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This cemetery originally belonged to the Reformed Presbyterian (Covenanter) Church.|
Their church building stood on the northeast corner of the current cemetery.
The first organizers of this church came to Washington County, Illinois in the early 1830s.
The families of Archibald Hood, John Hood, James Kirkpatrick, James McClurkin and
Thomas McClurkin settled in what was then called Elkhorn Prairie.
This group of Covenanters settled there after leaving a larger group of Scotch-Irish
Covenanter Presbyterians, which had settled in Randolph County, IL after leaving
South Carolina most probably due to slavery issues there.
In 1868 the United Presbyterian Church of North America organized a congregation in
The entrance, on the south end of the cemetery, leads to an oval drive through the cemetery.
As one could imagine, with a cemetery as old as this one, there is much history associated
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Newspaper clipping from|
The Nashville News
November 10, 2010
Volume 77 No. 19
Furnished by : Karla Skabialka
|Veterans From Revolution, War Of 1812 Remembered|
For Veterans Day, men who served in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 were remembered. Ninian Edwards Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution placed a veteran gravestone for Pvt. Benjamin Watts of Virginia and his wife, Elizabeth Key Watts,
in the Watt-Vernor Cemetery behind the Masonic Cemetery in Nashville. Benjamin's grave is unknown, but he now has a place of honor for
his service and sacrifice in the Revolutionary War. Elizabeth Key is a distant cousin of Francis Scott Key who wrote the Star Spangled
Banner, said Linda Rosenthan, DAR historian and Illinois War of 1812 Bicennenial Commission vice chair.|
Markers are also being placed for all soldiers who fought in the War of 1812 who are burid in Illinois. In Oakdale Cemetery, Pvt. John McClurkin of South Carolina has received a VA marker and one from the Illinois Society of the War of 1812. His father, Pvt. Thomas McClurkin of South Carolina, a Revolutionary War soldier, is also buried in Oakdale Cemetery and has a veteran stone.
Elizabeth Key and John McClurkin will receive a DAR plaque in a ceremony in the spring of 2011.
"I wish to thank the Nashville Monument Co. for placing the veteran stoen for Benjamin Watts and making the stone for his wife, Elizabeth Key Watts, and placing a Revolutional veteran stone for Jacob Grotts in the Palmer Cemetery in Monroe County," Rosenthal said. If anyone knows of any soldiers from the Revolution or War of 1812 who need to be marked, they may contact Rosenthal at 924-5727 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.