St. Clair County
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
1. Electronic website http://www.graveyards,com/bin/grave?id=1222 (here erroneously called "Badsby Cemetery".)
2. When William Bradsby first came north from Kentucky, the present state of Illinois was part of the Indiana Territory and consisted of three counties: St. Clair, Randolph and a small portion of Knox. By an act of Congress the Illinois Territory was created on 1 March 1809 and consisted then of only St. Clair and Randolph Counties.
The Bradsby-Higgins Cemetery is a small family burying ground located off Midgley-Niess Road about one-half mile east of the intersection with Illinois State Route 4, one and one-half miles north of Lebanon, Illinois in Saint Clair County at latitude 38E 37' 28" N, longitude 89E 47' 52" W1 in Lebanon Township. Its legal description is 0.5 ac NWNW S17, T2N. R6W.
The cemetery is about one hundred and fifty yards south of Midgley-Niess at the junction between two fields. A few of the old trees that once formed the boundary still stand and can be used as a reference point if you are pushing your way through a corn field.
William, the eldest son of James and Mary Bradsby came to the Indiana Territory 3 in the spring of 1804 from Barren County Kentucky. He cleared a plot of land and raised a crop of corn next to Silver Creek about three miles north of present Lebanon, Illinois. In the fall of that year James and Mary brought the rest of the family to join him and the Higgins family came as well 4. Thus the Bradsby and Higgins settlements in Saint Clair County were born.
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