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William Grauel
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Birth: Feb. 8, 1850, Germany
Death: Sep. 15, 1899
Douglas County
Kansas, USA

At this time little is known about William Grauel other than his birth and death dates which came from information published in "COMPLETE TOMBSTONE HISTORY OF DOUGLAS COUNTY, KANSAS", Page 87. (Note Grauel is mis-spelled as 'Gravel' in the publication.

William was a member of the Order of Hermans Sons. A letter of condolence from his lodge brothers was sent to the widow Mrs. William Grauel, dated September 28, 1899.
The original copy of this letter, written in German, is in the possession of
Great Grandaughter, Patty Andes Sturdivant.

The original Mortuary statement for William Grauel, Sr., dated September 15, 1899 is also in possession of Great Grandaughter, Patty Andes Sturdivant.

William Sr. is buried in St. John's Cemetery (at Franklin), an old cemetery that had become overgrown with brush somewhere along a country road between Lawrence and Eudora, Kansas. I remember my Grandfather telling me many years ago that a road was in the process of being built that would run directly through the cemetery where his father was buried, and a letter was sent to his mother asking for permission to move her husband's remains to the Catholic Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas. Some graves had already been moved; but when Great Grandma Kate and loved ones of other decedants refused to give their permission, the road work ultimately stopped or was detoured. Moving these gravesites must have caused a bit of a problem at the time. Somehow the remains of those that were moved became unidentified when their tombstones were either mixed up, broken, or for some reason not moved to the new cemetery. When the road work moved elsewhere some of the gravesites that had been opened at Franklin were not even filled in.

Many years ago my parents located this old cemetery. Daddy waded through the brush to see if he could find Great Grandpa Grauel's burial site and perhaps clear the debri from the grave, but decided it was too dangerous after discovering something he thought to be an old well and many open holes hidden by leaves and fallen trees.

POST SCRIPT: I am very happy to add to the above information on the Old Franklin Cemetery. Recently a man doing some topography work found this post in Find A Grave and contacted me to advise he had accidentally run across my gt. grandfather's grave. I believe his original headstone has been replaced because the marker there now is too new, but it is visible from K-10 Highway east of Lawrence in the area west of East Hills Business Park. There are 10 to 15 other stones in poor condition scattered around that still remain, but it is obvious there are many more unmarked graves. The best time to visit this old cemetery would probably be in late winter or very early spring before the pasture grasses get too high to make the stones visible. I believe this once must have been a large cemetery because there are other markers a short distance away on a bit of a hillside. I hope this information helps someone else find lost ancestors they have been trying to find as well. 
Family links: 
  Katherine Sulzen Grauel (1860 - 1951)
  William Frederick Grauel (1880 - 1962)*
  Agnes Eva Grauel James (1884 - 1970)*
  Susannah K. Grauel Walter (1886 - 1966)*
  Joseph Frank Grauel (1891 - 1967)*
  Josephine Grauel Porter (1895 - 1989)*
*Calculated relationship
Franklin Cemetery
Douglas County
Kansas, USA
Created by: Patty Sturdivant
Record added: Aug 09, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40452118
William Grauel
Added by: Geoff Boltz
William Grauel
Added by: Geoff Boltz
William Grauel
Added by: Geoff Boltz
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In memory of my Gt. Grandfather
- Patty Sturdivant
 Added: Dec. 14, 2009

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