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The Friends Society originated in Davison County in 1882, meeting in the home of John Frederick Hanson, the founder. The land originally owned by James Catherine Hadley was deeded to the Society in 1886. A church building was erected in 1889 and was sold in 1914 when the meeting was abandoned. The cemetery alone remains. Records for the church were sent to William Hinshaw, Historical Records at Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. There were no W.P.A. records available on this cemetery, but local records and historians furnished data on some of those buried in this cemetery. The list is incomplete, as grave signs show evidence of several more burials than those given here. There are but 4 stones in the cemetery, and 4 fenced off areas aside from these with grave signs. The cemetery is fenced off, but shows no evidence of upkeep other than this. The cemetery is located 3 miles west of Mt. Vernon and one-half mile south off old Highway 16, on the south side of the road. The cemetery was read by the Davison County Genealogical Society on April 1978. Note:
The asterisk in front of the death date means that there is no stone for that person.
Notes and names at the bottom. LNAME FNAME MNAME AGE BIRTH DEATH HADLEY Catherine 40 1829 1889 HADLEY James 43 1829 1886 WORDEN Lydia 74 1926 1900 HUNTER Louise N 64 1844 1908 HUNTER James S 71 1848 1917 HOBSON John C 33 1859 *1892 TORSTENSON Nellie H ? ? *? EARL John Frederick 2 mo 1901 *1901 WILLIAMSON Alice H 19 mo 1894 *1896 NAMES AND NOTES: LNAME FNAME MNAME RELATIONSHIP-MISC HADLEY Catherine (Mendenhall) w/o James HADLEY James WORDEN Lydia (Newland) w/o William HUNTER Louise N (Worden) w/oJames d/oWm HUNTER James S h/o Louise N HOBSON John C s/o Edward K Amy J (Curl) TORSTENSON Nellie H d/o Thomas Mary (Phillips) EARL John Frederick s/o John Bertha (Hanson) WILLIAMSON Alice H d/o William M
Copyrighted 2001 for Davison county South Dakota by: Davison County Genealogical Society.