“Honoring the Courage of our Early Settlers”
A Pioneer Cemetery is a cemetery that has had less than 6 burials in the preceding 50 years. Most in the county are over 150 years old. We owe it to the early settlers and to those who passed away on their way West, the respect of maintaining their burial sites.
These pioneers met the loneliness of a new country, crossed streams, cleared fields by hand, and bested the Iowa winters in nothing more than log cabins or other crude shelters. Some lived on to become our great grandparents, but others passed on from illnesses, accidents of their hard labor, child birth, and they should not be forgotten.
The Commission welcomes any assistance with the restoration of these grave sites, whether it is helping to clear brush, stone repair, or by furnishing records of the names of people interned in each cemetery. The records may be the most important, as with the interest today in genealogy many people can not find where their great grandparents were buried or their contributions to opening up Iowa to settlement.
Cemetery Locations in Buchanan County
- Derby – Buffalo Township
- Payne – Byron Township
- Clow – Byron Township – moved
- Bethel – Byron Township
- Pine – Byron Township
- Kier/Union – Fairbank Township
- Beachler – Jefferson Township
- Shady Grove – Jefferson Township
- Greenwood – Jefferson Township
- Public Burying Ground – Liberty Township
- Buchanan/Mudville – Madison Township – moved
- Upper Spring Grove – Newton Township
- New Haven – Sumner Township
- Poor Farm/County Home – Washington Township
- St. Joseph’s/Mt. Calvary – Washington Township – moved
- Independence Cemetery – Washington Township
- Middlefield – Middlefield Township – moved
When the State of Iowa made into law the establishment of the Pioneer Cemetery Commission, they also attached a law stating that no-one could harbor or keep unknown cemetery stones. The BCHS has four partial stones, given to the Pioneer Cemetery Commission the summer of 2004 for safe keeping and to locate the graves, if known.
BCHS 2000-1.85 Artifact List
- Whitmore – 1911-1912
Taken to Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton
- Mary, wife of James Hubbartt – d. 9/8/1870
Taken to Oran
- Infant son of Jacob & Mary Kessler – stillborn 11/20/1885
Taken to Solon
- Broken off but can read 1866