I can honestly say I’ve never worked so hard to photograph a cemetery. While I was fairly sure the person I was looking for was not buried in that cemetery, I thought as long as we were that close, we should check it out. From Forestville, Minnesota, it was about “6 blocks and up the hill.”
The photo above shows the semi-cleared area where the cemetery is located, and just to the right of the center, you can see the two still-standing stones, the remainder of them on the ground. Having climbed that long, steep hill, I have to wonder how these pioneers managed to get the caskets up there.
Lewis Adams died July 12, 1862 at the age of 27 years. He was a “cooker” by trade, born in Germany, and lived in Forestville with 17 year old Susan Adams, in 1860.
Above, Lydia Luvia Bassett and little Hokah Bassett. Lydia was born in 1839, and Hokah was born in 1855. Hokah died in 1856, and Lydia in 1858, They share a stone with Samuel Smith, 1786 – 1862. Below are individual small stones, broken, for Lydia and Hokah.
Samuel Smith was born in Stratford County, New Hampshire on July 7, 1786, and died at Carimona, Minnesota on Oct. 24, 1862.
Patrick O’Kane, a Forestville twp. farmer, was born about 1810 in Ireland. He was married to Ann, and in the 1870 census is living with her, his daughter Lucy (a 24 year old schoolteacher), Mary (18), and John (21).
Elizabeth (1801 – 1867), James (1789-1876), Samuel (1821-1871) Riddle.
Abner Runals, 1788 - 1860
According to a plaque at the cemetery, there are a few additional burials there, but I was not able to locate the stones.