Chestnut Oak Cemetery
Grand Rivers Quadrangle
Turn off Highway 62 at Suwanee onto Highway 810, go to 3 mile marker, turn right on
travel a short distance to where the road forks bear to the left to the cemetery
Cemetery information and Photos submitted by Frank Hunter.
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These two photographs are views of the cemetery from the SW corner
looking up hill toward the
newer section that was donated by A. J. and Ida
Chandler Dycus. As you can see, there are a few
markers in the foreground, and the
markers become more dense as you move toward the parking area.
All information from the personal research of Frank Hunter.
The Lyon County Cemetery book indicates that the land for the cemetery was
donated by A. J. and Ida Dycus, but there are marked burials there that
precede their marriage. Some death certificates for people buried there state that
the cemetery was the Chandler family burying ground.
Examination of the cemetery show that there is an old section beginning at
a point furthest away from the current circular parking area that has few
markers compared to the amount of graves there, and that the graves near the
parking area are for the most part marked and much newer. Many of the markers
were obviously erected some time after the burial in the newer section. My own
research shows that there were many people of the "Bend of the River" area
buried there without markers. This was confirmed by many older residents who
remembered and were told as children of many other burials that have no
permanent markers. I have been told that these graves were at one time marked by
wooden markers or field stones. It would seem that this cemetery has
considerably more graves than are listed in the census I submitted, and that it was in
use during and some time prior to the Civil War for many of the residents of
the "Bend of the River" area aside from the Chandler Family.
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