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Harlem Township, Winnebago County, Illinois

Tripp Pioneer Cemetery is a small cemetery located 1/2 mile south of Rt #173 on Paulson Road in Harlem Township. It lies on the west side of the road. The Loves Park water tower is visible in the distance on the 2nd picture. Since the number of stones is far less than the names known to be buried in the cemetery, it's obvious that the cemetery was once larger than what now remains. Records indicate that there were as many as 23 burials in the cemetery. It had been abandoned for many years and only recently been cleaned up and cared for. Surnames found in the Tripp Pioneer Cemetery: Tofflemire, Tripp, Anderson, Daley, Dyer Magoon, Sessions and Turner.

The cemetery information was recorded by Helen Maxwell Williams - an amazing person who has spent many incredible hours researching the area. Helen has generously given ComPortOne permission to post the information. For the names of those buried in the Tripp Pioneer Cemetery click here. Please be patient - the file is in pdf format.

Research indicates there are as many as 22 burials in Tripp Pioneer Cemetery. Few stones remain and the original acre size has been seriously downsized. The Loves Park water tower can be seen in the distance.
Inscription: Tripp Pioneer Cemetery 1842 Marker given in memory of Tofflemire Tripp families and their friends by their descendents 1983 Inscription on back of stone: One acre land deeded by Jonas Tofflemire 1842
Horace DYER monument 1817 - 1893 h/o Clarissa TRIPP Samuel SESSIONS 1774-1847 and Sarah Jane SESSIONS [Anderson] 1785 - ? w/o Samuel
Jonas TOFFLEMIRE Sept 1796 - 24 Mar 1879. Jonas is the one who deeded the land as a cemetery in 1842. Mary TOFFLEMIRE w/o John C TRIPP 1834 - 1882 daughter of Jonas TOFFLEMIRE 48yrs 10mo 3dy
There is little remaining of this stone. Nothing to indicate who is buried under it. Although there is the typical wrought iron arch with the name Tripp PioneerCemetery, it does not show up on pictures because of the dark background of the tree.

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