Diamond Grove Cemetery
DIAMOND GROVE CEMETERY
Jacksonville, Morgan County, Illinois
Thanks to Jeanie Lowe for the above pictures.
A huge Thank You to Earl Deatherage, a fellow researcher and Morgan
County native, and Mrs. Ruth Ann Stewart, my mother and also a Morgan County
native. Without the assistance of these two, the reading of Diamond Grove Cemetery
would still be in the initial stages. Both also assisted in accomplishing the
reading of Jacksonville East Cemetery which is available elsewhere on this web page.
Diamond Grove is a beautiful, large (approx. 44 acres) cemetery on gently rolling
ground in an area originally settled and called "Diamond Grove". It is in the southwest
corner of the city, directly south and next to Calvary Catholic Cemetery, and across
the road from Immanuel East Cemetery. The cemetery is filled
with huge beautiful stones, indicating the career success so many early settlers
earned after coming to the area.
Included in this listing is the large State Hospital Burial Section (graves which
are marked with stones, graves marked with only a cement post with a number, graves
not marked at all, and graves marked with metal name markers); burials in the Mausoleum; and the burial section for the Illinois Christian Home.
In addition, I've gone through the cemetery burial records (first published by
Florence Hutchison) and abstracted the burials for which we didn't find tombstones. These
burials can be identified by the ( ) surrounding the date and age and the "No Stone Found" entry
in the "Additional Inscription/Information column". The date
for these records is the burial date and NOT the death date. Generally, these early burial
records go back only to May 1, 1871 - records prior to that time have been lost. Florence's record
indicates that Diamond Grove was opened as a City Cemetery in 1866, however it is obvious from
reading the stones that this area was used as a cemetery prior to that time and that there were burials moved
here from other old cemeteries in the area.
As with any project this size which involves (1) transcribing information from a tombstone,
(2) recording it on paper and (3) typing the information into a computer, there will inevitably
be some errors. As always, I strive to keep errors to a minimum but am realistic enough to know
they exist. As you go through the reading and identify errors or duplicate entries, please let me know -
I'll research and correct them as quickly as possible. In the meantime, happy hunting!
Click below for
Overall Cemetery Plat Map State Hospital Section H Plat Map
These images may be very slow loading as they are rather large.
Note: A plat map for Section D (State Hospital Burials) can be found by going to the "Immanuel South"
Referencing Section H (State Hospital Burials):
Burials in A-1 Old Part (A1-op) have no markers at all with the exception of 3 or 4 family
markers) - these were the first burials in this section, starting on April 11, 1883.
Section A-2 Old Part (A2-op) are indicated by SH in the "Sec" column of
the Diamond Grove Burials. Florence Hutchison was instrumental in having individual stones placed on each of these graves.
Section A-3 Old Part (A3-op) are marked with a cement post which includes a number.
Section B-1 Old Part (B1-op) are marked with a cement post which includes a number.
Sections B-2 New Part (B2-np), and B-3 New Part are marked with cement posts which include a number.
Section B-4 New Part (B4-np) through Burial #984 are marked with cement posts & a number.
Section B-4 New Part (SH) burial #985 through B-5 New Part (SH), burial #1028 is marked with individual
markers which include a metal name plate and birth(if available) and death dates. These burials are indicated by
an "SH" in the Diamond Grove Cemetery Listing.
State Hospital burials following #1028 can be found in the "Immanuel East Cemetery Listing".
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