Following is a transcription of a newspaper article regarding the
efforts to recover the historical Hatcher Cemetery, an early burial
ground which just happens to include, among others, the grave of my
3rd-Great-Grandfather: Henry EATER (or EATOR, as he apparently spelled
it). It may also include the graves of his wife, and 2 of his children.
Gravestones in this cemetery have been destroyed/moved since about 1995,
as they were still in place in the late 1980s and early 1990s per
communications with cousins over the past few years.
Henry EATER/EATOR was buried in the Hatcher Cemetery in the mid 1840s,
and it was an established burial ground then - so it is at least 160
It is important that these early burial sites not be ignored and
forgotten. Several of us have for years been trying to get action taken
to restore and preserve the Hatcher burial ground.
I believe that we should all mail in our ancestors and relative who are
know to have been buried in the Hatcher Cemetery, in an effort to
re-create a listing a the graves.
I urge all who have ancestors buried in this cemetery to send the names,
and dates of those whose graves are in this burial ground to both this
List and to the Perry County Clerk, as listed in the article, urging the
restoration of this historic burial ground.
(I have capitalized the surnames mentioned in the article, otherwise the
transcription below is as it was printed.)
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The Southern Illinoisan, Sunday, September 4, 2005
Local Section, p. 9A
Perry County residents to reclaim Hatcher Cemetery
By Christi MATHIS, for the Southern
Tamaroa - The Hatcher Cemetery has nearly been forgotten, but now some
Perry County residents want to reclaim the burial site.
Perry County Clerk Kevin KERN said a number of people have contacted him
with concerns about the cemetery, which is mostly hidden by farm fields.
The resting place for an estimated 50 to 75 people, it's not clear how
old Hatcher is. But concerned residents believe some of the nearby farm
fields have encroached on the cemetery.
There's no longer road or other access to the two-acre plot between
DuBois and Tamaroa, near the county line - unless visitors choose to
walk through a field,
See PERRY / Page 10A
PERRY: Hatcher Cemetery
From Page 9A
"I think it's a disgrace," he said. "You can't blame anybody for
you can take steps to take care of it in the future."
KERN suggested "at a minimum we need to get the boundaries staked out
and we need to get an easement recorded so people can visit and maintain
County Engineer Doug BISHOP said the old county road maps show there was
once a north-south road along the western boundary of the cemetery,
providing access. He can find no record that the road was formally
vacated. That means it is still platted as a road and could be returned
BISHOP said an existing road is less than half a mile away at the north
BISHOP suggested the county have the cemetery surveyed and stake out or
fence the boundaries. KERN and State's Attorney David STANTON will
notify surrounding property owners that the cemetery property, owned by
the county since 1893, will be reclaimed. The county board also asked
BISHOP to secure quotes for surveying the property and hire someone to
do the work.
KERN said the best long-term way to ensure the cemetery is properly
maintained is creating a cemetery association and deeding the property
to the association.
County officials said they'll try to determine if there's interest in
forming an association.
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