Oak Ridge Cemetery

Ringgold County of Iowa, Liberty Township, Section 31, From Iowa Highway 2 in the city of Mount Ayr, Iowa turn north on West Street, approximately 1.7 miles. The entrance is a long winding gravel lane, east of the road.

The cemetery is fenced in, however undergrowth hides most of the fences. The main part lies on the crest of a hill running north-south with another portion extending down the hill to the east. There are a few monuments lying in a small mowed area outside the entrance.

Extensive questioning reveals that the plot itself, with records of burials, ownership, etc. is lost. Several older citizens recall that it was last used while kept at the City Hall. There is no record at the county Recorders office.

The following is not verified, only printed as hearsay from some family members of persons buried in this cemetery: Joshua Chance, buried here, gave the land for the cemetery. Numerous relatives of his are buried here. Local family names found here are Newton, Beard, Faris, Miller, Warrick, Cavett, Denhart, Kling, and Shidler. A Fife is buried here. The park just north of the cemetery is Fife's Grove at the present time. Several Civil War Veterans are buried here. There are a large number of apparently unmarked graves and a large number of stones broken and piled two or three together. Also a number of plain cement markers, and even a number of boulders that apparently are markers. Some monuments have obviously been replaced by new stones courtesy of younger family members.

The first to be buried was evidently Joshua Chance in August 1858, followed by a Cavett in October of that year. In the 60's, Roach, Chance, and Clayton's were buried. The majority are dated in the 1870's and 1880's. A number in the flu epidemic of 1918, several in the depression 30's and the most recent in 1998. The cemetery is not closed; people simply began using the Rose Hill Cemetery in the nearby town of Mount Ayr. Many verses were so small they were weathered and unreadable. There are a number of "X" marks on the map to indicate definite but unmarked burial depressions. There appear to be 15 rows, running north/south.

The names and date are printed as they appear on the monuments. This roster was prepared in August, 1975, by Mr. and Mrs. Dwaine Morgan and Mrs. Lorene Morgan.

 

Lot Name Born Died Age
100 Abrahams, Theodore F.   1878  
57 Argabright, Orcelia 8-15-1882 7-16-1892  
114 Ashenhust, F. M. 3-16-1838 3-17-1881 43y 1d
115 Ashenhust, Margaret A.   1896  
         
34 Baker, Alva A.   8-20-1876 15y 5d
22 Beard, Alexander   1899  
23 Beard, Harriett A. 1829 1910  
25 Beard, Dr. J. C.   1892  
27 Beard, Richard J. 1860 1928  
24 Beard, Roscoe      
73 Bevington, Ethel   1920  
  Bonham, Rosella Kenner 1929 1979  
20 Butler, James A.     8 mo
126 Byerly, Albert P.   1880 4 yrs
124 Byerly, Alfred C.   12-22-1879 8y 6d
125 Byerly, Alvah T.   1880 10 yr
127 Byerly, Jacob   1880  
         
89 Cargill, Alvin   1877  
63 Cavett, Rebecca   12-12-1858 22y 3m 12d
85 Cavin, Horrace L.   1879  
84 Cavin, Nancy   1877  
70 Chance, Charlotte   9-3-1900 71y 4m 25d
70 Chance, Charlotta      
45 Chance, Dorington 1835 1917  
68 Chance, Joshua   1858 53y 6m 21d
  Chance, Mary Ann   1876 62y 5m 5d
48 Chance, Oliver H. 1875 1962  
46 Chance, Sarah M. 8-28-1849 11-11-1931  
67 Chance, W. H.   12-8-1864 23y 9m 13d
47 Chance, William F. 1872 1925  
49 Clark, Julia A.   1879  
7 Clayton, David M.   5-4-1861 62y 6m
6 Clayton, E. R.   9-1-1907 50y 3m 15d
8 Clayton, Maria   2-22-1909 85y 10m 6d
10 Clayton, infant son 1891 1891  
9 Clayton, Jas. D.   5-27-1887 5y 9m 27d
11 Clayton, Richard William 10-22-1868 2-8-1920  
5 Clayton, William 1864 1865  
58 Conley, Effie J.   1876 10yr
78 Currie, infants 1822 1822  
         
99 Day, Martha M.   1895  
98 Day, Russell G.   1879  
36 Denhart, Casper K. 5-14-1893 7-3-1893  
35 Denhart, Thomas E. 2-3-1872 9-27-1878  
  Dodge, Benjamin Curtis 2-26-1982 8-24-1997  
76 Dolan, daughter of J.B. 1914 1914  
91 Eddy. D.   1880  
116 Elliott, Frank E.   4-21-1881  
117 Elliott, John B.   4-3-1881 34y 21d
         
2 A.J.F.      
3 S.M.      
4 B.A.R.      
107 Faris, Annie S. 1843 1936  
106 Faris, John C. 1829 1907  
108 Faris, Mary   1881  
52 Fields, George E.   1-9-1914  
94 Fife, Elizabeth   6-25-1888 61y 1m 11d
95 Fife, Mary J.   1878  
  Fife, P.J. 1867 1945  
93 Fife, Robert   1915  
53 Foster, Amanda J.   5-1878 25y
71 Freshwater, infants of Wm. & Ellen      
92 Funk, Etta   1878  
119 Gill, J. Boyd   1882  
101 Haulenbeek, M.A. (Mother)   1881  
79 Hawthorne, Rosana 1790 1881  
118 Hering, S.I. & F.J. (child)   1876  
26 Howell, Emma S. Virginia   1920  
72 Humiston, Arthur H. 1844 1910  
         
83 Imus, Ernie   1871  
82 Imus, Laura M.   1878  
60 Kirkham, Catharine B. 7-10-1811 1885  
55 Kirkham, Frances Emma 8-25-1845 1-12-1913  
61 Kirkham, Frank H. 12-8-1852 11-6-1876  
59 Kirkham, Henry L. 9-2-1802 7-28-1879  
54 Kirkham, Orlando 2-19-1842 7-10-1912  
32 Kling, Kyle     3 mo. 15d
21 Kling, Sarah 6-23-1810 ?-28-1879  
33 Kling, Wayne     1y 8m 22d
74 Knox, Eva M.   7-5-1878  
         
104 Liggett, Mary Ellen 1872 1881  
103 Liggett, Pearl Forest 1874 1882  
  Long, Truen V. 9-27-1914 7-15-1997  
113 Love, Elles   3-6-1882  
112 Love, Walter G.   1880  
         
41 McClurg, Andrew J. 1815 1879  
42 McClurg, Susan 1816 1877  
77 McCoy, Joseph 1905 1907  
121 McGill, Pettie   1889  
  McVey, Mary A. 10-5-1942    
  McVey, Tom F. 3-10-1941 1-8-1998  
80 Mendenhall, Carl 1878 1879  
40 Miller, Elizabeth   12-29-1880 84y 5m 21d
37 Miller, Elizabeth Jane   10-20-1879 20y 1m 27d
38 Miller, James D.   2-261894 70y 4m 23d
39 Miller, Mary A.   1905  
50 Moore, George W. 10-2-1893 4-24-1901  
75 Morris, infant   1875 3 days
         
30 Nash, Fred      
29 Nash, Mary E.   7-7-1879 17y 6m 20d
19 Newton, Mary   6-7-1879  
         
  Oihus, Alvin T. 1901 1988  
         
86 Patterson, Hannah   1-6-1911 82y 5m 16d
87 Patterson, Joseph   1900  
120 Preston, Annie E.   1890  
         
88 Reed, Robert F.   1903  
62 Roach, Emri 9-18-1852 3-3-1862  
43 Roby, Bethania A.   2-11-1877 28y 11m 7d
102 Ross, Amelia   1879  
         
1 S.E.D.      
12 Salyer, Hannah C.   1880  
3 Shidler, Addie McAninch 4-19-1874 4-12-1956  
3 Shidler, Frank 1-17-1872 3-7-1939  
13 Shidler, Mary E.   2-15-1908 68y 6m 21d
14 Shidler, Morgan   8-15-1877 49y 10m 8d
15 Shidler, William E.   8-16-1892 28y 19d
56 Singleton, Harriett H. 5-24-1843 9-10-1921  
81 Stoops, Joseph   10-2-1878 6y 7m
         
44 Talbot, A.F.   5-26-1882 72y
111 Tennant, Issa J.   1879  
110 Tidrick, infant   4-1879  
         
123 Vermeulen, Ella   1881  
         
66 Warrick, Agnes F. 1856 1939  
65 Warrick, James 1860 1931  
64 Wheeler, Thelma C. 1912 1974  
96 White, H.A.   1897  
97 White, Sara J.   1879  
105 Williams, Charlie R.   10-26-1881 7y 6m 5d

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