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Updated July 2008. This update includes a picture of the Okobojo Cemetery Plat. The plat is marked with blue rectangles indicating the county did not know who was buried in those plots as of the early 1990's when I obtained the plat information. I have added a number to many of those listed below (not everyone is listed on the county plat) indicating where that individual is (or was) buried.
In 1885 Hugh McGannon was the first person to be buried in the Okobojo cemetery on land he donated in Sully County, South Dakota. To reach the cemetery, take E. Hwy 14 out of Pierre, SD to Hwy 1804. Follow 1804 to Grey Goose Road and follow Grey Goose 14.4 miles to a stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign drive approximately 2 miles and turn left. Drive approximately 2 more miles to the cemetery sign where you turn left again. Drive approximately 2 miles west, at which time the road becomes quite primitive, appears nonexistent and veers to the right. Continue .3 miles further and then turn north for ¼ mile and you should be at the top of a hill in front of the cemetery! You may have to open a gate or two along this road as it goes through pasture land that is used by area ranchers. Please close any gate you open! Phylis and Marcia Graney spent many hours maintaining this cemetery before they left South Dakota. The information below comes from research done by myself using the previous research of Marcia and Phylis Graney as well as records from the Sully County Courthouse, the South Dakota Historical Society Graves Registration Project Report, Census records, and my own family records. I have at least ten relatives buried in this cemetery. There are a few unmarked graves. My Great Grandmother Nellie Coleman Arthur had twin boys that died soon after birth and a younger brother Francis Coleman who died at age 11. Their final resting places are unknown and may account for at least two of the unmarked graves in this cemetery. All information provided should be considered a starting place for further research and should not be considered to be 100% accurate!
57-1 Arthur, Robert Nelson June 16,1856-Mar 28,1924 husband of Nellie Coleman Badger, Eleanor J. Feb 18,1929-Feb 20,1935 dau of Dean and Emma Jean/Kathrene Coleman Badger 51-3 Beadle, Lawrence infant 11-2 Blair, James 1849-1930? 74-4 Brant, Emma 1892-1895 75-1 Brant, Mahala T. 1849-1917 and baby Bunch, Aaron Joseph Jan 1858-1938 born in St. Joseph, Missouri Bunch, Ella F. Feb 1859-1936 born in Indiana 27-1 Bunch, Irl (Earl) A. Nov 14,1895-Mar 11,1909 died of Brights Disease 26-4 Bunch, Ivan M. May 1898-1919 died in France during WWI 45-4 Coleman, Mrs. James April 13,1843- May 16,1912 Catherine MacCarthy, born in Ireland 45-3 Coleman, L. P. Oct 14,1882- Mar 31,1920 Laurence Peter, ‘Pete’, suicide, son of James and Catherine Coleman Cooper, Gordon Leslie 1907- 53-3 Crawford, John H. -1898 53-4 Crawford, Margaret (Ellen) April 1859-1934 wife of Thomas, born in Illinois Crawford, Thomas Oct 1849-1934 born in Canada, County Commissioner Currier, Minnie Marie 1921-1922 twin to Myrtle, daughter of Clarence and Minnie Weischedel 38-2 Douglas, Alexis Jan 4,1826-Sept 30,1889 child of Samuel Douglas and Sarah Crane 38-1 Douglas, Marion or Maria 1830-1903 county cemetery plat records Marion Dunlap, Thea Harriet 1908- 50-3 Erb, Infant possible child of Alvin and Mary Erb would have been after 1900, if so 50-4 Erb, Zoe possible child of Alvin and Mary Erb would have been after 1900, if so 33-1 Esselbrugge, Henry 23-4 Eversmeyer, Herman 1836-1912 from Germany 2-4 Fieldhouse, Francis infant 43-4 Floyd, Frances V. L. Woodruff Feb 20,1857-Nov 26,1913 Born in New York, now interred at Riverside Cem. Pierre, Hughes Co., SD, wife of William Floyd Garrett, Alice 1935-1936 child of Geoff and Edith Garrett,granddaughter of Edward and Suzannah Garrett, Ernest 1889-1935 car fell on him, son of Edward and Suzannah J. (buried Mar 3, 1935) Garrett, Infant -1939 Garrett, Edward James 1856-1938 born in London, Immi.1882 68-1 Garrett, Charles Maynerd 1923-1924 diptheria Garrett, Suzannah J. 1886-1938 Mrs. Edward J. Garrett, community nurse,born in London, Eng., Immi. 1886 Gates, Mr. (Harvey?) 74-1 Glessner, John W. June 1840-1920 Editor of Okobojo Times, born in Lancaster,Ohio,Okobojo Justice of Peace, War Veteran Glessner, B. Robert 1918-1935 died at CCC camp in Black Hills, SD 74-2 Glessner, Josephine P. Mar 1843-1915 born in Liberty, PA Green, Infant son -1936 Green, Infant daughter -1937 28-1 Green, John S. -1924 Civil War Veteran 39-3 Green, Lyle W. Feb 11,1919-Mar 4,1919 Green, Margaret G. 1876-1944 daughter of John W. Glessner 28-2 Green, Sarah J. 1835-1905 74-3 Green, William H. 1870-1922 Malaria, Spanish-Am. War Veteran 7-3 Groseclose, James R. 1846-1920 early settler of Lewellyn Park Twp. 31-4 Groseclose, Mildred Sept 5 1921-Oct 29 1921 daughter of J.C. Groseclose Groseclose, Victoria 1849-1928 Mary Victoria Cummings, wife of J.R.Groseclose 30-1 Harlow, Eunice 1822-1906 Eunice Rebecca Kidder Harlow, Mrs.William Harlow 30-2 Harlow, Infant -1910 4 days old 29-4 Harlow, William 1797-1890 34-1 Harmer, Jesse Oct 7 1910-Oct 21 1910 32-2 Harry, Edward Byrne Feb 9 1905-Oct 9 1906 son of George and Catherine 32-1 Harry, Howard Francis Sept 30 1907-June 15 1908 son of George and Catherine 85-4 Harry, Levena May 1855-1916 born in Virginia 85-3 Harry, William Dec 1848-1925 born in New York Holmes, Mable 1886-1897 bitten by rattlesnake 3-2 Holset, Syver Syversen 1843-1901 20-1 Ireland, Nicoll Floyd Aug 20 1826-Jan 25 1900 b. Brookhaven, NY, son of John L. and Mary Floyd Ireland, GGrandson of Signer of Declaration of Independence 5-2 Lassater, Infant 61-1 Mateer, Mildred -1894 daughter of Walter and Clare Brownlee Mateer 65-3 McClure, John T. 1844-1890 McClure, Mrs. J.T. McConkey, Mrs. R. P. -1888 41-2 McGannon, Elizabeth Feb 1819-1913 born in Ohio 49-4 McGannon, Isaac Aug 1847-1924 40-4 McGannon, Hugh 1812-1885 donated the land for this cemetery 49-3 McGannon, Reuben Sept 1849-1918 grocer at Okobojo 41-1 McGannon, William 1851-1887 16-3 McGuire, Daniel Jr. 1858-1909 died of throat infection McGuire, Matilda Mrs, Dan Jr. 15-3 McGuire, Daniel Sr. 1820-1893 from Latrobe, PA 15-4 McGuire, Mrs. Daniel Sr. 1820-1895 from Latrobe, PA 16-2 McGuire, George Raymond 1895-1905 son of Dan Jr. McGuire, John T. 1844-1890 3-3 McGuire, Nelson 1865-1914 accidental gunshot wound, son of Dan Sr. 16-1 McGuire, William Huston 1888-1888 born and died November 22 67-3 McMacken, Dora -1914 17-3 Metz, Dallas D. 1889-1891 2 yrs. 11 mo. 6 days 44-4 Mitchell, Paulina (Polly) Feb 15,1878- May 15,1912 daughter of James and Catherine MacCarthy Coleman,wife of John Wilmer Mitchell Nystrom, Fred 1858-1903 Nystrom, Leonard 1893-1934 son of Louisa and Fred Nystrom, Louisa 1859-1934 born in Sweden 75-4 Owen, Emert D. 1855-1908 Merchant and Postmaster 76-2 Owen, S. Ethel Nov 7,1888 -Jan 28,1893 daughter of E.P. and R.L. 76-1 Owen, William Emert 1902-1905 19-3 Piersall, Clarence R. 1903-1917 19-4 Piersall, Grace G. 1900-1911 13-4 Pierson, Axel -1910 13-2 Pierson, P.W. -1893 13-3 Pierson, Mrs. P.W. -1893 52-3 Porter, Thomas 1851-1887 struck by lightning in his home 64-1 Putman, Carl Putman, Frank W. 1866-1938 63-3 Putman, Capt. F.M 1835-1907 Civil War Veteran 63-4 Putman, Elizabeth Mrs. F.M. Putman, Jennie C. 1871-1926 Ripley, Frank 1867-19?? Date of death uncertain. Still living in 1920 7-1 Ripley, Mary Josephine 1873-May 11 1908 Wife of Frank Ripley, dau. of James R. and Mary Victoria Cummings Groseclose Ripley(Warne), Theodosia 1845-1937 Wife of Walter Ripley 52-1 Seeley, infant Sheets, James Harpy Dec 28,1909-Aug 28,1953 son of Dan and Mary Mae Coleman Sheets Sheets, Lawrence July 17,1908-Nov 17,1961 son of Dan and Mary Mae Coleman Sheets Sheets, Mae Ruth Dec 26,1916-May 24,1934 suicide, dau of Dan and Mary Mae Coleman Sheets Sheetz/s, Dan Walter Aug 28,1876/1880-Feb 15,1956 son of Henry and Sarah Cook Sheetz;death cert.gives name as Denis Walter Sheets Sheetz/s, Mary Mae Coleman Oct 20,1880-Dec 29,1942 dau of James and Catherine MacCarthy Coleman, wife of Dan Sheets 41-3 Smith, Dee M. 1889-1891 child of Dan and Anna 41-4 Smith, Pearl A. 1891-1891 child of Dan and Anna 8-1 Snyder, Mrs. Ann R. 1843-1901 79-1 Sommer, Charles 1839-1925 father of Leo, Immi. 1855 from Ger. 79-3 Sommer, Leo H. 1888-1919 suicide Sommer, Mary 1848-1927 mother of Leo, born in New York 64-4 Staples, David 1824-1888 1st county school Supt. 64-3 Staples, Mary 1823-1884 1st teacher in Iowa township 51-4 Stone, Viola 1895-1895 Stull, Harvey L. 1858-1934 Sutton, Lorraine 1930-1939 ruptured appendix Swertzfigger, Mr. 15-2 Tagg, Ora 1910-1910 born June 1910, McGuire Family 40-2 Towle, Lucinda A. 1846-1894 wife of Richard D. 40-2 Towle, Richard D. 1843-1900 Civil War Veteran 56-1 Trumble, Charles Erwin Dec 1887-1915 son of Milo E. and Viola E. Trumble, Viola Elizabeth Dec 29,1861- Dec 1936 born in VA; Mrs. Milo E.,reburied Riverside cem., Pierre SD June 1947, Maiden name: Sherman 77-4 Warne, Charles E. 1823-1899 father of O.D. 78-4 Warne(Mosely), Clara 1875-1915 wife of O.D. 78-1 Warne, Clorinda 1839-1892 mother of O.D. 78-2 Warne, Johni Boy April 8,1901-Sept 2,1901 son of O.D. and Clara 78-3 Warne, Cassie R. July 28,1909-Aug 2,1909 daughter of O.D. and Clara Warne, Melvin Eugene May 19,1925-1927 bitten by rattlesnake, son of Ted and Hildred(Ripley)Warne Warne, O.D. 1858-1942 son of Charles and Clorinda 24-1 Wickstrom, Nels -1908 Willits, Norris 1895-1895 age 2mons, 22days, son of Norris and Mattie Updated July 2008
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