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Oak Grove Cemetery

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Located in Burnside Township, Section 13, 1 1/2 miles S of Lehigh, North of curve in road. Has over 306 graves with tombstones and many without markers. Also known as "Beem Cemetery," as Mr. Beem donated the land for the cemetery when his 18-year-old son, Noble, was the first to be buried there after he drowned while fording the river, May 13, 1856. Noble's mother died in 1893, and his father John, in 1885. There are 25 Marshs, 17 Beems, 14 Andrews buried there with tombstones. James Bass's father-in law, Mr. Holloway of North Carlina was buried there after he died Feb. 1881 (no Marker) . James Bass came to Webster County in the fall of 1852. The many peony bushes in this cemetery were planted by John Marsh and John Linn.

Persons known to be buried at Oak Grove Cemetery

from: Charles Harrell
My Wife has relatives here including her great great grand father William Milton HIGBY, who was a civil war soldier with the 20th Penn. Calvary. He was native to Winchester, Va. and enlisted in 1864 and rode with General HUNTER who helped burn the Valley of Virginia. Following the war he and his brothers could not return home so they immigrated to Penn., then Illinois, then to Webster County., where Jasper led with the establishment of Lehigh and his brothers Commodore Perry Higby and William Milton Higby became coal miners. They established the Higby Brothers Mine in Lehigh in the 1880's until the early 1900's.

William Milton Higby served in 22 Pa Cav.Co.C. enlisting 2-16-64 at Huntington Pa. for 3 years. Nearest relative was a brother Andrew Jackson Higby living at Pittsburg, PA. His collected bounty paid was $140 of $300 promised by time of muster out. He was present with the regiment from enlistment until wounded at the Battle of Five Forks, Va. by a pistol ball. A contusion of the left side of chest over scalpula bone, not entering. Wounded March 30, 1865. Went to City Point Hospital #175 then sent to Mower Hospital in Philadelphia to recover from CW wounds. He became a member of Turtle Creek Methodist Church in Pa. 25 August 1875. after attending classes from November 1874. He joined by the help of Revered Sleaze and at that time, November 1874, resided in Newtown, Pa. Buried with him is his Ellen Taylor Higby, born June 28, 1859 and died March 22, 1925. William and his brother Commodore married twin sisters, Ellen and Jane Taylor (buried in West Lawn), born daughters of George and Mildred Barney Taylor in Bureau Co., Ill. Both the higby brothers were active in GAR (Grand Army of the Republic). Besides William and Ellen is their young child Ida Higby, born Oct 19, 1878 and died February 19, 1880.

Do you have an ancestor in a Webster County Cemetery? Please let me know, I will add them to these pages! Jan and use the subject of Oakgrove Cemetery, Polk Co.

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