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Re: Longfellow Headstones
Posted by: John Longfellow (ID *****4053) Date: March 09, 2005 at 16:03:02
In Reply to: Re: Longfellow Headstones by Maggie Jones of 666

John Longfellow, Jr. settled on a farm in New Garden Township, Wayne County, Indiana. In the Richmond, Indiana Palladium Item dated October 23, 1932, his picture, along with others, was on the front page and listed as one of the seven Wayne County pioneers who lived past 100 years. He was 103 when he died.

He purchased and cleared three farms on the northeast boundary of New Garden Township in Wayne County now known as the Boundary Road.

He and other family members were buried on a portion of land taken from one of the farms in a cemetery known as "Friendship". The only thing I knew about this Friendship cemetery was from Mildred (Longfellow) Bishop-Duke (my father’s cousin) who wrote, "The cemetery today is unkept and overgrown with no access since the original road has been changed. The fence is down and cattle tramping down the stone."

This is from the Indiana State Library Genealogy Division Cemetery Database: Location –Sec 19, T18, R14 New Garden Twp.

I found a web site that has information about this cemetery, now known as the Friendship Baptist Cemetery - It lists and has pictures of the stone of my ancestor John, Jr. and the foot stone of Sarah Longfellow (her head stone missing), the last child of John and Mary (Harper) Longfellow, born Feb. 3, 1848, died Oct. 24, 1850, just a baby. Betsy and William and his wife Sarah (Rowe) Longfellow were also buried there but their stones no longer exist.

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