Notable Grave Sites

Notable Grave Site Map

Access a map of notable grave sites in Woodlawn Cemetery (PDF). The numbers on the map correspond with the following information about the grave sites.

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1. Daniel Harmon Brush

Daniel Harmon Brush was born in Vergennes, Vermont, on April 15, 1813. In 1829, Brush's older sister Mary and her husband, Alexander M. Jenkins, came to Brownsville in Jackson County, and he came with them. Brush held the offices of county clerk, circuit clerk, recorder, and probate judge between 1837 and 1847. In 1852, Brush learned that the Illinois Central Railroad would build a line through Jackson County. He purchased land in the middle of two stations planned for DeSoto and Makanda with the hope that he could persuade the railroad to build another station. He named the new town Carbondale.

After persuading his partners to reserve four town lots for churches, Brush began to build a town. He opened the town's first general store, sawmill, and grist mill and secured the Illinois Central freight house and woodshed contract. To shape the image of the new town, Brush and his partners inserted in the deeds of the town lots a provision that the lot was not to be used as a place for the sale of alcoholic beverages. Should such use be made on the land, it was to revert to the City, then be sold, and the proceeds given to the schools. Carbondale was to be a nonalcoholic town.

On April 23, 1861, eleven days after Confederates bombarded Fort Sumter, Brush carried an American flag to the Union House in Carbondale and summoned "all lovers of their country" to a public meeting to support the Union. When friends urged Brush to cancel the meeting to avoid violence, he replied that he would attend even if nobody else did and "would carry the flag or die in the effort." The next day, Brush enlisted as a private along with thirty others, which soon formed the nucleus of Company K of the 18th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Brush was elected as their captain.

Before the Civil War, Brush constructed a mansion that occupied the Public Library's land. Adjoining the family mansion stood the Brush School on the ground, which he donated to the town. On February 10, 1890, Brush went out to supervise some improvements to the school ground. A tree was being sawed down, and a rope had been attached to it to direct its fall. Brush wound the rope around his body to assist, but unexpectedly the tree fell in the opposite direction hurling Brush into the air. The fall to earth killed him instantly. Brush died at the age of 77.