Ichabod Perry Cemetery-Brown Co IL


NW quarter of Section 24 - Brown Co. Illinois - Mt. Sterling Twp

Photos of Ichabod Perry Farm and Cemetery










  BEATTY Anna Laura   08 OCT 1869   09 JUN 1871   1y 9m 1d -Dau of TW & AG Beatty  
MARSHALL Jennie Perry   26 FEB 1850    27 FEB 1880   29y 11m 29d -Dau of Ichabod Perry & Martha 'Patsy Bell
 * MARSHALL Perry    19 JAN 1877   09 MAR 1883   6y 1m 21d -Son of JW & Jennie Bell Marshall
 * PERRY Ichabod    28 JUN 1815    01 JAN 1898   82y 6m 3d -husb of Martha 'Patsy Bell -son of Edmund Perry & Rachel Bridges
 * PERRY Martha 'Patsy Bell    01 JAN 1818    07 JAN 1892   73y -wife of Ichabod Perry -dau of Robert Bell & Jane Anderson
 * PERRY Marshall    25 MAY 1855   06 AUG 1862   7y 2m 12d -son of Ichabod Perry & Martha 'Patsy Bell
 * PERRY Louisa E Perry    06 MAR 1870   24 AUG 1876   6y 5m 18d -son of Ichabod Perry & Martha 'Patsy Bell
 * WRIGHT Sarah E Perry    24 MAR 1852    25 DEC 1888   Dau of Ichabod Perry & Martha 'Patsy Bell
 * WRIGHT Jennie Perry    28 DEC 1873    01 MAY 1876   Dau of JE Wright & Sarah E Perry


This burial ground is on a timbered knoll north and west of where the Ichabod Perry home was. Several years ago the stones were straightened and reset and a stout fence put around it.

Ichabod Perry was born Jun 18, 1815 in Claiborne Co. TN, and when 16 years old came with his father Edmond to Brown Co. Illinois. Ichabod attended the common schools in rural Tennessee and in 1836, when he came of age went for a few years to the Territory of Iowa, but returned and in 1838 married Martha 'Patsy Bell, daughter of Robert and Jane Anderson Bell. Their son, Luke was killed at Stone River, January 1863, and son John died in Andersonville Prison August, 1864; Oliver H (1915-Co. 84 Ill. Reg. Inf); Lewis Cass (1845-1906); Ethan Allen (1847-1919); and Mary Ward (Mrs. W.S.) 1855-1941) survived their parents and all are buried in the Mt. Sterling City Cemetery.

Ichabod at one time owned 800 acres of land in Mt. Sterling Township, in Brown County, Ill., and he was proud that he had 80 acres for each of his children. From this land each of his sons received their first farm. His home, which is no long standing, was a two story house, a large white country residence which was of unusual construction; the stairway which connected the two floors ran between a wide double-tiered porch, in front and outside the building, to the upper floor. The Perry boys never forgot the trips to bed on cold nights and the descent on cold mornings.

Although Ichabod was reared a strict Baptist, he was a Universalist in faith. He joined with the Republican Party well before the Civil War and was an early advocate of freeing the slaves. Ichabod was a free-thinking, well-read man who was held in highest esteem by family and acquaintances. Her served two terms as Justice of the Peace.

Mr. Ichabod Perry met a tragic death which occurred under extremely sad circumstances. On an icy New Year's morning of 1898, leaving unnoticed, despite the warning of his daughter, Mrs. Ward, he went in to the barnlot. He was knocked down and gored by an angry bull, or as another version goes, he may have fallen or had some sort of seizure while near the hog pens. Anyway, the hogs had found the body before Mrs. Ward discovered that her father had left the house. He was buried three weeks later in the family cemetery located on his land, along side where also rest his wife, some of his children and grandchildren. It was named the Ichabod Perry Cemetery to distinguish it from the larger PERRY Cemetery in Cooperstown Twp. NOTE: The ground must have been frozen for the burial to have been three weeks later.

I am sad to report that in June 1998, when Charlotte and Linda visited this cemetery, it was in terrible shape. It has not been tended to in years, and the weeds and brush has grown as tall as the stones, and a very large tree has fallen over and is laying from one side to the other. Some of the stones are broken and laying flat on the ground. It is fenced but you also have to walk in very high brush to even get to the cemetery. It is not possible to see the cemetery from the road, or even from the pond. I hope some one sends me a report in the future that a weed-eater, at least, and hopefully a chainsaw, to cut the fallen tree, has been used to clean up this cemetery. ...CR

Compiled and submitted by Charlotte Ramsey with info from Charlotte Ramsey and Linda George Maniaci

Charlotte Curlee Ramsey

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