Searle Cemetery - Vermilion County Illinois

Cemetery Name: Searle Cemetery

Location:  Oakwood Township, North East of Oakwood

GPS Location 40.12809 -87.73840 (link to Google Map)

Description:  Searle Cemetery is near where Webster School once stood. It is near Interstate 74 (in background of picture), but to get to the cemetery you have to take a short walk (about 1/2 mile) from the rest area located between Danville & Oakwood.

Pictures: I visited this cemetery in March 2006, and got pictures of all the stones I could find. I do plan to revisit this cemetery to take updated pictures & better quality pictures.

Link to Pictures: 17 pictures



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Nancy Reed – United States
September 04, 2013 - 21:46
Subject: William Reed

I hope this helps. I found William volunteering in St. Clair County, Il. for Moore's 2nd. Cavalry and there is a Reed's Blockade there that is now under the Mississippi River that was on his land. He may have only served from July 27, 1812 to Aug. 11, 1812 (perhaps while his land was threatened?)

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Judith Morris – Austin, Texas
May 26, 2013 - 22:11
Subject: William Sheldon Searle

Very very pleased (and impressed with your obvious dedication!) to find this site. William Sheldon Searle was my husband's great grandfather. It appears the only fairly legible tombstone there is that of William's son, Eddie. I noticed that you had planned to return and try to get some more legible photos. If you do, and there's one of William Sheldon Searl(e) that can be distinguished, we'd love to see it. I've linked most of his daughter, Alice's, children to their parents and it'd be great to see a photo there. Thanks for your very impressive, and exhausting (!) work.

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Michael A. Coan – Vermilion County Illinois
May 27, 2013 - 00:06
Subject: Searl Cemetery

Your timing is very good. A few weeks ago, the Searl Cemetery was rededicated - the cemetery was cleaned up, the headstones there were cleaned up and reset, and a new replacement stone for Edward Wilson & his wife Caroline (Searl) Wilson was placed.

They did probing and other work to make sure there are no other stones there, and only 5 headstone are there. (More depressions, so more burials). There are only stones for (1)Eleanor Harper, (2) Eddie Searl, (3) Caroline Wilson, (4) Edward H. Wilson, (5) Edward M. Wilson.

I've taken a lot of updated pictures of the cleaned up cemetery, just haven't had time to get this website updated. But sorry, there is not a stone for William Searl.

May 06, 2013 - 16:18
Subject: William Reed

Hi Nancy,
Just seeing your reply.
I'm in TX. Sorry, no where near Danville.
I'd be more than happy to combine our info. Are you on
I'd be happy to share my email with you, just privately somehow

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