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Oak Hill Cemetery
Alphabetical surname index to burial record pages is below.
Noted Oak Hill BurialsNotable Early Johnson County settlers buried in Oak Hill
*Many thanks to Pat Pirkl and
Linda Schreiber who contributed this Oak Hill Cemetery information to
the Johnson County IAGenWeb site
Honorable Robert Walker
Col. John Williams – promoted in the army and on his return elected county judge. Hon. George Paul – distinguished factor of Iowa politics
Virgil LancasterH. H. WinchesterDavid Switzer Sam HollerJohn SaxtonArchibald GillillandHenry HeadlyJames DouglasJackson Frost & Jarvis FrostHonorable
Robert Walker, born in Schenectady County, New York, in October 1802,
and moved to Johnson County in 1838 where he served as the first
justice of the peace in the new Iowa Territory. In his official
capacity he administered the oath of office to the Capital
Commissioners who located the territorial capital in Iowa City. In
1853, he married Hon. Le Grand Byington’s sister. In 1860, he moved to
his farm near Tiffin, where he died on October 28, 1879. During his
life and Johnson County residence, Judge Walker filled an influential
position and earned the respect bestowed him. His home and
property was listed in the 1870 Thompson & Evert Atlas.A
former Indiana resident, Yale Hamilton was persuaded to move to the
Iowa Territory along with several others by a close friend Judge
Harris. Hamilton lived for a time in Lucas Township before
settling in Clear Creek. Hamilton’s name appears on the 1838 Johnson
County Tax List. His household and merchandise was valued at $50. He
also owned 8 cattle valued at $200; two cows and 40 cattle more than
three years old; and three head of cattle under three years old. At the
time he reportedly paid $1.33 for property valued at $265.50. Hamilton
was a member of Claim Association of Johnson County, which represented
a number of settlers who lived on land that had not been surveyed. The
group adopted a constitution, a code of laws that each one pledged to
observe to defend their land claims. Hamilton’s
son J. C. Hamilton married Mary A. Hamilton (March 2, 1862) and lived
on the Clear Creek farm near Tiffin. Together they had eight children.
Her husband had two children with his first wife. Though Mary A.
Hamilton received little formal education she passed examinations to
teach school at age 15. She also wrote under the signature of “Kitty
Carroll” for leading newspapers in Iowa including the Muscatine
Journal, Dubuque Herald, Burlington Hawkeye, Keokuk Post and Tipton
Advertiser. She also wrote a series of local letters from Tiffin
which was said to be the genesis of “country correspondence” in the
History of Johnson County 1836-1882. Iowa City, Iowa. 1883. A Reproduction by Unigraphic, Inc. 1973. pp 965
History of Johnson County 1836-1882. Iowa City, Iowa. 1883. A Reproduction by Unigraphic, Inc. 1973. p. 586.
History of Johnson County 1836-1882. Iowa City, Iowa. 1883. A Reproduction by Unigraphic, Inc. 1973. pp 270-271,
History of Johnson County 1836-1882. Iowa City, Iowa. 1883. A Reproduction by Unigraphic, Inc. 1973. pp 326.
History of Johnson County 1836-1882. Iowa City, Iowa. 1883. A Reproduction by Unigraphic, Inc. 1973. pp 836.
The History of Johnson County, Iowa and its Townships, Cities and
Villages from 1836 to 1882,” Iowa City, 1883. A reproduction by
Unigraphic, Evansville, Indiana 1973. pp179-181, 605.
More Stories of People Buried in Oak Hill Cemetery -
O'BRIEN, MICHAEL CULLEN
BRYANT, MICHAEL C
gggrandfather was actually born Michael Cullen O'Brien in County Cork,
Ireland on 17 March 1828. He immigrated with his parents and a brother
through Nova Scotia in about 1834/35. They settled in Georgetown, Mass.
Later he married, had children, moved to Rochester, NY and fought in
the 108th NY infantry in the civil war. He was injured three times.
1872 he headed west by rail, making a brief stop to see a relative in
Racine. Suffering from typhus, he was taken off "the cars" (train) in
Tiffin, Iowa . He was taken to Mrs. Beam's Boarding House in
Tiffin. There, he passed away on 4 August 1872 and was interred
in Oak Hill Cemetary.
For a number of reasons, some members of the family began using
the surname Bryant while in Georgetown. This is the name both he and
his brother went by while in the infantry, one in Rochester and the
other in Georgetown.
Submitted by Charles E. Tucker
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