Sangamon County Home

aka County Poor Farm/Alms House

SE 1/4 SE 1/4 Section 12
Mechanicsburg Township
Sangamon County Illinois

Entrance gate to Cemetery above with picture on right taken inside gate looking west.


Brick building is all that is left of the Farm.
Picture on right is what we believe to be the remnants of a gas light that was interesting.

Located East of Buffalo off of Old Route 36. The remnants of an old brick building on the grounds of the former Sangamon County Poor Farm/Alms House can be seen from the road. This is not the road to turn is the next farmers lane going east, turn right, go 1/2 mile south to a jog in the road. It adjoins the Farm grounds on the East. The cemetery is fenced in and is in deplorable condition. It was impossible to determine if there were any stones or lot markers due to the grass/brush being thigh high. Members of the Sangamon County Genealogical Society reported in 1982 that the cemetery was mowed and that one stone was standing and numerous lot markers were seen.

This is a large fenced area, covering a few acres and could possibly hold well over 100 burials.

Only stone still standing as seen by a nearby farmer and reported to us:

DONOVAN, Savilla T., d/o John & Eliza Crider, wife of Richard Donovan, b 6 Mar 1847 - d 19 Jan 1901.

I have begun to review the records that sometimes list burials, so will list just a few that I have found that are possibly buried there and will try to add more as time permits:

ARMSTRONG John, age 56, d 19 Apr 1890
BERRY Thomas, age 41, d 1 Mar 1890
CLAYPOOL Peter, age 41, d 16 Jan 1888
DUNHAM Lucy, age 45, d 14 Jan 1890
FLOWERS Lucy, age 69, d 28 Apr 1889
GARDNER William, age 60, d 16 Jan 1889
GRAFTON Carry, age 15, d 5 May 1889
HOWARD Hattie & child (col), age 19, d 5 Mar 1889
HAGWALL J. G., age 38, d 28 Feb 1889
HENDERSON Emily, age 47, 31 Jul 1890 JACOBY Mary J, age 61, d 7 Apr 1889
KASE Jacob, age 70, d 11 Dec 1889
McDILL R F, age 63, d 23 Dec 1889
PETERS Jacob, age 72, d 22 Dec 1889
PAYTON George (col), age 38, d 12 Jul 1889
PHELAN Ellen, age 41, d 9 Nov 1889
TRENT William, age 60, d 29 Oct 1888

Sangamon Cemetery Index Page

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