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 Gaines Cemetery, Gaines Twp., Kent, Michigan, USA


Latitude: 42.797573466999395, Longitude: -85.6243246793747 | Click to get directions to Gaines Cemetery
Gaines Cemetery

Notes:
Alternative Name(s): South Gaines Cemetery
Section: 21
Street Address: NE corner of 92nd Street and Kalamazoo Avenue.
Ownership: Township
Owner Contact Information: Gaines Charter Township, 1685 68th Street SE, P.O. Box 8876, Grand Rapids, MI 49518-8875, (616) 698-6640, FAX (616) 698-2490. Office Hours: M-F 8:30-5.
Transcriptions: DAR1927 ES1995
Record Sources: Compendium, Sourcebook (12), D.A.R.
History: Unknown.
Religious, Ethnic Affiliation: None reported.
Description: Located at the northeast corner of 92nd Street and Kalamazoo Street. There is a paved drive which runs in a semi-circle from 92nd Street to Kalamazoo. There is a sign with cemetery rules posted. There are approximately 200-300 graves in this pretty, hillside cemetery. It is nice and shady in places with large maple trees. The cemetery is bordered on the north by a ramshackle, barbed wire fence in a woodsy brush area with a swamp beyond, and on the east by a fence row of trees and a farmer's field. Across 92nd on the southeast corner of the intersection is Gaines United Brethren Church. The cemetery was recently mowed, and there were huge patches of creeping phlox blooming, which were very pretty. The oldest stone seen was 1867, and I couldn't tell if the cemetery was still active, but there wasn't much room for any new tombstones if so. Several gravestones were broken and in urgent need of repair. There were some broken stones laying down into the ground, and there appeared to be unmarked graves. There were many stones with the surname Hanna and Krumback. (S.M.G. Davis, May 2000)

-http://www.rootsweb.com/~mikent/cemeteries/


Headstones

 Thumb Description Status Location Name (Died/Buried)
Ayres, Burton S. (1853 - 1929)
Ayres, Burton S. (1853 - 1929)
Burton S. Ayres
Birth: Jun. 14, 1853
Death: Dec. 9, 1929 
  Lot 116, Grave 4  Burton S. Ayres (d. 9 Dec 1929)
 
Ayres, Othello Burton (1882 - 1929)
Ayres, Othello Burton (1882 - 1929)
Othello Burton Ayres
Birth: Nov. 6, 1882
Death: Jun. 15, 1929 
  Lot 116, Grave 1  Othello Burton Ayres (d. 15 Jun 1929)
 
Bowman, Aaron (1837 - 1885)
Bowman, Aaron (1837 - 1885)
A. C. Bowman / Died / Sept 18 1885 / Aged 48 Yrs 1 M & 7 Dys 
    Aaron C. Bowman (d. 18 Sep 1885)
 
Bowman, Benjamin B. (1811 - 1872)
Bowman, Benjamin B. (1811 - 1872)
Benjamin B. Bowman 
    Rev. Benjamin B. Bowman (d. 24 Feb 1872)
 
Bowman, Byron ( - )
Bowman, Byron ( - )
(Son of Aaron C. Bowman) 
    Byron Bowman
 
Bowman, Catherine (1850 - 1968)
Bowman, Catherine (1850 - 1968)
Catherine Bowman / Aug 26 1850 / May 9 1868 // First Burial In This Cemetery 
    Catherine Bowman (d. 9 May 1868)
 
Bowman, Elias (1809 - 1875)
Bowman, Elias (1809 - 1875)
Left: Elias Bowman / Died / Aug 21 1875 / Aged 66 yrs 2 Ms 24 Dys

Right:Marie / Wife Of / Elias Bowman / Died May 28, 1886 / Aged / 74 Yrs 10 Ms 16 Dys

Owen C. / 1845 - 1912

May / 1872 - 1950

Nettie / 1868 - 1869 
    Elias B. Baumann (d. 21 Aug 1875)
May Bowman (d. 1950)
Nettie Bowman (d. 1869)
Owen C. Bowman (d. 1912)
Maria Clemens (d. 28 May 1886)
 
Bowman, Joseph C. (1830 - 1905)
Bowman, Joseph C. (1830 - 1905)
Joseph Bowman / Jan 12 1830 - Jan 16 1905 // Lydia His Wife / May 2 1833 - May 5 1916 // Hannah - Their Daug. / Sept 25 1856 - Jan 23 1872 
    Hannah Bowman (d. 23 Feb 1872)
Joseph C. Bowman (d. 16 Jan 1905)
Lydia Wismer (d. 5 May 1916)
 
Bowman, Nancy (1852 - 1919)
Bowman, Nancy (1852 - 1919)
Nancy A. / Dodge / 1852 - 1919 
    Nancy Ann Bowman (d. 23 Mar 1919)
 
Bowman, Wendel C. (1835 - 1902)
Bowman, Wendel C. (1835 - 1902)
Top: Wendel C. Bowman / 1835 - 1902 // Hannah His wife / 1843 - 1874 // Barbara His Wife / 1849 - 1937

Left: Elias M. / 1881 - 1901

Right: Barbara / 1849 - 1937 
    Elias M. Bowman (d. Cal 1909)
Wendel C. Bowman (d. 17 Jun 1902)
Barbara Meyer (d. 5 Feb 1937)
 
Clemens, Abram C. (1845 - 1884)
Clemens, Abram C. (1845 - 1884)
Left: Salome / Clemens / Rosenberg / 1849 - 1905

Right: Clamens Abram C. / Died / Mar. 28 1884 / Aged 39 Yrs. _? _ ? 
    Salome Bowman (d. 1905)
Abram C. Clemens (d. 28 Mar 1884)
 
Clemens, Amos M. (1819 - 1887)
Clemens, Amos M. (1819 - 1887)
Amos M. Clemens / Died / Aug. 19, 1887 / Aged / 68 Yrs. 4 Ms. 6 Dys. 
    Amos M. Clemens (d. 19 Aug 1887)
 
Clemens, Christian (1828 - 1902 )
Clemens, Christian (1828 - 1902 )
Clemens Marker at front of row two, Christian Clemens & Family

Christian / Clemens / 1828 - 1902

Leah / Clemens / 1841 - 1910

Oscar B. Clemens / 1870 - 1935

Bertha M. / Clemens / 1872 - 1899

Elsie B. Clemens / 1871 - 1957

Clemens / Simon / 1875 - 1944 // Nina / 1882 - 1957

Adah M. ____(unreadable) [1927 Transcript: d. of C. and L.; d. Aug. 18, 1885; a. 3y 11m 3d]  
    Bertha M. (d. 1899)
Elsie B. (d. 1957)
Nina (d. 1957)
Leah Bowman (d. 10 Nov 1910)
Ada Clemens (d. 18 Aug 1885)
Christian Clemens (d. 21 Feb 1902)
Oscar B. Clemens (d. 1935)
Simon Clemens (d. 1944)
 
Clemens, Magdalena (1859 - 1910)
Clemens, Magdalena (1859 - 1910)
Magdalena Clemens
Birth: Oct. 25, 1859
Ontario, Canada
Death: Dec. 22, 1910
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA 
  Lot 116, Grave 5  Magdalena Clemens (d. 22 Dec 1910)
 
Dodge, Gale M. (1904 - 1904)
Dodge, Gale M. (1904 - 1904)
Gale M. Dodge / 1904 - 1904 
    Gale M. Dodge (d. 19 Jul 1904)
 
Dodge, Owen L. (1847 - 1935)
Dodge, Owen L. (1847 - 1935)
Owen L. Dodge / 1847 - 1935 
    Owen L. Dodge (d. 12 Sep 1935)
 
Dodge, Verne (1879 - 1956)
Dodge, Verne (1879 - 1956)
Dodge // Bernice / 1883 - 1974 // Verne O. / 1879 - 1956 
    Vern Owen Dodge (d. 26 Jan 1956)
Bernice Miller (d. 27 Jun 1974)
 
Dodge, Ward (1883 - 1884)
Dodge, Ward (1883 - 1884)
Ward / Son of / O. L. & N. A. / Dodge / 1883 ? 
    Ward Simon Dodge (d. 7 Jun 1884)
 
Dodge, Wright H. (1905 - 1909)
Dodge, Wright H. (1905 - 1909)
Wright H. Ddoge / 1905 - 1909 
    Wright H. Dodge (d. 4 Sep 1909)
 
Hunsberger, Amos (1834 - 1903)
Hunsberger, Amos (1834 - 1903)
Amos Hunsberger /Born / Feb 5 1834 / Died Mar 13 1903? // Susannah / Wife / Jan 3 1840 / July 29 1872 
    Susannah Clemens (d. 29 Jul 1872)
Amos Hunsberger (d. 13 Mar 1903)
 
Meyer, Hannah (1846 - 1930)
Meyer, Hannah (1846 - 1930)
Hannah Bowman / 1846 - 1930 
    Hannah Meyer
 
Rosenberg, Jacob (1841 - 1923)
Rosenberg, Jacob (1841 - 1923)
Rosenberg Marker - Ina on the left and Mary and Florence on the right.

Top Left: Father / Jacob P. / 1841 - 1923
Top Right: Mother / Mary / 1844 - 1872

Bottom Left: Ina E. / 1870 - 1871
Bottom Right: Florence L. / 1867 - 1872 
    Mary Rice (d. 14 Mar 1872)
Jacob Rosenberg (d. 11 Nov 1923)
 
Winter, Infant Son ( - 1875)
Winter, Infant Son ( - 1875)
Infant Son Of / Elias & Nancy Winter / Jan 31 1875 
    Nancy Bowman
Elias Winter
 
Wismer, Mary (1821 - 1875)
Wismer, Mary (1821 - 1875)
Mary / Wife of / Amos M. Clemens / Died / Feb. 26, 1876 / Aged / 54 Yrs. 8Ms. 5Dys 
    Mary M. Wismer (d. 26 Feb 1876)
 

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