The Valley Chronicle, 1 July 1881
The Old Cemetery
The earliest burying ground used by the settlers of St. Charles was near the present site of the west side public school, and must have first been opened bout 1836. The place had a considerable number of inhabitants in 1835, and probably the next year the first deaths occurred. A man named Dean, from Weatherfield, Windsor county, Vermont, was one of the first who died, and was buried in the locality names. Archie Moody, brother of Robert Moody, also died very early. Evan Shelby, who is said to have ben the first actual settler in the town, died September 16, 1837, at the age of 36 years, and a stone in the old cemetery in east St. Charles marks his resting place. Among others whose remains re within the present enclosure of he last named ground, and who were early citizens f the place are the following: Ezra J., son of a.H. Baird, died Sept. 18, 1837, aged five years; Anna, wife of William D. Baird (parents of J.C. and O.C. Baird), died December 18, 1845, aged 64 years; Rachel, wife of Hugh Huls (Sr.), died August 8, 1847, aged 72 years; Elizabeth, wife of Proctor P. Cooley, died January 7, 1840, aged 26 years; Caleb Park, died August 22, 1841, aged 15 years; Alexander Ferson, died June 27, 1847, aged 65 years; Atlanta, wife of Parker Ferson, died June 10, 1844, aged 25 years; John Farnsworth, wife and two daughters. Mr. F. was a native of Charlestown, N.H., and the father of Hon. J.F. Farnsworth. He was , we believe, a surveyor by profession and lived and practiced for some years in Livingston county, Michigan. His death occurred April 26, 1841, when he had reached the age of 61 years. South of the enclosure are also several graves, which have been badly neglected. Some of the stones are standing and others have fallen and broken. The names appearing on them are: Sarah D., wife of N.H. Dearborn, died October 12, 1838, aged 27 years, and her two infants, who died in 1837 and 1838; Robert Hancock, died October 6, 1842, aged 36 years; William Tyler, died November 4, 1848, aged 26 years; Betsy Ann, wife of Benjamin Briggs, died November 21, 1843, aged 23 years. Some of the oldest graves in the cemetery are not marked by stones. Near this ground, and extending in a line along the ridge, are the remains of half a dozen ancient burial mounts, constructed, perhaps, by the Indians. This ridge commands an excellent view of the city, and would have been a fine location for a large cemetery, which could have been most tastefully laid out and made very attractive. One of the most forsaken and dismal looking things in the world is a neglected gave, and it would seem that some of those in a dilapidated condition might be attended to.
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