Bakers Prairie Cemetery#1

Sec. 18, twp. 18N, Range 6W

Menard County, Illinois

Baker Prairie Baptist Church

The old Bible used in Bakerís Prairie Church is now in the home of Mr. And Mrs. Robert Sampson, Petersburg, Illinois. It was translated out of the original tongues dated 1888 and presented to that church by William Sampson and John Harden Elmore, August 2, 1891.

Mr. And Mrs. Robert Clark were living in the parsonage at the time it was moved across the road to the east and farther back in the field. Mrs. Ann Clark was making bread the morning they moved. By the time, the two and Ĺ story house was moved the bread was ready to bake. The Henry Robinsonís lived in this house before it was torn down.

Baker Prairie property was sold by the First Baptist Church of Petersburg for $200.00. The acreage included 2 Ĺ acres with Ĺ acre reserved for the cemetery.

Source: Menard County Church History 1976, Page 153, Frank Elmore& Mina Terry. Photo of Baker Prairie Church donated to the book from Mrs. Mildred Henrikson.

Submitted by: Jeanie Lowe.


The original transcription for this cemetery was done by Mr. James Toal in 1982. Our thanks to Mr. Toal for permission to use his work on this web page. The remains of this cemetery were visited by Duane & Betty Albert on July 22, 2003. Our thanks to them for photographing all of the remaining stones and marker fragments in this old abandoned cemetery. Our thanks also to Jack Stoldt for permission to make this visit and take photos.
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Name Born Died Age Additional Inscription/Info.
CASTEEL, George 17 Apr 1876 19 Apr 1876
CASTEEL, John 15 Jul 1865 38y2m
CASTEEL, John 18 Aug 1870 84y
CASTEEL, Margaret 21 Sept 1865 70y
CLARK, Henry 14 Jan 1887 82y (From death records)
CLARK, Susan, Mrs. 15 Dec 1899 68y
CLARK, Willie T. 1 Mar 1865 7y11m13d Son of C.D. & E.P. Clark
CLEMENS, Francis Mann 22 Jul 1878 5y5m12d (From death records)
COPNER, Jesse A. 9 July 1853 17d Son of J. & N. J. Copner
DENTON, Robert Lee 23 Dec 1905 3m19d (From death records)
FERGUSON, Jesse 16 May 1890 66y
FERGUSON, William Rufus 3 Apr 1877 3 Dec 1895 (Note)
FISHER, Theo. Ames 15 Oct 1893 80y
FOURDYCE, Estella M. 7 Apr 1903 26 Jan 1905
MARTIN, John A. 27 Jan 1898 65y (From death records)
MARTIN, Polly 13 Apr 1880 5y4m7d (From death records)
MCKINEY, Doratha Adaline 30 Aug 1902 2m (From death records)
PITTMAN, Corinthian Opal 17 Sep 1906 1y3m25d (From death records)
ROBINSON, Infant 14 Dec 1899 8m Infant of Lewis Robinson
TETER, Archie W. 2 Mar 1906 45y2d (From death records)
TETER, Hannah 5 Oct 1902 78y23d (From death records)
TURNER, John 10 Sept 1890 97y
UNKNOWN 27 Sep 1857 8m5d
VANNATTAN, Herbert 6 Mar 1904 2y1m6d (From death records)
VANNATTAN, Margaret Pittman - (Obit) 12 Jan 1904 34y (Marriage License)
YARDLEY, Benjamin broken Son of ?. & ?. Yardley
YARDLEY, Mary 13 Dec 1865 65y10m4d Wife of Benjamin Yardley

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