|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
This small cemetery is associated with the now extinct Plato community tucked into a sharp bend on the west side of the Iroquois River, about 3 miles south and 11 miles east of present-day Ashkum, Illinois. James Smith, a land promoter with the Plato Company, set out the town in 1837. He died two years later, and John Wilson - a surveyor and investor in the Plato Company, acquired the town property.
The Wilson family, prominent for half-a-century, gave their name to this cemetery, which also contains many graves of the family of William Dixon, who ran a general story at Plato and provided ferry service across the Illinois River. The cemetery sits far back from the road but with a prominent archway at the front, and is fenced and well-maintained. The occasional new burial occurs, averaging less than one per year.
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