Situated 4 1/2 miles NE of Manchester, Iowa. Coffins Grove Twp. It is on the 700 acre farm originally owned by Henry Baker, the land of which he purchased in 1841 and in subsequent years to 1850's from the U.S. Government, mostly.
contributed two acres for a cemetery as is shown by the deed. It is situated about a half mile east of the
The Coffins Grove Cemetery Association was organized in Jan. 1869,; the two acres surrounding these early graves served as a suitable place for burial purposes and a deed was given by Henry Baker for this purpose.
The grounds are divided into lots there being fifteen tiers from North to South and twenty-three from East to West with a wide driveway from North to South through the center. It is on the east side of this driveway where the Coffin and Baker lots are situated.
Judge Clement Coffins stone is white marble; a tall obelisk with a rather lengthy inscription of data. Small obelisks connected with looped iron chain surrounds this lot.
stone is a huge granite on the lot adjoining the Coffin lot. His wife and three children's stones are old
and fallen. The inscriptions are quaint
and touching. Little Julia, Jacob and
that of Susan, the oldest child that was drowned are here. Her younger sister also named Susan grew to
womanhood and married. She is buried in
The Society have recently beautified the grounds and set up many of the stones that had been knocked over by live stock. They also removed brush and rank grass and weeds, and painted the fence. Placed some steps and repaired the fence adjoining the farm fields.
The grounds have a frontage of 330 feet with a depth of 265 ft. A wide driveway encircles the lots. A rather large circular plat was left without plotting so that public services could be held. It also is a convenience for driving through and around the cemetery.
Baker Inn that was once so famous, it being on the stage road, is plainly
visible from the cemetery. This road was
surveyed by Henry Baker, Clement Coffin and Joel Bailey, from
Baker's wife died he went to Morenci, Michigan and brought his oldest niece,
Emily E. Hawley (daughter of Hial Newton and Sarah Baker Hawley) to mother the
Inn and his little daughter, Susan. He
was Justice of Peace and held court in the upper hall of the
Sarah L. Gillespie-Huftalen
by Ann Baumgarn on
List of Those Who Lie Buried in the
Alcock, Jennie, died
Alcock, Delbert, Died Aged 5 Yrs 10 mo 7 days. Son of R. & L. Alcock
Alcock, Julia, Died Age 7 Yrs 10 Mo 10 days. Dau of R. & L. Alcock.
Alcock, Frank, Died Aged 1 Yr 6 mos, Son of R. & L. Alcock
Baker, Henry, Esq. Born
Baker, Julia Adelaide, Died
Baker, Edward Jacob, Died
Baker, Susan, Died
Barney, James R. Died
Brown, Daniel W. Son of D. & J.A. Brown, (no dates)
Brown, John, Died
Brown, Elizabeth W., Died
Blanchard, Auldia M. Died
Boldan, John, 1813-1865, Phebe, 1827-1879 (one stone)
Breckenfield, Wm. Born
Benson, Mary J. Born
Coffin, Clement C. Born
Coffin, Susan Williams, wife, Died
Coffin, Freeman, Died
Carpenter, Homer D., (C?) Died
Carpenter, Sarah, Died
Carpenter, William, Born
Cook, Emery Born
Cook, Helen M. Died
Coleson, Wm. Died
Coleson, Jane, W. Born
Coleson, James S. Born
Correll, Margaret, Died
Correll, Susan E. Died
Correll, George, Died
"Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."
Durey, Alfred, Died
Durey, Mary, Died
Durey, Charley, Died
Durey, Elemer, E. Died
Disbrow, Johnny M. Died Sept 27 son of W.A. & M. Disbrow.
Evans, Infant daughter of Wm. & Ada Hersey Evans, Died
Farlinger, Isabel, Born
Farlinger, Marie L. Born
Hacker, Willie (No date, a small stone.)
Hill, Edwin E. Died
Hill, Jay, Died 9.13, 1866, 3 mo. 2 days (Hill. Obelistk stone)
Howland, Amos, Died
Howland, Amos, Died
Howland, Sarah, Died
Howland, Barney Died
Johnston, John S. Died
Jacobs, John, Born
Stones marked," Father", "Mother"
Keyes, Sarah Luella, Died
Kendrew, Daniel, Born
Kortright, Julia, Died
Lillibridge, Abraham F., Died Nov 30 1855, Age 1 yr 6 mo, s. of A & M Lil.
Mohr, Isaac, Died
McGee, John, Died
McGee, Janet, Died
McGee, MaryAnn, Died
McGee, Sarah (Smart), Born
McGee, George, Died
McGee, Nellie, Died
McGee, Oscar A., Died
Miller, L.B., Died
Minkler, Azubah, Died
Minkler, Edw. W.,
Nelson, Catherine, Died
Nelson, Nathan H. Died
Nelson, Nathan H. Died Feb 6 1872, Age 37 Yrs.
Nelson, D, Died Oct 27 1870, Age 27 Yrs 11 Mo 16 days. (Oliver D.)
Nelson, Mary E., Died Sept 16 1869, dau of Oliver D. Nelson
Nelson, Milton, Died Feb 18 1862, St. Louis, Hospital, of fever in Civil War
New, Mary E. Wife of Jas M. New. (no dates)
New, Anna A. Died Apr 21 1864, Age 7 mo 19 days. Dau of J.M. & M.E. New.
Parliman, John, Died Nov 21 1852, Age 63 Yrs
Parliaman, Wm Died Feb 26 1853, Age 36 Yrs 5 mo (hus of Adeline Gillespie)
Parliaman, Hannah, Died Nov 6 1852, Age 2 Yrs. dau of J. & S.
Parliaman, Emeline, Died March 31, 1856, Age 17 Yrs. dau of J.& S. (or F? & S)
Parliaman, Elizabeth, Died, Nov 15 1852, Age 73 Yr 8 mo
Peck, William, Died July 31 1855, Age 35 Yrs 11 mo 21 days.
Pellymounter, Frank, Died March 19 1871, Age 8 Yrs 4 Mo "Gone but not forgotten"
Pierce, Ernest D., Born Sept 29 1866, Died Jan 2 1888.
Pitts, Marguerite, Born Aug 28 1837, Died Nov 9 1931, "Mother"
Pitts, Peter, Born Oct 14 1831, Died Feb 11 1904, "Father"
Stewart, Samuel, Born 1831, Died 1901.
Stewart, Ann, Born 1841, Died 1927.
Stewart, A.W. Died Feb 4 1879, Age 37 Yrs 11 mo 5 days.
Stewart, Mary S., Died Aug 30 1876, Age 71 Yrs 5 mo 5 days.
Sullivan, Elmer F. . Died May 18 1871, Age 1 Yr. 3 Mo s. of S.P. & E.A. Sullivan
Scholes, Harriet C. Died Dec 5 , Age 25 Yrs 8 Mo 6 Da. , wife of Jno F.S.
Scholes, Hiram P. Died June 4 1857, Age 34 Yrs 5 Mo 21 Da.
Scholes, Hertie, Died July 28 1824, Died
Dmith, Benjamin, Born Jan 26 1824, Died.
]Smith, Sophronia (Miller), Born Oct 17 18278, Died Dec 22 1893.
Smart, Isabel, Died 1880,. Age 26 Yrs. Wife of Samuel Smart.
Towner, Caroline, Born July 11, 1829, Died Apr 13 1873.
Towner, Rosetta, Born Sept 228 1854, Died
Towner, Willard, Born
Disdale, Oscar E. Died
Tripp, John Died
Tripp, Esther, wife of Jno Tripp. Died
Tripp, Robert, Died
Tripp, Eliza, Died
Tripp, Phebe, Died
Tripp, Michael, Died
Tripp, G.P. Corporal Comp F. 27th Iowa INF. (Civil War Star Marker) Notes from his
Tripp, Lillie A. Died
Van Alstyne, Roma, Born
Van Alstyne, James H. Died
Van Alstyne, C.M. Died
Susan Adelaide Baker, "In memory of the only
child of Henry and Elizabeth Baker, Died
In memory of Julia Adelaide Baker, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Baker, Died Oct 18 1846, Aged 2 Yrs and 4 Mos. "And love and hope and beauty bloom; The blossoms gathered for the tomb."
In memory of Edward Jacob Baker, only son of Henry
and Elizabeth Baker, Died
Clement C. Coffin, Born at Edgerton, Martha's Vineyard, Aug 25 1795, Died July 7 1867, Coffins Grove, Delaware County, Iowa. "Punctuality, activity, energy and fidelity in the discharge of his duties marked his character. The brittle thrad of life is broken; the body lies in the kindred dust; the spirit dwelleth with God."
Susan Williams, wife, Born
(Note: These inscriptions are on the faces of the tall shaft on the Coffin lot. The stones of the Henry Baker family join this lot at the north. East side of central driveway.)