Guardian Angels Catholic Church’s Original Cemetery ?

 

Chaska Township, Carver County, Minnesota: T115N - R23W, section 5

 

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This cemetery was platted on a piece of land a mile and a half north of the downtown area of Chaska, Minnesota.  The area where this cemetery was located is currently part of a townhouse development.  Having said that, I suspect a good portion of the soils were removed from this site when highway 41 was constructed many years ago.  As you travel up the Highway 41 hill you will notice a block wall and some houses that were built on what remains of the hilltop to the east of the block wall.  The cemetery appears to have been in the area just west of this block wall. 

 

This Cemetery was listed on maps as recently as 1880.  The Carver County land records list this piece of land being sold to Bishop Thomas L. Grace by Mathias Gater (sp?) on July 23, 1863.  Bishop Thomas Grace was the Bishop of St. Paul from 1859 – 1884.  The land was described as two acres of land more or less.  On October 18, 1880, Thomas L. Grace Bishop of St. Paul sold this piece of land to The Franciscan Brotherhood of Minnesota.  On December 10, 1886, the Franciscan Brotherhood sold this two-acre piece of land to John Maertz (sp?).  None of these entries specifically mention a cemetery.

 

There have been some rumors that the piece of land in Section 5 was used as an early cemetery for The Church of the Guardian Angels.  Their current cemetery has been located in nearby Section 8 for many years.  The piece of land in Section 8 was sold to Bishop Thomas L. Grace by Frank Misseler (sp?) on January 7, 1874.  The 1874 entry mentions a cemetery in its description. 

 

In "Chaska - A Minnesota River City, Volume I, The 1800’s", by the Chaska Bicentennial Committee, they wrote: ‘...At about the same time as the [newest] church was completed [1880’s?], the congregation acquired a new location for the cemetery. … Precisely when the first cemetery was established is uncertain, but when [the first cemetery] closed the people who had been buried there were re-interred at the new location. … (page 53) the soil conditions at the first site were very poor.  Some 1877 remarks made about the first location do not indicate what the problem was. …By 1882, however, the church had acquired the site which still serves the church.’ (page 55)

 

When I reviewed the death and interment records of The Church of the Guardian Angels I found three death entries in 1866 with notations of 'Translatum,'  These same entries were relisted in 1868 with notations of 'Vide supa' with their previous entry number.  While not an expert in the language, I read these to be referring to the movement of burials from one location to another.  These entries were likely made when the cemetery in T115-R23, Section 8 was first used.  This places the opening of the Section 8 cemetery in 1868.

 

The Church of the Guardian Angels death and interment records begin in 1862.  The entries between the first entry 1862 and the last entry of 1867 are listed in the chart below. 

 

Copyright © Debbie Boe 2000

 

Name

Death

Burial

Age

Parents

Amrheim, Adamus

02/27/1867

 

50, born in Bavarus

 

Browers, child

01/12/1867

 

 

Browers, Jacobi

Derhaag, Beatrix, born Props

10/23/1865

 

37, born in Hollandia

 

Dolin, Eduardo

03/04/1862

 

34

 

Faber, Herman

03/21/1866

 

13 months

Georgii and Genovefae Faber

Franken, Anna Carharinae

07/05/1864

07/07/1864

 

Henrici Franken and Mariae Cath. Stoffels

Freischer, Paulus

02/18/1863

 

31

 

Gorz, Gerardus

10/10/1865

 

 

Jacobi and Catharina Gorz, in Coloniensi, Germaniae

Gretzinger, Martin Andreas

03/12/1862

 

33

 

Guender, Georgius

05/00/1868 - grave moved ?

 

 

Michaelis Guenser

Hein, Gertrudis

04/03/1863

 

 

 

Jeurissen, Catharina

11/21/1865

11/23/1865

11/11/1865 (gemini)

Leonardo Jeurissen and Elisabetha Peipers

Jeurissen, Josephus

11/21/1865

11/23/1865

11/11/1865 (gemini)

Leonardo Jeurissen and Elisabetha Peipers

July (?), Balthasar

07/08/1863

 

 

 

Keesmaker, W.

03/03/1866

 

23

 

Knoblach, Magdalena

04/27/1866

04/30/1866

11/25/1852

Josepho Knoblach and Barbara Winter, born Ballinger

Koehnen, Paulus

10/10/1865

 

2

Laurentis Josephis Koehnen and Mariae Elisabethae Pallans

Koers, Hubertus, widower

07/17/1867

 

62, from Hollandia

 

Lano, gemini (twins)

01/28/1867

 

11/04/1866

 

Michels, Barbara

02/22/1862

 

6

 

Pohl, Stephania Mathilde

02/24/1867

 

12/27/1864

Andrea Pohl and Maria Sherman, from St. Bonifacii

Rabben, Hermann

04/22/1866

 

 

Jacobi and M.G. Rabben

Salten, child

02/01/1867

 

 

Salten, Leonardi

Sanders, Caecilia

01/17/1866

 

infant

Petris Casperis and Annae Catharinae Sanders

Savelkoel, Dorothea

04/18/1866

 

03/05/1866

Michaelis Zavelkoel and Mariae Gertrudis Sluen

Schaefers, anonymus

11/18/1866

 

11/17/1866

Schaefers, Henrici

Schloegelmilch, Joannis - refers to Schloglmiller entry

09/00/1868 - grave moved ?

 

 

 

Schloglmiller, Joannes

11/04/1866

 

age 55, born in Badia

 

Schulpen, Maria Catharina

04/22/1864

04/25/1864

3 ?

Petri Christiani Schulpen and Anae Mariae Schmeits

Schutrop, Willi / Joannes Guilelmus

01/02/1866

 

 

 

Smeets, Joannes Petrus

11/08/1867

 

26, from Hollandia

 

Unterburger, Joannes

11/13/1865

11/16/1865

36, born in Ratisbonersi, Bavariae

 

Vogel, Joannes

08/17/1867

 

26, born in Frankenstein, Prussiae, Germaniae, Wratislavensi

 

Walter, Josefina

05/11/1866

 

15

Joannis and Evae Walter

Walter, Josepha

05/00/1868 - grave moved ?

 

 

Joannis Walter and Magdalena Knoblach


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