Monday, November 16, 2020

 Good Morning All!


I wanted to make a quick stop in and let everyone know that my sister blog, Towns Gone By, has had a name change.  I have decided that I wanted to expand the focus on it a bit and add in some more history, therefore I have changed the name and the link address.  You can find it on the side or link to it at 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Marr Cemetery

 Today's Walk Through the Tombstones is at the tiny little Marr Cemetery in Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana.


GPS Coordinates: 39.2591340, -85.9410370

This tiny little cemetery, established in 1832,  is located in the parking lot of the New Hope Christian Church and less than a hundred yards from the New Hope Cemetery.  It was rather a surprise to stumble upon it as we were headed toward the New Hope Cemetery and noticed it when we parked.

There are four headstones located within the iron fence with a base stone for one more.  These are the ancestors of the owners of the Marr House and farm located in Bartholomew County.  In fact, this cemetery, and subsequently the church and larger cemetery a few yards away are located on what was the southeastern corner of the Marr farm.

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Our first stop is at the grave of James Marr.
Born: November 2, 1799, Kentucky
Died: December 2, 1842, Bartholomew County, Indiana

He was the son of James Marr, Sr (1748-1852) and Polly Marr (1770-1832).  He served in the War of 1812 and was 104 years old when he died.  They were married on January 3, 1791 in Harrison County, Kentucky.  He is buried in Ainsworth Cemetery, Ainsworth, Washington County, Iowa, while she is buried in Marr Cemetery.  

He had a few siblings:
John Marr (1794-1877) - buried in Lemmon Cemetery, Harrison County, Kentucky
Margaret Marr Vannoy (1796-1821) - unknown
Lewis Marr (1802-1859) - buried in Liberty Cemetery, Clifford, Bartholomew County, Indiana (the farm where the cemetery would have been located was started by Lewis; he died when he was thrown from a horse)
Woodford Marr (1803-1889) - buried in Ainsworth Cemetery, Ainsworth, Washington County, Iowa
Mary Ann "Polly Ann" Marr Hulick (1810-1863) - buried in Campground Cemetery, Ainsworth, Washington County, Iowa
Thomas Jefferson Marr (1806-1871) - unknown
Helton Marr (1808-?) - unknown

He was married to Nancy Dyson Marr (1806-1843).  They were married on June 7, 1827 and she is buried near him in Marr Cemetery.

They had a few children:
John Marr (1828-?) - unknown
William Lewis Marr (1830-1924) - buried in Ainsworth Cemetery, Ainsworth, Washington County, Iowa 
Elijah Marr (1833-?) - unknown
James Monroe Marr (1835-?) - buried in Mount Zion Cemetery, Nuckolls County, Nebraska
Lurinda Jane Marr (1836-1851) - buried in Marr Cemetery, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana
Sirena Marr (1838-?) - unknown
Lewis Marr (1839-?) - unknown
Thomas "Tommy" W. Marr (1841/1843-1920) - buried in Mount Zion Cemetery, Nuckolls County, Nebraska

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We now stop at the grave of Polly Marr.
Born: 1770
Died: November 11, 1832

She was the wife of James Marr, Sr. (1748-1852).  He was a War of 1812 veteran and is buried in Ainsworth Cemetery, Ainsworth, Washington County, Iowa.

They had a few children:
John Marr (1794-1877) - buried in Lemmon Cemetery, Harrison County, Kentucky
Margaret Marr Vannoy (1796-1821) - unknown
Lewis Marr (1802-1859) - buried in Liberty Cemetery, Clifford, Bartholomew County, Indiana (the farm where the cemetery would have been located was started by Lewis; he died when he was thrown from a horse)
Woodford Marr (1803-1889) - buried in Ainsworth Cemetery, Ainsworth, Washington County, Iowa
Mary Ann "Polly Ann" Marr Hulick (1810-1863) - buried in Campground Cemetery, Ainsworth, Washington County, Iowa
Thomas Jefferson Marr (1806-1871) - unknown
Helton Marr (1808-?) - unknown

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Here is the grave of Lurinda Jane Marr.
Born: unknown
Died: February 6, 1851

She was the daughter of James Marr, Jr. (1799-1842) and Nancy Dyson Marr (1806-1843).  They are both buried nearby in Marr Cemetery.

She had at least one sibling:
Thomas "Tommy" W. Marr (1843-1920) - buried in Mount Zion Cemetery, Nuckolls County, Nebraska


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Our final stop is at that of Nancy Dyson Marr.
Born: 1806
Died: June 6, 1843

She was the daughter of William Dyson (1779-1850) and Sarah Cyrena Hubbard Dyson (1782-1853).  They are buried in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson, Carroll County, Illinois.

She had a few siblings:
Elijah Dyson (1803-1853) - buried in Old Bethel Church Cemetery, Taylorsville, Bartholomew County, Indiana
Hezekial Thomas Dyson (1811-1891) - buried in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson, Carroll County, Illinois.
Eli Dyson (1816-1851) - buried in Lower York Cemetery, Thomson, Carroll County, Illinois.

She was the wife of James Marr, Jr. (1799-1842).  They were married on June 7, 1827 and he is buried next to her in Marr Cemetery.

They had a few children:
Lurinda Jane Marr (?-1851) - buried in Marr Cemetery, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana
Thomas "Tommy" W. Marr (1843-1920) - buried in Mount Zion Cemetery, Nuckolls County, Nebraska

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Thanks for joining me for our walk through Marr Cemetery.

Visit the listing at Find-A-Grave.




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