Berkey Cemetery

Section 17, Township 15N, Range 10W
Morgan County, Illinois

Berkey (perhaps misspelled) was situated on the southwest corner of North Church and West Walnut streets in Jacksonville. Walter Vernon Opperman, who lived in the neighborhood as a child and young man, remembers playing amongst the tombstones. When the house at 987 North Church was built, it is reported that a coffin was found while digging the basement. Duirng the late 1950s and until about 1972 the site of the cemetery was a tangle of brush around what appeared to be a brick foundation. About 1972 the area was bulldozed and is, in 1974, a flat, grassy, empty lot, with many remnants of broken stones and concrete scattered about.


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