Ruckman Cemetery - Vermilion County Illinois

Cemetery Name: Ruckman Cemetery

Location:  Pilot Township, south of Potomac

Approximate GPS Location 40.24927 -87.79162 (link to Google Map)

Description: Not much is known about Ruckman Cemetery, other then it was in Pilot Township and it was "bulldozed over". I've gotten a some more tips & information from a couple of people. It seems that the cemetery was bulldozed over in the late 1960's. Going East of 2600N (from Potomac-Collison Road), the cemetery would be on the North Side of the road behind the first farm house.

Another person had let me know that in the early 1950's that they remember seeing at least one stone lying in a gully, as they knew the person who had bulldozed the cemetery - giving the same general location.

I found the aerial photo of that area from the 1940's, and one little square of land could possible be the original location of the cemetery. (Marked on map with red circle & arrow) This square is no longer there in today's satellite pictures.

I hope to visit this are at some point, and check around the gullies & ditches to see if any stones can be found.

** From - Buried here: James Ruckman b. abt. 1786 d. aft. 1850. Possible his wife Mary Crume b. about 1785 d. aft. 1850 buried here also? **

If you have any additional information about this cemetery, please leave a comment below.

1940's Arial Map:

Overlay of current Satellite map over 1940's aerial photo:

Current Satellite map w/ Grid lines - if you have any information, feel free to list grid locations. (Like that "square" that looked like it might be the cemetery is around G8 on the below map.):





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Cheryl (Heuer) Reardon – Bloomington, IL
October 14, 2011 - 15:53
Subject: The Ruckman Cemetery

I lived my whole life in Collison as did all of my grandparents, great-grandparents...never heard of this cemetery. More specific directions. I know all of the roads and farm ground there. Would be interested to hear more.

Reply to Cheryl (Heuer) Reardon
October 15, 2011 - 13:53
Subject: Ruckman cemetery

The info here on this site is correct about Ruckmans location and demise of being bulldozed over. I found a cemetery in the woods and was told by a local Collison gentleman I had found Ruckmans when in fact what I had found was the Old Collison cemetery. I apologized earlier for this mistake. Ruckman cemetery no longer exists.

January 28, 2011 - 22:07

I must apologize to everyone. I was told that I was at Ruckman but after investigating further I believe that I was at Old Collison cemetery.

January 28, 2011 - 16:57

Hello Mr.Coan,

I visited Ruckman cemetery today. Yes it does exist and has a beautiful wrought iron fence all around it with a walk in gate. E mail me to discuss this cemetery.

Reply to Bob
Michelle Lustig – Lewiston, Idaho
May 12, 2011 - 03:02
Subject: Ruckman Cemetery

I am very interested in visiting the Ruckman Cemetery. It sound like there was some confusion on its location. Could you describe to me how to find it. I am not from the area so I would need pretty specific instructions. Thank you so much. Michelle

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