Clarke County, Iowa Cemeteries

Rhodes Cemetery

Liberty twp., Sec. 6

This cemetery is located approximately 3/4 mile north of the junction of R59 & Highway 69 (north of Liberty). It lies back in a field on the west side of the road. It is kept in reasonably good condition. The earliest marked grave is that of George W. Roades, who died Nov 12, 1857.

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The Clarke County Genealogical Society compiled this listing of burials by walking the cemetery. This listing is included in their book Clarke Co., IA Cemeteries, vol. 2: The Rural Cemeteries, c. 1997. They still retain copyright to this list. I am grateful to them for sharing this information .

The stones are recorded in the order they are set in the row. They started in the northwest corner and every row of stones was read from the north end to the south end, always working from the western-most row to the east. If the cemetery was divided into sections, each section will start in its northwest corner. The listing is by rows of stones, not by lots. Their intention was to include all the names, dates, places, relationships, military histories and organization memberships that were engraved on the stone. They did not note metal spikes set into the ground, such as GAR markers, as those markers are sometimes moved by mowers, vandals, or children so can't be counted on as an accurate source of information. Space limitations prevented them from including poetry and inspirational notations engraved on the stones.

Each stone is listed with a row-stone number such as 05-03 (the third stone in the fifth row). If there is more than one person named on the same stone, the number is repeated for each one. Words in (parenthesis) are not actually on the stone. Often only given names and dates were engraved on the foot stones next to a large family headstone. They made an effort to determine the surname for those foot stones, based on type of stone and proximity to a family headstone, then put the surname in parenthesis. There is the possibility of error. Also in parenthesis are notations about the condition or location of the stone or additional information about the deceased person taken from the WPA's Graves Registration book.

Underlined words or numbers indicate that the word or number was difficult to read and that they have made a "best guess."



01-01   HARRISON, Theodore   son of __ Harrison   (WPA said he was son of E. M. & L. R. Harrison, d. Aug 17, 1869, age 11m 17d)

02-01   DOTSON, William E.   son of P. & M. Dotson   d. Jul 19, 1874, age 10y 9m 11d 

03-01   HARSH, James W.   son of A. & C. Harsh   d. Mar 18, 1876, age 8y 10m 3d

04-01   (Blank stone)
04-02   (Blank Stone)
04-03   ROADES, George W.   son of A. & M. Roades   d. Nov 12, 1857, age 3y 7m 13d

04-04   ROADES, Mary J.   dau of A. & M. Roades   d. Nov 15, 1857, age 5y 7m 26d
04-05   RHODES, America Adline   dau of A. & M. Rhodes   d. Feb 5, 1867, age 7y 6m 9d
04-06   ROADES, Chic M.   dau of J. & S. Rhodes   d. Aug 27, 1871, age 1y 5m 12d   (WPA said Chie M. Roades, dau of J. & S. I. Roades)

04-07   HARSH, Sarah E.   dau of A. & C. Harsh   d. Feb 27, 186_, age 11m 23d    (Stone broken at death date; WPA said Sarah d. 1865)
04-08   HARSH, Mary J.   dau of A. & C. Harsh   d. Jan 4, 1867, age 9m 7d    (WPA said age at death was 10m 7d)
04-09   HARSH, Candacy, wf of A. Harsh   d. Nov 11, 1867, age 26y 11m 13d   (WPA said death year was 1869)
04-10   RHODES, Tommy   son of W. & S.A. Rhodes   d. Apr 21, 1878   (WPA adds age at death 6y 6m 18d)

05-01   WILLIAMSON, dau of R. D. & M. E. Williamson   d. Dec 16, 18__ (Name & date illegible; WPA lists Francias E. Williamson, dau of T.B. & M.E. Williamson, d. Dec 16, 1886, age 6m 27d)
05-02   WILLIAMSON, Louis   son of T. B. & M. E. Williamson   d. Nov 20, 1872   (WPA said Louis D. Williamson d. Nov 23, 1878, age 1y 4m 26d)

05-03   WILLIAMSON, Ida   dau of T. B. & M. E. Williamson   d. Nov 7, 187_  (Date illegible; WPA said Ida d. Nov 7, 1878, age 7y 4m 4d)
05-04   LAMBERT, Sara J.   d. Feb 18, 1873, age 92y    (WPA listed Saraís age as 82y 10m 12d)
05-05   LAMBERT, Henry   d. Dec 7, 1857, age 67y
05-06   RHOADES, Alfred P.   d. May 24, 1910, age 51y

05-07   RHOADES, Alfred   d. Sep 15, 1893, age 75y   (WPA lists death year as 1883)
05-08   __, Mary Jane   b. Jul 11, 1817   d. Mar 16, 1903   (This may be Sarah Jane RHOADES, wf of Alfred Rhoades, d. March 16, 1903, age 86y 4m 5d, listed by WPA)

06-01   WILLIAMSON, Richard   1817-1907   (WPA adds Mexican War Veteran)
06-01   WILLIAMSON, Elizabeth, his wf    1821-1918
06-02   McKINNEY, Elias    1849-1912

06-02   McKINNEY, Sarah, his wf   1849-1916
06-03   McKINNEY, Beason   son of E. & S.A. McKinney   d. Apr 10, 1890   (WPA calls him Reason N. McKinney, age at death 16y 1m 21d)
06-04   IWED, Himote    1882-1944
06-04   IWED, Susan M.    1889-1941

06-05   IWED, Jack    1931-1981    Korea Veteran (Note: sometime after this stone was read ca 1995, the body and gravestone of Jack Iwed were to have been moved to Resthaven Cemetery in West Des Moines, IA, according to information provided to CCGS)
06-06   IWED, Russell    1918-1987
06-06   IWED, Mildred R.    1937-(Blank)

07-01   COBERN, Mary E.    1870-(Blank)

07-02   COBERN, David    1872-1931


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