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Christian County Illinois

Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.

Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Hays Cemetery

SW of Moweaqua, Shelby Co., IL in Prarietown Township,  Christian Co., IL.
Searched by H. Jorgensen and T. Westerfield - Sept. 28, 2003
Records donated by
H. Jorgensen

For questions, cited sources, or further information please contact H. Jorgensen.

Located on 1750N, turn west (right) off of Illinois Route 51, just southwest of Moweaqua, IL. Follow this road, it has a few curves, to the T road and turn right.  The Cemetery is on the right hand side of the road just past the first house but before the curve.

Please note that there could be errors. A lot of the stones are in bad shape, so we did rubbings but still some were hard to read. The former cemetery sexton , now deceased, stated that there are no official records of this cemetery.  There are also a lot of stones laying down in the ground that are to deep to try to read.

NOTE: David, Andrew and William Hays, migrated from North Otter Twp., Macoupin Co., IL. around the mid 1840's and were all sons of William Hays and Elizabeth Unknown. Before Migrating to Macoupin Co., IL William & Elizabeth Hays settled in Martin Co., IN. Before that they were from North and South Carolina.

Rows start from Far Left to Right (N to S) as you go in the very front  (west entrance not the south side entrance) of the cemetery.

Row 1

Name

Born

Died

Age

Mary Bosser

July 20 1820

Mar 25, 1899

78y 8m 5d

<Same Stone> 

 

 

 

Isaac Blosser  

Mar. 9 1819

Apr. 4, 1893

71y 26d

Jane - Wife John L. Boyer

 

May 5, 1876

59y

Infant Daughter of G & N.M. Stiner

 

Jan 13, 1895

8wks

Row 2

Name

Born

Died

Age

Jesse Bilyeu

 

1870

4m

George son of J. & N. Bilyeu

 

Apr 16 1874

2y 8m 21d  

Lillie Rosetta wife of J.A. Jacobs 

 

Apr 10, 1882

aged 39y 9m 13 or 18d

Sarah J. wife of George A. Jacobs

 

May 22, 1884

25y 8m 20d

Jacobs

 

 

 

G. A. Jacobs

 

1936

 

Jennie Jacobs

 

1938

 

Louisa Jacobs wife of R.I. Jacobs

 

March 20, 1889

aged 32y

R. I. Jacobs

 

 

 

Row 3

Name

Born

Died

Age

Mary R. Daug. of J & N.E. Salmon 

 

June 14, 1875

11y 1m 15d

John W. Jacobs

 

(unreadable dates)

 

Unknown

 

 

 

Charles W.  son of G.A. & N.J. Jacobs

 

? 5, 1853

Aged 21d

Jacobs 

 

 

 

Samuel J.

 

July 20 1917

 

Rebecca F.   Jacobs wife of S.J. Jacobs

 

Nov 3, 1900

GAR stone

Nancy J. Jacobs wife of Geo. A.

 

Oct 10, 1881 

51y 24d

George A Jacobs

 

1901

 

Row 4

Name

Birth

Death

Age

M. V. Reatherford

 

 

 

GAR Plaque - C. O. E. 30th ILL Inf. (name: Martin V. )

 

 

 

Lucinda wife of G. W. Taylor
(wife of George W. Taylor - Maiden name Turpin) 

 

June 19, 1874

52y 7m 1d

George W. Taylor
(husband of Lucinda Turpin and son of William and Nancy (Hall) Taylor)

 

 July 26, 1875

55y 1m 13d

Julia A. daughter of S & S.J. Craig

 

Oct. 2, 1868

Aged 18y

Reatherford (same stone)

 

 

 

Henry

Oct 15, 1869

Feb 6, 1938

 

Mary

Mar 31, 1875

July 26, 1980

 

John J. Spangler

1881

1968

 

Row 5

Name

Birth

Death

Age

Nancy wife of J. or H.  B. Dobson 
(possible wife of Henry Baker Dobson)

 

Apr 3 1866  

36y 2m 6d

Ettie Workman  

Oct 7 1858  

Feb 19, 1887

 

Adeline wife of J.A. Workman

 

Nov 8, 1884

39y 9m 18d

J. A. Workman

 

Jan 17, 1887

70y

Carl   son of W.H. & M.A. Moss

 

1887

 

Row 6

Name

Birth

Death

Age

Wm. T. Son of J. M. & P J King

 

1858

age 9

Mattie J. daughter of J. M. & P J King

 

1870   age 2

 

Hattie V. dau of J. M. & P J. King

 

Feb 3, 1872

5y 10m 18d

Elizabeth Bilyeu wife

 

 

 

George Bilyeu

 

 Mar. 1895

79y 3m 5d

Thomas K. Catherwood  (medical doctor)

1804

1875

age 71

Worsham (same stone)

 

 

 

Thomas

 

1892

1893

Leo

 

1897

1901

Row 7

Name

Birth

Death

Age

Schroat  (same stone)

 

 

 

David N.

1853

1934

 

Mary A.

1861

1933

 

Ray W.

1901

no death date as of sep 28, 2003

George A. Barding infant son of J.D. & S.A

1872

 

 

Benjamin son of J.W. & M.A. Brooks

 

 

 

Martha A. Brooks

 

 

 

William Travis

 

 

 

Hiram Brooks

 

 

 

J.W. Brooks

 

 

 

Row 8

Name

Birth

Death

Age

Stephen Workman

 

 Apr 30, 1866

 

Effy D. dau of Stephen Workman

 

Sept 17 1862  

aged ?

Sarah E. dau of ? Plain

 

Aug 16 1861

 

Stephen Plain

 

Oct 10, 1851

aged 1y 3m 21d

Martha J. dau of J. & M.I. Plain

 

Oct 12, 1856

1y 7m 7d

Unknown

 

 

 

Unknown

 

 

 

John Plain

Dec 7,  1821

Nov 8, 1900

 

Unknown

 

 

 

Mary wife of C.A. Robison

 

Feb 17 1881

aged 22y 3m 7d

Stella Robison

 

April

 

Eva dau of W. & S. Cotterell
(duag. of Woodford and Sarah "Sally" (Hays) Cotterell)

 

Aug 30, 1879

Aged 14y 1m 25d

Josie son of H.E. & M.E. Bilyeu

 

Aug 30 1871

Aged 27d

Nancy C.  wife of S. T. Martin

 

 

 

Stephen Bilyeu

 

 

 

Laura B. Bilyeu

 

 

 

Mary E. Hays

 

Feb 14 1893

20y 6m 17d

Father Albert J. Worsham
(husband of Martha Jane (Hays) Worsham)

1867

1906

 

Mother Martha J.
(wife of Albert James Worsham and daug of John W. and Susannah Harriet (Hays) Hays)

 1868

1910

 

Row 9

Name

Birth

Death

Age

Infant son of G.W. & E. Hays
(son of George W. and Emeline F. (Boyer) Hays)

 

Sept 23, 1881

 

Schuyler L. son of G.W. & E. Hays
(son of George W. and Emeline F. (Boyer) Hays)

 

July 20, 1888

2y & 16d

Orie M. dau of G.W. & E. Hays
(son of George W. and Emeline F. (Boyer) Hays)

 

June 19, 1890

2y 5m 4d

Sherley son of G.W. & E. Hays
(son of George W. and Emeline F. (Boyer) Hays)

 

Oct 20, 1896

11m 11d

Row 10

Name

Birth

Death

Age

Infant of H & R.A. Hays

 

 

 

(son of Henry and Ruth Ann (Tilley) Hays

 

 

 

Ruth Ann Hays

Aug 27, 1838

June 17, 1873

 

(1st wife of Henry Hays)

 

 

 

Elzira Katherine  

Nov 13, 1853

July 11, 1908

 

wife of Henry Hays

 

 

 

(2nd wife of Henry Hays - daug of William and Sarah (Rader) Irvin)

 

 

 

Henry Hays

 March 15, 1841

 May 18, 1914

 

Co E 32nd ILL Inf , son of Andrew and Sarah Ann (Hall) Hays)

 

 

 

Son of A.D. & M

 

Aug 18, 1897

 

(probably son on Andrew David and Minerva Isabel (Lemar) Hays)

 

 

 

Hays (same stone)

 

 

 

Wm. S. Hays

 

 Mar 30, 1888

aged 30

(son of Andrew and Sarah Ann (Hall) Hays)

 

 

 

Mary F.   his wife

 

 Oct 11, 1907   aged 50y 7m 11d

 

(nee: Boyer)

 

 

 

Hays (same stone)

 

 

 

John L.

1866

1944 

 

(possible son of John "Major" and Susannah Harriet Hays (nee also: Hays)

 

 

 

Clara J.

1872

1938

 

Row 11

Name

Birth

Death

Age

Sarah F.

 

Aug 1 1852

Aged 10 m 11d

dau of E.R & J.A. Curtis
(daug. of Edwin Ray and Julian (Julia Ann) (Hays) Curtis)

 

 

 

James T. son of E.R. & J.A. Curtis
(Calc B. Date: July 31, 1850) (son of Edwin Ray and Julian (Hays) Curtis)

 

Aug 6, 1851

Aged 1y 8d

William Gregory

 

Sept 1, 1856

Aged 33y

Nancy E. dau of Andrew & Sally Hays

 

Aug 14, 1866

aged 2y 10m 7d

Same Stone

 

 

 

Andrew Hays
(husband of Sarah Ann (Hall) Hays - son of William and Elizabeth (unk) Hays

 

 July 25, 1891

Aged 71y 29d

Sarah A. wife of A. Hays
(wife of Andrew Hays - daug of Henry and Sarah (Harper) Hall)

 

July 26, 1901

Aged 80y 8m 4d

Sarah J. 
dau of H.S. & A.J. Portwood (daug of Henry and Armilda Jane (Hays) Portwood)

 

May 16, 1890

Aged 21y 7m 7d

Alma J. 
dau of Henry Portwood  (daug of Henry and Armilda Jane (Hays) Portwood) 

 

Dec 2, 1887

Aged 18y 3m 21d

Armilda J.
wife of Henry S. Portwood (daug of Andrew and Sarah Ann (Hall) Hays)

 

Dec 5, 1877

29y 3m 18d 

Henry S. Portwood
(husband of 1st wife Armilda Jane (Hays) Portwwod and 2nd wife Almira E. (unk) Portwood)

 

Sept 10, 1905

57y 9m 29d

Henry E. son of H.S & A. E. Portwood

 

Nov 26, 1882

2m 13d

Almira E. wife of Henry S. Portwood

 

Mar 22, 1883

28y 6m 7d

Sarah J.  

 

May 16, 1890

Aged 21y 7m 7d

Row 12

Name

Born

Died

Age

Julia A. wife of Henry Armstrong
 wife of H. L.
(1st husb. Edwin Ray Curtis, mother of the Curtis children   above - daug of William and Mary (unk) Hays)

 

Dec 20, 1870  

Aged 42y 9m 15d

Henry L. Armstrong (broken stone)
 (born 1807, 1st wife Mary Elizabeth Renfro)

 

 Sept 3, 1863

 

W. G.

 

 

 

Same stone

 

 

 

David Hays
(son of William and Elizabeth (unk) Hays

 

July 23, 1886

Aged 79y 6m 5d

Nancy wife of David Hays
( 1st husb William Taylor and daug of Henry and Sarah (Harper) Hall)

 

 Aug 31, 1900

Aged 99y 4m 20d

Julia A. wife of Henry Armstrong

 

Dec 20, 1870  

Aged 42y 9m 15d

Unknown

 

 

 

Aaron H. son of J.W. & N.A. Hays
(son of John W. and Susannah Harriet (Hays) Hays)

 

 Oct 3, 1873

aged 1y 9m

George W. T. son of J.W. & S. ?. Hays
(son of John W. and Susannah Harriet (Hays) Hays)

 

 Sept 14, 1878

Aged 2y 5m 27d

Nancy E. dau of J.W. & S.H. Hays
(daug of John W. and Susannah Harriet (Hays) Hays)

 

 July 16, 1883

?y 7m 20d

Ira J. son of J.W. & S.H. Hays
(son of John W. and Susannah Harriet (Hays) Hays)

 

 Apr 10, 1889

Aged 19y 2m 24d

Same Stone

 

 

 

John W. Hays
(son of Hiram D. Hays and Nancy Agnes Stewart. Hiram D. Hays is bro. of David Hays)

Sep 7, 1837

Nov 29, 1912

 

Susannah H.
(wife of John W. Hays and daughter of David and Nancy (Hall) Hays)

Mar 30, 1841

Jan 26, 1914

 

W.S.H.

 

 

 

Hobert L. son of D. S. & C. E. Hays
 (son of David Sherman and Clara E. (Elliott) Hays)

 

 Apr 6, 1904

Aged 7y 5m 14d

Hays

 

 

 

Clara E.
(wife of David Sherman Hays - nee: Elliott)

July 5, 1873

July 28, 1960

 

David S.
(husband of Clara E. (Elliott) Hays - son of John W. and Susannah Harriet (Hays) Hays)

May 20, 1865

April 7, 1947

 

Row 13

Name

Birth

Death

Age

Wm. H.   son of M.R & J. Worsham

 

Mar 16, 1853

aged 1m

I. M.  son of M.R & J. Worsham

 

Aug 5, 1854

Aged 3y 20d

Jennetta dau of M.R. Worsham

 

 Aug 15, 1851

aged 18y 8m 21d

Note: The 2 small children above are possibly Mordecai R. Worsham and Jenetta Hays' children

 

 

 

Row 14

Name

Birth

Death

Age

Jennetta dau of W. & L. Hays
(daug of William and Louisa (Taylor) Hays)

 

Oct 3, 1853

Aged 2y 1m 17d

Nancy dau of Wm. & Mary Hays
(duag of William and Mary (unk) Hays)

 

May 10, 1854

Aged 18y 21d

Geo. W. son of Wm. & Louisa Hays
(son of William and Louisa (Taylor) Hays)

 

Mar. 9, 1866

2y 10m 21d

Wm. Hays
(son of William and Elizabeth (unk) Hays)

 

Oct 10, 1874

Aged 72y 6m 7d

Lucinda E. wife of G. W. Portwood
(wife of Geo. W. Portwood and daug of Wm. and Louisa (Taylor) Hays)

 

Nov 9, 1879  

Aged 19y 1m 29d

Maggie dau of J.M. & N.A. Hays
 (daug of James Madison and Nancy Ann (Jagger) Hays

 

Apr 10, 1880

Aged 1y 5m 9d

Elizabeth A. Hays

 

Apr 10, 1891

Aged 37y 11m

Hays

 

 

 

Gladys Y
(son of David Sherman and Clara E. (Elliott) Hays)

 

1907

2002

John G.
(wife of John G. Hays)

 

1910

1990

Elizabeth A. Hays

 

Apr 10, 1891

Aged 37y 11m

15th Row - 3rd row from back

Name

Birth

Death

Age

George L. son of E.A. & M.E. Prescott
(son of Ezekiel B. and Mary Elizabeth (Taylor) Prescott)

 

Oct 24, 1854

 

William W. son of E.A. & M.E. Prescott
(son of Ezekiel B. and Mary Elizabeth (Taylor) Prescott)

 

Nov 21, 1855

 

Ezekiel D. son of E.A. & M.E. Prescott

(son of Ezekiel B. and Mary Elizabeth (Taylor) Prescott)

 

Sept 15, 1857

 

Row 16

Name

Birth

Death

Age

Infant son of ?

 

 

 

CDL

 

 

 

*MJD

 

 

 

*Infant daughter D.

 

 

 

*MKD

 

 

 

*EAD

 

 

 

*WWD

 

 

 

Mary J. wife of J.A. Denny

 

Mar 2, 1873

Aged 34y 9m 1d

(* Note: I beleve that all of the above initialed graves that end in "D" are Denny Children but no proof)

 

 

 

Row 17 - Back row

Name

Birth

Death

Age

Cecil W. Portwood

1913

1935

 

(under trees by itself)

 

 

 

Standage

 

 

 

Standage

 

 

 

Charlie D. Reatherford

June 14, 1895

Oct 2, 1948

 

Illinois PVT Causual Det  World War1

 

 

 

Rudow

 

 

 

Gwendolyn I.

1914

1961

 

Walter E.

1913

1990

 

Back Right corner in the trees and brush

Name

Birth

Death

Age

Wm. Ottis Bowman son of J.P & ?

 

Feb 12,  1881

aged 2y or 8 y 2d

Infant daughter W.S. & E.T. Workman

 

 Jan 14, 1881

 

Thomas J. son of Harvey & Emma Radford

Mar 17, 1901

July 29, 1901

 

 


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