Smith Cemetery

Scott County, Illinois




Smith Cemetery is located west of Alsey in southwestern Scott County, Illinois, along side the blacktop road between Glasgow and Alsey. Jacob Smith received the land in a grant from the government in 1832 when the area was still a part of Morgan County. In 1852 Jacob Smith conveyed the farm land around the cemetery to George G. Smith "excepting 2 rods square including burying yard on said land." In 1976 a 4-H club, the Alsey Youth Corporation, undertook the project of restoring the long neglected cemetery. This was accomplished under the leadership of Mrs. George (Carol) Cooper. A re-dedication ceremony was held on Sunday, Oct. 31, 1976. Former State Representative G. William Horsley of Springfield, an authority on Abraham Lincoln, gave the dedicatory address. He was driven from Alsey to the cemetery in a buggy escorted by the 7th Cavalry Reactivated which also gave a demonstration of Civil War drills.

I visited this cemetery on 12 May 2007 and took the photographs included here. The cemetery is beautifully maintained - it's wonderful to see one of these old family cemeteries maintained in tip top shape.

Name Born Died Age Additional Inscription/Information
ALLEN, Caroline 2 Oct 1854 16y5m16d
ARNOLD, Infant 27 Feb 1866 1m2d Son of W.M. & D. Arnold
SMITH, David 23 Apr 1857 33y1m12d
SMITH, James J. 11 Jul 1884 67y5m20d
SMITH, Rachel 21 Feb 1838 52y Wife of Jacob Smith
SMITH, Rebecca Ann Wife of J.J. Smith
SMITH, William Co. F, 61st Ill. Inf.
SMITH, William H. 28 May 1865 17y7m16d Son of J.J. & R.A. Smith Died @ Franklin, TN
WHALEN, America J. 18 Sep 1858 15y4m23d Dau of H. H. And S. Whalen
WHALEN, Infant Son of H. & S. Whalen
WHALEN, Nancy M. 21 Oct 1850 2y4m23d Dau of H. & S. Whalen
WHALEN, Sarah G. 20 Mar 1854 37y7m22d
WHALEN, William H. 30 Mar 1853 2y1m25d

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