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Overview of "Pavilion Cemetery" - South and West of Yorkville, IL. Formerly knowns as the "Long Grove Burying Ground". Take Il highway 71 1-1/4 miles west from IL Hwy 47. Watch for "Pavilion Road" on the north side of the highway. Specifics = Pavilion Cemetery, Section 7, NE 1/4 of NW 1/4; Latitude: 41.613641, Longitude: -88.4761841; USGS GNIS data: 413649N 0882834W. Our family farm was 1/4 mile down the hill. -RCK

"Biographical Directory of Kendall County, Illinois 1876" [see link below]:
"Time was when Long Grove, just southwest of Yorkville, was a community center for Kendall County. Pavilion was a village located on the edge of Long Grove. The village was a social and financial center when the newcomers lived in the groves along the Fox River instead of taking up farms on the prairies, when Aux Sable Grove, Specie Grove, Hollenback's Grove, Big Grove, Holderman's Grove and others became the chosen place of abode for early settlers. As early as 1840, and possibly earlier, the Harris family, the Combs, the Aments, the Ives, and the Morgans selected Long Grove to make their home. Pavilion became a village of note. It was on the stage road from Chicago to Ottawa and was a stopping place for dinner or supper, to change horses, and rest the passengers for awhile on their journey. In the writer's knowledge there was a good inn kept by John Ball. There were flourishing general stores, wagon shops, blacksmith shops, a church and parsonage and a post office. At one time, Pavilion was put forward as a potential county seat, as it was located in the center of the county. But its glory faded with the coming of the railroad and it now is a deserted village. However, its neighborhood is still home for many influential families."

SOURCE: "Early Days In Pavilion", Published in the "Kendall County Record" newspaper, January 19, 1921, by John Redmon Marshall.
"The Pavilion Cemetery, south of Yorkville is partly of prairie sod, never having been plowed. Only the later addition to it has been turned by the plow. John Cook, brother of Amos Cook Jr., is buried here in the prairie sod, as are several of his grandchildren, and Margaret Conover, or Cowenhoven, wife of his son Charles M Cook. Ephraim Moulton,; born in 1767 John Matlock and his son, West, and his daughter, Sarah, wife of William Paul; John E Evans; George Evans; J. W. Evans; William C Bowne; David Knowlton; Bethuel Clark; Samuel Inscho; Charles M Needham, who was killed at Fort Donelson; Aaron E Needham; Washington Needham; Lieutenant Thomas Kellett; Dr. Isaac S. Ives, who died at the age of twenty six years; Deacon Ezra Schofield, who was born in Saratoga County, N.Y. Deacon Isaac Gale; Margaret, wife of John Ryeatt, who died on January 10 1850; Aner Clark, first wife of Jacob Crandall and a sister of Helen Clark, wife of Rev. John Beaver, are all buried here. So are Joseph L and Martha E Tolman, son and daughter of Rev. Jeremy Tolman. There last two were removed to the Pavilion Cemetery from the Tolman farm where they had been first interred. Some others buried in this cemetery it appears ,were first laid to rest in the little graveyard on the Ives farm."

SOURCE: Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, Volume 2, Page 842, by Paul Selby.

Added by: Robert Kuhmann

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