Compiled by Mrs. Stella Wells 1935. Data furnished by Luke Owens and Miss Mary Frances Smith
Wyreka Cemetery is probably the oldest public burial ground in Putnam County. A small slab of white marble clearly marks the spot that shows in Feb. 1851, a babe who died without a name was buried there for David and Elizabeth Howry, and another tiny slab tells that on May 1, 1851, Hercules Ellis, one year old son of Dr. Lewis Ellis was the second to die in the pioneer community. Soon after that date Ellen, the twelve-year-old daughter of Eli and Susan Howard became the third. The three mounds, eloquent of the toll paid by their parents for the privilege of conquering a wilderness, grouped within a small area, were in a corner of a fenced pasture owned by Lewis Ellis, pioneer doctor and circuit-riding preacher of the Wyreka Community. By the time the third mound had been made, the people of the community led by Mr. Ellis had organized a church and a log building had been erected which was to serve as a church and a schoolhouse, near the graves on a hill top. Then the good men in that area “entered” the land and invited his neighbors to lay their dead in the corner of his pasture gave to the public “God’s Acre,” which today is the hill-top of beautiful Wyreka Cemetery.
THE FIRST FENCE to enclose the cemetery was a “stake and rider” rail fence. There was a gate near where the main entrance is today. When it became necessary for a wagon to be taken within the enclosure, the fence was opened. The cemetery grew and when more land was needed, the Ellises gave it on the north and west, extending the cemetery’s area to its present size of 3-1/2 acres.
In 1874, a frame church was built across the road, south, near where the tool house stands. The land was given by Adam Ellis, a son of the old preacher-doctor. The old log church was removed. The grave of Rev. George Wells marks the site of the early pulpit. The night of Aug. 25, 1902, fire started by lightening destroyed the frame church, and soon the church board, made up of John Howard, John Crawford and John Daly, deeded the land that had been solely church property to the cemetery.
In 1920, Timothy Blanchard requested that his family burial plot, which was separated from Wyreka Cemetery by only a fence, be taken into the public area. His pleas were granted, Mr. Blanchard paying for the increased length of fencing. Since that time the boundaries of the Wyreka Cemetery have not been changed.
During its more than 84 years of service, (now in 1972, 121 yrs.) the cemetery has been encircled by many fences. Since the earliest rail fence, a board fence and wire fences suited to the times and the desires of the community have given service. T hog fence surrounded it for a time, reminding us that hogs were not restrained within enclosures, but were permitted to roam at will, until that was ended by a vote of the people of the county (1885). The present iron fence and arch came into being chiefly through the efforts of Miss Mary Frances Smith, who now lives at the age of 85 years and takes becoming pride in the fruits of her labors and efforts. In 1913, the determined lady decided to raise money that would buy a permanent and beautiful fence. Not until 1920 was the fence in place. It had been a long task, but the determined never gave up.
On Labor Day 1920, the Wyreka Cemetery Association was begun, with purpose
to keep clean and beautify this city of the dead.
ADAMS, Children of T & M
ADAMS, Dau. Of Leroy
AYERS, Evaline, wife of Samuel
BATES, Millard 1876 - 1889
BENNETT, George W.
BISHOP, Elva Callison 1906 - 1943
BLANCHARD, Abe (Abraham) 1869 - 1953
BLANCHARD, Cecil, son of Samuel & Minnie
BLANCHARD, Willie, son of S & M
BLANCHARD, Inf. Dau. of S & M
BLANCHARD, Timothy FATHER
BLANCHARD, Jimmie b. 2 May, 1870 - d. 26 Apr 1950
BLANCHARD, Samuel, son of Timothy and Mary
BLANCHARD, Lester S. 1914 - 1957
BLANCHARD, Timothy, b. N.Y. d. 6 May 1863
BLANCHARD, Richard FATHER
BLANCHARD, Junior Ray, d. 29 Dec. 1940, age 5 mo. 7 da.
BLANCHARD, Arthu Eugene, d. 25 Aug. 1958, age 3 mo 7 da
BLANCHARD, William T. 1892 - 1971
BLANCHARD, Harvey W. 1915 - 1966
BLANCHARD, Albert 1905 - 1970
BLANCHARD, Charles 5 Feb. 1877 - 8 Aug. 1938
BLANCHARD, Robert 1872 - 1950
BLANCHARD, Timmie, b. 9 July 1904 - d. 28 Feb. 1956
BLANCHARD, Esther R., dau of R & M, 1920 - 1938
BLANCHARD, Richard 1877 - 1966 (funeral marker BIG DICK)
BLANCHARD, Frank & Dollie (cement stone no dates)
BLANCHARD, Delmar 1909 - 1978
BLANCHARD, Charles, our son, b. 9 Dec. 1943 - 3 Oct. 1964
BLANCHARD, Liash , 19 May 1897
BLANCHARD, Holmes, 9 May 1888
BLANCHARD, Jake, 27 Apr. 1897
BLANCHARD, Malissa, d. 4 Aug. 1884, age 37 yr.
BLANCHARD, Grandma, d. 22 Nov. 1893
BOWEN, Sarah, d. 27 Apr. 1895 age 75 yrs. 7 mo 11 da.
BOWEN, Foster R. , son of F. K. & M. P.
BOWEN, Foster K. b. 9 Jan 1859 - 6 Mar. 1897
BOWEN, William, 5 May 1891
BREWER, Laura, wife of Thomas, d. 13 Apr 1896
BREWER, William, d. 1 June 1900, age 64 yrs 9 mo 7 da
BREWER, Joel, husband of Lucinda, d. 6 Dec. 1880
BRIDGES, Lucinda, wife of Joel, d. 8 Mar. 1905
BRIDGES, Allen D., son of J & L , d. 19 Jan 1862
BRIDGES, James H, son of J. & L. d. 25 Jan 1874
BRIDGES, Isaac, b. abt. 1861 d. Dec. 1910
BROWN, Alexander (Rexie), 1928 - 1934
BROWN, Kenneth, son of A E & F E, 28 Feb - d. 6 Mar 1907
Stone loose---by main gate
BRUNDAGE, John, b. 18 Feb. 1818 - d. 3 Sept. 1888
Susanne, wife of John, b. 29 May 1829 d. 3 Sept. 1915
BRUNDAGE, Rebecca J., dau of J & M, d. 23 Sept. 1865
BRUNDAGE, Annie C., wife of E. G. W. d. 31 Aug. 1873
BUCKWORTH, John, son of P. B. , d 6 Nov. 1874
BUCKWORTH, P.B., d. 16 Dec. 1886 age 69 yr 8 mo 12 da
BUCKWORTH, Catherine, wife of P.B. , d. 23 Mar 1881
BUCKWORTH, Curtis, son of P.B. & C 1841- 1878
BUCKWORTH, Ellwood C. d. 25 Aug. 1903 age 55 yr 4 mo 19 da
BUCKWORTH, Clara A., dau. of G W & L B, 6 Oct 1871
DOMAN, James S. 1867 - 1959
DOMAN, Walter Ferd
DOMAN, Unnamed son of J.A. & Jennie
DRAPER, Lincoln A. J., son of J.C. & M. A.
DRAPER, Sarah (wife of Azariah)
DRAPER, Azariah, husband of Sarah Cartwright Draper
DRAPER, Janey May, wife of J. J.
DRAPER, Lucinda S, wife of Calvin
DRAPER, Mrs. Joseph
DRAPER, Son of A. E.
DRAPER, Mr. & Mrs. Thomas
DRAPER, Harlen W.
DRAPER, Axle A.
DRAPER, William Sherman, son of T.P. & M.A.
DRAPER, Sarah E , dau of T. P. & M. A.
DRAPER, Martha M. dau of L. H Staley
DUNCAN, Mary L.
DUNKIN, Ida Skipper, wife of H. J.
DUNKIN, Ray W.
DUNKIN, Neita A.
DUNKIN, Anna Julia, dau of Ed C & Mary O
DUNKIN, Lucy M., wife of Fred
DUNKIN, Harvey (Theodore)
DUNKIN, Fred (Arlie)
DUNKIN, Roy Ervin
DUNKIN, dau of Fred & L. M.
DUREE, A. C. (Albert Caleb), son of John D. & M.A.
DUREE, Ervin M., son of J.D. & L. J.
DUREE, Martha A., wife of John D.
DUREE, Lottie, dau of J. D. & M.A.
DUREE, Inf. Son of J. D. & M. A.
FARMER, Nellie Viola, dau of J. E. & S.F.
FARMER, David G. A. R Emblem
FARMER, Priscilla, wife of David
FARMER, Teresa, wife of David
FARMER, Inf son of D & P
FARMER, Rachel Jane, dau of D & T. J.
New Stone 1981 Terrissa Jane
FARMER, Florence, dau of T & Ina
FIELDS, Inf. Dau of G. W. & M.E.
FIELDS, James A.
FIELDS, Ruby, wife of J. A.
FIELDS, M. Nancy, wife of Allen
FIELDS, Lucy A., dau of Allen
FIELDS, Ellen (Stark), wife of Alfred
FIELDS, Marshall, son of A. & E.
FORDYCE, Roy (Cement Stone)
FORDYCE, America, wife of Roy
FORDYCE, Alice, wife of Uel
FULCHER, Levi F. - G.A.R. 7th MO. Cav
FULCHER, Mary H. wife of L.F.
GADBERRY, Mary Opal
GADBERRY, Jessie Howard
GINN, Sarah J., wife of Harvey
GINN, Ivy Mae, dau of G. L. & M. F.
GINN, Ira Elle, son of G. L. & M.F.
GREENE, Ellen A.
GREENE, John H., son of Ellen A.
GRIFFITH, Nancy A. , wife of J.S.
HARDING, Lena Gladys, dau of J.B. & E.
HARDING, Charles W. son of J.B. &E.
HARDING, Otto B., son of J.B. & E
OWENS, Adam L.
OWENS, Carrie, wife of Earl
POLLEY, Kenneth, Inf son of E.F. & M.R.
PAULEY, Emma R., wife of Elmer
PAULEY, Inf son of E. & E. R.
PAULEY, Lavina, wife of Alfred
PAULEY, Johnny M
PAULEY, Rosie G.
PAULEY, John M. FATHER
PAULEY, Sarah C. MOTHER
PAULEY, Aaron S.
PAULEY, Irena Mae
PAULEY, Zena Blossom, dau of A. S. & J. L.
PAULEY, Estress FATHER
PAULEY, Martha E. MOTHER
PAULEY, M. Albert, son of Estress & Martha
PAULEY, children of J.S. & Cora
PAULEY, Cora, dau of William & Nancy Callison
PHILLIPS, S. D.
PHILLIPS, Mary, wife of S. D.
PHILLIPS, Lola Dell
PHILLIPS, Edwin A
PORE, Chancey, son of W. P. & S.E.
PORTER, William L.
POWERS, Elisha G.
A soldier for our country
NP. PURCELL, Sarah Ogden
PURSLEY, Lydia E. F., wife of John S.
SPENCER, child of James
STALEY, Martha M., dau of A. & M
STARGELL, Sarah J. , wife of J.D.
STARGELL, Floretty, dau of J.D. & S. L.
STARGELL, Pearly H., dau of J.D. & S.L.
STARGELL, Chorale, dau of J.D. & S.L.
STARGELL, John D.
STARK, Mary J.E. , dau of M & C
STARR, Mary I.F., daug of M.C.
STARR, son of J.T.
STARR, Adam C. , son of W.B. & M
STARR, William B., husband of Martha
STARR, Martha, wife of W.B.
STARR, G. A. (no dates old foot marker)
STARR, William H., son of J & J.S.
STARR, T. T.
STARR, Rebecca, wife of T.T.
STARR, W. B., son of T.T. & Rebecca
STEEN, James L., son of F. & A.
STEVENS, Vernie A.
STEPHENS, John L., son of A.C. & Vernie A.
STEPHENS/Stevens, Vernia A.
STONEKING, Amanda, dau of H & A
STONEKING, Henry J.
STOTTLEMIRE, Nancy A.
STOTTLEMIRE, Nancy E., dau of C.C. & C.
STOTTLEMIRE, Christopher C.
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