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Article by Dorothy Falk as of 1999

A family cemetery sits within the Eldon Hazlet State Park, north of Carlyle, near Carlyle Lake. It is located about a quarter of a mile south of the Cherokee hiking trail entrance, up a winding grass path. It is on a hill overlooking a field of wildflowers and the spot where the Burnside's house used to be long ago. There is a wooden fence around the cemetery.

There are only 17 individuals known to be buried here, two others assumed to be buried here and probably others unmarked. Nine are from the BURNSIDE family, three from the HOOD family, three from the FOREST family, one from the ALLEN family and one from the LEDBETTER family. Although little is known about the relationship of these families, we do know that the Burnsides, Hoods and Forests were all originally from Ireland, they were all farmers, and census records indicate that they may have been neighbors. We assume that Ledbetters were also friends of the Burnside family.

Grave Name Born Died Inscriptions and Comments
ALLEN, Benjamin 1830  22 Apr 1852  Was the grandson of the elder John Burnside, and son of Jane Burnside. Died at the age of 21 years, 7 months and 13 days. This data was on the bottom part of a broken stone. Same marker, top portion, stone fragment says Died in April, Age 48 years, 11 months. This could be the grave for Jane BURNSIDE ALLEN. 
ALLEN, Jane BURNSIDE   Apr  Same marker as ALLEN, Benjamin, top portion, stone fragment says Died in April, Age 48 years, 11 months.This could be the grave for Jane BURNSIDE ALLEN. 
BURNSIDE, Eliza 8 Jan 1799  1 Apr 1832  Second wife of James Burnside, Jr. was born in Ireland. She emigrated with her husband to Irishtown, Clinton County, Illinois in 1817. She and James, Jr. had six children: John, Samuel, Sarah, Robert, Thomas, and William G. Eliza died at the age of 33 years, 2 months and 23 days, 20 years before her husband died. 
BURNSIDE, James, Jr. 1793  9 Feb 1851  Was the first man to make settlement here in the spring of 1817. He was born in Northern Ireland and came to this country in 1816, and first stopped in Indiana. He came to this country a single man, and married Elizabeth in Indiana. He remained there a year, then they came to the northern part of Clinton County, Illinois in what is now called Irishtown Township. The life and death of Elizabeth is unknown but from the union, six children were born. James worked in agriculture, as listed in the census records, we have records of James, Jr. purchasing 160 acres of land at the price of $2 an acre in Section 28 on 25 Sep 1817. This was his original purchase of land from the State of Illinois. James is buried on the top of the mound in the cemetery next to his second wife Eliza. He died at the age of 59. 
BURNSIDE, John 6 Jun 1829  3 Aug 1861  Son of John and Catherine Burnside. John married Martha C. Prathen and from this union, one child was born  
BURNSIDE, John 1791  11 Dec 1851  Son of James Burnside, Sr., and brother of James Burnside, Jr. He and his family came to this area a year after his brother in 1819 and appear in the 1820 Bond County and Federal census. John married Catherine and from this union, eight children were born. He was appointed trustee for the school system for township 3, range 2. John worked in agriculture and took over James 
BURNSIDE, John 26 Jan 1818  21 Jan 1861  Eldest son of James, Jr. and Eliza, died at the age of 42 years, 11 months, 25. The only glimpse into the life of John is through the epitaph carved into his tombstone which reads: "His face was fair, his person pleasing, his temper amiable, his heart kind. He delighted in relieving the wants of his fellow creatures. To the poor he was a benefactor, to the rich an example. To the prosperous, an ornament. He loved to do good and thanked his Creator for being permitted to do so. When death took him from the bosom of his family, he could but transport him to a just God." 
BURNSIDE, Robert G. 6 Jan 1829  24 Aug 1846  Twin son of James, Jr. and Eliza, died shortly after his twin brother, Thomas, at the age of 17 years, 7 months and 18 days. He was thought to have died from diptheria (a respiratory virus) and/or consumption. 
BURNSIDE, Sarah 1 Nov 1822  17 Jan 1842  The only daughter of James, Jr. and Eliza, died at the age of 19 years, 2 months and 16 days. She was thought to have died from diptheria (a respiratory virus) and/or consumption. 
BURNSIDE, Thomas H 6 Jan 1829  5 May 1846  Twin son of James, Jr. and Eliza, died at the age of 17 years, 3 months and 29 days. He was thought to have died from diptheria (a respiratory virus) and/or consumption. 
13  FOREST, David 1839  10 Nov 1855  Son of J. & E., died at the age of 16 years, 8 months and 5 days. Nothing else is known about David. 
13  FOREST, Elizabeth 1837  9 May 1945  Believed to be the daughter of James and Elizabeth Forest, died at the age of 8 years, 3 months and 9 days. Nothing else is known about Elizabeth. 
13  FOREST, James abt 1810  23 Feb 1868  Born in Ireland. The first record of them here is the 1860 census which indicates that they arrived in this area between 1850 and 1860. The census spells their name Forrest, but we assume they are the same family. We also assume that David, Elizabeth and Robert are children of James and Elizabeth, they all died before the 1860 census as James and Elizabeth are shown alone in the census. James, David, Elizabeth (daughter) and Robert 
13  FOREST, Robert 1845  9 Jan 1856  Believed to be the son of James and Elizabeth Forest. Died at the age of 11 years, 3 months and 11 days. Nothing else is known about Robert. 
12  HOOD, James B. 26 Jan 1830  22 Oct 1860  Oldest son of Thomas and Elizabeth, died at the age of 30. Little is known about James. 
10  HOOD, John T. 15 Dec 1833  18 Sep 1860  Son of Thomas and Elizabeth. John died at the age of 26. Marriage records showed that John married Sarah Barker 2 Dec 1858. 
11  HOOD, Thomas 1792  1 Jan 1857  His wife was listed as born in Ireland, so we can assume he was, too. He married Elizabeth, and they and their two sons arrived here before 1830 as indicated by census records. Those records indicated that Thomas was a farmer. He died at the age of 65. The 1860 census was the first census that indicated where the people were born, but Thomas had died before that census. He is buried next to his two sons, John and James. His stone says "In memory of". 
14  LEDBETTER, Marion 17 Mar 1860  21 Oct 1860  Son of Henry and Mary Elizabeth, died within a year of his birth. In an 1860 census, Marion is listed as being five months old. Cause of death is unknown. There is a poem about leaving his Father, Mother and little sister. 
  MCNEILL, Elizabeth Burnside     Sister of James, Sr., lived on a river bank in London, Derry County, Ireland. In the spring of 1823, Elizabeth and three of her children came to America by way of sailboat. She was run out of Ireland, because she was a protestant, by Mary, Queen of Scots. After a hazardous three week trip crossing the Atlantic, they landed at Quebec, Canada. They came down the Ohio River in a yawl (a two-mastered sailing vessel), and landed in Shawneetown, Illinois. They came an overland route to Irishtown Township, Clinton County, Illinois in 1823. Elizabeth is believed to be buried in the Burnside cemetery but her marker no longer appears where it once was long ago.  

Database table cem_list modified: 20 Aug 2017
Cemetery ID: 92
Page modified: 15 Apr 2013