UNIDENTIFIED CEMETERIES
 
The following is a list of unidentified cemeteries or burial places possibly located in Polk County.
Many of these are probably located outside of Polk County, or even out of state. The information was culled from provided burial information from official Polk County Death Records, 1880 thru
1907. The information is only as accurate as the clerk taking down the information, or the family member providing it. Examples of how some entries are erroneous are as for misspellings such as
"Jermeney"(Germany), misinterpretations like "Van Daley"(Vandalia Cemetery), or the indecipherable ones "BUBO_Y"(Byers Cemetery).
 
In the coming months I will try to wade through all these entries for burial places for various past Polk County residents(I have the notes), and throw out all that are determined to be outside this county. After all this is done, there just might be a few new previously unknown cemeteries found from this information. (June 27, 2004)
 
  PROBABLY DES MOINES / POLK COUNTY:
 
   NORTH SIDE CEMETERY
   PROTESTANT W.D.M.
   HIGH BRIDGE
   FREDIGAL (Fredregill?)
   COMMERCE
   HEHE-N CEM. D.M.
   DELAWARE CENTER
   SIMONS (Sims?)
   NORWEGIAN CEMETERY
   JACOB KUNTZ PLACE
   NORTHEAST DES MOINES
   BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP
   CATHOLIC / GRWOOD
...and from the WPA records:
   Ritters Farm - Webster twp, section 18
   George Davis Farm - Madison twp., section 2
   Carney
  
ANYBODY'S GUESS:
 
  TAMWORTH
  CENTENNIAL CHURCH
  HOCUMS / HOLCOMB
  MULLIGAN GROVE
  QUAKER - M.M.HOUSE
  STANTON PLACE
  NEW CHURCH
  GRD-WOOD
  MADLARD
  DAWNEY MAY
  INDUR_ _ _
  CL_ _ BY HILL, IOWA
  OAK
  VANET
  GORINAS?
  OAK PARK
  TORNUM
  MURROW
  WRIGHT STATION
  MOWER
  VEERS
  PEARIE (?)
  HUELEY (Hurley?)
  MEDICAL NATION
  COLAHOH
  OAK GREEN
  VAN MART
  SANSES
  BURYING GROUND
  WALNUT TOWNSHIP
  CAMP TOWNSHIP
  SAMO
  HAVENS
  McBEANS
  LASING
  FOREST
  CALVARY
  WALDEN
  McCEANER
  HARVEY KINNEY
  TROWMAN'S
  OAK DALE
 
                                   IDENTIFIED CEMETERIES                                             
 
The following cemeteries have been documented, and their locations are known, and they are as follows:
 
  Des Moines:
   Woodland (Woodlawn, West, West Side, City, Potter's Field, Public Ground
   Fort Des Moines (Now part of Woodland Cemetery, blocks 1 through 8)
   Saint Ambrose (R. C.)
   Oddfellows
   Immanuel Jewish (Hebrew, Jewish)
   Oakwood (Now called Children Of Israel ) (C. of I.)
   Children Of Israel (now called Beth El Jacob)
   Sims (Harris, Grant Township)
   Des Moines Lodge 159, Order Of The Brotherhood  Of Abraham
   Tiforeth Israel
   Laurel Hill
   Fort Des Moines Army Post
   Cyrus A. Mosier gravesite
   Wilson Alexander Scott gravesite
   Hendricks children gravesites
   Glendale (Waveland Park, City)
   Masonic
   Sunset Memorial
   Thompson-Coffeen plot
   Merle Hay Memorial / Chapel Hill
   Benjamin Jesse's
   Oak Grove
   Elm Grove
   East Side (Logan)
   Fort Des Moines Garrison (city lots)
 
  West Des Moines
    Resthaven
    Jordan Chapel (Jordan, Valley Junction)
    Jordan Family
 
  Pleasant Hill
    Oakwood (Youngstown)
 
  Urbandale
     McDivitt's Grove
 
  Johnston
     Rittger's
     Lawson (Kinsey, McHenry)
     Hunt Burial Grounds (Now called Ridgedale)
     McClain's (Now called Valley View)
 
  Ankeny
    Ankeny Memorial Gardens & American Veterans
    Oralabor
 
  Polk City
    Beebe
    Polk City
 
  Mitchellville
    Mitchellville
    Mitchellville Industrial School for Girls
 
  Grimes
     Sunny Hill
 
  Rural Polk County
    Altoona
    Old Altoona
    Avon (Watts)
    Berwick
    Bondurant
    Bretheren (Duncard, Church Of The Bretheren, United Bretheren, Flora)
    Byers (Cory's Grove, Cory's)
    Canfield
    German Lutheran
    DeVotie
    Elkhart (Ottawa)
    Enterprise
    Farrar
    Flora
    Franklin (Lee's Burying Ground, Trullinger's Grove, Franklin Township,Santiago)
    Gilfillian (Juber, Maffit Lake, Children's Cemetery, Waterworks Park)
    Greenwood (Quaker)
    Harvey
    Highland Memorial Gardens (Magnolia Memorial Gardens)
    Holy Cross
    Keller
    Lincoln Evangelical Lutheran Congregational (Nellie Coons farm, Otis Alleman)
    Lincoln Township
    Lincoln (near the former town of Andrews)
    Linn Grove Congregational
    Lowman
    Mount Zion
    Peoria Union
    Saylor (Now called Pine Hill)
    Powers - Warren
    Rising Sun
    Sheldahl
    L.M. Small
    Spry
    Stewart (Stuart, Four Mile)
    Union
    United Bretheren (Union)
    United Brethern (Hopkins Grove, Nissen)
    White Oak (Tyner)
    Wicker (Clark)
 
  0r another way to list them is by townships. I've tried to correct mistakes in prior publications of their proper section number locations:
 
Camp Township
  Adelphi  (32)
  Lowman  (26)
  Spry  (15)
  Powers - Warren (20)
  Wicker (Clark)  (32)
 
Franklin Township
Franklin(Lee's Burying Ground,Trullinger's Grove,Franklin Township,Santiago)(26)
Bondurant  (31)
Linn Grove Congregational (16)
 
Elkhart Township
  Keller (22)
  Byers (Cory's Grove, Corys) (36)
  Elkhart (Ottawa) (34)
  White Oak (Tyner)  (16)
 
Crocker Township
  Union (United Bretheren)  (17)
  Oralabor  (36)
  Ankeny Memorial Gardens & American Veterans (2)
 
Union Township
  United Bretheren (Union)  (17)
  United Brethern (Hopkin's Grove, Nissen)  (20)
 
Lincoln Township
  German Lutheran (Crocker, Moeckley)  (32)
  Lincoln Evangelical Lutheran Congegational(Nellie Coons Farm, Otis Alleman)(18)
  Lincoln Township (Andrews, Lincoln Church)  (28)
  Sheldahl  (6)
 
Douglas Township
  Greenwood (Quaker)  (32)
  Bretheren  (5)
  Enterprise 
 
Four Mile Township
  Stewart  (Stuart, Four Mile) (12)
  Oakwood (Youngstown) (8)
  Rising Sun (2)
 
Madison Township
  Beebe  (1)
  Polk City  (1)
  L.M. Small  (27)
  Corydon (12)
 
Washington Township
  Bretheren (Duncard, Church Of The Bretheren, United Bretheren)  (10)
  Farrar  (25 or 23)
  Holy Cross  (27)
  Mount Zion  (8)
  Peoria  Union (2)
  Flora
 
Jefferson Township
  Hunt Burial Ground (Now called Ridgedale)  (36)
  McClain's (Now called Valley View)  (26)
  Lincoln  (10)
 
Delaware Township
  Berwick  (5)
 
Walnut Township
  Jordan Chapel (Jordan, Valley Junction)  (16)
  Jordan Family  (16)
  Resthaven  (9)
 
Webster Township
  Lawson (Kinsey, McHenry) (7)
  McDivitt's Grove  (13)
  Rittgers  (6)
  Sunny Hill  (5)
  Merle Hay Memorial Gardens / Chapel Hill  (24)
 
Allen Township
  Avon (Watts) (29)
 
Clay Township
  Canfield  (32)
  Altoona  (18)
  Old Altoona  (17)
  Harvey  (26)
  Peacock Schoolyard (20)
  Mud Creek trestle bridge (17)
 
Saylor Township
  Highland Memorial Gardens (Magnolia Memorial Gardens)  (11)
  Saylor (Now called Pine Hill)  (15)
 
Beaver Township
  Mitchellville  (12)
  Mitchelville Industrial School For Girls  (12)
  DeVotie (23)
 
Bloomfield Township
  Gilfillian (Juber, Maffit Lake, Children's Cemetery, Waterworks Park) (31 west?)
 
Des Moines City Limits (Including Des Moines,Valley, Bloomfield, Grant and Lee Townships as well)
  Glendale (Waveland Park, City)  (31) west side
  Woodland (5) west side
  Fort Des Moines(Now part of Woodland cemetery,blocks 1 through 8) (5)west side
  Hendricks Children  (3) east side
  Thompson - Coffeen Plot  (35) near north side
  Benjamin Jesse  (12)
  Masonic (31) west side
  Oakwood (Now called Children Of Israel) (C.of I.) (30)  east side
  Children Of Israel (Now called Beth El Jacob) (31) west side
  Sims (Agency, Harris, Grant Township)  (32)  east side
  Laurel Hill  (6)  Lee
  Odd Fellows  (5) west side
  Saint Ambrose (R. C.) (5) west side
  Wilson Alexander Scott gravesite (3) east side
  Immanuel Jewish (Hebrew, Jewish) (5) west side
  Tiforeth Israel (31) west side
  Des Moines Lodge 159 Order of the Brotherhood of Abraham (31) west side
  Sunset Memorial (32)  South side (Bloomfield)
  Fort Des Moines Army Post (33)  south side (Bloomfield)
  Cyrus A. Mosier Jr. Gravesite (15) near south side
  Elm Grove  south side (36) (Bloomfield)
  Oak Grove  near south side (18) (Bloomfield)
 
.... I'm still trying to correctly place Gilfillian , George Davis Farm, and Ritter Farm
     cemeteries.
 
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