Richland County

Goss Cemetery

The Goss Cemetery is located in German Township of Richland County, Illinois. It is in the southeast corner of the S.E. quarter of the northeast quarter of section 21 township 4 range 14 west. Richland county clerk's office, Grantor Index Book K. page 478, lists on 10 Aug. 1858 to the trustees of Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church. (Later changed to St. James.) from Jacob Goss and his wife Margaret land for this cemetery.

In the Palistine Land Records which have been copied for the Richland County Clerk's office there is recorded this grant on which the cemetery is located: 19 June 1840 to Jacob Goss 80 acres, this being the east one half of the northeast quarter of section 21. Jacob Goss was the son of Mathias Goss. Jacob Goss had come with his family from Stark County, Ohio. He was married to his wife Margaret Bolinger in Stark County, Ohio. (First of three Marriages.) Jacob was born in Columbiana County, Ohio. (2)

In the 1960's an extra strip of land was given to the cemetery by Harry and Flossie Scherer Sager, to provide for a perimeter road.

The first burial which we have a record of is that of John Phillips on 11 February 1850. He left children: Suzannah Hanes, wife of Daniel; Catherine wife of Peter Sager; Elizabeth wife of Jacob Beck; and son David Phillips who married Sarah Hosler.

There are ten rows of 50 graves each in this cemetery Undoubtedly some graves never had stones and stones of other graves have been destroyed, See list at end of this write-up.

The Goss Cemetery is kept going by private conscription. The present directors are Roy Boatman, chairman, Mrs. Glen "Ida" Gerber, treasure-secretary, Mary Lou "Mrs. Paul Leland" Sager, Glenn Nease and Mrs. Charles "Elsie Boatman" Schnepper.

In recent years the bell of the St. James Lutheran Church has been mounted in cement on the east side of the cemetery A pipe fence has been constructed around part of the cemetery and gates were put up at the entrances. There is also, a flagpole near the church bell. Many stones have been resent and new markers put in, through the work and interest of Roy Boatman. The cemetery is well-kept and in use today.

If any of you reading this should know of unmarked graves, we would appreciate hearing from you.

Vera Scherer Shaw


East row from south to north.

31 spaces

Asa Goss, born 1877, d: 1905, son of Aaron Goss and his first wife Martha J. Baker.
Jacob J. Goss, born 31 Jan 1843, died 20 Dec 1897.

Cassie Ann Elizabeth, born 14 Feb 1841, died 4 Jan 1927, age 85y 10m 20d, wife of Jacob J Goss, daughter of Peter Sager and Catherine Phillips. (2)

Belle Goss, born 1880, died 1934, first name was Stella, daughter of Jacob J. & Cassie Ann Goss.

Dellie M. Boatman, born 20 Nov 1887, died 26 Jun 1888, oldest daughter of Clark & Vetura Boatman. (1)

Curtis J. Boatman, born 6 Sep 1901, died 21 Oct 1909, first name was James, one of the six members of the family who suffered from the dreaded disease, typhoid fever. His father was another, (1) oldest son of Clark & Vetura Boatman.

End of first row.

Begin Second Row from south to north:

Harley Kesler, born 1915, died 1978.

Two spaces.

Emma S. Brinkley, born 1 Jan 1868, died 12 June 1955, never married, lived with her sister, Elizabeth (Mrs. William P. Hanes), daughter of David Brinkley.

John W. Gregory, born Jul 1870, died Dec 1957.

Emma C. Gregory, born Feb 1868, died Oct 1937, wife of John W. Gregory.

George S. Hanes, born 1872, died 1936.

David H. Hanes, born 1870, died 1929, son of William P. & Elizabeth (Brinkley) Hanes.

Susie E. Hanes, born 1868, died 1928, wife of David Hanes, daughter of George & Sarah Hanes.

David Hanes, born 1 Jun 1853, died 16 Sep 1919, son of John & Elizabeth Shafer Hanes.

Lenora R. Hanes, born 12 Oct 1854, died 17 Aug 1936, wife of David Hanes, daughter of Joseph Decker, middle name Rilla.

William Hanes, born 1846, died 1930, William P., son of John & Elizabeth Shafer Hanes.

Elizabeth Hanes, born 1847, died 1908, wife of William Hanes, middle initial J., maiden name Brinkley.

George Hanes, born 12 Mar 1836, died 21 Mar 1904, age 68 y 9d, son of Anthony Hanes (7).

Sarah A. Hanes, born 23 Jul 1933, died 8 Apr 1906, age 73y 9m 15d, initial "A" for Ann, wife of George Hanes, daughter of Phillip and Susannah Gerber.

Infant Scherer, son of F. & M. C. Scherer, Frederick & Melissa Hanes Scherer.

Bertha L. Hanes, born 2 Jan 1833, died 27 Mar 1899, dau of J. W. & E. G. Gregory, John W. & Emma C.

John Hanes, born 25 Aug 1823, died 25 Feb 1906, age 82y 10m, son of W. P. & E., Private in Company D, 3rd Regiment of Il. Infantry, Mexican War, mustered in 27 Jun 1846, out 21 May 1847, private headstone (6).

Elizabeth Hanes, born 29 Jun 1824, died 5 Jun 1896, age 71y 6m 7d, wife of John Hanes, daughter of Frederick Shafer (7).

Infant Hanes, died 2 Jul 1895, son of D.H. & S.E., David & Susie E. Hanes.

Paul B. Scherer, born 26 Feb 1886, died 28 Feb 1886, son of F. & M. C., Frederick & Melissa Hanes Scherer.

Mary E. Utterback, daughter of O. & L. A.

Franklin L. Hanes, born 3 Sep 1885, died age 1m 2d, son of W. P. & E. J., William P. & Elizabeth J. Brinkley Hanes.

Ina Utterback, daughter of O. & I. A.

Charles Utterback, died 10 Jul 1879, age 3m 14d, died of chlora infantom, son of O. & I. A.

Minnie E. Hanes, died 23 Sep 1877, age 3m 15d, daughter of W. P. & E., William P. & Elizabeth J. Brinkley Hanes.

Jacob Beck, born 28 Jan 1797, died 18 Apr 1881, age 84y 2m 20d, born in York County, PA (2), served in First Regiment of IL. Inf. of Mexican War, mustered in 28 Feb 1847 , mustered out 17 Jun 1847 (6) .

Elizabeth Beck, born 11 Mar 1805, died 5 Apr 1873, age 68y 24d, daughter of John & Eve Elizabeth Ream Phillips, wife of Jacob.

John S. Hanes, died 20 Nov 1870, age 8m 4d, son of W. P. & E. J.

Peter Sager, died 10 Aug 1877, age 77, born in Northhampton County, PA.

Catherine Sager, died 2 Sep 1866, age 64y 9m 24d, daughter of John & Eve Elizabeth Phillips, Wife of Peter Sager.

Daniel Hanes, died 14 Jul 1857, age 16y 4d, son of J. & E., John & Elizabeth Shafer Hanes.

Daniel Hanes, born 8 Apr 1799, died 9 Aug 1868, son of Christian Hanes, Adams County, PA (7).

Suzannah Hanes, died 20 Apr 1864, age 65y, daughter of John & Eve Elizabeth Ream Phillips, wife of Daniel.

John Phillips, died 11 Feb 1850, age 83y 3m 29d, immigrated with Family from Stark County, Ohio. (According to records which I have been able to find, this was the first grave in the cemetery.)

Elizabeth Phillips, died 7 Jan 1857, age 85, wife of J. John, maiden name Eve Elizabeth Ream

Stephen D. Best, born 2 Jul 1841, died 21 Dec 1867, age 26y 4m 29d, born in Locksport, Northampton County.

Mary A. Best, born 23 Dec 1848, died 2 Jan 1927, wife of Stephen. She was the youngest daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Goss Boatman. Elizabeth was daughter of Mathias Goss. She was blind for many years. (1)

End of second row.

Begin third row from south to north:

Orin Scherer, born 26 Dec 1889, died 24 Mar 1976, son of Frederich & Melissa Catherine Hanes Scherer, Veteran of World War I, military footstone.

Fred Beck, born 1888, died 1968, Frederick Stephen Beck, son of John & Elizabeth Sager Beck, World War I Veteran, military footstone.

Clarence E. Beck, born 15 Nov 1900, died 23 Dec 1971.

John Edward Beck, born 23 Dec 1946, died 14 Nov 1958.

Orwin J. Decker, born 1 Nov 1885, died 15 Oct 1961, Illinois PFC Med, Dept. World War I, military stone (6).

Ina E. Decker, born 18 Apr 1887, died 3 May 1959, daughter of Frederick & Melissa Catherine Hanes Scherer, wife of Orwin J. Decker.

Fredrick Scherer, born 21 Mar 1863, died 2 Jan 1946, son of Christian & Margaret Eyer Scherer, Margaret the daughter of George Jacob & Ann Bradle Eyer.

Melisa C. Scherer, born 25 Jan 1866, died 20 Dec 1946, wife of Fredrick Scherer, daughter of John & Elizabeth Shafer Hanes.

John F. Beck, born 30 Mar 1873, died 16 Aug 1945.

Stella M. Beck, born 5 May 1880, died 5 Apr 1948, wife of John F. Beck.

George Beck, born 1869, died 1949.

One space

Peter Crum, born 1858, died 1938.

Ida B. Crum, born 1864, died 1924, wife of Peter.

Mary B. Xanders, born 18 Nov 1818, No death date.

John P. Xanders, born 16 May 1833, died 27 Apr 1911.

Daughter of John & Mary P. Xanders.

2 spaces

Lydia Brinkley, born 1854, died 1912, wife of Steve.

Frank Brinkley, born 1880, died 1906, son of Lydia & Steve.

Lottie O. Brinkley, died 20 Jun 18??, 8m 17d, daughter of S. L. & L. I.

One space

Mary C. Ditch, born 1909, died 1958, daughter of John & Margaret Beck Ditch.

John Ditch, born 1860, died 1953.

Margaret Ditch, born 1865, died 1940, wife of John. In reference number 2, she is referred to as Margaurite. She was the daughter of Levi & Catherine Scherer Beck.

Levi Beck, born Apr 1830, died 12 Nov 1905.

Catharine Beck, born 25 Dec 1840, died 9 Oct 1907, wife of Levi Beck, daughter of Henry & Elizabeth Eyer Scherer, first name was Mary.


Peter Boatman, born 1852, died 1938, son of Barnabas, who was the son of Henry Boatman. Henry was the son of Barnabas Boatman the immigrant (1).

Caroline Boatman, born 1859, died 1895, called "Cal," wife of Peter Boatman, daughter of Isaac & Elizabeth Miller (1).

Rosella Miller, died 17 Oct 1888, age 19y 1m 23d, daughter of Isaac & Elizabeth Miller.

3 spaces

Daniel Miller, born 7 Jul 1808, no death date.

Elizabeth Miller, died 6 Jan 1874, age 60y 3 m 28d, wife of Daniel Miller

One space

Jonas Boatman, died 26 Aug 1881, Source number one says born 14 Jan 1847, died 19 Jan 1873," son of Solomon Boatman.He served in the Ill. Fifth Cavalry during the Civil War, was in 16 battles and a number of skirmishes. He was thrown from his horse in the Meridian Raid and never fully recovered from his injury He enlisted in the service in Olney, on Dec 21, 1863, with his father signing "concent in case of a minor." He was mustered out 27 Oct 1865. His widow filed for Pension which was denied because the physician's statement showed no signs of disability when he was mustered out. However, the physician at the time of his death stated, that being thrown from the horse eventually caused death, because a disease of the spleen resulted from the fall. (1) He has a military stone. (6)

Solomon Boatman, died 27 Feb 1890, age 68y 10m 7d, son of Henry (1).

Rebecca Boatman, died 30 Apr 1863, age 32y 4m 6d, wife of S. Solomon & Rebecca Way Boatman.

One space

Millie M. Boatman, died 16 Apr 1881, child of H. & K. A. In source number one she is listed as "Nellie," daughter of Henry and Katherine Lucas Boatman (1).

Clarence Boatman, died 12 Jul 1880, son of Henry & Katherine Lucas Boatman. Henry Boatman was a son of Jonas & Matilda Cotteral Boatman. (1).

Barnabas Boatman, died 20 Jan 1892, age 72y 2m 25d, son of Henry & Elizabeth Goss Boatman.

Cassie A. Boatman, born 15 Sep 1825, died 5 Feb 1905, wife of Barnabas, daughter of Daniel & Elizabeth Phillips Hanes. Elizabeth was the daughter of John & Eve Elizabeth Ream Phillips.

Charley A. Boatman, died 21 Feb 1897, age 18y 7m 5d, son of Henry & Katherine Lucas Boatman.

Catherine Boatman, born 1859, died 1918.

End of row three.

Begin row four:

3 spaces

Jacob D. Sager, born 8 Jun 1895, died 4 Apr 1959.

Dorsie W. Jackson Sr., born 29 Sep 1910, died 8 Feb 1958, veteran of World War II Illinois PFC. Co. A. 760 M.P.B.N. (6).

Eli H. Sager, born 28 Oct 1858, died 27 Sep 1942, son of Jacob & Suzannah Sager from Berks County, PA (5).

Sarah Sager, born 18 Mar 1869, died 19 Jul 1942.

William Brinkley, born 1862, died 1953.

Henry Brinkley, born 1862, died 1940, son of Samuel Brinkley (1).

Marion Brinkley, born 1859, died 1948, son of Samuel Brinkley (1).

Dililah C. Brinkley, born 1857, died 1939, wife of Marion Brinkley.

One space

John Goss, died 19 Feb 1954, age 22yy 6m 1d, son of Jacob & Margaret Jane Bolinger Goss.

Clarence Andrew Goss, died 7 Aug 1886, age 1y 4m 11d, son of Jacob & Delilah Ditch Goss. This Jacob Goss was the son of Joseph Goss who was the son of Jacob & Margaret Bolinger Goss. Delilah Ditch Goss was the daughter of John & Catherine Boatman Ditch.

R. W. Goss, born 23 Dec 1890, died 5 May 1891, age 10m 13d, son of Jacob & Delilah.

Ten spaces

Julia Ann Goss, died 9 Jan 1883, age 51y 2m 16d, wife of Joseph Goss (First) We do not know where Joseph Goss is buried, she was Julia Ann Gerbera daughter of Philip & Suzannah Sager Gerber.

One space

Isaac Goss, born 20 Oct 1839, died 29 Nov 1871, age 33y 1m 9d, son of Jacob & Margaret Bolinger Goss.

Margaret Jane Goss, died 14 Jul 1870, age 58y 10m, wife of Jacob Goss, she was Bolinger, she and Jacob were married in Stark County, Ohio. On the same stone with Margaret Goss are these names: John, Peter, Isaac, Freeman, all children of Jacob & Margaret Goss.

Jacob Goss, born 14 Jul 1810, died 19 Apr 1888, age 77y 9m 5d, Jacob was the son of Mathias Goss the immigrant. (2) Jacob was born in Columbiana County, Ohio.

Broken stone

William Crum, born 11 Mar 1937, died 2 Sep 1864 at Vicksburg, Miss., age 21y 5m 27d, Private in Co. F 5th Illinois Cav Civil War mustered in 28 Dec 1863, mustered out 2 Sep 1864.

Four spaces

E. Crum (rest of stone gone), born 14 Nov 1852, died 27 Oct 1914, Emma J. Crum (4).

Elizabeth Crum, died 2 Dec 1863, age 16y 1m 9d, daughter of Isaac & Laeah Crum.

Margaret Crum, born 1852, died 1908.

One space

Leah Crum, died 27 Jan 1892, age 72y 24d, wife of Isaac Crum.

Mathias Goss, died 28 Jul 1861, age 96y 5m 4d, immigrant from Palatinate to N. J. to PA to Ohio to Ill.

One space

Peter Goss, died 14 Jan 1856, age 22y 3m, son of Jacob & Margaret Jane Bolinger Goss.

Freeman Goss, died 19 Oct 1853, age 3y 2m 13d, son of Jacob & Margaret Jane Bolinger Goss.

Infant Goss, died 19 Oct 1853, age 3y 2m 13d, son of Jacob & Margaret Jane Bolinger Goss.

Infant Gerber, died 9 Dec 1862, daughter of Daniel & Margaret Goss Gerber.

One space

Prisilla Goss, died 2 Jan 1868, age 23d, daughter of Jacob & Cassie Ann Elizabeth Sager Goss.

Margaret C. Goss, died 23 Aug 1869, age 7m 15d, daughter of Jacob J. & Cassie Ann Sager Goss, cause of death infant chlorea (11).

William O. Goss, died 13 Sep 1876, age 1y 8m 7d, son of Joseph & Julia Ann Gerber Goss (5).

Mabel M. Scherer, born 14 Aug 1894, died 20 May 1895, daughter of Daniel & Amanda Eve Goss Scherer, middle name Margaret

Baby Boy Fritschle, died 1903, George & Clara Goss Fritschle parents.

End of Row four.

Begin row five: from south to north

Sidney Phillips, born 4 Oct 1884, died 10 Mar 1968, married Millie J. Bogard on 17 Mar 1920.

One space

Jacob Beck, born 1868, died 1955.

Henry Oren Nicholas, born 4 Dec 1890, died 27 Apr 1953, Ensign U.S. Navy World War I, government stone (6).

Joseph E. Nicholas, born 30 May 1894, died 4 Sep 1948.

One space.

Howard Samuel Nicholas, born 31 Jul 1945, died 2 Aug 1945, son of E. H. & E. J.

Mary M Scherer, born 1872, died 1934, wife of Adolph Scherer.

Adolph Scherer, born 13 Jun 1872, died 14 Mar 1950, son of Christian Scherer and Mary Catherine Altevogt. This Christian was son of Henry Scherer & Mary Catherine Webber (8).

Mona S. Gerber, born 2 Sep 1902, died 18 Oct 1925.

Peter Gerber, born 1861, died 1932.

Two spaces

Flat stone

One space

Eliza Beck, born 20 Dec 1836, died 26 Feb 1923, wife of Henry.

Henry Beck, born 16 Dec 1834, died 4 May 1899.

Elizabeth B. Nicholas, born 1868, died 1949, wife of Joseph J.

Joseph J. Nicholas, born 1856, died 1934.

A. J. Booram, born 12 Mar 1844, died 28 Dec 1889, age 54y 9m 16d.

Infant Bauer, died 18 Jan 1875, son of E. & A.

Minnie Bauer, died 21 Sep 1877, daughter of E. & A.

One space

Marjorie Pauline Scherer, died 27 Jan 1928, daughter of Eugene and E. Scherer.

Howard Ditch, died 1906.

Ditch, died 1897.
Ditch, died 1883.

Daniel Beck, born 19 Oct 1845, died 1925, born in Richland County, son of Jacob & Elizabeth Phillips Beck (2).

Susan Beck, born 25 Dec 1851 in Stark County, Ohio, died 1925, she was the daughter of John and Catherine Boatman Ditch. She married Daniel Beck 24 Dec 1867 (2).

One space

Emma E. Beck, died 27 Feb 1892, age 1y 10m 15d, middle name was Eunice, daughter of Daniel & Susan Ditch Beck.

Thirteen spaces

Armilda Douglas, died 30 Mar 1900, age 31y 2m 14d, wife of R. F.

Susan Miller, died 6 Feb 1878, age 38y 2m 1d, wife of George.

Two spaces.

Elizabeth Goss, born 1853, wife of Aaron, who was a son of Jacob & Margaret Bolinger Goss.

Aaron Goss, born 1850, died 1934, son of Jacob & Margaret Bolinger Goss.

Martha Goss, born 1860, died 1883, wife of Aaron.

Two spaces

End row five.

Begin row six: from south to north

Seven spaces

Aden Boatman, born 1894, died 1977, son of Clark & Vetura Decker Boatman.

Ruth Boatman, born 1901, died 1976, daughter of Ezra Ward Craig & Bertha Beck.

George Gerber, born 11 Jun 1867, died 16 Mar 1925.

Lucille M. Boatman, born 15 Dec 1933, died 10 Jun 1934.

Mildred M. Boatman, born 6 Aug 1932, died Jan 1933.

One space

Glenn T. Gerber, born 1898, died 29 Jan 1944, son of Peter & Sarah Ann Phillips Gerber.

Pauline V. Gerber, died 1927, infant.

Leila M. Gerber, born 19__, died 1925, infant.

John Crum, born 17 Mar 1850, died 21 Dec 1927.

Emma J. Crum, born 14 Nov 1952, died 27 Oct 1914, wife of John.

Three spaces.

John Phillips, born 5 Aug 1839, died 2 Oct 1924.

Sarah Phillips, died 26 Mar 1886, age 41y 5m 9d, wife of John.

William Phillips, died 25 Jun 1883, son of John & Sarah Ann Crum Phillips.

Albert Phillips, born 1874, died 1935.

One space

Infant Phillips, born 27 Mar 1907, died 31 May 1915.

Isis Violet Phillips, born 27 Mar 1907, died 31 May 1915.

Three spaces

John Sager, born 13 Dec 1814, died 19 Jan 1873, age 58y 1m 6d, born in North Hampton County, PA.

Christian Sager, died 3 Mar 1870, age 62y 10m 17d, pneumonia (11).

Sophia Sager, born 13 Aug 1816, died 1 Jun 1890, age 73y 9m 3d, wife of Christian.

Betsey S. Bunn, died 10 Nov 1860, age 2m 5d, daughter B. & S.

Clarry Bunn, died 30 Mar 1859, age 1m 29d, daughter of B. & S.

William W. Bunn, died 19 Sep 1858, age 1y 3m 5d, son of B. & S.

Sarah A. Hetrick, died 25 June 1883, age 18y 1m, son of John & Sarah Ann Crum Phillips. John Phillips was the son of David Phillips & Sara Hostler Phillips.

John Phillips, born 5 Aug 1839, died 2 Oct 1924, son of David.

Seven spaces.

End of row six.

Begin row seven

Two spaces

Homer Brinkley, born 14 Sep 1893, died 20 Feb 1957, son of Morian, Private in U.S. Army World War I, military tombstone.

Isaac A. Boatman, born 19 May 1860, died 14 Dec 1943, son of John & Catherine Hanes Boatman.

Emma H. Boatman, born 10 Dec 1971, died 13 Apr 1945, maiden name Fritz.

Nora A. Boatman, born 23 Feb 1894, died 18 Apr 1941, she was an invalid for many years, daughter of Isaac & Emma Boatman.

Daisy M. Thompson, born 24 Aug 1903, died 30 Aug 1925, daughter of Dave Gerber.

David Gerber, born 1875, died 1924, husband to Phebe.

Phebe Gerber, born 1881, died 1948, wife of David.

Three spaces

Broken stone

Samuel Gerber, died 6 Aug 1896, age of 26y 4m 23d, son of Pete's brother.

Two spaces

Susan Glesson, born 12 Apr 1870, died 17 Nov 1900, wife of U. G.

Mary E. Gerber, died 12 Dec 1886, age 30y 11m 29d, wife of P.G.

Three spaces

Olivia Sherry, died 23 Jan 18??, daughter of M. B. & M. S.

Phillip W. Sappenfield, born 3 Dec 1905, died 20 Dec 1905, son of Rev. J. J. & C. A. Sappenfield, St. James Lutheran pastor.

One space

John R. Phillips, born 1 Oct 1844, died 1923, Bert's father.

Katherine Ann Phillips, born 19 May 1848, died 1915, wife of John R.

Daniel Gerber, born 2 Apr 1838, died 27 Aug 1913.

Margaret Gerber, born 16 March 1844, died 12 Dec 1915, daughter of Jacob Goss & Margaret Jane Bolinger.

Emma J. Gerber, died 28 Nov 1877, age 5y 6m 23d, dau of Daniel & Margaret Goss Gerber.

Russell L. Goss, born 29 July, died 14 Oct 1900, son of Asa & Ida. Asa was the son of Aaron Goss & Martha J. Baker Goss.

Sophia Gerber, born 1845, died 1912, wife of John Gerber, daughter of Jacob Fritschle.

John Gerber, born 9 Aug 1877, age 32y 9m 22d.

Charlie Gerber, died 26 Aug 1875, age 2y 25d, son of John & Sophia Fritschle Gerber.

Daniel Gerber, died 16 Oct 1870, age 2m 27d, son of John & Sophia Fritschle Gerber.

Jacob P. Gerber, died 25 Sep 1869, age 1y 5m 7d, son of John & Sophia Fritschle Gerber.

Susanna Gerber, died 17 Jan 1881, age 71y 12d, born in Pa, wife of Philip.

Philip Gerber, died 10 Aug 1858, age 52y 10m 1d.

Elizabeth Gerber, died 3 Aug 1858, age 6y 4m 27d.

Eliza Gerber, died age 22y 1m.

Broken stone

Infant Hanes, died 3 Sep 1858, son of George & Sarah Ann Gerber Hanes, George son of Anthony Hanes (7).

Susannah E. Sager, died 2 Jan 1864, daughter of Daniel & Caroline Gerber Sager, Daniel was son of Peter & Catherine Phillips Sager.

John P. Sager, died 20 Sep 1869, son of Daniel & Caroline Gerber Sager.

4 spaces

End of row seven.

Begin row eight, from south to north

One space

Thomas Boatman, born 1900, died 1977, son of Isaac & Emma Fritz Boatman.

William P. Boatman, born 1866, died 1958, He died 8 May 1958 at the age of 92y 3m 26d, This seems to make him the oldest Boatman at death since his great grandfather, Barnabas Boatman who was just about three years older when he died and was buried at East Palistine, Ohio. (1).

John E. Boatman, born 28 Apr 1870, died 2 May 1958.

Laura Boatman, born 1880, died 1952, wife of John E.

David Phillips, born 1863, died 1935.

Cloyd Phillips, born 1892, died 1929.

Ethel Phillips Robinson, born 1895, died 1950.

Vern A. Phillips, born 1914, died 1937.

Lucy Boatman, born 1833, died 1925, daughter of Reuben & Catherine Smith Sager, wife of Milton Boatman.

Milton Lee Boatman, born 27 Oct 1907, died 20 Oct 1960, son of John & Catherine Hanes Boatman.

William Shafer, born 27 Oct 1830, died 15 Sep 1907.

Five spaces

James Vail, died 13 Dec 1881, age 64y 11m 13d.

Elizabeth Vail, died 18 Dec 1882, age 53y 19d, wife of James Vail.

Harriett E. Vail, died 12 Sep 1881, age 17y 5m 19d, daughter of J. & E.

Charles D. Sager, born 1876, died 1907, son of Andrew Jackson & Calcinda Ginther Sager.

Andrew Jackson Sager, born 5 Jul 1845, died 6 Jan 1906.

Salinda Sager, born 26 Feb 1848, died 27 Feb 1913, maiden name Ginther.

James L. Sager, born 6 Sep 1880, died 9 Jun 1902, son of Andrew Jackson & Calinda Ginther Sager.

Inez Sager, dates cannot be read.

Naomi Catherine Sager, died 24 Mar 1880, age 7y 10m 29d, daughter of Andrew Jackson & Calinda Ginther Sager. She was playing at jumping over a small brush fire. Her dress tail caught fire. She died as a result of the burns. She was to have had the next new pair of shoes, so she was buried in her new shoes. This was told to me by Mrs. David O. (Alice) Sager. She was her sister (11).

One space

Ida E. Sager, died 1 Feb 1872, age 10y 1m, daughter of Andrew Jackson & Calinda Ginther Sager.

One space


The next three inscriptions on the same stone.

Jacob Sager, born 16 Oct 1811, died 10 Jan 1872.
Susan Sager, born 9 Jul 1818, died 16 Mar 1896.
Samuel M. Sager, born 22 Jul 1856, died 10 Feb 1910.

Ida Sager, died 16 Oct 1870, daughter of Jacob & Susan.

Three spaces

Infant Sager, died 25 Jul 1868, age 3d, son of W. & C.

Jacob H. Sager, died 10 Aug 1869, age 1y 8d, son of W. & C.

Three spaces

Cement hump (This mass of cement is approximately 5 feet long)

Three spaces

Elmer P. Sager, died 30 Jan 1893, age 5y 8m 12d.

Three spaces

End of row eight.

Begin row nine, from south to north

Eight spaces

John Beck, born 1841, died 1923.

Elizabeth Beck, born 1855, died 1933, wife of John Beck, daughter of Reuben & Elizabeth Snider Sager.

One space

Levi Phillips, born 7 Feb 1850, died 26 Sep 1921, son of David & Sarah Hosler Phillips.

Orinda Phillips, born 24 Feb 1856, died 10 Jun 1933, she was a Brinkley.

Vetura Boatman, born 1861, died 1938, born in Clark County, Missouri, 28 Apr, died Jul 9. She was known as "Bettie"(1), daughter of Joseph Decker.

Clark Boatman, born 1860, died 1904, Clark was the son of Solomon & Rebecca Way Boatman. Solomon was the son of Henry.

One space

Ethel Phillips, born 1916, died 1918, she was buried in the same casket with her mother Bessie Scherer Phillips. Bessie died on Mar 4 & Ethel on Mar 5. Her father was Willie Phillips. Her middle name was Alberta.

Bessie Phillips, born 1891, died 1918, wife of Willie Phillips, daughter of Daniel & Amanda Eve Goss Scherer. Bessie was born on 22nd of Nov, her husband Willie was buried at Fairview Cemetery at Mishawaka, Ind.

Three spaces

Reuben Sager, died 28 Sep 1877, age 56y 6m 11d.

Infant Beck, born 20 Oct 1881, age 11m 27d, daughter of J.& E.

Two spaces

Margaret (The rest is gone)

William Phillips, born 13 Jul 1836, died 30 Sep 1916.

Oliver C. Phillips, born 12 Oct 1875, died 14 Feb 1916.

One space

George Phillips, born 29 Feb 1852, died 24 June 1889.

Mary Phillips, born 22 Feb 1853, died 3 Nov 1921.

One space

Cora E. Phillips, born 17 Jul 1878, age 8m 10d, daughter of Levi & Orinda Brinkley Phillips.

David Phillips, died 5 Jan 1872, age 61y 10m 10d.

Sarah Phillips, died 23 Dec 1871, age 59y 11m, wife of David.

One space

Clark Phillips, age 25y.

Nine spaces

John Boatman, born 27 Apr 1817, died 14 Sep 1895, born in Columbiana County, Ohio, son of Henry & grandson of Barnabas Boatman (1).

Catherine Boatman, born 9 Sep 1827, died 1 Feb 1909, age 81y 4m 22d, born in York County, Pa., daughter of Daniel Hanes, wife of John Boatman.

Claude Boatman, born 2 Aug 1915, died 191?, son of Milton & Lucy Sager Boatman.

One space

End of row nine.

Begin row ten, from south to north.

Nine spaces

Nellie Nease, born 1901, died 1974, daughter of David O. & Cora Alice Sager, wife of Glen Nease.

Peter Stephen Sager, born 19 Apr 1865, died 4 Mar 1933, son of Daniel Sager & Caroline Gerber.

Nora Catherine Sager, born 5 Oct 1874, died 18 Nov 1921, wife of Peter Stephen Sager, daughter of Andrew Jackson Sager & Calinda Ginther Sager.

Daniel Sager, born 15 Mar 1839, died 10 Dec 1901, son of Peter & Catherine Phillips Sager

Caroline Sager, born 11 Jun 1840, died 16 Jan 1916, wife of Daniel Sager, daughter of Phillip & Susanna Gerber.

George Sager, born 1862, died 1922, son of Daniel & Caroline Gerber Sager.

Five spaces

Emaline Steffy, died 23 Sep 1886, age 47y 8m 17d, wife of G.W.

Two spaces

Anna M. Phillips, born 20 Aug 1867, died 23 Mar 1898, wife of I. D.

Infant Phillips, born 15 Mar 1889, died 18 Mar 1889, daughter of I. D. & A. M.

Loretta J. Nease, born 1857, died 1949.

M.J. Nease, died 19 Nov 1889, age 64y 4d.

Mary J. Nease, died 8 Feb 1917, age 88y 1m 25d.

William B. Nease, born 7 Apr 1855, died 5 Oct 1882, age 27y 5m, son of M. J. & M. J.

Stella M. Nease, born 18 Feb 1874, died 31 May 1902, wife of L. B. Nease.

L. B. Nease.

Ester A. Nease, died 14 Nov 1902, age 20d, daughter of C. E. & C. A.

Frank E. Nease, born 31 Dec 1905, died 31 Jul 1920, son of Charles & Cora Nease.

End of row ten.

1967 Transcriptions

The following are inscriptions copied from "Cemetery Inscriptions from Richland
County, Illinois" by Barbara Craddock, 1967. No stones can be found for these persons.

Luther J. Beck, died 16 May 1885, age 9y 11m 24d.
Rachel Beck, died 16 Jun 1885, age 14y 5m 17d, daughter of Daniel Beck, consumption.
Caroline Boatman, born 1862, died 1895.
Larange Boatman, died 12 Jul 1886, age 1y 11m 2d, child of H. & K. A.
Sarah Ann Gerber, born 1861, died 1951, (probably wife of Peter Gerber).
Mary Jane Goss, born 22 Apr 1846, died Jul 1879, age 33, Bronchitis (11), wife of Isaac Goss.
Infant Hanes, died 2 Jul 1895, son of D. H. & S. E.
Infant Nease, died 13 Dec 1910.
Susanna Miller, died 6 Feb 1878, age 60y 3m 28d, wife of George.
Mary Phillips, born 22 Feb 1853, died 3 Nov 1921.

1975 Boatman Family History

Below are the names of persons listed in reference number one as having been buried in Goss Cemetery.

Cassie Shafer Boatman, died 20 Jun 1849, wife of Henry, Henry was the son of Henry & Elizabeth Goss Boatman.

Jacob Boatman, son of Barnabas Jr., Barnabas Jr. was the son of Barnabas & Catherine Overspeck Boatman, the immigrant. Jacob Boatman's mother was Eliza Ward.

Mary A. Beck, first wife of George Boatman. This George was son of Henry & Elizabeth Goss Boatman.

Matilda Cotteral Boatman, born 26 Apr 1851, died 16 Sep 1906, wife of Jonas Boatman.

Miscellaneous Records

Sarah A. Phillips, born 1849, died 1850, age 4, 12 Aug 1849 (9).

Franklin Hanes, born Jan 1879, died Sep 1879, pneumonia (11).

There is a record of a Mrs. Goss died 30 Aug 1875 (5).

George Nease, child of Mrs. Nease, died 23 July 1876 (5).

Mrs. Brinkley, Mrs. Richard (Susannah) Brinkley, 1 Oct 1881, grandmother of Stephen Brinkley (5).

Nease girl buried 23 Nov 1891, age 6 (5).

Mrs. Peter Gerber, died 12 Dec 1886 (5).

Broken stone over by the fences: Isaac Crum, died 2 Oct 1861, age 41y 7m 23d.


1. History of the Boatman Family by William J. Boatman D.D. February 1975.
2. Biographical History of Richland, Clay and Marion Counties of Illinois. 1909.
3. Early Marriages of Richland County, Illinois by Lola Taylor.
4. Cemetery Inscriptions of Richland County, Illinois by Barbara J. Craddock. 1969.
5. Olney Times Newspapers.
6. Records of Veterans Graves in Richland County, Illinois. Property of Ralph Quick for Olney, American Legion.
7. Records of Mrs. George (Margaurite Hanes) McFall.
8. Scherer Clippins by Delbert E. Bjork, 1968. A history of Christian Scherer father of Adolph Scherer family.
9. Gleanings from Old Newspapers of Clay and Richland Counties, Illinois. By Lola Taylor, 1975.
10. 1850 Mortality Schedule of Richland County, Illinois.
11. Mortality Schedules for 1860, 1870, and 1880 of Clay, Crawford, Edwards, Effingham, Jasper, Lawrence, Richland, Wabash, and Wayne Counties, Illinois.
12. Read and typed from the microfilm by the Richland County, Illinois Genealogical Society 1978.

Contributed by Roberta Eck

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