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                                Burials in Old Cemeteries of Chicago
                               Notes & Comments on Various Locations
                                       Cook County, Illinois

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 Source: Helen Sclair ("The Cemetery Lady") with the Chicago Genealogical Society

"The Chicago City Cemetery opened at the southern end of what is now Lincoln Park
 in 1843.  As the result of a lawsuit filed against the city, the cemetery was
 closed to further burials in 1866.  Bodies and monuments were being removed as
 late as 1899.

 Across the street, the Roman Catholic Church opened the Catholic Cemetery, south
 of North Avenue at Dearborn, in 1843. The burials there were affected by the same
 lawsuit in 1866.  Removals from the Catholic Cemetery ceased ca. 1881.

 The land for the first Jewish burial ground in the state of Illinois, was purchased
 in the city cemetery in 1846.

 Many of the removals from the City Cemetery went to Graceland, Oakwoods, and Rosehill
 cemeteries in Chicago.

 Bodies from the Catholic Cemetery were moved to Calvary Cemetery in Evanston, and
 St. Boniface Cemetery in Chicago.

 Bodies from the Jewish burial ground are now located in Mt. Mayriv Cemetery in Chicago.

 A question often posed is, 'Were all of the bodies removed?' -- Not likely..."

 Further note from misc. sources:
 The lawsuit that forced the closing of these cemeteries was filed because people
 felt that these cemeteries were too close to Lake Michigan and would spoil the
 drinking water for the city.


File contributed for use in Cook County ILGenWeb by
        1999, Helen Sclair ("The Cemetery Lady") 
        with the Chicago Genealogical Society




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