Legal Description of Sylvania Cemetery Land
COPYRIGHT© 1991 Mary Ann Culshaw Falk, and the Sylvania Cemetery Board
For additional information from the book regarding these families of Sylvania and Kelloggs Corners contact Mary Anne Falk
Witnessed by Joshua Collier and John Guest
(copied from Sylvania Cemetery book at the Racine Co. Historical Library)
Formation of Cemetery Association
On Wednesday evening April 12th, 1876 the following persons met: James Buckley, Wm. Spencer, Joshua Collier, Wm. Gilbert, Wm. Drinkwater, James Yates, John Guest, Jabez Collier, Oliver Gilbert, Isaac Bowers, Hiram Lee, Alonzo Burgess. James Buckley, Chairman. Wm. H. Spencer, Secretary. Met according to notice at Sylvania, Racine Co., State of Wisconsin, for the purpose of incorporating an Association to be known by the name of the Sylvania Cemetery Association. Five Trustees were elected: Joshua Collier, Isaac Bowers, Oliver Gilbert, A. T. Gould, Wm. Drinkwater. These trustees were divided in three classes as follows: The first class to serve one year (Joshua Collier), the second class to serve two years (Oliver Gilbert & Isaac Bowers), and the third class to serve three years (A.T. Gould & Wm Drinkwater).
The annual meeting was fixed for the first Monday in June. Certificate recorded in Recorder's office, Racine, Wis.
James Buckley, Chairman Wm. H. Spencer, Secretary
(copied from the original minute book of the Sylvania Cemetery Association)
Original Lot Owner June 5, 1876
Wm. Gilbert Mrs. Cockett Thomas Gillett John Collett Alonzo Burgess George DeLong S. Foster James Buckley C. Heidersdorf H. Biehn C. Kreuscher John Henderson Richard Lee C. Jacobson George Haigh Mrs. M. Haigh(Toase) Dornings Mrs. Norman Bailey Benjamin Simmons Mrs. Spaulding(Lee) Jabez Collier Joshua Collier Jason Davies Henry Simmons Edward Lee Mrs. Rich. Lee Gaylord Shepperd John Guest Mrs. J. Guest Wm. Drinkwater Isaac Bowers Mr. McHuron Ernest Caleb Mrs. Adaline Baker Augustus Baker Hiram Lee Henry Howarth James Yates Jorgen Anderson James Nelson Calvin Peck
These were the lot owners who paid a fee for their lot when the Cemetery Association was formed. There were many people buried in the cemetery long before this time. It is believed that the cemetery was started when Wm. Gilbert, the owner of the land, buried his son Joseph,in 1847. There were a few graves already at Kellogg's Corners and they were moved to this site.