It is not located in the village of Lerna, but is 1 mile east and 1/2 mile south of Lerna, in Pleasant Grove Township.
This cemetery is across the creek, southeast of the Old Indian Cemetery and on the road. It is at the site of the Pleasant Prairie Church which replaced the first building. The first marked grave was that of Mrs. Thomas C. Faris in 1856.
The ground was deeded by Ellison McCord and his wife, Elizabeth, in 1849, to "Israel Monfort, John McDonald and Theron Balch, trustees of the Pleasant Prairie Presbyterian Church, Old School, and their successors in office forever." The deed was notarized by John J. Adams. When the Old and New School Churches were reunited there was a single set of trustees. Deeds are recorded in the Recorder's Office, Coles County Courthouse, in Book L, page 382 and Book 7, page 449.
Old and New Indian Cemetery are separated by a very tiny creek. Other than right after a big rain, you can step across the South Fork of the Indian Creek to get from one cemetery to the other!
NOTE: The Google map shows the two cemeteries which are adjacent to one another as being "The New Indian Creek Cemetery" and "The Old Indian Creek
That is NOT correct! The word "Creek" is not part of the name of either
GPS Coordinates: 39.41238, -88.26174
- Added: 24 Aug 2006
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2186760
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