South Haven Twp. 1 E of center of town, ½S.
The original plat measured 227' x 574'. Through the years more area was added four or five more times so that according to a deed recorded in 1959, it measured 404' x 1775', which is approximately 20 acres.
James W. Hamilton received a School Patent (Kansas law names sections 16 and 36 as sections in which schools are to be built) from John P. St. John, Governor of Kansas, dated March 24, 1879, and recorded in Book 8, Page 437 of Deed Records.
James W. Hamilton got a mortgage on Section 36 and excepts 2 acres off of the Southwest Corner of Southwest Quarter, and was dated February 1, 1879. (Note: Does not say what this 2 acres is used for.)
On March 4, 1886, J. W. Hamilton and wife Belle G. deeded all of Section 36, Township 34 South, Range 1 West of 6th P.M., in Sumner County, Kansas, to C. C. Hamilton and John H. Hamilton, and "excepts 2 acres in Southwest Corner of said Section which is used as a cemetery."
Early in the summer of 1948, a man's body was found burned in a straw stack. It is believed the man was killed before the stack had been set afire. From South Haven this stack was 1½ south and 3/4 west. Since he could not be identified, he was buried in the NW corner of the older part of the cemetery, and a large rock was placed at his grave for a marker.
The marker next to the rock is that of Clarence Johnson. It reads simply: 1895 - 1980. He had been a second-hand furniture dealer and farm laborer.
There is an interesting marker in the shape of a tree trunk. It is the grave of John Foy.
The oldest legible marker was for Newton Marshall, who died April 18, 1873, age 12 years.
GPS Coordinates: 37.0444, -97.3819
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #93530
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