*EARLY BURIALS MONUMENT (FRONT,  - Delaware County, Oklahoma |  *EARLY BURIALS MONUMENT (FRONT - Oklahoma Gravestone Photos


Oaks Cemetery
Delaware County,

New Springplace
"God's Acre"

The New Springplace mission was established by the Moravian Church in 1842. New Springplace was the second Moravian mission station in the Indian Territory after the forced removal of the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears from the East. The Moravians named the mission New Springplace after the original mission in Georgia. The mission buildings were on the hillside just north of this location. Brother Boas a Cherokee member of the Moravian Church was the first burial in the New Springplace graveyard. He died October 9 or 10, 1844 In a written letter to Salem, North Carolina, Rev David Z Smith tells of the death of Brother Boas. His remains were interred at a little distance behind the garden at Springplace where a site was selected by the Brn (Brethren) for a future burial ground. Moravians call their graveyard "God's Acre". Brother Aucustus G Fogle described the New Springplace graveyard in his travel diary for June 28 1854. There are 33 graves in a row, three of which are missionaries wives. Twenty-nine of those burials were recorded in the Moravian records. Those names and dates are on the reverse side of this memorial stone. An asterisk (*) preceding a name indicates that the person came on the forced removal of the Cherokees from the East. Erected in 2010 by Cherokee Moravian Historical Association, The Goingsnake District Heritage Association, and The Oklahoma Chapter Trail of Tears Association.

Contributed on 9/6/10 by nailgal123
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Record #: 22439

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Submitted: 9/6/10 • Approved: 9/7/10 • Last Updated: 11/20/12 • R22439-G0

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