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Decatur City Cemetery
Decatur Township, Section 27, Decatur County, Iowa
Location: west edge of Decatur City, Decatur County, Iowa.
Earliest tombstone burial: John M. Houston, d. Feb. 18, 1853, aged 21y 2m 25d, Sect. A, 09-10
HISTORY: This is a township and city cemetery. The road along the east side is the borderline with the town of Decatur. There is an ornate iron gate leading into the cemetery. The earliest burials were just inside the gate, to the left and right. The city of Decatur is one of the oldest settlements in the county. It was first laid out and then designated as the county seat in 1851. The county seat was moved to Leon in 1853. The first tombstone burial was for John M. Houston, age 21 who died in 1853. He was probably the son of Matthew and Jane Houston who were pioneers to Decatur, buying 1000 acres of government land within 2 miles of Decatur. (Perhaps they were the ones to donate the land for the cemetery.) There are no records for the old sections of the cemetery, but Township Clerk keeps a plot book for the newer sections.
Deed: Nov. 15, 1956 - Purchased land on the north from Reece and Helen McGee of Colorado for $1. (Sections E & F)
Deed: June 24, 1987 - Trustees purchased about 5 acres to the west for "burying ground". This area remains undeveloped.
An * means no tombstone, but indicates a known burial.
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Source of Additional Information: Cemeteries of Decatur Co. IA; compiled by Lois Slade and transcribed for our site by Janice Lira; Lois Slade and Carla Rae in May of 2001. Updated by Sharon R. Becker, January and February of 2018 as per Obituaries.
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