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Alexander Cemetery


At the beginning of the 19th century, a French hunter and trapper named DuPaze (now DePage) settled at the junction of the East and West branches of the river that now bears his name. The winter of the "deep snow" in the 1830-31 found the first settlers staking their claims.

The land on which the cemetery lies first belonged to James L. Alexander (1805-1876), who came to the area from Wayne County, New York in 1837 and purchased this land in 1841. The first burial was that of his three-year-old daughter, Mary Alexander, on October 9, 1845.
The Alexander farm went through inheritance to Thomas William, who came here in 1836 to work on the I&M Canal. It was later owned by the Kirman family from 1833-1949, when it was bought by the Mikan family. Alexander, Williams, and Kirman are the names that predominate on the gravestones, along wtih Stafford, Welch, Goudy, and Taylor, among others.

The cemetery fell into disrepair in the 1980's. In 1990, DuPage Township cleaned up the cemetery and maintains it to this day.