Rochester Hills in Oakland County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Stony Creek Cemetery
The first burial here occurred in 1825 for Michael Van Wagoner Sr. His grave remains unmarked; however, in 1978 a monument was erected in his honor. Some of the township's most illustrious residents are buried here: Stony Creek Village's first settlers, Lemuel and Sarah Taylor; their son Joshua, who participated in drafting Michigan's constitution in 1836; Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen, one of Michigan's first female sugeons; and her neice Dr. Sarah Van Hoosen Jones, an animal geneticist who by 1933 transformed her family farm into a prize-winning dairy farm and bull breeding facility. The cemetery, later named "Stoney" Creek, displays an array of headstone styles popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Stony Creek Cemetery contains the graves of some of Avon Township's most important pioneers. Nathaniel and Sally Millerd, who in 1839 sold 1.7 acres of this land with the understanding that it would be "forever used as a public burying ground," are buried here. Nathaniel Millerd had built a gristmill in 1824 and operated a general store and the Stony Creek Post Office out of his home.
Erected 2006 by Michigan Historical Commission - Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number L2175.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
Location. 42° 41.529′ N, 83° 7.211′ W. Marker is in Rochester Hills, Michigan, in Oakland County. Marker is on Letica Drive north of Romeo Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochester MI 48307, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stony Creek Masonic Lodge No. 5/Mount Moriah (approx. 0.3 miles away); 1927 Van Hoosen Calf Barn/1927 Van Hoosen Bull Barn (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1927 Van Hoosen Dairy Barn (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stoney Creek Village (approx. 0.4 miles away); 1840 Van Hoosen Farmhouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Before lawn mowers...1850 Red House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stoney Creek School (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rochester Hills.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 26, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 101 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 26, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 4. submitted on May 27, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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