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Dillon Cemetery-Benton Co., MO

Dillon Cemetery-Benton County, Missouri


Resorted and surveyed by Sterling Swearngin


Legal Description:  Section 17, Township 41, Range 21, Cole Township, Benton County, MO


Transcribed from The Dillon Cemetery, Benton County, MO by Sterling Swearngin.



Surname First Birth Death Inscription
Attwood Charlie Scott —– 1912 —–
Ball Ann —– —– —–
Ball W. —– —– —–
Craig Leona —– —– —–
Dillon Ethel Carrico April 1907 April 1927 —–
Carrico James December 1842 December 1918 —–
Carrico Chloe Ann August 1839 November 1913 —–
Carrico M.W. —– —– —–
Carrico Roy June 1898 July 1922 —–
*see note        
Cole Oliver January 1895 October 1899 —–
Dillon Elizabeth —– —– —–
Dillon James September 1847 February 1920 —–
Dillon Serena October 1854 June 1910 —–
Dillon Idella November 1879 October 1908 —–
Dillon Pvt. Samuel (Jack) July 1830 November 1913 Confederate Veteran Civil War
Dillon Volumino A. (Jeans) February 1832 December 1897 —–
Ferguson Dan A. October 1880 March 1929 —–
Fuller Mahillia —– —– —–
Hoover Capt. Fredrick 1837 1909 Union Veteran Civil War
Rose Serrena Belle November 1881 August 1900 —–
Rose John E. —– —– —–
Rose Ralph L. —– —– —–
Robinson Wayne Grant December 1862 March 1912 —–
Trump D.C. 1842 September 1900 —–
Swearngin Alza June 1879 June 1880 —–
Swearngin Mary K. (McClure) 1861 June 1880 —–
Swearngin Sterling F. March 1822 Jan. 1899 —–
Swearngin Eliza J. (Roeton) June 1829 March 1898 —–
Swearngin Pearly October 1894 September 1898  
Walthall Margaret E. —– —– —–
White Mary Ethel 1897 1912 —–
Yach John Q. May 1861 June 1928 —–
Have Infant —– —– Son of Lewis Have
Have Frank and Twin Brother —– —– —–
Ludjen Brothers of Anna Ludjen —– —–  
K. S. —– —– —–


*note:  Carrico:  12 Limestone Rocks, No Dates, stone placed by older family members to mark graves.  All children died very young of an infection.


From the listing:

            “The history of this resting place for many of the residents from the area continues to grow.

A stone for PVT Samuel J. Dillon, a Confederate Civil War veteran, has been placed in the past year.  PVT Dillon was the son of Thomas J. Dillon and Obedience Tyree Dillon, PVT Dillon was born July 9, 1830, in Franklin County, Virginia.  The family moved to Missouri in the mid 1830’s, settling in Cole Township of Benton County, Missouri.  PVT Samuel J. Dillon was united in marriage to Volumina Jeans on April 25th, 1852.  Volumina was the sister of Clay Jeans, the Benton County sheriff, who was killed in a shoot-out on Main Street in Warsaw in April 1885.

     John Tyree, Samuel Dillon’s uncle was executed by rebel force near Ball Town, just before the battle of Cole Camp.  The rebels thought he was a spy for the Union Army.  Samuel Jackson Dillon served as a PVT with Co. F., 8th Regiment Missouri State Militia Calvary from April 1st, 1862 through March 31, 1865.  PVT Dillon’s horse, valued at $100, also served during the same period.

     Once the war was over, Mr. Dillon returned to his family near Edmonson, Missouri.  He worked his farm until his death November 19th, 1913.  The old soldier was laid to rest beside his wife, Volumina Jeans.”


I have not been to the cemetery but plan to visit soon.  It is located just off of Hwy H in Benton County, Missouri.  Sterling Swearngin has done a tremendous amount of work restoring this family cemetery.  I have been told many of the stones were removed and used as foundation for a house in the area.  This might account for the lack of tombstones in local cemeteries for Thomas Dillon’s family.  They may have once been in this cemetery.