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Byron in Shiawassee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Byron Cemetery

 
 
Byron Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 26, 2021
1. Byron Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  Byron Cemetery originated with the 1837 interment of Theodore H. Provost, the son of one of Byron’s founders. According to local historians, Chippewa lived on this site until it became a cemetery. Byron Cemetery contains some sixteen hundred nineteenth century graves. The remains of fifty-six Civil War soldiers and veterans are interred here, including those of James Sleeth, a surgeon during the war who later became a lawyer and newspaper publisher. A large pedestal with crossed rifles honors unknown Civil War dead.

Fieldstones from local farms, urns, obelisks, and monuments with common Christian symbols such as angels and weeping willows mark the graves in Byron Cemetery. In keeping with Judeo-Christian tradition, burials are oriented east to west. A mysterious exception is the grave of Richard Tubman, a thirty-five-year-old Irish horse groom. His grave, marked by a pulpit with a closed book, is oriented north to south. A seated maiden honors Ellen May Tower, a Spanish-American War nurse who died of typhoid fever in Puerto Rico in 1898.
 
Erected 1998 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan
Byron Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 26, 2021
2. Byron Cemetery Marker
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Department of State. (Marker Number L1960.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Cemeteries & Burial Sites. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1837.
 
Location. 42° 49.366′ N, 83° 56.425′ W. Marker is in Byron, Michigan, in Shiawassee County. Marker is at the intersection of Hamilton Street and East Street, on the right when traveling east on Hamilton Street. The cemetery is on an unnamed cemetery road near the intersection of Hamilton & East Streets. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Byron MI 48418, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Byron Veterans Plaque (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ellen May Tower / Spanish-American War Nurse (approx. 0.4 miles away); Byron (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oakwood Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.6 miles away); Gaines Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away); Village Of Gaines / Gaines Depot (approx. 3.7 miles away); Argentine Township Cemetery (approx. 5˝ miles away); Durand Union Station (approx. 6.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Byron.
 
Byron Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 26, 2021
3. Byron Cemetery Marker
Byron Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J.T. Lambrou, July 26, 2021
4. Byron Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 31, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 101 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 31, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.

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Feb. 8, 2023