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This cemetery is located in Onarga Township, on Section 29. In May of 1836, Thomas Pangborn, along with some of his neighbors, came to Illinois. Thomas, along with his brother, Ransom Pangborn, entered deeds for land on Spring Creek and were among the earliest settlers in what is now Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois. In December 1836, Johnston T Pangborn, infant son of Thomas and Jane (Harper) Pangborn died and was the first person buried in the Pangborn burying ground.
Beckwith's History of Iroquois County states that as of 1880, there had been 64 burials in this cemetery, with 12 of them having been moved to other cemeteries. A later list found at the Old Courthouse Museum in Watseka, Illinois shows that 34 headstones were found there. In the nearby Onarga Cemetery, many of the headstones naming people who had been buried in the Pangborn Cemetery appear as one of several (or many) names on a single marker, as is common on a memorial marker (cenotaph). Some of these people ven still have a marker at Pangborn Cemetery, all indicating that the graves themselves may not have actually been moved.
In the 1960s, students from the military school in Onarga vandalized the cemetery, breaking off nearly all of the stones. Afterwards, the landowners, descendants of the original Pangborn families, turned what was left of the markers facedown to prevent corrosion. In 2014, these same owners have for about five years been clearing the brush out, and are working with the local Historical Society to raise interest in restoring the stones.