The history of Kinder Cemetery is, to a great, extent, a history of a local Baptist church and its membership. In 1830, Thomas Kinder with his family, setting on Section 11, Cahokia Township (cemetery location ) where he made an improvement (living quaters). The first preacher in the area was William Burg, a United Baptist, who came about 1834 and held the first meeting at the residence of James Caulk. Larkin Craig was also an early preacher here. In about 1840, the United Baptists built the first church in the area on land owned by Thomas Kinder in Section 2 which is directly north of and adjacent to Section 11. Being built of hewn logs, it soon caught fire and was destroyed. This was, beyond a doubt, the location of the first Oakland Baptist Church that was organized in 1842, 12 years before the town of Clyde (Hornsby) was platted. However, after the laying out of Hornsby (Clyde) in 1854, the United Baptists built their Oakland Baptist Church on lots 11 and 12 or block 10.
in 1857, Thomas Kinder and wife transferred to trustees Jerimia Eaton, George Bayless and Watson Duncan of Oakland Cemetery the following parcel:
One lot of 57 acres at the SW corner of said lot commencing 11 rods east of corner of said lot of 57 acres, at a stake, thence east 13 rods, thence north 13 rods, thence west 13 rods, thence south to point of beginning. It being the west 1/2 of the NW1/2 of Section 11, T8, R6, containing 1 (one) acre.
After 25 years it was found necessary to buy an additional tract as most of the space was taken. In 1881 they bought from T. J. Wilhite, a strip along the north side and a tract on the west. The deed transferring the titel to the land for the addition also includes the original tract, and read as follows:
THE GRANTORS, Thomas J. Wilhite and Hannah Wilhite, his wife, for the some of $30.00 convey and quit claim to George W. Duncan, James T. Wilton and Jeremiah Snook, trustees of the Oakland Graveyard, all interest in the following real estate:
Commencing at a stone 64 rods north of the1/2 section corner on the west side of Section 11, T8 North, R6 West of the Third Principal Meridian, thence East 24 rods; thence North 15 rods and 5 links; thence West 24 rods, thence South 15 rods and 5 links to the place of beginning, containing 2 1/2 acres, more or less. (Note: This plat contains 2.28 acres)
This deed is dated March 31, 1881 and was recorded in the office of the Recorder of Deeds for Macoupin County, Illinois on June 6, 1893 in Book "EM" of Quit Claim Records on Page 456. On the west side of Kinder Cemetery is a public road but it has been abandoned because it is rough and ditches had to be crossed. The trustees then made arrangements to buy the land to the north side of the cemetery for additional burying ground and also to lay a new road.
In 1929, a second addition was made to the cemetery. This land was donated by Mr. Ohlman. It is a long strip 165 feet wide and is to the north of the original, giving the cemetery and "L" shape.
The deed conveying the title to the land reads as follows:
THE GRANTORS, Louis H. Ohlman, the only heir-at-law of Henry Ohlman, deceased, and Lydia Ohlman, his wife, in consideration of $1.00 warrant to Charles L. Mitchell, Horace Drennan and E. L. Duncan, Trustees of Oakland Cemetery, now known as Kinder Cemetery, and their successors in office, the following described real estate, to-wit:
Commencing at a point on the west line of the NW1/2 of Section 11, T8 North, R6 West at the NW corner of the tract of land heretofore deeded to the trustees of the Oakland Graveyard and to their successors in office and running thence North along the said West line of said quarter section 32 rods; thence East 10 rods to a stone; thence south 32 rods to a stone and to the North ine of said land so deeded to the trustees of Oakland Graveyard and thence West along the North line of said graveyard tract of land, 10 rods to the point of beginning containing 2 acres of land, more or less, intending hereby to convey a tract of land 10 rods wide and 32 rods long adjoining the land known as Oakland Cemetery, now Kinder Cemetery, as heretofore deeded to the trustees of said graveyard as shown by deeded filed for record in the Recorders Office of Macoupin County, Book "CB" page 70. This deed dated May 19, 1929 and recorded May 29, 1929 in Vol. 342 of Deed Records. page 599.