Root Cemetery a.k.a
In 1993 and 1994, Hallock Township contacted one member of the ROOT family concerning the cemetery named after Jeriel Root.
This contact led the township to convert it to a Nature Preserve.
The Cemetery was transferred to the Township Office in 1848, from Jeriel Root.
A brief history of The Jerial Root Family, and the Deed can be found here: Root Cemetery History.
Steve Slaughter, a local History Researcher, has gone to great lengths to aid descendents and non- descendents, Cheri Salz, get this cemetery taken care of.
Hallock Township has no intention of preserving the cemetery
but prefer to keep it as a "Nature Preserve" and "Native Prairie Site".
The problem as we pointed out when I made this a public issue a few years ago, the "Prairie Site" isn't valid for there are several non-Illinois-native plants,
brush & trees on site. We found that by naming it as a "Prairie Preserve," they wash their hands of the cemetery & any mantance of the cemetery.
Short of a lawsuit to force the issue, I'm afraid the cemetery is destined to remain classed as despoiled beyond repair.
Steve Slaughter May- 2007
-What it looked like in April and July 2001
- Actions Taken
- Clean Up day Nov. 4, 2001
Peggy Calvert's Letter to the Township Board and Purposed Care
Burial Inventory and Headstone Photos
Want to Help preserve this cemetery?
You can write to the Township Office:
Mr. Kevin Peterson
Supervisor of Hallock Township
21203 N. Blue Ridge Road
Chillicothe, IL 61523
Contact Steve to get involved.
Contact Peggy to make contact with a descendent.
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