Sexton's Book: Earliest Recorded Burials at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Belleville, Illinois
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Sexton's Book: Earliest Recorded Burials at Walnut Hill Cemetery

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Headstones do not exist for the vast majority of these burials. Some may have fallen and were eventually covered over with dirt.

The transcription below represents all the data in the sexton's book. Ditto marks were replaced with the word above it, however. In a few cases a string of words appears to have been written across two or more columns. The words appear below as found in the sexton's book. The German location of birth is very likely misspelled. No further research was done to verify data in any entry. You should try to verify the data with other records, e.g., will or estate files, bible records, gazetteers. Newspaper death notices were rare during this time period (better by the 1880s) but might also be checked. A microfilmed copy of the sexton's book is at the Belleville Public Library, the original is at City Hall.

Many, many surnames are spelled phonetically. The column labeled Transcriber's Comments includes our guess for the equivalent surname based on sound, letters, and familiarity with some St. Clair County family names. Sometimes the handwritten letter looked like two different letters, e.g., i and e, or terminal n and r. The Transcriber's Comments column will include the letter substitution in such cases.

Given names might be misspelled but if easily recognized, its corrected spelling was not added. Here is a list of often misspelled names or words in this sexton's book.

[ Square brackets ] might also appear and signal other words we added, usually for clarification.

Burial Date Given Name Surname Age Sex Burial Location Sexton’s Comments Transcriber’s Comments Place of Birth Place of Residence Disease or Mode of Death
1855 Apr. 16 Mary Coleman 1 yr 19 days F [blank] [blank] [blank] Pennsylvania St. Clair County Teething
1855 Apr. 18 Herman Grastna 5 mon M [blank] [blank] [blank] West Belleville Belleville Fever
1855 Apr. 25 Maria Ruff 10 yr F [blank] [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Afliction of Brain
1855 Apr. 25 Mary Ann Wilson 28 yr F [blank] [blank] Wilver Belleville Mascoutah Consumption
1855 Apr. 27 Edward P. Fleming 4 mon 6 days M 799 Original [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Inflimation of brain
1855 Apr. 29 Hanibal Seilor 32 yr M [blank] [blank] Seidon Germany Belleville Consumption
1855 May. 04 Ronse Bantz 35 yr F [blank] [blank] [blank] Nodtorf Nisdanbary Belleville Child bed
1855 May. 11 Maria Hinblin 3 yr 8 days F [blank] [blank] Heublein Belleville Belleville Summer complaint
1855 May. 17 John Birkner 1 yr M [blank] [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Scalded to death
1855 May. 25 Oraygreto Reileheinsly 3 yr 3 mon F [blank] [blank] Reileheinsky; Urbana now called Freeburg Urbanna Belleville Puking & purging
1855 Jun 11 Henry Davis 5 yr M [blank] [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Effect of the brain
1855 Jun 11 Philip Hess 52 yr M [blank] [blank] [blank] Bofheim France Belleville Colera
1855 Jun 14 Anna Mullen 14 mon F [blank] [blank] Muller Belleville Belleville Fits
1855 Jun 16 Fintosand Riessen 6 mon M [blank] [blank] Ferdinand Eglisburgh Hessen Darmstad Belleville Fits
1855 Jun 16 Henry Baker [blank] M [blank] [blank] [blank] [line] Belleville Found dead
1855 Jun 17 Nicholas Thomas 50 yr M [blank] [blank] [blank] [line] Belleville Wound in his arm
1855 Jun 19 Philip Reister 37 yr M [blank] [blank] Ruester Ruster Hessen Darmstrad Belleville Colera
1855 Jun 29 Valentine Reister 11 yr M [blank] [blank] Ruester Ruster Hessen Darmstrad Belleville Colera
1855 Jul 07 Sandarn Hoofman 4 mon F [blank] [blank] Huffman Hoffman Belleville Belleville Fits
1855 Jul 12 Charles Augustus Strong 3 mon M [blank] [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Inflimation of brain
1855 Jul 01 Mary Speck 24 mon F [blank] [blank] Sheck New Orleans Belleville Quinsey
1855 Jul 13 Fridrick Reister 3 yr M [blank] [blank] Frederick Ruester Ruster Egelsbach Darmstrad Belleville Consumption
1855 Jul 15 John Philip Reister 22 yr M [blank] [blank] Ruester Ruster Egelsbach Darmstad Belleville Flux
1855 Jul 17 John Ruedi M [blank] [blank] [blank] St Clair Co Belleville Sun struck
1855 Jul 18 Ludwig Roemer 66 yr M [blank] [blank] [blank] Ranbach Pruscia Belleville Consumption
1855 Jul 19 John Valde 26 yr M [blank] [blank] Volac Hessen Darmstrad Belleville Sun struck
1855 Jul 25 Steven Regh 14 mon M [blank] [blank] Rehg St. Clair Co St. Clair Co Flux
1855 Jul 27 Henry Wm Mier 6 mon M [blank] [blank] Meyer Belleville Belleville Quinsey
1855 Jul 30 Charles Samler 6 mon M [blank] [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Summer complaint
1855 Jul 31 Wm Caller 6 mon M [blank] [blank] Coller Belleville Belleville Summer complaint
1855 Aug. 01 Francis Schoop 30 yr 3 days M [blank] [blank] Schopp Schupp Hensbock Kingban Baiern Germany Belleville Nervous fever
1855 Aug. 07 John Kriezer 10 mon M [blank] [blank] Krieger Belleville Belleville Summer complaint
1855 Aug. 08 Bretin Bookner 5 mon F [blank] [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Summer complaint
1855 Aug. 09 Susana Jakoby 32 yr F [blank] [blank] Jacoby Hanaw Huhr Hessen Belleville Colera
1855 Aug. 11 Andrew Englart 34 yr M [blank] [blank] Engbart Wemszein Pruscia St. Clair Co Sun struck
1855 Aug. 12 Fridk Reister 5 yr M [blank] [blank] Fredrick Ruester Ruster Eigilsburgh Hessen Darmstad Belleville Feiver
1855 Aug. 14 Dorotea Agust Hoppe 54 yr F [blank] [blank] Augusta [blank] Belleville Dropsy
1855 Aug. 16 Margaretta Guek 69 yr F [blank] [blank] Gueck or Gick Helmstadt Baden Belleville Feiver
1855 Aug. 17 Catherine Sudnehous 24 yr F [blank] [blank] Sudenhous Oberdallen Prusia Belleville Confined
1855 Aug. 19 Henry Wolf 9 mon M [blank] [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Teething
1855 Aug. 27 Augusta Meyer 2 yr F [blank] [blank] [blank] West Belleville Belleville Feiver
1855 Aug. 29 Carolina Schreiner 8 mon F [blank] [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Teething
1855 Aug. 29 Elizabeth Muiller 14 mon F [blank] [blank] Mueller Belleville Belleville Teething
1855 Sep 05 Henry Stumps 59 yr M [blank] [blank] Stumpf Hessen Darmstadt Belleville Consumption
1855 Sep 07 Sofiah Fetzin 40 yr F [blank] [blank] Felzer Weillheim Wirdenburg Belleville Feiver
1855 Sep 10 Friderih Willham 2yr 6 mon M [blank] [blank] Friderich Belleville Belleville Hooping cough
1855 Sep 11 Margarata Christian 16 mon F [blank] [blank] [blank] West Belleville Belleville Summer complaint
1855 Sep 17 Herman Schmidt 13 mon M [blank] [blank] [blank] St Louis Belleville Consumption
1855 Sep 19 Michael Reinhardt 34 yr M [blank] [blank] [blank] Rohrdorf Wirdenburgh Belleville Consumption
1855 Sep 20 Jacob Krick 10 mon M [blank] [blank] [blank] North Belleville Belleville Summer complaint
1855 Sep 23 Emma Erherdt 2 yr 14 days F [blank] [blank] Erhardt Belleville Belleville Scalded by accident
1855 Sep 25 John Schutz 9 weeks M [blank] [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Fits
1855 Sep 29 Eda Lopiqua 14 days F [blank] [blank] Sipiqua; Schiqua; Lopiquet Belleville Belleville Fits
1855 Sep 30 Louisa Stolte 70 yr F [blank] [blank] [blank] Boirminghauem Prushia Belleville Fever
1855 Oct 01 Helena Knab 6 weeks F [blank] [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Fits
1855 Oct 03 Philip Shuk 4 mon 3 days M [blank] [blank] Shook Belleville Belleville Summer complaint
1855 Oct 05 Mary Nottbusch 21 yr F [blank] [blank] [blank] Boirminghausen Porashia Belleville Confinement
1855 Oct 06 Henry Kreider 18 mon M [blank] [blank] Crider Belleville Belleville Fits
1855 Oct 07 Margaret Jackoby 67 yr F [blank] [blank] Jackroby Jacoby Hessen Darmstadt West Belleville Consumption
1855 Oct 08 Henrich Mohlman 8 mon M [blank] [blank] Heinrich Moehlman Belleville Belleville Teething
1855 Oct 10 Peter Stonecutter 6 mon M [blank] [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Teething
1855 Oct 11 Agatha Kruemer 52 yr F [blank] [blank] Kraemer Obermein France Belleville Fever
1855 Oct 15 Jacob Loos 3 yr 3 mon M [blank] [blank] Luce or Roos Hessen Darmstadt Belleville Fever
1855 Oct 16 Phillip Patteson 3 weeks M [blank] [blank] Patterson Putterer Belleville Belleville Fits
1855 Oct 17 Mardin Ehret 58 yr M [blank] [blank] Martin Hemsehbach Badden Belleville Consumption
1855 Oct 28 Wm R. James 1 mon M 630 Original [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Fits check film
1855 Nov 06 Francis Gein 1 mon M [blank] [blank] Gain or Gehne Belleville Belleville Fits
1855 Nov 08 Augusta Sunemann 1 yr F [blank] [blank] [blank] West Belleville Belleville Fever
1855 Nov 10 Elvire Devert 18 mon F [blank] [blank] Elvira Belleville Belleville Brain Fever
1855 Nov 14 Mary Smith 1 yr 9 mon F [blank] [blank] [blank] New York Belleville Fits
1855 Nov 18 Adam Killian 74 yr M [blank] [blank] [blank] Kuhrhesen Walroda Belleville Old age
1855 Nov 29 Henery Swolb 7 weeks M [blank] [blank] Henry Schwalb Belleville Belleville Direa
1855 Nov 29 Elisabeth Miller 5 yr 6 mon F [blank] [blank] [blank] Belleville Belleville Acdicence of skall
1855 Nov 29 Elisabeth Elent 52 yr F [blank] [blank] Efent Hessen West Belleville Hessen Belleville Dropsy
1855 Nov 29 George Shaab 5 days M [blank] [blank] Shaub, Schaab 2 mile from Belleville Dropsy
1855 Dec 05 Haryet Leitner 67 yr F [blank] [blank] Harriet Erlingen Bavarine Belleville Old age
1855 Dec 10 Magtalena Kuhn 55 yr F [blank] [blank] Magdalena Kuhrhesen ad Bever Belleville Afectet on the leverer
1855 Dec 16 Margaretha Lenard 78 yr F [blank] [blank] Leonard Born Gros Niedersheim Beyren Belleville Old age
1855 Dec 27 Julayn Muler 3 mon F [blank] [blank] Juliann Mueller Belleville Belleville [blank]
1855 Dec 28 Joseph Helbek 2 mon M [blank] [blank] Helbig Belleville Belleville [blank]
1855 Dec 28 Mary An Gundlach 27 yr F [blank] [blank] [blank] Duchy Nassau Belleville Consumption
1855 Dec 29 William Heinemenmm 11 days M [blank] [blank] Heinemann Born Belleville Belleville Wound on the head
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