Read and copyright© by Gloria Dettleff and Dorothy Falk on Oct 2001
Photographed by Toni Kohrmann in Nov 2011

Baehr Burial Ground
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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

Name Born Died Inscriptions and Comments
BAEHR, Conrad28 Jan 1865 3 May 1873 Sohn of J & M. Only stone not fallen. 
BAEHR, Heinrich29 Aug 1847 21 Mar 1876 Son of F & K 
BAEHR, John H.18 Sep 1870 21 Feb 1873 Son of J & M. Stone is fallen but intact. 
BAEHR, Katharina25 Oct 1809 6 Nov 1879 Unser Mutter (Translation: Our Mother) (Death record # 497, 
BAHR, Friedrich12 Mar 1812 13 Nov 1868 Hier ruht in Gott. 
BAHR, Heinrich16 Mar 1821 7 Dec 1892 Born in Buedingen Hessen Darmstadt. 
MCNABB, Kesiah--- 29 Mar 1850 Wife of Laomi. Aged 43 years. Stone in English. 
UNKNOWN--- --- Selig sind die Toten die im Namen des Herrn sterben, denn ihre Werke folgen ihnen nach. Offenb 14:13. (Translation: Bessed are the dead who die in the name of the Lord, for their works will follow them. Revelations 14:13.) Broken stone bottom only. 
VANWINKLE, Eliza Rachel--- --- Buried with her mother, Mary P. 
VANWINKLE, Mary P.--- 12 May 1855 Wife of R. A. Van Winkle. 29 years, 2 months, 8 days old. Also infant daughter Eliza Rachel. Stone written in English. 

Cemetery ID:116