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Title: Butterfield Cemetery
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BUTTERFIELD CEMETERY Kent Township, Warren County, Indiana Butterfield, also known as Old Gopher Hill, was located near the crossroads south of Masonic Cemetery. A large two-story gray house is close to the area where the cemetery was at one time. One remaining stone has the word "Moal" carved on it and the date "1811." The cemetery was gone by 1938, but it has been said that before 1823, at least two soldiers, two Indians and two settlers were buried here. Mr. Butterfield wrote in his book, "I built a strong fence around the graves of my loved ones. I made arrangements to have the place kept by Samuel Clem." He cared for the cemetary receiving pay for his work from the family; Butterfields, Nortons and McHenrys, until all were gone. Many of the people buried here were probably the same as those listed in Mr. Butterfield's Bible. From the Butterfield Bible we copy and from the diary of Butterfield. BIBLE Nathaniel son of Nathaniel and Betsy, Sept. 16, 1826. Patty, May 17, 1828. Easter Butterfield, wife of John Norton, Jr. b. 1818, d. Sept. 26, 1845. Her child, Sept. 26, 1845. Rena Butterfield, wife of Eben Norton, Sept. 22, 1847. Her child Sept. 22, 1847. Son of Nathaniel and Betsy, d. same day, July 8, 1839 Betsy Campbell Butterfield, wife of Nathaniel, Aug. 18, 1847 DIARY N. Butterfield "In all about 40 persons are buried here." He fenced the ground and as long as any of the family lived he paid Clem to care for it. Years later Roy Jones ownedthe place and it was learned the Cemetery was plowed over and the stones were under an old school house foundation. Elmer Smith raised the building and removed the stones and copied dates. Easter B. Norton, 1818, and her mother Betsy Campbell were my grandmother and great grandmother. --Clara C. Smith P. 5, Johnson or Johnston by Guyer Johnston, Calif. Copy, "William never married. He d when about 25 yrs. old consumption and was buried in the old Gopher Hill Cemetary where his father and mother are buried. This was one of the first burial grounds in Warren County." A child of the Norton family later than the above was the last burial we have record of.

Date: 7/23/1985
Origin: Warren County, Indiana Cemetery Inscriptions Volume II
Author: Rosella Rasmussen Jenkins
Record ID: 00002889
Type: Cemetery Record
Source Archive: Jenkins-Knowles
Date Entered: 10/26/2010
Collection: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Entered By: WCHS

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