Cemeteries Walking Tour, Page 3, D. Penney, 2001

Royal Oak Cemetery, cont..........

Section F:

12. Brewster, Augustine Elliot, M.D. - Small dark pink monument near road. 1790-1877. Arrived in Royal Oak in 1845; opened his library to the public; his daughter serving as librarian. Brewster was the Postmaster 1846-49, 1857-59.

13. Bradley, Wakeman - No marker for Wakeman; large family monument and that of Beauclerc Bradley nearby. 1831-1917; early settler in Royal Oak. His son Jackson, had a blacksmith shop near the Starr Foundry at Main St. and 13 Mile Rd.

14. Parker, Asher Bull - Large black granite monument containing much family history. 1816-1908; born Sangerfield, NY, son of William Morse and Lydia G. Parker. He married Harriet Castle. He was on the committee in 1870, along with William Knowles, Alex Soults, J.S. Hutchins, and H.H. Ousterhouts chosen to raise $2,000 to build a new township hall. Parker invented the 'Michigan Plow', a small plow used to precede the larger one and break up the prairie sod.

15. Parker, Ralzemond A. - Small modern marker immediately next to road. 1843-1925; member of Company E, 17th Michigan Volunteer Infantry, during the Civil War. Son of Asher Bull Parker and Harriet Castle; attended MI State Normal College and the University of MI. Became a teacher in Royal Oak School District No. 6, at southwest corner of Main and Third Sts. He married Sarah Electa Drake, daughter of Flemon Drake, M.D.

Section G:

16. Ferguson, Erastus, Sr. - Tall slab, sandstone monument, fallen and broken. Died 1851. Came from Oneida Co., NY in 1822, settling on the southeast quarter of Section 9. He was the first man to drive a team of horses through to Saginaw - "the growth was so thick that they were compelled to cut their way as they proceeded". Discoverer of 15-16 Indian skeletons near the west branch of the Red Run.

Section K:

17. Parker, Ezra - Large light-colored boulder behind which lies his fallen slab monument. 1745-1842; born and lived in Wallingford, CT. He took part in the Revolutionary War at Lexington and at the Battle of Bunker Hill. He went as an orderly with Benedict Arnold to Quebec and was with him on the Plains of Abraham. Parker was also with General Stark at Bennington, VT and at Saratoga. He moved to Royal Oak Township with his son William M. Parker when he was 89 years old, on land just north of John Benjamin's, in Section 8. The old homestead stood until 1953, when the Northwood Shopping Center was built. Parker was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Ezra Parker DAR chapter is named for him.

18. Drake, Frank - Fallen slab monument in Drake family plot (recently stood upright). 1848-1864; son of Flemon and Electa Drake. The marker reads, "Enlisted in U.S. Navy, April, 1864, killed in action on Gun Boat Undine, U.S.N., Oct. 31, 1864, aged 16 yrs, 6 mos." (Civil War).

19. Drake, Elijah - With other Drakes in family plot at the bend of the center road. 1760-1848; born in Smithfield, PA, son of Samuel and Sarah Drake; married Abigail Stoddard. Elijah began as a private in Captain Benjamin Schooner's Company, serving 9 months in all in the Revolutionary War. He came to Royal Oak in 1841. His monument states, "A soldier of the American Revolution" "Erected by the Ezra Parker Chapter, D.A.R." Elijah Drake's son Flemon became a physician in Royal Oak.

20. Goodwin, Harriet - Weathered white sandstone marker facing Main St. Daughter of Cromwell and Irene Goodwin, died 1826, 17 years old. Oldest burial in Royal Oak Cemetery and the death of the first white person to occur in the township. Cromwell Goodwin was the first bricklayer in the township, settling on the southwest quarter of Section 4 in 1823. He brought with him a yoke of oxen and an ox-wagon, probably the first ox-team in the township.

21. Johnson, Moses - Tall sandstone marker, facing Main St. Born in Haddem, CT, died 1856, 54 years of age. Postmaster of Royal Oak 1841-42. With the coming of the railroad and the platting of the Village, activity moved from Chase's Corners south. Johnson conducted the Post Office from his home just north of where Clara Barton Jr. High School stood.

22. Henry L. Johnson - Very ornate, slab marker, which had fallen and sunk into the ground 4-5 inches and was more than half covered with sod. Died Dec. 17, 1854, aged 29 years.


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