Potter Cemetery - Ash Township, Monroe County, Michigan
Date: 21 June 2000
Cemetery Name: Potter Cemetery
Street: Near Swan Creek Rd. & Labo Rd
City: Ash Township
County: Monroe County
Land Type: Private
Number of graves: 200
Oldest grave: April 1847
Records: Don't Know
Friends of the Potter Cemetery Sue Donovan 30066 Marr Gibralter, Mi. 48173
It is 1.056 acres, on a sandy soil for good drainage. It is landlocked and had been abandoned and neglected for about 60 years.
There is no public access to Potter Cemetery. It is landlocked, surrounded by private property and worked farmland. Access had been allowed to members of Friends of Potter Cemetery Association on a once a month basis from May 1999-August 2000. Access was closed in September 2000.
The people who own the property adjacent to it, the township authorities, and one of the County Commissioners.
The "Friends" are a small group who had been making reasonably good progress to clean up the cemetery. Since the access was closed no physical work has been done in the cemetery. However, on Feb. 28, 2001 eight members of "Friends" were appointed by the court as Trustees of the Potter Cemetery Trust and now essentially own the cemetery. Negotiations between the group and property owners have been unsuccessful. The cemetery remains landlocked and once again is being overtaken by trees, animals, etc. New options to restore, maintain and preserve the cemetery are being looked at.
Friends of the Potter Cemetery Association Website
name: Robert H. Boudrie
name: Sue Donovan