|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
The Mississinewa Friends Cemetery lies in the Northwest corner of the IOOF (International Order of Odd Fellows) Cemetery. It started in the late 1820s. The oldest part of the Mississinewa Friends Cemetery has been marked with yellow posts. That is the mainSection of the Cemetery known as Mississinewa Friends Cemetery.
In the mid to late 1830s. the IOOF people acquires the adjoining land to the East and South of the Mississinewa Friends Cemetery and started their Cemetery and they called it the IOOF. The IOOF was separate from the Mississinewa Friends cemetery. When the Friends Church split up into others parts, they paid the IOOF to keep their part up, grass mowed etc. At the present time there are 891 marked or unmarked burials. There is a lot of open space there (Mississinewa Friends Cemetery Section). In knowing that all Friends graves were never marked, one wonders how many where buried in that way.
The IOOF laid their cemetery in Blocks, Lots and Grave sections. I have maps showing all of that. There are no burial records for the period of when the IOOF started until 1895. After that date records are available. Again how many were buried in that time frame without a marker. I do know that there are almost 2,000 marked graves in that time frame. Along about 1985 the IOOF sold the IOOF Cemetery to private operators and at that time the name was changed to Estates of Serenity Cemetery.