Wheatland Township Cemetery Committee

Cemetery Overview

The first occupant of the Wheatland Township Cemetery was Henry Brown, a 2 year old boy, laid to rest in July of 1836. Over time, the size of the cemetery has grown to 6.1 acres through donation or purchase of adjacent land. Today over 750 former residents of this area surround little Henry Brown and other members of his family. 

Grave sites are still available in both the Old (South) and Newer (North) sections.  

For 160 years, the management of the cemetery passed from farmer to farmer and area residents until 2000 when the volunteers of the “Wheatland Cemetery Association” petitioned the Township to assume management and care.  At the 2001 Annual Township Meeting, residents unanimously approved transfer of ownership to the Township with the promise to never sell and always maintain the cemetery. The Road District maintains the Cemetery grounds.

In 2011, the Cemetery was designated a Will County Historic Landmark by the Will County Historical Preservation Commission and County Board.

The Cemetery Trustees are Rich Grommon, Ben Peterson and Jim Hofman.  Each can assist with cemetery inquiries, grave sales and funerals. 

Last Fall the Trustees began conducting tours for the local scout troops.  The tours include references to the 13 pre-WWII veterans and the prominent early settlers whose lives and contributions were the foundations of our neighborhoods and from whom many names came to adorn our buildings and roads: Clow, Patterson, Fry, Brossman, Day, Grommon, Boughton and many others.

If you would like to contribute materials or information to our archives, please contact a Trustee: Ben Peterson, Rich Grommon, Jim Hofman

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**The Cemetery Spring Clean Up, consisting of the removal of ALL decorations, will occur by April 17th, prior to Easter (weather permitting).  Please review the Cemetery Ordinance for clarification.**

To receive either an email or paper copy of the Cemetery's Annual Letter (issued in December), please contact a Cemetery Board Trustee or email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  The Annual Letter is a synopsis of this year's Cemetery activities and a overview of future Plans.

Board Chair

Ben Peterson

Contact Info:

630-717-0092 ext #2

Want to know more?

Contact the Township to:

  • Schedule a Tour or know more about the Township Cemetery
  • Discuss availability of a Grave or Plot (8 graves)
  • Obtain pricing for a grave or interment (casket or cremation)
  • Make donation or establish a Trust Fund


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