|Prairie Heritage Museum Institute|
Postal Code: 62650
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The following names of deceased State Hospital Patients were found in an old book in the basement of that Institution, showing burials for patients who died and were buried from 1852 - 1870. We assume that they were referred to as "The Red Barn Burials", and that they were buried in the pasture on a hill south of the old milk barn. All of these farm lands are now leased to the Prairieland Heritage Museum organization.
There is no other record available for the following list of these deceased state hospital patients. State Law did not require death certificates to be filed until 1878, so do not write to the County Clerk expecting more information; nor to the Jacksonville Development Center, for they do not have the old records. Likewise, the City Clerk does not have any more information than that given here.
Fortunately the old burial book indicated the County of Residence in most cases. We do not know what the number relates to, unless it is the number of the patient on the original record book.
Those records were closed by State Law about 4 years ago, so we have no way of checking for further information. Sorry, but this is all there is. But it is better than nothing at all. It identifies a lot of people who were otherwise "lost souls".