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Oak Grove Cemetery


Oak Grove Cemetery, at the end of West Tremont Street, was laid out in 1843 on 4 2/3 acres of ground originally set aside as a public burial ground by John Tillson, Jr. The first meeting of the Oak Grove Cemetery Association was held March 29, 1843, when James Blackman was chosen chairman, and John Hayward, secretary. On July 29 of that year, thirty-two lots were sold at public auction. Harry Wilton purchased lot number one for nine dollars.
In 1870 the directors of the cemetery instructed the superintendent to keep a record of the deceased "including the age, sex, and disease of which they die." A tract of ground was set aside for the burial of strangers and those unable to pay for lots.
In 1894 the association purchased five acres from Charles Seymour, and in 1922 it acquired another five acres from Mrs. Sarah Seymour. A mausoleum was constructed in 1913.
Records fail to disclose the exact number of graves. Old stones, almost smooth from time and weather, show deaths as early as 1831, twelve years before the association was formed. The only Negro buried in Oak Grove is Martha, the servant of "Uncle Joe" and "Aunt Jane" Eccles. She is buried on the Eccles lot.
A monument erected by F. D. Hubbel Post No. 403 and the Woman's Relief Corps, at the entrance of the cemetery, commemorates the soldier dead. There are 225 military graves, which are given special attention by the American Legion and Veterans' Organizations.
A few feet south of Oak Grove is the well-kept St. Agnes Cemetery for those of the Catholic faith. St. Agnes cemetery has nine soldiers' graves.

Taken from: “Hillsboro Guide” 1940

Current Contact Info:
Oak Grove Cemetery Association
P.O. Box 392
Hillsboro, IL 62049

 Oak Grove Cemetery Location

U.S. Geological Survey:
Latitude: 39.1553254
USGS Feature # 414771
Longitude: -89.505088
USGS Link: View Feature
Township Location:
More Information:
Section: 11
Description: SE 1/4 of NW 1/4
Active? Yes
Cemetery # 08-04-03 
Page View Count = 6620
Photo Provided By: Historical Society
Location:West of town at the end of Tremont Street.
Recently Updated Cemetery Records
Orville Earl Booher
Date of Death: 1994
William D. Shirley
Date of Death: 1876
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Date of Death: 2014
Diane Boyd
Date of Death: 1958
Ruth Emily (Martin) Welge
Date of Death: 1989
Sarah Jean (Welge) Ernst
Date of Death: 2014
Harry Walter Loskot
Date of Death: 2014
Alberta Isabelle (Evans) Barringer
Date of Death: 2014
Idabel Evans
Date of Death: 2012
Margaret Ann Burdsal Woolard
Date of Death: 2000
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