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Nazareth Cemetery
Pleasant Twp, Lincoln County, South Dakota

T96N R50W Sec 8
Lat: 43°08'57"N, Lon: 96°45'59"W

Contributed by Brian Hass, Dec 21, 2001 [brian_m_hass@hotmail.com].
Total records = 149.

Nazareth Cemetery is located on the west side of Lincoln County's 472 Avenue ("Old 77"), about four and a half miles north of Beresford, South Dakota. The cemetery is half a mile north of Lincoln County's 293 Street. The cemetery occupies the southeast corner of the northeast quarter of section eight.

J. C. Larson donated half an acre from his eighty acre homestead as a gift to form the cemetery. The first burial was that of Caroline Hanson, the wife of Peter Hanson, in 1880. She was believed to have been in a wagon train and to have been buried at the site as they passed on through.

The Cemetery Association was organized on March 3, 1909. At the first meeting, it was decided that a forty-inch high wire fence with barbed wire on top would be placed around the cemetery. Each member of the Association originally paid five dollars per year. However, this was raised to one hundred dollars per year for perpetual care; so, interest could pay for the cemetery's upkeep.

In 1966, Martin and Dale Pedersen made and installed the Nazareth Cemetery sign. Originally, the sign was located over the gateway. However, the sign had to be moved between the two gates in 1983 to allow the grave digger easier access to the cemetery.

In 1970, additional land for the cemetery was purchased from the Klostergaards. Lots in the new addition varied in price and size, and included perpetual care. The north and west driveway was rearranged to allow for additional burial space, if needed.

The cemetery is surrounded by plowed fields on its south, west, and north sides. The eastern side of the cemetery faces the road and is marked by an attractive fence. Evergreen trees line the cemetery's western border; and, a new row of evergreens marks the northern border. A storage shed stands at the cemetery's southwest corner. There is a single entrance on the cemetery's east side; and, a single driveway down the cemetery's center. Nazareth Cemetery is well maintained. The cemetery appears to be about two-thirds filled, with unused areas at its western and northern sides.

The cemetery was surveyed by Brian M. Hass on October 18 and October 28 of 2001. The transcriptions obtained during these visits was compared against burial records; and, any discrepencies were noted and circled on a printout of the transcriptions. The cemetery was revisited for data verification on December 6, 2001. Rubbings of worn inscriptions on three markers were obtained on December 11, 2001.

The following sources were used as references for some historical information listed above.
1) 2001 Nazareth Cemetery Survey Notes by Brian Hass. This is a collection of hand-printed survey data and notes collected during visits to Nazareth Cemetery in 2001. The data includes names; dates and places of birth, marriage, and death; and, other data obtained from grave marker inscriptions. Special care was taken to insure that all names were transcribed accurately from the markers. This document includes corrections.
2) Nazareth burial records, compiled by the G. F. W. C. study clubs, 1989. This document lists names and some death dates of individuals buried at Nazareth Cemetery.
3) "Nazareth Cemetery," pg 79, Beresford_100_Years, published in 1983 by the "Beresford Republic" and the "Lennox Independent."
4) "The History of Nazareth Cemetery," 1989. This article on the Beresford Cemetery was written by the G. F. W. C. study clubs for the South Dakota state centennial. This article included burial records which listed names and years of death.
5) South_Dakota_Atlas_and_Gazetteer (first edition), page 71, published 1997 by DeLorme.

The following listing includes transcriptions of genealogical data from all visible grave markers. Information on possible unmarked graves was obtained from the second source.

- Brian Hass

Andersen, Andrew P., b. 1879, d. 1962, s/w Sofie K. Andersen
Andersen, Andrew, b. 1867, d. 1941, s/w Johanne Andersen
Andersen, Elsie, no dates, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Andersen, Johanne, b. 1860, d. 1936, s/w Andrew Andersen
Andersen, John A., d. 1948, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Andersen, Sofie K., b. 1884, d. 1960, s/w Andrew P. Andersen
Anderson, Andrew U., b. 1889, d. 1935, s/w Edyth Anderson
Anderson, Clara C., b. 1881, d. 1976, "Mother"
Anderson, Edyth, b. 1891, d. 1986, s/w Andrew U. Anderson
Anderson, Kirsten, b. 1847, d. 1928, s/w Ubbe Anderson
Anderson, Maria, b. 1887, d. 1930
Anderson, Mary A., b. 1921, d. 1922
Anderson, Ubbe, b. 1846, d. 1916, s/w Kirsten Anderson
Anersen, Ander, no dates, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Arends, Leonard W., b. 1962, d. 1981, "Son"
Armour, Clara T., b. 15 May 1883, d. 4 Jul 1954
Bjorkman, Chris, b. 1896, d. 1963
Borup, Christen, b. 1880, d. 1956
Borup, Maren, b. 1886, d. 1957
Christensen, Adolph, b. 21 Jul 1885, d. 17 Dec 1934, "Father"
Christensen, Gust, no dates, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Christensen, Ingeborg, b. 25 Jan 1885, d. 7 Feb 1955, "Mother"
Christensen, Julius, b. 13 Oct 1909, d. 24 Apr 1955, "Son"
Christensen, Marvel L., b. 29 Jun 1920, d. 9 Jan 1998, "Wife"
Christopherson, Chris, b. 3 Nov 1877, d. 5 May 1916
Daltorp, Elven Martinius, age 2 weeks, s/w Grant Colman and Emma Josephine Daltorp, worn marker.
Daltorp, Emma Josephine, d. Dec 1888, age 15y 10m, s/w Grant Colman and Elven Martinius Daltorp, worn marker.
Daltorp, Grant Colman, age 2 weeks, s/w Emma Josephine and Elven Martinius Daltorp, worn marker.
De Lay, Leone F., b. 1925, 1928, depiction of lamb
DeLay, Helen A., b. 1901, d. 1984
DeLay, Leo F., b. 1892, d. 1945
Ellefson, Arvin B., b. 20 Nov 1930, d. 31 Dec 1987, "Cpl US Army Korea"
Fredborg, Martin C., b. 1904, d. 1986, s/w Ella M. Fredborg
Haagensen, Caroline, no dates, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Haagensen, Eline Christine, d. 28 Apr 1890, age 28y 6m 27d, "Hustru Niels Haagensen," worn marker.
Hagensen, Niels, b. 1861, d. 1932
Hansen, Adolph G., b. 1874, d. 1960, s/w Matilda C. Hansen, m. 17 Dec 1902
Hansen, Caroline, b. 21 Jun 1847, d. 30 Aug 1880
Hansen, Christine, b. 23 May 1852, d. 23 Nov 1919
Hansen, Matilda C., b. 1879, d. 1967, s/w Adolph G. Hansen, m. 17 Dec 1902
Hansen, Peter, b. 1 Feb 1846, d. 2 Mar 1923
Henricksen, Albin R., b. 1909, d. 1968, "Son," s/w Henry C. and Laura M. Henricksen
Henricksen, Henry C., b. 1870, d. 1953, "Father," s/w Albin R. and Laura M. Henricksen
Henricksen, Laura M., b. 1875, d. 1973, "Mother," s/w Henry C. and Albin R. Henricksen
Holse, Harold, b. 1901, d. 1962, s/w Violet E. Holse
Holse, Violet E., b. 1903, d. 1977, s/w Harold Holse
Jensen, Amalie D., b. 1890, d. 1961, "Mother"
Jensen, August, b. 1888, d. 28 Jan 1930, "South Dakota Pvt U.S. Army,""Father"
Jensen, Elizabeth, b. 1891, d. 1966, "Mother"
Jensen, Ethel R., b. 1895, d. 1990, s/w Victor S. Jensen
Jensen, James W., b. 1888, d. 1988, "Father"
Jensen, Karen Sofie, b. 1864, d. 1950
Jensen, Karl, d. 30 Oct 1931, "Montana Pvt 320 Inf."
Jensen, Lauritz, b. 1864, d. 1922
Jensen, Stanley J., b. 1 Nov 1920, d. 11 Jan 1987
Jensen, Timan I., b. 1908, d. 1958, s/w Viola S. Jensen
Jensen, Victor S., b. 1900, d. 1976, s/w Ethel R. Jensen
Jensen, Walter A., b. 1886, d. 1887
Johnson, Aaron, b. 1895, d. 1931, "American Legion"
Johnson, Anna, b. 15 Jun 1854, d. 29 Oct 1946, s/w Hans Johnson
Johnson, Anna, b. 17 Oct 1878, d. 12 Feb 1964, "Mrs. J. Edw. 'Anna' Johnson"
Johnson, Bernard H., b. 1886, d. 1972, s/w Signie A. Johnson
Johnson, C. W., b. 18 Nov 1876, d. 10 Jan 1964
Johnson, Caroline J, b. 19 Aug 1858, d. 26 Feb 1891, "Wife of C. W. Johnson," s/w Rose and Herbert Johnson, marker is worn.
Johnson, Dora, no dates, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Johnson, Elmer V., b. 1908, d. 1954
Johnson, Hans, b. 22 Dec 1842, d. 31 Dec 1913, s/w Anna Johnson
Johnson, Herbert, b. 16 Aug 1889, d. 6 Feb 1895, s/w Rose and Caroline Johnson
Johnson, J. Edw., b. 4 Oct 1880, d. 11 Feb 1964
Johnson, James, b. 19 Oct 1851, d. 4 Jun 1926, "Father"
Johnson, Oline, b. 1875, d. 1961
Johnson, Olof O., b. 1877, d. 1938
Johnson, Ranghild, b. 7 Jul 1856, d. 18 Jun 1942, "Mother"
Johnson, Rose, b. 6 Oct 1883, d. 18 May 1900, s/w Herbert and Caroline Johnson
Johnson, Royal E., b. 27 Apr 1924, d. 18 Jul 1991, "PFC US Army World War II," s/w Delona M. Johnson, m. 27 Apr 1951
Johnson, Signie A., b. 1890, d. 1975, s/w Bernard H. Johnson
Johnson, Sophie, d. 1960, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Johnson, Thora Emelia, b. 1885, d. 1886, "Sister"
Johnson,, no dates, probably unmarked, records list as a baby, burial record data.
Jorgensen, Anna, b. 1876, d. 1954, s/w Carl Jorgensen
Jorgensen, Carl, b. 1890, d. 1978, s/w Anna Jorgensen
Jorgenson, John O., b. 1860, d. 1895, s/w Ole and Karen Larson, worn inscription.
Klostergaard, Hazel, b. 3 Jul 1900, d. 30 Sep 1985, s/w Martin Klostergaard
Klostergaard, James M., b. 1934, d. 1985, s/w Eleanor J. Klostergaard
Klostergaard, Martin, b. 22 Sep 1892, d. 1 Mar 1972, "South Dakota Pvt 310 Trench Mortar BN World War I," s/w Hazel Klostergaard
Klostergaard, Ramona, b. 1929, d. 1984
Klostergard, Christ, b. 1896, d. 1947
Larsen, Christiane, b. 16 Mar 1832, d. 7 Mar 1895, "Wife of Nels Larsen"
Larsen, Nels, d. 5 May 1891, age 69y 7m 18d
Larson, Alvin G., b. 1902, d. 1997, s/w Edna M. Larson, m. 14 Jan 1926
Larson, Edna M., b. 1902, d. 2001, s/w Alvin G. Larson, m. 14 Jan 1926
Larson, Frederick A., b. 1878, d. 1934, "Father"
Larson, Fredrick, b. 24 Dec 1862, d. 2 Jan 1922
Larson, Herman A., b. 1883, d. 1944
Larson, Jens C., b. 3 Jul 1848, d. 4 Apr 1922, "Father"
Larson, Karen M., b. 25 Sep 1847, d. 10 May 1919, "Mother"
Larson, Karen, b. 1823, d. 1904, "Wife of Ole Larson," s/w Ole Larson and John O. Jorgenson, worn inscription.
Larson, Marie C., b. 1885, d. 1960
Larson, Mary K., b. 1879, d. 1964, "Mother"
Larson, Ole, b. 1828, d. 1906, s/w Karen Larson and John O. Jorgenson, worn inscription.
Laustsen, Dagmar, b. 1895, d. 1988, "Mother"
Laustsen, Jean, b. 1926, d. 1947
Laustsen, Soren, b. 1886, d. 1969, "Father"
Maland, Ann, no dates, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Miller, Carl, b. 1906, d. 1987, s/w Mary E. Miller
Miller, Catherine E., d. 3 Jan 1947
Olsen, Clarence C., no dates listed
Olsen, Frederik, b. 15 Mar 1895, d. 3 Mar 1970, "South Dakota PFC CAS DET 1010 Demob Gp World War I"
Olsen, Kristene, b. 1865, d. 1943
Olsen, O. S., b. 1863, d. 1930
Olsen, Signe, b. 1899, d. 1983, "Mother"
Paulsen, Clara, b. 1897, d. 1982, s/w Nels J. Paulsen
Paulsen, Nels J., b. 1881, d. 1953, s/w Clara Paulsen
Paulsen, Viggo Frek, b. 20 Mar 1909, d. 14 Oct 1947, "South Dakota Tec 4 Trans Corps World War II," civilian marker lists year of death as 1946, military plaque lists surname as Poulsen.
Pedersen, C. Marie, b. 1889, d. 1950, s/w C. Martin Pedersen
Pedersen, C. Martin, b. 1890, d. 1960, s/w C. Marie Pedersen
Pedersen, Chris Lee, b. 4 Jul 1959, d. 8 Apr 1969, "Son," depiction of sleeping cat on back of marker.
Pedersen, Christina, d. 1942, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Pedersen, Dale M., b. 1927, d. 1994, "F2 US Navy World War II," s/w Joan A. Pedersen
Pedersen, Laura Lee, d. 1950, "Baby"
Pedersen, Theodore, d. 1950, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Petersen, Arthur William, b. 26 Oct 1893, d. 15 Aug 1909
Petersen, H. P., b. 1860, d. 1951, "Father"
Petersen, Sine, b. 1870, d. 1949, "Mother"
Peterson, Hans M., d. 1949, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Peterson, John, no dates, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Rasmussen, August C., b. 1875, d. 1960, s/w Martha A. Rasmussen, m. 21 Apr 1904
Rasmussen, C. Walter, b. 1874, d. 1922
Rasmussen, Christine E., b. 1892, d. 1983, s/w Edward A. Rasmussen
Rasmussen, Edward A., b. 1886, d. 1963, s/w Christine E. Rasmussen
Rasmussen, Helen L., b. 1918, d. 1988, "Sisters," s/w Marie H. Rasmussen
Rasmussen, James, b. 2 Dec 1843, d. 8 Oct 1891, "Father," s/w Marie Rasmussen
Rasmussen, Mae, b. 1880, d. 1944
Rasmussen, Margrete, b. 1848, d. 1928, "Mother"
Rasmussen, Marie H., b. 1908, d. 2000, "Sisters," s/w Helen L. Rasmussen
Rasmussen, Marie, b. 12 May 1844, d. 21 Jun 1920, "Mother," s/w James Rasmussen
Rasmussen, Martha A., b. 1883, d. 1971, s/w August C. Rasmussen, m. 21 Apr 1904
Rasmussen, Martin, b. 1885, d. 1960, "Son"
Rasmussen, Ole, b. 31 Dec 1897, d. 15 Oct 1918
Rasmussen, Peder, d. 1918, probably unmarked, burial record data.
Rasmussen, Peter, b. 1846, d. 1933, "Father"
Rasmussen, Peter, no dates, probably unmarked, one of two Peter Rasmussens in records, burial record data.
Robertson, Freda A., b. 26 May 1907, d. 3 Mar 1976, s/w George P. Robertson
Robertson, George P., b. 16 Apr 1908, d. 21 Apr 1979, "PFC US Army World War II," s/w Freda A. Robertson
Urquhart, Susan Marie, b. 1947, d. 1963
Wilson, Chris A., b. 1885, d. 1951, "Father"
Wilson, Louis E., b. 1894, d. 1944
Wilson, Mabel E., b. 1896, d. 1991
Wilson, Marie, b. 1891, d. 1959, "Mother"

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