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Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery (Monmouth, IL)
HauntedIllinois.com - Read our review of haunted Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery in Monmouth, Illinois by Nicole Conger, investigator from Rock Island Paranormal.
Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery

By Nicole Conger

Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Warren County and several headstones date back to the early 1800's.

HauntedIllinois.com - Read our review of haunted Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery in Monmouth, Illinois by Nicole Conger, investigator from Rock Island Paranormal.
Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery


White settlers built a church and began using the land to bury their loved ones who had passed. ***The church is no longer standing and a plaque now rests where the structure sat. The church was moved down the road a ways and is almost directly across from where the cemetery sits***

HauntedIllinois.com - Read our review of haunted Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery in Monmouth, Illinois by Nicole Conger, investigator from Rock Island Paranormal.
Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery


The land where the cemetery currently stands was used by the Sauk Indians for crops during the warmer months.

HauntedIllinois.com - Read our review of haunted Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery in Monmouth, Illinois by Nicole Conger, investigator from Rock Island Paranormal.
Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery


In the 1830's white settlers began inhabiting the area, which led to conflicts between the Native Americans and the settlers.

HauntedIllinois.com - Read our review of haunted Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery in Monmouth, Illinois by Nicole Conger, investigator from Rock Island Paranormal.
Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery


One such conflict was with William Martin... William was the last white man, in this particular area (Warren County), to be killed by the Sac and Fox Indians and this happened towards the end of The Black Hawk War. Reports show that William was warned by the locals not to go out alone as the conflicts between the Native Americans and the settlers were getting worse, well according to reports William was possibly inebriated and went out into his field where he was met by 5 Indians who shot and scalped him. The towns people retaliated and killed an Indian not even knowing if he was one of the 5 who had killed William, this Indian is buried in the southeast corner of the cemetery.

HauntedIllinois.com - Read our review of haunted Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery in Monmouth, Illinois by Nicole Conger, investigator from Rock Island Paranormal.
Sugar Tree Grove Cemetery


Other notable burials:

Jemima Hall 1809-1875

Jemima or "Mima" as she was called was a slave who was bought by the father of Aleri and Mary Davidson Rogers in Lynchburg, Tennessee for a total of $300.00. The family moved to Missouri where "Mima" married Washington Hall and she was taught how to read and write. In 1836 Mima, Washington and her family moved to Monmouth where Mima granted her freedoms. Jemima chose to live out the rest of her days in the area.

William Turnbull 1757-1834

William was a native of Scotland and he immigrated to the U.S in 1784. He was the first person in his family to come to the U.S. He sailed to New York and Arrived August 12th 1784, he made his way to South Carolina from there he traveled to Tennessee where he would meet and marry his wife and have 9 children with her, William moved his family to Alabama but they didn't stay long as they really didn't care for slavery so he headed North and wound up in Hale Township in 1834.

Rev. John Scott 1807-1877

Rev. John Scott was born in Scotland and immigrated to the U.S., he was the 2nd pastor of the Sugar Tree Grove church and served on the pulpit for 19 years before becoming a professor at Monmouth College. There are local legends surrounding this cemetery and many of them are about a Native American man buried there.

According to one legend some of the white settlers of Monmouth killed the Indian after he scalped a local farmer after a heated argument.

Another story, is that the Native American killed people that were settling the area and he scalped a local farmer who was working in his field. The towns folk banded together and hunted the Native American down and killed him, and they weren't sure that they killed the right Indian.

Claims of Activity:

  • Hearing chanting
  • Hearing drums or tom toms
  • Hearing wind chimes
  • Feeling a cool breeze follow you through the cemetery
  • A sense of being watched or followed
  • Negativity after the sunsets
We were able to investigate the cemetery SEVERAL times and we captured some really awesome video footage.

Footage captured by the Rock Island Paranormal Group. More content can be found on their YouTube page. Click Here for more videos.
 


We heard faint chanting, the sound of wind chimes, and the beating of drums.

We were able to use a Sauk and Fox translation app during our investigations and we asked to see a titiwa (TEE-tee-wa) or blue jay and we had 2 appear.

***Please Note***

Since our last visit to the cemetery we had a land owner that became very upset stating that the cemetery is on Private property and they blocked the team from getting onto the road that leads out of the cemetery.

We have seen no such sign but that isn't to say that there won't be one their in the future.


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