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Overton Burying Ground
Richmond
McHenry County
Illinois  USA

Cemetery notes and/or description:
William Overton arrived here in 1845 and in October of that year purchased from the U.S. government the land on which this graveyard was established. William and his wife, Crispy Ann are reputed to have had as many as nineteen children, so it probably seemed natural to create their own cemetery. Both were dead by 1870 and their son, James Smith Overton, took over the farm. James' parents-in-law, William and Ann Rowson, lived just north of the Overton farm. Presumably the first burial here was Ann Overton who died in 1852 and is now in Cedarvale Cemetery.

The most tragic story connected with the cemetery concerns one of William's daughters, Sarah. When she died of sunstroke in 1878 at the relatively young age of 56, her husband, Thomas Harness became increasingly distraught over the loss and finally committed suicide by cutting his throat with a razor. Unfortunately instead of cutting the major arteries which would have brought a swift end to his life, he severed his windpipe and suffered a slow and agonizing death.

When the farm passed out of the Overton family around 1890, most of the graves were moved to Cedarvale. It is likely that all the Overton burials in Cedarvale before that date are removals from this graveyard. Current owners of the property say that a few graves still remain, but there are no monuments to identify them.
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