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Warren Union Cemetery Warren Michigan Macomb County Michigan based on research which is ongoing. As families donate records I will be able to add a few more. Visit macombhistory.us see cemeteries link for more information. Prof Wesley E Arnold humble historian wecare@macombhistory.us


Warren Union Cemetery Warren Township Macomb County MichiganBy

Historian Prof Wesley Edward Arnold MAThis is the shortest of the research papers on this cemetery. See also Pioneer Cemeteries of Warren Township and Research paper on Who is buried in Warren Union Cemetery

A FREE PRESS IS THE SAFEGUARD OF FREEDOM. WHERE THEY BURN BOOKS THEY WILL BURN MEN. Where they take away freedoms THEY WILL TAKE AWAY MEN! Library of Congress Cataloging In Publication Data Arnold, Wesley Edward Warren Union Cemetery Warren Township Macomb County Michigan 2012 Rev JUNE 14, 2012 ISBN 0-915935-33-3

Copyright 2012 Wesley Edward Arnold Printed in Warren Michigan. Visit my Historical web site at macombhistory.us where there are 8,000 pictures, 1,400 links to historical items, 800 best music clips, and abut 3,600 pages of research on the Warren Township area. Note if you can add information, or spot anything that needs correcting please contact me at wecare@macombhistory.us I want everything on this website to be truthful and accurate. If you disagree with anything call it to my attention. If you have proof of anything that is not accurate I will correct it. I am old and what is important is that the historic truth be told not who is right or that I am right. I would rather be truthful and correct. It is not important who is right but the truth is to be up up on this website. Let me know what you think.

The Warren Union Cemetery is located between the Red Run River and Chicago Road East of Ryan Road in the North West corner of Warren Township, Warren Michigan. Pioneer farmer Peter Gillette sold a parcel of land in 1845 to eighteen families for a burial ground reserving for his family a large lot. The Warren Union Cemetery Association was organized in 1852 to maintain the 2 1/4 acres. The historical plaque which is wrong states it has 325 graves that date from the 19th Century. Note more recent studies indicate over 500 graves date from 19 Century plus nearly 500 buried or sprinkled after 1900 that have a stone or stone fragment; but if one counts unmarked graves there could be 1,0003000. However no one alive knows as records were not kept. In Warren Township the oldest recorded cemetery burials were at the Warren Union Cemetery, followed by the St Clement Cemetery located on Engleman West of Van Dyke. St Clement's first recorded burial was March 27, 1854. Over 800 burials date from the nineteenth century and over 1,500 burials prior to1943. Some burials were not recorded. St Clement area Catholic families who had lost a child such a stillborn can not find any record of the burial or last rights. However this was and is a Catholic cemetery centered in the middle of Warren. But believe it or not Warren Union Cemetery could actually have more burials as it accepted all faiths and has hundreds of stillborns, hour old babies, day old babies, children, paupers and pioneers who did not have money, means, or didn't see need for an engraved marker, 1-3 thousand possible burials over nearly 170 years. Also Warren Union Cemetery is about ten years older than St Clement Cemetery which stopped accepting burials for awhile. Remains were also brought in to Warren Union Cemetery of persons who had died before cemetery was established. That large number which at first appears to be way off is in the realm of the possible because this cemetery took all faiths, all persons and stillborns, and hours old babies, day old babies, children and paupers and anyone who died in the Warren Township and Sterling area. But St Clement was limited to Catholics and one church and it appears to have almost 3,000 burials and its old section is smaller than Warren Union Cemetery. St clement has also lost many years of its records so the number they give as the number of burials is smaller than actual burials. I know as I have more older records on St Clement cemetery than St Clement now has. The records of Warren Union Cemetery are lost due to great negligence, disrespect and dereliction of duty of those responsible and sad to report that negligence and disrespect continues on to this day. As a researcher and historian who has done more research on Warren area history than anyone else to date it has to be sadly reported that this city has a very small grave robber gang. Police reports have been filed. There were also local farm burials prior to 1850 but records of these are lost. This includes the two burials at the Bunert Farm in a mound allegedly used by Indians for burials. One house on what was the old River Road (Chicago Road) has a stone grave marker. A local historian interested in documenting our local history for future generations commenced a several year study of Warren and Warren Union Cemetery by stopping at the Methodist church on Chicago Road and asked to see the cemetery records. That request turned up the response of what records we have none nor do we have anything to do with the cemetery now. The historian went to the local Warren Historical Society and they stated they did not maintain records and could not find their records they had and referred me to a private individual whom could not find her very limited records. I tried St Paul UCIC Church who owns most of the cemetery and was told they had no records. I later began attending that church did so for over a year and am in the process of joining it. Discovered they have a cemetery committee which consisted of only a couple people. They refused repeated requests to allow me to see their records. This committee appears to be somewhat secretive and does not hold regular meetings. In fact I tried for over a year to attend a cemetery meeting and had important business for them to take care of but this was totally ignored. It seemed that One Ann Pycheck appears to want to keep all of the dealings, decisions etc. only to herself and does not want anyone else involved. It also appears that this committee has ignored needed cemetery business. Example I wanted to tell them a big stone was about to topple and could hurt or kill a child. I have yet to figure out why this person or group

is so secretive. They turn a deaf ear to anything they do not want to deal with but in all fairness they do manage to pay one half of the mowing and sometimes kick out money out of their huge cemetery fund to pay for emergency tree cutting. Anyway I was amazed and shocked that this church who has owned most of this cemetery since 1884 has failed to maintain any records. I went to the Burton Historical Collection and made a copy of the 1938 survey of this cemetery made by the Detroit Genealogical Society which appeared to be done and double checked with a high degree of accuracy by different surveyors a year later. Around that time the local historical society had done the same thing and had someone type up the list which they are selling during cemetery walks with Dorothy Cummings. Since Dorothy has lived near the cemetery for most of her life. I interviewed her to learn what I can to put down in my books for future generations. I found out that she lived away from the Warren area for quite awhile and had not kept records. She was not the responsible person for records. In fact I interviewed many persons and visitors to the cemetery during the many months I was in the cemetery taking measurements and readings. One person told me records were kept on a board but that had rotted out and was trashed. Another told me that a church lady had good records but after she died her kids threw everything out including a big map of where most of the old burials were. Another told me records were destroyed when a church basement flooded. One man told me he suffered two broken legs when a stone fell on him while he was a child. That could happen again to a child there as both St Paul and the Warren Historical Society have ignored my suggestions that we take emergency actions to fix the tilting stones. It is now 2012 and after doing research in and about this cemetery for a few years and the people of the surrounding area for many years I am in process of publishing my findings free to all in a 20 volume history of the Warren Area. Not to brag but just to state a fact I have done more research than anyone else including (and I list them with great respect and honor to them) Gerald Neil, Mike Grobbel, Jack Schram, Harold Stilwell, Pat Hallman and others such as Fred Gemmill (in telling the history of the City of Warren. I collaborated with him on the book Pathways to Freeways. You can recognize my writing in the first quarter or so of the book.) I also greatly helped Martha Burczyk with her Warren history book. Both of those books are nice but very incomplete so since I retired and since my time left here in this world is very short I decided to type up my research and give it to future generations without cost. You can see my books and print out any of the 10,000 pictures you wish or print any of the 4,000 pages. As far as Warren Union Cemetery I have recorded, measured, figured, researched, talked with many visitors and locals. Visit my Historical web site at macombhistory.us where there are lots of pictures history, historical videos and 800 of the best music pieces of the past all free. There are over 2,000 links on that web site. 600 to pages of history. Plus there is the 20 volume History of the Warren area all free my gift to you and future generations. There are many unmarked burials in this cemetery there is no doubt. There are township records, church records, newspaper obits and articles and family records indicating or implying that multiple persons were buried there yet there is now no stone now marking that grave. I am finding these slowly with time as people contact me as a result of my huge history website. If my maker grants me a few more years I intend to add these records as I receive them to the record of burials I have researched. Researchers who have studied this cemetery and other older Michigan cemeteries have found that there are often many more persons buried than there are stones. Millar Cemetery over on 16 Mile has only 54 head stones yet I have been told there are probably over 100 burials there if not more. At another location Archeologist Scott Akridge was amazed when he visited a local cemetery in 2004. "As many as 200 graves are located here," he said, although only six headstones exist. Most of the 180 cemeteries in the county have numerous graves that are unmarked or marked only with unscribed field stones. Many military veterans lie in these spaces. (http://www.argenweb.net/white/cems) And there are thousands of Civil War soldiers in unmarked graves. (I have identified a few that may be in Warren Union Cemetery.) And many thousands more

babies and children in unmarked graves around our country. Every one of you have hundreds of relatives in unmarked graves. Do you doubt me. OK Where are your great great grandparents uncles aunts and cousins buried? First nearly all descendants are out of that area and do not know where they are buried. Are there markers? The answer is to 99% of the people who have researched this is no. There are few if any marked gravestones prior to the Civil War and virtually none for babies, children and stillborns. And there were more child deaths than adult deaths. (Just do a Google search on unmarked graves and see for yourself.) After looking at my research and others research it is discovered that Warren Union Cemetery may have hundreds of more burials than stones now show. Here is the basis for that claim. Consider that the original 19 families who had lots 10 feet by 30 most did not place stones. That could be over hundreds of burials, of which just a few now have stones. This was not considered at all when the uninformed social club that is called the Warren Historical Society chose words for the plaque. Also consider that in the early days this cemetery was expanded many times as lots were sold and were used and the area was filled up often with children who died of the many childhood diseases we now have cures for. There were a lot of stillborns. Many mothers died in childbirth. Consider again that many additional families bought lots but did not place stones when someone died. And consider that many babies died at birth or shortly thereafter and were buried in the back or on top of other burials. And in those days most had big families and they usually filled up their lots and had to buy additional lots here and elsewhere (We have proof of that from several sources. Dorothy Cummings for example stated that her family had to buy additional graves in other cemeteries even though her dad was a Warren Township official and her family had sold land to the cemetery. There were simply no free graves available. Records of other cemeteries verify this. There were many deaths from many diseases we now have cures for which killed many babies, children and adults. Sometimes there were multiple deaths of children in the same family and some died within days of each other. Some may have been placed in the same grave and no marker ever put there. Remember that there were no funeral homes and that the corpse remained in the family home until burial. Burial was carried out quickly before WWII. I have diaries from those days that often show a person died and was most often buried the next day. Families did not want a body even of a loved one in the home for long particularly if they had died of an unknown cause. There were fears that what killed the corpse would kill others. Fluids would leak out of the corpse and there were often terrible odors. Within as little as four hours after death decomposition in different body areas may cause tissue gas to form from the bacteria Clostridium perfringens. This is particularly true if a contaminate is present such as vomit, feces, a wound, sores, inflammation, gangrene, etc. The result is a skunk like odor and gasses released. If the house is heated in the winter or if it is summer this is compounded. Decomposition in a part of a corpse can in just a few hours spread to other parts of the body thru fluids and bacteria in the corpse. And ask anyone who has slept with a corpse in the next room spooky to be sure and terrifying to children and some adults. There were no funeral homes and no refrigeration or embalming. So in the old days corpse was buried sometimes the same day or the next day and as soon as a grave could be dug which was by hand using pick and shovel. Church services were held as soon as possible. Sometimes in the family members and diggers were weak or due to rain, snow, frost, cold or other problems the grave may not have been dug deeply in the old days before undertakers and machinery. In the old days in rural America, which is what Warren Township was, families buried their own with just a shovel and sometimes with just a shroud. And those who think that every burial was in a six foot deep 3 foot by 6 foot hole should t...