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Union Township, Ringgold County, Iowa


Photograph courtesy of Tony Mercer, June of 2012

  Pumptown Cemetery is an old cemetery located on a ridge in a field, approximately 300 yards from a dirt road in Union Township of Ringgold County [NW1/4 Sec. 15, T70, R28]. Twenty-one gravestones were all that could be found although there are indications that many more burials had been made in this cemetery. It seems that the last burial was made in 1924.

Some early records refer to Pumptown as Anderson graveyard, the Anderson family owning the land when the cemetery was established.

Pumptown cemetery was recorded for Ringgold County Historical Society by Betty Ruby and Ruth Haley of Diagonal in 1978; transcriptions updated November of 2000 by Rick Wiley of Diagonal. In the summer of 2009 the Ringgold County Cemetery Preservation Society and the Bill and Angie Hynek family did extensive restoration work at Pumptown Cemetery.

Tony Mercer photographed the gravestones in June of 2012.

Veteran information updated May of 2015 courtesy of Cathy Kilgore, Ringgold County Veteran Affairs; Transcription updated October 2020 couresty of Cathy Kilgore; plot location from Raymond Banner's book, Cemetery Gravestone Recordings of Ringgold County.




S T U V W X Y Z  

gold star Designated as a Veteran

ACKERLEY, Beverly 18 Sep 1926 18 Sep 1926 daughter of Eugene and Velda LILES ACKERLEY
BAKER, Elmer S.   01 Sep 1869
aged 10m
son of James Monroe & Sarah Elizabeth (BRIDGE) BAKER
stone before repair
Amina E. (LENT)
08 Nov 1870 25 Jan 1891 daughter of Arculus & Catherine (MILLER) LENT
married 17 Oct 1889 William Calvin BROTHERTON
Ira E.
17 Dec 1890 14 Jan 1891 son of
William Calvin & Amina E. (LENT) BROTHERTON
gold starBROTHERTON,
Martin Van Buren

Plot 20
06 May 1840
Putnam Co. IN
18 Jun 1885
45y 1m 12d
Ellston IA
Civil War Veteran
PVT Co. I 4th IA Infantry
enlisted 01 Sep 1861
mustered out 24 Jul 1865
Louisville KY
son of
Grandison & Delilah (FOUTS) BROTHERTON
married 09 Nov 1865
Appanoose Co. IA
Louisa Caroline MORLAN
interred Ellston Cemetery
BUTTS, Amos Chrissie 02 Jul 1882 11 Mar 1911
aged 28y 8m 9d
son of James Alexander & Alice Arminta (CREE) BUTTS
BUTTS, Claude 11 Apr 1910 21 Nov 1910
aged 7m 10d
son of Bertha E. BUTTS
BUTTS, infant son 20 Sep 1892 20 Sep 1892
age 2hrs
son of James Alexander & Alice Arminta (CREE) BUTTS
BUTTS, James Alexander 10 Aug 1849 24 Mar 1911 son of Levi James & Mary Ann (COOPER) BUTTS
married circa 1876
Arminta Alice CREE
BUTTS, Martin Wilbur 19 Dec 1893 10 Nov 1909 son of James Alexander & Alice Arminta (CREE) BUTTS
BUTTS, Mary Belle 1876 28 Mar 1889 daughter of James Aexander & Alice Arminta (CREE) BUTTS
BUTTS, Venice "Vernie" Opal 20 Jun 1899 12 Jan 1911 daughter of James Alexander & Alice Arminta (CREE) BUTTS
CONE, Rosanna 1824   married 23 May 1847
William Henry CONE Sr.
CONE Sr., William Henry 12 Mar 1815
Rochester, NY
21 Nov 1883 son of Joseph W. & Phebe (FULLER) CONE
married 23 May 1847
Rosanna FREE
DONOVAN, Araminta (LILES) 21 Sep 1858
Hardin Co. OH
23 Jan 1897
aged 38y 4m 2d
daughter of
George Emmet & Hannah (COOPER) LILES
married 24 Oct 1881
Bertha Maude
12 Sep 1882 23 Feb 1906 daughter of
Samuel & Armintia (LILES) DONOVAN
DAY, Margaret Emma (WILLIAMSON) 13 Jan 1830 05 Feb 1870
aged 40y 23d
daughter of John Clark & Margaret Jane (NEWELL) WILIIAMSON
married 06 Mar 1855
Benjamin Franklin DAY
GLICK, George M. Nov 1879 12 Sep 1910
aged 30y 10m
son of John & Mary Josephine (SHORTS) GLICK
married 23 Oct 1902
Loretta HART
HESS, William A. 13 Sep 1874 26 Nov 1875
aged 1y 2m 13d
son of Andrew J. & Margaret (NYHART) HESS
HUFF, Francis M. 30 Jan 1862
Union Township
21 Sep 1862
aged 7m 22d
"Children of
R.W. & S. HUFF"
believed to be son of
Reuben Wilson & Sarah (LYTLE) HUFF
"Sleep on sweet baby
and take thy rest,
God called you home,
He thought it best."
HUFF, Sarah Jennie 29 Jul 1869
Union Township
29 Jul 1871
aged 3y 6m
"Children of
R.W. & S. HUFF"
believed to be daughter of
Reuben Wilson & Sarah (LYTLE) HUFF
"Sleep on sweet baby
and take thy rest
God called you home,
He thought it best."
Jasper Newton Jr.
21 Aug 1883
Union Township
07 Oct 1885
Union Township
son of
Jasper Newton & Lucintha Ann (MORLAN) JAMES
KENT, Louisa E. (McREYNOLDS) 09 Oct 1850 14 Apr 1870
aged 19y 6m 5d
daughter of John & Sarah (HENRY) McREYNOLDS
married 03 Jun 1869
Newton James KENT
KENT, Over Oliver 23 Mar 1870 26 Jan 1896
Foot stone
son of Newton J. & Louisa E. (McREYNOLDS) KENT
KENT, William H. 14 May 1873 28 Sep 1889 son of Newton J. & Phoebe Catherine (CONE) KENT
LILES, Bert O. 15 Jul 1882 30 Sep 1902
aged 20y 2m 15d
Ellston IA
"Son of
George & Hannah (COOPER) LILES"
LILES, Frances B. "Fannie" 14 Mar 1870 10 Sep 1876
aged 6y 6m 26d
daughter of
George Emmett & Hannah (COOPER) LILES
This is the west side of the stone, Lillie D. Liles is on the east side. North side of the stone says "Children of G. & H. Liles."
LILES, Frantz Seigle 10 Feb 1863 01 Apr 1879
aged 16y 1m 21d
son of
George Emmett & Hannah (COOPER) LILES
LILES, George Emmet 21 Sep 1828
Ross Co. OH
03 Feb 1901
aged 72y 4m 12 days
son of
Lemuel & Hannah (DARRINGER) LILES
married 13 Jul 1854
Logan Co. OH
gold starLILES,
George Emmett

Plot 3
21 Dec 1895
Ellston IA
29 Sep 1918
K.I.A. Bellecourte, France
Emmett Liles Unit 541 & American Legion Auxiliary, Ellston IA was named for him
World War I
U.S. Army
Co. D 117th Infantry
son of
Lemuel M. & Annabelle (VEST) LILES
grandson of
George Emmet & Hannah (COOPER) LILES
LILES, Hannah (COOPER) 04 Dec 1835
Belleplain OH
09 Sep 1913
aged 77y 9m 5d
Union Township
daughter of William & Sarah COOPER
married 13 Jul 1854
Logan Co. OH
George Emmet LILES
LILES, Joseph Gideon 18 Jul 1855
Hardin Co. OH
04 Nov 1924
aged 69y
son of
George Emmet & Hannah (COOPER) LILES
married 03 Oct 1877
LILES, Lillie D. 31 May 1873 28 Mar 1875
aged 1y 9m 28d
daughter of
George Emmet & Hannah (COOPER) LILES
LONG, Catherine Emma 1875 23 Dec 1894 daughter of John & Rosanna LONG
LONG, Rosanna 1852 before 1895 married 28 Jul 1870
John L. LONG
MANN, Zoe   02 Aug 1872
aged 1y 3m 15d
"Dau. of
H. & S.A. MANN"
gold starSELSOR, Andrew
Plot 13
Richmond VA
24 Aug 1881
aged 74y
Doyle Township
Clarke Co. IA
Civil War Veteran
PVT Co. A 43rd MO Infantry
son of Hardin & Elizabeth (BERRY) SELSOR
married 1st 13 Jan 1828
Nancy WADE (1807-1860)
married 2nd circa 1865
Amelia Marie MASSOCK
interred Oak Hill Cemetery
Union Co. IA
Andrew's last child was born when he was 64-years-old.
WARREN, Alice Arminta (CREE) BUTTS BRADEN 26 Mar 1859 03 Dec 1934
daughter of John W. & Sarah Jane (SHIELDS) CREE
married 1st circa 1876
James A. BUTTS
married 2nd 04 Jul 1919
Alfred C. BRADEN
married 3rd 02 Apr 1925
Benjamin Silas WARREN
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Photograph courtesy of Tony Mercer, June of 2012
General View of the Cemetery is from the west, facing east.


WPA Graves Survey
American Civil War Soldier Database,
various biographies & obituaries
BANNER, Raymond. Cemetery Gravestone Recordings of Ringgold County, Ringgold County Historical Society.

Transcription updated by Sharon R. Becker, February of 2010; updated June of 2012
Veteran interments updated May of 2015 courtesy of Cathy Kilgore, Ringgold County Veteran Affairs

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