From "History of DeKalb County Cemeteries" by Dorothy A. Ditmars, April
Henry Wanemaker, Stewart Wartenbee, and George D.
trustees of the cemetery, conveyed the same to S. S. Casebere, trustee
Stafford township on February 21, 1905.
Some prominent members who are buried there are
Wanemaker and wife, John J. Greenwalt and wife, Henry Webster and wife,
a host of others.
Information from John Scoville:
The (above) is the order for a
tombstone for Minnie Joslin. Minnie was the daughter of Clark and
Mary Joslin and is buried in the Wartenbe Cemetery. Clark and
Mary are my great great grandparents. Clark Joslin died in 1873
and Mary remarried to Erastus Wanamaker in 1878. The reason for
Mary V. Wanamaker ordering a stone for Minnie in 1879. Note, "to
be set in the Webster yd" [yard]. I believe that this cemetery
was probably originally known as the Webster Cemetery. Below the
stone order is a picture of Minnie's stone today.
The stone is missing today, but the
earliest burial, that I know of in the Wartenbe Cemetery, is
for a John Webster who died in 1841 at the age of 19 years. This
John Webster was a son of John & Betsey Webster. John
Webster, the father, and his brother Hazzard Webster settled in
Stafford in 1836 and entered large tracts of land. Another son of
John & Betsey Webster was William Webster. William owned the
farm that the Wartenbe Cemetery is located on and I would assume
that William got this farm from his father. John Webster, the
father, died in 1854. William Webster first married a Lovisa Ann
Barber. She died and William remarried to Cordelia Wanamaker in
1848. In 1857 William Webster died and Cordelia remarried to
Steward Patterson Wartenbe in 1859. Steward was from Defiance
Co., Ohio and did not live in this area until his marriage to
Cordelia. When he married Cordelia he moved to the William
Webster farm. William and Cordelia living there until their
deaths in 1905. Steward and Cordelia's son Corwin Wartenbe then
lived on this farm for a few years before selling it.
I would assume that the Wartenbe
Cemetery started out as a Webster family cemetery and quickly
became a community burial ground as several of the early family of this
area are buried there. Also, it couldn't have been known as the
Wartenbe Cemetery until after 1859 as there weren't any Wartenbe's in
More information from John