The Fletcher Chapel Church was built on land owned by Benjamin Marsh in 1854. The first church house has been replaced by a more modern building. The cemetery is still used by descendants of the pioneers. It is a small plot and in all has no more than thirty graves. The earliest is that of William Cranston, October 14, 1852. The Methodist denomination still uses this church. It is south of Hanfield and east of Marion in Washington Township.
The above was written by the DAR in the 1940's.This cemetery is located in the S.E. 1/4 of the S.E. 1/4 of Section #26 Range 8 E. Twp. 25 N. on 500 E. just north of 200 N. Right next to the now abandoned church which bears the same name.
Just within the last few years the beautiful Italianate church has been abandoned for a more modern and energy efficient structure about a mile and half north of the older one. The cemetery has also been abandoned. The new United Methodist Church is now located at the crossroads in Hanfield, on 500 E. and 350 N. The old bell from the belfry of the old church is now mounted outside the new church within the confines of their sign in front of the new church. The old church is falling in terrible disrepair and will soon be another lost piece of Grant County's finest architecture. The cemetery, although now abandoned, is still well cared for. I did note quite a few stones are down and almost totally buried. The last burial to take place in this cemetery appears to be Henry L. Circle. He was buried in 1974 along side his wife, daughter and 2 infant sons.
The following narrative was taken from "Whitson's History of Grant County" - 1914.
"In 1853 Fletcher (Methodist Episcopal) was built on the farm of Benjamin Marsh in the southeast part of the township. The services on dedication were held in 1854 by O.V. Lemon. The first trustees were Dow Marsh, Andrew Riggle and Jonathan Bevard. The first pastor was Reverend Robinson. Conspicuous among the charter members were Jesse Marsh and wife. Benjamin Marsh was class leader for many years. A pretty church with modern appointments now ornaments the spot where the old church formerly stood."*Denotes a stone not found at this time.
Bennington, John H. 1849 - 1940 S/S with Ruth Ann Ruth Ann 1854 - 1887 S/S with John H. Boller, (see Booler) Sarah J. wife of Wm. Booler died Feb. 14, 1879 aged 31y.3m.24d. (This stone was badly weathered and worn.) Booler, (see Boller) Keziah wife of Wm. Booler died Dec. 18, 1882 aged 67y.7m.17d. "Our Mother sleeps death's dreamless sleep Her calm and placid brow Clouds not amid the tears we weep She heeds no anguish now" S/S with William William died Nov. 30, 1882 aged 67y.10m.19d. S/S with Keziah "Blessed are the dead which died in the Lord" (The rest of this poem was illegible.) Bowman, Albert R. 1890 - 1905 Charley W. son of W.H. & M.M. Bowman died Feb. 1, 1873 aged 4y.2m.17d. * Infant dau of Wm. & M.M. Bowman born & died Feb. 2, 1877 Brown, Albert G. 1863 - 1956 S/S with Edith D. Edith D. 1871 - 1942 S/S with Albert G. Frederick D. 1895 - 1966 Norma June born & died 1947 (Metal Ferguson Funeral Home marker) Circle, Henry L. 1888 - 1974 "Book of Life" "Married Oct. 12, 1912" Infant son of Pearl L. and Henry L. Circle (No dates.) Infant son of Pearl L. and Henry L. Circle (No dates.) Mary 1913 - 1934 "Daughter" Pearl L. 1889 - 1966 (All of the above were listed on the same stone.) Counts, Amy wife of Elijah Counts died Jan. 19, 1883 aged 63y. "A faithful friend a Mother dear A loving wife lies buried here In love she lived in peas (peace) she died Her life was asked but God denied" Amy had 2 stones, the other read Amy Counts 1818 - 1883 Elijah 1817 - 1910 Cranston, Delia H. dau of J. & R. Cranston died Oct. 10, 1855 aged 1y.5m. "We loved this tender little one And would have wished her stay But let our Father's will be done She shines in endless day" Elias B. 1868 - 1944 S/S with Enoch, Sarah E., William L. and Mary J. Elias B. also has a separate stone that reads: Elias B. 1869 - 1944 (Notice the different birth year) Enoch 1836 - 1897 S/S with Sarah E., Elias B., William L. and Mary J. John M. son of Wm. & P. Cranston died Dec. 8, 1857 aged 23y.4m.25d. (This stone was broken in about 3 or 4 pieces and buried just beneath the surface of the ground. DAR recorded his name as John W. and that he died in 1877, stone is very clear.) Joseph F. son of J. & R.J. Cranston died Feb. 15, 1871 aged 5m.5d. Mary J. 1861 - 1948 S/S with Enoch, Sarah E., Elias B. and William L. Mary J. also has a separate stone that reads: Mary Jane 1861 - 1948 Nancy J. dau of J. & R. Cranston died Sept. 23, 1857 aged 1y.3d. "We loved this tender little one And would have wished her stay But let our Father's will be done She shines in endless day" Phebe wife of Henry Shanehulser died Aug. 18, 1880 aged 77y.7m.23d. (The grave of Phebe lies between that of John M. Cranston and that of William Cranston. We presume she may have been the mother of John and wife of William. Henry Shanehulser was an early settler of Van Buren Township having come there in 1843.) as noted by the DAR Sarah E. 1840 - 1904 S/S with Enoch, Elias B., William L. and Mary J. William died Oct. 14, 1852 aged 43y.3m.15d. William L. 1868 - 19__ S/S with Enoch, Sarah E., Elias B. and Mary J. William L. also has separate stone that reads: William L. 1869 - 1953 (Notice the different birth year) Crawford, E.M. died Aug. 16, 1906 aged 16 months "Gone but not forgotten" Dillon, James died May 7, 1872 aged 54y.5m.7d. Evans, Elizabeth 1826 - 1871 Fields, Charles A. Aug. 16, 1851 - Oct. 21, 1912 "Brother" Christopher C. Feb. 25, 1828 - Aug. 30, 1905 "Father" Gertrude F. 1886 - 1964 "Mother" S/S with Newton A. Hattie M. Sept. 9, 1876 - Apr. 25, 1899 There is a large lot marker behind her stone that reads; "Hattie's gone but not forgotten - at rest" John W. son of C.C. & C. Fields Jan. 16, 1859 - Mar. 7, 1891 Mary Etta dau of C.C. & C. Fields Jan. 31, 1865 - Nov. 20, 1880 "Mother" July 16, 1833 - May 9, 1917 (This stone was with the rest of the Field's and is probably the C. as in C.C. & C. Fields - parents of these children and wife of Christopher C., the large granite lot marker with Fields on the face is turned over and cannot be moved by hand.) Newton A. 1875 - 1960 "Father" S/S with Gertrude F. Wealthy dau of C.C. & C. Fields Jan. 14, 1877 - Jan. 28, 1877 Hacker, Vashti 1865 - 1934 "Mother" Herring, Anna B. 1871 - 1939 S/S with Charles A. Charles A. 1867 - 1948 S/S with Anna B. Infant son of Carlos & Opal Herring born & died Aug. 8, 1943 Noah R. 1900 - 1902 Paul 1896 - 1898 Roy M. 1896 - 1897 Howard, Infant dau of Wm. & M.J. Howard born & died Feb. 27, 1877 Huff, George W. died Aug. 6, 1873 aged 26y.11m.25d. (This stone was badly weathered and worn.) Hupey, William A. son of C. & A. Hupey born July 30, 1889 died Aug. 4, 1907 aged 18y.5d. Ladd, Mayme Feb. 16, 1896 - June 25, 1952 "Mother" Lawyer, E.A. wife of J.W. Lawyer Sept. 19, 1823 - Dec. 14, 1894 (DAR listed her age as 71y., I did not find this listed on the stone.) S/S with J.W. J.W. May 12, 1823 - June 25, 1909 S/S with E.A. Lugar, Joseph died Aug. 24, 1853 aged 49y.27d. S/S with Mary Mary died Sept. 9, 1887 aged 76y.10m.24d. S/S with Joseph Matilda dau of J.W. & E. Lugar died Sept. 2, 1853 aged 11m.13d. Polly A. dau of J.W. & E. Lugar died Aug. 27, 1853 aged 2y.11m.2d. Malott, Jacob June 5, 1879 - Mar. 21, 1896 Samuel Mar. 28, 1881 - Aug. 17, 1881 Marsh, Benjamin died Sept. 11, 1876 aged 59y.8m. S/S with Mary wife of H. Shanehulser Jno. "Co. I 138 Ind. Inf." Joseph died Mar. 5, 1888 aged 61y.10m.26d. S/S with Mary M. and Ruth J. Mary wife of H. Shanehulser died Feb. 27, 1883 aged 66y.11m.3d. Listed on the same stone with Benjamin Marsh - perhaps her first husband? * Mary wife of Albert Marsh died Sept. 7, 1895 aged 31y. Mary M. wife of Joseph Marsh died Feb. 2, 1903 aged 79y.3m.4d. S/S with Joseph and Ruth J. Ruth J. dau of J. & M.M. Marsh died Apr. 29, 1864 aged 9y.24d. Ruth J. is also listed on her parents stone - same information S/S with Joseph, Mary M. Marsh Sarah A. wife of J. Marsh aged 45y. (There were no dates on this stone.) Morehead, Samuel (NOTE: This was not found in this cemetery, however the obit says he was buried there. I have placed him on here for others to see he is supposed to be there.) The Warren News, February 27, 1879 Samuel Morehead died of pneumonia at his home in Grant county on Sunday the 23rd inst. He had long been a citizen of Grant county, was a member of the M.E. church and was universally esteemed and respected. A wife and five children are left to mourn his departure. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. J.W. Miller at Fletcher on Monday following, and the remains were interred in the cemetery adjoining the chapel.. Munns, Sally wife of A.R. Munns Feb. 3, 1827 - May 1, 1908 "Mother" Nading, Pauline 1859 - 1940 S/S with William William 1859 - 1936 S/S with Pauline Pence, Christa Doris dau of Amos & Silvia Pence Aug. 5, 1902 - Dec. 14, 1902 Paul son of Amos & Silvia Pence born & died Nov. 10, 1894 Shanehulser, Mary wife of H. Shanehulser died Feb. 27, 1883 aged 66y.11m.3d. Listed on the same stone with Benjamin Marsh - perhaps her first husband? Phebe wife of Henry Shanehulser died Aug. 18, 1880 aged 77y.7m.23d. (The grave of Phebe lies between that of John M. Cranston and that of William Cranston. We presume she may have been the mother of John and wife of William. Henry Shanehulser was an early settler of Van Buren Township having come there in 1843.) as noted by the DAR Phebe's grave is now buried in the middle of a large bush, the stone is in about 4 pieces, strewn under the thicket. Sherley, (see Shirley) Gladies born & died 1902 Viercie 1903 - 1912 Wilie 1907 - 1922 Shirley, (see Sherley) Mary Alice 1872 - 1940 "Mother" Noah 1874 - 1941 "Father" Veach, Clotilda wife of John J. Veach Feb. 28, 1829 - July 3, 1914 "Mother" S/S with John J. Infant son of J.J. & C. Veach Jan. 28, 1872 John J. Jan. 16, 1817 - Feb. 13, 1879 "Father" S/S with Clotilda Josephine dau of J.J. & C. Veach July 31, 1865 - June 18, 1869 Nathan son of J.J. & C. Veach Nov. 7, 1861 - Nov. 15, 1888 Veatch, Hannah J. wife of J.T. Veatch died Apr. 6, 1878 aged 47y.5m.25d. (Stone is broken in 2 pieces and the year 1878 could possibly have been 1873.) "If we believe that Jesus died and rose again Even so them that sleep in Jesus With God being with him" Williams, Calvin H. 1908 - 1942 "Son" S/S with Emma R. Emma R. 1873 - 1951 "Mother" S/S with Calvin H. Wine, George W. 1823 - 1853 John F. son of W.H. & M. Wine died Dec. 8, 1889 aged 20y.11m.11d. Levi M. died July 1, 1870 aged 17y.5m.17d.
Fletcher Chapel Cemetery
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