Tucked away on a side street in Schaumburg, is a small lot that houses a cemetery used by the very early residents of Schaumburg Township.  This cemetery is located at 217 S. Cedarcrest Drive in the Timbercrest subdivision in Schaumburg.  You won’t see any remaining gravestones but the location is well known by former residents.  To the left is an early photo of  the cemetery before the property was cleaned up.

The cemetery has gone by many names:  Schween’s Grove Cemetery, Timbercrest Cemetery and the Cedarcrest Cemetery.  It is known that the family of Ernest P. Schween, one of Schaumburg Township’s original land owners, used this site as the location of several burial plots during the mid-1800’s. Katrina (Ottman) Schierding, wife of Phillip Schierding, was one of the first buried there. Their daughter, Mary Schierding, married Ernest Schween.

View another photo of the cemetery on the Library’s Local History Digital Archive.  Browse through the Photo category under Places.  Or, try watching the video, “217” prepared by WGN reporter, Marcus LeSchock while he was a student at NIU!  Browse through the Video category under Documentaries to find it.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


  1. Patrick Hysell Says:

    We found the Cedarcrest Cemetery in the woods off Schaumburg Rd in 1958-59. The cemetery was completely overgrown and most of the tombstones were either knocked down or sunk in the dirt. Someone had also shot a deer in the woods but left the legs and antlers. We must have scared off the hunter. One of my buddies took the legs home and made gun racks out of the legs. I think he still has the gun racks.

    • jrozek Says:

      Thank you for your personal recall on Cedarcrest Cemetery! This appears to have been a place of continual interest. I hate hearing that, even then, the tombstones were not in good condition. It’s so disappointing. It was definitely a good place to roam though.

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

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