|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Established in 1843, in Laona Township, Winnebago County, Illinois. The cemetery is located 5 miles north of Durand, Illinois on Center Road, about 1/2 mile south of of the Wisconsin state line.
The cemetery has mostly older monuments with the following family names: Cavanaugh,Dagnan,Fenlon,Fox, McDermott, McGraw, Nelson,Powers,Sammon.
Back of the Fenlon Cemetery Monument:
"In memory of the Fenlon Family, the early Catholic settlers and Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli O.P. All of who served this area. The plot was obtained by a land grant in 1843 to James and Peter Fenlon was then deeded in 1862 to the Diocese of Chicago."
The ground for the cemetery was donated by James Fenlon, a descendant of Patrick Fenlon who came from Ireland with his
wife and six children and settled in the Sugar River Precinct of Laona Township in 1836.
Any property owner in Laona Township was entitled to be buried in the township cemetery free of charge. A potter's field and space for itinerants was also provided . The Catholic cemetery
contains the graves of several members of the Fenlon family as well as the forbearers of several families still in the Laona area .
Patrick Fenlon's son Peter received a grant for the present day Bernard Highlands property in 1843-45 . The first Catholic
mass in the area was celebrated by a traveling priest in Peter Fenlon's log cabin .