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Lemen (Mt Kingston - Baptist) Cemetery
Montgomery County, Illinois

Contributed by Juli Claussen, May 2000 [timjuli@earthlink.net]. Total records = 36.

The Lemen Cemetery (aka Mt. Kingston or Baptist Cemetery) cemetery is approximately 1 1/2 miles south east of Walshville, Montgomery County, Illinois, at the original site of the Walshville Baptist Church and school, on land of William Cline. Neglected and overgrown, there appear to be many graves without stones, and many stones are broken or buried. The great grandson of William and Jane (Bryant) Cline stated that they and almost their entire family were buried here, yet only a stone for the oldest son, Reuben H. Cline, was found. Those for whom additional notes have been made are marked with an asterisk *. Read Oct. 19, 2000 by Neil and Juli Claussen

ALLEN, Alma M., d. Apr. 23, 1886, aged 22 yrs "....a faithful partner in ..." (Only a part of the epitath was readable. These three Allen's appear on the same stone, accompanied by footstones, although only 2 were located.), wife of T.J. Allen *
ALLEN, Earl, aged 3 mos "To the Memory of Earl"
ALLEN, Maudie G., d. Aug. 3, 1886
C ____, A., (There is a footstone, "AC", next to the marker of John R. Corzine, but only the base of a headstone was found. The portion of the headstone above the ground was missing.)
CANN, Nancy J., d. Apr. 19, 1857, aged 24 yrs, 2 mos (Footstone, "NJC". The headstone has a weeping willow symbol.), wife of J.B. Cann
CLINE, Reuben H., d. Feb. 27, 1856, aged 70 yrs, 3 mos, 23 ds (This stone is broken and the numbers on it are difficult to read, so uncertain. There is a footstone, "RHC".) *
CORZINE, John R., b. Sep 1, 1811, d. Dec. 2, 1853, aged 42 yrs, 3 mos, 1 d
CRAIG, Lynn, d. Aug. 7, 1849, aged 41 yrs (This is the Rev. Craig who was the first believed to preach in the area, at the William Cline home in early 1819.) *
CRAWFORD, James G., d. Aug. 11, 1883, aged 11 yrs, 10 mos, 2 ds (Difficult to read. The years and days old are uncertain. A hand with index finger pointing upward appears on this headstone.)
EAMES, James, d. Mar. 8, 1854, aged 61 yrs, 1 m, 18 ds
ENGELMAN, Charles, b. Aug. 17, 1892, d. Aug. 27, 1893
ENGELMANN, Anna, b. Jul. 16, 1890, d. Dec. 18, 1894, near Cassen, Chas & c.H.
ENGELMANN, Cassen J., b. Oct. 26, 1855, d. Jun 14, 1897, near Chas, Anna & C.H.
ENGELMANN, Charles, b. May 12, 1896, d. Apr. 16, 1897, near C.H., Cannen, Anna & Chas.
ENGELMEN, C.H., d. Nov. 24, 1893, aged 33 yrs, 8 mos, 13 ds, near Chas, Cassen & Anna
JOHNSON, Frank Larue, son of Edward & Phoebe M. Johnson, aged 7 yrs, 8 mos, 13 ds "Gone But Not Forgotten" (This stone has a scroll design, and there is a footstone "FLJ". There are no dates.)
JONES, Sarah, d. Dec. 7, 1862, aged 69 yrs, 7 ds (There is a footstone.), wife of Hugh Jones *
LEMEN, Rev. Moses, b. Nov. 30, 1797, d. Mar. 3, 1859, aged 61 yrs, 3 mos, 5 ds (This stone has the symbol of an open Bible standing on another book.) *
LEMON, Mira Ann, d. Oct. 10, 1855, aged 3 mos (This may read 3 yrs rather than 3 mos. It is next to Moses E. Lemon's grave.), daughter of M.E. & B. Lemon
LEMON, Moses E., d. Jun 30, 1855, aged 21 yrs, 5 mos, 25 ds (This grave is directly behind that of Rev. Moses Lemen, and has a footstone, "MEL".)
LEWIS, William, d. Apr. 9, 1879 "In Memory of my Father, William Lewis" (There is a footstone, "WL". The headstone is large and unusual, shaped something like an urn.)
LOGSDON, Melvin, b. Jun 10, 1872, d. Jul 11, 1921 "Father"
LYON, Caroline C., b. Jan. 14, 1848, d. Oct. 23, 1891 "Thy trials ended, thy rest is won." (This is a broken pedestal monument with a footstone "CCL".), wife of L.H. Lyon
MARTIN, Eli L., d. Apr. 18, 1858, aged 28 yrs, 6 mos, 25 ds (The last number of the year is uncertain.)
MARTIN, Ransom S., d. Aug. 31, 1858, aged 2 yrs, 11mos (There is also a footstone, "RSM".), son of E.L. & C. Martin
McPHERSON, Aaron M., d. Sep 26, 1881, aged 21 yrs, 6 mos., 6 ds (This stone has a lovely inscribed symbol of a butterfly, or possibly 2 angels back to back, and other ornate carvings.) *
McPHERSON, J.B.S., b. Apr. 4, 1833, d. Mar. 26, 1900 Co. l.48 Ky Inf. "At Rest" (This lovely stone is inscribed "G.A.R." across the top, and under this is a large American flag, then the Company he served in. On the side of the stone, written in an arch, are the name, dates, an oak leaf, and the epitath.)
PALMER, J.L., b. Dec. 13, 1852, d. Jul 31, 1901 "MWA" "Gone But Not Forgotten" (This lovely monument is shaped to represent a tree trunk and has crossed axes under the "MWA", representing Modern Woodman of America.) *
PALMER, Mary Jane, d. May 18, 1888, aged 4 yrs, 9 mos "We loved this tender little one, And would have wished her stay, But let our Father's will be done, She shines in endless day" (This marker is next to J.L. Palmer's and at the base appears, "L.M. & G.Co., Litchfield".), daughter of J.L. & M.M. Palmer
PALMER, Wm. A., b. Jun 28, 1811, d. Jun 19, 1855 (This stone has a weeping willow on the face.)
PARSON, George, d. Feb. 21, 1856, aged 24 yrs, 1 m, 27 ds*
SITTON, Sarah F., d. Dec. 29, 1879, aged 53 yrs, 5 mos, 16 ds (This is a tall pedestal monument.), wife of A.J. Sitton
SITTON, William H., son of A.J. & S.F. Sitton, b....(The rest of this broken stone was not found. It has an open Bible symbol.)
T______, E.J., (A footstone inscribed "EJT" was found, but no headstone.)
VILES, Daniel M., d. Sep 6, 1858, aged 5 mos, 29 ds, son of R. & S. Viles
VILES, Sarah, d. Mar. 28, 1858, aged 19 yrs, 6 mos, 17 ds (There is a footstone, "S_ _". This young mother apparently died about 20 days after the birth of baby Daniel M. Viles, next to her.), wife of R. Viles

*Additional Notes:

ALLEN, Alma, According to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, a Thomas Allen and Almay Morris married in Montgomery Co., May 28, 1885
CLINE, In an article by Walter R. Sanders, entitled "Settlers in Montgomery County, Illinois Before 1840", which was published in parts in several issues of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly, Vols. 39-41, Mr. Sanders lists: Cline, William, b. 1780-90, N.C.; Alexander, b. 1810-15; Reuben, b. 1815, Ill.; John D., b. 1810-20; and Nelson. More on the Cline family can be found in THE HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ILLINOIS & HISTORY OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, pub. 1918
CRAIG, Lynn, In the article by Walter R. Sanders, he lists several Craig's as members of the same family, including "Linn Craig, b. 1808"
ENGELMAN, THE HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ILLINOIS & HISTORY OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, pub.1918, p. 967, states that an Engelman operated a mercantile business in the early days of Walshville
JONES, Hugh, THE HISTORICAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ILLINOIS & HISTORY OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, pub.1918, p. 971, states that Hugh Jones was one of those who provided most of the money to build the new Walshville Baptist Church building after it burned in the mid-1850's
LEMEN, Rev. Moses, The article by Walter R. Sanders lists: Lemon, Moses, b. 11-30-1797, Ill.; John, b. 1810-20. HARVESTTIME ON THE PRAIRIE, by Myron D. Dillow, pp. 30-32, refers to Moses Lemen's father, James Lemen, Sr., saying, "...Lemen was instrumental in the organization of the first Baptist church in the state (IL), New Design (1796). Licensed to preach Jul. 9, 1808, ...he was instrumental in organizaing other Baptist churches in this area. ...Notable among those who followed in Lemen's train were his sons: Joseph, James Jr., Josiah, Moses, and William. Many churches owe their existence to these men who served as missionaries...Joseph, James Jr., and Mosses labored diligently in behalf of missions, temperance, and antislavery causes. ..In 1836 the ...Illinois Baptist Convention employed James and Moses Lemen as itinerant preachers in Southern Illinois. They gave selflessly in ministering to the churches ..."
McPHERSON, Aaron M., According to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, an Aaron M. McPherson married Mary E. Crockett in Montgomery Co., Jul 24, 1881
PALMER, J.L., According to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, a James L. Palmer married Miss Mary M. Moss in Montgomery Co., May 31, 1877
PARSON, George, According to the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, a George Parson married Mrs. Nancy Cline in Montgomery Co., Mar. 8, 1855

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