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Old Mission Indian Cemetery
Hessel, Mackinac County, Michigan

Lat: 46° 00' 13"N, Lon: 84° 25' 15"W

Contributed by Sharon Kroner, Aug 28, 2008, last edited Jun 12, 2012 [sharonmok2@sbcglobal.net]. Total records = 42.

Hessel Michigan is located in Mackinac County in the Upper Peninsula on the shore of Lake Huron. The entrance to the cemetery is adjacent to the parking lot of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church located at 261 South Island View Road. The church is on the corner of Island View & Hessel Point Roads. From this intersection the cemetery is .1 mile going north on the east side of the road.

The Old Mission Cemetery is a historical burial ground for many Sault Ste Marie Chippewa Indian Tribal members and their families. The historic cemetery is maintained by the Native American Society for Historic Preservation (NASHP). The existing cemetery is near capacity, and the NASHP has decided to expand it to allow future burials. Donations to the expansion project can be made by sending them to the NASHP, Paul Yarnell Chairman, 27671 S. Reynolds Road, Stalwart, Michigan 49736.

There are 134 known graves, 90 are marked by a large white wooden cross without identification. One grave is marked with a wooden structure known as a "spirit house". If you know of someone buried in this cemetery please contact me and we will include their name in the listing below.

My husband and I walked and read this transcription of all existing and legible stones & markers, which we completed on Jul 29, 2008.

- Sharon Kroner

Ance, Agnes M, b. 1898, d. 1972, FH marker & white wooden cross
Andrews, Alice J, b. 1906, d. 1993, mother
Andrews, Anna E Nongueskwa, b. 1914, d. 1939, mother
Andrews, Cecelia L, b. 2 Feb 1910, d. 21 Mar 1981, mother
Andrews, Glen E, b. 1941, d. 1957
Andrews, James Martin, b. 21 Feb 1933, d. 6 Jan 2008, US Army, Korea
Andrews, Josephine, b. 1906, d. 1918
Andrews, Kenneth J, b. 27 Feb 1930, d. 17 Feb 1972, Michigan, PFC, US Army, Korea
Andrews, Micheal Jr, b. 1925, d. 1939, s/w Micheal Andrews Sr.
Andrews, Micheal Sr, b. 1900, d. 1943, s/w Micheal Andrews Jr.
Baker, Grace C, b. 1894, d. 1962
Baker, John E, b. 1929, d. 1962
Baker, Louise, b. 1916, d. 1940, mother
Baker, Michael P, b. 1890, d. 1967
Casey, John, d. 9 Sep 1900, s/o Wm & Ellen Casey, aged 14 yrs
Causley, John M Sr, b. 14 Mar 1928, d. 19 Mar 2002, PFC US Army, Korea
Causley, Lorraine Mary, b. 8 Jul 1931, d. 11 Aug 1996, mother
Eckart, Nina J, b. 1932, d. 1995
Henry, Laurel, b. 16 Apr 1918, d. 11 Jan 1998, father, s/w Mildred Andrews Henry
Henry, Mildred Andrews, b. 28 Apr 1924, d. blank, m. 15 Jun 1941, mother, s/w Laurel Henry
Landreville, Diane Kathleen, b. 27 Feb 1964, d. 20 Nov 1964, dau
Landreville, Kathleen, b. 1937, d. 1999, mother
Mandoskin, David J, b. 10 Sep 1924, d. 22 May 2004
Mandoskin, David, b. 1892, d. 1918, Co F, 78th US Inf
Mandoskin, Francis, b. 6 Jun 1912, d. 8 May 1919
Mandoskin, James J, b. 18 Mar 1893, d. 8 Feb 1965, Michigan, PFC, Co B, 77 Inf, WWI
Mandoskin, Mary E, b. 1922, d. 1950
Mondoskin, Vernon Francis, b. 1927, d. 2004, PVT US Army, WWII
Nongueskwa, Jane, b. 1879, d. 1941, mother, s/w John Nongueskwa
Nongueskwa, John, b. 1875, d. 1964, father, s/w Jane Nongueskwa
Payment, Gregory C, b. 24 May 1950, d. 23 Oct 2003, SGT US Marine Corps, Vietnam
Peaine, Geraldine, b. 21 Feb 1936, d. 05 May 2000, per family
Pierce, Dean A, b. 1932, d. 2006, PFC US Army
Pierce, James L, b. 10 Jul 1979, d. 15 Apr 1981
Pierce, Shiela R, b. 5 Sep 1965, d. 22 Nov 1965
Santigo, Antwine, d. 3 Mar 1912, age 66yr 8 mo 12da
Santigo, Frank, b. 1873, d. 1971
Shenoskey, Margaret R, b. 1910, d. 1962
Shenoskey, William J, b. 1911, d. 1966
Vallee, Agnes Boucher, b. 23 Jan 1873, d. 29 Jul 1930, d/o Touissant Boucher & Josephte LaFreniere
Wasagesic, William J, b. 16 Dec 1915, d. 26 Jun 1949, Michigan, PFC, 3001 OM Laundry Co, WWII
Windsor, Loretta Ann Henry, b. 13 Oct 1960, d. 16 Nov 2007, dau, sister, wife, mother

??,??, base of tombstone only
Baker, C, name only on white wooden cross
Santigo, ??, name only on tombstone
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