Bloomfield cemetery proves window to past

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Ginny Hall | April 25, 2014

You can see the Bloomfield Pioneer Cemetery at the northeast corner of the intersection of County Highway U and East Side Road in the town of Bloomfield. I had been looking for it for some time because about 20 years ago someone sent me information about the various people buried there. 

They indicated that it was on the southeast corner of East Side Road and Bloomfield Road in Section 36. That should have been a clue. That area is Section 1 of the township.  This cemetery is in Section 12 of the township.

The 1857 plat map shows the land where the cemetery is located was owned by Samuel Hatch. He had 240 acres in that section and into Section 1. The property lies right along the county line with Racine County.

Samuel Hatch came to the area in 1840, settling in Section 12. He migrated from Allegany County, N.Y.

Samuel Hatch is buried in this cemetery. He was born on Sept.12, 1802, and died April 3, 1882, at the age of 79 years, 6 months. His wife, Caroline, died on Feb. 16, 1868, at age 66 years, one month and 22 days.  According to Albert Beckwith's “History of Walworth County,” his second wife was Mrs. Lucy Small. 

There is a broken tombstone for L.E. Rugg who died Sept. 1, 1855, at age 16 months. Beckwith indicates that Erastus Rugg married Lucy Elizabeth Hatch on Dec. 25, 1844.  This could be Samuel and Caroline's granddaughter. 

Harvey Blodgett and his wife, Orril, are buried in this cemetery. He died on Nov. 26, 1880, at the age of 85. She died on Nov. 11, 1851, at age 57. According to Beckwith, he came to the county in 1840 and settled in the town of Lyons. 

Darius Allen, who was in Company C of the 22nd Infantry, died on Nov. 8, 1864, and is buried here. He was age 31 years, 8 months and 21 days.

The 1873 plat book shows the cemetery in its current location. The owner of the land surrounding it was owned by M. Feaser. I wonder if that was a spelling error because in 1890 the owner was shown as Michael Fesser. That name continued through the 1930 plat book.

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