The Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery is located about halfway (approx. 7 miles each way) between Chandlerville and Oakford, Illinois. It is located at the intersection of the Chandlerville-Oakford Road and Pontiac Road. Look for Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
The stones are typed in the order in which I found them. I started at the front (Northwest) corner and walked south to the first driveway, then went back north and so on. Eventually, I hope to map out the layout of the graves listed, but I didn’t get that done this time.
Generally, if I recorded that the stone said “his wife”, the spouse is the person whose name precedes or follows that designation. Later, I started writing the husband’s name in parentheses, but I didn’t record it this way all the time, so I didn’t put it in the final document.
If something is in parentheses (***) it is not on the tombstone but rather a clarification made by me.
I tried to always spell things the way they are written on the stone. I may have some typos as well, but there are some interesting spellings on the stones as well, including: Coopper, prepair, and various spellings of the same last name, even within the same family group.
This record is as complete as I could make it by walking through the cemetery on this date. In my genealogical research, I have found mention of many people who are listed as buried at Mt. Olive but there is no marker to be found.
The last page of tombstones listed represent stones found leaning against a tree in the cemetery. There are several more that could not be read at all.
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[box]Source: Original Transcription by Jodi Morgan.[/box]