Roaring Creek Cemetery

Irving, Jackson County, Wisconsin, USA Add to Map
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This cemetery is on private property in the Town of Irving. It is located in Section 25, T2ON-R5W. One foot stone remains, with the initials "ZBN."

This was the location of the second sawmill built in Jackson County. Jonathan Nichols began constructing it in 1842. The Nichols family were among the first settlers in the county, coming from Galena, IL to Roaring Creek in about 1839 or 40, up the Mississippi and then the Black River.

Jonathan Nichols was born in Morris County, New Jersey on May 21, 1795. He died at the Mark Douglas home near Melrose while enroute on a business trip on June 10, 1851. He was then buried in the Roaring Creek cemetery location.

A small child of Hudson and Lucy (Lucinda) Payne Nichols was also buried there. In addition, a stranger who died at the Roaring Creek Inn in 1861 was also laid to rest there.

Jonathan and Catherine Nichols were known as Uncle Jonathan and Aunt Kate. Their home was large, and it was the first frame house on the river. It was painted red. Many parties were held there with the music being provided by their son Hudson on his fiddle. Weddings and funerals were also held there.

Jonathan and Catherine's son Simeon (Simon) was likely buried in the cemtery after he died in May, 1851, while poling a boat up the river. Other burials took place and are not recorded.

A Mr. Frame moved the bodies of Jonathan and Simon to the later established Irving Cemetery. The sawmill, blacksmith shop, house, barn and other buildings of the Roaring Creek settlement are long gone.

-- information from the Black River Falls History Room

  • Added: 23 Sep 2016
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2623465