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Little John Cemetery

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This  page of valuable Morris County Cemetery Transcription has been graciously provided to the KSGenWeb Digital Library for use by Laurel Litke Navinsky (navinsky@kansas.net).  This cemetery  was painstakingly searched and documented by Laurel Litke Navinsky of Randolph, Kansas.  This is an update to the "A Small Un-named Family Cemetery east of Council Grove" listed in this directory.

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This cemetery is located on private land SE of Council Grove where David, Fred, Kate and Carrae LITKE and the OHMS are buried.  It is the "Little John Cemetery."  This land was owned by Fred LITKE.  I have made a more complete and accurate cemetery listing.  My family and I went down and cleaned up the cemetery last spring (2000).  We scrubbed the stones and could then read them, except the ones that were in Cyrillic -(Ukrainian/Russian)., some of the head stones were homemade  There is only one that may be in German.  The small stones the John Sower mentions are individual plot markers.  I may be able to have the ones written in Cyrillic transcribed.

David & his wife, Justina (KUNTZ) LITKE and their children, Fred LITKE,  Mary Elizabeth (LITKE) JENKINS,  Florence May (LITKE) EITSON,  Minnie (LITKE) SCHAFFER,  Martin C. LITKE, and Elizabeth Pauline (LITKE) SCHULTZ arrived in New York, June 28, 1876 on the ship, 'The Wieland'.  Their eldest son and family, John and Anna (STEGMAN) LITKE arrived in New York, August 18, 1875 on the ship, 'The Cimbria'.

DIRECTIONS:
East from Council Grove on Highway 56 for 2.5 miles.  Turn south on to 500th Road, (the first right turn).  Travel approximately one mile south to the first left turn.  The gate to the cemetery is immediately after the turn.  This is private land and permission must be given by the owner to enter the property.  Follow the path across the draw and continue until you reach the end of the field.  Walk along the edge of the field, (east), 400 yds, at the end of the field turn left, (north) and walk another 100 yds to the entrance.  The entrance is on the south side of the cemetery.
Upon entering the cemetery, walking from the south to the north: 

Name Birth Death Age Notes/Inscription
STEEGE (LITKE), Lydia 1885 1972 daughter of Fred and Carrae (Caroline) OHM LITKE
STEEGE, Martin 1892 1934
OHM, Marie. 30 Aug 1842 22 Mar 1922 Mother of Carrae LITKE, Kate LITKE and Jakob OHM
OHM, Jacob 14 Sept 1838 24 Dec 1910 "Gone Home, Sleep on Beloved Sleep, and take rest"
Father of Carrae LITKE, Kate LITKE and Jakob OHM
OHM, Jakob 'Cyrillic writing' Son of Jacob and Marie OHM
CWL Thus the fairest, and the sweetest, flowers are the earliest gathered, home to him, who said suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not (CWL is listed as the 'No Name, and is the daughter of Fred and Carrae (Caroline) OHM LITKE).  I will find her name eventually.
LITKE, Carrae right side Cyrillic writing.  I know that Carrae was Caroline OHM LITKE, and I believe that Karalna was her baby. (1st wife of Fred, and daughter of Jacob and Marie OHM.)
LITKE, Karalna left side
LITKE, Mary M. 25 Nov 1897 (broken)  Daughter of Fred and Kate OHM LITKE
Next to Mary we found another small broken headstone that would be a baby's: DCH 12 9?  Ocftorvcn 25, 1 - November 189 - and the top part of a cross
LITKE, Fred 2 Aug 1858 3 July 1910 son of D. LITKE
Turn to the right (east), on the left side of the path is:
LITKE, Kate 23 Oct 1866 4 Sept 1924 2nd wife of Fred, sister to Carrae. daughter of Jacob and Marie OHM
On the right of the path is:
LITKE, Fred N. 14 April 1901 14 Dec 1916 Son of Fred & Kate LITKE
LITKE, D. 16 June 1891 aged 69y 6m 8d (David LITKE, father of Fred)
After D. LITKE, turn to the right (south), next is:
? 22 ? 1886, 27 ? Cyrillic - Reinhold JANZEN?  Cannot confirm this yet.
Mother, Justina JANZEN 25 Dec 1833 25 Nov 1918 aged 85y 11m 3w 4d Arrived in NY on Aug 18, 1875 with her family: husband, Reinhold, children: Heinrich, Marie, Justine, and Carl.  They arrived on the same ship as the OHMs and John and Anna LITKE, son of David LITKE.
KF & JH, sons of R & H BOSCH 16 Feb 1894 aged 6y More writing, but is to far into the ground.
REDDIG, Minnie 19 July 1899 aged 14y 7m 4d Leading Kindly Light, Daughter of H & Flora REDDIG.  A little time on earth she spent, Till God for her, His Angel sent

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Last update: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 22:46:41


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