Society of Friends, Quakers
Record of Removals from Friends, Quakers
Burying-Ground to Oak Hill Cemetery
Battle Creek, MI 1921
|The following transcription is taken from a manuscript
housed at Willard Public Library, Battle Creek, MI. There is no
1835 – Four New York Quakers: Johnathan Hart, Abram,
Joseph, and Isaac Merritt purchased a one half interest in the village
of Battle Creek, then Merriton.
1836 – A Meeting was organized, and a parcel of land was
selected outside the village, on the east side of the Emmett line for a
1848 – Having become too near, it was abandoned and a new
site purchased on
Fremont St. to which the bodies were removed by Ogden Green and
Members of this early Meeting were Eli and Rachel Lapham,
Isaac and Mary Merritt, Isaac and Sarah Sutton, Jacob and Mary Frost, William
and Gulielma Knowles, Joseph Kirby and wife, Reynolds and Deborah Cornell,
Jonathan and Mary Hart, John Meachem, Linlay Bowne, Henry and Phoebe Willis,
Erastus and Sarah Hussey, Isaac Mott, Elias and Amy Manchester, George Tagg,
Cholett and Martha Cady, Nathaniel and Eliza Potter, Homer Case, Amos
Harrington, Almon E. Preston, George Bradley, Ambrose Cocke, Jeremiah Brown and
Mary Tagg and Linlay Bowne were the first to be married in
1843 – The society erected a Meeting house on
Maple St., now Capitol Ave.
1860 – This property was sold to the Catholic Denomination.
1861 -A second Meeting house was erected on West
Main St., now
W. Michigan Ave. in
Bedford Township, Calhoun Co.
where there were several families of the faith: Taggs, Stringhams,
Pugsleys, Kirbys, Frosts, Bownes, Beviers, Shotwells, Bunnells. The
building is still standing (1934). It is used as a dwelling.
1871 – After selling the
Main St.house, a little white building was erected in their
Fremont St. It is still standing (1934). Nathaniel Potter and
George Bradley helped with the building. Nathaniel Potter was the last one
buried in the burying-ground.
1899 – Lack of immigration of Friends from the East,
marrying out of the Meeting, Spiritualism, and other religions and the, “call
of the world” had so reduced the membership to six: Levi Pitman and wife,
Isaac Willis and wife, George Case, Amos Farrington; so the Meeting was “laid
down” and the members became members of the Half-yearly Meeting, its superior,
at *Pelham, Ontario, Canada.
The last Meeting was held by one person, George Case.
1899 – The city secured the lease of the property for
park purposes. The lease is to own 99 yrs., at $50 per year. At its expiration
to be returned to the Friends’ control. It was called
1899-1900 – Bodies were removed to
Oak Hill Cemetery. See Burial section.
*The Battle Creek Monthly Meeting and the Pelham Half
Yearly Meeting belonged to the Genesee Yearly Meeting, which was composed of the
Liberal Branch in
Western New York, Ontario and parts of
1921 – The Battle Creek Chapter D.A.R. by petition,
secured the name
Fremont Park changed to
Quaker Park, and placed a boulder with a bronze plate mark the
Friends’ last spiritual home and meeting place:
And Meeting House
Society of Friends, Quakers
Placed by the
Daughters of the American Revolution
Name Age Death Notes Friends Ground
Atkinson, Caleb 11 Oct 1899
Atkinson, Caly 11 Oct 1899
Atkinson, Thomas 74 9 Sep 1863 11 Oct 1899
Bowne, Theodore 7 Jun 1851 (poss. 1857) 1891
Brown, A. D. 1899 [?]
Carpenter, Dr. S. D. 16 Nov 1857 11 Jan 1900
Carpenter, Phebe 16 Apr 1900
Cook, Emma 24 Oct 1899
Cook, Emma M. 24 Oct 1899
Cook, Harry F. 24 Oct 1899
Cook, Joseph 24 Oct 1899
Cox, John 69 Mar 1878 23 May 1891
Ensigh, Datus 1899 [?]
Gray, Duane 12 Jan 1900
Halsted, James 15 Sep 1867 1899
Hart, Johnathan 63 Sep 1858
Hart, Mary L. 38 Feb 1840 wife of Johnathan
Iden, James R. 31 May 1900
Iden, Thomas G. Sr. 18 Oct 1899
Iden, Thomas Jr. 18 Oct 1899
Jackson, Jacob 5 Dec 1845 1899
Jackson, Lewis 1899
Jackson, Mary 1899
Jackson, Sarah A. 1899
Knickerbocker, Josephine 20 Dec 1899
Knickerbocker, Samuel (?)71 3 Apr 1881 20 Dec 1899
Merritt, Albert 3 1857 8 May 1899
Merritt, Daniel 21 1839 8 May 1899
Merritt, Dwight 1863 8 May 1899
Merritt, Emma 8 1852 8 May 1899
Merritt, Johnathan 21 1837 8 May 1899
Merritt, Joseph 71 1863 8 May 1899
Merritt, Phoebe 79 1870 8 May 1899
Morey, Bethia 20 Dec 1899
Morey, Susannah Aug 1846 Dau. Of B. & T. 20 Dec 1899
Morey, Thomas 20 Dec 1899
Mott, Mary A. 10 Jan 1900
Phaling, Phebe 34 1875 ?
Pugsley, Palmer 2 Nov 1888
Streeter, Rebecca 11 Oct 1899
Stringham, Jacob 65 1856 ?
Stringham, John 61 1876 ?
Stringham, Julia E. 7mo. 9da1890 Dau. Of E. & G. ?
Stringham, Sara 75 1866 Wife of Jacob ?
Titus, Frances W. 77 1894 24 Mar 1908
Titus, Richard 68 1868 24 Mar 1908
Titus, Richard, Sr. 24 Mar 1908
Williams, Isabel 1850 Dau. Be[?] Sarah 1900
|In 1900, Battle Creek bought 68 burial rights in Oak Hill cemetery for
There were over 30 unknowns, but as many of the markers were made of
wood. The old Friends did not believe in monuments, and at one
time, grave stones were abolished.