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Graveyards of Carlock

Democratic and Republican Cemeteries of Carlock: Philip Benson

Philip Benson, a dedicated Republican, is said to have founded the cemetery in response to his opponent Abraham Carlock's injunction against Republicans in "his" cemetery.1

The Benson family were pioneers of the White Oak settlement, having come there about 1823 from the nearby McLean County town of Blooming Grove (later Bloomington). John Benson and his sons were described by a historian of 1879 as "first-class men". 2

1. 5/9/02 - Comptroller Hynes Helps Clean Up Historic Cemetery - from comments made by the state Comptroller on a recent cemetery cleanup project.

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