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Seward County, Nebraska Cemeteries

Death was a fact of life for early settlers. In Nebraska and Seward County, the first pioneers and travelers through the area who died here may have been buried in a spot on the prairie.

The first reported death was of homesteader Father Dunway in September of 1864 who was living on Section 3 in G Precinct. A neighbor, Grandfather Imlay, went to visit his friend, Father Dunway, and found Dunway's body on a patch of grass. Authorities were notified. A coroner's jury was rounded up in short order and an inquest held. It was determined that the death was due to natural causes. A rough board coffin was constructed of lumber taken from the cabin and, according to Seward County, Nebraska by John H. Waterman: "the remains of Father Dunway were laid to rest beneath an oak tree by the light of misty moon beams." His goods and chattles were turned over to his wife upon her arrival.

The Seward County Genealogical Society inventory indicates that there are 17 abandoned cemeteries and 34 active cemeteries in the county. Reports have been received of several lone graves, but they have not been verified. The society has a data base with every known burial in the county.

On the table, "m." stands for "miles" and "n.", "e.", "s.", "w." stands for the direction from the nearest town.

Status Precinct Section Cemetery Location
Abandoned A 23 Oak Grove, Pleasant Hill 3 1/2 m.n. - 2 1/2 m.e. of Garland
Abandoned B 26 Union 2 m.e. - 1 m.s. of Bee
Abandoned D 5 One lone grave - Neujahr 9 1/2 m.n. of Utica
Abandoned D 8 Valley View 5 m.n. of Utica
Abandoned D 19 Dry Creek 4 m.n. of Utica.
Abandoned D 27 Blue Ridge 5 m.n. - 2 m.e. of Utica
Abandoned G 16 Locust River (Early), no
longer in existence
E. Moffitt & Locust St., Seward
Abandoned H 23 Mount Caramel 2 m.e. - 2 1/2 m.s. of Garland
Abandoned I 29 Evangelical Lutheran 3 m.n. - 2 m.e. Milford on Hwy. 6
Abandoned K 13 First Methodist 3 1/2 m.e. of Goehner
Abandoned M 7 Knobb Hill 4 m.w. - 1/2 m.s. of Beaver Crossing
Abandoned M 14 Leonard 2 m.s. of Beaver Crossing
Abandoned N 5 Walnut Creek 3 m.e. - 1 m.n. of Beaver Crossing
Abandoned N 22 Englehaupt 5 m.e. - 2 m.s. of Beaver Crossing
Abandoned N 33 One Lone Grave 3 m.e. - 5 m.s. of Beaver Crossing
Abandoned O 17 Goldhammer 4 m.s. - 1/2 m.w. of Milford
Abandoned O 30 West Mills 3 m.w. - 3 1/2 m.s. - 1/2 m.w. of Milford. The West family were early settlers in the county.
Active B 13 St. Wenceslaus 1/2 m.e. - 3/4 m.n. of Bee
Active C 29 Faith Lutheran,
"Danish Lutheran"
2 m.w. - 1 m.n. Staplehurst
Active C 32 Our Redeemer Country,
Zion Lutheran
Marysville Church
Active C 35 Our Redeemer Town,
Immanuel Lutheran
1/2 m.s. of Staplehurst
Active D 5 St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran 9 1/2 m.w. of Utica
Active D 29 Immanuel Lutheran,
Meyer Church
5 m.n. of Utica.
Active E 29 St. Patrick's Catholic 1 m.e. - 1/2 m.s. of Utica.
Active E 29 Utica N. Edge - Hwy. 34 of Utica
Active F 20 Tamora 1/2 m.n. - 1/2 m.w. of Tamora
Active F 24 Anderson 2 1/4 m.w. - Hwy. 34 of Seward
Active G 16 Greenwood North 2nd, Seward
Active G 16 Seward 2 m.n. - Hwy. 15 of Seward
Active H 8 Germantown 1/2 m.w. of Garland
Active H 8 Zion Lutheran 1 m.s. of Garland
Active H 15 Middle Creek Lutheran 3 m.s. - 1 m.e. of Garland
Active I 8 Faith Lutheran East 5 m.e. - 3 m.s. of Seward
Active I 17 Pleasant Dale 2 m.n. - 1 m.w.of Pleasant Dale
Active J 14 Mount Pleasant 2 m.e. of Ruby. Originally known as Hageman Family Cemetery.
Active J 27 Immanuel Lutheran 1/2 m.w. - 1 m.s. of Ruby
Active K 8 Mound Prairie 2 m.n. - 1 m.w. of Goehner
Active K 36 Salem Methodist,
the church is now
a community church.
7 m.s. - 3 m.w. of Seward
Active L 10 Prairie Grove 3 m.w. - 3 1/2 m.s. of Utica
Active M 2 Beaver Crossing N. edge Beaver Crossing
Active M 2 Calvary Catholic 1 m.e. of Beaver Crossing
Active M 22 Leland 1 m.w. - 2 1/2 m.s. of Beaver Crossing
Active M 32 Zastrow 1 m.e. of Cordova
Active N 9 West Fairview 7 m.w. of Milford
Active O 8 East Fairview 2 m.w. - 1 m.s. of Milford
Active O 10 Milford Mennonite 1 m.w. Hwy. 6 of Milford
Active O 11 Blue Mound South edge of Milford
Active O 17 Pleasant View 3 m.w. - 1 m.s. of Milford
Active O 36 West Blue Church 5 m.s. - 1 m.e. of Milford
Active P 29 Camden 3 m.e. - 3 3/4 m.s. - 1/2 m.e.
of Milford

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