Stearns Cemetery - Vermilion County Illinois

Cemetery Name: Stearns Cemetery

Location:  Oakwood Township, North East of Fithian

GPS Location 40.12716 -87.86039 (link to Google Map)

Description:  From a Sept 1, 1957 Commercial-News article: "Two brothers, Harrison and Seneca Stearns, came from Clinton County, Ohio in 1836 and settled near the site of the old cemetery. In 1852, a group of the early pioneers formed the Walker Point Baptist Church. Seneca donated the land to be used for the burying ground and his brother, Harrison, gave the land for the church. The old church was located just across the road from the cemetery. First person buried in the cemetery was Hanna Stearns, mother of Seneca & Harrison. The original grant of land was approximately 3 acres. Around 1950, Winfred LeFevre, who owned the land around the cemetery, died and did not have anyone to leave his land to - and he willed his land to the cemetery association. That land is used to farm and the proceeds are used to care for the old cemetery. This land has been divided into lots and as it is needed, parts are opened to burials." [again - article is from 1957]

Pictures: I took pictures of EVERY stone in this cemetery in September 2008.

Link to Pictures: 3,875 pictures (50 on a page, 78 pages)



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There are 5 comments
Sue Rodriguez
August 27, 2013 - 12:08
Subject: Kay L Maxwell

I cannot find your phone number. I would like to have a copy of Kay L. Maxwell's obituary. She passed away March 30, 2011. If I knew which funeral home handled her arrangements I could contact them. Can you help me out?

Barry Lechowicz – blue island
July 09, 2013 - 19:27
Subject: help

I cannot find your phone number. My friends wife is passing from cancer. He cannot, we cannot find the phone number anywhere; your webpage, phone book, on the paperwork, anywhere. She has a plot there and he has the paperwork. He just has some questions. It is sort of far and he doesn't have the time to drive there. Can you please email me the number please.

I really appreciate the help,
Thank you,

Reply to Barry Lechowicz
Michael A. Coan – Vermilion County Illinois
July 09, 2013 - 20:37
Subject: Phone Number

I will send you a direct e-mail with a phone number that I've found.

Edgar Bantz – Galesburg, IL 61401
January 27, 2011 - 21:36

Enjoyed your comments on Stearns. My parents, Grandparents & many other family members lay at Stearn's. What I remember is the old Bantz homestead was just across the gravel road from Stearns near I 74.
Thanks for the story..........Ed Bantz

Reply to Edgar Bantz
Linda Williams – Covington, Indiana
October 03, 2011 - 18:16
Subject: Bantz

My family is also there and I spent many happy hours at the Bantz homestead when I was kid. Our families were good friends, parents and grandparents. Good times.

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