WHITENECK

The Whiteneck Cemetery is in Pleasant Township section 7, four miles north of Sweetser and one mile west of Jalapa. Located on two small hills which jut out into the low land of Cart Creek, this forgotten and forsaken place has one of the most beautiful situations in all of Grant County. It is in the beautiful Indian country within sight of the Battle Ground near Jalapa. Pioneer families from both Richland and Pleasant Township are buried here. Because of the difficulty in reaching the ground its use has been discontinued for many years. Old fashion roses, lilies and a carpet of myrtle struggle with the weeds, briers and shrubs for possession. A complete abstract of the place was impossible because of the danger from snakes, insects and deep holes made by sinking graves and groundhogs.

Mrs. Seltha Dawson now past 80 years old writes to me as follows "John Whiteneck bought this farm for his son John Samuel. The Whiteneck child was the daughter of John and Lucy Kingery - Whiteneck. Sarah died Sept. 24, 1852 aged 2y. & 6m. Catherine Whiteneck - Mattox was born in Va. in 1796 and died in Grant County in 1867 aged 70 yrs. She was buried in the Whiteneck Cemetery. She was the sister of John Whiteneck."

The Grant County Atlas of 1877 says "Mary E. Potter was the first white child born in Richland Township. Her parents were William and Sallie Potter." We find that Sarah the wife of William Potter and two of their children are buried here. This Atlas also states "The first death (Richland Township) was Rebecca Freeze in 1842 and she was buried in the Whiteneck Cemetery. "Her father was John Freese." The spelling is not the same but it may be presumed that the name Fees as copied from the stone is the same family name.

The above was written by the DAR in the 1940's.

They listed 68 people. So far I have not found 25 of these 68. Although I did add 23 more people to the list that they had not found in the 1940's. I spoke to the present owner of the land this cemetery is on, in May of 1995. He mentioned that his deed and abstract shows this cemetery. He told me previous owners had pigs fenced in this cemetery, and later cattle was pastured there. This must have occurred between the time the DAR read this cemetery and now. Very little can be seen there today. He also told me a few years ago, a man made several trips back to this cemetery trying to recover the stones that have been rooted up and trampled into the ground. This is evidenced by neat stacks of a few stones leaning against trees here and there.

I made two attempts to read this cemetery, hoping I could find more of what had been there in the past, but to no avail. It has been destroyed too long for 2 people (my husband and myself) to go in there and unearth the secrets of this sacred ground.

Access may be obtained by asking at the first farmhouse (trailer in the rear of this farmhouse) at 5055 N. 500 W. There is a drive leading back to the cemetery. In good weather you can drive all the way. It is about 1/4 of a mile back on the west side of Cart Creek.

*Denotes a stone not found at this time.


Whiteneck Cemetery

Belveal, George W. son of Seth and Louiza Belveal died Jan. 10, 1864 aged 6m.27d. Memoma E. dau of Seth and Louiza Belveal died Aug. 13, 1862 aged 1y.5m. Broadbent, Annie M. dau of R. & M. Broadbent died Sept 27, 1866 aged 2y.4m.6d. S/S with Laura E., Arthur A. and Robert Arthur A. son of R. & M. Broadbent died Feb. 6, 1867 aged 1y.1m.22d. S/S with Annie M., Laura E. and Robert Laura E. dau of R. & M. Broadbent died Sept 15, 1860 aged 4y.6m.8d. S/S with Annie M., Arthur A. and Robert (Found a footstone with the initials L.E.B.) Robert died Apr. 8, 1872 aged 65y.7m.13d. S/S with Laura E., Annie M. and Arthur A. (Found a footstone with the initials R.B.) Brownfield, Eliza dau of S.W. & S. Brownfield died Jan. 18, 18__ aged 13y.10m.26d. (Badly weathered and illegible. This stone had been broken in 3 pieces and the middle with S.W & S. Brownfield died Jan. 18, 18__ was missing. Evidently the DAR had trouble reading it 50 years ago) (Found a footstone with the initials E.B.) Samuel M. died Dec. 19, 1862 aged 24y.10m.19d. * Samuel W. died July 31, 1859 aged 58y.10m. (Found a footstone with the initials S.W.B.) Burk, * Margareta dau of M. & M.G. Burk died Feb. 14, 1851 aged 2m.10d. Campbell, * Dulcena C. dau of T.P. & R. Campbell died Aug. 8, 1871 aged 2y.10m.4d. Infant son of T.P. & R. Campbell born & died Sept 17, 1868 James A. Apr. 22, 1825 - Oct. 2, 1874 aged 49y.5m.10d. Malissa E. dau of T.P. & R. Campbell died May 9, 1866 aged 3m.20d. Salathiel son of T.P. & R. Campbell died Sept. 16, 1867 aged 6 months Dawson, * Mary A. dau of William & S. Dawson died July 6, 1852 aged 1y.22d. Sarah wife of Wm. Dawson died June 14, 1852 aged 21y.5m.19d. Tabitha J. dau of H. & L. Dawson died Mar. 24, 1855 aged 6y.3m.4d. Tobitha wife of Wm. Dawson Sr. died Nov. 26, 1874 aged 80y.10m.22d. Wm. Sr. died Sept. 10, 1844 aged 46y.8m.17d. (Found a footstone with the initials W.D.) Fees, Emeline dau of J. & M.A. Fees died Sept. 22, 1854 aged 1m.12d. Rebecca dau of John & Jane Fees Mar. 31, 1836 - Jan. 16, 1843 aged 6y.9m.16d. (Found a footstone with the initials R.F.) Fields, Corban J. son of R. & F. Fields died Aug. 3, 1860 aged 4y.9m.24d. "Lie here dear son, and take thy rest God called you home. He thought it best." Elisha B. son of Wm. & N. Fields died Oct. 18, 1861 aged 12y.9m.13d. Franklin T. son of R. & F. Fields died Aug. 2, 1860 aged 2y.6m.16d. "There is a debt to nature due Which I have paid and so must you." Sarah E. dau of R. & F. Fields died June 22, 1845 aged 28 days "Our lovely lamb, our daughter dear Beneath the soil was buried here." Fisher, Arbell dau of E.J. & M. Fisher died Jan. 29, 1851 aged 5m.5d. Infant dau of E.J. & E.C. Fisher born & died Aug. 5, 1847 Infant son of E.J. & M. Fisher born & died Apr. 27, 1853 Grow, Mahala wife of John Grow died Aug. 31, 1847 aged 23y.3m.17d. Hale, Matilda dau of Wm. & S. Hale died Dec. 30, 1857 aged 19y.7d. Susannah wife of Wm. Hale died Aug. 25, 1856 aged 38y.5m.20d. (Found a footstone with the initials S.H.) Haynes, * Lucy C. dau of John Haynes died Apr. 4, 1855 aged 3y.11m.20d. * Mary dau of John Haynes died Apr. 5, 1855 aged 1y.1m.21d. Key, Edward A. son of Z. & E. Key died Mar. 22, 1862 aged 20y.7m.4d. Mansfield, * Susannah wife of T. Mansfield died Apr. 24, 1876 aged 30y.3m.23d. Miller, John died June 22, 1876 aged 70y.3d. (DAR had this man listed as Tolen.) Susanna dau of J. & S. Miller died Oct. 30, 1855 aged 8y.10d. O'Neal, * Kansas dau of L. & S. O'Neal died Oct. 12, 1857 aged 11y.3m.2d. * Mary C. dau of L. & S. O'Neal died Feb. 11, 1856 aged 2y.1m.26d. Potter, Margaret L. dau of Wm. & S. Potter died Sept. 11, 1854 aged 3y.5m.12d. * Sarah wife of Wm. M. Potter died July 14, 1879 aged 62y.7m.12d. Sarah C. dau of Wm. M. & Sarah Potter died ______ (broken at this point) aged 21y.9m.26d. Wm. M. died May 19, 1879 aged 62y.2m.16d. Prickett, Abigail Samantha wife of J.W. Prickett died Feb. 13, 1874 aged 26y.6d. * Melvina E. wife of J.E. Simmons and dau of T. & N. Prickett died Dec. 12, 1879 aged 23y.11m.28d. S/S with Clarence F., Infant and Jennie Simmons Pritchett, Ephraim C. son of J.K. & J.A. Pritchett died Oct. 22, 1861 aged 11m.23d. "The Savior lives and so said He Suffer such to come to me." Jasper N. son of J.K. & J.A. Pritchett died Dec. 23, 1857 aged 4y.9m.27d. "Dry up your tears, your beautiful one Was suddenly called to his rest." Renbarger, * Eliza wife of Charles died Jan. 11, 1860 aged 31y.10m. * Fidellas twin son of Isaac & Nancy Renbarger died May 16, 1863 * Infant son of Charles & Eliza Renbarger Isaac died July 1, 1864 aged 43y.6m.27d. * James son of E. & N. Renbarger died Feb. 18, 1860 aged 2y.8m.5d. Rogers, Amanda J. dau of E. & E. Rogers died Nov. 28, 1854 aged 4y.8m.10d. Candus dau of E. & E. Rogers died Nov. 22, 1854 aged 2y.8m.10d. Charles E. son of E. & E. Rogers died Feb. 9, 1849 aged 2y.10m.27d. * George K. son of E. & E. Rogers died Nov. 28, 1854 aged 11y.5m.20d. (Found only the bottom of this stone, listing this age) * John S. son of J. & S. Rogers died Nov. 11, 1854 aged 1y.7m.1d. Marcellus son of E.& E. Rogers died Nov. 30, 1854 aged 7y.23d. * Rosabell dau of E. & E. Rogers died Jan. 2, 1865 aged 6y.6m.16d. Sarah Ann dau of J.W. & Sarah Rogers died Sep. 11, 1860 aged 11y.10m.19d. Simmons, Clarence F. son of J.E. & M.E. Simmons died Dec. 8, 1874 aged 4m.7d. S/S with Infant, Jennie and Melvina E. Infant son of J.E. & M.E. Simmons born & died Dec. 11, 1879 S/S with Clarence F., Jennie and Melvina E. Jennie dau of J.E. & M.E. Simmons died Sept. 14, 1879 aged 8m.13d. S/S with Clarence F., Infant and Melvina E. Mary A. dau of J.W. & E.J. Simmons died Feb. 20, 1855 aged 1y.10m.21d. (Badly weathered and illegible, age may not be correct.) Melvina E. wife of J.E. Simmons and dau of T. & N. Prickett died Dec. 12, 1879 aged 23y.11m.28d. S/S with Clarence F., Infant and Jennie Simpson, Eliza E. dau of John T. & Philinda Simpson died Apr. 4, 1877 aged 18y.11m.18d. John T. Apr. 30, 1822 Aug. 9, 1865 aged 42y.3m.9d. "Dearest father thou hast left us Here thy loss we deeply feel But thy God who has berft us He can all our sorrows heal." T. Minnie dau of John T. & Philinda Simpson died Sept. 11, 1865 aged 1y.6m.2d. S/S with Willie Willie son of John T. & Philinda Simpson died Sept. 11, 1865 aged 7y.6m.4d. S/S with T. Minnie Sinclair, Mary wife of William Sinclair died Feb. 23, 1854 in the 65th year of her age William Jan. 9, 1785 Oct. 13, 1854 aged 69y.9m.4d. Snyder, Eddy C. son of J. & L. Snyder died Sept. 2/3, 1868 aged 8m.12d. * Emaline wife of John Snyder died Dec. 27, 1867 aged 27y.21d. Etta B. dau of J.W. & C. Snyder died Nov. 2, 1878 aged 6y.11m.20d. Infant son of W.H. & S. Snyder died Oct. 23, 1870 aged 1 day "Sleep sweet babe and take thy rest God called thee home he thought it best." James H. son of W.H. & S. Snyder died June 18, 1874 aged 2y. __m. __d. (Badly weathered and illegible.) Speelmon, * Anna M. wife of R.V. Speelmon died Aug. 28, 1864 aged 20y.4m.23d. Catharine wife of Solomon Speelmon died Oct. 14, 1864 aged 74y.2m.5d. John H. son of R.V. & A.E. Speelmon died Sept. 15, 1864 aged 1m.15d. Phillip D. son of R.V. & A.E. Speelmon died Jan. 6, 1863 aged 3 days Webster, * Sarah N. dau of W.R. & N. Webster died Aug. 24, 1851 aged 5m.10d. White, D.A. died Nov. 9, 1877 aged 81 years S/S with Elizabeth (Found a footstone with the initials D.A.W.) Elizabeth wife of D.A. White died Jan. 14, 1864 aged 60y.7m.7d. S/S with D.A. White Elizabeth E. dau of D.A. & Elizabeth White died Apr. 20, 1851 aged 6y.7d. "Sleep on sweet child and take thy rest God called you home. He thought it best." * Infant child of A.J. & N. White ____ * James son of A.J. & N. White died Sept. 16, 1870 aged 2m.29d. * Phebe A. dau of D. & E. White Feb. 20, 1842 - Apr. 29, 1864 aged 22y.2m.9d. NOTE: Recently I was given this information. D.A. White was Drury Andrew White and his wife Elizabeth was Elizabeth (Fields) White. A.J. White was Andrew Jackson White. This information courtesy of Doug White a descendant. Whiteneck, * Sarah dau of I. & L. Whiteneck died Sept. 24, 1852 aged 2y.6m. York, James C. son of A.Y. & S.A. York died Aug. 24, 1849 aged 2m.13d. NOTE: Also found a half of stone with only the age on it and a poem stating "our daughter" aged 1y.9m.11d.

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