Nelson Cemetery
Renner, Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Cemetery: Nelson Children Cemetery
Sign: No
Street: S.E. part of Section 5 Mapleton Township - a mile south of Morefield
City: Approximately 2 miles northwest of present day Renner
Township: Mapleton
County: Minnehaha
State: South Dakota
Nation: United States of America
Zip: 57055
lat_ns: N
long_ew: W
Status: Abandoned
Size: Small
Directions: Cemetery located on old Tidemann place, NE corner of old Andrew Dalemoe homestead and in 1927 the property was owned by Jonas C. Johnson
Type: Road-private
Location: Rural
Terrain: Level
Watersource: No
Features: Unknown - weeds, wild grass - ?
Property: Private
Access: Inaccessible
Enclosure: None
Gate: None
Established: January 4, 1880
Gravestones: One statue with inscription
Oldest: January 4, 1880
Newest: January 10, 1880
Removed: Unknown
Relocated: No
Repairs: No
Methods: Other
Restoration: No
Association: No
Records: Unsure
Inventory: No
Landscaping: No
Paths: No
Trees: No
Crypts: No
Fencing: Unsure
Brickwork: No
Ironwork: Unsure
Sculpture: Unsure
Fountains: No
Roads: No
Buildings: No
Cement: Unsure
Granite: Unsure
Marble: Unsure
Native: Unsure
Slate: Unsure
Others: Unsure
Wood: Unsure
Materials: Unsure
Architectural: Unsure
Angels: Unsure
Draperies: Unsure
Fraternal: Unsure
Hands: Unsure
Lambs: Unsure
Monograms: Unsure
Plants: Unsure
Photos: Unsure
Religious: Unsure
Scrollwork: Unsure
Urns: Unsure
Carvings: Unsure
Condition: Cemetery destroyed
Unmarked: Unsure
Broken: Yes
Toppled: Yes
Disintegrating: Yes
Buried: Unsure
Weather: Yes
Pollution: Unknown
Vandalized: No
Report: No
Overgrowth1: Problem-Access
Overgrowth2: Graves-Disturbing
Overgrowth3: Gravestones-Disturbing
Overgrowth4: Gravestones-Damaging
GroundCover: Yes
Drainage: Problem-Seasonal
Owner: Unknown
Use: Agricultural
Bordering: Agricultural
Change: Same
Reason: Agriculture
Visited: Rarely
Archeology: Unknown
Habitat: Unknown
Contacted: Through genealogy research, I have just recently located living relatives living in Minnehaha County, SD and none of them know exactly where the cemetery is now.

Surnames: Nelson


From what I understand the cemetery has had 80 to 100 or even more years of neglect, with farming and vegetation growth and it's location isn't even visible any more. I was told that the single head stone may have toppled over many many years ago and is most likely burried beneath the soil somewhere. What I want is for this cemetery to be located and preserved in the name of my ancestors who are burried there.


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Name: Donald Nelson
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Date: June 22, 2003