Rolfe Cemetery, Lowell Township
9790 E. Fulton Street
Lowell, Michigan

Lowell Ledger, 26 Mar 1931 - First Burial in Roth Cemetery in 1845 - Supervisor Yeiter and Clerk Bergin report "the correct name for the cemetery is "Rolfe".  It is sometimes called the Simpson Cemetery, but Rolfe is the original name, the ground for the cemetery being a part of the Rolfe farm, the original owners.  The first burials there are said to have been two Smith children interned in 1845 and 1846."  It has also been called the Roth-Coons Cemetery but the reasons are unknown.
From tax records the correct name is Rolfe Cemetery.  Why the different names that this cemetery was called?  The first burials by undertakers was done by O. J. Yeiter until the 1920's, then W. A. Roth in the 1920's.  Roth may have had a partner named Coons, after that it became Roth-Gerst.  The first next change was when a baby girl named West was buried in Simpson Cemetery.  The Simpson family bought the property that borders two sides of the cemetery from the Rolf family after Ransom Rolf's death in 1891.  The third cemetery border was to the east and property was owned by Cora Townsend Vermeer, the granddaughter of Samuel P. Rolf.  There was also another name for this cemetery, Mathews.  Harry Mathews married Sarah Simpson and their son and family now own what borders two side of the cemetery, but the east border still belongs to the descendants of Samuel Rolf.  Until 1980, when the State of Michigan stepped in and made the counties and townships responsible for the cemeteries, families like ours took care of them for more than a hundred years.
(History contributed by Tim Holtz)


T6N R9W  Sec. 7,  M-21 (Fulton Street)
Established 1846 on the property of Henry Dains

NAME

BORN

DIED

ROW

REMARKS

Bjornseth, Anna E. 1881-Drammen. Norway bet 1930-1940 10 Nee Anderson
Bjornseth, Axel 8 Nov 1863 5 Jul 1922-Lo 10 B. Christiania (Oslo), Norway

Bowen, Amos

1824

24 Mar 1888

2

Dains, Edgar A.

10 mos.

15 Aug 1846

3

Son of Ira A. Dains & Emmeline Francisco

Dains, Fanny A.

1y 10m 17d

3 Aug 1852

3

Dau. of Ira A. Dains & Emmeline Francisco

Dains, Napoleon B.

57 4m 12d

29 Oct 1848

3

Son of Ira A. Dains & Emmeline Francisco

Dollaway, Clarence

1889

1890

1

Son of Willis G. Dollaway and Frances W. Denny

Dollaway, Edward

1896

1896

1

Son of Willis G. Dollaway and Frances W. Denny

Dollaway, Herold

1891

1898

1

Son of Willis G. Dollaway and Frances W. Denny

Dollaway, Lula

1892

1893

1

Son of Willis G. Dollaway and Frances W. Denny

Elmondorph, Seymour

1877

1887

6

Heiman, Donald R.

14 Aug 1927

22 Dec 2007

4

Husband of Cora L. Perrin (Heiman)

Holt, Simeon D.

20 Jan 1809

2 Jul 1880

1

Lawrence, Emma E.

1852

1922

10

Wife of James

Lawrence, James

1842

1913

10

Co. G, 12th Mich Inf

Pant, Barbara Elizabeth

25 Dec 1852

8 Nov 1913

6

Wife of Thomas; sunken grave; nee Bowen

Pant, William

Feb 1846

17 Jul 1888

6

Perrin, Bertha J.

7 Apr 1900

28 Jun 1990

5

Dau. Of Cora Townsend and Orma Sova

Perrin, Clifford

27 Jun 1904

20 Oct 1979

5

Son of Willard O. Perrin and Permelia Ulam

Perrin, Clifford O.

7 Apr 1924

25 Sep 1997

5

Son of Clifford and Bertha; Cpl, US Army, Korea

Rolf, Alva R.   18/19 May 1913-LO 4 Prs-Porter Rolf and Susan I. Dains; one of six children

Rolf, Clarence A.

21 Sep 1842-LO

15 Aug 1909-LO

4

Brother of Alva R.

Rolf, Edgar F.

No dates

4

Field Stone, Civil War Vet, Co. M, 6th Mich Cav

Rolf, Ransom

1820

1891

4

Brother of Samuel P. Rolf

Rolf, Samuel Porter*

1817

1863

4

Justice of the Peace, Lowell, 1848

Rolf, Samuel Porter* 1817 1863 4 Prs-Porter Rolf and Susan I. Dains; one of six children

Rolf, Susan I.

1822

1856

4

Wife of Samuel, Daughter of Ira Dains, Sr.

Smith, Frederick K.

May 1839

16 Feb 1845

5

Son of Torry and Jane Smith

Smith, Jane

13 Aug 1803

21 Jun 1868

7

Wife of Torry

Smith, Torry

12 Nov 1798

7 Oct 1870

7

Born Burlington, VT; drove first stagecoach on this road.

Smith, William M.

Feb 1828

2 Jun 1846

5

Son of Torry and Jane Smith

Spencer, Jane

1802-Can

10 Aug 1857

4

Wife of Joseph

Spencer, Joseph

1787-NY

12 Feb 1849

4

Townsend, Baby Girl

1882

1882

5

South of Townsend; no stone; Child of Samuril and Mary

Townsend, Mary J.

1855

1883

5

Wife of Samuril; Dau. Of Samuel P. Rolf and Susan I Dains

Townsend, Samuril

1851

1914

5

Son of Charles S. Townsend and Hannah Baker

Van Deusen, James

27 yrs.

3 Dec 1861

5

Co. D, 2nd Mich Cav; died Benton Barricks, St. Louis, MO

Ver Meer, Cora B.

1880

1963

5

Dau. Of Samuril Townsend and Mary J. Rolf

Ver Meer, George S.

1881

1953

5

West, Baby

1924

1924

2

Child of Fred West and Johanna Van Boven

West, Sarah Ann

1836

1915

1

Mother of Fred West

Wunsch, Adelaide

1883

1966

8

Mother

Wunsch, Anthony

1801

1880

8

Backside of Stone - Caroline

Wunsch, Caroline

1803

1876

8

Wife of Anthony

Wunsch, Clarissa

1857

1941

8

Wunsch, Elizabeth

1916

2006

8

Wife of Gerald

Wunsch, Fred

1870

1939

8

Father of Gerald

Wunsch, Gerald

1912

2005

8

Wunsch, John A.

23 Oct 1837

30 Nov 1907

8

Civil War Soldier; Prs-Anthony & Caroline (Herr) Wunsch

Wunsch, Martha

1835

1914

8

Wife of Sebastian

Wunsch, Sebastian

1827

1905

8

Front side of stone - Martha

Contributed by Tim Holtz
Created: 25 April 2008
URL: http://kent.migenweb.net/cemeteries/lowell/rolfcem.html