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Old Catholic (Irish) Cemetery Burials

Blue Folder Driving directions to the cemetery. Blue Folder Description of Cemetery.
Location: N 1/2 of SE 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 18, East Boyer Township
Graves were sorted by rows, beginning in the Northwest corner of the cemetery.
Rows are counted from North to South, stones are listed from East to West.
Row-Stone SurnameGiven NameBirthDeath Inscription
1A CLINTON Mary A 6. September 1872 31. May 1911  
1B TIERNAN Margaret 1805 10. March 1876 age of 71 years, mother of ? TIERNAN, from Galway Co Ireland
1C TIERNAN Mary 1823 11. May 1886 63rd year Born in County Galway Ireland - May her soul rest in peace
1D TIERNAN J L     Co G, 26th Iowa Inf
1E CARTER Albert V 9. November 1868 9. September 1875 6yr, 10mn, 1 dy
1F MOORE Patrick 24. October 1824 29. January 1879 In memory of my husband, by Mary Moore, born Queens Co Ireland
1F McLAUGHLIN Ann 1800 8. November 1874 born Co Meath, Ireland, age 74 yrs
1F MOORE James 1. February 1863 17. July 1890 Child of P & M MOORE, age 27 5mn
1F MOORE Thomas 23. February 1867 23. April 1882 Child of P & M MOORE, age 15 2mn, 9dy
1F MOORE Mary E 10. February 1874 15. October 1874 Child of P & M MOORE, age 8mn 5dy
2A HEALY Mary 1842 22. November 1889 age 47 yrs
2B PURCELL Michael 1788 2. March 1889 age 101 yrs
2C MOLONY Michael 1807 6. May 1875 age 68 yrs, native of Ireland
3A CAREY Margaret 1824 25. March 1890 born Co Clare, Ireland
3A CAREY John 1820 19. October 1889 born Co Clare, Ireland, age 69
3A CAREY Annie M 3. March 1868 31. July 1886 age 18 yr, 4 mn, 28 dys
3B McGRIN Ellen 1820 15. January 1888 age 68 yrs, wife of Michael McGrin
3B McGRIN Michael 1810 11. March 1898 age 88
3C FLAHIVE John 1813 10. December 1875 age 62 yrs, Native of Co Clare, Ireland
3D HEALY Owen 1858 1889  
3E HEALY Rose 1884 1886  
4A McS__EY Thomas unknown 21. December 1884 son of M. A. McS_EY
4B CLAREY Patrick 1835 15. May 1884 Age 49 yrs
4C KANE Johana 1828 7. June 1894 Age 66, born Donoughboy, Co Clare, Ireland
4D KEANE John 20. April 1820 2. February 1900  
4D KEANE Abigail 1824 1903 wife of John
5A MAHONEY Catherine E 12. October 1864 20. March 1890  
5A MAHONEY Patrick unknown 26. February 1904  
5A MAHONEY Mary A 1824 9. March 1911 Age 87
5A MAHONEY James P 7. August 1871 21. October 1886  
5B MERBACK Catharina 1. December 1846 24. February 1886 Age 39 yr, 2 mn
5B MERBACK Ellie 14. February 1886 8. May 1886 Age 2 mn, 22 dys
6A ADAM Amelia 22. March 1827 21. August 1886  
7A ENRIGHT James 8. August 1853 5. April 1888 Age 34 yr, 7 mn, 28 dys
7A ENRIGHT Patirck 1813 25. July 1884 Age 71 yr
8A LYNCH Thomas 1. June 1834 25. March 1899 born Co Kerry, Ireland
8A LYNCH Michael 25. December 1869 28. February 1892 born Co Kerry, Ireland
8B KINNEY Edward R 1857 28. April 1881 Age 24 yrs; son of John & Mary Kinney
9A AYERS Elizabeth 1845 21. December 1908 Age 63 yrs
9B HEDERMAN Martin 1818 11. November 1893 age 75 yrs; born Querin, Co Clare, Ireland, stone erected by children Patrick & Joseph
9B HEDERMAN Margaret unknown 30. November 1889 wife of Martin, born Baltard, Clare, Ireland
9C HEDERMAN Mary A 9. April 1860 28. May 1881 age 21 yr, 1 mn, 19 dys; daughter of M & M HEDERMAN
9D MAGNER John 1812 10. December 1879 Age 67 yrs
9E HEDERMAN Mary E 1868 17. December 1898 Age 30, wife of P HEDERMAN
10A KELLY Francis P 13. March 1834 29. December 1902 born Kings Co, Ireland
10A KELLY Mary E 23. November 1859 18. August 1898  
10A KELLY Hanorah 3. September 1870 27. December 1878 age 8 yr, 3 mn, 24 dy
10A KELLY George 18. June 1874 15. January 1879 age 4 yr, 6 mn, 27 dy
10A KELLY Maggie E 5. December 1871 12. January 1872 age 1 mn, 7 dy
10B HABEL Joseph 1. November 1873 27. November 1878 age 5 yr, 26 dys; child of J & C HABEL
10B HABEL Mary 1. June 1878 16. November 1878 age 6 mn; child of J & C HABEL
10B HABEL Frank P 2. July 1882 27. December 1882 age 5 mn, 25 dy; child of J & C HABEL
10B HABEL Emil 31. August 1866 10. November 1878 age 12 yr, 2 mn, 10 dy; child of J & C HABEL
10B HABEL Johny 29. June 1871 11. November 1878 age 7 yr, 4 mn, 12, dy; child of J & C HABEL
10C KEARNEY John 16. May 1848 7. September 1879 age 31 yr, 3 mn, 22 dy; of CO Down, Ireland, husband of Mary
10D O'CONNOR Anna 1848 5. June 1880 age 32; erected by John
10E GRIFFEN John 1812 21. May 1874 age 62; erected by nephew John Griffen; born Querin, Co Clare Ireland
10F GRIFFEN Margaret 1827 18. August 1874 age 47
10F GRIFFEN Thomas 1822 17. February 1903 age 81; born Querin, Co Clare Ireland
10F GRIFFEN Lucy 1844 9. July 1905 age 61
10G POITEVIN Adelaide M J 1. July 1816 11. November 1871 age 55 yr, 4 mn; mother of J, JB, M, P H & A Poitevin
10H BENNETTI Philemona 1852 10. May 1887 age 35
10I BENNETTI Johnny 3. June 1887 20. December 1888 age 1 yr, 6 mn, 17 dy

Directions to the East Boyer Old Catholic Cemetery:
Head east on U S Hwy 30 from downtown Denison; near the east edge of town will be county road M 36, also shown as Donna Reed Road; turn south on Donna Reed (a sign will also show the town of Manilla in this direction)and cross the railroad track, and then cross the Boyer River; immediately after crossing the river will be a paved road going to the east, turn on this road (sign is down but this is O Ave).

There is a blue sign which shows a Christmas Tree Farm in this direction. Go east 0.8 mile until you arrive at 283rd St, which is a gravel road heading south. 283rd continues south for 0.7 mile, but turns to dirt near the end. The old Catholic Cemetery will be on the east side of the road where the road ends and heads into a corn field.

Cemetery Description
The cemetery has been turned over to the conservation unit of the county and they have turned this cemetery into a native grass plot. The plants get quite tall and at times it is nearly impossible to find any of the old stones. I am told they burn off the grass about every three to four years to kill weeds and restore the prairie.

They did burn last spring, so there should be no burning for several more years. Early spring of this year may be a good time to visit, but I feel that by late summer, it again will be difficult to find many of the stones, and the tall grass does make for hard walking.

Having talked to some of the folks at the Catholic Church in town, I have learned that a number of the bodies where moved during the early part of last century to the "new catholic" cemetery in town. Some of the stones in the new cemetery had to come from out this way as the new cemetery did not begin until 1905 and some of the stones list earlier death dates.

Norm Prince

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Stones were recorded in 1978 by Phyllis Auen of Denison, Iowa and Neila Rohan of Everly, Iowa.

We wish to thank Norm Prince for submmiting this material with the description of the cemetery.


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