Farmington Presbyterian Cemetery

Know known as: Farmington Middle Creek Historic Cemetery

city of Farmington, Dakota County, Minnesota: T114N-R20W, Section 25

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This cemetery has not had any regular care in some time and is in poor shape.  What remains was overtaken by the forest quite some time ago. At the time I visited the cemetery during June 1997 the cemetery area was not marked by any type of sign, nor any obvious fence. There did appear to be an old cart path heading south from the burial area.

There were about half a dozen burial monument stone bases with no data on them. These remaining monument stone bases appear to have been knocked around and it is not likely they are over the original graves anymore.

I did find one stone base with the surname SEWARD on it. On another burial monument there were three given names with some information, but no surnames. The monument material of the 'Seward' base and the monument material from the stone with only the given names appeared to have been the same color and type of rock. I was not able to determine if these separate monument parts went together. The given names and dates were:

Charles, died 28 February 1901, age 8 years 10 months 6 days

S. Anderson, died 10 October 1859, age 2 years 3 months

Caroline, died 10 April 1860, age 28 days

In "History of Dakota County and the city of Hastings, ..." by Rev. Edward D. Neill, written in 1881, he wrote '... In July, 1868, one acre of land was given by Samuel Osborn to the trustees of the Presbyterian church for a cemetery. The grounds are pleasantly located on a hill-side in the south-east quarter of section 25, ... The body of Miss Ada Bacon was laid here first in 1859, before the land was formerly devoted to its present use. The officers of the Presbyterian church, act as officers of the cemetery. (page 417).'

The Dakota county cemetery records compilation lists this cemetery as: Farmington Presbyterian Cemetery, established 1868. 1 acre. Section 25, SE1/4. Akin Road and Eve's Way. On hill behind houses on Eve's Way. (Abandoned)

Update:  On February 18, 2003 this cemeteries name was changed to Farmington Middle Creek Historic Cemetery.

During a visit to the site in 2010, I found a list of names of persons likely buried in this cemetery.  The burials ranged from 1859 to 1906.  The list was divided into those believed to be buried in the cemetery and those who might be buried in the cemetery.  The list was compiled by Marlys Guildner.  The list included:

Name

Information

Bacon, Ada

(believed to be buried in this cemetery) Died 1859 – first person buried in cemetery

Bacon, Pearl

(might be buried in this cemetery) Died 28 July 1885 – died in infancy

Fletcher, Albert

(might be buried in this cemetery) Died 9 July 1870 – son of Asa and Nancy Fletcher

Huyck, Alice

(might be buried in this cemetery) 1851 – 9 November 1871 – age 2 – daughter of Aza and Nancy

Ives, Benjamin

(believed to be buried in this cemetery) 1822 – 5 August 1866, died shortly after the Civil War

Ives, Clarence

(might be buried in this cemetery) 1877 – 17 September 1885 – age 8 months – smothered accident

Ives, infant – no name

(might be buried in this cemetery) Died 1870 – died in infancy

Ives, Mrs. Frank Guzinda

(believed to be buried in this cemetery) April 1864 – 22 November 1906 – last person buried in the cemetery

Kane, James

(might be buried in this cemetery) Died 4 August 1866 – died in Empire Township

Kane, James

(might be buried in this cemetery) 1863 – April 1867 – age 4 – son of James and Mary Kane

Kane, Mary Jane

(might be buried in this cemetery) Died 5 October 1866 – died in Empire Township

Kane, Thomas

(might be buried in this cemetery) 1857 – (died before 1865) – son of James and Mary Jane – died in Lakeville

Osborn, infant – no name

(might be buried in this cemetery) 1885 – 20 August 1885 – age 4 months

Osborn, infant – no name

(might be buried in this cemetery) 1887 – 11 September 1887 – 2 hours – premature

Seward, Caroline E.

(believed to be buried in this cemetery) 19 March 1860 – 10 April 1860 – 18 days old – parents Charles and Eleanor

Seward, Charles

(believed to be buried in this cemetery) 22 April 1822 – 28 February 1901 – parents Samuel Osborn – spouse of Eleanor

Seward, Jane Eleanor

(believed to be buried in this cemetery) March 1828 – 5 November 1903 – Spouse Charles gave land for the cemetery

Seward, Lynn

(believed to be buried in this cemetery) December 1904 – 12 April 1905 – infant son of Jon Seward

Seward, Samuel Anderson

(believed to be buried in this cemetery) July 1857 – 10 October 1859 – age 2 years 3 months

Witherell, Charlotte

(believed to be buried in this cemetery) Born 1870 - ? – daughter of George W. Witherell

Witherell, Eveline

(believed to be buried in this cemetery) 1858 – 1868 – daughter of George W. Witherell

Witherell, Frank

(might be buried in this cemetery) Died after 1868 – daughter of George W. Witherell

Witherell, Mattie

(believed to be buried in this cemetery) 1842 – 19 September 1875 – died inflammation of bowels

Witherell, Warren

(believed to be buried in this cemetery) 1871 – 21 July 1877 – age 6 – son of George and Louise

Witherell, Wyman

(might be buried in this cemetery) Died after 1868

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