Burrus Cemetery

SW 1/4 NW 1/4, Section 2, Township 16N, Range 12W
Morgan County, Illinois

This cemetery was used for burials for many years before its legal deed was recorded on the land records of Morgan County. Not until Nov. 6, 1893 did William Burrus and Nancy J. Burrus, his wife, sell to (unnamed) trustees of Burrus Cemetery this small plot of ground high atop a bluff overlooking the Illinois River Valley. The land was conveyed for a buring ground only.

A visual description of the cemetery describes it as being about ? of a mile southeast of the junction of Boulevard Road and the Meredosia-Arenzville blacktop road. The cemetery is about 100 yeards south of the latter road. It is not possible to see the cemetery from the road. At the very pinnacle of a steep bluff, the unkept cemetery has a good fence and gate. A tree has fallen across some of the burials, knocking over and breaking several tombstones. No road or path leads to Burrus Cemetery which is one of many burial sites scattered atop the bluffs overlooking the valley of the Illinois River. Nearly all of them have something in common: they are difficult to find and hard to reach but fine scenic views are to be seen from them. While spending several hours searching for Burrus Cemetery, the compilers discovered that almost none of the surrounding population is aware that the cemetery exists. The compilers are indebted to Richard Webster of Jacksonville who knew of the cemetery's existence and to genial Mrs. Carl Tiemann who allowed trespass of her property for a visit to the cemetery.


Name Born Died Age Additional Inscription/Info.
BURRIS, Albert 19 Feb 1886 5y2m19d (No stone found - fm death cert.)
BURRUS, Alice Ann 9 May 1879 19y10d Wife of Wm. Burrus
BURRUS, Benjamin Martin 1 Apr 1880 4 May 1880 Son of T.J. & Eliza Burrus
BURRUS, Eliza 1849 1926
BURRUS, Ellen J. 14 Feb 1880 48y6m23d Wife of Thomas Burrus
BURRUS, Elmer 27 Jan 18?? Son of T.J. & Eliza Burrus
BURRUS, Emma L. 26 Aug 1879 12y10m14d Dau of T. & E.J. Burrus
BURRUS, Harry Andrew 20 Nov 1878 4 Dec 1878 Son of T.J. & Eliza Burrus
BURRUS, Nancy 6 Mar 1875 6y10d Dau of T. & E.J. Burrus
BURRUS, Nancy J. 2 May 1826 17 Sep 1896 Wife of Wm. Burrus
BURRUS, Paul C. 24 Jan 1894 30 Jun 1907 Son of Wm. & Sarah Burrus
BURRUS, Thomas - (Obit) 14 Aug 1828 31 Aug 1904 (No stone found)
BURRUS, Thomas J. 1847 1915
BURRUS, William - (Obit) 26 Apr 1820 10 Feb 1902
BURRUS, William Henry 6 Apr 1875 25 Nov 1896
COFFIN, Charles 28 Jan 1806 22 Jun 1863 Born in Newburyport, MA
LOUGHARY, Esther 28 Mar 1856 Wife of John Loughary
STEWART, Manerva A. 31 Jul 1859 6m5d Dau of J. & M.A. Stewart
STEWART, 2 Infant sons 15 Oct 1856 Son of J. & M.A. Stewart
WEBSTER, Alice Ann 1 Apr 1870 Wife of Thomas Webster
WEBSTER, Sarah Olive 13 Feb 1886 13y6m7d Dau of Thomas & Alice Webster
WEBSTER, Joseph E. 25 Oct 1869 1y9m11d Son of T. & A.A. Webster
Mother-in-law of Henry Kuhlmann ca 1947/57
Weathered fieldstone marker No lettering

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