Menard County People Buried in Neighboring Sangamon County

It's not uncommon to find an ancestor buried in a neighboring county. This will be the case for anyone searching for Sarah Ann FISK, who died at the age of 80y 23d, a housewife who was born in Columbia Co., PA and died on 13 Aug 1904 in Petersburg, IL Menard County but is buried outside of the county line in Sangamon County. So too is the story of Leslie Oliver GRANT who died near Athens, IL in Menard County at the age of 10y 6m 2d on 21 Oct 1888. Both of these people were buried in Canterbury Cemetery which is just outside of Cantrall, Illinois in Sangamon County.

Ellen Booth, who is one of our terrific volunteers, attempted a reading of this cemetery more than a year ago but it's poorly kept condition hampered her efforts. We were waiting until fall to go in and clear it a bit to find the stones.

On Sunday afternoon (24 Aug 2003) Stan & Jeanie Lowe with Brianna Boggs & Emily Abbott experienced the pleasant surprise of finding that Canterbury Cemetery in Sangamon County had been cleaned up. This cemetery had been overgrown and unkept for a long time. Thankfully, someone had spent a great deal of time cutting the grass, weeds and small trees and, more importantly, reset several stones - including some large ones which had probably been buried for several decades. Broken stones were carefully laid together piece by piece and others were reset to their proud standing position. Our hats are off to whomever cleaned and restored this cemetery. They have done an excellent job.

More than 40 stones were found but not all were readable. Photos were taken and are now online on the MAGA site at

Almost every surname in this cemetery will be familiar to Menard County researchers and may prove beneficial.

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