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Near Albany in Green County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

“English Settlement” Cemetery

 
 
"English Settlement" Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 6, 2010
1. "English Settlement" Cemetery Marker
Inscription. This cemetery marks the gravesites of Welsh families, who began settling here in 1845. They purchased land from the federal government for $1.25 per acre and began establishing farms, building homes, and forming a tight knit community. "The Yankees call us the English Settlement," they wrote to relatives in Wales. By the 1860s, this settlement included 70 families with Welsh surnames. The settlement continued to grow and by 1873, Welsh land owners had acquired 8,680 acres in Albany and surrounding townships.

Area families built the non-denominational Allen Creek Union Church on this site in 1886, also donating land for this cemetery. Following Welsh tradition, a small lane ran through the cemetery and was called the "Devil's Highway," which brought fear to generations of local children.
 
Erected 2007 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 517.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 42° 44.487′ N, 89° 24.49′ W. Marker is near Albany, Wisconsin, in Green County. Marker is on English Settlement Road half a mile north of Dunphy Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Albany WI 53502, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
"English Settlement" Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, September 6, 2010
2. "English Settlement" Cemetery Marker
The view view of the marker, just to the left of the Union Church marker, along the "Devil's Highway" mentioned in the marker.
At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Union Church (here, next to this marker); CCC Veterans Memorial Bridge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Nickolaus Gerber (approx. 9.7 miles away); Early Belleville / Library Park (approx. 10.3 miles away); Village of Cooksville / Village of Waucoma (approx. 10.9 miles away); St. Raphael's Frenchtown Cemetery (approx. 11.7 miles away); Lake Harriet School (approx. 13.3 miles away); Revolutionary War Veteran (approx. 13.9 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Welsh National Gymanfa Ganu Association. (Submitted on September 10, 2010, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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