Sapp Cemetery is on the bluff to the right when traveling northwest from Pleasant Hill to Atlas on Hwy 96. It was one of the first burial grounds for the early settlers of the Bayville (now extinct) and Fairfield (later Pleasant Hill) area.
The village of Fairfield was laid out in 1836 by Eli & Charles Hubbard and John McMullen. The village's name was later changed to "Pleasant Hill" when another town in Illinois was found to already have the name of Fairfield.
The original road to Pleasant Hill traveled along the bluff near Sapp Cemetery and entered the town on the "hill" near where the Harman House Museum exists today. After the Sny Island Drainage District completed their project to drain the "bottom" lands along the Mississippi, the town slowly started spreading out down the hill and into the previously marshy "bottom" land. The bluff road was no longer used and a new road was completed - now Hwy 96.
The cemetery had fallen into disrepair through the years and was no longer used for burials after Crescent Heights Cemetery in Pleasant Hill was opened around 1871. The tombstones had broken and become buried with time and none were still standing. Blackberry bushes and brush had taken over a large part of the cemetery. With the permission of the landowners and patience of the neighbors, a restoration was started in 2013 and slowly the brush is being cleared and the tombstones are being found, repaired and re-set.
Many of the graves were marked with large field stones and bear no inscription.
The oldest tombstone is that of Elizabeth Tolbert who was buried in 1830.
Sapp Cemetery is the final resting place for many of the pioneers who settled in the Pleasant Hill area and were instrumental in the development of the village of Pleasant Hill. Many were soldiers in the War of 1812, as well as the Civil War.
GPS Coordinates: 39.455, -90.8828
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #108139
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