Cemeteries can be a valuable source of information for historians and genealogists. In the late 1800s several local cemeteries were closed. Maple Grove (apx 14 acres) Cemetery was located where the Madonna of the Trail monument is and it ran north toward North E Street-with the last expansion of the cemetery being situated immediately east of the new skate park. Maple Grove (apx 1500 plots) became part of Glen Miller Park in the late 1880s. It was reported when the cemetery closed, two-thirds of the plots had not been sold, which would indicate apx 500 people were buried in this cemetery. George Holman’s (one of Wayne County’s earliest pioneers) remains were removed to Elkhorn Cemetery, while the remains of John Finley (author of the 1866 book, Hoosier’s Nest, and the 2nd Mayor of Richmond) were removed to Earlham Cemetery.
The ”Public Cemetery” was located at the corner of of South E and 7th Streets. Swicker Park replaced this cemetery. Another cemetery, the old Catholic Cemetery, was located near the intersection of South 5th and G Streets. The old Friends Cemetery was located west of where Barker’s Fireplace Shop and the old Friends Meeting house stand today. The Bridge and 9th Street splits the old location of this cemetery. I believe many of those buried there were moved to the Hoover-Bulla Cemetery in Spring Grove.
Here’s a partial list of Wayne County Area Cemeteries:
(Click on the Cemetery link to view the burials listed for each cemetery at Find A Grave)
All Wayne County Cemeteries listed at Find A Grave (116 listings)
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