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Four Mile

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FOUR MILE CEMETERY

This cemetery is located behind Four Mile Lutheran Church on State Road 90. Some of the information for this cemetery was taken from the church records and do not have a marked headstone but burial in this cemetery has been confirmed. The information for this cemetery was considered complete in 1990 at the time of the last survey. This cemetery is made up of mostly Norwegian/Americans. The oldest listed grave is that of Johan Heinrich Staach with listed birth year of 1815 and death year of 1846.

Additional information:
written by Betty Ann Gunderson Vowell Freeman; transcribed by B. Miller, 1999



Four Mile Prairie, is a community cemetery, but “Four Milers” take great pride in it. The cemetery is owned by Four Mile Lutheran Church, according to Martin Jenson, in his book, “Four Mile”. The cemetery has graves that date back to 1848. There is a deed from Elise Warenskjold, (pronounced Vanshaw) for two acres of land, more or less, to be used for a “grave yard” and to “build a place of worship”. This deed was negotiated in 1879. People, of record, were buried there in 1848 so I do not know why the land was not deeded until 1879.

Elise Warenskjold came to Texas from Norway in 1847, and to Four Mile in 1848.

In recent years, to enlarge the cemetery, Victor E. Wattner, a descendant of Fred and Lula Wattner, deeded one acre of land in the W. T. Brewer Survey to Douglas Norman in exchange for one acre of land joining the cemetery on the north side. This was done in memory of Fred and Lula Wattner. The deeds are recorded in the records of Van Zandt County at Canton Texas.

The Fourth of July Celebration used to be held for a “grave yard working”. The ladies prepared food and later in the day there were games, singing, contests and speech making. In later years a church service was added to the celebration and this custom continues today. A special offering is taken that day for the upkeep of the cemetery. A Perpetual Care Fund was started several years back by the Wattner descendants, Mary Kay Davis, and others. No money, however, has been used from this fund so far. Monies collected on July 4tand money received from memorials has paid for the upkeep. In July 1970, $1,000.00 was received from the will of R. W. Reierson. This is in a separate Perpetual Fund and some of the interest has been used for upkeep of the cemetery. Bo Bo and Nettie Gunderson Oldfield were caretakers for many years and then Robert and Kathryn Norman Nanning took the job when Bo Bo and Nettie had to give it up.

There are many unmarked graves in the cemetery and the record book “Four Mile Lutheran Church July 4, 1964", by Dorothy E. Albertson, says there are many Americans and strangers buried at Four Mile with all the Norwegians. There are many babies buried at Four Mile and records were the mother and infant would both die and sometimes be buried together. Parents and other baptized the babies, conducted funeral services, with the committal held over until a pastor could come. Together they sang, confessed their faith, offered prayers, instructed the young, and read the sermons. They did not take it upon themselves to officiate at the Lord’s Supper.

During the Civil War, a pastor from the Norwegian Synod up north came to Four Mile and had a number of committal services in the cemetery. Funerals are recorded as far back as 1849 in the old record book. The record book is in Norwegian and in very poor condition, but Martin Jenson and his wife, Valborg, translated the book into English, and Dorothy Albertson made mimeograph books of 98 pages, and these were available on the 4th of July 1964. Copies are now in the Dallas Library, Clifton Museum, American Lutheran Archives and other places.

Four Miler Cemetery is one of the cleanest and well kept cemeteries in the state of Texas. The cemetery committee includes Howard Jones, A. G. Norman, Cranfill Paschall, Leon Hamilton and Charlie Wattner.

(Transcriber’s note: This information was included in Book 4 Van Zandt County Texas Cemeteries that was published in 1995)



Surname First Name Birth Death
AANENSON ANTON 1858 1916
AANENSON KIRSTON OLSEN 1813 1899
AANENSON ROBERT EDWARD 1886 1886
AANENSON STEPHEN OTO 1879 1881
AANENSON STIAN 1800 1873
AANENSON-KNUDSON MENA 1856 1929
ALBERTSON ELLING 1841 1865
ANDERSON ANETTE 8 MO 1889
ANDERSON ARTHUR LEE NONE 1899
ANDERSON CHILDREN NONE NONE
ANDERSON ELBERT L. 1876 1963
ANDERSON ELLEN M. 1887 1971
ANDERSON FRED 1914 1986
ANDERSON GEORGE 1907 1967
ANDERSON HELEN 4 YRS 1889
ANDERSON INFANT 1861 1861
ANDERSON INFANT NONE NONE
ANDERSON J. V. A. NONE NONE
ANDERSON JOHAN OTTO 8 MO NONE
ANDERSON MARTHA A. 1813 1882
ANDERSON MINA AMELIA 1855 1865
ANDERSON OWEN 1916 1989
ANDERSON ROY 1905 1907
ANDERSON RUBY 1919 1920
ANTHONY OLAUS NONE 1881
ASLAKEN Lt. CARL OLE NONE 1862
BACHE ERIC 1801 1867
BACHE INFANT 1861 1861
BOYD-OLSON-BRUNDAGE ALMA 1897 1968
BRUNSTAND JOHAN OLSEN 1816 1852
BRUNSTAND MARGRETE 1842 1852
BUNCH GUY C. 1897 1962
BURTON TRUE V. 1888 1933
BURTON-MARTIN MATTIE V. 1893 1980
CABINESS JAMES MONROE 1861 1936
CABINESS ROBERT G. NONE 1941
CABINESS-LEE LULA VIRGINIA 1870 1938
CABINESS-WISE-SAPP EDNA BERNICE 1902 1951
CAPPS-CHILDRESS NANCY C. 1846 1920
CARPENTER CALLIE D. 1882 1963
CARSON J. P. 1864 1892
CHILDRESS R. N. 1859 1902
CHRISTOPHER-WEEDIN ELIZABETH 1851 1935
CLARK EMUL JAMES 1905 1939
CLARK LOU NONE 1980
CLARK NANCYJANE 1873 1956
CLARK VAN RICHARD 1901 1972
COKER CANIEL P. "DAN" 1871 1940
COKER CHARLIE 1870 1920
COKER EVA LENA 1879 1957
COKER JENNIE 1884 1885
COKER JOES W. "JOE" 1886 1983
COKER NANNIE ANN 1890 1979
COKER VORDIE AUGUSTUS 1912 1916
DANIEL DORA MAE 1907 1988
DANIEL Z. 1897 1938
DAVIS V. O. "BILL" 1910 1980
DAVIS-BURTON MARY KAY 1915 1988
EASTWOLD ELLEN OLENA 1834 1909
EASTWOLD INFANT 1902 1902
EASTWOLD OLAVA SOPHIE 1863 1902
EASTWOLD OMOND 1855 1932
ENGELHAUD JOHAN ENGEBRETSEN NONE 1851
FLADELAND E. BACHE NONE NONE
FLADELAND OLE KNUDSON 1823 1865
FOSS HELENE 1852 1853
FOSS JOHANNES OLSEN 1813 1852
FOSS MARTIN 1849 1861
FRETWELL-COKER-LUCE LuVINA 1853 1909
GILBERT ALICE C. 1862 1882
GILBERT CLARENCE 1891 1892
GILBERT J T. 1872 1896
GILBERT WILLIE 1879 1881
GILBERT-LINDBURG CATHERINE ELISE 1835 1869
GILL WILLIAM EMMITT 1924 1973
GILL-BARNES SHIRLEY ANN 1937 NONE
GORDON EMMA M. 1903 1989
GORDON JAMES S. 1878 1963
GROGAARD ANNA MARIE 1827 1878
GUNDERSON MARTIN 1858 1936
GUNDERSON OSCAR E. 1902 1902
GUNDERSON-PEDERSON MARIE PAULINE "MARY" 1861 1940
HAAGESTOL INFANT NONE 1885
HAAGESTOL OLA EVENSEN 1816 1868
HALL VIOLA 1884 1956
HALL WILLIAM HARRIS 1866 1942
HALVORSEN ELLIS NONE 1859
HALVORSEN JENS 1802 1859
HALVORSEN JOHAN 1844 1863
HALVORSEN OLE BARTHOLD 1862 1862
HAMILTON ANSEL NEWTON 1889 1959
HAMILTON JENNIE ETHEL 1883 1971
HAMILTON TOM G. 1885 1986
HAMILTON WILLIAM MARCUS "MARK" 1892 1969
HAMILTON-MJAALAND AURELIA SERENE 1892 1965
HANSDATTER BERTE 1785 1852
HANSEN VICTOR NONE 1871
HARRIS CHARLIE 1871 1922
HASTEDT CHARLIE C. 1890 1955
HASTEDT-CARNIE-MARTIN-KELLER ETHEL 1895 1964
HAZELTON INFANT B&D 1898
HOY AMANDA 1812 1888
HOY E. E. 1871 1946
HOY HERSCHEL H. 1873 1892
HOY M. L. NONE 1901
HOY MATTIE M. 1841 1902
HOY W. S. 1814 1877
HURST STEPHEN 1944 1944
JENSEN INFANT NONE NONE
JENSEN MARTIN T. 1902 1989
JENSEN-TILLER VALBORG NONE 1989
JOHAN THORVALD 1870 2 WEEKS
JOHANNESEN JOHN LUDVIG 1863 1864
JOHANNESEN NETTA JOSEPHINE 1861 1866
JOHNSON ANE 1847 1866
JOHNSON GURO 1850 1866
JONES ARA E. 1911 1989
JONES D. G. 1852 1927
JONES WILLIAM B. 1897 1982
JONES-MARTIN CLARA E. 1901 1959
JORDAHL A. G. OSTEN 1837 1902
KELLER KNUD LYNE 1885 1939
KILGORE INFANT 1905 1905
KNUDSEN AANEN 1825 1906
KNUDSEN ALMER 1873 1932
KNUDSEN ASBORG 1849 1867
KNUDSEN CLARA AMELIA 1861 1881
KNUDSEN ELEN GURINE 1854 1877
KNUDSEN GUNHILD ? 1825 1902
KNUDSEN KARL THOBIAS 1867 1867
KNUDSEN KNUD ANDREAS 1851 1868
KNUDSEN KNUD S. NONE NONE
KNUDSEN OLA 1822 1863
KNUDSEN OLE AUGUST 1863 1863
KNUDSEN OLINE SOPHIE 1859 1862
KNUDSEN TALLAK 1823 1852
KNUDSEN-SKJEFSTED MATHEA 1834 1906
KNUDSEN-SMALL JULIE 1859 1896
LINDBERG CLEMENS 1802 1862
LISME TWINS NONE NONE
LONG DAVID M. 1903 1954
LONG J. C. 1920 1920
LONG LULA E. 1879 1952
LONG ROY D. 1911 1955
LONG SILAS F. 1874 1940
LOSKE-LITTLEMAN  DELORES M. 1928 2000
LUCE JAMES M. 1881 1904
LUCE M. D. 1820 1883
LUMLEY BILLY RAY 1962 1988
MARTIN BESSIE M. 1898 1900
MARTIN CHARLIE 1899 1953
MARTIN CONNIE O. 1890 1948
MARTIN GEORGE L. 1888 1947
MARTIN GEORGE WILLIAM 1856 1929
MARTIN INFANT 1892 1892
MARTIN INFANT 1895 1895
MARTIN LUCILLE M. 1917 1983
MARTIN MARY FRANCIS 1861 1926
MARTIN MYRTLE IRENE 1887 1900
MARTIN OSCAR R. 1911 1986
MARTIN THOMAS J. 1885 1885
MARTIN-TAYLOR ANNIE 1896 1936
McCLUSKY CLARA 1862 1876
McKAY OTHO 1891 1958
McKAY SADIE NONE NONE
McKEE HASSEL E. 1918 1918
McNEELY JOHN F. 1879 1936
MEINERS EDWARD DAVID "EDDIE" 1943 1984
MITCHELL GILBERT ORAN 1887 1965
MITCHELL OLGA OLIVIA 1889 1986
MJAALAND EVEN OSCAR OLAUS 1858 1861
MJAALAND EVEN THOBIAS 1852 1853
MJAALAND OLE EVENSON 1820 1867
MJAALAND OLIVER 1898 1898
MJAALAND OSCAR EVENSON O. 1864 1907
MOLLESTAD JOHAN NONE 1851
MOQUINO L. LOUISE 1915 1983
MOQUINO WILLIE G. 1911 1989
NEILSEN ANDERS 1803 1870
NEILSEN ELISE MARIE 1874 1875
NEILSEN EVEN 1829 1874
NEILSEN GUNJORD 1801 1868
NEILSEN PETITE 18?? 18??
NEILSEN/NELSON-HASTVET MARGET N. 1826 1852
NEILSEN-NELSON ELSIE MARIE 1874 1875
NYSTUL INFANT 1865 1865
NYSTUL INFANT 1866 1866
NYSTUL MARTE 1828 1867
NYSTUL MARTINUS 1860 1867
NYSTUL OLE 18?? 1867
NYSTUL OSCAR 1858 1866
NYSTUL/NYSTOL-ANDERSEN EMILIE NONE 1863
OLSEN EDWARD OLORUS 1872 1880
OLSEN INGEBORG 1814 1869
OLSEN JENS OTTO 1877 1877
OLSEN KIRSTI 1840 1863
OLSEN MINA MARRIE 1879 1879
OLSEN OLE 1830 1904
OLSEN OLE 1842 1913
OLSEN OLE 1874 1938
OLSEN OLINE SERINE 1853 1868
OLSEN-ANDERSON OLENA 1848 1931
OLSEN-JONES GEORGIA 1880 1959
OMLAND OSMUND JOHNSEN 1805 1864
ORBEDK CLARA JACOBINE 1854 1857
ORBEDK OLE JOHAN 1821 1877
PAGE MATTHEW B. 1913 1983
PASCHALL ELMER 1879 1942
PASCHALL LONNIE 1886 1921
PASCHALL-AANENSON GENA 1889 1958
PASCHALL-RICHMAN ETHEL J. 1891 1964
PATE FLOYD C. 1883 1883
PAULSON JOHN 1846 1852
PEARSON AUGUSTA 1869 1890
PEARSON BETTIE S. 1869 1902
PEARSON INFANTS NONE NONE
PEARSON LENA 1880 1884
PEARSON PETER 1823 1890
PEARSON-SPIKES CLAUD L. 1864 1892
PEDERSEN LARS 1835 1871
PETERS FERDINAND 1863 1863
PETERSON HELEN PETRINE 1880 1885
PIERSEN TORBOR MARIE 1851 1853
PREMEAUX-WATTNER ZEMMA 1915 1988
QUESTED-PEDERSON ANNE NONE 1852
REED ELLEN E. 1881 1956
REED JESSE B. 1870 1945
REED NANCY N. 1906 1958
REED ROY A. 1905 1923
REED SAM 1897 1984
REED, JR. EDWARD MARION 1928 1929
REED, SR. EDWARD MARION NONE NONE
REED-WYCHE SUSIE 1897 1962
REIERSON GUSTAV ANDREAS NONE NONE
REIERSON JEPHINE NONE NONE
REIERSON JOHAN REINERT 1810 1864
REIERSON KIRSTEN G. 1790 1860
REIERSON-ORBECK OLENA 1829 1919
REIERSON-WALDT HENRIETTA CHRISTIANA 1818 1851
RICHMAN GEORGE NEWTON 1852 1934
RICHMAN-CHILDRESS MARY LOUVENIA 1857 1946
RINGNESS INFANT NONE NONE
RINGNESS MARTE B. NONE NONE
ROHNE FRODE B. NONE 1862
RUSSEL JOSEPH 1870 1870
RUSTEDALEN THARALD OLSEN 1807 1866
SAPP-CABINESS-WISE EDNA BERNICE 1902 1951
SAUNDERS-REED MARY ANN 1911 1981
SKJEFSTED ARNE SORENSON 1801 1866
SKJEFSTED EMILIE 1843 1863
SKJOLDEN OTTO WILHELM 1879 1885
SKJOLDEN SOREN TINIUS 1898 1898
SMITH INFANT 1928 1928
STAACH JOHAN HEINRICH 1815 1846
STANHISER CHARLES WHITAKER 1872 1872
STANHISER EMMA REGINE 1842 1875
STANHISER LORENTZ 1841 1873
SYVERTSON-SECLIA-WATTNER NORA E. 1824 1893
TAYLOR-MARTIN ANNIE 1896 1936
TEAGUE JAMES CLAUDE 1922 1985
THORBJORNSEN GUNHILD MARIE 1804 1865
TINSLEY IRA THOMAS 1904 1973
TINSLEY-OLSON HATTIE 1899 1981
TOUMI KARLO E. 1922 1982
VARNER HOMER NONE 1989
VAUGHN-JETT REBECCA DENISE "BECKY" 1962 1989
VEEHOUSE JORGEN ANDERSEN NONE 1852
WALKER JOE 1897 1949
WARD-MITCHELL WILLIE LOUISE 1919 1941
WARENSKJOLD FLOREN NONE NONE
WARENSKJOLD FLORENCE MAUD "MARIE" 1875 1875
WARENSKJOLD THORVALD AUGUST 1872 1872
WARENSKJOLD THORVALD AUGUST 1858 1866
WARENSKJOLD WILHELM 1823 1866
WARENSKJOLD-VANSHAW LOUISE ELIZ 1876 1877
WARNER E. AUGUSTA 1900 1911
WATTNER ADOLPH SAMUEL 1836 1911
WATTNER ALFRED DALTON 1912 1973
WATTNER BETHA 1875 1880
WATTNER CARL OLAF 1912 1912
WATTNER CONSTANCE PAULINE 1885 1919
WATTNER GERALDIN 1926 1986
WATTNER GEROGE ADOLPH 1904 1904
WATTNER HANS A. EMIL NONE NONE
WATTNER HANS ARNE EMIL 1875 1880
WATTNER IDA MARIE 1912 1977
WATTNER INFANT 1937 1937
WATTNER INFANT 1908 1908
WATTNER INFANT 1910 1910
WATTNER KARL ALFRED 1869 1940
WATTNER OTILDE FREDRIKKE ELIZ. 1835 1913
WATTNER OTTO FREDIRICK IMMANUEL 1873 1951
WATTNER OTTO SAMUEL 1909 1987
WATTNER SYLVIA MAE 1919 1989
WATTNER THORVALD 1867 1919
WATTNER WILLIAM B. 1913 1914
WATTNER-RICHMAN ALICE 1887 1972
WATTNER-RICHMAN LULA ADELIA 1882 1965
WEEDIN BESSIE 1894 1960
WEEDIN EDWARD 1895 1927
WEEDIN ELLIS CLEVELAND 1885 1949
WEEDIN INFANT 1923 1923
WEEDIN J. T. 1836 1901
WEEDIN RAYMOND DOUGLAS 1921 1962
WEEDIN ROBERT 1913 1913
WEEDIN SARAH A. 1861 1876
WEEDIN WILL W. 1887 1947
WEEDIN-GUNDERSON RASLIA ANTIONETTE 1892 1951
WILSON CARL WILHELM 5 WEEKS 1871
WILSON JOHAN THORVALD 2 WEEKS 1870
WISE ALBERT B. 1871 1935
WISE ANDREW F. 1892 1962
WISE ANNIE 1870 1927
WISE BLANCHE 1906 1989
WISE CHARLIE RLEE 1905 1976
WISE CHRISTINE BURL 1893 1965
WISE L. D. 1928 1929
WISE LORENE SANDS 1897 1919
WISE SPENCER LINCOLN 1908 1955
WISE-CABINESS EDNA BERNICE 1902 1951
WISE-DECKER ANN 1908 1989
WISE-MARTIN-AYERS EXA 1897 1986
WYCHE ANDREW ANTON "TONY" 1899 1968
WYCHE AUGUSTUS NONE NONE
WYCHE BILLIE H. 1915 1969
WYCHE EMMA IRENE 1921 2002
WYCHE JIM WATT 1871 1922
WYCHE KATTIE MAGRETTE 1876 1915
WYCHE MARY MIGJON NONE NONE
WYCHE THOMAS J. 1907 1933



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