God's Acre Cemetery - Vermilion County Illinois

Cemetery Name: God's Acre Cemetery

Also Known As: Butler Cemetery, Butler Burying Grounds

Location:  Catlin Township, South-West of Catlin

GPS Location 40.0568 -87.7172 (link to Google Map)

Description:  God's Acre Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the county. The first burial was either in 1822 or 1831, the last burial was in 1896. Some say there are 108 known burials, forty of them under the age of 10. 7 Civil War Veterans along with 3 War of 1812 Veterans.

NOT OPEN TO PUBLIC. This cemetery is not opened to the public. The "God's Acre Road" leading back to the cemetery is blocked off at the Rail Road Tracks, and permission from officials at Catlin would be needed to visit the cemetery.

Pictures: I took pictures of EVERY stone in this cemetery in April 2010, and also included 21 picture taken in 2006 at the end of the picture gallery. Also took 2 video's linked below in April 2010, and created the picture index in September 2011.

Link to Pictures: 586 pictures (50 on a page, 12 pages)

Internment List: I created this internment list (INDEX OF PICTURES) using my pictures, along with old cemetery readings and any other records that could be found. I have also created a similar list for the IGHS (Illiana Genealogical & Historical Society) that includes additional information then what is found here, so please check them out if you are looking for additional information. PLEASE NOTE: I do NOT guarantee the list of be 100% accurate or correct. If you have any additional information or corrections, please feel free to add a note below. Also PLEASE do not copy the list & call it your own - give credit back to COAN.NET or to this site, VermilionCounty.info. Thanks

[Link to Internment List]

Video: Below are a couple of quick overview video's of God's Acre Cemetery. These were taken April 2010. Please note: These video's are NOT "professional" or to be used to read stones or anything like that.... these are simple to show a quick "overview" of the cemetery. For those who may never be able to visit this cemetery in person, these video's are here to show a quick "overview" of the area.





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There are 2 comments
Lee Pritchard Kershner – Lake Forest, IL
May 29, 2013 - 19:42
Subject: Farmland owner

My great great grandfather, John Milton Douglass' second wife (who was blind) is buried in this cemetery. Was the cemetery originally located on his farmland?

Larry Holman – Danville, Illinois
August 01, 2012 - 17:49
Subject: Took me back to the eary 60's

Thanks for all your work. I was born in Catlin and remember as kids going to God's Acre and the walking stick insects.

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