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Near Highland in Madison County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Deck Cemetery

 
 
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By Jason Voigt, September 24, 2020
1. Deck Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Michael Deck with his wife Susannah, and their eleven children, George J., Henry, Felix, Elizabeth, Michael, Jacob, Nicholas, Joseph, Anna, Christiny and her husband Samuel Fitch, Margaret with her husband Mattmias Long and Mike's brother Jacob settled this area in the spring of 1829. They were the first landowners in the area which was named Decksprairie after Michael Deck. This covers an area of about 16 square miles. They journeyed from their homes in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia via their own wagon train of 16 wagons in 1828 for St. Louis where they spent the winter and came on to Illinois in the spring of 1829. A few years later the Koepflis and Suppigers stopped with them on their way from St. Louis to start the city of Highland. Michael Deck donated the land from his farm for the Deck Cemetery and he with his wife Susannah, many of their descendents, relatives and many others are buried here. Michael was a Revolutionary War veteran. For a short time he was one of Washington's bodyguards and fought in numerous battles including Valley Forge and Yorktown where he witnessed the surrender of Cornwallis. Michael first came to this area
Deck Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, September 24, 2020
2. Deck Cemetery Marker
Marker is in front of the cemetery.
in 1778 with the George Rogers Clark Expedition to Cahokia and Kaskaskia. He liked the country so well he decided to return at a later date.

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This monument is dedicated to all who are buried in the Deck Cemetery. This cemetery was restored by the Erwin Weder family in 1987.

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Many of the stones were destroyed throughout the years
The following is a partial list of names whose stones were destroyed
Isac Deck, Hannah Deck, Jacob Deck, Anna Deck, J.W. Deck, M.A. Deck, Mary E. Deck, Rachael Deck, W.M. Deck, Isac Deck, Jr., Franklin Deck, W.M. Giger, Michael Deck, Jr., Joseph Deck, Elizabeth Deck, Mattmias Long, Virginia Long, George Deck and Mary Moon
 
Erected 1987 by Erwin Weder family.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & SettlersWar, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 38° 46.367′ N, 89° 44.028′ W. Marker is near Highland, Illinois, in Madison County. Marker is on Illinois Route 143 east of Lower Marine Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11475 IL-143, Highland IL 62249, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (approx. 1.9 miles away);
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Founders' Monuments (approx. 2.3 miles away); Spindler Monuments (approx. 2.4 miles away); Schiller Chapel (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Schiller Chapel (approx. 2.4 miles away); Louis Latzer Monument (approx. 2.4 miles away); a different marker also named Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (approx. 2.7 miles away); Capt. Curtis Blakeman and the Marine Settlement (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highland.
 
Also see . . .  Deck Cemetery on Findagrave. The cemetery's profile on the user-generated website Findagrave.com. (Submitted on September 25, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 25, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 25, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.
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