This active cemetery is located on the south side of Highway K, at the intersection of Dorn Road, north of the Village of Hartland, Section 15, Merton Township.
The first death in the town of Merton was that of Martin Moulster (Molster) in January, 1840. All of the Moulster family are buried at this cemetery, but the stone for Martin no longer remains. The earliest Burials in Merton were also in this cemetery in 1837. Burials of two young men who died in Pewaukee Lake, Delafield Township, Oct. 8, 1837, are in this cemetery.
The cemetery is still active, however the cemetery association is no longer active.
The only known record for the cemetery is a map of the cemetery showing the name of the person in each plot. The records are open to the public for research. Mail requests will be answered at no charge. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for your reply.
Contact: Bark River Cemetery W284 N 5312 Jungbluth Road Hartland, WI 53029 262-538-1767
At the Waukesha County Museum there are transcriptions from the tombstones 1859-1866, included in an article on Merton Cemeteries, "Kjargaard Cemeteries", by Charles G. Schoewe, 1961.
The transcription below was copied from tombstones under personal supervision of Mrs. Edgar Tallmadge, Secretary of Waukesha County Historical Society With assistance from Mrs. E. F. Chapman, Hartland, Mr. Crouch, of the Cemetery Association, and Mr. Edgar Tallmadge.
Names are in alphabetical order with head of family appearing first where known. Additional information has been added when submitted.
Photographs of some tombstones available at: Offsite link at WI GenWeb
ALLEN: Amos Taylor/b. Nov. 24, 1819, in Steuben Co., N.Y./d. Apr. 21, 1903/ son of Howard & Nancy (Taylor) Allen Fanny (Capron)/d. Aug. 26, 1843, age 20 years 5 months 7 days/ 1st wife of Amos T. Allen Laura E. (Sutcliff)/d. May 4, 1867/age 42 years 11 months 20 days/ 2nd wife of Amos T. Allen Clara B./d. Sept. 3, 1871/age 14 years 7 months 17 days/ daughter of Amos T. & Laura E. Allen ALLEN; Benjamin/data buried on stone Pamilla/"Our Dear Mother"/wife of Benjamin Allen/data buried on stone ALLEN: J. Oswald/b. 1804, in England/d. Jun 24, 1862/Unable to locate grave Mrs. J. Oswald/no data/Unable to locate grave ARNOLD: Francis I./b. Mar. 5, 1802/d. Jul/ 2, 1887 Maria/b. Oct. 14, 1806/d. Sept. 19, 1898/wife of Francis I. Arnold Jacob/b. Oct. 1843/d. Dec. 26, 1893/son James/b. Sept. 17, 1840/d, Dec. 24, 1923/son A veteran 1861-65 marker on this lot. Not known which grave it belongs to BARBER: See MILLS BLOOR: Eliza (Butler)/b. July 27, 1831, N.J./d. Mar. 29, 1902/ wife of George/daughter of Chas. Butler & Deliverance Collins BRUSH: See OVERBAUGH BUTLER: See BLOOR CAPRON: Ephraim/b. 1776/d. Mar 15, 1869/age 83 years Sarah/b. 1786/d. July 9, 1884/age 98 years/wife CAPRON: See Allen CAUDA: See LeROY CLARK: See MILLS See ROWELL CROUCH: Rufus W./b. Oct. 3, 1822, Brattleboro, Vt./d. 1900 Eunice E./1836-1857/1st wife of R.W. Lucy E. (McMillan)/b. July 1853, Genesee, N.Y./d. Aug. 8, 1919/age 86 years 13 days/ 2nd wife of W.R. Crouch(possibly R.W.?)/daughter of Alex & Sarah (Curtis) McMillan CROUCH: See RUSSELL COLLINS: See BLOOR COOPER: See REA CURTIS: See CROUCH DENKIN: John/1800/d. Jan 28, 1847/age 47 years ELLSWORTH: G.G./b. 1817/d. Oct. 8, 1837/drowned in Pewaukee Lake/age 20 years FOOTE: Orlin G./b. 1826/d. May 5, 1849/age 25 years 4 months/ son of Russell Foote, of Cornwall, Vt. FULLER: Edwin Martin, M.D./b. Mar. 22, 1857, Merton, Wi./d. May 22, 1892/ son of Levi H. & Austena (Snyder) Fuller GIBSON: Charles James/b. 1800/d. J?/2, 1882, age 82 years GIBSON: See REA GOODWIN: Ethan/b. 1780/d. Oct. 10, 1868/age 88 years 10 days Olive/1782/d. Feb. 9, 1846/age 64 years 10 months/wife GOODWIN: See Rowell GRENWIS: Cornelius/b. Dec. 13, 1812/d. Sept. 17, 1884 Mary/1830/d. Aug. 13, 1886/age 55 years Ann/b. Oct. 14, 1861/d. Sept. 4, 1881/daughter GRENWIS: See HARTLING See MITCHELL See MOLSTER See WESTOVER GROVER: Mercy (Mills)/b. 1844/d. Apr. 18, 1870/age 25 years 10 months/ wife of Edgar J. Grover/daughter of Sylvester & Almira (Norton) Mills HARTLING: Jacob B./b. May 14, 1861, Merton/d. Jun 9, 1828/son of Philip Hartling Mary C. (Grenwis)/1864-_____/wife Bert/b. Jun. 1, 1892/d. Nov. 7, 1931/son JENSEN: Peter/b. Apr. 19, 1863, Denmark/d. Jun 3, 1905/husband of Minnie Minnie (Grenwis) Jensen/submitted by researcher/see contributors page Baby/d. Oct. 1, 1892/age 5 months LeROY: William Sr./b. Sept. 1, 1800/d. May 6, 1891 Rachel (Thistlewaite)/b. Aug. 6, 1806/d. Jul. 1, 1871/ wife LeROY: Cecelia Jones (CAUDA)/b. 1839, Canada/d. Apr. 8, 1900/ daughter of Wm. & Rachel Cauda LeROY: See SIMONDS LEWIS: See MOLSTER MATHER: Eugene L./1803-1847 MCKERLIN: Ann D./No data/wife of George Sacred to the memory of children of George and Ann McKerlin/ no dates or names on marker MCMILLAN: See CROUCH See RUSSELL MCMILLEN: Alexander, Sr./1771/d. Nov. 23, 1855/age 84 years 8 months Alexander, Jr./1796/d. Jan. 22, 1872/age 75 years 10 months 29 days Sarah C./1803/d. Nov. 23, 1855/age 84 years 8 months MILLS: Sylvester/b. Jan. 29, 1830, Genessee Co., NY/d. July 26, 1899/ son of Joel & Mercy (Barber) Mills Almera (Norton)/b. Dec. 19, 1820, N.Y. State/d. 1902/ wife of S.B. Sylvester Mills/daughter of Locklin & Laura (Clark) Norton Zylphan A./b. 1846/d. Dec. 20, 1847/age 15 months/daughter Infant child of S. & A./b. & d. Apr. 1850 MILLS: See GROVER MITCHELL: Mrs. Mina (or Wilhelmina) (Westover) Rea/b. Jan. 13, 1858/d. May 15, 1937 widow of John Rea/and wife of John Mitchell/daughter of Damon & Lena (Grenwis) Westover MOLSTER: John C./son of Martin H. Moster/b. Sept. 4, 1802(03), Holland/d. Feb. 5, 1888 Sarah A. (Lewis)/b. Jan. 29, 1808, Philadelphia/d. Nov. 9, 1872/wife Martha Ann/b. Nov. 19, 1844/d. Aug. 9, 1850/daughter Sarah/b. Feb. 10, 1830/d. Nov. 18, 1866/daughter Infant/no dates/daughter Lewis/b. 1831/d, Nov. 16, 1882/age 51 years 8 months/son MOLSTER: Willmina (Grenwis)/b. 1837/d. Jan. 22, 1881/age 44 years 11 months/ wife of Lewis Molster George B./b. July 19, 1861/d. Apr. 21, 1931/son of Lewis & Wilhelmine Molster/Husband of Mary Raddenbach MOLSTER: Martin H./b. Jun 15, 1840, Portsmouth/d. Aug. 27, 1902/ son of John C. & Sarah A. (Lewis) Molster Martha (Rea)/b. May 31, 1838/d. 1911/wife of Martin H. Molster/ Daughter of Thomas & Josephine (Molster) Rea David M./b. July 11, 1878, Eden Kans/d. Dec. 25, 1884 or 1885/son of M.H. & M. Reta May/b. Feb. 22, 1875/d. Jan. 12, 1885/daughter of M. & M. Mary Josephine/b. Nov. 11, 1868, Cincinatti, Ohio/d. Jan. 12, 1885/ daughter of M.H. & M. Joseph/1868-1885/son of M.H. & M. Lizzie/1877-1885/daughter of M. H. & M. above 5 children died in diptheria epidemic John M./b. 1844/d. Sept. 16, 1854/age 5 months 15 days/son of C.W. & J. NICHOLAUS: Luciania/1772/d. Apr. 22, 1837/age 65/wife of John Nicholson/one of the earliest burials NICHOLSON: See SKINNER NORTON: See GROVER See MILLS NUTTALL: Mary/1803-1847 OVERBAUGH: Jacob/b. May 1, 1830/d. Feb. 6, 1900/son of Jacob & Maria Overbaugh Judith Ann/b. Feb. 8, 1829, Catskill, N.Y./d. Jun 19, 1904/ wife of Jacob Clinton/1853-1885/son Irving/1856-1885/son John J./b. Sept. 21, 1821, Catskill, N.Y./d. Oct. 8, 1902/ son of Jacob G. & Maria Overbaugh Sarah Jane (Thistlewaite)/b. Oct. 29, 1836, Canada/d. Jun 5, 1901/ wife of John J. Overbough/daughter of Robert & Harriet (Brush) Thistlewaite REA: James/b. 1789, in Scotland/d. Oct. 7, 1873/age 84 or 85 yrs. Barbara (Gibson)/b. 1790/d. Oct. 7, 1873 age 83 yrs/wife Thomas/b. May 12, 1819, in Scotland/d. _____/son of J. & H. Janet(Cooper)/b. 1820/d. May 8, 1887/age 67 years 2 days/wife of Thomas. Abner/b. 1850/d. Apr. 16, 1858/age 38 yr 11 months 17 days/ son of Thomas & Janet Rea Barbara/b. 1856/d. May 16, 1861/age 4 years 11 months 5 days/ daughter of Thomas & Janet Rea Gideon/b. 1851/d. Oct. 7, 1916/age 65 years 3 months 21 days/ son of Thos. & ??? Gideon Russell/b. 1883/d. Feb. 6, 1913/age 30 years 1 month 9 days Ruby Mary/b. Mar 13, 1890/d. Mar 29, 1910/daughter of Gideon REA: Thomas J./1853-1935 Anna/1862-still living 1939/wife of Thomas J. REA: Abner/1850/d. Apr. 16, 1888 REA: See MITCHELL See MOLSTER See RUSSELL ROWELL: James/1805, Easttown, N.Y./d. 1897 (worked on Erie Canal) Sarah/no data/wife of James Charlotte/no data/wife of James Emily Jane/b. Mar. 25, 1828, Sheridan, N.Y./d. Oct. 28, 1903/ 3rd wife of James/daughter of Daniel & Jane Clark Alice/b. 1856/d. Sept. 28, 1934/age 60 years 9 months 11 days/ daughter of James & Emily Clark/1857-1874/son of James & Emily Lottie/1856-1864/daughter of James & Emily ROWELL: John/1775/d. Aug. 6, 1851/age 75 years Sarah/d. Mar. 9, 1864/age 71 years 7 months 28 days/wife of John Mark, Sr./b. Aug. 10, 1809/d. Oct. 9, 1897 Abigail (Goodwin)/b. 1815/d. Aug. 7, 1847/age 32 years 10 months 12 days/1st wife of Mark. Sr. Mary/d. July 15, 1846/age 1 year 8 months/daughter of Mark Sr. & Abigail Walden S./b. July 22, 1836, N.Y. State/d. Apr. 20, 1904/son of Mark Sr. Emaline/b. 1832/d. Jan. 18, 1861/age 30 years/2nd wife of Mark. Sr. Mark Jr./1856/d. about 1934 Emma E. (Williams)/b. Mar. 5, 1856, N.Y. State/d. Feb. 22, 1901/ wife of Mark Rowell, Jr. Emma/d. Mar. 6, 1896/age 41 years 10 months/daughter of Mark, Sr. & Emeline Rowell Juliette/d. Jan. 6, 1882/age 24 years 4 months 14 days/daughter of Mark, Sr. & Emeline Rowell Phila/b. Jan. 9, 1855/d. Mar. 9, 1924/daughter of Mark, Sr. & Emeline RUSSELL: Gideon/d. Sept. 29, 1890/age 66 years 7 months 10 days/son of Wm. & Clarissa Russell Barbara (Rea)/d. Oct. 31, 1876/age 40 years 9 months 20 days/wife of Gideon Russell/daughter of James & Barbara Rea Orrin/1852-1892/son Eunice Adella (Crouch)/b. Nov. 5, 1855/d. Mar. 3, 1936/wife of Orrin Russell/daughter of Rufus W. & Eunice (McMillan) Crouch SIMONDS: Chauncey/1823-1905 (Pioneer) Louisa (LeRoy)/b. Apr. 13, 1829/d. Mar 20, 1913/wife of Chauncey Simonds/ daughter of Wm. & Martha (Thistlewaite) LeRoy Eliza/1863/d. Sept. 29, 1864/age 10 months/daughter Ernest Allen/1867/d. Sept. 21, 1868/age 14 months 14 days William E./1851/d. Feb. 23, 1853/age 2 years 21 days/son SKINNER: George W./no other data/(possibly father) Lucinda (Nicholson)/1817/d. Apr. 12, 1849/age 32 years/wife of George W./ mother Chauncey H./b. Mar. 21, 1841/d. Mar. 14, 1903/Veteran 1861-65 Marker/son of George & Lucinda (Nicholson) Skinner/husband of Calista Skinner Daughter/no data SKINNER: Henry/b. June 22, 1781/d. Mar 29, 1850 E.M./b. 1818/d. Oct. 8, 1837/age 19 years/drowned in Pewaukee Lake SMITH: Charlie & Ella/ no data SNYDER: See FULLER SUTCLIFF: See Allen TAYLOR: See Allen TEURIA: No names/no data THISTLEWAITE: See LeROY See OVERBAUGH See SIMONDS WAKEMAN: Mary Ann/b. 1817/d. May 19, 1872/age 55 years 4 months 8 days/ wife of A. Wakeman WEBB: E.G./d. Nov. 3, 1854/age 6 months 19 days WESTOVER: Damon/b. Sept. 18, 1823/d. Jan. 24, 1915 Lena (Grenwis)/b. Dec. 18, 1827/d. Dec. 10, 1914/wife Minnie/1867-1921 Ruthella/1900-1902/daughter of L. & E. Westover WESTOVER: See MITCHELL WILLIAMS: See ROWELL