Baker Cemetery, Washington Twp., Tazewell County, IL


With any questions on Cemetery Email Steve.

Contributions email Foxie.

Steve's survey, photos, & notes of this cemetery:

I was able to locate 2 Civil War Graves-- Blood Brothers of the last name S-E-A-M-A-N. Both served in the 47th Illinois Infantry according t6o locals. These brothers were immigrants.

A photo investigation was done by the Washington Courier newspaper & story in the year 2000. Staff is searching for a copy for me from their files.

Cemetery was taped by CBS - Peoria Channel 31 in 2000 or early 2001.

Many local residents from all across Washington know of this cemetery. I spoke with people at the far Western edge of town, downtown, and around Washington High School.

Current owners of Baker Cemetery: City of Washington

Photographed & investigated Baker Cemetery, Washington, IL.

To Access this cemetery, easiest way, turn left off Rt. 8, at stop light, entering Washington city, 1/2 mile from Bowling Ally. This stop light has a Hardees Restaurant on the right. Pass Babcock Field, Washington High School, and go to Westgate Drive. Turn left onto Tottenham Circle. Go to end of cul-de-sac and park. There is a ten foot easement between houses so you are not trespassing. Cemetery lies in a tree grove.

On August 22, 2001, I counted approximately twenty graves--- nearly all have broken or damaged stones in-cluding stones that are partially buried due to time. Cemetery originally had a wire fence surrounding it. Fence still exists in back, west side, and North side though it is flush with the ground--trampled over time.

Local residents living next to cemetery testify that they mow when they can. No thought given to preserve graves.


Important Notice:

Contacts: Carol Moss--City Clerk---309-444-3196

Washington Chamber of Commerce

Mrs. Mauna Smetz-----309-444-4742


Land was originally owned by the Vogelsang Farms and sold to Don Smetz. Don Smelz has sold the property to the City of Washington thought there has been no transfer of deed.

This tombstone photos are copy write by Steve Slaughter. You have to have his permission to download to your computer. I know nothing of this cemetery. If you know of anyone else that might be buried here be sure and let Steve & Foxie know. Thanks.

IL Co Index Adams Co Brown Co Fulton Co Greene Co McDonough Co Sangamon Co Schuyler Co Tazewell Co

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All tombstone photos  below are most in regular size.  I resized a few for them fit here and since there were not really that many of them put them all on a little bigger than normal. Enjoy! & Thanks!

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any comments, suggestions, help, insults, compliments feel free to email them to me or if you have person's buried in this cemetery would love to hear from you.  Maybe somebody you know is not listed and buried here... Can always use the help. Thanks

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