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RANNEY HILL CEMETERY

Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois

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This is a historic cemetery dating as far back as 1821 with the death of Helen Epps.  The cemetery has been know by several names over the years, The Grand Chain Cemetery, Methodist Cemetery, Rhinnie Hill Cemetery, the Colored Cemetery and Ranney Cemetery.  The later name of Ranney Hill Cemetery has been chosen to honor the first donators of land to the cemetery,  Mr. William and wife Mrs. Marie Ranney.  The Ranney's deeded one acre of land to the Trustees of the Colored Cemetery.

Mr. Louis and Mr. Carl Elliott donated additional acreage in later years as the cemetery swelled to capacity. 

My original transcription of the cemetery was by a walk through of the cemetery by my immediate family and myself.  We hand wrote every inscription of the stones down.  I have since that time modified the records based upon the numerous accumulation of obituaries and death certificates that I have collected to prepare a more accurate accounting of the inhabitants of the cemetery.

On April 17, 2010 I revisited the cemetery and took pictures of the stones that were still above ground.  A number of the stones have now sunken under the topsoil.  Efforts will soon be underway to locate these stones and return them to their proper place.  The Cemetery Association is working hard to maintain and restore the cemetery.  Please email ranney@grandchaingang.com to join the committee or to make donations to assist with the effort.

 

On the morning of January 15, 2012, I located additional records and photos of this cemetery on the Find a Grave site.  It is listed as Forestview Cemetery.

 

Directions: Approximately 8 miles east of Interstate 57, take the Ullin Road exit, located on IL Route 37, south from Ullin Road. This is an African American cemetery.

Abraham, Charity
1894 - 19
wife of Abraham


Genealogical Notes: (Daughter of Louis T. Claypool 12 Apr 1863 - 24 Oct 1918 and Fannie Gordon Claypool 22 Feb 1868 - 25 Mar 1932)

 

Abraham, Isiah
1891 - 1964
husband of Charity

Genealogical Notes: Born 22 Nov 1890 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The son of Isaiah, September 1869 30 July 1949 and Phenia Abraham born December 1872. 

 

Adams, Iona

January 7, 1913 - March 5, 1932

Genealogical Notes: Born January 7, 1913 in Grand Chain, Illinois.  The daughter of Savannah Sutton and Allen Adams.  Interment verified on death certificate, no grave stone or marker.

 

Adams, Savannah

February 14, 1891 - July 2, 1932

Genealogical Notes: Born February 14, 1891 in Grand Chain, Illinois.  The wife of Allen Adams and daughter of Fred and Nancy Foree Sutton.   Interment verified on death certificate, no grave stone or marker.

 

Alexander

wife of Thomas, died June 26, 1887

Genealogical Notes:  I have tried to determine this wife since Thomas Alexander married one of my ancestors.  Two wives have been found for him that lived after this death date.  They were Ella McClelland and Mahalia Pritchard.

 

Allensworth, Bemus
born 31 December 1876, Grand Chain, Illinois

died 15 Mar 1957, Grand Chain, Illinois

 

Allensworth,Frankie
born 14 November 1888, Kentucky

died 27 October 1961, Ullin, Illinois

 

Allensworth, James E.
born 24 Mar 1869
died 17 Aug 1918

Genealogical Notes: Born in Illinois probably Pulaski County to Randle Allensworth and Sarah Decator Allensworth.  The husband of Josephine McClelland Allensworth,  April 1869 28 May 1904.

 

Anderson, Cecile
born 14 Feb 1908
died 15 Dec 1988
Wife of Hurley

Genealogical Notes: Born in Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi the daughter of Stoddard and Mary Payne; wife of Hurley Anderson, Sr.

 

Anderson, Demara

April 15, 1939 - September 18, 1942

Genealogical Notes: Born in New Madrid, Missouri. Daughter of Isoni Anderson and Ladie Farris.  Interment verified on death certificate, no stone found.  Cemetery listed as Grand Chain.

 

Anderson, Ella

 Genealogical Notes: Born  3 June 1893 in Grand Chain, Pulaski County, Illinois and died 06 Mar 1966 in Ullin, Illinois.  The daughter of Frank Brooks, 1868 4 Dec 1935 and Annie Lee Foree Brooks, 19 Feb 1872 22 Sep 1931.  Interment verified on death certificate, no grave stone or marker.

 

Anderson, Fred

Born 25 Dec 1880

Died 08 April 1967

Genealogical Notes:  Born in Greenville, Mississippi.  The son of Peter Anderson  1843 12 Feb 1935 and Rosetta Dempsey Anderson 1846 - ?.  Interment verified on death certificate, no grave stone or marker.

 

Anderson, Hurley Sr.
born 09 Jan 1912
died 12 Feb 1979
Husband of Cecile

 

Genealogical Notes:  Son of Silas Anderson  January 1879 26 May 1941 and Lucy Clay Anderson 12 April 1876 30 October 1971. 

  

 

Anderson, Isom

Anderson, Lodia
born 18 Dec 1900
died 24 May 1970

 

Anderson, Lucy   Photo 2
1884 - 1971

 Genealogical Notes:  Daughter of George Clay born 1850 and Laura Washington Clay Jaunary 1857 03 Jul 1940. 

 

Barefield, Nancy
Feb. 24, 1876
Mar. 16, 1963

 Genealogical Notes:  Daughter of Simon Foree born May 1825 and Millie Tandy born Feb 1840.  Wife of

 

Barfield, Sallie

Born  October 7, 1888

Died  July 9, 1982

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on obituary , no grave stone or marker.  Sally was the wife of Joe Barfield; daughter of Henry and Lucy (Penn) Henderson.

 

Barfield, Susia

Born  10 August 1897

Died  12 April 1923

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on State of Illinois Death Certificate No. 5 filed April 12, 1923, M.T. Carpenter, Registrar; Informant C. Woolfolk , no grave stone or marker.  This person went by the name of Lessie Barfield.  She was the wife of Dave Barfield

 

Barefield, Sarah
Born June 17, 1904
Died May 26, 1932

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on State of Illinois Death Certificate No. 7 filed September 15, 1932, Reesie  Carpenter, Registrar; Informant Dave Barfield , no grave stone or marker.    She was the wife of Dave Barfield, daughter of Benton C. and Fannie (Yarbrough) Crossland.

 

 

Benson, Alfred
1855 - 1939

 Genealogical Notes:  Son of John Benson  and Betsy Talbet.

 

Benson, Amandy
1851 - 1916

Genealogical  Notes:  First wife of Alfred Benson, daughter of Horace Hudgins and Mahaly)

Benson, Caroline "Doll"
1892 - 1965

Genealogical Notes:  Second wife of Alfred Benson, Daughter of Louis T. Claypool 12 Apr 1863 - 24 Oct 1918) and Fannie Gordon Claypool 22 Feb 1868 - 25 Mar 1932)

 

Benson, Frank
1890 1915

Genealogical Notes:  Son of Alfred Benson 10 Sep 1853 11 Jan 1939 and Amanda Hudgens Benson 1855 27 Jan 1916.

 

Benson, Nora
1917 1926

Genealogical Notes:  Son of Alfred Benson 10 Sep 1853 11 Jan 1939 and Caroline Claypool Benson 1892 - 1965.

  

Brooks, Annie Lee

Born February 19, 1872 in Grand Chain, Illinois

Died  September 23, 1931 in Grand Chain, Illinois

 

Source Notes:  Death Certificate in the possession of Deborah Davis

Genealogical Notes:  Annie Lee was the wife of Reverend Frank Brooks, daughter of Millie Tandy and Sim Foree.

 

Clay, Lilly
born 30 Dec 1917
died 06 Feb 2005

Genealogical Notes: Lilly was born in Grand Chain, Illinois to William and Lula B. Hall Browder.  She was the wife of Oris Clay.

 

Clay, Bishop Mark Sr. and Mother Alice McClelland Clay

April 1, 1885                           October 10, 1887

February 21, 1958                  March 3, 1948         

Genealogical Notes: Mark Clay was born in Grand Chain, Illinois to George and Laura Washington Clay.  Alice Clay was born in Grand Chain, Illinois to Richard and Sarah Rutledge McClelland. 

 

Clay, Oris
born 14 Mar 1912
died 03 Sep 1975

Genealogical Notes: Oris Clay was born in Grand Chain, Illinois to Mark and Alice McClelland Clay.  He was the husband of Lilly May Browder Clay.

 

Claypool, Ed
1898 - 1956

Genealogical Notes:   (Son of Louis T. Claypool 12 Apr 1863 - 24 Oct 1918) and Fannie Gordon Claypool 22 Feb 1868 - 25 Mar 1932)

 

 

Claypool

 

Claypool, Arthur Jr.

Born 1931

Died May 15, 1932

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on death certificate, no stone found.  Cemetery listed as Grand Chain Cemetery.  Arthur Jr. was the son of Arthur and Marie (McClelland) Claypool.


         FATHER               MOTHER

Claypool, Louis          Claypool,Clatie
born 27 Dec 1896         born 31 Oct 1901
died 21 Jan 1985          died 01 Aug 1990

Genealogical Notes:  Louis is the son of Louis T. Claypool (12 Apr 1863 - 24 Oct 1918) and Fannie Gordon Claypool (22 Feb 1868 - 25 Mar 1932).  Clatie is the daughter of Coleman (Febrary, 1869 - 10 January 1936) and Nannie Bell McClelland (18 November 1860 - 20 October 1924)  Woolfolk, Sr.

 

Claypool, Gerald

died March 21, 1936
Notes:  Son of Louis Claypool 27 Dec 1896  - 21 Jan 1985   and Clatie (Woolfolk) Claypool 31 Oct 1901 - 01 Aug 1990.  Interment verified on death certificate.

 

Claypool, Florence

Born May 20, 1931

Died May 27, 1931

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on death certificate, no stone found.  Cemetery listed as Grand Chain Cemetery.  Guy was the son of Jack and Audra (Henderson) Claypool.

 

 

Claypool, Guy

Born December 31, 1924

Died September 5, 1925

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on death certificate, no stone found.  Cemetery listed as Grand Chain Cemetery.  Guy was the son of Jack and Audra (Henderson) Claypool.

 

Claypool, Marion

Born March 17, 1937

Died July 14, 1937

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on death certificate, no stone found.  Cemetery listed as Grand Chain Cemetery. Marion was the son of Arthur and Marie (McClelland) Claypool.

 

Claypool, Mary Jane

Born March 19, 1935

Died August 22, 1935

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on death certificate, no stone found.  Cemetery listed as Grand Chain Cemetery. Mary Jane was the daughter of Arthur and Marie (McClelland) Claypool.

 

Claypool, Nannie Bell

February 15, 1923 - March 31, 1942

Notes:  Son of Louis Claypool 27 Dec 1896  - 21 Jan 1985   and Clatie (Woolfolk) Claypool 31 Oct 1901 - 01 Aug 1990.  Interment verified on death certificate.


Clemons, Willie
born 27 Apr 1879
died 04 Jul 1966

 

Crossland, Bell
born 1857
died 01 Apr 1933
Age 76 yrs at rest '

 

Crossland, Bessie

 

Genealogical Notes:  Born in Halswood, Kentucky on 14 Aug 1896

Crossland, Fannie

 

Crossland, Lucy
born 30 May 1885
died 02 Jun 1920

 

Crossland, Manervia

Genealogical Notes:  Born in 05 Sept. 1903 in Kentucky; died 108 July 1923 in Grand Chain, Illinois.

 

Crossland, Ruby

Born October 19, 1918

Died  June 19, 1934

Genealogical Notes:   Daughter of Benton and Mary (Woolfolk) Crossland.  Interment verified on death certificate.

 

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FATHER                       MOTHER

Dunlap, John W.      Dunlap, Wilmoth
 

                  CHILDREN

 

Dunlap, Fate W. Dunlap, Blanche

 

Dunlap, Pocahontas Dunlap, Lude

 

Dunlap, Bedford O. Dunlap, Maud

 

Epps, Helen
died 18 Aug 1821

 

Gilspie, Geraldine
born 25 Dev 1944
died 29 Sep 1957

 

Harris, Vernettie
1905 - 1964

 

Hart, Harrison
1850 - 1926
Husband of Lula

 

Hart, Lula
1859 - 1926
Wife if Harrison

 

Henderson, Baby

Born  September 23, 1941

Died  September 23, 1941

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on Coroners Certificate of  Death filed September 23, 1941,  Elizabeth Evers, Registrar; Informant Jerry Henderson, Grand Chain, Ill. , no grave stone or marker.  Jerry was the son of Jerry and Lula (McClelland) Henderson.  Cemetery listed as Grand Chain Cemetery.

 

Henderson, Charles

Died  December 25, 1932

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on State of  Illinois Certificate of  Death No. 30 filed December 28, 1932,  E. C. Evers, Registrar; Informant Surilda Henderson, Grand Chain, Illinois, no grave stone or marker.  Surilda was the daughter of Henry and Lucy (Penn) Henderson.  Cemetery listed Colored Me Cemetery.

Henderson Family Research Page

 

Hooks, Ledger Franklin

December 3, 1925

November 15, 1926

Note:   Interment verified on death certificate, no stone found.

 

Howard, Joseph
born 11 Nov 1830
died April 27, 1901
Wife Evlyne

 

Johnson

1922

 

Johnson, Mary

November 25, 1858

October 11, 1947

Note:   Interment verified on death certificate, no stone found.

 

Johnson, Sarah
May 17, 1901
Sister Sept. 21, 1954

 

Johnson
Johnson, Thomas U. Johnson, Gertrude
born 28 Oct 1882         born 27 Apr 1893
died 27 May 1964         died 17 Jul 1953

 

Johnson

J. Deanna             Fannie Claypool          Gloria L.

Dec 4, 1955          Jan. 6, 1932               Aug. 9, 1957

Feb 6, 1971           Feb 6, 1971               Feb 6, 1971

 

Jordan, Beulah

September 25, 1899 - May 3, 1927

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on State of Illinois Death Certificate No. 6 filed May 4, 1927,  Registrar; Informant Oscar Jordan, no grave stone or marker.  Beulah was the daughter of Rome and Lottie Porter Barefield.  She was the wife of Oscar Jordan.

 

Jordan, Charles H.

12 July 1904 - 8 December 1969

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on State of  Illinois Certificate of  Death County of Pulaski filed December 11, 1969,  E. C. Evers, Registrar; Informant Elenon Jordan, Ullin, Illinois, no grave stone or marker.  Charles was the son of Dan and Flora Jordan.  Cemetery listed as Grand Chain Cemetery.

 

Jordan, Dan and Flora


                     KIRK'S

   DAUGHTER          MOTHER       FATHER

Kirk, Sophronia      Kirk, Millie   Kirk, William
1910 - 1966              1889 - 1956    1887 - 1956

 

Latham, George   Photo 2
born 12 Oct 1880
died 09 Aug 1954

 

Lewis, Angie (Lovies)
Nov. 15, 1959
May 21, 1983

 

Lovelace, Juanita

1925 - 2003

Note:   Interment verified in Paducah Sun Obituary page, no stone found.  Daughter of Sarah Sutton and Francis Clemons.

 

 

Manion, Jefferson
died 06 Feb 1892

Genealogical Notes:   Manion Family Research Page

 

Mathis, Hazel Anita

Sunrise Apr. 17, 1951

Sunset Jan 12, 2008

Gone but Not Forgotten

 

 

McClinton, Sam

February 25, 1875

September 29, 1930

Note:   Interment verified on death certificate, no stone found.

 

McDowell, Fanny
29 Jul 1896
86 yrs. old

 

Morris, Alversie Baker

April 15, 1920

February 5, 2011

 

Morris, Lucy

1867 - 1950

Image 2

 

Newburn, Arthur
born 13 Oct 1925
died 13 Jun 1953

 

Porter, Josephine Witeor Wvatt Porter
died Oct. 23, 1894
Aged 41 years

Genealogical Notes:  The inscription should read Wife of Wyatt Porter. Porter Family Research Page

Photo 1     Photo 2     Photo 3

 

Richardson, Kelvin
Born and Died
Feb 20, 1960

Genealogical Notes:  Richardson Family Research Page

 

Richardson, Sylvesta L.

October 24, 1924

August 16, 2015

 

 

Smith, Mattie
born 12 Oct 1882
died 03 Oct 1943

 

Smith, Charles S.

Born   Metropolis, Illinois

Died  December 20, 1935, Grand Chain, Illinois

Genealogical Notes:  Son of William Smith and Ester Roper Smith

 

Smith, Eugene

Born   Mississippi

Died  April 8, 1942 in Grand Chain, Illinois

Genealogical Notes:  Husband of Dice Smith.  Interment verified on death certificate, no stone found.  Cemetery listed as Grand Chain.

 

Spears, Robert
born 04 Jul 1914
died 28 Feb 1997

 

Sutton, Charley
Aug. 13, 1904
Mar. 04, 1974

Genealogical Notes: Born in Illinois on 19 August 1904, probably Pulaski County to Fred and Nancy Foree Sutton. 

 

Sutton, Fred
Illinois
PVT
329 ser(illegible)
May 27, 1985

Genealogical Notes:  Sutton Family Research Page

 

Taylor, Alexander
born 1842
died 26 Feb 1905

Genealogical Notes:  Taylor Family Research Page

 

Walker, Othel
born 22 Aug 1912
died 15 Feb 1990

Genealogical Notes:  Walker Family Research Page

 

Walker, Ollie

Born April 1, 1859

Died December  5, 1935

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on death certificate, no stone found.  Cemetery listed Methodist Cemetery.  Ollie was the son of Harry and Martha (Brewer) Walker.

 

Walker, Ruth

Additional Marker of Ruth

Oct. 19, 1918

May 28, 2003

Genealogical Notes:  Walker Family Research Page

 

 

Washington, Susie
born 20 Apr 1871 or 1874
died 15 Sep ?

 

Washum, Porter   (Buried when the cemetery was named Methodist Cemetery)

died March 23, 1909

buried March 24, 1909

 

Washum, Rachel J.
Wife of
Rev. John Washum
Born Apr. 3, 1857
Died June 12, 1881

Genealogical Notes:   Born in Paris, Tennessee.

Washum, Seth
born 20 Feb 1877
died 18 Sep 1944

 

Washum, Seth Major
born 25 Feb 1915
died 22 Apr 1978

Genealogical Notes:  Washum Family Research Page

 

Williams, Annie Jewel

Born April 10, 1930

Died  April 16, 1946

Genealogical Notes:   Interment verified on death certificate, no stone found.  Cemetery listed Grand Chain Cemetery.  Annie was the daughter of Robert and Willie Mae (Sutton) Williams.

 

Williams, Nelson
born 19 May 1828
died 13 Jan 1914

 

Williams, Robert
Dec. 7, 1893
July 25, 1965

 

Williams, Sarah E.
born 28 Feb 182?
died 10 Oct 1908 ?

Genealogical Notes:  Williams Family Research Page

Wilson, Emma H.
born 01 Aug 1886
died 10 Sep 1928

Genealogical Notes:  Wilson Family Research Page

 

Young, Florence B.
born 02 Jan 1878
died 28 Oct 1887 

Genealogical Notes:  Young Family Research Page

 

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Forestview Cemetery Also Known as Rhinnie Hill This transcription is located on the Find a Grave website.

 

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