HOWARD CEMETERY
donated by Sharon Newton Burnes


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HOWARD CEMETERY


The Howard Cemetery is located in DeSoto Township, Jackson County, IL. This cemetery was established on the farm of Abraham Howard in 1883 with the burial of his grandson Thomas A. Howard.
The cemetery is rather isolated and nearly surrounded by the coal mines. To reach it we traveled from the town of DeSoto on Route 149 into the town of Hurst where 149 is called Russell Street. We made a left turn onto Bush Street and continued on it until it came to an end at a gravel road. This gravel road is named Howard Cemetery Road. Making another left turn travel the gravel road, which runs alongside the railroad tracks, for a mile and a half when it crosses a wooden bridge over the tracks and is at the entrance to the cemetery.
The grounds were decently maintained with the grass being cut and neatly trimmed around the markers. Even though the cemetery is quite old and small it is still used for burials.
I did this reading on Monday, May 29,2000 with the help of my husband Richard. Many of the markers are very old and quite a few are broken. As Abraham Howard was my great great grandfather I have a enormous interest in this small cemetery. I have added additional information from my own research which is in parenthesis. I have always been told this was a family cemetery and I am trying to discover how the people buried here may be connected to the Howard family. If anyone can offer any more information in this manner please contact me. RLB225@aol.com
Sharon Newton Burnes

Since I have no sense of direction and there was no sun I read the cemetery

From left to right starting at the entrance sign.

Row #1 L to R

SCHWARTZ, Charles
Feb 19, 1898

SCHWARTZ (double stone)
Schwartz, W.E.
1858 - 1915
Schwartz, Harriet
1861 - 1889

FARNER. Dora
Wife of Russell
Mar 7, 1897
Aged 21y 7m 7d (taken from previous reading as stone is very worn)

FARNER, Ema
Daughter of R.F. & Dora
Oct 15, 1895
Aged 1y 1m 12d (taken from previous reading as stone is very worn)

FARNER, Ada
Daughter of R.F. & Dora
Feb 2, 1897
Aged 1y 14d (taken from previous reading as stone is very worn)

FARNER, Russell
Son of Russell & Sarah
Nov 28, 1907
3m 27d (taken from previous reading as stone is quite worn)

FARNER, Harold
Son of Russell & Sarah
Feb 22, 1910
5m 4d (taken from previous reading as stone is quite worn)

FARNER, Mamie A.
1892 - 1958

RUSH (double stone)
Rush, Joseph A.
1872 - 1964
Rush, Anna M. (maiden name FARNER)
1869 - 1925

RUSH, Tomy (small stone)
Son of J.A. & Annie RUSH
No dates found

Row # 2 L to R

BRANSON, Tommy (flat stone)
1871 -

GOSNELL, Earnest (son of John & Sarah (nee Howard)Gosnell)
1894 - 1911

GOSNELL, Henry (son of John & Sarah (nee Howard)Gosnell)
Died Oct 25, 1901

GOSNELL, John (husband of Sarah Howard)
Died May 11, 1896
Aged 45y 3m 17d

MORRIS, Sarah M. Gosnell (daughter of Abraham Howard)
"MOTHER"
1857 - 1943

GOSNELL, Isaac Peter (son of John & Sarah(nee Howard)Gosnell)
Mar 5, 1884 - Nov 18, 1947

Stone could not be read

CHITTY, Denard (grandson of David Howard)
Son of A. & Nora
Dec 22, 1886 - Nov 10, 1896 (from family records as stone is quite worn)

MURRAY (double stone)
Murray, Katherine R. (daughter of Abraham Howard)
1866 - 1957
Murray, John W. (husband of Kate Howard)
1865 - 1946

BEESON
"AT REST "
CHILDREN of M.H. & LUCINDA
Beeson,Paul
Nov 29, 1900 - Dec 2, 1900
Beeson, Colier
Mar 10, 1904 - Oct 27, 1905 (partially taken from previous records)

LAVENDER (small broken stone, but old records state it is daughter of R.A. & D with death date Mar 21, 1902 aged 17 days)

LAVENDER, Dora
(wife of Robert A. died Aug 26, 1902 aged 21y 4m 3d)

HARRISON, Esta
Born Aug 27, 1903
Died Nov 18, 1916

BOLTON (large stone that is no longer readable --previous reading state
Bolton, John P.
Son of W.H. & Lucy
Oct 18, 1888 - Oct 17, 1906)

CRAIN, Ollie D. (daughter of Philip Howard)
1878 - 1914

ALBRIGHT, Madeline (daughter of Herman & Ollie Crain)
1904 - 1963 stone is actually just behind that of Ollie Crain

CRAIN, Herman C. (husband of Ollie Howard)
1872 - 1940

Row # 3 L to R

HOWARD
Howard, Henry (son of Abraham)
1862 - 1941
Howard, Minnie (daughter of J.P.& Amanda(Whipkey)King
1867 - 1940 wife of Henry)

HOWARD, Minnie Belle (small concrete marker)
Aug 6, 1867 - Aug 11, 1940

This marker is about a foot square and 3-4 foot tall with a sharp point on the top and has engraving on 2 sides. To the left of it is a very small concrete marker engraved "MOTHER" and to the right is a second small marker engraved "FATHER"
HOWARD
Howard, Abraham
Born Mar 8, 1811
Died Mar 10,1886
Aged 75y 2ds
Howard, Mary A. (on opposite side of marker)
Born Dec 3, 1823
Died July 3, 1908
Aged 84y 7m

MURRAY, Willard F. (son of J.W.& Kate(nee Howard)Murray)
1899 -1899

MURRAY, David A. (son of J.W.& Kate(nee Howard)Murray)
1901 - 1901

MURRAY, Ray Howard (son of J.W.& Kate(nee Howard)Murray)
1903 - 1903

MURRAY, Philip Earl (son of J.W.& Kate(nee Howard)Murray)
1907 - 1907

2 small flat stones we could not read

SPEERS, Margaret (metal plate in concrete)
1865 - 1931

SPEERS, Andrew (metal plate in concrete)
1857 - 1929

PEPPER, J.A.L.
1882 - 1926

Row #4

2 Flat broken stones that could not be read

SHIRLEY (double stone)
Shirley, Louisa
1868 - 1918
"MOTHER"
Shirley, Robert A. (was witness at wedding of John Howard & Maggie McClain 1861 - 1950 thought to be brother-in-law to David Howard)
"FATHER"

small stone engraved M.R.H. (from family records this is the daughter of  David & Martha Howard. Minnie R. HOWARD died Oct 22,1881 aged 4y 5m 14d

Small stone engraved Thos A. (again from family records this is the son of David & Martha Howard. Thomas A. HOWARD died Aug 5, 1883 aged 12 days. The first burial here.)

HOWARD (large stone about 5foot tall )
Howard, David (born Sept 29,1849 died Oct 25,1930 is actually buried in In Fresno, California)
Howard, Martha E. (wife of David, born Nov 10,1850 died Mar 21,1886 Maiden name was Shirley
Howard, Hannah C. (2nd wife of David, born April 29, 1844 died Jan 28,1900 She was the daughter of James McAllister & Hannah McClain)

Very small stone engraved H.E.H.

3 small stones all engraved "INFANT"

This large stone is engraved on 2 sides.
VANCIL
Vancil, Walter L.
July 27, 1879 - Aug 18, 1911
Vancil, Katie E.
July 20, 1884
"HIS WIFE"

Row #5 L to R

This very large stone is engraved on 2 sides and has a small stone on either side. To the left small one is engraved A.K. and the one to the right is engraved J.P.K.
KING
King, John (father-in-law of Henry Howard)
Died Jan 3, 1915
Aged 78y 6m 8d
King, Amanda (maiden name WHIPKEY mother-in-law of Henry Howard)
Died Sept 27,1898
Aged 55y 1m 9d

WASSON
Infant daughter of J.T & M. WASSON
Born & died Dec 29, 1906

WASSON, Samul I.
Son of J.T. & M.W. WASSON
Born Aug 16, 1902
Died Nov 13, 1908
"GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN"

WASSON, Maggie
Mar 17,1877 - June 3, 1939
"WIFE OF J.T.WASSON"
"GOD'S GREATEST GIFT RETURNED TO GOD"

WASSON, John T.
Mar 11,1876 - June 20,1955
"HUSBAND OF MAGGIE WASSON"
"GOD'S GREATEST GIFT RETURNED TO GOD"

CARSON, S.F.
May 3, 1836 - Mar 22, 1913

CARSON, Mary Kathlyn (believed to be daughter of Emma Howard Carson)
Sept 24, 1916 - Oct 5, 1916

CARSON, Emma R. (daughter of Philip Howard)
1883 - 1944

CARSON, E.A. "KIT" (son-in-law of Philip Howard)
1875 - 1956
"HUSBAND"

NEWTON, Mildred (daughter of Milo & Allie Newton)
1910 - 1912

NEWTON (double stone)
Newton, Milo (son of Kate Howard)
1885 - 1971
Newton, Allie (nee Childers)
1891 - 1962

LAVENDER, Kizzie
1850 - 1934
"MOTHER"

2 broken stones we couldn't read

Row #6 L to R

This very large monument is shaped like a podium with an open Bible on top.
HOWARD, Maymie
Born Aug 20, 1882
Died Feb 19,1901
"Daughter of Philip & Emma Howard"

HOWARD (rather large monument)
Howard, Philip (son of Abraham)
1853 - 1932
Howard, Emma (maiden name HURST)
1857 - 1940
"HIS WIFE"

Large podium type monument with open Bible on top
HURST, Ezra (husband of Jennie Howard)
Born May 4,1883
Died Mar 3, 1910
Aged 26y 9m 29d
"IN REMEMBRANCE"

GOSNELL (double stone)
Gosnell, Iva Mae
1889 - 1957
"WIFE"
Gosnell, Thomas D. (son of John & Sarah(nee Howard)Gosnell
1889 - 1966
"HUSBAND"

3 broken stones that were unreadable

MORRIS, William Cyril
Jan 14,1912 - Nov 6,1915

EMISON, Maxine Morris
Feb 20, 1917 - Oct 30, 1972

MORRIS, Emma McDaniel
May 11,1889 - Oct 8, 1980

CLUTTS, Nelson
Jan 22,1915 - Feb 8,1915

Row #7 L to R

Small half moon stone engraved "MAYMIE" is directly behind large Howard stone.

MOSCHENROSE, Ora E. (daughter of Peter Howard)
1884 - 1919

This very tall monument is engraved on 3 sides and has HOWARD on the base.
HOWARD, Peter (son of Abraham)
Sept 25,1851 - Jan 9, 1916
"LODGE 715 K of P"
Howard, Mary A.
Mar 14,1850 -
"HIS WIFE"
Third side is engraved "HOPE BLESSED IS THE PEACEMAKER"

QUALLS, Grace M.
Dec 26,1887 - Feb 11,1919
"Wife of Frank Qualls"
"AT REST"
"ABIDE IN ME"

QUALLS, Frank
1877 - 1962

STEELE (difficult to read name, but records have Earnest)
Son of P.A. & ___Steele
Jan 20,1909 - May 15,1911

This marker has a statue of lamb on top.
STEELE, Irene
Born & died Sept 7,1912
Steele, Joseph
Born & died Nov 17,1916

COYLE, Walter Franklin
Aug 12,1924
"Indiana SGT 10th INF 1? DIV"

SNYDER, Elsworth N.
1887 - 1912

HUDDLESTON, Clarence
1926 - 1926

3 broken stones that were unreadable

SHELTON, William
1866- June 6,1933

Another broken stone--could only read WM

This unique marker is shaped like a barrell or drum
DORON, Michual Victor
Dec 19,1912 - Dec 21,1914
"OUR DARLING BOY"

DORON, Samuel R.
Born Dec 2,1879
Died Dec 9,1929
"GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN"

DORON, Maggie
Born Dec 13,1881
Died Dec 12,1969
"FAITH IS THE KEY"

FANN, C.E.
Mar 30,1917 - Dec 25,1927

FANN,Richard
1872 - 1927
"FATHER"

FANN, N.
All that could be read

LOUCKS, John
"FATHER"
all that could be read

Row # 9 L to R

HEBERER, Freddie
All that could be read

HEBERER, Charles A. (married Cora Stokes in 1885)
Died June 25,1909
Aged 54y 1m 8d

BROADWAY, Cora H. (believe to be Cora Heberer whose maiden name was Stokes)
1862 - 1937
"MOTHER"

6 broken stones that were unreadable

This large stone has a cross engraved on it and is engraved on 2 sides.
HALLERAN, Dan
Born Nov 12,1880
Died Mar 9,1912

Halleran, Oma
Born May 16,1888
"HIS WIFE"

3 broken stones that were unreadable

Row #10 L to R

3 broken stones that couldn't be read

This very large monument has a flag engraved on it.
STEELE, Samuel
1834 - 1914
Co.B. 9th REG KY
Steele, Almeda
1833 - 1914
"HIS WIFE"


HICKS
Hicks, W.R.
1870 - 1954
Hicks, Cora B.
1873 - 1920
"HIS WIFE"

This monument also has a cross engraved on it.
LAVENDER, Claude
March 28,1899 - Oct 12,1970
ILL SGT CO.H 52nd INF
WW I

This large marker has a Bible engraved in the center.
LAVENDER
Lavender, Will T.
May 11,1868 - July 11,1963
"FATHER"
Lavender, Sarah A.
Oct 31,1873 - Sept 18,1957
"MOTHER"

This marker has a lamb on it.
LAVENDER, Carl
1909 - 1911
"SON"

BEESON (large marker)
Beeson, Lucinda (maiden name YOUNG)
1876 - 1925
Beeson, Mitchell
1867 - 1947

This marker has a lamb on it. Very difficult to read, older records have
(WASSON, Travis Paul
Jan 31,1914 - Jan 31,1916)

WASSON (large double monument)
Wasson, Alexander
1890 - 1943
Wasson, Pauline
1893 - 1969

Row #11 L to R

GOLLIHER, Ralph
Born July 30,1908
Died April 21,1909
"Son of Harmon & Iva Golliher"

3 broken stones that were unreadable

The monument has a lamb on it
SMITH, Wayne Edward
Born Sept 17,1911
Died Jan 27,1912
Aged 4m 11d

2 broken stones that were unreadable

This very large stone was broken and laying flat and we could not read the surname on the base, but older records indicate it is ROBINSON
Darthy J.
Sept 23,1910 - Dec 23,1923
James D.
April 9,1921 - May 16,1922
Charles
Jan 29,1913 - Mar 20,1913

ROBINSON, Lina
Feb 1892 - Nov 6, 1932

Broken stone that was unreadable

KNIFFEN, Joe Alvin
July 24,1922 - Mar 3, 1973
SC 2 US NAVY WW II
Is engraved with a circle that has a cross in it.

KNIFFEN (double monument)
Kniffen, Ellen T.
1889 - 1983
Kniffen
Loren R.
1873 - 1949

2 small stones with no surname I believe it should be Kniffen
Lester
1914 - 1914
SON
Teddy
1924 - 1924
SON

2 more broken stones that were unreadable

Row #12 L to R

4 broken stones

LEWIS, Leona M.
Born & died 1906
Daughter of J.W. & Florence

BIOLES, Emma
1887 - 1921
"AT REST"

CALVERT (double monument)
Calvert, Albert
1867 - 1929
Calvert, Cynthia
1878 - 1934

This unique marker is dianond shaped.
COLEMAN, Charles
Born & died Jan 21,1915
Son of Thomas & Artie

Salyers, Urey S.
JR.
No dates

Broken stone unreadable

Small stone with lamb that was unreadable

3 more broken stones that were unreadable

Across the gravel road that circles the main cemetery are a few more graves.

HALL (large double monument)
Hall, Ella Mae
Jan 30,1921 - Feb 25, 1984
Hall, James K.
May 22,1920 - Feb 7,1942

Hall, James K. (military marker)
May 22,1920 - Feb 7,1942
WT 3 US NAVY WW II

COLEMAN, Lee Scott
Nov 3,1970 - Nov 3,1970
"BABY"
Son of Dave & Betty

JOLINE, Ruby Beavers
Sept 3,1901 - Sept 25,1983
"MOTHER"
On base of monument is engraved "MOTHER OF KATHERINE FLOETTA LESLIE
ALBERT JACK

BEAVERS (double monument)
Beavers, Leslie A.
June 26,1923 - Nov 28,1999
"BILL"
"FATHER"
Beavers, Grace S.
Aug 29,1951 - July 21,1990
"GRACIE"
"DAUGHTER"

HICKS (very large monument)
Hicks, Ollie
1888 - 1965
Hicks, W. Arthur
1893 - 1977

Older records also indicate that the following are buried here,
But I could find no stones.

HAGAN, Florence
April 3,1881 - Sept 19,1933


KNIFFEN, Paul Roger
Dec 28, 1918 - July 1,1973

CAMPBELL, William

BECK, Virginia Pollard (mother-in-law of Milo Newton)


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