Cemetery (containing the old Gordon Graveyard)-- Exact Site, and Actual Cemetery
Location: Near entrance to cemetery, east Lincoln Highway,
Road 80.. About 1.5 miles northwest of Lincoln Log Cabin State Park
N 39o 23.247
W 088o 14.201
In Shiloh Cemetery are the graves of Thomas (died 1851) and Sarah Lincoln,
father and stepmother of Abraham Lincoln. On
January 31, 1861, shortly before assuming
the Presidency, Lincoln came here from
Springfield to visit his father's grave in
company of his stepmother.
Note: In 1851, a mass grave was dug and several victims of the Asian
cholera were buried in Gordon Graveyard.
Two old cypress trees and several stumps in
a circle, mark the area of the mass graves.
These are located in the old section of
Shiloh Cemetery, known as Gordon's
Cemetery. A similar series of gravestones
from the same disease in 1851 can be found
in the Old Charleston Cemetery. It is noted
in a letter from Dennis Hanks to the lawyer
Lincoln, that if he would like to come to
see his step-mother, his home was healthy,
and they wouldn't have to fear the cholera.
It is no wonder that Mary and the boys would
not visit Charleston. Charleston was still
suffering pioneer type diseases that all
According to Charles Coleman's book, Abraham Lincoln in Coles County,
1855, Abraham journeyed down to Farmington
to visit with his step-mother and then go to
his father's gravesite. Several letters can
be read on the LOC Lincoln Papers site to
hear of the pleadings of Lincoln's family
members for him to visit his father before
his passing. Abraham did get to the
gravesite, but his step-mother was too frail
to go with him. The weather was cold, and
not fit. There would not be a real marker
for his father until many years later.
Cemetery, near Lincoln Log Cabin Historical Site
for all the unmarked buried in "Gordon Graveyard"
the cedar tree ring that enclosed the victims graves of 1851
The original Thomas Lincoln marker
The old church. Actually the wood
frame building is inside this brick structure
Two old cedar
trees remain guard to the mass grave of Asian cholera victims of 1851
HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS OF SHILOH CEMETERY
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