PORTER TOWNSHIP CEMETERY, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
Located in section 4 of Porter Township Entrance on Pine River Road. At the NW corner of Pine
River Road and Nine Mile Road. Township owned. The sexton records were last checked in March of
1981. The following is excerpted from the sextons book:
"In the spring of 1860 during the log drive, Jack Scott was drowned while breaking a log jam in
the river about two miles upstream. His body was later washed up near the bridge over the Pine
River at 9 Mile Rd. He was taken to the nearby sandhill and buried between two logs. His grave
is under the road near the backside of the cemetery. Sometime later in 1860 an Indian was
buried near the top of the hill ... this grave is marked. The next burials were a man and his
two children who died of typhus fever sometime during the 1860's .... the exact location of
graves is unknown. Many of the children of lumberman and early settlers are buried in unmarked
graves along the top of the hill. George and Effie Hollenbeck, at a much later date, gave two
acres for a township cemetery, but before then there may have been over 50 burials in what is
now the cemetery.
The early grave diggers were James VanEpps and later "Strawhat" Wilson. No records were kept.
E. Cornelius took over in 1936. At one time the part of the cemetery on the hill was surveyed
into lots, but the plat was lost and the wooden stakes rotted away. Eldon Cornelius was hired
in 1965 as sexton. Due to frequent forest fires, wooden markers were destroyed."
Read October 23, 2000 by Margaret Wegner. Cemetery was read from West to East.
Section one
Row one
Nixon, Gary A. Jan. 23-24, 1937 (sexton records say age 24 hrs. died 1938)
Young, Edward H.  1883 - 1937
Section two
Row one
Brewer, Olive D.  died Feb. 22, 1900  wife of L. K.  aged 67y 1m 4d
Eastman, Donald J.  1968 - 1994  "Go Skins"
Eastman, Dora J. 1932 -           married Nov. 6, 1948
Eastman, Don R.  1930 - 1997
Row two
Shelley, Mildred M. 1912 - 1988
Shelley, Kenneth H.  1904 - 1978    married Feb. 16, 1929
Robinson monument
Robinson, Rosetta  died May 3, 1903  age 50y 8m 6d  wife of Ryan
Eastman, Richard James  1924 - 1985  US Navy World War II
Neal, Ralph A. June 17, 1921 - Aug. 12, 1999 US Navy WWII  going home             
Neal, Elsie A.  March 16, 1937 -           married Dec. 12, 1965
Row three
Earley McCaw, Leah Marie  May 4, 1981 - Aug. 11, 1999
Earley McCaw, Taylor Marie  June 11, 1999 - Aug. 11, 1999  The time we spent
            together was short but I cherish every moment and memory we shared I
            hold both of you deep in my heart til the day we are together again. I 
            miss both of you, love Daddy (Corey)
Miller, Janetta I.  1923 - 1984   married September 3, 1942
Miller, Melvin J.  1922 -
Eastman, Rev. M. Peggy  1927 - 1994    praise the Lord
Eastman, Richard J., Sr.  1924 - 1988   I'd rather be flying
Row four
Lobree, Rachel died June 1, 1891  aged 74y (sexton records June 6, 1891)
Carper, Arnold 1912 - 1976
Carper, Osha 1913 - 19
Shipley, William D.  1899 - 1980
Abbey, Donna Faye  1932 -
Abbey, Ted 1931 - 1997
Gonzalez, Leonardo 1939-1985 sometimes a soldier of fortune, always a soldier of God
Row five
Wayne, Walter  1914  (sexton records Oct. 3, age 1m)
Wayne, Donal  1926 (sexton records Donald, Jan. 26, age 5m)
Wayne, Herman 1913 (sexton records Oct. 16, infant)
Wayne, Syble  1917  (sexton records Jan. 8, age 9d)
Wayne, Rhea  1912 (sexton records age 3m)
Wayne, Nona  1916 - 1917 (sexton records Nov. 21, age 14m)
Wayne, Charles E. 1891 - 1984
Wayne, Cloa   1891 - 1984
Wilson, William C. 1905 - 1986  US Army world War II
Maul, Joseph F. 1922 - 1996
Berglind, Lawrence 1923 - 1996  brother
Bose, Margaret  1921 -      sister
Row six
Stonerock, Robert L.  1950 -
Stonerock, Mildred A.  1949 -
Stonerock, Frank E. 1951 -
Wayne, Archie  1875 - 1951  father
Wayne, Henrietta  1872 - 1929  mother
Wayne, Johnnie  1901 - 1905  son
Wilson, Hattie Belle  died Aug. 31, 1882 age 7y8m1d dau.of W.E. & A.M.
stone marker  - no name
Robinson, David  Co. B  151st NY Inf
Hungerford, Maxine Griest  1919 - 1969   wife
Beebe, Amber Crystal  Aug. 23, 1993  our precious angel
Eastman, Elmer J.  1902 - 1972
Eastman, Elizabeth E.  1900 - 1982
Polhumes, Amelia  d.Dec.17,1900 age 38y8m22d wife of D  (sexton records Dec. 15)
Row seven
Strouse, Louis John  1957
Strouse, Louis 2/10/1910 � 6/17/1962 Mich Tec 5 Ordinance Dept WWII
Strouse, Frances  1919 - 1981
Strouse, Vicky  1943 - 1955
Eastman, Emma E.  1936 -             married Aug. 14, 1954  wife of 
Chas. Huggins
Eastman, Glen E.  1930 - 1992
Puffer, Wm. R.  1837 - 1916
Puffer, Abigail M.  1835 - 1911
White, George B.  died Jan. 22, 1891  aged 7y 8m
McNeil, Wm. D.Nov.18,1889 aged 44 yrs (sexton records McNeil, Mrs. and child 
also here; no dates)
Holenbeck, Claude G.  died Feb. 12, 1899  age 9y 6m 1d
Holenbeck, Miner Clare  died Jan. 26, 1899   age 1y 10m 9d
Holenbeck, George 1856 - 1944
Holenbeck, Effie  1858 - 1941
Stevens, George  1913 - 1945
Row eight
Scott, Isaac D.  April 1945 (sexton records June not April)
Miles, Maxine   1930 - 1994  mother
Cornelius, Eldon S.  1907 - 1984
Cornelius, Edna M.  1916 -             married March 30, 1930
Harley, Jessie M.  1897 - 1991
Cornelius, Debra D.  March 30, 1954 (baby)
Cornelius, DeNeise D.  1934 - 1965  mother (sexton records March 5)
Wheeler, George R.  Sept.. 9, 1923 - May 17, 1956 USNR  WW II
Wheeler, Raymond G.  Sept 7, 1923 - March 17, 1956  husband
Wheeler, Betty Jane  Nov. 30, 1927 - Feb. 22, 1966  wife
Franklin, Catrina K. Feb.19,1990-Jan.6,1992 our precious angel daughter Kidder
    
Row ten
grave - marker with no name
Pickens, Bill A.  4/5/1929 � 8/12/2000
Pickens, Vada M.  1936 -
Lane, Joseph T.  1916 - 1978   together forever
Lane, Ethel V.  1923 -
Wayne, Patricia L.  1943 -      married Oct. 23, 1984
Wayne, Enos A.  1917 - 1990
Tyler, John F.  1887 - 1963
Vogle, Byren R.  1908 - 1909
Tyler, Enoch R.  1836 - 1909
St. John, Clarence  Feb. 25, 1926 - Sept. 1, 1983   father
St. John, Jason C.  1975 - 2000  small metal marker
grave - no marker
Conrad, Peter L.  1953 - 1985  "Pete"     Dad
Conrad, Carl  1918 - 1990   beloved husband   Dad
Conrad, Mary E.  1921 - 1997   beloved wife    Mom
Holubik, Susan G.  1/24/1955 � 3/14/2000    beloved wife
Row ten
Talley, Carl R.  Jan. 18, 1921 - Feb. 1, 1995
McCallister, Gilbert F.  1914 - 1989  Pfc  US Army  World War II
McCallister, Laura  1891 - 1979   mother
marker - can't read
DAN - no other name or dates
Forbes, Mildred J.  1920 -
Forbes, Mathias R. "Sy"  6/27/1918 � 10/30/1999
St. John, Frank E.  1911 - 1994
St. John, Ethel M.  1922 -              married Aug. 31, 1939
marker - can't read
Wale, Ernest  1913 - 1987
Wale, Maxine  1918 - 1999         married Jan. 9, 1939
Toner, Dennis E. July 31,1935- Feb.19,1997 US Marine Corps   Korea
Section three
Row one
Haight, Rebecca 4/25/1842 � 4/4/1895 Wife of W.S. sexton records
              Rebecca Height  born Aug. 25, 1842)
Row two
Vanepps, James  died Aug. 9, 1882  aged 74y
Vanepps, Sally Ann  died June 16, 1889  age 82y
Row three
Miller, Hazel Leola  April 8, 1932 - May 11, 1932 
Row four
Stover, Christina A.  1948 -            married May 17, 1975
Stover, Robert R.  1947 - 1996
Row five
McCallum, J. D.  1919 -
McCallum, Betty K.  1922 - 1997
Row six
Kirby, William J. Jan.15,1923 -Aug.3, 1988 Cpl. U.S. Army World War II
Kirby, Ruth   April 19, 1923 -                   together forever
Kirby, Paul David  1946 - 1988  beloved son and brother
The following are listed as buried in sexton records, either could not 
find stones or could not read stones:
Brewer, (3 children - no dates or given names)
Brewer, L. K.  (no dates)
Height, W. S.  (no dates)
Hill, twin babies (date unknown; buried in dynamite box)
Holenbeck, Alliearnes  died Feb. 20, 1899  age 15y 5m 18d
Holenbeck, Carl  died 1958
Jarsett, Dan    Nov., 1955
Lobree, Mr. (no dates or given name)
Manard, James   died about 1920
McAllister, Lester  March 22, 1966   age 47y
Mountain (3 children of George   - between 1907 - 1910)
Orsok, Mike  1936 (news obit; June 6, age 70y a resident 20y born Czechoslovakia)
Polhumes, baby (no dates)
Robinson  (mother and child; no dates)
Scott, Jack   1860
Wayne, Anson  (baby; no dates)
( ?  )   father of Hattie Bell Wilson  (no name or dates)
12 unknown children graves
12 unknown adults or children graves

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