Read and copyright© by Gloria Dettleff and Dorothy Falk on Oct 2001
Photographed by Toni Kohrmann in Nov 2011
This is possibly the most southwesternly burying ground in Clinton County. One way to reach it is to go south on the St. Clair-Clinton County Road. About two blocks before the road turns west, there is a field road that goes to the east. If there is no crop in the field, and if you have permission from landowner, the burying ground is about three-fourths mile east, in a copse in the middle of farm fields. Day lillies cover the ground, fallen limbs cover some bases. This location is about 1.5 miles west and 1.5 miles north of the Kaskaskia River as it meanders making the southern boundary of the county.
As of November 2011, the Baehr Burying Ground grass is cut, there are no vines or weeds growing over the stones, the markers were all set up against trees, and the stones could be read fairly well. There are at least five additional flat stones in the copse that might have been used as unengraved markers. The stones vary around 18 inches long, 12 inches high, 4 inches thick, with maybe one edge shaped into an arc. A piece of one engraved tombstone, the baby portion, has been returned to the copse by a neighbor who found it in a shed when they moved in. We thank them for caring.
Other Bahr/Baehrs by the same given names are also listed in the St. Peter's Church records