Isaac Wilson, a.k.a. “Black Ike,” Early African-American Pioneer of Rockford (Entry 4 of 4)

Collected burial information about Isaac Wilson, also known as “Black Ike.”

The sources in this post are available in print at the Rockford Public Library’s Local History Room. They are also included in Isaac Wilson’s biographical packet in the archival box titled, “Winnebago County & Rockford Region First Families/Early Settlers.”

Sources are noted below each source/article when it’s not included in the image itself.

Please visit Isaac’s Find A Grave entry here:

At the time of Isaac Wilson’s burial, he didn’t have a gravestone.  Finally, after 163 years, 11 months and 5 days he has a gravestone! It was set in Cedar Bluff Cemetery on July 5, 2023.

Local Group Cleans Up Graves Belonging to Veterans

Source: Reamer, Elisa. “Local Group Cleans Up Graves Belonging to Veterans.” Published on June 24, 2023. Accessed June 27, 2023.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Kenneth H. Johnson

Source:  Rockford Register Star, June 12, 2022.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Gerald Thomas “Phineas” Lamia

Rockford Register Star, June 9, 2022.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Peter “Pete” Raymoure

Rockford Register Star, June 5, 2022.

Veterans Who Have Passed–John Edward “Peter” Purifoy

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Aug. 10, 2021.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Lawrence Gene Clayton


Source:  Rockford Register Star, Aug. 12, 2021.

Veterans Who Have Passed–John R. Goley

Source:  Rockford Register Star, Aug. 15, 2021.

Veterans Who Have Passed–Vernon A. Anderson

Source:  Rockford Register Star, August 16,2021