Felix Greene Cemetery,

aka Goldsby Family Graveyard, or Potter Family Graveyard

NEAR THE NEW SALEM REGULAR BAPTIST CHURCH,

LINCOLN'S NEW SALEM, MENARD COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

** We believe these are still buried in this abandoned (now farmed over) cemetery. Many others may not have been moved - stones may have been moved but not graves.

**Elizabeth R. Lizzie Greene Abell, 1822 - 1847.

Frances Graham "Franky" Greene Armstrong, 8 May 1809 - 6 Sep 1881. Born Overton Co., Tenn. Died Menard Co., Ill.

Hugh Armstrong, 7 Aug 1800 - 7 May 1839. Long-time member of New Salem Regular Baptist Church.

John "Jack" Armstrong, 3 Jan 1803 - 9 Sep 1854. Son of Robert and Nancy Greene Armstrong. Remembered for a wrestling match with Abe Lincoln. Shown at Old Concord, but seems more likely at Greene cemetery.

**Nancy Greene Armstrong, 6 Feb 1768 - 1856. Family history provides evidence that she was buried in what was called the Potter Graveyard. We believe it is the same cemetery that Felix G. Greene designated, on land which he later sold to Mentor Graham, across the road from the Edward Potter home.

Rhoda Armstrong Clary, 15 Jul 1794 - 9 May 1840. Daughter of Robert and Nancy Greene Armstrong. Wife of John A. Clary, founder of Clary's Grove. Born in North Carolina. Married in 1812. Shown at Old Concord, but seems more likely at Greene Cemetery.

Eliza W. Armstrong Pantier, 25 Apr 1812 - 7 Aug 1848. Daughter of Robert and Nancy Greene Armstrong. First wife of David Pantier, married in 1829. Shown at Old Concord, but seems more likely at Greene Cemetery.

Robert Armstrong, 28 May 1760 - 9 Sep 1834. Husband of Nancy Greene. Soldier in the Revolutionary War. Born Anson Co., North Carolina. Shown as buried at Old Concord, but seems more likely Greene cemetery.

**Elder Robert Bagby, 20 Mar 1811 - 4 Feb 1845. (Member and pastor of the Baptist Church at Lincoln's New Salem). Copied from the Western Predestinarian Baptist, Charleston, Illinois, Elder Richard M. Newport, editor, dated April 1, 1845. "By a letter received from our esteemed brother, Elder Cyrus Wright, we are informed of the death of Elder Robert Bagby, of the Sangamon Association. When we were at Springfield, we understood he was dangerously sick, and we now learn that he died shortly after we left. With Brother Bagby we had but a very limited acquaintance. We heard him preach once only, and we felt satisfied that he was a workman approved of God, that need not be ashamed. Among his brethren, and those who were intimately acquainted with him, he sustained the character of a sound and able minister of the gospel, and highly exemplary professor of the Christian religion; and we feel to sympathize deeply with his bereaved wife and children, and also with the churches and brethren generally of the Sangamon Association, who will long mourn the great loss they have sustained. Brother Wright writes to us as follows: "It now becomes my painful duty to announce to you the death of our beloved and highly esteemed brother in the Lord, Elder R. Bagby. He is no more with us here on earth; he has, as we humbly trust, fallen asleep in Christ. He departed this life on the 4th of February 1845. His moral and religious character stands high in the bounds of his acquaintance. He has left a most tenderly, affectionate and now greatly afflicted wife and family; as well as churches and friends to lament their great loss." "It becomes my painful duty to request you to record the obituary of our highly esteemed and beloved brother, Elder Robert Bagby, who departed this life on the 25th day of February last, after an illness of about 18 days, with the winter fever. He left a wife and six children, a great many relatives with a large circle of friends and acquaintances, to mourn the loss. He was a sound old school Baptist. He had been preaching about 12 years, during which time he very successfully defended the doctrine of sovereign grace and the predestinating purpose of God, against the sophistry of the arminian, new-fangled systems of the day. His character was unimpeachable, even by his opponents in theology. He had the fullest confidence and warmest affection of his brethren and sisters, wherever he was known, and the loss of him will be very much felt throughout the Sangamon Association, and by its corresponding associations. He gave the strongest evidence of an unshaken confidence in the truth of the doctrine that he preached and contended for, to the last. He remarked, just before he expired, that he had finished his work and was willing to go, and that no other doctrine would do to die upon, but that of the free and sovereign grace of God alone in the salvation of sinners." - Your brother in affliction, Elder Thomas H. Owen, Hancock Co., Ill., copied from the Christian Doctrinal Advocate and Spiritual Monitor published by Elder Daniel Jewett, 1845, p. 238-239.

CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE OF ELDER ROBERT BAGBY For the Western Predestinarian Baptist, May 4, 1842. Dear Brother Newport: I have for the last three months intended to write to you, but through a multitude of business, I have so far been disappointed; but this evening I have determined to devote to that purpose. But, perhaps, as I have very materially the advantage of you, you would like to know who I am, and what I am, before you trouble yourself much about either me or my letters. But before I proceed to give you this information, I will tell you wherein I have the advantage of you. It consists, first, in hearing you preach twice; secondly, in reading some of your communications through the "Signs;" and thirdly, through your much esteemed (to me) paper. As it respects myself, I could soon tell you my name and indeed my whole natural history, (or at least so much as I know,) and still I would be an utter stranger to you. Yes, I could tell you that I am a Baptist, and yet you would not know me. But to the point, I was born on the 20th day of March, 1811, into this natural or material world, in a state of death in trespasses and sins, with a carnal mind that was enmity against God, and not subject to his law, neither indeed could it be. I possessed no federal holiness as some boast of, although my parents, I conclude were as good by nature as any others. When I arrived at an age to begin to think a little about man, I drew a very favorable him, with respect to his moral and religious abilities. Suffice it to say, that from the Scriptures, (which, however, I read but little) with the general drift of preaching I heard, I concluded that man in his present, or natural state, was not fit for heaven; but that heaven was desirable, not for its own intrinsic excellencies, but in order to escape the punishment due to sin; and in order to escape the one and enjoy the other, it was my unshaken notion that man possessed in himself every necessary qualification. It is true, I thought a change was necessary; but in order to effect this, it was only needful for man to be sorry, pray a good deal, and attend to other external duties, and all was perfectly safe. How forcibly does this demonstrate the truth of that saying of Solomon, "there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." In this way I lived until seventeen years and a half old. And truly I can say, that no youth delighted more in the pleasures and vanities of time and sense than I did, and although I had no desire for holiness, yet I did esteem persons who I believed to be christians, but had I have been judge there would have been few. These, my dear brother, were then my views, and it is hardly needful for me to tell you, that with these views I intended to get religion before I died and consequently to be happy to all eternity. But how unsearchable are the riches of divine grace; and how far past finding out are the ways of him who searches and tries the hearts of men; for I think, my brother, that of all the beings that have ever realized the mercies of God, I have the greatest reasons to be thankful; for truly can I say, that in the midst of deserved wrath, mercy is remembered unto me; for to the mercy of God, made manifest in a display of his covenant love, in the gift of his son, and through him, the gift of his Holy Spirit, do I ascribe my deliverance from that state of darkness in which I once lived. The circumstances attending that deliverance, if you will bear with me a little, I will briefly relate. I have already remarked that I was born in sins, and that I did not always intend to live so. At the age I have before mentioned, I, in company with my father and family, went to a night meeting, to hear a strange preacher of the Regular Baptist order, (it was William Watkins) and I assure you, as a religious body, I hated them above all others. But I went just like the giddy crowd of mankind go to meetings; but, my brother, I sometimes think I shall have reason to thank God in all eternity that thoughtless as I went to that place, on that night, that I did go. The text was, "I am a wall and my breast like towers, then was I in his eyes, as one that found favor." Brother Watkins, after reading the text, observed that he would "preach Jesus and him crucified," but to do this from a text in the Old Testament, was so foreign from my views, that I paid no attention to the preaching. There was much interest prevailed in the congregation, especially among the professing part of them. It all had no effect on me whatever, until the congregation was dismissed. But all seemed loath to leave, and while I was sitting on my seat surveying the scene around me, as it had been the voice of seven fold thunder, there was something said to my understanding, (not my external ear,) that all of God's creatures were giving him the praise due him except myself; and I, the greatest sharer of his mercies of all, was disregarding his authority in every way. And believe me, my brother, that I knew not then, and I am still at a loss to employ language to describe my feelings at that time. I was miserable; and why? because I had sinned against the best of all beings - I had every moment of my life been a sharer of his mercy, and every day they were renewed. I had always thought religion a good thing in death, and as I before observed, that I, in common with all others, had the ability to obtain it at pleasure. Well, to work I went, and that too, with the intention to make myself better. But I had only a view of my outward transactions, but it was, please God, in his own time to reveal in me the sinfulness of my nature; and O! how vile it was. It was now that instead of getting a little better every time I tried to pray, (and that was in fact all the time,) I really believed that it had become sinful for me to even attempt it; and still, Oh! Lord have mercy, was the very breathings of my soul. In this way I traveled many days, during which time many things transpired which I cannot, for the want of crying, tell you now, but which will be recollected by me while I keep my senses. But when I had wasted all my living, and was starving to death - yes, when I had no other sacrifice - my plans failed, it pleased God, who caused the light to shine out of darkness to reveal in me his son; and O! how joyful that eight, that God could be just and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus. My burden was gone; my soul rejoiced, and I really thought my troubles all over; but this was a mistake, Brother Newport, this is the way I thus far learned Christ, if I know him at all. But I must close for the present, fearing I have already wearied your patience. These lines, my brother, are at your disposal, do with them as you think best to the glory of God. I am, I hope, Yours, in the best of bonds, ROBERT BAGBY.
Note: Robert Bagby and Elizabeth Loyd had six children. Nancy Bagby Shelton (born 1832); John (born 1834); James H. (born 1836); Elizabeth Jane Bagby Burnett (1838-1880); Mary B. Bagby Bolender (born 1841); William D. Bagby (born 1844).

Esther Summers Bale, 20 May 1821 - 6 Feb 1872. Hardin Bale and wife Esther Bale, and son John D. Bale, were moved to Oakland Cemetery in 1888, from out in the country. Not certain where they were really buried originally, but probably the Felix Greene Cemetery.

Hardin Bale, 2 Oct 1816 - 1 Nov 1879. Friend of Abraham Lincoln at New Salem. Moved to Oakland Cemetery from out in the country.

John D. Bale, 17 Jan 1851 - Jan 1879. Son of Hardin and Esther Bale. Moved to Oakland Cemetery, not sure where originally buried.

Albert N. Goldsby, 2 May 1849 - 16 May 1850. Son of James Bingley Goldsby and Almira Graham Goldsby. Grandson of Mentor Graham and Sarah Rafferty Graham.

Almira G. Graham Goldsby, 9 Mar 1825 - 24 May 1852. Daughter of Mentor and Sarah Rafferty Graham. Married James Bingley Goldsby on July 14, 1843. Her husband's obituary says he was buried at the Goldsby Cemetery (another name for the Felix Greene Cemetery).

Eliza Pierce Goldsby, 15 August 1819 - 8 August 1879, wife of (Rev.) William M. Goldsby

Eliza J. Goldsby, 31 Aug 1840 - 19 Nov 1852. Daughter of James and Elizbeth Bingley Goldby.

Elizabeth Bingley Goldsby, 9 Dec 1797 - 20 Oct 1840. Her mother was Elizabeth Morris, first married to
Revolutionary War veteran Lewis Bingley, and secondly to Zachariah Nance. Elizabeth Goldsby was born 9 December 1797 in James City County, Virginia; her maiden name was BINGLEY.

Elizabeth R. Goldsby, unknown - 21 May 1830.

James Goldsby, 20 Dec 1793 - 2 Dec 1854. Served as Sheriff in early Menard County. Long-time member of New Salem Baptist Church.

James Bingley Goldsby, 17 Sep 1821 - 28 Feb 1879. Husband of Almira G. Graham, daughter of Mentor Graham and Sarah Rafferty Graham. Second wife appears to have been Elizabeth Nancy Smith, born Nov 6, 1829, died Sep 17, 1911. Married Feb 2, 1854, in Richland, Ohio. Death notice/obituary of James B. Goldsby states that he was to be buried in the Goldsby Cemetery. He joined Richland Regular Baptist Church after the New Salem Church closed.

John Bingley Goldsby, Nov 1815 - 7 Jan 1843.

Lewis Bingley Goldsby, 5 Nov 1827 - 4 Jun 1846.

Margaret Caverno Goldsby, 23 Mar 1805 - 3 Apr 1868. Second wife of James Goldsby.

Nancy Goldsby, 1823 - 5 Jan 1843

Sarah E. Goldsby, 1851 - 19 Sep 1852. Daughter of James B. Goldsby and Almira G. Graham Goldsby. Grandaughter of Mentor Graham and Sarah Rafferty Graham.

Thomas B. Goldsby, unknown - 16 Feb 1843

Thomas W. Goldsby, 1838 - 1838

William M. Goldsby, 1824 - 27 Apr 1846

William M. Goldsby, 16 Oct 1818 - 29 July 1879, husband of Eliza Pierce Goldsby. He was a Missionary Baptist minister.

**Benjamin Graham, 1837 - 1839.

**Bennett Graham, 1838 - 1839.

**Elizabeth H. Graham, 1832 - 1860.

**Infant Graham, unknown - 24 Dec 1830. Infant son of William "Mentor" Graham and Sarah Rafferty Graham.

**Jeremiah Graham, 1780 - 1858. Father of William Mentor Graham.

**John Graham, unknown - unknown. Son of Elder Johnson and Cassandra Graham. Killed by lightning.

**Mary Graham, 1835 - unknown

**Mary Owen Graham, 1779 - 1855. Mother of William Mentor Graham. Wife of Jeremiah Graham.

**Nancy Ellen Graham, 1834 - 1850.

**Samuel O. ("Sandy") Graham, 1839 - 1870.

Sarah Rafferty Graham, 1803 - 24 Mar 1869. Mentor Graham and Sarah Rafferty Graham had 15 children, of whom six died in infancy, who are undoubtedly buried here.

**Sempter Graham, 1841 - 1841

**Septimus Graham, 1835 - 1840. There were fifteen children. Two died in Kentucky before they came to Illinois. Three or four died as infants or young children in Illinois. Names we have found are: Almira, Minerva, Elizabeth, Mary, William, Samuel, Septimus, Benjamin, Bennett, Sandy, Sempter, and Hardin (Harry). Some of the infants may not have been named.

**William Graham, 1834 - 1839.

Bowling Greene, 25 Jan 1786 - 13 Feb 1842.

**Elizabeth Betsy Summers Greene, 1805 - 1850. First wife of Felix Grundy Greene.

Elizabeth "Aunt Lizzie" Graham Greene, 13 Jun 1785 - 18 Aug 1869. Wife of William Griggs Greene. Devout member of New Salem Regular Baptist Church.

**Felix Grundy Greene, 16 Jul 1803 - 20 Aug 1854. Felix and Elizabeth Greene had 15 children, according to one source. Felix gave land for this cemetery, and also for the New Salem Regular Baptist Church, often referred to in derision as the Hardshell Baptist. Those who understand the doctrine know it is NOT a hard doctrine, but rather the sweet doctrine of the Bible, salvation by grace, which includes all who love God, (a far greater number than those who perform conditions prescribed by religious systems of men). Their fifteen children (subject to correction) were: Ivan Greene, born about 1825, in Logan Co., Ill.; Mary Greene, born 1827; Nancy Greene, born 1829; William Greene, born 1830; Matilda Greene, born 1832; Avery Greene, born 1834-1872; Jackson Greene, born 1836; Van Buren Greene, born 1836; Kelt Hardin Greene, born 1838; Elvira Greene, 1840-1842; Eadie Greene, 1842; Elizabeth Greene, 1844-; Amanda Greene, 1846; Ellen Greene, 1848; Felix Greene, 1850.

Jane McNulty Greene, 1828 - 13 Jan 1843.

John B. Greene, 1819 - 20 May 1842.

**Mary Jane Bale Greene, 1822 - 22 Aug 1848. Wife of Robert L. Greene. Sister in law of Felix G. Greene. Daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth "Betsy" Davis Bale. Death records show she was buried in the Goldsby Cemetery.

Nancy Potter Greene, 30 Dec 1793 - 20 Dec 1867.

Sarah Griggs Greene, 18 Feb 1755 - 22 Jan 1846.

William Griggs Greene, 1 Dec 1779 - 16 Dec 1848.

**Ruth Grider, 1876 - 17 Jan 1880. Death records show she was buried in Goldsby Cemetery.

James Hinds, 1790 - 16 Jun 1852. Member of New Salem Regular Baptist Church.

**Delila Hanes Keltner, 1811 - 10 Jul 1881. Death records show she was buried in the Goldsby Cemetery. Wife of Henry Keltner, son of Michael and Elizabeth "Betsy" Rogers Keltner.

**Michael Keltner, 1795-1876. His first wife is buried at Richland Baptist Cemetery. He later lived at New Salem.

Albert B. Kennedy, 15 Jan 1852 - 18 Mar 1907, son of Samuel and Minerva Graham Kennedy. Verify where he was buried.

Charles O. Kennedy, 1859 - 10 Mar 1862. Son of Samuel and Minerva Graham Kennedy.

Infant Kennedy, unknown - 17 Feb 1856. Son of Samuel and Minerva Graham Kennedy.

Lillian Kennedy, 1861 - 30 Oct 1862. Daughter of Samuel and Minerva Graham Kennedy.

Martha J. Kennedy, 1864 - 25 Mar 1865. Daughter of Samuel and Minerva Graham Kennedy.

Minerva J. Graham Kennedy, 8 May 1829 - 12 Nov 1865. Daughter of Mentor and Sarah Rafferty Graham.

Samuel L. Kennedy, 15 Dec 1827 - 12 Jan 1899 - Husband of Minerva J. Graham.

William V. Kennedy, Unknown - 9 Sep 1892, Son of Samuel and Minerva Graham Kennedy. Verify place of burial.

Catherine Ann Keltner Loyd, 11 Jan 1821 - 10 May 1876. Second wife of Tarleton Loyd.

Nancy Ann Hunter Loyd, 1776 - 1834. First wife of Tarleton Loyd.

Tarleton Loyd, 9 May 1784 - 14 Nov 1881. Member of New Salem Regular Baptist Church.

Jesse Maltby, 28 Mar 1782 - 23 Mar 1861.

Margaret Ferris Kennedy Maltby, unknown - 4 Nov 1851.

Silvia Holley Maltby, 31 Mar 1791 - 10 Feb 1846.

Cary Nance, 26 Mar 1809 - 25 Aug 1840, Son of Zachariah and Elizabeth Morris Nance, born in Green Co., Ky.

Elizabeth Morris Nance, 1771 - 11 Jan 1850.

Zachariah Nance, 5 May 1760 - 22 Dec 1835.

**George Neely, born about 1861, died July 18, 1879, age 18. Son of John Hiram and Sarah Haynes Neely.

**Elder Thomas Plaster, 1767 - 1845. Member and pastor of New Salem Regular Baptist Church.

**Mary Carter Plaster, 1773 - 1840. Wife of Elder Thomas Plaster.

Edward Bunn Potter, 14 Oct 1795 - 6 Apr 1863. Member of New Salem Regular Baptist Church.

Edward Bunn Potter, Jr., born 1835, died 20 Jan 1858, son of Edward Bunn Potter. Burial information uncertain.

Elijah Potter, 1813 - 1876. Younger brother of Edward Bunn Potter. Member of New Salem Regular Baptist Church.

Elizabeth Greene Potter, 1818 - 1888. Daughter of William Griggs Greene and Elizabeth Graham Greene.

Joseph W. Potter, 6 Jun 1828 - 1840. Son of Elijah and Elizabeth Potter.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Armstrong Potter, 9 Mar 1805 - 26 Feb 1886. Wife of Edward Potter.

**Grace Potter, 10 May 1881 - 22 Jul 1881. Daughter of Royal A. Potter.

Logan Reavis Potter, 23 Feb 1842 - 12 May 1843. Son of Edward Potter.

Robert Potter, 25 Jul 1823 - 25 Aug 1846. Son of Edward Potter. Died in Mexican War. Buried at sea.

Royal Potter, 14 Nov 1811 - 4 May 1878, Born in White Co., Ill., died Menard Co., Ill.

Catherine Davis Houghton Purkapile, 14 Oct 1817 - 22 Mar 1892. Third wife of James Purkapile. She joined Little Flock Church, Cass Co., Ill., in 1858. Married James Purkapile afterward.

**Hardin Wallace Purkapile, Jun 1878 - 1 Aug 1878. Son of John and Aurrie Purkapile. Death records show he was buried in Goldsby Cemetery.

James Purkapile, 7 Sep 1812 - 19 Jan 1878. Death records show he was buried in Goldsby Cemetery.

Janette Jane Nance Purkapile, 2 Apr 1818 - 2 Nov 1858. Second wife of James Purkapile.

Maryett Purkapile, 2 Jun 1849 - 23 Jan 1850, daughter of James Purkapile and second wife Janette Nance.

Polly Goldsby Purkapile, 1815 - 28 Oct 1835. First wife of James Purkapile.

Elizabeth Purkapile, infant daughter of James Purkapile and Janette Nance.

Infant daughter Purkapile, of James Purkapile and first wife Polly Goldsby Purkapile.

George C. Purvines, Unknown - 30 Nov 1852. Age 18 years, 6 months, 24 days.

John B. Purvines, Unknown - 19 Jan 1844.

Lydia L. Purvines, Unknown - 30 Aug 1851.

Martha A. Purvines, Unknown - 28 Sep 1872.

Mary Ann Purvines, Unknown - 4 Nov 1850.

Lyman Reeves, unknown - 19 May 1865. Verify if possible.

Willie Reeves, unknown - 9 Sep 1862. Verify if possible.

Elder James H. Senter, 13 Dec 1800 - 9 Sep 1845. Member and pastor of New Salem Regular Baptist Church.

Joseph Watkins, 15 Jan 1800 - 16 May 1867

Nancy Anne Greene Watkins, 20 Jul 1806 - 16 Dec 1866

James W. Watkins, 20 Jan 1782 - 22 Jan 1863. One source says buried on his own farm.

Christena W. Sarens Watkins, wife of James W. Watkins.

Adaline F. Wynne, 4 Mar 1824 - 4 Mar 1843. Daughter of Thomas and Mary "Polly" Bingley Wynne.

Elizabeth Wynne, 31 Dec 1821 - 18 Nov 1848. Daughter of Thomas and Mary "Polly" Bingley Wynne.

Harriet Wynne, 1825 - 15 Mar 1847. Daughter of Thomas and Mary "Polly" Bingley Wynne.

John G. Wynne, 2 Sep 1819 - 11 Dec 1843. Son of Thomas and Mary "Polly" Bingley Wynne.

Joshua W. Wynne, 1817 - 29 Sep 1836. Son of Thomas and Mary "Polly" Bingley Wynne.

Mary "Polly" Bingley Wynne, 19 Oct 1795 - 10 Oct 1840. Wife of Thomas Wynne.

Mary J. Wynne, 12 Jul 1828 - 16 Dec 1851. Daughter of Thomas and Mary "Polly" Bingley Wynne.

Thomas Wynne, Feb 1791 - 24 Dec 1845. Long-time member of New Salem Regular Baptist Church.


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