Rock Island County, Illinois Genealogy
Placed on the National Register of
Historical Places in 1994.
On May 6, 1936, John Hauberg conducted an interview at the S. S. Davis Home about the Cleanup of Chippiannock Cemetery
Some Notable Burials
The annual cemetery tour was summarized in The Dispatch and Rock Island Argus on September 16, 1994. Information on historical individuals were taken from that article.
Charles A. "Chick" Brandenburg - born October 2, 1881; d. aged 89; married
Maude L. Ranbarger August 21, 1902 in Davenport. She died May 25, 1932.
Maude Lula Ranbager Brandenburg - born Jan. 9, 1884; died age 48
Col. John Buford (1779-1847): Col. Buford came to Illinois in 1836 and served 4 years as a state senator. He was also important in railroad developments.
Henry Burris (1855-1916): The first minority letter carrier with the Rock Island Postal Service.
Henry Clay Cleaveland (1844-1899): After the Civil War Mr. Cleaveland formed an insurance partnership which still exists.
Philander Cable (1817-1866): Mr. Cable came to Rock Island with Philemon Mitchell in 1856. He brought $80,000 which he invested in banks, coal and railroads.
Eddie and Josie Dimmick (1873-1878 and 1870-1878): These children died the same day of diptheria. For two years their dog visited the grave every day.
Their father commissioned a life-size stone image of the Newfoundland dog that lies at the gravesite where the dog once did.
Susan Lewis Goldsmith (1801-1878): Susan Goldsmith came to Rock Island in 1816 with her mother, Margaret, wife of Col. George Davenport.
Ben Harper (1817-1887): Mr. Harper arrived in Rock Island in 1850 with $75,000. He spent it freely.
Minnie Potter (1865-1936): Ms. Potter was president and CEO of the Argus, a daily newspaper which stayed in the family's hands until sold to the Small Newspaper Group in the 1990s. It is now published in conjunction with the Daily Dispatch.
Julia Spencer Robinson (1838-1911): Daughter of Judge John W. Spencer, who presided over the trial of the three young men who were hanged for the murder of Col. George Davenport.
Mayor Harry Schriver (1872-1959): Mr. Schriver served two terms as mayor of Rock Island, 1911-1915 and again from 1919-1923. He is most known for his scrapes with the gangster, John Looney.
William Tenges (1855-1904): Mr. Tenges made wagons in Milan in 1877.
Benjamin Dann Walsh (1808-1869): Mr. Walsh was Illinois' first state entomologist.
Captain Andrew J. Whitney (1828-1913): Capt. Whitney was a riverboat driver. An
anchor by his grave once saved his boat from being torn apart in a bad storm by holding fast to a crevice in the
river bottom. The stretch of river between Hampton, Illinois and Muscatine, Iowa where the Mississippi runs west,
rather than south, was famous for its horrible rapids. River boat captains from the area were hired to guide boats
through these rapids safely. Capt. Whitney may have been one of these captains.
Rock Island County, Illinois
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