Monroe Township, Clark County, Indiana

Jeanne Burke <> offers the following report on Guernsey Cemetery:

Guernsey Cemetery is located 1 mile due west of Mountain Grove Cemetery and one-half mile north of Willey's Chapel Church, in fractional section 22, Township 1 North, Range 6 East.

This land was owned by Daniel Guernsey and in later years was conveyed to William Dietrich, then to James Dietrich.  In 1966, this tract was conveyed by James F. Dietrich to another William Dietrich (see Deed Book 287, pages 422-423, which states, "Tract number two - the east side of fractional section 22 Twp.1N Range 6E, containing 96.62 acres EXCEPT 4 acres off the north part of said tract (an old graveyard)."

Click here for map of Monroe Township.

If you check your topographical map, you will notice fractional section 22 comes to a point at the top.  That's where Guernsey Cemetery is.

I only know the names of a few of the people buried there:

  • Hannah French Guernsey (the first known burial) -- a daughter of Gideon and Eunice French, died 1 January 1821.  She was the first wife of William Guernsey.
  • Daniel Guernsey, born 18 July 1760 at Watertown, CT, the son of Jonathan Guernsey and Desire (Bronson), died 28 April 1840.  His great grandson, Lemuel B. Guernsey, wrote in 1902: "He (Daniel) was buried on the homestead farm now owned by William Dietrich.  There are several graves on the same lot as his but they are all unmarked and the exact location of each grave is unmarked and unknown."  Daniel Guernsey was lame, so his father had him educated at Yale so he would have a profession.  Daniel was a mathematician, surveyor, physician, and the first schoolmaster in Monroe Twp.  [Click here for biography of Daniel Guernsey.]
  • Huldah Seymour Guernsey, first wife of Daniel Guernsey, born 23 December 1761 (Watertown, CT), daughter of Lt.Richard and Joanna (Brown) Seymour, died 25 December 1832.
  • These next few are suppositions on my part:
  • Franklin Guernsey, son of Guy C. Guernsey, born 1816 in Ontario Co., NY died 1834.
  • Guy C. Guernsey, son of Daniel and Huldah, born 17 May 1788 at Watertown, CT.  Married Polly Lane, daughter of Abraham and Rachel (Wilson)Lane.  He died 12 September 1828 at Blue Lick, Indiana.
  • William Ira Guernsey, died 2 March 1837.
  • Anna (Guernsey) Briggs, wife of Francis Briggs, born 3 October 1791, daughter of Daniel and Huldah Guernsey, I have no date of death for her as yet.
  • John Lewis, born in Pennsylvania circa 1775, married Martha "Patsy" Kelly, daughter of Lawrence and Martha (Smith) Kelly of Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania.  Came to Clark County, Indiana before 1812, settled at "Kelly Settlement" (Blue Lick) in Monroe Twp.  Died 11 April 1823 and was buried, according to the family "near Round Top Knob".
  • I've check all the known area cemeteries and have not found these last folks listed in any of them, so assume they are buried in Guernsey Cemetery.

    No further information available at this time.

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    I presently have no further information on this cemetery. Further information may be available from:
    Jeffersonville Twp. Library      or     Charlestown Library
    211 East Court Avenue                   51 Clark Road
    Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130           Charlestown, Indiana  47111
    Telephone:  (812) 285-5635              Telephone:  (812) 256-3337
    New Albany-Floyd County Library  or     Sellersburg Library
    180 West Spring Street                  430 North Indiana Avenue
    New Albany, Indiana  47150              Sellersburg, Indiana  47172
    Telephone:  (812) 949-3527              Telephone:  (812) 246-4493

    E-mail: Dee Pavey

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