USGS has the same coordinates for both Stewert (Prugh) and Cowles, but from other descriptions it is clear that Cowles is south and east of Stewert (Prugh). Which of the houses was Dr. Cowles residence? Click the logo to get a map showing the location described by Herb Price:
|COWLES FARM PLOT
The following document was obtained at the Des Moines Public Library and apparently dates from about 1978. That was over 30 years ago and obviously the landscape, as well as ownership, has changed.
Four people interested in the two burial sites on the Cowles Farm south of Burlington met at the site on October 2, 2013. The people were Christina Cowles, one of the five children involved in settling the Cowles Estate, Gary Putnam, attorney for the estate, Burton Prugh of Prughs Funeral Home and this writer, Herbert Price of the Des Moines County Pioneer Cemetery Commission.
Christina first led the others to the grave site of Isaac Ferre who died 1 Dec 1845 at the age of 72 years. The stone appeared to be in the same position as described by the Des Moines County Genealogical Society when they visited the site on November 11, 1978. The society described the stone as being 100 yards northeast of the residence. Chistina removed a piece of wood from on top of the stone and cleaned off the dirt enough for us to see the date on the stone. A GPS reading taken at the site gave these numbers : 40 45 18N and 91 06 33W.
The group next walked to the second burial site described by the society as 100 yards southeast of the residence. The GPS reading at this site was 40 45 14N and 91 06 40W. No evidence of a burial site was visable but no one could be sure exactly where the site was. Gary Putnam shared a photocopy of a page from an abstract book dated February 20, 1919 which read "The tract of ground herein conveyed was reserved as a family burying ground but has been abandoned as such and the bodies removed." The page gives the details of a warrenty deed given to Christian G Biklin by other members of the Biklin family. Gary reported the following individuals were moved to Aspen Grove Cemetery. All of these individuals are listed in the Aspen Grove records as having been interred on March 9, 1919 regardless of their dates of death.
Christian H Biklen 08/06/1825 02/22/1881 56years
On the day before this visit to the Cowles Farm I visited Aspen Grove Cemetery and photographed a single marker for Christian, Charles and Caroline Biklin. Aspen Grove records say both Infant Biklen and Lewis are buried at this same location.
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