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Old St. John's Evangelical Church/Old Blackjack Cemetery

 

The Old St. John's (German) Evangelical Church Cemetery (also called Old Blackjack Cemetery) was inventoried May 5, 1982 by C. E. Rinck and Dan Theurer. The cemetery is located south of Troy, Illinois, part of SW1/4 of NW1/4, Section 34, T3N, R7W, Jarvis Township, Madison County, Illinois. (Grid 055 N, 2105 E)  It is located in the northeast corner of intersection of Troy - O'Fallon Rd. with Lebanon Rd. (approximately 3.5 miles south of U. S. Rt. 40). The surrounding area is known as "Blackjack Settlement/Blackjack Community."

 

The 1873, 1892, and 1906 Atlases of Madison County, IL, on plat map of Jarvis Township, shows that St. John's (German) Evangelical Church and a school house had existed directly south of this cemetery. These maps also reflects many of the surnames as found on the grave markers of this cemetery. The church and school buildings were severely damaged by a storm in 1929, which resulted in both buildings declared condemned. The damaged buildings remained in place until March 15, 1938, when the devastating energy of a tornado leveled the remains of both the church and the school. Its force was of such magnitude that many of the tombstones were broken from their foundations and hurled from their original locations.

 

The Troy - O'Fallon Road originally was curved around the east side of the cemetery, that portion was then called "snake curve." In the modernization of this county road, it was relocated to the west side of the cemetery, and it is said that a parsonage once stood where the straightened road now exists.

 

Inspection of the tract will show that the county "right-of-way" posts are well into the west side of the original space of the cemetery. There is evidence, by grave market foundations, that there are/were graves (on County property) to the west of these R.O.W. posts. It is suspected that few of those graves have been "relocated," and that some of the grave markers are amongst those found within the "tombstone refuse pile" at the northern edge of this cemetery. The "tombstone refuse pile" contains remains of grave markers damaged by the tornado, roadway relocation effort, and, undoubtedly, willful vandalism. There are in excess of 27 grave markers, many broken into numerous pieces, in this "refuse pile." A maximum attempt was made to reconstruct the messages originally contained on those stones; however, that attempt was not totally effective. (Some burials are recorded in the Church records of St. John's Evangelical Church (now defunct) in custody of Frieden United Church of Christ, 207 E. Center St., Troy, IL 62294). In order to assist future searchers of these markers, an asterisk (*) precedes applicable entries to denote which grave markers can be found in the "tombstone refuse pile" at the northern edge of the cemetery.

 

Every available grave marker, both "in place" and those in the "refuse pile," were tediously studied and data there from was transcribed. Three tombstones (two pinnacle type and one huge square gray granite stone) were toppled with inscriptions against the ground; the size and weight of these three monuments are such that aid of mechanical lifting equipment is only recourse in raising these stones to read their inscriptions.

 

SYMBOLS & TERMS

* Found in "Tombstone Refuse Pile"

Alter - Age/Aged

Ehefrau von - Wife of

Ehegatte von - Husband of

Frau von - Wife of

Gatte von - Male spouse of

Gattin von - Female spouse of

Geb aus - Place born

Jhr. - Yr./years(s)

Kinder von - Child/children of

M. - Month(s)

Sohn von - Son of

T/Tag - Day(s)

Tochter von - Daughter of

Unser Bruder - Our Brother

Unsere Mutter - Our Mother

 

Note: The following information is from Mrs. Alfred Guttersoh, Breese, IL: On page 39, Christine Guttersoh, Geb Konig - Church records in Lambsheim, Germany show Honig as the maiden name. Also, on the same page, according to church records in Germany, John Guttersohn was born November 7, 1809.

 

NAME

BIRTH

DEATH

OTHER COMMENTS

?, *Conrad

August 6, 1866?

August 8, 1866

 

?, *E. S.

   

one small 8" x 14" tablet type stone; no other data

?, *John

December 28, 1868

January 28, 1869

Kinder von John & Maria ? (balance of stone missing)

?, ?

November 6, 188?

November 2, 188?

Alter 42 Jhr, 11 Mo, 26 Tag (balance of pinnacle stone missing)

Bohnenstiehl, Anna M.

April 14, 1835

April 24, 1894

 

Brek, Johannes

September 19, 1862

October 5, 1880

Sohn von Jacob & Juiana Brek

Buckart, Barbara

?

?

Geboren Bohnenstiehl; Ehefrau von Heinrich Buckart; (balance of stone missing)

Dollinger, Louise

September 22, 1871

November 15, 1901

 

Eisenberg, *Charlie

July 26, 1886

August 12, 1886

Sohn von G. & M. Eisenberg

Ernst, Jacob

October 23, 1875

July 20, 1876

Sohn von J. & E. Ernst

Faitz, *Catharina

October 6, 1859

August 12, 1860

Tochter von C. H. & S. P. Faitz; (Stonecutter) Filsinger & Ruth, St. Louis

Faitz, *George W.

July 29, 1862

May 10, 1884

Son of C. & S. Faitz (Christoph & Salome Gross)

Faitz, John H.

March 4, 1851

December 14, 1896

 

Faitz, Maria M.

June 17, 1861

November 10, 1878

Tochter von Chr. & S. Faitz (Christoph & Salome)

Faitz, Salomie

October 28, 1838

March 11, 1892

Gattin von Christoph Faitz

Fehmel, Anna Elisabeth

March 27, 1806

February 25, 1880

Geb Weber; Gattin von Martin Fehmel

Fehmel, Anna Elisabetha

October 24, 1845

November 28, 1867

Tochter von Martin & Elisabetha Fehmel; Alter 22 Jhr, 1 M, 4 T

Gerne, Otto

October 31, 1875

November 30, 1878

Sohn von L. & A. M. Gerne

Gindler, *Juliana

October 13, 1855

October 1, 1873

Tochter von C. & M. Gindler

Gindler, Johann Helwig

January 20, 1852

October 31, 1883

 

Gindler, Margaretha

April 25, 1832

December 10, 188?

(year chipped off); Meine Gelichte Gattin

Grim, Joseph

?

?

Co. I, 5th Mo. Infantry

Gutersohn, Louise

May 14, 1869

June 7, 1892

23 Jhr, 1 M, 23 Tag

Guttersohn, *Christine

May 18, 1810

?

(balance of stone missing); Geboren Konig; Ehebrau von Johann Guttersohn

Guttersohn, *John

September 19, 1809

July 11, 1889

 

Guttersohn, *Valentin

February 21, 1858

August 13, 1869

Sohn von Johann & Katharine Guttersohn; 11 Jhr, 5 M, 19 Tag

Guttersohn, Linda

June 17, 1863

October 30, 1873

 

Haury, *Emil

1859

?

(balance of stone missing)

Herbst, *Catharina E.

January 13, 1875

January 22, 1875

Tochter von Friederich & Regina Herbst

Herbst, *Georg W.

February 18, ?

?

Sohn von Friedr. Wm. & Regina Herbst (balance of stone missing)

Herbst, *Heinrich F.

March 29, 1871

September 17, 1877

Sohn von Friederich & Regina Herbst

Joseph, Barbara L.

December 19, 1891

July 28, 1892

Tochter von D. & R. Joseph

Joseph, Louis

May 22, 1878

September 1, 1881

Sohn von E. & B. Joseph

Kirsch, Louisa S.

1874

1887

 

Miller, *Katharina

April 18, 1818

December 25, 1878

Frau von H. Miller

Miller, And'w

not shown

not shown

Co. F, 82 IL Infantry

Ottwein, *Elizabethe

January 22, 1861

January 25, 1887

Tochter von K. & P. Ottwein

Press, *K. Elisabetha

1792

January 27, 1857

Geboren Kel; Ehefrau von Franz Press

Press, Franz

April 23, 1787

May 21, 1851

 

Press, Jakob

April 23, 1787

May 21, 1851

also states last name as Bress

Press, Juliana

January 20, 1830

February 21, 1889

Geb Engelhardt

Sauer, Henry

not shown

not shown

Co. K. 5th Mo. Infantry

Schildknecht, Leonhard P.

January 22, 1893

October 18, 1896

 

Schmitt, Anna B.

April 22, 1857

July 12, 1873

 

Schmitt, Conrad

March 31, 1864

December 14, 1879

 

Schmitt, Fritz J.

September 9, 1826

March 15, 1897

 

Schmitt, Jacob

September 29, 1858

July 7, 1873

 

Schmitt, Philippine

November 19, 1839

March 30, 1909

nee Schneider

Schmitt, Samuel

January 25, 1875

October 28, 1879

 

Schoeck, *Chas. W.

September 26, 1816

September 6, 1869

52 Jhr, 11 Mo, 10 Tag

Schoeck, *Georg

?

?

Sohn von F. & M. Schoeck (balance of stone missing)

Siegel, *Maria

February 27, 1870

1874

Tochter von J. & M. Siegel (balance of stone missing)

Steinkonig, *Andreas I.

July 25, 1826

?

Ehegatte von Maria Steinkonig (balance of stone missing

Steinkonig, Elisabetha

January 8, 1851

November 10, 1864

Geb aus Ruchheim; Alter 13 Jhr, 10 M, 2 T

Steinkonig, Magdelena

November 1, 1814

October 7, 1864

Geboren Beitelmann; Ehefrau von Andrea J. Steinkonig & Tobias Wohlgemuth

Sury, *Ida

September 3, 1882

December 24, 1891

 

Sury, *Mary

August 26, 1880

September 30, 1891

Tochters von G. & B. Sury

Sury, Geo.

November 29, 1843

September 26, 1894

50 Jhr, 9 M, 27 Tag

Sury, John

November 13, 1845

February 8, 1896

Unser Bruder

Sury, Margaretha

February 6, 1814

January 4, 1896

Unsere Mutter

Weber, *?

February 28, 1871

September 17, 1881

Sohn von S. & M. Weber (balance of stone missing)

Weber, *Ph. Christoph

?

?

Sohn von S. & M. Weber (balance of stone missing)

Weber, Adam

December 10, 1813

October 20, 1894

 

Weber, Margaretha

June 10, 1819

March 2, 1901

 

Widicus, Maria K.

January 16, 1816

January 13, 1891

 

Wohlgemuth, *Johannes

October 20, 1838

October 18, 1864

Geb aus Ruchheim; Alter 25 Jhr, 11 M, 28 Tag

Wohlgemuth, *Maria

May 19, 1853

August 20, 1878

Frau von Jakob Wohlgemuth

 

Thank you to Nancy Gibbs for graciously providing the above information.

 

Courtesy of Angie Johnson

Courtesy of Angie Johnson

 

 

Courtesy of Angie Johnson

 

 

 

 

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