Contributing Factors in Moving the Cemetery: The Milliman Tract

September 5, 1848: Jacob Milliman acquires lots 45, 46, 48, and 49.
August 6, 1849: Jacob Milliman dies before payment of lots is complete.
November 27, 1850: the City of Chicago acquires lots 48 and 49.
August 23, 1852: first burial lot sold on Milliman Tract.
November 4, 1852: Milliman heirs ask for free burial space within the Tract.
January 24, 1853: Milliman heirs given lots 1068 and 1069 within the Tract. Six members of the Milliman family are already buried in that location.














To the Mayor and Aldermen in Common Council Assembled

Your Committee on finance together with Wm Jones who had in charge the purchase of Blocks forty Eight and forty nine in the Canal trustees Subdivision of Section thirty three town forty range thirteen have made the purchase for twenty five hundred dollars Said blocks contain twelve acres and thirty five hundredths all which is respectfully Submitted.








Ordered
That the Mayor and Clerk execute a bond and Mortgage in behalf of the City of Chicago to Cyrus Bently administrator of the estate of Jacob Mitteman (sic) deceased for twenty five hundred dollars payable on half in six months and one half in twelve months for the payment of Blocks forty Eight and forty nine in the Canal trustees Subdivision of Section thirty three in town forty range thirteen and that the purchase of the above mentioned land be approved ratified and confirmed.

Chicago Daily Journal, November 30, 1850       
The City of the Silent.
At the last meeting of the council, a report was made by a special committee, announcing the purchase on Wednesday last, of 12 32-100 acres of land adjoining the cemetery grounds, for which they are to pay $2,500. – one half in six and the other in twelve months. Added to what was already owned for cemetery purposes, the city cemetery now has in a compact body 117 39-100 acres.

November 4, 1852, Common Council file document:
At the time of the purchase of the Milliman Estate by the city for cemetery grounds six members of the Milliman family were buried there. The city knew this at the time of the purchase. The family is asking for lots for family members at no expense.

January 24, 1853, Common Council file document:
Your committee to whom was referred the petition of Cyrus Bentley Administrator of the Estate of Jacob Milliman praying that the land upon which several of the family of Jacob Milliman are buried be reserved for sale.

Would respectfully report that the land in question has been laid off into lots and sold by the city. And your committee would therefore recommend that lots number 1068 and 1069 in the New Survey of the Chicago Cemetery be appropriated to the use of the heirs of the late Jacob Milliman and submit the following.

Ordered that the Mayor and the Clerk be requested to execute and deliver to the heirs of the late Jacob Milliman title to hold Numbers 1068 and 1069 in the New Survey of the City Cemetery.
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