sassy jane genealogy John Mackie and Janet Mackie illinois knox countyToday’s Tombstone Tuesday is about John Mackie and Janet Mackie, from my husband’s side of the family. On our big road trip this spring, we detoured to go through Galesburg, Illinois, because I was looking for the grave of his great-great-grandmother, Mary Kinsley Curtis. We found her in the wonderful little Parker family cemetery along the banks of the Spoon River.We also found my husband’s other great-great grandparents, John and Janet Mackie, in the same small cemetery.

The inscription reads:

But seek ye first the kingdom of
God, and his righteousness
and all these things
shall be added unto you.


  • Birth:     27 Aug 1826, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Death:     3 Dec 1899, Cumming, Warren, Iowa
  • Burial:     6 Dec 1899, Parker Cemetery, Truro Twp., Knox, Illinois
  • Father:     Matthew MacKIE  (1792-1867)
  • Mother:     Jean ANDERSON (1791-1836)

The History of Knox County, Illinois; Together With Sketches Of The Cities, Villages And Townships; Record Of Its Volunteers In The Late War; Educational, Religious, Civil And Political History; Portraits Of Prominent Persons And Biographical Sketches, published in 1878, has an entry for:

Mackie, John, farmer, born in Scotland, March, 1824. His parents, Mathew and Jane, were natives of the lowlands of Scotland; was sent to private school in his native country, and while yet quite young began work in the mines; was married April 17, 1846, to Miss Janett McFadyen, who bore him 9 children, 4 boys and 5 girls; came to America in 1848 and settled in Knox Co., and has lived here since; has held the office of School Director and Road Commissioner in Truro township; early in life united with the Presbyterian Church, but later joined the Christian Church, which he has served as Deacon. Independent. P.O. Truro.


  • Birth:     5 Feb 1828, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
  • Death:     23 Aug 1903, Williamsfield, Knox, Illinois
  • Burial:     25 Aug 1903, Parker Cemetery, Truro Twp., Knox, Illinois
  • Marriage:     17 Apr 1846, Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland

I’ve posted on Surname Saturday about searching for Janet’s birth record with mixed success, but their marriage record and John’s baptism record were easy to find. sassy jane genealogy John Mackie and Janet Mackie knox county illinoisAfter the cemetery, we headed to the Knox County courthouse. While we were waiting for some records, I spied a county map on the wall and lo and behold the land around the family cemetery was still owned by Mackies! When I got home, I wrote and received a lot of excellent information in reply from Mrs. Helen Mackie. She enclosed a family cookbook and John and Janet Mackie are on the cover. Isn’t that great? I wish all my cemetery trips paid off so handsomely.