Bequeiath Cemetery sits off Wagonseller Road in Tazewell County
Hidden off the beaten path in Tazewell County is Bequeiath Cemetery, home to one of the Veterans of the war of 1812. The Cemetery is located off the Wagonseller blacktop about a mile behind the Marine Corps league surrounded by fields.
Buried in Bequeiath Cemetery is Captain Joseph Bequeiath who died in 1839, a Veteran of the war of 1812. He was of Russell's Battalion, Ohio Militia Drummer for Captain James Right mire's Company,
and served from Sept. 6, 1814 to March 5, 1815.
The headstone has been patched back together, broken into 3 different pieces, and reset in concrete. When Tazewell County Historic Places Society worked on restoration of Bequeiath Cemetery, they found the stone of Joseph Bequeiath. The Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission is searching for all War of 1812 Veterans who are buried in the State of Illinois.
The Tazewell County Board appointed Museum President Christal Dagit as the commissioner for the Civil War and the War of 1812. Christal says that most people do not realize that Illinois was pivotal during this time, especially here in Tazewell, Woodford, and Peoria counties.
Most people think they knew of the Star Spangled Banner being fired upon by the British. The War of 1812 culminated the Revolutionary War and defined us a Nation. After receiving her credentials from the County, Christal contacted the Illinois Historical Society to see what they had planned for the War of 1812, that was because she knew of all the Central Illinois history.
After that call, they decided to do a Historical symposium, one a year. They settled on doing it in East Peoria. They have been having regular bi-monthly meetings on the war of 1812. An official call for research papers by the Illinois State Historical Society. They have included the call for papers, advertising, and announcing the war of 1812 symposium in East Peoria for April of 2012.