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Pioneer Cemetery
(a.k.a. Old Town Cemetery)
Iowa Mormon Trails
Established August 14, 1859
Pioneer/Old Town Cemetery

Old Town Cemetery is located in Section 21, Macedonia Township, two miles northwest of Macedonia. This cemetery was named Pioneer but is better known as "Old Town." The original town of Macedonia was located nearby when it was first started, but then the railroad located about a mile east of the location, the town simply picked up and moved to meet it in 1880.

To reach Old Town Cemetery, drive east out of Macedonia. After crossing the Nishnabotna River, take the first right turn. The cemetery is up around the curve on the west side of the road.

Some people interred here were moved to the Carson and Macedonia cemeteries, along with the stones erected at their site. Thomas Jefferson Ring, the founder of Macedonia is buried in Old Town Cemetery.

There is a grass drive down the middle of the cemetery.  When read, it was divided into north and south sections.  It was read left to right starting with the rows nearest the road. 


Gravestones where read and photographed on 5 June 2001 by Joyce Hickman and Vicki King.

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Name Dates Remarks
Adams, Edith Mar 29, 1875-Oct 7, 1880 (North Section, Row 11)
Adams, Frances C. Died Aug. 15, 1880 Aged 31 yrs Wife of W J Adams Stone by Guthrie Center Marble Works (North Section, Row 11)
Adams, Robert Aug 10, 1878-Nov 6, 1879 (North Section, Row 9)
Aukland, Charles S. Died Sep 14 1875 Aged 1 yr 10 mo 24 dys Son of S & P A Aukland (South Section, Row 8)
Barrow, John B. Died Mar 5, 1876 Aged 17 yr 11 mo 22 dys (South Section, Row 4)
Beezley, Jerusha A. Died Aug 30, 1878 Aged 30 yr 10 mo Wife of Paul "Gone But Not Forgotten" (South Section, Row 1)
Beezley, Polly Ann Died May 16, 1880 Aged 32 yr 11 mo 12 dys Wife of William Beezley (South Section, Row 1)
Biggar, George A. Died Oct 1, 1884 Aged 2 mo Son of D & P B Biggar (South Section, Row 14)
Boicourt, Nancy J. June 26, 1850 - Mar 15, 1882 (North Section, Row 5)
Bolton, Margaret Died June 3, 1879 Aged 34 yrs 7 mo Wife of M(oses) Bolton (North Section, Row 14)
Bolton, Moses Died Oct 30, 1892 Aged 52 yrs 10 mo 1 dy (North Section, Row 14)
Bolton, Two Twin Infants Died 1879 Aged 2 mo & 3 mo (on same stone with Moses & Margaret Bolton) (North Section, Row 14)
Braden, Infant Dau. (Twin) Died Jul 19, 1879 Aged 2 mo 29 dys Child of P & S A Braden (South Section, Row 14)
Braden, Infant Son (Twin) Died Apr 27, 1879 Aged 1 day Child of P & S A Braden (South Section, Row 14)
Braden, Perley A. Died Mar 7, 1881 Aged 7 yrs 1 mo Son of P & S A Braden (South Section, Row 14)
Bradley, Georgie F. Died may 25, 1882 Aged ? yrs 6 mo 3 dys Son of C D & J M Bradley (stone broken - can't read years of age) South Section, Row 16
Breneman, Ophia Died Feb 23, 1883 Aged 18 dys Infant dau of N E & C K Breneman (South Section, Row 9)
Briggs, Lizzie A. Died Nov 3, 1878 Aged 4 yrs 1 mo Dau of E S & E Briggs "Little Lizzie has gone to sleep, on the Saviors loving breast, Oh fond parents do not weep, For she there will sweetly rest" (South Section, Row 10)
Brown, Rose E. Died Sep 3, 1874 Aged 10 mo 10 dys Dau of M & E E Brown (North Section, Row 4)
Bulla, Lena A. Feb 4, 1878-May 27, 1881 Dau of L D & S T Bulla (South Section, Row 11)
Carle, Arthur Died Oct 30, 1887 Aged 1 yr 8 mo Son of John & Nancy Carle (North Section, Row 14)
Carle, George Mar 8, 1877 - Mar 24, 1877 Their son (son of John & Nancy Carle) (North Section, Row 14)
Carle, Jno   Company G, 11th Ohio Cavalry (North Section, Row 13)
Carle, John Jan 22, 1838 - Mar 5, 1887 Company D, 11th Ohio Cavalry (North Section, Row 14)
Carle, Nancy C E Sep 24, 1846 - Sep 4, 1919 His Wife (wife of John Carle) (North Section, Row 14)
Carr, Mary A. Died Sep 30, 1883 Aged 43 yrs 3 mo 24 dys Wife of Wm (North Section, Row 1)
Carter, E. B. 1846 - 1877 (South Section, Row 16)
Carter, Eli W. Died Dec 14, 1881 Aged 63 yrs 4 mo 6 dys "Father" stone (North Section, Row 3)
Carter, Sarah A. Died Oct 30, 1873 Aged 59 yrs Wife of E W "Mother" stone (North Section, Row 3)
Carter, Willie S. Died Jun 16, 1888 Aged 1 yr 4 mo Son of J W & Jennie (South Section, Row 16)
Casson, Sam No information (South Section, Row 9)
Clark, Arthur Died Mar 12, 1872 Aged 23 days Son of T I & F V (South Section, Row 5)
Clark, Betsy Feb 8, 1814-Nov 6, 1893 Wife of Lyman Clark (North Section, Row 13)
Clark, Florence Virginia Died Aug 30, 1872 Aged 22 yrs 1 mo 16 dys Dau of A L & V A Bryan Wife of T I Clark (South Section, Row 5)
Clark, George I. Died Jul 9, 1884 Aged 8 yrs 10 mo 6 dys Son of T I & S E (Separate marker "GIC") (North Section, Row 3)
Clark, Gracie Died Sep 18, 1881 Aged 1 mo 15 dys Dau of E P & M E (South Section, Row 6)
Clark, John J. Died Aug 14, 1874 Aged 40 yrs "In memory of" (North Section, Row 6)
Clark, Lulu Died Nov 17, 1883 Aged 1 yr 10 mo 14 dys Dau of T I & S E (Separate marker LC) (North Section, Row 3)
Clark, Lyman Died Mar 13, 1888 Aged 77 yrs 1 mo 1 dy (North Section, Row 13)
Clark, Minnie A. Died Dec 8, 1877 Aged 10 yrs 2 mo 15 dys Dau of E P & M E (South Section, Row 6)
Clark, Rosa M. Died May 22, 1874 Aged 2 mo Dau of E P & M E (South Section, Row 6)
Clark, Viola Died Nov 18, 1883 Aged 4 yrs 8 mo 26 dys Dau of E P & M E (South Section, Row 6)
Cole, Ann T. Died Sep 8, 1887 Dau of W G & S T (North Section, Row 1)
Coy, F. Raymond Died Nov 10, 1877 Aged 3 mo 16 dys Son of C H & M E (South Section, Row 4)
Crooks, Arthur P. Died Mar 17, 1881 Aged 8 yrs 7 mo 14 dys Son of Henry & Mary E. (South Section, Row 15)
Doty, Mary Died Feb 13, 1882 Aged 49 yrs 3 mo 27 dys Wife of Luther (North Section, Row 8)
Dunwiddie, Marian William Died Dec 26, 1878 Aged 4 yrs 11 mo 3 dys (South Section, Row 16)
Fortner, Estella Died Oct 22, 1883 Aged 9 mo 3 dys Dau of G W & M J (North Section, Row 11)
Fortner, Mary J. Died Dec 26, 1884 Aged ?(illegible) Wife of G W (North Section, Row 11)
Frantz, Mary A. Died Jun 2, 1877 Aged 27 yrs 11 mo 15 dys Wife of W M (North Section, Row 11)
Gallogly, Francis Died Nov 5, 1878 Aged 63 yrs 6 mo 26 dys (North Section, Row 10)
Gissna, Eva Pearl Died Jul 26, 1884 Aged 1 yr 2 mo 12 dys Dau of J W & M A "Little Pearl has gone to sleep, On the Saviors loving breast, Oh fond parents do not weep, For she there will sweetly rest" (North Section, Row 6)
Gordon, Addie M. Died Mar 14, 1896 Aged 39 yrs Wife of J J (South Section, Row 8)
Gordon, Harry Died Apr 5, 1886 Aged 5 mo Son of J J & M (South Section, Row 8)
Groom, David Died Oct 28, 1872 Aged 55 yrs 8 mo 6 dys (South Section, Row 3)
Hamilton, Margaret C. Died Mar 1, 1876 Aged 1 yr 10 mo 21 dys Dau of L M & N (North Section, Row 2)
Hamilton, Pearl Died Jan 31, 1879 Aged 2 yrs 11 mo Dau of W J & H N (North Section, Row 17)
Hancock, Mary C. Died Nov 22, 1888 Aged 30 yrs 2 mo Wife of C M (South Section, Row 15)
Harlan, F. L.   11th Indiana Infantry (South Section, Row 17)
Henderson, Emma V. Died Jul 9, 1879 Aged 12 yrs 6 mo 16 dys Dau of S T & E D (North Section, Row 16)
Herington, M. E. Died Nov 27, 1883 Aged 47 yrs 8 mo 27 dys Wife of D (South Section, Row 8)
Higdon, Infant Son Died Jun 15, 1879 Aged 10 dys Son of H & S E (South Section, Row 17)
Hooker, Leander Vernon Died Aug 27, 1875 Aged 2 yrs 6 mo 27 dys Son of J O & T J "Happyinfant early blest, Rest in peaceful slumberest" (North Section, Row 3)
Howser, George B. Died Mar 20, 1876 Aged 62 yrs 1 mo, 25 dys (North Section, Row 6)
Howser, Phebe Died Dec 19, 1871 Aged 63 yrs 7 mo 21 dys (South Section, Row 2)
Hunt, Lizzie M. Died Nov 27, 1877 Aged 6 yrs 4 mo 19 dys Dau of L H & A O (South Section, Row 4)
Johnson, Mary A. Died Apr 13, 1892 Aged 64 yrs 6 mo Wife of J N (South Section, Row 5)
Jones, Charley M. Died Nov 26, 1877 Aged 1 yr 9 mo 8 dys Son of Joseph & Mary E. (South Section, Row 5)
Jones, Flora May Died Jan 3, 1875 Aged 2 mo 13 dys Dau of Joseph & Mary E. (South Section, Row 5)
Koehler, Alfred V. Died May 24, 1880 Aged 21 yrs 2 mo 29 dys Son of Chas & Ottilia (South Section, Row 12)
Koehler, C. Henry Aug 31, 1820-Oct 26, 1883 (South Section, Row 12)
Koehler, Huldy M. Died Nov 15, 1879 Aged 2 yrs 5 mo 11 dys Dau of C H & A M (South Section, Row 12)
Kruger, Emily Frances May 8, 1868 - Oct 5, 1868 Dau of Rudolph & Mary (Separate marker "EFK") (South Section, Row 2)
Kruger, Mary Jane Reynolds Died Jul 11, 1868 Aged 25 yrs 1 mo 17 dys Wife of Rudolph (South Section, Row 2)
Larned, Alvy L. Apr 12, 1878-Feb 25, 1880 Son of L A & A E (South Section, Row 8)
Larned, Willie A. Feb 2, 1877-Feb 18, 1877 Son of L A & A E (South Section, Row 8)
Martin, Charly W. Aug 9,1875 - Mar 17, 1877 Children of Ira L & Barbara (North Section, Row 9)
Martin, Frankie E. Feb 4, 1874 - Mar 13, 1877 Children of Ira L & Barbara (North Section, Row 9)
Martin, Ira Died Mar 11, 1885 Aged 76 yrs 2 mo 11 dys (North Section, Row 9)
Mauk, Fanny Died Mar 6, 1878 Aged 21 dys Dau of W B & Eliza (South Section, Row 17)
Mauk, Viola Died Jan 1, 1878 Aged 3 yrs 10 mo 24 dys Dau of W B & Eliza (South Section, Row 17)
Mauk, Wm. B. Died Apr 7, 1879 Aged 42 yrs 8 mo 22 dys (South Section, Row 17)
McCauley, Thomas L. Died Feb 3, 1882 Aged 4 yrs Son of T & S J (South Section, Row 11)
McKown, Luela L. Died Dec 9, 1872 Aged 6 yrs 5 mo 6 dys Dau of O & L (South Section, Row 4)
McSweeney, Richard Died Jan 4, 1880 Aged 50 yrs 4 dys (South Section, Row 4)
Mitchell, Emma L. Died Oct 19, 1880 Aged 20 yrs 11 mo 21 dys Wife of B I (North Section, Row 4)
Murphy, Wm. Vaughn Died Sep 3, 1880 Aged 10 dys Son of M M & S E (South Section, Row 2)
Nisewanger, Harry Died Sep 19, 1867 Aged 8 mo 26 dys Son of J & S J "Little Harry" (South Section, Row 6)
Park, Samuel T. Died May 21, 1873 Aged 26 yrs 9 mo 10 dys Son of P & H E (South Section, Row 8)
Perks, Roy Died Oct 21, 1886 Aged 5 mo Son of Frank & Martha E (North Section, Row 4)
Perry, John M. Sep 15, 1855-Mar 26,1 883 Aged 27 yrs 3 mo 1 dys Born at Galena, Ill Son of O H & M E "In memory of" (North Section, Row 2)
Perry, O. H.   Company I, 96th Illinois Infantry (North Section, Row 2)
Peterson, Charles A. Died Mar 28, 1887 Aged 5 mo 11 dys Son of A & B (North Section, Row 12)
Potter, Fred W. Died Nov 19, 1879 Aged 28 yrs 2 mo 24 dys (North Section, Row 6)
Reynolds, Charles Died Feb 19, 1876 Aged 38 yrs 2 mo 3 dys (South Section, Row 2)
Reynolds, Charles N. Died Aug 1, 1874 Aged 8 mo Son of C & M E (South Section, Row 2)
Reynolds, Ethel Died Dec 31, 1876 Aged 2 yrs 8 mo 2 dys Dau of L & J (South Section, Row 1)
Reynolds, M. W. Died Dec 18, 1874 Aged 32 yrs 6 mo 4 dys (South Section, Row 2)
Reynolds, Mary J. Died Aug 4, 1871 Aged 2 mo 21 dys Dau of C & M E (South Section, Row 2)
Reynolds, Rachael Died Aug 12, 1889 Aged 73 yrs 5 mo 14 dys Wife of W (South Section, Row 2)
Reynolds, William Died Dec 14, 1887 Aged 77 yrs 1 mo 4 dys (South Section, Row 2)
Rinehart, Warren L. Died Feb 26, 1869 Son of W H & E (South Section, Row 2)
Ring, Albert Died Nov 24, 1878 Son of M & L (North Section, Row 7)
Ring, James M. Died Aug 11, 1859 Aged 27 yrs 4 mo 6 dys (North Section, Row 7)
Ring, Margaret Died Nov 29,1873 Aged 69 yrs 2 mo 13 dys Wife of T J "Gone Home" (North Section, Row 7)
Ring, Mary Jane Jan 4, 1837-Dec 22, 1904 "At Rest" (North Section, Row 7)
Ring, Thomas J. Died Jan 20, 1892 Aged 87 yrs 8 mo 9 dys (North Section, Row 7)
Sims, George W. Died Mar 5, 1886 Aged 29 yrs 4 mo 14 dys (North Section, Row 1)
Sims, Sarah A. Jan 30, 1833-Mar 15, 1894 Wife of Dr. A Sims (North Section, Row 1)
Smith, Elizabeth Died Nov 4, 1876 Aged 39 yrs 10 m 26 dys Wife of C M (South Section, Row 3)
Snapp, Valance G. Died Oct 4, 1878 Aged 1 mo 18 dys Dau of D a & M M (North Section, Row 1)
St. Clair, Nellie M. Died Jan 25, 1888 Aged 22 yrs 8 mo 22 dys Wife of A F "I am the resurrection and the life" (North Section, Row 11)
Starrett, Allie Died Nov 29, 1888 Aged 5 yrs 2 mo 1 dy Dau of F P & M A (South Section, Row 3)
Stennett, Charles B. Died Feb 20, 1888 Aged 9 mo 15 dys Son of C & T L (South Section, Row 16)
Stennett, Henry W. Died Dec 25, 1878 Aged 12 yrs 4 mo Son of C & T L (South Section, Row 16)
Surber, Della May Died Apr 28, 1879 Aged 9 mo 16 dys Her Dau (Daughter of Mary A. Surber) (South Section, Row 15)
Surber, Mary A. Died Apr 28, 1879 Aged 46 yrs 5 mo 10 dys Wife of W S (South Section, Row 15)
Taft, Julia A. Died Jul 16, 1881 Aged 3 mo 1 dy Dau of L N & M E (North Section, Row 1)
Tibbles, Ralph Edward Died Dec 6, 1875 Aged 3 yrs 11 mo 9 dys Son of James & Marilla (South Section, Row 3)
Wickersham, George G. Died Mar 8, 1877 Aged 7 yrs 6 mo ? dy Son of G W & S (North Section, Row 10)
Wilson, Charlie A. Died Jan 1, 1881 Aged 1 yrs 9 mo 21 dys Son of Joseph K & Flora B (North Section, Row 3)
Winsor, Obadiah Died Oct 11, 1866 Aged 84 yrs 1 mo 6 dys of Rhode Island (North Section, Row 6)
Wolverton, Ailene Died Mar 14, 1872 Aged 24 dys Dau of J F & M E (South Section, Row 2)
Wolverton, Mary E. Died Mar 7, 1872 Aged 28 yrs 5 mo 28 dys Wife of J F (South Section, Row 2)
York, Almira Hayes Died Mar 4, 1875 Aged 44 yrs 9 mo 12 dys Wife of Jesse R (South Section, Row 3)
York, Mary A. Died Feb 22, 1873 Aged 72 yrs 3 mo 7 dys Wife of Aaron (South Section, Row 3)
Young, Clavtie C. Died Jul 15, 1881 Aged 10 mo 11 dys Son of W O & A M (South Section, Row 3)

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