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Evergreen Cemetery
Keya Paha County, Nebraska

Lat: 42° 49' 11"N, Lon: 99° 28' 24"W
T33N R18W Sec 19

Contributed by Sandi McCoy, Mar 30, 2007, last edited Apr 03, 2007 [mlmsam50@threeriver.net]. Total records = 17.

This cemetery is located in Section 19 of Township 33 north Section 18 which makes it about 5 1/2 miles straight north of the now extinct town of Carns.

In the early 1880s a family by the name of Babbitt, residing on a homestead a few miles northwest of Carns, lost an infant son. There was no cemetery near so the child was buried on the Babbitt's land. Other deaths occurred in the neighborhood, so a small plot of ground was fenced for a burying ground.

The cemetery is now on private land and not accessible without permission from the property owner and directions to it, since there is no public road to it. The cemetery has been all but abandoned, with little care for the last 75 years.

Cedar trees from the Niobrara canyons were set out in the cemetery and the name Evergreen was given to the it. On Feb 6, 1887, a Mr. Parrish was buried there, and in 1888 two men, both known to Keya Paha County history, were buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Mr. Shelly and Stephen Leach. The bodies of these two men lie at extreme lengths from one another, Mr. Shelly is in the southwest corner and Mr. Leach in the northeast corner. The two were not on friendly terms, and it was said one of them had expressed a desire not to be buried near the other.

There are other graves on this site but the stones are destroyed or unreadable. This includes all existing and legible stones and markers up to the summer of 2006.

Cook, Charles, b. 17 Jan 1923, d. 29 Jan 1923, Baby
Draine, Mary E, d. Nov 18, 1889, wife of T.M. Draine, age: 40yr 2mo 7da
Forgey, Mary Althea, b. Feb 28, 1899, d. 12 Mar 1900, dau. of w. & F.E. Forgey
Hicklin, L, no dates, child died from being hit on the head by a pump handle
Honnen, Else, b. Feb 26, 1891, d. Aug 30, 1891
Honnen, Frank, b. May 3, 1899, d. Sep 8, 1899, Son of G. & S. Honnen
Honnen, Henry, b. 28 Feb 1900, d. 14 Mar 1900, Son of G. & S. Honnen
Leach, Stephen, no dates, bur. 1888 in northeast corner
Lusk, Charlie, E, d. Dec 20, 1885, son of E.E. & M.W. Lusk, age: 3yr 11 mos, 18 dys
M M C, no dates, age: 65yr
Paris, Eliza B., b. Jan 21, 1835, d. 11 Mar 1921
Paris, H. B., b. May 3, 1826, d. Feb 4, 1887
Parish, Mr, no dates, bur. Feb 6, 1887
Sage, Nancy E., b. Apr 19, 1858, d. May 14, 1886, wife of J.L. Sage, buried with infant child in her arms
Schroeder, Louis, b. Dec 20, 1876, d. Dec 23, 1899
Shelly, Mr, no dates, bur. 1888 in southwest corner
Timms, Charles F., d. Aug 10, 1891, age: 84 yrs

 

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