A forgotten graveyard squirreled away in the cornfields of central Illinois makes for good storytelling, and almost every one has its ghostly tales. Old Union is no exception. This cemetery first received attention on Troy Taylor’s website, Prairieghosts.com, and he later included it in Weird Illinois (2005).
Old Union Cemetery is one of Taylor’s “secret cemeteries,” the location of which he refuses to disclose to the public, making it difficult for anyone to independently verify his claims. Luckily for us, Old Union is clearly marked on cemetery and plat maps available to the general public through the DeWitt County Genealogical Society.
A history of the cemetery is difficult to find, and several sources appear, at first glance, to be fractional or contradictory. Troy Taylor provided a general overview on his website, but Genealogytrails.com, in an excerpt from an article entitled, “The Disciples of Christ History,” filled in some of the details.
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