Macomb County
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Washington Cemetery

History Rests Here


The Washington Cemetery is located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Twenty-six Mile and Mound Roads in Washington Township, Macomb County, Michigan. This cemetery is the final resting place of many of the founders of the Washington area. Surnames such as Cannon, Andrus, Lockwood, Wilcox, Cooley, Miller, Widrig and Yates, to name but a few, can be found there.

That this relatively small area of land should be the final resting place of individuals who were direct descendants of Revolutionary War veterans, citizens who fought in the early wars of the United States, and an 18 year veteran of the British Army during the 1800's is fascinating in itself. In addition, a doctor and renowned botanist whose works are housed in a major Michigan university, an engineer for the Clinton/Kalamazoo canal and builder of the still standing Octagon House in Washington Township along with prominent area doctors, businessmen and community organizational leaders as well as founders of this area rest in this small cemetery within the boundaries of the township they helped establish.  

The information presented here has, as its fundamental documentation, a review of the records of the Washington South Burial Ground, beginning in 1841 and concluding in 1954 and the Sexton book for the years of 1896 and 1897. There is also a compiled reading of the cemetery which was created from several sources, including early readings, a current reading, death records and obituaries. Where available, obituaries, photographs, and death/burial records are also included in the book.


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