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When Ben Fuller platted Fullersburg in 1851 he set aside land for a cemetery, which he donated to the community. Fullersburg Cemetery is located on the north end of Garfield Street, between Maumell Street and Fuller Road in Hinsdale. The cemetery was originally open to the public. As the Fullersburg community grew and the local population swelled with the founding of Hinsdale, development hemmed in the tiny cemetery. The only resort was to become a private cemetery. Burial is reserved for families who can produce a deed to a plot.
The cemetery is the final resting spot for many of the founders of Fullersburg and Hinsdale. The oldest stone marks the grave of Ben Fuller’s mother, Candice Fuller, 1847. ( Hinsdale Doings) Jacob Fuller and his wives were initially interred at Torode Cemetery and later moved to Fullersburg Cemetery.
The cemetery is also noted as a resting place for many of the area’s Civil War soldiers, and in 1903, Confederate veteran John Andre was buried in an unmarked grave just south of the flag pole. A tree serves as an informal marker to his grave.
Unmarked graves are common in cemeteries of this age, but there is a paper trail to contents of Fullersburg cemetery. In 1989 Bev Erickson of the DuPage County Genealogical Society created an inventory of headstones and grave markers. She also consulted the records maintained by the Kurth family who act as caretakers of the cemetery, and the DuPage County vital records. The resulting list included many entries not found on an earlier DAR list, and was published in the Winter 1991 issue of the DuPage Genealogical Society’s journal, The Review. In the late 1960s the cemetery was fenced in to protect the fragile gravestones. The cemetery grounds are private and access is strictly limited. Each Memorial Day the cemetery’s flag is replaced in a simple a ceremony conducted by a local veterans group. This is one of the few times the respectful public has access to the cemetery.
David M. Habben
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