|5117 Barnard Mill Road|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
This is a double cemetery that became as one over the years. Joseph Carr brought his family here in 1837 and purchased from patent holder James Murray the land on which the western half of this cemetery sits. John Harrison emigrated from England in 1833 and spent time in both Canada and Chicago before settling in McHenry County in December of 1839. In 1842 he obtained a government patent on the land which included the eastern half of the cemetery. It is somewhat unusual for adjoining neighbors to develop separate adjoining cemeteries. Typically the property owner to have the first death in the family or the nearest neighbor with a suitable piece of land for a burial ground would establish a graveyard that served all the neighbors thereafter. However, Harrison came from a large family with many of his siblings and their children living in the area. Carr had nine children. It was a grim fact of life in those days that a large family could easily fill a small cemetery. Since both families had an English background and lived so close to each other, it was inevitable that they would eventually intermarry. Richard Carr and Jane Harrison were joined in matrimony on October 28, 1860. Since that time the cemeteries have been like a married couple - united but still separate entities. A deed was officially recorded for the Harrison portion in 1891 and for the Carr portion in 1899. Unlike many private family cemeteries that were abandoned in favor of larger city cemeteries, this one is still in use by family members and carefully tended by a descendant of the Harrison family. It should be noted that there have been unconfirmed rumors of gravestones found near a cart path about a mile north of here. The stones apparently surfaced when tree stumps were blasted out to clear the land for cultivation. The gravestones are no longer on that site and there is no evidence a burial ground was ever established there. The most reasonable explanation is that at some time in the distant past stones from this cemetery - either discarded in favor of newer monuments or stolen by vandals - were dumped along the cart path where they would be out of the way of general traffic. This theory is pure speculation and is put forward for whatever value it may have to the reader.