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Feather Cemetery
Berrien County
Michigan  USA

Cemetery notes and/or description:
This Feather "family" Cemetery is
located on the Northern edge of
Section 7, in Oronoko Township,
Berrien County Michigan.
It is on the North side of E. Hinchman
Road, between Hollywood Road and
Scottdale Road (about one mile West of
the Hinchman United Methodist Church
and the old Hinchman grade school).
It is also North-West of
Berrien Springs, Michigan.
This cemetery was origionally part
of the farm of Joshua Feather Sr.
and his wife Mary Ann (Smith) Feather,
who came from Pennsylvania to
Berrien County Michigan with
three sons, in a one-horse wagon in
1836 and founded what became known
as the "Feather Settlement", in Sections
six and seven of Oronoko Township.
The "Feather Settlement" later extended
outwards, as they purchased more land,
and as the family grew.
Cherry trees were once located
next to this cemetery, but the
fruit trees have since been removed.
Joshua Feather Sr. and his wife Mary
Ann (Smith) Feather are buried here,
along with four of their five children,
as well as Joshua's brother Moses Feather.
There were approximately 60 burials
in this cemetery.
Three graves were later moved to the
Riverview Cemetery in St. Joseph, Michigan
including: Anna C. (Warsco) Feather
(the wife of Jacob Calvin Feather),
and their two infant children,
Carrie Ann Feather, and Joseph Feather.
The burial here of George Dwight Mather
who died in the Civil War, is in question.
This leaves approximately 56 or 57 persons
buried here in the Feather Cemetery
(including "Three Infants Feather",
listed on one memorial).
The first "known" burial in this cemetery
was that of Aurelia A. Feather in 1853, the
infant daughter of John Henry Feather Sr. and
his first wife Lucinda ("Lucy") Ann Bechtel.
The last "known" burial in this cemetery
was that of Mary Ann (Feather) Harner in
1930, the youngest child of Joshua Feather
Sr. and his wife Mary Ann (Smith) Feather.
There were at least three recordings
of this cemetery (which vary slightly).
This cemetery is not fenced, and there
is no driveway for this cemetery.
Parking is along-side the road.
This cemetery is now township owned.
Note: This cemetery is sometimes
referred to, as the "Feather-Harner"
cemetery, because the two families
were intermarried a number of times.
Note: George Dwight Mather who died in the Civil War, is listed in the recordings of this cemetery as being buried here (with no headstone), next to his wife Cornelia, and daughter Ada Jane Mather, but he possibly is not.
There is a Civil War Marker for him in the Canton Street Cemetery in Canton, Hartford County Connecticut, next to his parents, his sister, and his brother-in-law (who also died in the Civil War).
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Feather Cemetery
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