Designated November 21, 2013
Sunnyside Cemetery was created by the Reverend Rufus Cheney in 1841 from
a piece of his own land. Many early members of the Freewill Baptist
Church are buried here. Rev. Cheney organized the church in 1840; the
church building was erected in 1858-59.
The first burial was the Reverend’s baby grandson Henry, followed by a
Dr. Ryan. Reverend Cheney’s daughter-in-law Annliza Gray Cheney, died
in December of 1842 and was laid to rest here. Dr. John Livingston
Ingersoll was married to Theresa Cheney, the Reverend’s daughter. His
three sons, all named Robert, lived less than a year.
Rev. Cheney (1780-1869) has a historical marker at his grave, along with his own large stone lying flat on the ground.
Six wars are represented here. There are 18 Civil War veterans. The
grave of Romanta Peck, a Civil War veteran, is marked by the tallest
monument. Some families are buried here and have other family members
buried at New Berlin Center Cemetery. Although this cemetery is located
at the very busy corner of I-43 and Racine Avenue, there is still peace
among the pines here.