Society of Friends, Quaker
Record of Removals from Friends, Quakers Burying-Ground
to Oak Hill Cemetery
– Four New York Quakers: Johnathan Hart, Abram, Joseph, and Isaac Merritt
purchased a one half interest in the village of Battle Creek, then Merriton.
1836 – A Meeting was organized, and a parcel of land was selected outside the village, on the east side of the Emmett line for a burying-ground.
1848 – Having become too near, it was abandoned and a new site purchased on Fremont St.to which the bodies were removed by Ogden Green and David Waters.
Members of this early Meeting were Eli and Rachel Lapham, Isaac and Mary Merritt, Isaac and Sarah Sutton, Jacob and Mary Frost, William and Gulielma Knowles, Joseph Kirby and wife, Reynolds and Deborah Cornell, Jonathan and Mary Hart, John Meachem, Linlay Bowne, Henry and Phoebe Willis, Erastus and Sarah Hussey, Isaac Mott, Elias and Amy Manchester, George Tagg, Cholett and Martha Cady, Nathaniel and Eliza Potter, Homer Case, Amos Harrington, Almon E. Preston, George Bradley, Ambrose Cocke, Jeremiah Brown and wife Deborah.
MMary Tagg and Linlay Bowne were the first to be married in the Meeting.
1843 – The society erected
a Meeting house on Maple St., now Capitol Ave.
-A second Meeting house was erected on West Main St., now W. Michigan Ave.
1871 – After selling the Main St.house, a little white building was erected in their burying-ground on Fremont St. It is still standing (1934). Nathaniel Potter and George Bradley helped with the building. Nathaniel Potter was the last one buried in the burying-ground.
1899 – Lack of immigration of Friends from the East, marrying out of the Meeting, Spiritualism, and other religions and the, “call of the world” had so reduced the membership to six: Levi Pitman and wife, Isaac Willis and wife, George Case, Amos Farrington; so the Meeting was “laid down” and the members became members of the Half-yearly Meeting, its superior, at *Pelham, Ontario, Canada.
The last Meeting was held by one person, George Case.
1899 – The city secured the lease of the property for park purposes. The lease is to own 99 yrs., at $50 per year. At its expiration to be returned to the Friends’ control. It was called Fremont Park.
1899-1900 – Bodies were removed to Oak Hill Cemetery. See Burial section.
*The Battle Creek Monthly Meeting and the Pelham Half Yearly Meeting belonged to the Genesee Yearly Meeting, which was composed of the Liberal Branch in Western New York, Ontario and parts of Michigan and Ohio.
1921 – The Battle Creek Chapter D.A.R. by petition, secured the name Fremont Park changed to Quaker Park, and placed a boulder with a bronze plate mark the Friends’ last spiritual home and meeting place
Site of Burying-Ground
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|OAK HILL BURIAL LOCATION|
|Atkinson, Thomas||74||09 Sep 1863||11 Oct 1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 10|
|Brown, A. D.||7||1899 [?]||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 08|
|Brown, Theodore #2||18 Jun 1851||1891||Lot 330, Rt. 20|
|Carpenter, Dr. S. D.||16 Nov 1857||11 Jan 1900||Sec. B, Lot 32, Rt 05|
|Carpenter, Phebe||16 Apr 1900||Sec. B, Lot 32, Rt 09|
|Cook, Emma||24 Oct 1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 09|
|Cook, Emma M.||24 Oct 1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 09|
|Cook, Harry F.||24 Oct 1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 09|
|Cook, Joseph||24 Oct 1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 09|
|Cox, John||69||08 Mar 1878||23 May 1891||Lot 351, Rt 14|
|Ensigh, Datus||1899 [?]||Sec. B, Lot 32, Rt 02|
|Gray, Duane||12 Jan 1900||Sec. B, Lot 32, Rt 09|
|Halsted, James||15||24 Sep 1867||1899||Sec. A, Lot 81, Rt 05|
|Hart, Johnathan||63||Sep 1858||Lot 562, Rt. 03|
|Hart, Mary L.||38||Feb 1840||Wife of Johnathan||Lot 562, Rt. 02|
|Iden, James R.||31 May 1900||Sec. B, Lot 32, Rt 07|
|Iden, Thomas G. Sr.||18 Oct 1899||Lot 75, Rt. 06|
|Iden, Thomas Jr.||18 Oct 1899|
|Jackson, Jacob||5ms||Dec 1845||1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 03|
|Jackson, Lewis||04 Jun 1863||1st Black Resident in BC||1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 03|
|Jackson, Mary||2y 1m||1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 03|
|Jackson, Sarah A.||Jan or Jun 1845||1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 03|
|Knickerbocker, Josephine||20 Dec 1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 07|
|Knickerbocker, Samuel||(?)71||03 Apr 1881||20 Dec 1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 04|
|Merritt, Albert||3||1851||08 May 1899||Lot, 840, Rt. 13|
|Merritt, Daniel||21||1839||08 May 1899||Lot, 840, Rt. 04|
|Merritt, Dwight||1863||08 May 1899||Lot, 840, Rt. 14|
|Merritt, Emma||8||1852||08 May 1899||Lot, 840, Rt. 14|
|Merritt, Johnathan||21||1837||08 May 1899||Lot, 840, Rt. 03|
|Merritt, Joseph||71||1863||08 May 1899||Lot, 840, Rt. 01|
|Merritt, Phoebe||79||1870||08 May 1899||Lot, 840, Rt. 02|
|Morey, Bethia||20 Dec 1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 06|
|Morey, Susannah||Aug 1846||Dau. Of B. & T.||20 Dec 1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 06|
|Morey, Thomas||20 Dec 1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 06|
|Mott, Mary A||"Our Mother" Women in the Iron Coffin Article||10 Jan 1900||Sec. B, Lot 32, Rt 01|
|Pugsley, Palmer||02 Nov 1888||Lot 6471/2, Rt.15|
|Streeter, Rebecca||11 Oct 1899||Sec. B, Lot 31, Rt 10|
|Stringham, Jacob||65||16 Aug 1856||?||Lot 335W, Rt. 14|
|Stringham, John #2||61||18 Nov 1876||?||Lot 335W, Rt. 12|
|Stringham, Julia E.||7mo. 9da||04 Mar 1876||Dau. Of E. & G.||?||Lot 335W, Rt. 16|
|Stringham, Sara||75||26 Jun 1866||Wife of Jacob||?||Lot 335W, Rt. 15|
|Titus, Frances W.||77||1894||24 Mar 1908||Lot 862, Rt. 13|
|Titus, Richard||68||1868||24 Mar 1908||Lot 862, Rt. 14|
|Titus, Richard, Sr.||24 Mar 1908||Lot 862, Rt. 14|
|Williams, Isabel||1850||Dau. Be[?] Sarah||1900||Sec. B, Lot 32, Rt 03|
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