Berrien County Poor Farm Cemetery
AKA - County Infirmary Cemetery
Berrien Township
section 16/17
Located in Berrien Springs in Berrien Township.

Over view
Overview
             John Mills Stone
John Mills

Photos by: Teresa O'Riley

In 1847 the County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution to purchase land in Berrien Township for the establishment of a poor farm. They purchased this property from Richard McOmber who had settled in this area in about 1835. It was located on Northwest corner of section 16 and the Northeast section 17 and at that time had only 160 acres with buildings and land were purchased. After sale of the property he moved to Buchanan, in the same county. Additional acreage about 32 acres, was added later. The original house built in 1847 was about 18 X 26 feet.   John Tate had the contract for taking care of the home and inmates from May 28, 1847 to Apr 1, 1848 for $295.00.  Records for this cemetery seem to be missing.  The county does not have them nor does the Hospital that owns the grounds.  Berrien Township provided me with what information they have but it is sketchy also.
   

SMALL PARTIAL LISTING BELOW

Name Date of Birth Date of Death Notes/Comments
Atkins, John 73 years of age born Scotland Dec 8. 1913 Cert. of Death
Boyce, Sill about 71 years of age
Oct 25, 1913 Cert. of Death
Connover, Joe
27 Mar 1843
03 Jan 1936
Berrien Township information
Dawson, Charlesabt 67 yrs09 Sep 1925Cert. Of Death
Essig, William
74 years of age
31 Mar 1936
Berrien Township information
Fisher, John
07 Apr 1870
11 Feb 1936
Berrien Township information
Fitz, Collins
20 Jan 1863
20 Jun 1936
Berrien Township information
Gill, Joseph
12 Sep 1861
21 Jul 1936
Berrien Township information
Goodwin, Roy
10 Apr 1880
04 Apr 1934
Berrien Township information
Harrison, Frank
16 May 1856
07 Oct 1934
Berrien Township information
Higbee, Ellen Sep 8, 1835 Dec 6, 1910 Cert. of Death states County Farm
Houghton, Allen
01 Oct 1853
04 Apr 1935
Berrien Township information
Keen, Milton 53 years of age
Jan 28, 1918 Cert. of Death
Keller, William abt 1821 Apr 5, 1913 age on Cert. of Death is 91 yrs
Kilik, John
20 Jul 1885
25 Oct 1935
Berrien Township information
Kinney, John
29 Aug 1885
22 Jul 1936
Berrien Township information
Kornow, Carl
02 Aug 1864
21 Jul 1936
Berrien Township information
Love, Walterton
04 Nov 1864
26 Jul 1934
Berrien Township information
Martin, Joe
34 years of age
22 Jan 1934
Berrien Township information
Mass, Emma
31 Dec 1864
31 May 1937
Berrien Township information
Mills, John W 1847 1932  
Murphy, Mary about 91 years of age
Mar 17, 1913 Cert. of Death
Newsom, John
12 Jul 1853
18 Jul 1935
Berrien Township information
Parker, John
1875
17 Nov 1936
Berrien Township information
Prescott, William H 73 years of age
Aug 1, 1917 Cert. of Death born New York State
Reams, Edward
21 Jun 1883
14 Feb 1935
Berrien Township information
Ringer, John
06 Jan 1872
09 Nov 1934
Berrien Township information
Rittenhous, Eliza born about 1825 - Ohio Jan 10, 1913 Cert. of Death
Russell, Charles 87 years of age
Jul 21, 1930 obit
Shaffer, Nellie
65 years of age
05 Apr 1934
Berrien Township information
Smith, Inez Mrs about 71 years of age
Feb 11, 1918 Cert. of Death
Strickler, Chub

12 Feb 1937
Berrien Township information
Sullivan, Jasper
57 years of age
12 Apr 1935
Berrien Township information
Unknown
about 21 years of age
26 Aug 1929
Berrien Township information
Vanderpool, James Ward
09 Dec 1852 21 Oct 1928
Berrien Springs Era 01 Nov. 1928
"The body of J. W. Vanderpool ...
was buried at the county infirmary Monday Afternoon.
Walters, Tom
15 May 1835
01 Jul 1935
Berrien Township information
Ward, Louise (Mosley)
85 years of age
17 Nov 1936
Berrien Township information
Wesner, Ben
80 years of age
29 Mar 1937
Berrien Township information
Wilke, Fred

19 Jul 1935
Berrien Township information
Willis, Charles age 50 yrs Jul 22, 1929 black night watchman at County Infirmary
died of injuries from a car crash near Michigan City, IN
on May 27th, 1929
Willson, Charles abt 70 yrs Feb 5, 1918 Cert. of Death
Winchell, Clinton
68 years of age
15 Jan 1934
Berrien Township information
Woods, Elizabeth
84 years of age
29 Jan 1937
Berrien Township information
Wray, Spirel per DC
Wray, Sparrell per other gov. recs.
born May 1826 Virginia
per 1900 Census
Nov 2, 1907 1880 & 1900 Fed Census,
lived Chikaming Twp, Berrien. from family files -
sonof Preston Wray and brotherof Garland Wray of
Tippecanoe, IN. All born VA.

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