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marybeth

Granite City, IL

#66 Nov 29, 2012
Mark your wrong about the spanish cemetery the link that you gave us shows that it is next to walmart and lowes eries and Tombstone Inscriptions of Madison County, Illinois Volume 13
my dad grew up on old rock road and he said the spanish cemetery is next to lowes and that there never was a cadwell cemetery on old rock road

OLD SPANISH CEMETERY The 'Old Spanish Cenetery'; is located on Chouteau Island, Chouteau Township Section 34, Just outside of Granite City, Illinois. It was inventoried by Eric S. Wilson in the summer of 1991 as part of his Eagle Scout Project which included cleaning up other cemeteries in the Granite City area. Fred, Charlotte J., wife of Jacob d. 11 Jan 1878, age 73 years. Nichols, George B. b. 12 Feb 1866 - 2/12 Jan 1878 Darnielle, John d. 20 June 1868, 68 years Darnielle, Sarah, wife of John and daughter of Wm. & Elizabeth Atkins d. 14 June 1848, 29 years. One large Atkins stone. On grave with a heavy black iron fence. No stone or markings. The above was compiled by Mrs. Darlene Hatcher M. Kahn with the help of Margaret Burns and Lillie (Brooks) Barber. 10
Mark

Granite City, IL

#67 Nov 29, 2012
EARLY CHOUTEAU MADISON COUNTY, ILLINOIS Indians were the earliest settlers of Chouteau, which lies in the American Bottoms and was once covered with heavy timbers of oak, elm, walnut, hickory and ash. The French made settlements on Chouteau Island by 1750. Here the French raised Arabian horses brought to this country originally by the Spanish. They shipped them in flatboats and marketed them down river in New Orleans. The island was first known as Big Island, but it later was named Chouteau after the Frenchman, Pierre Chouteau. The French burial ground was near an orchard planted by the early French settlers, but flooding during the 1800's reached the cemetery and skeletons washed from their resting places. Residents of the island reburied these remains in Amos Atkins'; pasture sect. 19. The first settlement made by Americans in Madison County was by the Gillhams in Chouteau about 1802. James Gillham, son of the Thomas son of the Irish immi- grant, Thomas Gillham Sr., moved from the Kaskaskia area where he had come from Kentucky in 1797. Gillham and his family settled at the head of Long Lake, later known as the Hackethal farm. Today much of this land has been used for Highways 203 and 270. Gillham was joined by other members of his family, and according to Mrs. Patricia Polley, who compiled a history of Chouteau township in 1977, within 30 years after his settlement in the township, the Gillham family alone accounted for 500 votes! Their opposition to slavery defeated the convention party of 1824 in Illinois. Because of Chouteau's location at the confluence of the Mississippi and Mis- souri rivers, this area was an important stopping point for both Indians and early explorers. French explorers visited this area as early as 1673. The Lewis and Clark expedition in 1803 passed the winter encamped in Chouteau township at the mouth of Wood River. After its invention, the steamboat arrived in the area as early as 1819, when Col. James Johnson of Kentucky brought three boat-loads of United States soldiers and army supplies up the river headed for St. Paul, Minnesota. At Isom Gill- ham's landing, people came for miles around to see the steamboats. Large warehouses were built on Gillham's farm, in which the supplies were stored and soldiers were quartered during a period of low water on the river. A Frenchman, Charles Dejailais, operated a ferry at the head of Chouteau Island (Sect. 17), which later became a part of Samuel Gillham's property. In 1811 the Indians became restless and the people, fearing attack, erected a blockhouse on section 1 - now a part of South Roxana - where the families could flee if necessary. This building was later used as a school where Vaitch Clark was the teacher. The first marriage in Madison County was that of James Gillham and Polly Good in 1809, and it was on their land that the blockhouse was built. Some of the early settlers in Chouteau, besides the Gillhams, were the Emert family who came in 1807 and settled on section 33 in the southern part of the town- ship; the Atkins family which suffered much from flooding on Chouteau Island. Amos Atkins watched a portion of his farm go into the river as the channel widened and moved eastward during periods of high water. "Old Madison" was established in Chouteau township about 1830 by Nathaniel Buckmaster and John Montgomery. In its glory, the town contained a store, black- smith and wagon shop, one saloon and a postoffice established in 1839 with Moses Job as postmaster. Old Madison was on the stage route from Galena, Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri. Today the location of "Old Madison" (in sect. 17) now lies within the river due to the flood of 1865, which washed the entire town away! Because of all the early flooding and suffering by settlers because of it, the Great American Dike was built, beginning in section 9 and extending southward through the entire township - 21 miles - at a cost of $100,000 when it was completed in 1866.
Uh Huh

Alton, IL

#68 Nov 29, 2012
That's awesome, Mark!
So many people have no idea the kind of rich history in this area.
Your so informative,,

There was an island closer to Alton that during the Civil War, they used it to raise horses for the military. It was also used as a burial ground for the Civil War prison in Alton. Thousands of inmates died from sickness within weeks of being incarcerated. This island also flooded and washed all graves away.
That's all I can think of right now but you seem to have a lot more resources so check it put , please!

Uh Huh

Alton, IL

#69 Nov 29, 2012
'out' , sorry

Since: Apr 12

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#70 Nov 29, 2012
Mark wrote:
Kirkpatrick sw17 Charles St
New Methodist sw17 Charles St
Vincent Old Methodist sw17
Emmert Family Cemetery sw9 St Clair & Willow St
One of the oldest grave yards in madison county is in Venice township West Granite section 13 the Cadwell cemetery on the old Cadwell farm
St Clair and Willow. Is that the only section of St Clair for burials? Are the grave markers still there? I thought there were markers that areflush w/ the ground.
Mark

Granite City, IL

#71 Dec 2, 2012
THE FIRST ILLINOIS STATE PENITETIARY by Marie T. Eberle The first State Penitentiary was built and ready for occupancy in 1833 in the city of Alton, Illinois. By an act of the State Legislature at Vandalia in 1527, Shadrach Bond, William P. McKee and Gershom Jayne were appointed commissioners to select and procure a site for a penitentiary along the Mississippi River in Madison County. In the summer of 1829, they chose seven acres of land in Lower Alton which was donated by William Russell for the purpose. The location, as described by Norton in his Centennial History of Madison County, was bounded by Fourth Street on the north, William Street on the east, Second, or Short Street, on the south and Mill Street on the west. The first building was a neat stone structure containing twenty-four cells and a guard house. As need increased, additional cells, residence for the warden and hospital facilities were built, thus by 1857, when the legislature passed a bill for the building of a new facility at Joliet, the cells numbered over 250 with two prisoners occypying each cell. Also, a high stone wall surrounded the prison. The first five years, the State supervised the prison, but by 1838 the State had leased the facility to S.A. Buckmaster who was paid a flat amount by the State of Illinois, and he. agreed to maintain the prison, feed, bed and guard prisoners, pay physicians and inspectors, with any monies left over being his salary as warden. This system no doubt led to many abuses by the lessee. According to prisoners incar- cerated here during the Civil War, although the citizens of Alton felt no food shortage, the prisoners were hungry all the time. As punishment, their jailers often refused to feed them at all, but always the food was sparse and poor. Buckmaster is supposed to have become a rich man during the time he headed the penitentiary. When the Alton penitentiary was abandoned as a State facility, because of crowded and misrable conditions, the military requested permission to use the grim, old build- ings as a military prison. Alton was.a military post almost from the beginning of the war between the states with several companies of the 13th Union Regiment (Sherman's troops) garrisoned here. Early in 1862 permission was given,and prisoners of war began to arrive in Alton via the river steamers. According to war records, the number of prisoners housed in the old Alton penitentiary at any one time was as high as 2000., although the state had abandoned it as-crowded" when over 250 criminals were incarcer- ated hereL According to Norton, the prisoners were well cared for, well sheltered, had plenty of good food and competent medical attendance. Yet, he admits mortality among them was high. Stories told by the prisoners were very different. With 1500 too many men in the facility, one doctor on part time call, and many wounded men who came as prisoners, it is not likely that one could truthfully say they were "well care fort" Then, in 1863, a smallpox epidemic broke out in the prison which doubled, then tripled the average death toll. According to military records, almost 1500 men died during the years 1862-1865; however, others have stated that the total was probably nearer to 5000.? After the war the walls of the old penitentiary enclosure were torn down and the buildings razed and the materials sold for other building. Some of the old Southern soldiers who had been prisoners here have returned to visit the scene of their confine- ment, and those who talked with them have told how they related watching the town clock in the steeple of the Baptist Church, plainly visible from their prison cells, counting the days, hours and minutes which lay between them and home._________ Ref. Story written by Alton Telegraph staff writer, Don Morrison Centennial History of Madison County by W.T. Norton History of Madison County, Illinois by W.R. Brink STALKER IV #1 35
Uh Huh

Alton, IL

#72 Dec 3, 2012
I think I read somewhere that there was an island just off shore from there were the military kept their horses and also buried the dead inmates but the island washed away or went permanently underwater in one of the great floods.

Great research by the way!
Mark

Granite City, IL

#73 Dec 3, 2012
Uh Huh wrote:
I'm not sure if that's what you were asking or not. The Troecklers were also early settlers.
THE BEGINNING OF MITCHELL, IL.

by Patricia Polley, Town Clerk

Mitchell Station, as it was known in earlier times, grew out of a swamp
as the realization of a dream of two brothers, John Jay and William Mitchell,
who lived in Chicago during their early adulthood and had money enough to
meet the demands of their ambition to build and operate a cattle ranch.
Around 1870, the Mitchell brothers bought approximately 4000 acres of
land northeast of Granite City, eventually to become known as Mitchell Station.
They began the work of establishing their long dreamed about cattle ranch.
Through their efforts, the marshy sections of the area were drained to make
them productive for farm crops, raised principally to feed the cattle,
Frank Troeckler was the chief foreman for the farm which was developed
to include a number of farmers who tilled the land under the old "farm tenant"
system. Joseph Troeckler, the son of Frank, remembers, "My father practically
lived in the saddle, rounding up cattle, making cattle drives and overseeing
the farm areas. He was responsible for collecting one-third of the crop from
the tenants at harvest time and for seeing to it that the cattle got to
market".
"I can remember,'"Troeckler related, "that my father rode ahead of a
cattle drive to warn residents and the school teacher that the cattle were
coming. When this happened the people knew to remain in their homes and the
teacher kept the kids in school until the cattle had passed,"
In order to move their cattle and grain to market, the Mitchell brothers
encouraged the development of a railroad center in the area. As early as 1870,
the Chicago and Alton Railroad began "laying out" lines. As development of
the farm progressed successfully, John Mitchell left the farm, moving to
St. Louis where he eventually promoted construction of the Chicago and Alton
line from Alton to East St. Louis. He established the Mitchell railroad
station and put John Lane in charge,
Soon after they acquired the land, the Mitchell brothers donated tracts
of land for a Catholic and a Protestant church and a public school. The
Catholics began construction of St. Elizabeth Church in September 1871. The
first Protestant church was Baptist and also begun in 1871.
The Mitchell school began as a one-room frame building in the 1870's.
Two other schools were built in the area, St. Thomas school and Adkins school.
Both were one-room schools and built about 1903. Several small businesses
were also established at this time.
Mark

Granite City, IL

#74 Dec 3, 2012
Uh Huh wrote:
I think I read somewhere that there was an island just off shore from there were the military kept their horses and also buried the dead inmates but the island washed away or went permanently underwater in one of the great floods.
Great research by the way!
Thanks I am glad that you like the info
Uh Huh

Alton, IL

#75 Dec 3, 2012
I know a lot of the tiny streets in Mitchell are named after 'founding settlers ' of the area, Kinder, Troeckler etc.

There is a lumber yard beside the rail road tracks in Michell that has a good sized Indian burial mound behide it.

Just interesting little details.
Tina

Granite City, IL

#76 Dec 4, 2012
Awesome wrote:
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Thanks for looking into it! You're appreciated. The disrespect of the dead might explain some of the strange happenings that have occurred.
What strange happenings have occurred?
mahz

Trenton, IL

#77 Dec 4, 2012
Mark wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks I am glad that you like the info
Great job Mark and thanks!
Mark

Granite City, IL

#78 Dec 5, 2012
Marie wrote:
Your very welcome :) Im still doing research on it, i have to say im 28 years old, but this has really got my attention. I feel they and their family memebers deserve some type of land marker out there. As im aware some bodies plus stone were moved to a cemetery in edwardsville. Also recently found out that the city has removed some stones bout 10 years ago.
I will keep all posted :)
FORGOTTEN GRAVEYARDS submitted-by Mary Jane Gass
The Wilderness Road by Robert L. Kincaid tells the story of the Indian trail followed by Daniel Boone and the thousands of travelers who crossed the Appalachian Mountains through the Cumberland Gap in the great migrations of early settlers. Mr. Kincaid describes the hill counties of East-South Kentucky in 1885.
The traveler is Particularly depressed by the lonely and neglected graveyards he passed along the road. He found them in wild, isolated spots, usually on some knoll where dense oaks made a midday gloom. Nameless and unknown were most of the graves, with no headstones or footstones to show whether the person buried was a father, mother, son or daughter. Sometimes a few rough rails had been laid around an enclosure like a little pen for hogs. Weeds, briers and underbrush were prevalent. Most of the burying places were cleaned off only
once a year. Only on rare occasions did he find a picket fence around a. grave,or a stone with identifying inscription. The sons of the pioneers were as quickly forgotten in the mountains as the hundreds of nameless travelers who perished along the way during the perilous migration days.

After looking at the condition of some of our old cemeteries I have made a decision I will just stay alive so please don't bury me!!!
RICK

Granite City, IL

#79 Dec 6, 2012
WHO RUNS THE ODD FELLOW CEM. NOW WOULD LUV 2 HELP
mark l

Granite City, IL

#80 Jan 8, 2013
I leaved two house's from the end of Sheridan Ave from 1963 to 1998 and played in the [field] as e called it all the time. Many tombstones left they are all just close to the ground so brush hog can mow over them. They left one tall mounument at each end as a reminder or rememberance. bodies and caskets were reportedly removed long before I was born, though kids in the neighborhood always seemed to hear about kids digging up a grave I personally never saw any. My older brothers played there before they started mowing it all the time and they had paths and forts cut threw the brush and trees. There were several rapes and other violent attacks and that is why they laid the remaining tombstones down.
hmmmmm

Saint Louis, MO

#81 Jan 8, 2013
mark l wrote:
I leaved two house's from the end of Sheridan Ave from 1963 to 1998 and played in the [field] as e called it all the time. Many tombstones left they are all just close to the ground so brush hog can mow over them. They left one tall mounument at each end as a reminder or rememberance. bodies and caskets were reportedly removed long before I was born, though kids in the neighborhood always seemed to hear about kids digging up a grave I personally never saw any. My older brothers played there before they started mowing it all the time and they had paths and forts cut threw the brush and trees. There were several rapes and other violent attacks and that is why they laid the remaining tombstones down.
i was out there this summer and on the end by propes street there are a handful left. one small obelisk still stands the rest are flat.
hmmmmm

Saint Louis, MO

#82 Jan 8, 2013
the name on the obelisk is Andrew Lovasz born Nov.1879 died Dec 1914. i remember a larger one on the other end of the field on the small hill. i guess they took it out. i walked from Propes st all the way to that hill. i didnt see anymore flat ones.
elizabeth fain

Granite City, IL

#83 Jan 9, 2013
I used to live out there u just walk there you'll feel something and I heard foot steps seen spirits a man two three houses down from me died in shower crazy but very fascinating place
Ghosties

Granite City, IL

#85 Jan 12, 2013
I was at a friend's apt one night and they had gone to the store. I went up to use the bathroom and I felt super weird. When I opened the door there was a doll on the floor in front of the door and no one could have moves it. It was very unsettling. Then another friend recently moved into one of the new installments and her back room light would turn on and off by itself often. Also closet doors randomly shake a little bit at night. On another note, the Irish or Spanish grave Site had it's headstones moved over without moving the bodies. Lowes is now built over those bodies.
SaraM

Phoenix, AZ

#86 Feb 21, 2013
The "KP" cemetery is behind my parents' house on East 27th (they still live there). The tallest gravestone was directly behind their house, although I've not paid attention as to whether or not it is still there when I come to visit. I suppose I could ask them, or one of you might know. Anyway, my dad and I used to go out the back gate into the field to fly kites. Some flat stones were out there, overgrown and sinking deeper into the ground. I remember some of the stones written in cyrillic lettering- thought it was fascinating even as a little kid. I can also remember seeing the graffiti and broken beer bottles all over that tall gravestone and feeling sad for whomever was buried there! I spent immeasurable time looking out the back windows staring out at that thing. My dad has a piece of a wrought iron gate or something from the Spanish/Odd Fellows cemetery out by where the Lowe's has been built. Actually, I can't point the finger at ol' StanM, I took the piece when I was a kid and I'm pretty sure it's in their basement :) That was a neat place as well. The cemetery, not their basement...
Not living there anymore makes me appreciate the historical aspects of the GC/STL area. When I was 13 I went on a trip to China (it was in the paper, lord help the person who digs that up...and I look nothing like that anymore thanks ha!) and it was the year of the GC Centennial. I was given books on the history of the town by the Centennial Committee to take along and give to the family I would be staying with, to show them where I was from. Even then I thought it was neat to try and picture where different things had been located. Reading "Wabash" later in high school fed that as well, and of course stories from my parents.

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