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Fond du Lac in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Pier Cemetery

 

—Fond du Lac County Historical Society —

 
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By Keith L, November 15, 2013
1. Pier Cemetery Marker
Inscription. On March 1, 1838, Fanna Pier, the first white woman to live in Fond du Lac County, died at the age of 30 after a short illness. Her death was the first of a white person in the county. This plot of high ground was selected for the burial two days later. The eleven remaining pioneers in the county attended the funeral officiated by Rev. Cutting Marsh, missionary to the Stockbridge Indians.

After arriving in Green Bay from Vermont in 1834, Fanna's husband, Colwert, and his brother, Edward, checked out land as far away as southern Illinois for the purpose of settling and farming. On February 16, 1836, they left Green Bay by horse and sled to look over land at the foot of Lake Winnebago. They traveled mostly on the ice up the Fox River, down the east shore of the lake and up the Fond du Lac River, reaching the center of the present-day city of Fond du Lac by noon on the 17th.

They liked what they saw and returned to Green Bay to purchase land. Colwert returned in late May and settled down becoming the first white settler in Fond du Lac County. Fanna joined him June 6, 1836. From that date until March 11, 1837, when the Edward Pier family arrived, Colwert and Fanna were the only white residents in Fond du Lac County. Colwert was later buried here with other early settlers.

Erected 1986

Sign
Pier Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, November 15, 2013
2. Pier Cemetery Marker
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Erected 1986 by the Fond du Lac County Historical Society.
 
Location. 43° 45.198′ N, 88° 26.503′ W. Marker is in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, in Fond du Lac County. Marker is on Old Pioneer Road north of East Pioneer Road, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fond du Lac WI 54935, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pier Cemetery 1838 (a few steps from this marker); Pioneer Military Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); Union Soldiers Monument (approx. 1.4 miles away); Wisconsin Progressive Party (approx. 1.5 miles away); The Military Road (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fond du Lac County Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); County Home Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Fond du Lac.
 
Also see . . .  Pier Cemetery interments. (Submitted on November 16, 2013.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Keith L, November 15, 2013
3. Pier Cemetery and Marker
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By Keith L, November 15, 2013
4. Pier Cemetery Gate
Pier Cemetery 1838
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By Keith L, November 15, 2013
5. Pier Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 386 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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