On the Paxton farm this cemetery was used as a burying ground by the Society of Friends. It was long since abandoned. Only three graves can be found. These have been properly marked by the General Francis Marion Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution. These are surrounded by a beautiful iron fence erected by the Chapter and the ground is carpeted by a thick growth of Myrtle. This cemetery is located near where a Friends' Meeting house once stood. It was called NEW HOPE and was erected soon after the one which stood near where the Odd Fellows Cemetery now stands. Two miles east of Marion on the road known as The Soldiers Home Road, this small cemetery stands guarded by some small trees. The above was written by the DAR in the 1940's. I was in this cemetery in the fall of 1993. I would say not much has changed since the DAR read this cemetery in the 1940's. It is located in the S.E. 1/2 of the S.E. 1/4 in Section 15 of Center Twp. 24 N. R. 8 E., about 2/10ths of a mile west of 400 E. on 200 S. otherwise known as 38th Street in Marion. The 1877 Atlas of Grant County shows this to be the Paxton farm. Barnabas Vandevanter who served under George Washington is one of 3 known Revolutionary War Soldiers buried in Grant county soil. At one time this cemetery contained many grave markers, but the cemetery was abandoned and stood for many years with virtually no care until the DAR went in there in the 1940's and cleaned it up and put up a wrought iron fence around it. Vandevanter, Barnabas died Jan. 14, 1851 aged 103y.9m.10d. Rockingham's Militia - Revolutionary War Elizabeth wife of Barnabas Vandevanter died Sept. 2, 1872 age 99y.11m.10d. Elizabeth dau of B. & E. Vandevanter (stone set in cement which covers the inscription.)

...Original page by Sheila D. Watson

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