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Peter's Cemetery

a.k.a. Brainard Cemetery

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Sec. 30, Pleasant Valley Twp.



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Peters Cemetery, Brainard, Fayette Co., Iowa
Courtesy of Barry Zbornik

On June 13th, 2002 16 graves were ‘divined’ by Steve Story. A 16’ by 8’ slap of cement was poured to capture 6 of the gravesites with only 4 stone pieces.

From Out of the Midwest (1976 – Frances Grahm)
Brief History of Peter's Cemetery

At the top of the hill between the Wilson Patterson home and the Ray Gilbert home is an old cemetery. It was purchased by Sovine Peters about 100 years ago. It is one-half acre, and is registered in West Union as the Peters cemetery. At one time there were 16 graves, but just the tombstone of Miss Peter’s baby brother Riley (who died when he was two years old) can be found today. William Peters in the fifth generation of the Peters family in Brainard.

This cemetery is not mowed so wildflowers decorate it. Conservationists tell us that rural cemeteries are one place the native prairie can be seen. Tex Heyer, abstractor, explained the legal description and how it is handled in property transfers. Likely other family plots may be handled in the same way. This one likely began as a Peters family plot in the 1860s. Most burials were in the 1870s but the last was in the 1930s or 1940s. (unknown author and date).



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Additional Information & Comments: GPP= gravestone photos
FC Obit=see
Fayette Obit Board,
Bartholomew Fred . . . .         
Burk Andrew J. . . 8m s/o John & Rachel (Peters) Burk
Burk Rachel Louisa 09 May 1847 06 Jan 1932 84y 7m 27d w/o John; 1st m Albert P. Lyons; d/o William & Mary (Frazier) Peters; FC obit
Peters Charlie . . . .
Peters Jessie     1y s/o Abram Sovine & Jerusha Catherine Peters
Peters Riley A. . 06 Apr 1876 2y 7m 26d s/o Abram Sovine & Jerusha Catherine Peters
Montager Mrs. Adeline . 15 May 1940 . sister/o Jim Slaughter
Slaughter Jim . 1928 . .
Slaughter Maxine . . . .
Lyons Cloe . . . w/o Frank Lyons; maiden name is Peters
Unknown Unknown . . . Resident of County Home; bur. 1938


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