As no record of the burials at Kneeland has been located, the  information currently available concerning the names of those buried at Kneeland are based solely on headstone information and the archives at the Diocese of LaCrosse.

The archives records show selected  individuals who were buried at "the Catholic Cemetery in the Garvey Settlement". The name of the deceased is required to located the record at the archives as there is no comprehensive listing of all the Kneeland burials at the archives.

In 1999, a representative of the GenWeb organization transcribed information from headstones that were visible then. That listing appears to be the earliest transcribing of the headstone information.

Family names of marked burials at Kneeland include...Brady ; Crowley ; Donahue ; Flanagan ; Kneeland ; Lennahan ; Mathews ; Mullaney ; Peasley ; Smith.

Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) has shown there are "unmarked graves". Family names of "unmarked" burials are currently unknown.

Newspaper accounts of the time, write that when St.Patrick Cemetery was opened in 1874, some graves were moved from Kneeland Cemetery to St. Patrick Cemetery in Seneca. No definition of "moved" is recorded. No comprehensive listing of "moved" graves has been located.


The headstones are a "window to the historic past" of the Seneca/Eastmand, Stueben areas and Crawford County. The burials at Kneelard are those of some of the first settlers of the area.

There are aproximately 20 headstones that are visible at Kneeland. Some of the stones are "family" stones that have multiple burial names representing approximately 27 individual burials.  

Unfortunately, no record has been located of the burials at Kneeland leaving the headstones as the only record of the burials there.

Some of the information on the remaining headstones is challenging to decipher as many of the stones are in very poor condition or in pieces, some faded due to age and weather, mold and mildew, some broken by age as well some broken by the using of the cemetery, at a point in the distant past (per long time  neighboring residents), as a hog enclosure pasture and rabbit hunting area.

All indications are that over the years headstones have been moved and gathered into a headstone pile.

Research has determined there are also "unmarked" graves, no headstones.  Missing headstones can be due to a variety of reasons including, but not limited to, headstone may have been wood, vandalism, no headstone ever placed, weathering, deterioration, theft, re-purposing, movement to another cemetery, headstones made of soft stone, etc.

Many of the headstones remaining were made of stone other than granite which would account for some of the missing or very deteriorated headstones.

The only remaining headstones are at the far northern end of the 3 acre cemetery.  

No headstones are visible on the  2 1/2 acres between the site of the original "little frame church St. Peter" and the remaining stones at the far north end.  Research in the 2 1/2 acre area has been made more challenging by the results of past highway work on "E" and the addition of berms to help deter errosion onto "E".

The headstones that remain help tell the stories of the early pioneers and pioneer families of Crawford County. Many of the stones are those of early Irish pioneers.  Those stones have information as to the birthplace in Ireland of the burials.

The sources of the stone and the headstone/monument stoneworkers who made the stones for Kneeland Cemetery and the early days of St pactrick Cemetery are unknown.

 Based on newspaper advertisements and articles  of the time, the monument sources included (photo copies of these ads are in the galleray section):

-Viroqua Marbel Works  Viroqua, WI

-John H. Grindell & Lynch  Platteville, WI.

-E. Ray

-Franklin Marbel works  Galena, IL.

-Homrich and Lehner  Lancaster, WI. and Galena, IL.

-Lancaster Marble Yard  Lancaster, WI.

-Monfort Marble Works  Monfort, WI

-Northeastern Iowa Memorial  Monona, IA











SURNAME                GIVEN NAME              BORN         DIED

BRADY                    THOMAS                       ?                JAN. 23, 1869

CROWLEY              EDWARD                       ?                APRIL 13, 1865                 age 1, 22days, son of E. and E

CROWLEY              ELIZABETH                   ?               AUGUST 10, 1862            age 5 mo., 10 days, dau.of P. and H.

CROWLEY              HANORA                       ?               DECEMBER 9, 1865         age 35 years, wife of P.

CROWLEY             JOHN                          1868           AUGUST 29, 1868             age 7 mo. son of P.and H.

CROWLEY             JOSEPH                      1865           JANUARY 12, 1866            age ? , 21 days, son of M. and J.

CROWLEY             MARY                          1807           DECEMBER 23, 1862         age 55 years, wife of Patrick

(nee Keefe)

DONAHUE            CATHERINE               1822           OCTOBER 4, 1862               born County Kerry, Ireland, wife of Cornelius

FLANAGAN           AGNES                        ?               JANUARY 5, 1874                 age 7 days

FLANAGAN           CATHERINE                ?               JANUARY 3, 1879                wife of John        

FLANAGAN          JOHN                           ?               DECEMBER 25, 1886           age 53 years, 6 mos. native of Clare, Ireland

FLANAGAN         JOHN                           ?                APRIL 10, 1874                     age 15 years, son of John and Catherine

FLANAGAN         PATRICK                      ?                MAY 2, 1869                        age 10 mos. son of J. and C.


KNEELAND         CATHERINE                 ?                DECEMBER 15, 1862           age 1 year

KNEELAND         MARY E.                     1862          DECEMBER 15, 1862            age 1 year

LENNAHAN       JAMES                          ?               MARCH 16, 1871                    age 65 years, native of Ireland

MATHEWS         ANDREW                   1808           JULY 20, 1872                       age 64 years

MULLANEY       CATHERINE               1821             1871

????                    ????                            ?                 DECEMEBER 10, 1868          age 10-12 or 19 years (???)

MULLANEY        MICHAEL                  ?                 APRIL 18. 1863                      age ? years, 3 mos., 13 days son of L.and R.

PEASLEY           JAMES                       ?                  MAY 6, 1870

PEASLEY          MICHAEL                   ?                  MAY 22, 1878                       age 42 years

PEASLEY         PATRICK                     ?                  AUGUST 9, 1872

SMITH              ANN                           ?                  OCTOBER 9, 1875                 age 13 years, 4 mos.

SMITH             BRIDGETT              1837               FEBRUARY 14, 1882             age 45 years, wife of Richard

SMITH            MARY                         ?                   MARCH 17, 1870                    age 2 years

SMITH           RICHARD                1819               OCTOBER 2, 1884                   age 65 years





Walter Butler Palmer (1906)


Your tombstone stands among the the rest

Neglected and alone

The name and date chiseled out

On polished marble stone

It reaches out to all who care

It is too late to mourn

You did not know that I exist

You died and I was born

Yet each of us are cells of you

In flesh, in blood and bone

Our blood contracts and beats a pulse

Entirely not our own

Dear Ancestor, the place you filled

One hundred years ago

Spreads out among the ones you left

Who would have loved you so

I wonder if you lived and loved

I wonder if you knew

That someday I would find this spot and come to visit you



Today we walked where others walked
On a lonely, windswept hill;
Today we talked where other cried
For Loved Ones whose lives are stilled.

Today our hearts were touched
By graves of tiny babies;
Snatched from the arms of loving kin,
In the heartbreak of the ages.

Today we saw where the grandparents lay
In the last sleep of their time;
Lying under the trees and clouds -
Their beds kissed by the sun and wind.

Today we wondered about an unmarked spot;
Who lies beneath this hollowed ground?
Was it a babe, child, young or old?
No indication could be found.

Today we saw where Mom and Dad lay.
We had been here once before
On a day we'd all like to forget,
But will remember forever more.

Today we recorded for kith and kin
The graves of ancestors past;
To be preserved for generations hence,
A record we hope will last.

Cherish it, my friend; preserve it, my friend,
For stones sometimes crumble to dust
And generations of folks yet to come
Will be grateful for your trust.