Home of the Friendless Cemetery (Defunct)

Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA Add to Map
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Home of the Friendless Cemetery was moved into Oak Ridge Cemetery

On May 14, 1856, the Springfield City Council passed an ordinance forbidding burials within the city limits. Because of this, Oak Ridge Cemetery was founded in 1855 by the Springfield City Council (Barringer 4). The cemetery was officially dedicated on May 24, 1860 (State Register Nov. 8, 1931). It is reported that Abraham Lincoln and his wife were present at the dedication of the cemetery (Barringer 4). Oak Ridge Cemetery is owned by the City of Springfield. It is supported out of trust fund revenues and fees (State Register Mar. 12, 1958).

Another cemetery that was moved to Oak Ridge was known as Hutchinson Cemetery. It was a private cemetery that was located just west of the Old City Graveyard (State Register Nov. 8, 1931). At the suggestion of the Oak Ridge Cemetery board, the Hutchinson family agreed to exchange lots for burial lots in Oak Ridge Cemetery. A total of 600 bodies were removed from Hutchinson Cemetery and reburied at Oak Ridge Cemetery (State Journal May 30, 1945).


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  • Added: 11 Apr 2009
  • Find a Grave Cemetery: #2301108