Green Lawn Cemetery. by Isabel M. Alton, 1916
Green Lawn cemetery, sometimes called Traverse cemetery, is the oldest cemetery in this section and the second oldest in the state. The first burial on these grounds was made in 1853. The cemetery association was organized in 1856. It is an historic spot in southern Minnesota, in which sleep the brave and sturdy pioneers, the self-sacrificing and devout missionaries, and the loyal, patriotic soldiers, as well as the loved ones who were left at home to battle with adversity.
The cemetery is located in an oak opening, and, as its name indicates, a part of it is covered with a fine growth of grass, where the golden splendors of the sun play over the exquisitely beautiful flowers that are native to Minnesota and grow to profusion in this virgin sod. The cemetery extends back into the timber where the flowers of marvelous delicacy are overshadowed by the symmetrical trees that stood here when the Indians roamed through these woods hunting the deer and the grouse. Here the sun is mellowed to a soft brilliancy of indescribably beauty near the edge of the timber, which deepens to more comber tones as you reach the mysterious stillness of the depths of the forest where you can faintly hear the murmurs of the rivulet flowing below. Never was a picture more harmonious than this blending of light and shadow on tree and plain. A most fitting resting place for the noble souls who gave their lives to the redeeming of the wilderness and the preservation of their country.
Here stand row after row of stones marking soldiers' graves, grouped by companies in which they served. Here also are monuments to the missionaries and others telling of the ravages of the Indians when they left their trail of woe and sorrow through this land. The history of the state may be traced through the sylvan aisles of the forest as you note the names of those whose lives were given to mankind, as recorded here.
On monuments are found the names of Rev. Thomas S. Williamson, Longley, Hopkins, Huggins, Aiton and Lindsey, all of whom played an important part in the early history of this section.
Pioneers who are buried in Traverse cemetery: Mabitda Wyman, wife of John McIntyre; Thomas Pettijohn and wife, John Herkebrath, Nathaniel Wright, Philip Rounseville and two wives, M. Tyler and wife, Mrs. John Hicks, Mr. and Mrs. P. Simmons, Mr and Mrs. William Huey, Mr and Mrs George Briggs, Mr. and Mrs. William P. McMasters, M.B. Stone and two wives, Doctor Catline and wife, William Schimmel and wife, Lucien C. Brown, August, 1861: Mrs. William Ray, Mrs. Jan Van Satten Dodge, May 1860; Abiatha Briggs, Mrs. S. Schumaker, George McCleod, Mr. and Mrs. Mattice, John Summers, Mrs. Ida Meyers, 1853; Mr. Haack, and Mrs. Philip Rounseville.
There are many unmarked graves of which no name or records have been kept. On a side hill there are twenty-six soldiers of the United States army.
History of Nicollet and LeSueur Counties, Minnesota, v. 01,Indianapolis : B. F. Bowen, 1916. 2 v. : ill.
GPS Coordinates: 44.3675, -93.9789
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #82420
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