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Village will honor gravesite of one of its first settlers

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The gravesite of Polly Emery Royce is in Boardman Cemetery, which sits in the Heritage Creek neighborhood off of Royce Road. (Michelle Manchir/Tribune)

The daughter of a Revolutionary War soldier and one of Will County’s first settlers will be honored on Saturday at her Bolingbrook grave site.

Polly Emery Royce, who moved to Will County from Massachusetts in the 1830s, owned land in Will and DuPage Counties that is now McDonald Farm — the headquarters for the Conservation Foundation in Naperville.

Royce’s grave is in Boardman Cemetery, the resting place of many of Bolingbrook’s first settlers. The graveyard was rediscovered in 1972 and now sits gated in the Heritage Creek neighborhood off of Royce Road, according to Bolingbrook Village Clerk Carol Penning.

At least 100 people are expected to attend the ceremony and engage in a local history lesson on Saturday, Penning said. A local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will dedicate a headstone next to Royce’s existing monument.

The ceremony is open to the public and will be held 10 a.m. at the cemetery on Paxton Road, north of Royce Road. The cemetery will be open for tours until noon.

For information, contact Penning at 630-226-8411.

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