Union Cemetery Index
Lockridge Township, Section 31
“In November of 1837, Dave Coop, brother of Colonel Coop, passed
away. This was the first death among the inhabitants of the county.
There existed in the county no undertaker, no lumber yard, not even a board
from which could be fashioned a rude coffin. In this difficulty,
John R. Parsons, one of the later arrivals, knocked his wagon box to pieces
and out of the pieces made a rough coffin. At the direction of Colonel
Coop the dead man was buried close by a grove of ‘rugged elms’ on the north
end of his property, and he at once set aside three acres about his brother’s
grave for a free burial ground. This Cemetery is known now as Union
The primary source for the linked pages is the Jefferson County IA Records, Vols. 1 & 2 by Orville & Mary Prill, and the information was transcribed by Deborah Brownfield-Stanley.
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This cemetery updated through 2005 courtesy of index cards kept by Verda Baird, and from 2006 forward by Joey Stark from Fairfield Ledger obituaries.
Surnames have been divided into groups as shown in the table below. If a letter appears to be missing it is because there are no surnames beginning with that letter.
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