Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Civil War soldier’s grave found in abandoned cemetery

Emmet genealogy group marks site in Center Township

By Fred Gray News-Review Staff WriterPetosky News Review

CENTER TOWNSHIP — “No one should be forgotten,” said Harold Daniels of Petoskey when he discovered that 15 people, including Civil War veteran Alfonso Brooks, were buried in unmarked graves in an abandoned cemetery in Center Township between 1883 and 1936.

The one-acre plot lies in what was once farmland, now overgrown with poplar, maple and beech, and myrtle and fiddlehead ferns, far from any sign of civilization.

Daniels discovered the cemetery while researching his family history, and brought it to the attention of the Emmet County Genealogical Society. The society’s members shared Daniels’ concern for its forgotten inhabitants and erected a sign on Saturday to mark the cemetery, listing all who had been buried there.

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