|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Approximate location of this
ABANDONED CEMETERY ON PRIVATE PROPERTY on south side of Miller Road at Indian Trail Road, west of Lake Zurich, Ela Township, Lake County, Illinois.
According to 1850 and 1860 U.S. Federal Census it appears to be a burial ground used by area farm families. Unfortunately, Ela Township, Lake County plat maps of 1861 and 1907 did not depict Bennett Cemetery.
In 1918 a headstone inventory was done by a 7th grade Bennett School student who transcribed about 10 graves. It was noted the stones were lying flat with cows running over them. Also noted, " There is a wire fence and a cedar tree standing inside with some gravestones still there. Some of the people took the bodies of their relatives up and moved them to other cemeteries."
Another cemetery inventory and headstone transcription was done by Arnett C. Lines, a Barrington historian. The date of his visit is unknown, but can be assumed as 1937, when he visited nearby Briggs Family Cemetery. Mr. Lines noted that Bennett Cemetery location as:
"In the woods of the old Silas Robertson farm across from the Alexander farm on Miller Road northwest of Lake Zurich and west of Rand Road."
At that time Mr. Lines found only 7 remaining headstones and 1 unknown footstone marked"R.B". There is a possibility that these initials could have marked Robert Bennett's grave that was moved,as noted by the Bennett School student in 1918.
Robert Bennett (1801-1890) whose family farm property was presumably used for this cemetery, is now interred at Wauconda Cemetery FAG memorial # 32301964, Lake County, IL.
Recently, a title search was completed and this cemetery was not on any part of the Bennett farm. The name "Bennett" was first referred to in Arnett Lines's local cemetery notes.
In September of 2016, one fragmented headstone was found that of William Boot. The image is posted on his memorial. Another headstone was found October 2016 of Fanny Kannady and her son. A footstone was discovered as well, with initials of M.J.S. It is presumed to belong to Mary J. Sweezy, wife of Peter Sweezy. Images posted on the memorials.
Other Barrington area cemetery listings can be seen online at the Barrington Area Library