau. of B. M. Clardy
Number of Lots                110
Number of graves            450
Number of graves to be filled          23
Number of Veterans graves that need stones      11
Number of stones in cemetery that need      28
            resetting   
Number of stones that need recutting      36
Rods of fence around cemetery          46
Condition of fence              Fair
Rods of fence to be repaired          46
Number of people interviewed            4

There is a monument in the cemetery erected in honor of soldiers who were lost in the Civil War; no one knows what became of them.  The monument is a tall obelisk one, ten feet high, base about 2 feet long.  The writing on the monument “Erected by the W. B. Boford Post No. 2216 in memory of the unlocated dead who enlisted from the vicinity of Piasa and whose names are inscribed on this monument”

John Hale    Co. F. 7 Illinois Inf.
Wm. McKendree        Peter Co. G.  66 Ill. Inf.
J. P. Clark    Co. G. 66 Ill. Inf
Hugh Porter        Co. F.  7 Ill. Inf.
Hiram Andrews    Co. F. 7 Ill. Inf.
John Darr        Co. H.  88 Ill. Inf.
Henry Robings    Co. F. 7 Illinois Inf.
Henry Cramp        Co. G  66 Ill. Inf.   


The names of the veterans are listed in the order that they were on the original typed sheet.  The information on the work sheet is listed in the order that it was listed on the work sheet, with the exception of the name that was listed first name first.

At the top of each work sheet is written:  County – Macoupin, Cemetery Mt. Pleasant, City or Township - Shipman

Typed sheet is listed first – Work sheet is listed second (in bold).

Andrews, John  Civil War  Pvt.   Died 04-26-1866  Grave 4 Lot 1 Block 20 Section W
Andrews, John E.  Grave No. 6  Lot No. 1  Block 21;
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  John E. Andrews, Born 1835 – Died 1866;
Death Certificate Data:  Died 1866; Born 1835
No Gov. Marker
Not Recorded

Beeby, Wm. C.  Civil War  Pvt. Co. G  22 Ill. Inf.  Died 09-03-1864; Grave 2 Lot 1  Block 59  Section E
Beeby, Wm. C.  Grave 3  Lot 59  Block 2 
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  William C. Beeby; Co. G. 66 Ill. Inf. Died Sept. 3, 1864 from wounds received near Atlanta, Georgia
Death Certificate Data:  Died Sept. 3, 1864
Service Record:  Ill. Inf. Pvt.  Co. G. 22 Ill. Inf.
Has Gov. Marker
Not Recorded

Cantrill, Joseph F.  Civil War  Pvt. Co. D  122 Ill.Inf.;  Died 09-09-1883; Grave 4 Lot 2 Block 18 Section E
No work sheet found for Joseph Cantrill

Crane, Richard  Civil War  Died  01-21-1875; Grave 40  Lot 40 
Crane, (Cramer ?) Richard  Civil War  Grave 4  Lot 2  Block 38 
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Richard Crane (Cramer ?)  Born 1785  Died 1875
No. Gov. Marker
Not Recorded

Darr, Leonard  Civil War  Pvt. Co. B  49 Ill. Inf.  Died 06-01-1861;  Grave 3 Lot 2 Block 32 Section W
Darr, Leonard  Civil War  Grave 6  Lot 2  Block 32
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Leonard Darr, Co. R 19 Regt. Ill. Vol. Died 1861
Death Certificate:  Died 1861
No Gov. Marker
Not Recorded

Grubb, James  Civil War  Sgt. Co. K  26 Pa. Inf.; Died 12-10-1924;  Grave 1  Lot 2  Block 10  Section West
Grubb, James  Grave 4 Lot 1  Block 10
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Sergt. James Grubb  Co. K  26 Pa. Inf.
Has Gov. Marker                    No Information
2

James, George  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. F  7 Ill. Inf.; Died 04-07-1916;  Grave 5 Lot 1  Block 16  Section West
James, Geo.  Grave 1  Lot 1  Block 16
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  George James Co. F 7 Ill. Inf.
Has Gov. Marker
No Information

James, Wm.  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. F  7 Ill. Inf.; Died 03-31-1895; Grave 2  Lot 1  Block 12  Section West
James, Wm.  Grave 3  Lot 1  Block 12
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Wm. James  Co. F  7 Ill. Inf.
Has Gov. Marker
No Information 

Leaton, Jas. J.  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. F  133 Ill. Inf.; Died 01-23-1901
Leaton, James J.  Grave 4  Lot 56  Block 2
Information on Marker:  James J. Leaton  Co. F  133 Ill. Inf.
Death Certificate:  Died 1901
Has Gov. Marker
Not Recorded

Livesay, Carl W.   Pvt.   Co. M.  110 Inf.  Died 12-15-1918; Grave 3  Lot 2  Block 26  Section E
No worksheet found for Carl W. Livsay
   
Louis, John C.  Pvt.  Company Bat. Cav; Died  02-19-1896;
Louis, John C.  Grave 3  Lot 1  Block 37
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  John Louis  1896
Death Certificate:  Died 02-19-1896
Service Record: Pvt. Cav.
No. Gov. Marker
Not Recorded

 McCoy, Thomas J.  Civil War  Capt.  Co. E  2 Ill. Cav.; Died 08-29-1911; Grave 4  Lot 2  Block 36 Section E
McCoy,  Thomas  Grave 3  Lot 2  Block 36
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Thos. McCoy  Co. E  2 Ill Inf.
Death Certificate:  Died 08-29-1911
Service Record:  Capt. Co. E 2nd Ill. Cav.  War C
Has Gov. Marker
Not Recorded

Marshall, W. H. H.  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. G  66 Ill. Inf.;  Died 07-28-1902; Grave 1 Lot 1 Block 2 Section West
Marshall, William H. H.  Grave 3 Lot 3 Block 2
Information on Marker:  William H. H. Marshall  Co. G  66 Ill. Inf.
Marker - upright
Has Gov. Marker                        No Information

Talley, Harmon G.  Civil War  Corp.  Co. A  144 Ill. Inf.; Died 02-19-1911; Grave 1  Lot 2  Block 29  Section West
Talley, Harmon G.  Grave 1  Lot 1  Block 29
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Corp. Harmon G. Talley Co. A  144 Ill. Inf.
Has Gov. Marker
No Information

Talley, W. F.  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. F  27 Ill. Inf.; Died 05-17-1885;
Talley, William F.  Grave 2 Lot 57  Block 2
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Wm. F. Talley  Co. F  27 Ill. Inf.
3
Cemetery Record Date:  Buried 05-19-1885
Death Certificate:  Died 05-17-1885 at Piasa, Ill from a stroke; Born 1841 in Ind.
Service Record:  Ill. Inf. Pvt. Co. F  27th Inf.
Has Gov. Marker

Thompson, Maton B.  Pvt. Co. B  122 Ill. Inf.;
Died 07-09-1927; Grave 4E ½ Lot 23  Block D  Section East
No work sheet found for Maton B. Thompson

Smith, J. A.  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. C  133 Ill. Inf.;
Smith, James  Grave 2  Lot 2  Block 18
Marker- upright
Information on Marker:  James Smith  Co. G. 133 Ill. Inf.
Has Gov. Marker
No Information

Wilson, C. B.  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. G   66 Ill. Inf.; Died 02-24-1906
Wilson, Charles B.  Grave 4  Lot 1  Block 21
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Charles B. Wilson  1835 – 1906
Cemetery Record: Buried Feb. 26, 1906
Death Certificate: Died Feb. 24, 1906 at Piasa from carbuncle on neck
No Gov. Marker

Wilson, J. D.  Civil War  Pvt.  Co. H  133 Ill. Inf.: Died 08-25-1928
Wilson, John D. 
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  John D. Wilson  1844 – 1928
Cemetery Record: Grave 6  Lot 1  Block 21
Death Certificate:  Died 1928; Born 1844
No. Gov. Marker
Not Recorded 

Drury, B. F.  (listed on work sheet only) not listed in typed list
Grave 3 Lot 2 Block 40
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  B. F. Drury  Died Dec. 30, 1864
No Gov. Marker
Not Recorded

Gato, Wm. (listed on work sheet only) not listed in typed list
Grave 1  Lot 2  Block 3
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  William Gato  1834 – 1878
Death Certificate:  Died 1878  Born 1834
No Gov. Marker
Not Recorded

Hale, John P. (listed on work sheet only) not listed in typed list
Grave 1  Lot 1  Block 48
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  John P. Hale  Killed at Pitts Landing 1862
Death Certificate:  Died 1862
No Gov. Marker
Not Recorded

Harrison, Richard (listed on work sheet only) not listed in typed list
Grave 1 Lot 2 Block 35
Marker - upright
Information on Marker:  Richard Harrison  Born 1840
Death Certificate:  Died 1900  Born  1848
No Gov. Marker   
Not Recorded

Sinclair, J. W. (listed on work sheet only) not listed in typed list
Grave 4  Lot 2  Block 24
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  J. W. Sinclair  1864  Enlisted in 66 Reg. In. SS Ill Vol. War  Was wounded at
        Bessaca, Ga. Mar. 16, 1864
No Gov. Marker
Not Recorded

Wilson, Isaac Clinton (listed on work sheet only) not listed in typed list
Grave 4  Lot 2  Block 29
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Isaac Clinton Wilson; Ill Farrier 316 Aux Rmt. Depot  Oct. 24, 1936
Has Gov. Marker
Not Recorded

Andrews, Hiram
Marker- upright
Information on Marker:  Hiram Andrews  Co. F 7 Ill Inf.
One of the unlocated veterans’ name on monument in cemetery
No Information

Clark, J. P.
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  J. P. Clark Co. G  66 Ill. Inf.
One of the unlocated veterans’ name on monument in cemetery
No Information

Cramp, Henry
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Henry Cramp  Co. 66 Ill. Inf.
One of the unlocated veterans’ name on monument in cemetery
No Information

Darr, John
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  John Darr, Co. H 88 Ill. Inf.
one of the unlocated veterans’ name on monument in cemetery
No Information

Hale, John
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  John Hale  Co. F  7 Ill. Inf.
One of the unlocated veterans’ name on monument in cemetery
No Information

McKendree, Wm. Peter
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Wm. McKendree Peter  Co. G. 66 Ill. Inf.
One of the unlocated veterans’ name on monument in cemetery
No Information

Porter, Hugh
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Hugh Porter  Co. F 7 Ill. Inf.
No Information

Robings, Henry
Marker – upright
Information on Marker:  Henry Robings Co. F 7 Ill Inf.
One of the unlocated veterans’ name on monument in cemetery
No Information


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