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St. Joseph Cemetery
(a.k.a. Durbin)

Located approximately 2 miles north of Palmer in Bear Creek Township of  Christian County in Illinois.
This cemetery dates back to before 1900 with burials as recently as the mid 1980s.
It is fenced and grounds are tended, but few stones remain.  

When we went to the first Catholic burial ground in Christian County we found this plaque had been erected:  "The original land on which this cemetery lies was recorded on June 13 1836 by Elizabeth Durbin,  wife of Joseph Drubin St.  Records show that John Durbin was buried on this land in 1831 and Joseph Durbin Sr. was buried on this land in 1836.  The land was later passed on to Joseph P Durbin (Squire Joe), his son.  This land was later sold to Elijah Duncan, all but one acre which was reserved to beused as a cemetery, which on March 21, 1859 was deeded as the Durbin Cemetery.  On October 17, 1943,  The name was changed to St. joseph Cemetery.  A committee was formed to maintain the cemetery through donations made by family and friedns of those buried here.  Memorial donated by Paul & Marilyn Durbin.
The cemetery is enclosed by a fence and has an handsome brick entrance.
Read 1 november 1990
Harold & Rosella Brookens

A listing of burials for this cemetery is available in our library.
Tombstone photos and burial information can be found at US Cemetery Project.

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