Friday, July 19, 2013

Brian Cemetery

On a  previous blog we mentioned that Brian Cemetery had a new sign.  

Sumner Press May 22nd 1890

"An interesting spot to visit is the old cemetery on the Brian Homestead farm, about 5 miles south west of town. It is said to be the oldest graveyard in this section of the country, it is the last resting place of many of the first settlers and pioneers. Many of the graves are beyond identification, and it is not unusual in digging new graves to discover an old one or very near the same place. Many of the tombstones are simply irregular slabs of stone and one can still distinguish faint remains of names that had been rudely cut into the stone with a knife or chisel. Right over the grave of a child there grows a gigantic evergreen, planted there by loving hands many long years ago. The dates on some of the tombstones indicate that the graves are approaching 70 years old, and some beyond identification are doubtless older. There are between 400 and 500 graves on the little spot of ground."

Brian Cemetery is located west of Lawrenceville Il and South of Sumner Il  --17.4 Miles (about 29 minutes) from Lawrenceville, Il. From Lawrenceville travel west on Rt 250 approximately 9.6 miles to Sumner, turn right onto Christy Ave.  Christy Ave turns into Co Rd 250 East. Travel 4.2 mils on Co Rd 250 east, turn right on Co Rd 600 N. Travel approximately 2 miles, cemetery is on the right. 

Irene Black Cemetery Book only had about 200 names listed when the stones were read in 1976, but KB has 270 photos of stones.   Thanks to KB for the directions and the information listed below.    

Surnames of some of the folks at rest there are:  

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