Buchanan Co.

“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 one hundred and fifty 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:
Buffalo Twp.
(1) Derby


Byron Twp.
(2) Payne
(3) Clow - moved
(4) Bethel
(5) Pine

Fairbank Twp.
(6) Kier/Union
Jefferson Twp.
(7) Beachler
(8) Shady Grove
(9) Greenwood
Liberty Twp.
(10) Public Burying Ground
Madison Twp.
(11) Buchanan - Mudville (moved)
Newton Twp.
(12) Upper Spring Grove
Sumner Twp.
(13) New Haven
Washington Twp.
(14) Poor Farm / County Home
(15) St. Joseph's / Mt. Calvary (moved)
(15) Independence Cemetery
Middlefield Twp.
(17) Middlefield (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:

1. Whitmore - 1911-1912
Grey / polished granite
Taken to Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton

2. Mary, wife of James Hubbartt - d. 9/8/1870
Early stone / marble
Taken to Oran

3. Infant son of Jacob & Mary Kessler - Stillborn 11/20/1885
Early stone / marble
Taken to Solon

4. Broken off - can read 1866
Early stone / marble

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