Near Fountain Green in Hancock County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
St. Simon Cemetery
Looking for Lincoln
— 1832 —
The St. Simon the Apostle Cemetery was named for a Catholic chapel that stood nearby. Henry Riley built the chapel from 1832 to 1834, with the assistance of
Shortly after settling in Hancock County, Abraham Lincoln (President Lincoln's first cousin) was summoned to serve as Grand Juryman of the circuit court. He also served as a petit juryman. In 1834, he was appointed as an Election Judge for Crooked Creek Precinct in Hancock County and served as the second Justice of the Peace of Fountain Green Township. He was considered to be just and honest.
James B. Lincoln (President Lincoln's first cousin) also assumed public leadership. The first election held at Crooked Creek Precinct made him the first Justice of the Peace of Fountain Green Township. He was one of the three commissioners of Hancock County and was later appointed by the County Commissioners to be a "Road Viewer" for a road running past Fountain Green to Edward White's Ferry on the Mississippi.
Erected 2008 by Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition and the Hancock County Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Looking for Lincoln series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is July 25, 1877.
Location. 40° 28.54′ N, 90° 56.835′ W. Marker is near Fountain Green, Illinois, in Hancock County. Marker is on East Co Road 1900 west of County Route 2900. Fountain Green is an unincorporated community. The address is actually from nearby Blandinsville. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2891 E Co Rd 1900, Blandinsville IL 61420, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lincoln Was a Guest (approx. 7˝ miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 7˝ miles away); Oatman Lilac Bush (approx. 7˝ miles away); Lincoln Runs For Senate (approx. 7˝ miles away); Hamilton House (approx. 10.7 miles away); Masonic Lodge Building of 1887 (approx. 10.8 miles away); Lincoln's Carthage Speech (approx. 10.8 miles away); Lincoln's Failed Murder Case (approx. 10.8 miles away).
Regarding St. Simon Cemetery. The cemetery, which is about 1/4 of a mile from the marker, is not accessible by any road and is completely surrounded
Also see . . .
1. Lincoln’s cousins lie in remote west-central Illinois cemetery (article). Editorial from the local newspaper, Review Atlas from Jeff Rankin. Gives more details about Lincoln's relatives who are buried at the cemetery as well as the history of hopes for preserving it. (Submitted on September 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
2. Saint Simon Cemetery (Find-a-grave). Also known as Lincoln Cemetery, Old Catholic Cemetery and Lincoln Catholic Cemetery. 51 interments were added to the cemetery's profile on this website. (Submitted on September 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 217 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2021, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.