October 23, 2021

Shelby Township's Seven Historical Cemeteries.

I live in Shelby Township in SE Michigan and we have seven historical cemeteries here. 

I've visited all of them and enjoyed them all. 

I just realized I never wrote a post about this one!  I'll have to remedy that.  
This was a hard place to find, since it's in the middle of a residential area and back behind houses far off the street.

Also known as Disco Road Cemetery, this is the resting place of some of the township’s earliest settlers. All 17 memorials belong to members of the Conner and Price families. The oldest monument dates back to Oct. 1, 1838.

I have written about this cemetery, but it was in a post with 5 other cemeteries.  
I think it deserves it's own post one day. 
Curtis Cemetery is home a variety of early settlers and also a veteran of the War of 1812. It's also home of the official Shelby Township tree, a 250-year-old white oak. The last burial took place in 1931.
This is the official Shelby Twp tree, a 250+ year old white oak.
I took this picture May 2019. 
If if would let me use the snip tool, I'd copy the township logo here - it's pretty cool right now. 

Ewell Cemetery was only active for 39 years. This is a very small cemetery with 20 markers in what looks like someone's side yard and is on a somewhat busy intersection. The oldest marker belongs to one of the original settlers of the area and the last burial was in 1874.

The first burial was in 1828 and the cemetery is still active today.  My VFW post "adopted" it and regularly has ceremonies and puts out flags and wreaths in the veteran's section where there are 32 Civil War vets.
This is how you know there are 2 cemeteries here.  Prestonville has the green fence and St. John's has the black.  

A lot of early German and Prussian settlers were buried here. 

St. Lawrence dates back to 1878 and is still active today.  It's affiliated with St. Lawrence Catholic Church that originally served the Irish Catholic settlers in the area. 

This is a large and still active cemetery that has a Revolutionary War vet buried here. 

In the pamphlet I was sent from the Historical Society, there are also 2 "lost" cemeteries.  One is only noted on an 1859 plat map and then there are no other records of this cemetery.  The other was first noted on an 1875 plat map.  While there are no records of any burials here, that area is still maintained by the apartment complex that now owns the land.

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