Chicago Mound Cemetery - Flint Hills Genealogical Society


Here are some of the briefs on the history of Chicago Mound Cemetery and the neighborhood surrounding it. In 1857, Susannah and her son George OGDEN came to Kansas from Fountain County, Indiana, and William S. COOK came from Clark County, Ohio. Abram and Desire B. OVERLY came in 1859, from Fountain County, Indiana. They all settled on Section 25, Township 19, Range 12, and were farmer - stockmen. Abram OVERLY born in Ohio and Desire B. OVERLY was born in Zainsville, Ohio. According to the family records, Abram died in 1875, and Desire B. married Steven FAGG . Their son Horace H. OVERLY remained on the homestead, as did his son C. A. OVERLY. Later in life, C. A. and his wife moved to Emporia.

William S. COOK still has descendants living in the Chicago Mound vicinity today.

The OGDEN , COOK and OVERLY families homesteaded in the Neosho River Valley, not far from the high mound that some early settler named Chicago Mound. It was on the brow of this hill that the burial ground was started, and took its name from the mound. The first date of a death inscribed on a stone now standing is that of James C., son of Abram and D. B. OVERLY - died September 17, 1861. The second, Orlando G. OGDEN , probably related to Susannah and George ODGEN , died December 11, 1861.

In 1872, a church was built just north of the burial plot. The pastor in charge was Rev. F. M. CAFFEE . The Chicago Mound Cemetery Association, along with the owned the church later along with the adjoining ground.

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