Soules Creek Cemetery
AKA Garfield Cemetery and Hub City Cemetery
Henrietta Township, Richland County, Wisconsin
Tales The Tombstones Tell - Republican Observer - August 22, 1957
Soules Creek Cemetery
The cemetery up in the Soules Creek valley in
Henrietta township is a cemetery that goes by the name of "Soules
Creek." It is situated on a hillside a bit off the main road. It is now
on land of the Allie Barreau farm, though back in 1874 it was owned by
A. V. Stevens, we believe.
The earliest settler of the township was Wm. W.
Garfield, who settled down at the lower end of Soules Creek valley, a
mile above Hub City in 1853. Mr. Garfield was born in Vermont, March 9,
1809. In 1830 he was married to Fanny Willard, who was also born in
Vermont, April 16, 1804. In 1852 they started west to seek a home. They
came to Wisconsin and stopped at Waukesha where they spent the winter.
In the spring of 1853 they again started west by ox team. They came to
what is now the town of Henrietta and took up their home in a hunter's
cabin. Surrounding them was an unbroken wilderness of giant trees. Here
on this farm he lived until his death, which his tombstone in the
Soules Creek cemetery say was October 25, 1878. Mrs. Garfield died in
May, 1879. Their youngest daughter, Carolyn, died in 1865, of smallpox
contracted while teaching school at Debello. A son John M., buried
here, was married to Nancy Judkins, daughter of an early settler in
Rockbridge. John M. enlisted in the army in 1865 and served a year,
when the war ended. He was a member of the first board of supervisors
of the town of Henrietta. Mr. Garfield died August 11, 1894, and his
wife died October 19, 1902, aged 72 years, 8 months and nine days. A
line is engraved on her tombstone which says:
the dead who die in the Lord."
On the marker for Mrs. William W. Garfield, the
first white woman settler of Henrietta, is this:
in earth's thorny paths,
your feet have trod!
at last this peaceful rest,
the Arms of God."
There are a number of familiar names upon the
markers in this burying ground. Good, Maly, Burrington, Schoonover,
Hall, Martin, Moore, Dixon.
One of the stones marks the grave of Starr Titus and
his wife, Elsa. He died April 6, 1859, aged 59 and Elsa died at the age
of 41. Starr, at one time lived up in the Melancthon Creek area.
Among other names on the stones are Cockroft,
Tadder, Mead, Sugden, Robinson and Mellom. There are numerous
markers for members of the Sugden family. One of these Johnnie Sugden,
was a soldier in the Korean war, a corporal in Co. C 839 Wisconsin. He
was born February 2, 1932, and died in August, 1952.
Joel J. Stevens and his wife Mary, have a large
monument. Mr. Stevens was born in 1850 and died in 1931. His wife was
born in 1852 and passed on in 1929.
Andrew Payne, born in 1861, and his wife, Jennie,
born in 1877, are buried here. He died in 1932. Later his wife
re-married a Mr. Jones who was familiarly known as "Peg Leg" Jones.
They were all residents of Richland Center at one time.
Sidney Mead and his wife Emma, are buried here as
are also other members of the Mead family, who were prominent residents
of Henrietta. Sidney Mead was born in 1877 and died in 1952. His wife
died in 1941.
Among the Civil War veterans are Wm. Kerns, a member
of a New Jersey regiment and W. J. Cockroft, who belonged to Co. I, 22
Burials are not frequent in this cemetery but
it is kept nicely and there is plenty of room remaining for many, many
more of the members of the families now sleeping therein. We may have
missed some of the names as a storm was headed up the valley and rain
was beginning to fall so we hastened down the hillside to the main
highway and headed for home.
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