Inaccuracies and Find A Grave

Find A Grave could be such an amazing tool for researchers, but the fact that millions of people make entries with absolutely no oversight makes it mostly a waste of time.

I find numerous errors on the site. Memorials posted to the wrong cemetery, incorrect information, etc. Most of the time you can get this corrected, but not always.

Then there is the issue of people just adding someone to a cemetery with nothing to support the claim they are actually buried there.

Case in point, Eliza A. Cox is listed as buried in Methodist Chapel Cemetery in Beech Grove, Indiana. There isn’t a headstone for her, or for anyone with that surname in the cemetery. The church originally associated with the cemetery ceased to exist in 1880 so it is unlikely that original records exist. So someone apparently decided that she is buried there. If there is some other record of this burial it should be shared on the memorial.

I find too many people on Find A Grave are more concerned with how many memorials they create, maintain or add pictures to instead of being concerned with accuracy.

So, use Find A Grave as only a hint. It can not be considered a quality source.

John M. Brumfield 1825-1855

John M. Brumfield was born circa 1825 and died 1 Feb 1855 in Marion Co., IN

John M. Brumfield
Feb. 1, 1855
30 Years

John M. Brumfield married Cynthia Mundy (1829-1885). They were married 6 Sep 1849 in Marion Co., IN. [View record] They had two children together, William A. Brumfield (1850-1888) and George Francis Brumfield (1853-1925).

John and Cynthia are found in the 1850 US Census in Perry Twp., Marion Co., IN
  Lines 40 and 41

Jane Bush 1815-1851

Jane Bush was born 5 Feb 1815 in Maryland and died 22 Jun 1851 in Marion Co., IN. She was the wife of Tunis D. Bush.

There are marriage records for about the same time for Tunis Bush. One to Jane Johnson and one to Jane Shannon. Other than the marriage record I find no other records for Jane Johnson. The records on Ancestry for Jane Johnson have no image available. My theory is that record is transcribed incorrectly for whatever reason and Jane Shannon the maiden name of the Jane Bush at Fowler-Mundy Cemetery.

At this time Jane’s marker has not been located. She is listed on various listings of the cemetery.

Fowler-Mundy Cemetery


Fowler-Mundy Cemetery is located in Perry Township, Marion County, Indiana about two blocks south of Southport Road at 7212 Wellwood Drive. It is in the center of Southern Dunes subdivision and is fenced. It is under the control of the Perry Township Trustee’s Office.


For decades this cemetery was in a wooded area surrounded by farm land. When the developer began construction of the surrounding subdivision local cemetery enthusiasts ensured it was not destroyed. It was fenced in with an 8 foot tall chain link fence. The gate is currently locked and the key is held at the Perry Township Trustee’s Office. In 2017 the trees and brush were cleared from the cemetery. In 2018 the two dozen or so head and foot stones will be restored by Stone Revival Historical Preservation.


Both Find A Grave and the Marion County Genealogical Society (MCGS) list 20 burials here. However, they are not the same 20 burials. Two on the MCGS web site were in the last half of the 20th Century, 1966 and 1996. Both of these burials (see below) were made at Holy Cross Cemetery. Also, a couple on the MCGS list are duplicate entries. A third listing found at lists only 15 names, all of which appear on Find A Grave or the MCGS listing.

About half of the stones are impossible to read due to biological growth covering the stone. These stones will be properly identified during the preservation project.

This listing is compiled from the three sources mentioned above.

Bell, Susannah 1782-1847
Brumfield, John M. 1825-1855
Bush, Jane 1815-1851
Custer, Elizabeth
Fowler, Asa
Fowler, James
Fowler, Lidia Margaret
Fowler, Robert
Fowler, Sarah (Robinson)
Hinkson, Samuel W.
Miles, James A.
Mundy, Henry Harrison
Mundy, Henry S.
Mundy, Henry W.
Mundy, Larkin
Mundy, Lydia
Mundy, Margaret
Mundy, Nancy W.
Mundy, Nelson H.
Tracy, Mary

In addition, the Marion County Genealogical Society lists the following names, however, both are buried at Holy Cross Cemetery in Indianapolis according to their death certificates:
Barton, Mary b. 1911 d. 1996 [Find A Grave Memorial]
Graves, James b. 1869 d. 1966 [Find A Grave Memorial]

External Resources for Fowler-Mundy Cemetery
On Find A Grave
On PerryTwp. Trustee web site 
On Marion County Genealogical Society web site
On US Gen Net
Castor Association of America Newsletter Pages 61-65 Rediscovering Elizabeth Custer




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