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AYR CEMETERY....
Emmet County, Michigan

This information has been generously provided by ECGS member Daniel Roache

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LOCATION: Southest corner of section 13, Pleasantview Township. Emmet Co., MI on North Ayr Road.

CEMETERY TYPE: Township Cemetery

RELIGIOUS DENOMINATION: None

DATE ESTABLISHED: 13 Aug 1881

ACTIVITY: Still in use (1999) thought only a few family plot spaces remain.

OLDEST STONE: Circa 1884

TRANSCRIBED BY: Daniel Roache for the Emmet County Genealogical Society and the Emmet Co., MI USGenWeb homepage

PUBLICATION DATE: November 1999

A note to the researcher: According to Mr. Elmer WURST, life-long resident of Pleasantview Township, the first cemetery in this area was the Ayr Church Cemetery, the remnants of which are still visible on private property in section 24 of Pleasantview Twp., on the south side of Brutus Road, 1/10 mile west of North Ayr Road. Shortly after the establishment of the Ayr Cemetery, a number of the Ayr Church burials were moved to the Ayr Cemetery and also to the Maple River Twp., Cemeteries. The church cemetery fell into disuse shorly after the newer Ayr Cemetery was established. The latest dated marker still on the church site is 1888. No evidence of the original log church building remains. There are still several burials on the Ayr Church site, however, only three are marked. A few field stones have been arranged in an upright posture to mark burials, but these are not engraved.

While there are approximately 100 known burials in the Ayr Cemetery, there are relatively few grave markers. It can be assumed that many graves may have been originally marked with wooden crosses. There are the vestiges of some field stones that were arranged in rectangles, now overgrown with sod and barely visible.

Additional information on unmarked burials at Ayr Cemetery is from the records and notes of Mr. Elmer WURST, Pleasantview Township supervisor from 1957 until 1988, and the Cemetery Information File of Greenwood Cemetery in Petoskey, MI.

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Headstone Transcriptions from Marked Burials at Ayr Cemetery

(Words in italics are the transcriber's explanatory notes)

AYR CHURCH CEMETERY

1. Jno MUMMERT / Co. I / S. Ohio Cav. (A Spanish-American War veteran marker is placed on this grave. Jno is an abreviation for John
2. A. J. HART/ died May 12 / 1886 / Aged 64 yrs / 5ms / 15 days
Mary Celestia HART, wife of J.D. / HIGINBOTHAM/ Died / Apr. 26 / 1888 / Aged / 34yrs 6 mos / 20 days (a two-sided stone)
3. A.J.H. (small foot stone)
4. M.C.H. (small foot stone)

AYR CEMETERY

Row 1
1. Julius FALK / Dec. 1, 1879 - Apr 7, 1907
2. Father / Julius FALK / 1849 - 1918
3. Mother / Henrietta FALK / 1850 - 1921

Row 2
1. KABELMAN (family plot stone)
2. Friedereka / July 2, 1846 - Jan 28, 1915
(adjacent Kabelman plot stone)
3. Father / Charles KABELMAN / 1847 - 1921
4. C.K. (small undated stone adjacent Kabelman plot stone)
5. Henrietta / Dec 23, 1883 - May 17, 1884
(adjacent Kabelman plot stone)
6. Christian / Oct 24, 1875 - Mar 25, 1889
(adjacent Kabelman plot stone)
7. Ward W. FALK / 1924/ Darling
8. FALK / Emma A. / 1891 - 1972 / Henry J. / 1888 - 1964
9. Mother / Jean A. LEOW / Aug 20, 1924 - Feb 21, 1988
10. Thos. MACKEY / 1842 - 1912
11. Mother / Hellen MACKEY / 1813 - 1888
Father / Michael MACKEY / 1806 - 1897
12. Michael LINEHAN / 1866 - 1886
13. Mary Ann / LINEHAN / 1870 - 1884

Row 3
1. KABELMAN / Adolf 1902 - 1920 / Emma 1910 - 1929
2. KABELMAN / Martha 1877 - 1965 / William / 1873 - 1961

Row 4
1. Carl SCHIERSCHMIDT / Dec 13, 1835 - Jun 14, 1916
2. GRAUEL / Henry 1824 - 1893 / Adolphenia / 1821 - 1904
3. Elenora GRAUEL (no dates)

Row 5
1. NEWSOME / William A. / Aug 22, 1916 - / Juanita M. / Apr 12, 1916 - Oct 9, 1993
2. BOETTGER / Mildred I. / 1897 - 1988 / William H. / 1884 - 1957
3. Noah A. BOETTGER / Michigan / Pvt 122 Spruce SQ / World War 1 / Aug 30, 1889 - May 18, 1948
4. A. A. BOETTGER / 1898 - 1919
5. BOETTGER / John 1854 - 1934 / Mary 1857 - 1911
6. Charles W. LIPCHINSKY / AMSAA US Navy / Vietnam / 1951 - 1978
7. Emma Anna / Jul 12, 1892 - May 1912 /
Rozena Adolphenia / Oct 15, 1888 - Oct 28, 1888 /
children of / John & Mary K. BOETTGER /
Christian BOETTGER / Oct 12, 1817 - Nov 19, 1893 /
BOETTGER
8. Emma (foot stone adjacent to Boettger)
9. Father (foot stone adjacent to Boettger)
10. Rozena (foot stone adjacent to Boettger)

Row 6
1. BRAVARD / Helen E. (Boettger) /
Feb 17, 1924 - / Benjamin Franklin / Jan 13, 1919 - Nov 18, 1998 /
Nov 26, 1943 (a marriage date)
Benjamin F. BRAVARD / PFC US Army / World War II / Jan 13, 1919 - Nov 18, 1998
2. "Jan" / Rachel Boettger HART / July 14, 1922 - Mar 22, 1996 / wife of Weldon HART
3. Adolph C. GRAUEL / Dec 21, 1885 - May 1, 1962
4. John Henry GRAUEL / Michigan / PFC Co., G 128 Inf 32 Div / World War I PH / July 8, 1888 - 5. Fred H. GRAUEL / Michigan/ PFT 158 Infantry 40 Div / World War I / Nov 4, 1893 - Mar 21, 1952
6. GRAUEL / William GRAUEL / Jan 3, 1856 - Mar 27, 1923 / Johanna / his wife / Jun 17, 1864 - Feb 25, 1911
7. Father (foot stone adjacent to Grauel)
8. Mother (foot stone adjacent to Grauel)
9. Baby (foot stone adjacent to Grauel)

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AYR CEMETERY BURIALS

Sources compiled from:
* = Headstone transcriptions
** = Records and notes of Mr. Elmer WURST
*** = Cemetery Information File of Greenwood Cemetery in Petoskey, MI

AYR CEMETERY BURIALS
Name Date Lot Marker Sources and Notes
Baker, Jula (Julie) 1918 - N **(age 4, father, Henry, Mother - Nancy
Boettger, Christian 11/19/1893 - Y *(b. 10/12/1817)
Boettger, Emma Anna 5/28/1912 - Y */***(b. 7/12/1892, father - John, mother - Mary)
Boettger, John 12/16/1912 9 N **
Boettger, John 4/25/1913 4 N **
Boettger, Marie Catherine 6/29/1912 - ? */***(b. 1857, father - Henry, mother - Adolphine)
Boettger, Mary 1911 - Y *(see - Boettger, Marie Catherine ?)
Boettger, Mildred J. 11/29/1988 - Y */***(b. 1897, "Cease" nickname?)
Boettger, Aloah A. (A.A.) 1/23/1919 - Y */***(b. 1898, Stone Funeral Home)
Boettger, Noah A. 5/18/1948 - Y */***(b. 8/30/1889, Stone Funeral Home)
Boettger, Rozena Adolphina 10/28/1888 - Y *(baby b. 10/15/1888)
Boettger, William Henry 11/7/1957 - Y */***(b. 1884, Stone Funeral Home)
Bravard, Helen E. - - Y *(b. 2/17/1924, nee Boettger)
Bravard, Benjamin F. 11/18/1995 - Y */***(b. 1/13/1919, Stone Funeral Home)
Burns, baby 1889 - N **(baby, father - William, mother-Nevaden)
Burns, Maurice E. 1/28/1915 6 & 7 N ***(child, father-William, mother-Nevaden)
Burns, baby 1919 - N **(baby, father-William, mother-Nevaden)
Burns, Robert Elwood 12/4/1913 6 & 7 N ***(baby, father-William, mother- Nevaden)
Cameron, baby 1888 - N **(baby, father-Frances, mother-Mary)
Cameron, F.B. 4/30/1896 - N ***(Henika Funeral Home)
Codash, Alexander 12/23/1918 - N **(age 50)
Crapsey, baby (A.B.) 8/5/1899 - N ***(Henika Funeral Home)
Crapsey, Issac 1888 88? N **(may be buried at Ayr church Cemetery)
Falk, Emma A. 10/16/1972 - Y */***(b. 1891, Stone Funeral Home)
Falk, Henrietta 7/5/1921 - Y */***(b. 1850, Stone Funeral Home)
Falk, Henry J. 10/8/1964 - Y */***(b. 1888, Stone Funeral Home)
Falk, Jean - - N **(b. 1925, father-Henry, mother-Emma)
Falk, Julius 12/1/1879 - Y *(b. 4/7/1907)
Falk, Julius 3/21/1919 24 Y */**/***(***dates death at 2/11/1919)
Falk, Ward W. 1924 - Y *(baby?, "Darling" on stone)
Falk, William 1919 - N **(?re-interred from Maple Rivber Twp., at this date?)
Ferguson, Philo - 36 N **
Grauel, Adolph C. 5/1/1962 - Y */***(b. 12/21/1885, Stone Funeral Home)
Grauel, Adolphenia 11/23/1904 - Y */**/***(b. 1821, nee-Barthola, Henika Funeral Home)
Grauel, Elenora - - Y *
Grauel, Fred J. 3/21/1952 - Y */***(b. 11/4/1893)
Grauel, Henry 1824-1893 - Y *(wife -Adolphenia Grauel)
Grauel, Johanna 2/25/1906 - N **
Grauel, Johanna 1910 - N **(b. 1909, father-Carl, mother-Eliza)
Grauel, Johanna 2/25/1911 - Y *(b. 6/17/1864, wife of William Grauel)
Grauel, John 1964 - N **(age 70)
Grauel, John Henry 5/16/1959 - Y 8/***(b. 7/8/1888, Stone Funeral Home)
Grauel, Morris 1900 - Y */***(baby)
Grauel, William 3/27/1923 - Y */***(b. 1/3/1856, Stone Funeral Home)
Hart, Jan Rachel 3/22/1996 - Y */***(b. 7/14/1922, nee-Boettger, wife of Welson Hart)
Hart, Salinda 3/14/1897 - N ***(Henika Funeral Home)
Harter, George 1909 - N **
Hicks, John H. 1/13/1932 - N */***(age 66)
Hicks, Anna 11/30/1938 - N **/***(age 75, father-Carl)

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16 Feb 2002... I've received some updated information regarding this cemetery from Maurice Eby, an avid researcher of the Ayr, Emmet Co., MI area. Here are his comments:
Regarding the Old Ayr Church cemetery, John Mummert’s years are 1848-96. He was a Civil War Vet. His wife Louisa 1857-89 is certainly buried next to him without a stone. Lorena Noel 1885-93 was buried in the church cemetery according to her death certificate

Based on these death years, the following statement in the introductory paragraph about the Ayr Cemetery is certainly misleading. “the church cemetery fell into disuse shortly after the newer cemetery was established’. The church cemetery took burials for at least 14 years after the township cemetery started.

Although John Boettger 1854-1934 is listed in the transcriptions, he is not listed in the complete burial list. I believe one of the other John Boettgers should have been him.

The first Burns baby should have parents, Patrick and Ellen. William is his brother.

The Julius Falk birth-death years are reversed.

May A Wiber is certainly Wibert. She was in a census.

Philo Ferguson is 1831-92 from death certificate.

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