After the reorganization of the County of DeKalb, the Township of Afton was created from the southern portion of DeKalb Township and the northern portion of Clinton Township, in 1853. The township is noted for the large tracts of rich farm land throughout the countryside. The head waters of the Little Rock Creek begins in Section 14 and runs southeastwardly through the township of Squaw Grove.
The Afton Centre Cemetery is located in the Northeast Quarter of Section 21. Perry Road, between Waterman Road and South First Street, is approximately five miles south of the City of DeKalb. The main entrance to the cemetery is south of Perry Road.
The cemetery was surveyed in 1858.
“Mr. William P Tyler of the Town of Afton deeded to President and Directors of Afton Cemetery Corporation of Afton, County of DeKalb, State of Illinois, for the sum of $100 for the burial of inhabitants of Said Town the following parcel of land to wit:
Part of the N. E. Quarter of Section 21 Township thirty nine (39) North of Range Four (4) East of Third P. M. bounded as follows:
Beginning at a stone on the North line of said Section (21) Nineteen chains & 13 links West of the North East East corner thereof and running thence West on the section line Eight (8) chains and Eighty Eight and a half links (88 ½) to a stone thence South 5 degrees E. four chains and thirty four (34) links to a stone thence South 12 degrees E. four chains & 93 links to a stone thence North 85 1/4 degrees East three chains & 62 links to a stone thence North 88 ½ degrees E. two chains & twenty five links to a stone thence North 9 4/5 degrees East nine chains forty one links to the place of beginning containing seven 7/100 acres variation six one half degrees East.
Witness: Jabez W. Ward, J. P. Signed Wm. A. TylerAfton Illinois Deeds, Book 25, pg. 398.
Dated April 7, 1859”
Point of Interest
Located in the cemetery is prairie land which is owned by the Afton Cemetery Association. The prairie covers four and one half acres of the cemetery and is representative of the virgin black prairie soil of the Grand Prairie Section of the Grand Prairie Natural Division of Illinois. Afton Cemetery Prairie was included in the Illinois Natural Arears Inventory. This inventory checked nearly 4,000 old cemeteries for remnants of prairie vegetation. Only 24 cemeteries, including Afton Cemetery Prairie, qualified for the inventory.
Afton Cemetery Graves Listing
In 2009 the Afton Township Supervisors asked Sherrie Martin to record the burials of the cemetery. In July and August 2009 Sherrie, her husband Terry, Bob Myers and Sue Breese worked on this assignment.