Chesaning, Saginaw County, Michigan
Introduction and Explanation
This “Cemetery Index”
was produced for the benefit of the Chesaning Township
Government, owners of the “Wildwood Cemetery”, and to
assist the Genealogical community in their search for
It is the understanding
of this compiler that at various times in the past, the
Township Burial Records for this cemetery have been lost
and reconstructed as best they could from memory. This
has resulted in problems in knowing who all the
residents are and exactly where they are located.
The contents of this
index are an attempt to more accurately reconstruct the
lost data. It consists of transcribing the existing
Township Sexton’s Burial Records, the newer Township
computerized Burial Records, the 1982 cemetery readings
done by the Saginaw Genealogical Society and the
contents of the Chesaning Public Library’s Family
Genealogical files. The compiler has not attempted to
verify the existence of markers, but did check the
spelling of some names by actual tombstone reading.
Wildwood Cemetery is
laid out in five (5) distinct sections and some include
unique features that need to be addressed to make this
Index of value to both the Township and to the
Genealogist searching for their ancestor. (Refer to the
Wildwood Cemetery Maps enclosed.)
The oldest part of
Wildwood is located on the East (left) side of Sharon
Rd. and is identified as the South, Center, and East
sections. This portion of the cemetery is pretty much
straight forward with the Lots numbered in a consecutive
pattern. Letters were applied to the rows on the map of
these sections to aid in locating the desired
The part of Wildwood
where the Mausoleum is located is identified on the map
as the West Section. This portion of Wildwood is unique
because of the numbering system that was used and care
should be taken here since there are as many as four (4)
lots with the same number within this section alone.
Again, an identifying row letter was applied to the map
as an aid and is used in the index. The row letters
must be used in this section to locate the proper lots.
The newest part of
Wildwood is the North (Memorial) Sections and it is
located on the North (right) side of Ferden Rd. This
part of the cemetery is also unique in that it is
subdivided into three (3) subsections. Each of these
subsections has Lots starting with #1. Indexing of this
section will show the North Section and a subsection
number. (Example: North – 3). No row letters were used
here because of the irregular layouts of the graves in
sections #1 and #2.
At the time that this
Index was completed, there were 35 individuals appearing
in the Library’s Genealogical Files as being buried in
Wildwood Cemetery that had not been located. These
individuals can be identified by the lack of Section,
Row, and Lot information and the inclusion of “Gen.
File”. It is the hope of the compiler that all of
these individuals will be located in the near future.
The page numbers shown
in the Index are for the Sexton’s Book and are only
shown for the use of the Township Government.
This index may contain
errors in spelling and may not include the burial
location of a loved one. Please notify the Chesaning
Township Clerk’s Office or the Director of the Chesaning
Public Library of any errors that may exist in the text.
This Index is believed
accurate as of 31 July 2005.
Doyle Smith - Compiler