Hurricane Cemetery, Carterville, Illinois

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Location: Carterville, Williamson, Illinois, United Statesmap
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Cemetery Name: Hurricane Cemetery, also known as Carterville Hurricane Cemetery, and Old Hurricane Cemetery

Address: 1516 Main Street; Carterville, Illinois, 62918 Phone: 618-985-6327

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 37.7637° (37° 45' 49") Lon: -89.0542° (-89° 3' 15")


The first cemetery site was purchased in 1856 from Jasper and Aelsa Crain. The deed was dated 1860, and contained 5 acres of land. Additional acreage was purchased in 1892 from John Simeon and Louisa Stotlar McNeill, but the exact number of acres is not known. Prior to the original land purchase, burials had already been made on the site. The earliest known grave in this cemetery is believed to be that of John Stover (June 9, 1831-July 29, 1831), infant son of William and Nancy Stover. Other early graves surrounded or were near the Old Hurricane Church, founded in 1837. The church site has been moved at least twice since that time. Eventually, the church bell was moved to the Hurricane Memorial Church in Herrin, but people have continued to be buried at the cemetery. There are approximately 1,000 graves in Hurricane Cemetery.

On the 26th of February,1985, the Hurricane Cemetery Association organized and obtained ownership of the site. The board oversees the maintenance and care of the cemetery. The association is a non-profit charitable organization that accepts donations at this address: 620 S. 22nd, Herrin, IL, 62948 (618) 942-6543.

Source: Hurricane Cemetery Association Facebook Page

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