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Our Genealogy Helper for Mount Pleasant ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Mount Pleasant (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Mount Pleasant. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for Mount Pleasant ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Mount Pleasant.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mount Pleasant: Mt. Pleasant

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Mount Pleasant is located in Henry County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Henry County: Des Moines, Jefferson, Lee, Louisa, Van Buren & Washington.

Below are the counties that are near Mount Pleasant. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Mount Pleasant:

Henry     (The home county for Mount Pleasant)
  Oakland Mills   [Map]     SW   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Westwood   [Map]     W   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Rome   [Map]     W   7 miles [11.3 km]
  New London   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Salem   [Map]     SW   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Swedesburg   [Map]     N   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Mount Union   [Map]     NE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Olds   [Map]     N   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Lowell   [Map]     SE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Hillsboro   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Wayland   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Des Moines
  Yarmouth   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Danville   [Map]     SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Middletown   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Dodgeville   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mediapolis   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sperry   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  West Burlington   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Burlington   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Patterson   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Lockridge   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Pleasant Plain   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Fairfield   [Map]     W   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Maharishi Vedic City   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Libertyville   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Packwood   [Map]     W   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Abingdon   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Batavia   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Linby   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Pekin   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Lone Tree   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Hills   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Richland   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Ollie   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Keota   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Harper   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Martinsburg   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Kinross   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Houghton   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Russellville - Historic   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Saint Paul   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  White Lane - Historic   [Map]     S   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Pilot Grove   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Mount Hamill   [Map]     S   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Big Mound   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  West Point   [Map]     S   18 miles [29 km]
  Denmark   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Franklin   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Primrose   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Sawyer   [Map]     SE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Wyman   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Morning Sun   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cotter   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Columbus Junction   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Wapello   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Elrick Junction   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Oakville   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Grandview   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Letts   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Conesville   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fruitland   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Muscatine   [Map]     NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Van Buren
  Stockport   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Birmingham   [Map]     W   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Bonaparte   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Farmington   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Keosauqua   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Douds   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Leando   [Map]     W   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Mount Sterling   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Selma   [Map]     W   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Cantril   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Milton   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Eldon   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Competine   [Map]     W   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Agency   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Cliffland   [Map]     W   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ainsworth   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Washington   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rubio   [Map]     NW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  West Chester   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Kalona   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Wellman   [Map]     NW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Hancock (IL)
  Niota (IL)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Pontoosuc (IL)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Nauvoo (IL)   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Dallas City (IL)   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Colusa (IL)   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Adrian (IL)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Burnside (IL)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Ferris (IL)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  La Harpe (IL)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Henderson (IL)
  Gulf Port (IL)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Carman (IL)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Gladstone (IL)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Oquawka (IL)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Lomax (IL)   [Map]     SE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Biggsville (IL)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Stronghurst (IL)   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Media (IL)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
Mercer (IL)
  New Boston (IL)   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Keithsburg (IL)   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Eliza (IL)   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Joy (IL)   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Seaton (IL)   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
Clark (MO)
  Revere (MO)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Clark City (MO)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kahoka (MO)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wayland (MO)   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Luray (MO)   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Mount Pleasant, see our County-by-County Page for Mount Pleasant.

Cemeteries Near Mount Pleasant ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mount Pleasant.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Mount Pleasant covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SW Mt. Pleasant Cemetery   [Map]     
  S St. Alphonsus Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Scott Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  SW Home Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Williford Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Robinson Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  SE Pleasant Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Ebeneezer Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Oakland Mills Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Faulkner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Abraham Farm Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Old Richwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Richwoods Cemetery (Old)   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Point Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pickard Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Traxler Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW New Richwoods Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Richwoods Cemetery (New)   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  W Cholera Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Cedar Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Cedar Creek Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Carnahan Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Beery Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brooks Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  S Hunting Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Abbe Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Burge Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Morman Graves   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SSW East Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Trinity Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Sheridan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Roth Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Messer Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW White Oak Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Grant Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Crane Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Lambirth Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW South Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  S East Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Boyleston Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Finley Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Farlow Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Ferrel Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Tallman Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Swedesburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Green Mound Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Shepherd Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Worhies Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Hicks Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Bethany Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Lowell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Old Finley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Baptist Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Millersburg Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Upland Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gilmore Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Mount Pleasant ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 166 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mount Pleasant.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Mount Pleasant. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Mount Pleasant and those printed in the larger area surrounding Mount Pleasant.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 29 miles [46.7 km] of Mount Pleasant.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Mount Pleasant had a population of 3,997 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Mount Pleasant had a population of 8,737 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Mount Pleasant, with the one closest to Mount Pleasant listed first.

Oakland Mills   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Mount Pleasant
 - 1895 population of 56 people
 - Oakland Mills had a post office and railroad service
Traxler - Historic   [Map]
 - While Traxler was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Mount Pleasant
 - Traxler had a post office and no railroad service
Denova   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mount Pleasant
 - Denova had a post office and railroad service
Rome   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the West (W) from Mount Pleasant
 - 1895 population of 284 people (with 113 people in 2018)
 - Rome had a post office and railroad service
Salem   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mount Pleasant
 - 1895 population of 551 people (with 381 people in 2018)
 - Salem had a post office and railroad service
New London   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Mount Pleasant
 - 1895 population of 580 people (with 1,846 people in 2018)
 - New London had a post office and railroad service
Trenton   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mount Pleasant
 - 1895 population of 162 people
 - Trenton had a post office and no railroad service
Swedesburg   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the North (N) from Mount Pleasant
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Swedesburg had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Mount Pleasant. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mount Pleasant in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Mount Pleasant:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Iowa to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Henry County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Des Moines County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Lee County:     Cyndi's



Louisa County:     Cyndi's



Muscatine County:     Cyndi's



Van Buren County:     Cyndi's



Wapello County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Hancock County (IL):     Cyndi's



Henderson County (IL):     Cyndi's



Mercer County (IL):     Cyndi's



Clark County (MO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Henry County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Iowa, for Henry County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Iowa
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Mount Pleasant ...

While our initial data about Mount Pleasant came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Mount Pleasant in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Mount Pleasant.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Mount Pleasant:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Mount Pleasant in these Censuses: 2010-1970. See our Census Page for Mount Pleasant for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Mount Pleasant. See our Misc Page for Mount Pleasant for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Iowa

About Henry County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Mount Pleasant. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Henry County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mount Pleasant) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Mount Pleasant. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Mount Pleasant

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mount Pleasant. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 40.9671, Longitude: -91.5475     [Map].

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Mount Pleasant, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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