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Contributed by Judy Edwards


Other Shelby County place names include:

  • Anderson Cemetery (Stewardson East)
  • Angels' Branch - tributary located in Rural Township
  • Antioch - A small village situated in Ridge Township, on or about Section 11. Settled as early as 1826. An early settler was Widow Royse in 1830; she reared 7 children alone.
  • Antioch Cemetery
  • Armstrong Cemetery (Tower Hill)
  • Ash Grove - Hiram Smith, brother of Joseph Smith, preached Mormonism in Ash Grove Township before moving on to Nauvoo; Methodist Church established on Section 33; there was a Mormon War in Ash Grove in 1836 or '37, with local Methodists planning harm against Rev. Carter who reportedly escaped. Mormon Younger Green had the mob arrested.
  • Ash Grove Cemetery (Windsor)
  • Askins Cemetery (Fancher)
  • Austin Cemetery (Shelbyville)
  • Barker Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Bateman Cemetery (Lakewood)
  • Beck's Creek - located in Cold Spring Township; post office established on Section 17; now Fayette County;
  • Bethany Cemetery (near Windsor)
  • Bethany Cemetery (Obed)
  • Bethel Cemetery
  • Big Spring Township
  • Boiling Springs - Section 25 of Dry Point Township
  • Bruce Cemetery
  • Brunswick
  • Brunswick Cemetery
  • Brush Creek
  • Buck Grove - located in Pickaway County
  • Buchanan Cemetery (near Herrick)
  • Burrels Branch - tributary in Rural Township
  • Caldwell Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Carr's Creek - tributary located in Windsor Township
  • Center Cemetery (near Cowden)
  • Claridge Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Clark Cemetery (Ramsey)
  • Clarksburg
  • Cloverville
  • Coal Creek - located in Oconee Township
  • Coal Creek Cemetery
  • Cochran's Grove - located in Ash Grove Township; established as a post office as early as 1831.
  • Cochran's Grove Cemetery (probably Cochran Cemetery)
  • Cochran Cemetery (Windsor)
  • Cold Spring - post office established in 1828
  • Cold Spring Township - settlers began arriving in 1818
  • Combest Cemetery Combest Cemetery
  • Coon Creek - tributary in Okaw Township
  • Coons Cemetery (Stewardson East)
  • Copperas Creek
  • Copperas Cemetery
  • Corley's Ridge
  • Corley Cemetery
  • Cowden - located in Dry Point Township, Section 4; named for H. M. Cowden; greatest growth was during 1875
  • Cowden Circuit - Methodist preaching circuit included Cowden, Lakewood, and Pleasant Grove
  • Craig Cemetery - located in Ridge Township
  • Craig Schoolhouse - located in Rural Township
  • Cutler Cemeteryp
  • Davis Grove
  • Dead Man's Grove - located on Wolf Creek, Section 8 of Prairie Township
  • Dog Prairie
  • Dollville
  • Downey Cemetery (Neoga)
  • Doyle Branch - tributary located in Oconee Township
  • Drew's Mill - located on the Okaw River in Ash Grove Township
  • Dry Point Township - settlers arrived as early as 1821; first school was in 1830; Alexander Banning became one of the first landowners in 1832.
  • Dug Out
  • Duvall map
  • Edwards Cemetery
  • Eiler Cemetery (near Tower Hill) map Eiler Cemetery
  • Elis Cemetery - located in Ash Grove Township; on William Elis property, Section 3 of Ash Grove Township. Exact location has been lost.
  • Elm Spring Place - located in Ridge Township
  • Etna (now Coles County)
  • Fairground
  • Fancher
  • Findlay
  • Findlay Cemetery map Findlay Cemetery
  • Findlay Junction
  • Flat Branch - post office established in 1851 and closed about two years later.
  • Flat Branch Settlement
  • Flat Branch Township - first settler, Robert Tolly, arrived in 1828 and settled on Section 12; first school erected in 1833; early settler Rufus DeGarmo's son, Charles, is the namesake of DeGarmo Hall at Illinois State University.
  • Fortner Cemetery (Fancher)
  • Foster Cemetery (Findlay)
  • Four Mile Grove
  • Francisco Grist Mill
  • Fruit Hill - possibly named for Littleton Fruit who settled on Coon Creek in Section 21 of Okaw Township in 1830.
  • Gallagher Chapel Cemetery (near Fancher)
  • Galigher's Class - as early as 1830, Sabbath meetings were formed at Wesley Galligher's home. Later became Mt. Carmel Church.
  • Gaskill Cemetery (Stewardson East)
  • Gaskill Methodist Church - Ash Grove Township
  • Giles Cemetery map
  • Glenwood Cemetery (Shelbyville, Illinois)
  • Gordon Creek - located in Flat Branch Township; named for Gordon Family who settled here in 1833.
  • Grace Cemetery (Strasburg)
  • Grassy Branch - tributary of the Kaskaskia River located in Oconee Township
  • Graybill Cemetery (Stewardson)
  • Grider Cemetery - Mrs. Matilda (McDaniel) Rose was buried in the Grider Cemetery in Windsor Township in 1862. Location unknown.
  • Hanson Cemetery
  • Hanson's Station
  • Hark
  • Harlan Cemetery
  • Harmon Cemetery (Fancher)
  • Hart - located in Dry Point Township; post office established in 1860.
  • Hays Cemetery
  • Helton Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Henderson Cemetery (Kirksville)
  • Henton - located in Ridge Township
  • Henton Cemetery (Henton)
  • Herborn - located in Prairie Township, Section 22.
  • Herrick
  • Hidden
  • Hilligoss Cemetery (Windsor)
  • Hinton - probably Henton
  • Hodson Cemetery (Francher)
  • Hog Creek - tributary located in Prairie Township
  • Holland
  • Holliday - located in Dry Point, it lies mostly in Fayette County, near Shelby County Section 14.
  • Hood - post office in Ash Grove Township, established about 1854.
  • Hooker - post office formed about 1863; in 1871 it became Sigel.
  • Horsman Spring Settlement - located in Cold Spring Township; school building erected in 1821
  • Horsman Cemetery (Williamsburg Hill)
  • Howe Cemetery (Fancher)
  • Hubbart Cemetery (Beecher City)
  • Hudson Cemetery (Lakewood)
  • Hudson Cemetery ( Middlesworth)
  • I.O.O.F. Cemetery (Moweaqua)
  • Illiopolis
  • Indian Camp Branch - tributary located in Oconee Township
  • Jordan Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Jordan Creek - tributary located in Prairie Township
  • Kingman
  • Knobs Baptist Cemetery
  • Lake Fork - located in western part of Rural Township
  • Lakewood - located in Dry Point Township, Sections 7 and 8
  • Lakewood M. E. Society - in 1877, became part of the Cowden Circuit.
  • Landisville - a paper town in Big Spring Section 1
  • Lenoirs
  • Liston Cemetery (Lakewood)
  • Lithia
  • Lithia Springs
  • Little Flock (Baptist) Cemetery (Obed) - located in Flat Branch Township
  • Locust Grove
  • Locust Branch - located in Flat Branch Township; settlers arrived in 1843
  • Locust Grove Cemetery (Obed)
  • London
  • Lone Oak - located in Ridge Township; A. V. Harper had a store here as early as 1850, but later moved it to Prairie Bird.
  • Lorton Cemetery
  • Lower Ash Grove Cemetery (Stewardson)
  • Ludwig Cemetery (Obed)
  • Luro - first town laid out in Oconee Township, on Section 5, about 1854; laid out by Dr. Ballard; Illinois Central refused to put in a switch and the town died.
  • Luticia
  • Mahoney Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Manyawper - changed to Westminster.
  • Martin Cemetery (Fancher)
  • Masonic Cemetery (Obed)
  • Massey's Knobs - settler among the knobs near Tower Hill; settled about 1830 in Section 3 of Tower Hill Township.
  • Matney Branch - tributary located in Oconee Township; namesake was the Widow Matney and her four boys and four girls who all arrived in 1830 and settled on Section 34.
  • Mautz Cemetery (Pana)
  • McCoy Cemetery (Lakewood)
  • Methodist Cemetery (Tower Hill)
  • Meyers Cemetery (Herrick)
  • Metz
  • Middlesworth
  • Middlesworth Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Milne
  • Mitchell Creek - located in Cold Spring Township
  • Moberly Cemetery (Windsor)
  • Mode - located in Holland Township; originally named Jacob Smith; founded in 1866, post office established here by Elisha Roley; Section 23.
  • Moore Cemetery (Lakewood)
  • Moulton
  • Mound
  • Mound Cemetery (Cowden)
  • Mt. Carmel Cemetery (south of Shelbyville)
  • Mount Cemetery (Oconee)
  • Mount Hermon Cemetery (Fancher)
  • Mount Olive Cemetery (Lakewood)
  • Mount Pleasant Cemetery (Obed)
  • Mount Zion Cemetery (Fancher)
  • Moyer Cemetery (Shelbyville)
  • Mowequa - located in Moweaqua Township; laid out along the ICC railroad in 1852 by Michael Snyder.
  • Mud Creek - tributary in Rose Township
  • Mud Run
  • Mud Run Cemetery (Herrick)
  • Myers Cemetery (Herrick)
  • Neal Cemetery (Cowden)
  • Neil Cemetery
  • Neoga (now Coles County)
  • Neapolis
  • New Hope Cemetery (Lakewood)
  • Oak Grove Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Obed map
  • Oconee - located in Oconee Township
  • Oconee Mound Cemetery (Oconee)
  • Oconee Station
  • Oconee Township - first settler enetered land in 1836, Section 21.
  • Okaw Township - early settlers arrived as early as 1823; first schoolhouse built in 1832.
  • Oliver Cemetery (Shelbyville)
  • Oppossum Creek - located in Oconee Township
  • Otter Creek - located in Oconee Township
  • Penn Township - "Daniel Roach and Aaron Armstrong, while scouting during the war of 1812, passed through what is now the county of Shelby, and being pleased with this part of it, so stated it to all their friends. John Armstrong, in company with Daniel Roach as guide, Robert Tolly, Elias Armstrong, and David Roach as companions, set out to investigate, and in October, 1825, John selected a site on section 6, town 13, range 3."
  • Pickaway Township - Elias Armstrong was the first settler, arriving in 1828 on Section 7.
  • Pilot Knob
  • Plank Cemetery - located in Ridge Township
  • Pleak
  • Pleasant Grove - Methodist chapel; church built in 1868.
  • Pleasant Grove Cemetery (Cowden)
  • Pleasant Hill Cemetery
  • Pond Prairie
  • Point Lookout Cemetery (Windsor)
  • Polecat Creek - located in Cold Spring Township
  • Prairie Township - first settler arrived on Section 13 about 1835.
  • Prairie Bird - The village is located on section 19 of Ridge Township; the first settler was Jonathan Howard on Section 30 in 1831; the village was actually on Section 19.
  • Prairie Home - located in Penn Township
  • Prairie Home Cemetery (Findlay)
  • Praire Union Cemetery (Herrick)
  • Price Cemetery - Herrick
  • William Price Cemetery - OconeePrice Cemetery (William Price Cemetery) - Oconee; William Price was a native of North Carolina and settled in Oconee Township in 1834.
  • Propeck
  • Quigley
  • Quigley Cemetery
  • Radland
  • Rainey Cemetery /Raney Cemetery
  • Rattlesnake Creek - tributary located in Prairie Township
  • Red Bank Cemetery (Lakewood)
  • Reed Cemetery (Fancher)
  • Rennerville
  • Rhodes Cemetery (Lakewood)
  • Richland Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Richland Creek - located in Richland Township
  • Richland Creek Settlement - located in Richland Township - earliest settler arrived in 1825.
  • Richland Township - first settler, David Elliott, arrived in 1825
  • Ridge Cemetery (Lakewood)
  • Ridge Township - first house in township was built in 1823; first land entry was by Levi Casey in 1825
  • Ridge Campground - located in Cold Spring Township; site of the Methodist Church summer church camp on Section 26; Peter Cartwright officated here.
  • Ridge Cemetery
  • Rincker Cemetery (Stewardson)
  • Robin
  • Robinson Creek Cemetery (Tower Hill)
  • Robinson Creek Settlement
  • Robinson Creek Station
  • Rockford (Stewardson)
  • Rockford Cemetery (Stewardson)
  • Rockford Church (Stewardson)
  • Rockford School (Stewardson)
  • Rocky Branch - tributary in Rose Township
  • Rose Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Rose Township - earliest settler was John Mosley in 1824.
  • Royalton
  • Rural Township - earliest settler was Benjamin Hunter who settled on Section 14 as early as 1830.
  • Sacred Heart Cemetery (Oconee)
  • St. John's Cemetery
  • St. Patrick Cemetery (Trowbridge) map Saint Patrick Cemetery - Trowbridge
  • St. Paul Cemetery (Tower Hill)
  • St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery (Strasburg)
  • St. Paul's CemeterySt. Paul United Church of Christ Cemetery (Deutsche Evangelische St. Paul Kirche gemiendt) (Dollville)
  • Salem Cemetery
  • Salem Schoolhouse - meeting place for what later became Wesley Chapel
  • Sand Creek
  • Sand Creek Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Sargents
  • Section Creek - located in Cold Spring Township
  • Selby Chapel - Methodist families formed Selby Chapel by 1839; a chuch by 1845.
  • Sexson - located in Ash Grove Township between Sections 15 and 22; settled by 1830; first Ash Grove Township school house erected in 1833 on Section 4; first church, the Christian Church, was established in 1840; post office established in 1877; named after Morgan P. Sexson..
  • Sexson Corner
  • Shelbyville - first cabin was built by Josiah Daniel in 1825 or 1826
  • Shelby Cemetery (Shelbyville)
  • Shinkle
  • Shoal Creek Circuit
  • Shumway
  • Sigel - Big Spring Township, Section 14; surveyed in 1863.
  • Skates
  • Smith Cemetery (Shelbyville)
  • Smithville - the original name of Mode, given by Jacob Smith who laid off the village in 1866.
  • Spain Cemetery (Stewardson)
  • Stewardson - located in Prairie Township, Section 34, laid off by William Stewardson, Jr., in January of 1874.
  • Stewardson Cemetery (Stewardson)
  • Stone Coal
  • Stone Quarry - tributary located in Oconee Township
  • Strasburg
  • Sulphur Springs
  • Sulphur Springs Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Swafford's Branch - tributary in Rose Township
  • Swedith Cemetery (Stewardson)
  • Templeton Cemetery (Windsor)
  • Thompson's Mill
  • Thornton
  • Todd's Point - located in Todd's Point Township, Section 16; named in honor of William Todd who settled here in 1835. map
  • Tolley Cemetery (Moweaqua)
  • Torrence Schoolhouse - meeting place in Cowden for the Cowden Circuit
  • Tower Hill - located in Tower Hill Township; laid out by Elias Smith in June 1857; business houses in Westminster was moved from Westminster to Tower Hill.
  • Tower Hill Cemetery
  • Traughber Cemetery
  • Trowbridge
  • Trowbridge Catholic Cemetery
  • Tyler
  • Union
  • Union Cemetery (Findlay)
  • Union Cemetery (Mode) located in Clarksburg Township next to the Hidden Springs State Forest Rock Springs Hiking Trail. Wabash Point
  • Wabash Precinct - In 1837, Joseph Blythe was elected the first justice of the peace of Wabash Precinct, a combination of Big Spring and Ash Grove Townships.
  • Wade Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Wakefield
  • Wakefield Settlement
  • Walden Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Walker Cemetery (Fancher)
  • Wallis Cemetery (near Sand Creek)
  • Warren Cemetery (Middlesworth)
  • Washington
  • Washington Cemetery - located in Ridge Township
  • Watton Cemetery (Fancher)
  • Welborn Cemetery (Kirksville)
  • Wendling Cemetery (Shelbyville)
  • Wesley Chapel- grow out of Galigher's Class; commenced as a church in 1875; as early as 1855 met at the Salem Schoolhouse.
  • Westside Cemetery (Moweaqua)
  • Westervelt
  • Westminster - located in Tower Hill Township in Section 33; laid off by Washbourn Wade in 1848; originally called Manyawper; later changed to Westminster.
  • Whitley Creek Settlement
  • Williamsburg - located in Cold Spring Township in 1839.
  • Williamsburg Hill
  • Windsor - located in Windsor Township;
  • Windsor Cemetery (Route 32 North, Windsor)
  • Windsor Township - first settlers arrived on Sand Creek in 1826
  • Wolf Creek - tributary located in Prairie Township
  • Wolf Creek Cemetery (near Shumway)
  • Woodlawn
  • Yantisville - located in Pickaway Township; post office established in 1880 with Henry Yantis as post-master.


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