Protected by a black wrought iron fence, Fowler Cemetery lies within the woods along Haskins Road in Bainbridge Township. Although it is over 150 years old, Fowler Cemetery looks pretty good for its age.  There are very few visible signs of vandalism, and the markers are well-preserved. 

The cemetery was officially established 1825.  As with most older cemeteries, this began as a family burial ground, so the graves date earlier than 1825.  The oldest gravestone we found was for one of the Fowler children, who died in 1824. 

There are no nearby lots or driveways to park.  The best way to reach it is to park on the narrow strip of land in front of the cemetery, and hope your car does not get stuck in the mud.

 

Still visible behind these bare branches are the gravestones of John Fowler (left), who died March, 14th, 1861 at the age of 85, and his wife, Jerusha, who died 20 years earlier, on February 21, 1840 at the age of 61.

 

Toward the back of the cemetery lie the graves of the Goodman family.

 

Simon Henry (left), who died on June 26, 1854 at the age of 87.

Buried next to him is his wife, Rhoda, who died on June 15, 1847 at the age of 73.

 

Children from the Benjamin Family, all of whom died within 4 years of each other, from left to right:

Cecilia E., who died September 28th, 1866, at the age of 28.

Eliza J., who died June 4th, 1862 at the age of 17.

Julius A., who died January 22nd, 1864 at the age of 23.

 

This monument marks the grave of Deborah and Henry McCartey.  Deborah died on March 6th, 1845 at the young age of 19.  Henry died two years later, on December 12, 1847, at the age of 26. 

The inscription on their marker reads as follows:

If yet thy noble spirit hovers nigh,
The place where now thy mouldering ashes lie,
Here will thou read inscribed upon our hearts,
A grief too deep to trust the sculptor's art

 

This bronze marker marks the grave of Benjamin Hurd and his wife, Ruth Norton Hurd.

This marker was erected sometime well after their deaths.  Interestingly, it does not have an inscription of dates of death or other information.

 

John Fowler, son of John and Jeshua Fowler.  He was only 2 years old when he died on September 24th, 1824.

 

 

This old brownstone gravestone marks the grave of Dr. Elijah Loomis, who died April 15th, 1837 at the age of 42.

 

Elizabeth Converse, who died November 29th, 1835 at the age of 22.

Directly behind her are the graves of the Smith family.

 

Sarah North, who died May 6th, 1845 at the age of 36.  She was the wife of Patrick Clover.

Sarah's grave was especially interesting for a number of reasons.  First, she is  buried under her maiden name, and lies with her family (as opposed to her husband).  Furthermore, at the bottom of the marker, the inscription reads:

Presented by her Brother.

 

 

Some fallen tombstones.

Justus Bissell (center) and his two wives. Justus was Bainbridge's first postmaster and ran the township's first bar.   Nancy (left) was his first wife, and bore him 10 children (!) before she died on March 13th, 1823.  His second wife, Mercy, died February 31, 1855 at the age of 64.  Justus apparently decided not to push his luck with a third wife, living the remaining years of his life as a bachelor.  He died at the ripe old age of 92, on April 22nd, 1874.

This plot caught our eyes because of the names:  Justus & Mercy.