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The Old Mansker Cemetery near Rockwood, Illinois


New! I recently received the handwritten notes from a family member who wishes to remain anonymous. Those notes consist of a complete enumeration of the Old Mansker Cemetery.

These are the legible headstone inscriptions at the old Mansker family cemetery south of Chester, Illinois. In addition to the Mansker graves shown below, there were also some from the Kirk, Moore & Griffith families. A number of the headstones were illegible.
Be sure to see the photographs of the cemetery

William Rodney, son of R.B. & M.A. Mansker Born Oct 12, 1857 died Oct 18, 1857 Aged 6 ds

Theresa, wife of Jason Rushing, Died Jan 8, 1885 aged 33 yrs 1 mo 18 d

In memory of Elizabeth Mansker wife of Saml Mansker born March 9th 1815 Died Sept 19th 1853

In memory of John Moore Born Nov 17, 1813 died May 6, 1862

In memory of William R. Mansker who died October 1846 Aged 6 years & 9 months

In memory of William Mansker who died May the 8, 1848 Aged 49 years 11 months & 13 days

In memory of Lewrany Wife of John Moore Born Mar 6, 1847 Died Dec 11, 1868 Aged 40ys 9ms 5days

Henry Clay, son of Samuel and Nancy Mansker, born Aug 13, 1842 Enlisted in the U.S. Service in 1861 Wounded at Helena, Arkansas, Mar 19 and died April 11, 1863

A. Everett, son of Nelson G. & Emer A. Mansker died Oct 3, 1881 Aged 2 mos 24 days

Una, dau. of N.G. & E.A. Mansker Nov 3, 1891 Aged 1 yr 1 mo 1 day

Nelson G., son of N.G. & E.A. Mansker Died Sept 14, 1895 Aged 10 mon 11 d's

Nelson G. Mansker Nov 3, 1858 Apr 16, 1918 At Rest Emer A. His Wife Dec 16, 1857 Feb 6, 1932

Mary C. Mansker Dec 15, 1866 Apr 18, 1898 Infant Daughter of H.C. & M.C. Mansker Feb 8 1895 Feb 27 1895

In Memory of James Son of S & N. Mansker who died November the 29th 1836, aged 5 days

In Memory of Brice son of S.& N. Mansker who died August the 20, 1835 aged 5 yrs 10 months & 5 days

In memory of Matilda Daughter of S & N. Mansker who died July the 26, 1825 aged 7 months

In Memory of Alton A. Mansker who died March the 22nd AD 1826 aged 5 years 2 months & 2 days

In Memory of Uri Mansker who departed this life AD 1826 on March 24th aged 8 years 5 months & 2 days

In Memory of Amanda infant daughter of S & N. Mansker who died Sept the 24th aged 12 years 10 months

In Memory of Wilson Mansker son of Samuel & Nancy Mansker who died January the 6th AD 1835 aged 15 years 7 months & 20 days

In Memory of Ellen D. Died Dec 16, 1848 aged 10 years 10 months & 12 days daughter of Samuel & N. Mansker

In Memory of Nancy Consort of Samuel Mansker who died November the 27th 1844 aged 42 years 5 months & 26 days

Nancy, wife of Samuel Mansker born July 21, 1821 died Sep 2, 1902 At Rest

Alonzo, Adopted Son of Saml Mansker born July 4, 1855 died Sep 8, 1878 aged 23 yr 2 mo 4 d.

Oral L., dau of S.S. & A.L. Kirk died Apr 13, 1890 aged 1 yr 6 days

Samuel Mansker born Dec 16, 1795 died Jany 9, 1885 aged 89 yrs & 24 days Gone to Rest


In addition, I recently heard from Griffiths descendant Gwendolyn Pigg, , who added the following based on a visit to the cemetery in 1964 with her mother and aunt. Her mother copied the following inscriptions. All of the stones have badly eroded over the years.

10 Lambs in a row of Griffiths:

baby infant Aug. 12, 1883 10 months (Son of James M & Martha (Keyton) Griffith, James son of Wm and Nancy)

John Griffith son of Elizabeth Griffith born Mar 28,1839 and died May 29, 1861

Martin Griffith born and died Dec. 27, 1854 (Wm & Nancy)

Margaret Griffith born and died Feb 23, 1867 (Wm & Nancy)

Clark Griffith Born Nov. 7-1850, died July 27, 1851 (Wm and first wife Elizabeth ) Her last child.

Elizabeth Griffith born May 24, 1816, died May 21, 1851 (Wm's first wife)

Nancy (Cann) Griffith, wife of William Griffith died Jan 3, 1883, 50 years old (Wm's second wife)

William Griffith died July 21, 1881 68 years 4 mo, 6 days (Wm & Nancy, Gwendolyn's grandfather)
Nancy and Wm on same stone

Ambrose Griffith born June 15, 1818 died July 2, 1845 (Son of John and Mary, brother to Wm)
(Ambrose twice married but wives buried in Mo.

John Griffith born Feb 27, 1783, died July 1838
Mary Griffith born 1786 died Oct 18 1844
(Parents of Ambrose and Wm above. From Kentucky)

Melissa Cutrell about 64 years, Dec. 11, 1875 (Mother of Fountain Cutrell who married Mary Ann Griffith, a daughter of Wm and Elizabeth Griffith)

Also there but unsure about a stone now is Edgar Everett Griffith 8 months, 1 day died Sep. 3, 1887 (Son of James and Martha)