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Little is known about the origins of this cemetery. On December 8, 1845, Henry Stevens received a government patent on the land and his son, Hiram, is buried here. The earliest remaining gravestones only date back to 1852; yet, the 1885 History of McHenry County Illinois claims it is one of the oldest cemeteries in the county. Perhaps it developed as a village burial ground during the period when Chemung was rapidly growing. It is also possible that it began as a church cemetery to serve the Methodists who organized in the area in 1846. The children of two Methodist ministers are buried here. By 1885 Chemung Cemetery was reported to be abandoned and unkempt, which corresponds to the time when the Methodists had a cemetery on their church grounds. The graveyard is currently maintained by the township and a resurgence of interest in recent decades has brought new stones here to join the old.
Chemung Cemetery is located in Chemung. Highway 173 to Island Road go south to Pagles Road. Go south 1/4 mile. The cemetery lies on the south side of the road.
Chemung Township Offices
807 8th Street
Harvard, IL 60033