(AKA: BYRKITS BURIAL YARD)
St. Joseph County
This cemetery is on the east side of Cedar Road and Riverview Boulevard, just east of River Pointe Estates on Vistula in Penn Township
|AKIN, RUTH H.||03/04/1863||daughter of S. & S Akin; age 15 y 3m 4d|
|BELDEN||01/04/1844||Wife of Z. Belden; age 24y 1m 8d|
|BYRKIT, ELIZABETH||09/??/1861||Wife of J. Byrkit|
|BYRKIT, GEORGE||03/02/1844||age 63 y; His Epitaph reads; May the perfect man behold the right for the end. Of that man is peace.|
|BYRKIT, JOHN MEETY (?)||11/06/1849||age 38y 7m 2d|
|BYRKIT, LYMAN||05/02/1844||Son of E. S. Byrkit; 17y 3m 15d|
|THRALL, MARY||10/09/1842||Wife of William Thrall|
|WEST, GEORGE W.||09/11/1833||Age 55; Epitaph reads: How oft the slumbering of the tomb, to which the living all must come, Weep not my friend, weep not for me, What I am now will soon be.|
In 1935 a Mr. J. Harold Kiracofe recorded these burials and noted that there were several slab markers that were broken only showing the initials:
H.J.B. (possible Byrkit Family member )
L.B. (possibly Lovie Babcock, the daughter of George West) Lovie's husband was Thomas Babcock
Before Mr. Kiracofe recorded this cemetery it was noted that in 1935 there were at least 75 graves.
Mr. Kiracofe noted that the West family and the Babcock's lived on the west bank of the Baugo at Eagle Point.
As of 1956 it was noted by Donna Eberhart Blair that only; George West, Ruth Akin, Lyman Byrkit, Elizabeth Byrkit, George Byrkit and Jacob Byrkit tombstone remained. The others were knocked over and were difficult to read. Since this time the cemetery has been fenced in and some repairs made.
On March 22, 2009 Georgia and myself went to this small cemetery and took some pictures, this is what we recorded.
After entering the gate the first tombstone on the south east side of the cemetery is and then read to the north (same for each row):
Started June 03, 2005
Updated: Monday, April 06, 2009 04:13:19 PM