Emmet Township, Union County, South Dakota
Contributed by Brian Hass, Jul 14, 2001 [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Total records = 7.
This small family cemetery is located seven miles south of Beresford,
SD and one mile from old Highway 77 (Union County's 471st Avenue). Although
the cemetery has no access road, it is visible from Interstate 29, which
curves slightly to by-pass the cemetery. The cemetery is not maintained;
but, it is a dedicated cemetery.
Seven people, including two babies, were buried at the cemetery.
The individual graves were left unmarked. But, a common grave marker
bearing the Steadman name was erected at the site. The people buried
at the cemetery were from the Blatchford, Hemstock, and Steadman families.
The cemetery was started on the Anthony Steadman homestead, located
on the northwest quarter of section 18 of Emmet Township in Union
County. The first burial was that of George Steadman's son, William,
in 1870. William was the father of three small children at the time
of his death.
Two more graves were added as a result of the harsh winter of 1872
or 1873. George Steadman's son-in-law, Alfred Hemstock, was reported
to have gone out into the cold to bring in the cattle. When he didn't
return, his wife, Sarah Jane, was reported to have left their two
small daughters alone in the house to go out and look for him. Both
parents were frozen to death about a hundred feet apart; but, their
two children were found alive a couple days later. The older girl,
age 3, had kept her baby sister warm in bed. The parents were buried
at the Steadman Cemetery in coffins built from floor boards taken
from the upstairs of Samuel Steadman's new house. Later, the two daughters
were raised by the family.
In 1898, Geneva Steadman, was buried beside her husband, George
Steadman. Her burial was the last at the Steadman Cemetery.
It is worth noting that all of the Union County records pre-dating
1905 are lost as a result of a fire. And, no copies of issues of the
two Beresford newspapers from before 1897 are known to have survived.
As a result, records on the people buried at the Steadman Cemetery
are relatively few in number.
The above information was gathered from three sources:
1) The 1989 article, "Steadman Cemetery," written by members of the
20th Century Club of Beresford, SD. This was one of the club's articles
on the three small local family cemeteries, written in honor of the
South Dakota state centennial.
2) The article, "John and Ellen Steadman," pages 395-6 of the Beresford
Centennial Book, Beresford:_100_Years. The book was published by the
"Beresford Republic" and the "Lennox Independent" in 1983. The author
of the Steadman family article is unknown.
3) The Bureau of Land Management's GLO records.
The following listing was compiled from information contained within
the first two sources.
??, Baby, d. before 1898, no headstone, surname might be Blatchford?
Hemstock, Alfred, d. 1873, no headstone, husband of Sarah Jane
Hemstock, Sarah Jane (Steadman), d. 1873, no headstone, daughter
of George Steadman
Steadman, Elmer, no headstone, son of George Steadman, preceded
mother in death
Steadman, Geneva Wilton, d. 1898, age 98 yrs, no headstone, wife
of George Steadman
Steadman, George, no headstone, husband of Geneva, preceded wife
Steadman, William, d. 1870, age 24 yrs, no headstone, son of
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