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Section 8, Hammond Township, Polk County
(original location)

Graves moved 3 1/2 miles south to Zion Cemetery, Section 28, Hammond Township

The Hanna Cemetery has some of the oldest burials in Hammond Twp.  This is a family cemetery with Judson, Hanna and related families buried here.  In the 1896 Index Map of Polk County this part of Section 8 was owned by Ernest Hanna and W.N. Hanna and Jessie Hanna owned land in Section 9.

Other documents show that Jessie Hanna owned land in Section 8 before this date. In 1915 this land was owned by Lorenzo Hanna.   In 2004 the graves were moved 3 1/2 miles south to Zion Cemetery in Section 28.  Hanna Cemetery was moved to make way for a larger ditch that was to be dug right beside the cemetery.  Some information below is from the Polk County Historical Society. Photos of Hanna Cemetery were taken by Lee D. Arnold in 1980 and they show what this cemetery looked like at its original location. 

Thank you to Donna, Debbie and their families for preserving Hanna Cemetery's history, and a thank you so much to Ann, Donna, Debbie for submitting this information -- April 2005

Click on photos to see larger version, if available.


Hannah Cemetery, 2005 - Gravestones moved
to new location



Hannah Cemetery - Arnold Stanley Grave



Hanna Cemetery -
Eliza J. Hanna Headstone,
died March 15, 1881, aged 19 years



Hanna Cemetery - Judson Family Stone


Cemetery listing Submitted by Ann, Donna and Debbie and Families, April 2005



Birth Date

Death Date


Judson – Stone with the name Judson and a Masonic Emblem.      

Hanna, Eliza J. 

  Died March 15, 1881 Dau. of  T.C. &  J.R. Hanna, aged 19 yrs 3 mos 29 dys.  (Daughter of Thomas Cardwell and Jessie Ruth (Judson) Hanna.)
Hanna, Baby Arthur    Born January 24, 1896 Died March 10, 1898 son of W.N. & Mary Hanna, Safe in the arms of Jesus.  (Son of William Nathan and Mary Hanna, this tombstone has a lamb on top of it.)
Hanna, Arthur J.    Died February 8, 1884 Son of T.C. & J.R. Hanna, aged 10 yrs 11 mos 18 days.  (Son of Thomas Cardwell and Jessie Ruth (Judson) Hanna.)
Hanna, Thomas C.    Died October 15, 1881 51 years, 8 months and 14 days.  (A descendant of Thomas Cardwell Hanna adds “Thomas and Jessie Hanna and their children moved from Canada to Wabasha County in Eastern Minnesota in 1870.  In 1880 they moved to Section 8 of Hammond Township, Polk County, south and a bit west of Crookston, Minnesota.  They traveled in a covered wagon.  They farmed a quarter section of land, but Thomas died about a year and a half after they moved, so Jessie was left to raise their family ranging from 3-4 years old to 23 years old.  The older boys were still home and farmed the land for while.  Sons, Robert and Lorenzo Cardwell, never moved away and never married.  Lorenzo moved to Crookston in 1904 and purchased a feed mill which he owned and operated with his brother, Robert.  Allan Miller (Thomas’s grandson) farmed it and eventually bought the land after Lorenzo’s death.  After Allan’s death, the land became the property of his son, Keith Miller, who never farmed it but owned it for many years.”) 
Judson, Lorenzo H. Born December 12, 1841 Died April 28, 1902 (Lorenzo Hiram Judson, born Canada, brother of Jessie Ruth (Judson) Hanna.)
Judson, Nathan B.    Died November 25, 1881 72 years, 5 months, 24 days. (Nathan Baird Judson, born June 1, 1809, widower, born at Canada.)
Arnold, Stanley  Born December 1, 1905  Died April 14, 1906 Sleep on sweet babe, and take thy rest, God calls away when He thinks best. (Son of Willie Maurice Arnold and Maria Helen Arnold, 1915 Atlas shows a W.M. Arnold, Section 8, acres 480, Section 4, acres 320, wife Maria, children Morris, Ray and Bernice, 14 years in county.) (Another source suggests his name could be Stanley Harold Arnold, age 4 months, 14 days, born Hammond Twp., son of W.M. Arnold and Maria H. Hanna, died of pneumonia.)
Judson, Robert R.  Born December 20, 1872 Died October 20, 1895 age 24 years, 10 months. (Born December 20, 1872 at Missouri, parents L.H. Judson, died of Brights Disease.)
Judson, William L.  Born April 25, 1879 Died October 20, 1893 age 14 years, 6 months.  (Born at Missouri, parents L.H. Judson and Lizzie, died in railroad accident.)
Judson, Carl C.  Born September 20, 1883 May 12, 1884  

Schafer, Guy S.  

Born 1892 Died 1918  


Additional Information


These were impossible to identify due to time and/or lack of a tombstone -- from hand written records -- expect differences.

Twin girls, no name or dates, at one time there was a wooden frame around their graves.

May be from the Ulseth family.

Hanna, Jessie Ruth  Born April 12, 1836 - Died Jan 10, 1902, widow, age 65 years, 8 months, 28 days, born Canada, father Nathan B. Judson and Eliza Ritchie, died of heart trouble.

Arnold, Baby Boy  Died April 9, 1908, stillborn son of Willie Maurice and Maria Helen (Hanna) Arnold.

Ulseth, Baby Girl, Born and Died May 24, 1893, daughter of E.I. and Annie Ulseth, probably Even I. who is listed as living in Section 17 with wife Anna and children Grant, Louise, Ellen and Simon in the 1915 Farmers Directory.

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