Enterprise Cemetery, Durham Township, Hancock County, Illinois
The following data about the cemetery was furnished by Mrs. Paul Blender (a Durham Township residents), R.F.D. No. 2, Dallas City, Illinois 62330 in a letter to Warren L. Van Dine dated June 1, 1967.
"Enterprise Cemetery, Durham Township, is located in Section 5, just west of the Enterprise Church on the Clarence Logan farm, near the Henderson County line. The land for this cemetery was deeded to the trustees of the United brethren Church by Felix Shain, August 24, 1872. Is a beautiful plot of ground on a knoll overlooking the vast countryside. A number graves are found here among the wild roses and beautiful pine. "
This cemetery was visited by Warren L. Van Dine in the early summer of 1967. It wasn't that time completely abandoned and pastured by a large herd of cattle, with a manure underfoot everywhere.
How the road on which is located is the Hancock County - Henderson County line. The cemetery is on the Hancock County side of the road.
It is on a hilltop or several acres with a deep ravine and ditch between it and the road. The terrain here is heavily wooded, with long sloping deep ravines. The hilltops aggressively. There is very beautiful woods scenery for miles in all four directions.
There is a heavy carpet of bluegrass on the PARTICULAR hilltop where the burying ground yes. There are several massive tall evergreen trees and some small ones and also some scrub trees and brush. There are some fallen trees.
The century old enterprise church building is still standing about a city block distance off to the east, in the Logan barnyard. It is now used as a tool shed by Mr. Logan. Is a stone building a fairly large one room type of church structure of a type popular in the county in the Civil War days. The Wooded cornices are very old and of the kind which may indicate the 1850's was the date of construction.
There was just traces of fencing around the cemetery. Bostick to an ornamental wire yard type of gate. This is all that is left of fencing here which must of been put up by people who have been long in their graves.
Enterprise Cemetery is indeed a place of desolation but at one time when there were those living to take care of it it must have been one of the beautiful burying grounds of the area.
(1968 Hancock county history, page 289).
This cemetery is located in Section 5, just west of the Enterprise Church on the Clarence Logan farm, near the Henderson County line. Land for the burial ground was deeded to the trustees of the United brethren Church by Felix Shaine, August 23, 1872. Is a beautiful plot of land on an knoll overlooking the vast countryside. A number of graves are found here among the wild roses and pines. Some of these are: John M. Ludington and wife (he was a corporal, Co. H., 78th Illinois infantry of the Civil War); Absalom Shields, private of the Civil War, died August 26th 1880; Frederick Royce and wife, Mary Elizabeth, and five children: Erick Wenstron; Julius, son of E and M. Linderstein ; Mockdeburg, Terrill, Smith, Horner, and a number babies and children. When the Enterprise Church was abandoned, a number of bodies were exhumed and taken to the Durham cemetery for reinterment.
Blan, W. H.- b: May 21, 1832 d: August 11, 1878
Coomes, Francis D.- b: d: December 17, 1873 aged 3 years 2 months
Coomes, Miberva- b: d: June 21, 1872 aged 23 years 21 days
Linderstein, Julius- b: d: September 8, 1873 Aged 2 months 27 days (s/o E. and M. Linderstein)
Ludington, J.M.- b: no dates Corpl, Co. H., 78th Illinois infantry
Royce, Friederick- b: March 26, 1835 d: June 1, 1889
Royce, Mary Elizabeth- b: November 27, 1843 d: June 8, 1888
Royce, Frederick N.- b: May 22, 1874 d: September 8, 1874 (F.M. and E. Royce)
Wenstron, Erick- b: May 12, 1821 d: April 27, 1883