Soldiers/Veterans at Warren Union Cemetery

There are an unknown number of soldiers/veterans at Warren Union Cemetery. Wes Arnold's book "Our Veterans" lists over 1000 veterans or soldiers from the Warren/Center Line area. Probably between twenty to thirty are buried at Warren Union Cemetery.

Research is ongoing. See total list at bottom of page

The Warren Union Cemetery is located between the Red Run River and Chicago Road East of Ryan Road. Pioneer farmer Peter Gillette sold a parcel of land in 1845 to eighteen families for a burial ground. The Warren Union Cemetery Association was organized in 1852 to maintain the 2 1/4 acres. It is the second oldest cemetery in the city of Warren. The Warren Union Cemetery has 325 graves that date from the 19th Century. (This did not count those not marked with a stone) Note more recent studies indicate perhaps nearly 500 graves date from 19 Century plus nearly 500 buried or sprinkled after 1900.
Historian Wesley Arnold has indexed all of the older stones and photographed them. high quality images. These are available at cost on CD.His listing of graves is available in the book Pioneer Cemeteries in Warren Township by Wesley E Arnold also donated to the local libraries. Note As soon as enough funds are gathered for copying and binding a newer 2011 edition will be available. This is a non profit effort. Feel free to contact at daniel@macombhistory.us

The St Clement Cemetery is located on Engleman West of Van Dyke. It is the biggest of our area's pioneer cemeteries the first known recorded burial was March 27, 1854. It is possible that there were a few before that date. Over 800 burials date from the nineteenth century and over 1,500 burials prior to1943. See historian Wesley Arnold's CD of Warren-Center Line Records which has pictures and indexes of all of the old grave stones in both Warren's Union Cemetery and St Clement's Cemetery. These two cemeteries hold most of the remains of the pioneers of Warren.


War of the Revolution and War of 1812

There are two men related to our city of Warren involved in these wars. Neither of which is actually buried here. But at least deserve mention. First it is not only the men but the men's family that should be recognized as they did not live in a vacuum.

Abel and Sarah Warren Pioneers (Thanks to Brandon and Challis Warren)
Abel Warren was a pioneer Christian circuit preacher and war hero who became particularly beloved to the early pioneers and was held in very high esteem so much so that the area near the future village of Warren was called Abe’s circuit or Warren’s circuit. The area was later named Aba Township and on March 26, 1839 it was renamed Warren Township.
“I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith.” Thus reads the stone of the pioneer Christian preacher and war hero who married more of Warren’s pioneers and spoke at more of their burials than any other person. He was Rev Abel Warren born August 3, 1789 and died Sept 5, 1862. His great grandfather came across on the Mayflower. His Grandfather Gideon Warren was a Lieutenant in the French and Indian Wars, joining in 1748. “He was one of Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys” in Vermont. He became a Colonel of the 5th Vermont Regiment in the Revolutionary War. He was wounded in the battle of Ticonderoga.
Abel Warren enlisted and served his country as a soldier in 1812 holding the rank of Sergeant. He was seriously wounded and taken prisoner at the battle of Queens town Heights. Having near death experiences in the war and as a British prisoner made him aware of the value of life. He became a Christian in 1817 and joined the Methodist church. In 1824 he and his wife Sarah became some of the first pioneers in Macomb County settling just north of Warren. He became a deacon and later an elder in the church and was the first man to preach in Macomb County, and “no doubt preached at more funerals and married more couples than any other man in the county of Macomb, as when well he was always ready at a moment’s call for either, frequently leaving the hayfield and going ten or fifteen miles to attend a funeral”, on foot as horses in those days were very scarce. “As a pioneer local preacher, he was abundant in labors, traveling on foot at times twenty-four miles on the Sabbath and preaching three times, and that after a hard week’s work on the farm, and preaching as regularly as any stationed, preacher, and spending most of the winters in special revival work, in Macomb, St Clair and Oakland Counties, in which hundreds were converted, thus helping to lay the basis on which rests the magnificent, moral and social superstructure of this beautiful region of country.” “He was genial and sympathetic, could weep with those that wept, or rejoice and smile with the cheerful and happy, and thus was a welcome guest, either at the wedding festival, and the sick-bed or funeral obsequies. He had nine children, four sons and five daughters.” Two of his sons entered the ministry a third has an important position in the church. Abel Warren had settled in Macomb County even before Warren Township was settled. The area was all wilderness and abounded in wildlife. While pausing in the woods for a moment of prayer and some local wolves started howling so he held prayer meeting with them. “One Sabbath evening, while passing through the woods over an Indian trail, he saw just ahead of him a huge bear. The animal seemed inclined to dispute the right of way; without apparent fear, the traveler picked up a stick, saying, ‘If you be good, I will, but otherwise we will try titles.’ The bear stepped aside and the Elder pushed forward on his journey.” From the History of Macomb County. Leeson 1882 p 739.
“The first or second sermon ever delivered in Lapeer County was preached by 'old Father Abel Warren,' as he was familiarly called. Mr. Warren belonged to the M. E. Church and was the pioneer preacher of a large track of wilderness, embracing this and several adjoining counties. He must have been a man of many sterling qualities of brain and heart, judging from the success of his heroic labors and the affectionate remembrance in which he is still held by the surviving pioneers.” History of Lapeer County p 33.
“Rev Abel Warren, of precious memory, was the first minister to find his way to this town, and probably preached the first sermon in town. For several years did this noble veteran of the cross visit the people of the town from his home some twenty miles away in the town of Washington. It is safe to say that no minister since that time has had the love and esteem of this people more than did this faithful and devoted man. In the year 1855 he was preacher in charge on the circuit, which was nearly the last of his ministerial labors. He has long since passed to his reward, and his memory is precious with those who knew him.” History of Lapeer County p 101.
Historian George Fuller in his book Historic Michigan states that Rev Abel Warren settled in Shelby in the summer of 1824 and lived there for thirty nine years. “Being a local preacher, he made his own appointments, and was at liberty to respond to any call he might receive, where the people desired his services, and such was the demand for them that there was hardly a settlement in eastern Michigan where he was not called at times to preach, either on the Sabbath, or at the funeral of some departed friend. I doubt that if there has ever been another minister in Michigan so universally respected and beloved by all classes, and people of all creeds, as was Abel Warren, during the thirty-nine years of his life work in Michigan.” He was the first man licensed to preach in the State of Michigan. History of Macomb County Leeson 1882.
Rev Abel Warren was a circuit rider who traveled around Macomb County preaching the story of Jesus, marrying many pioneers, speaking at many pioneer funerals and helping to start several churches. He became known as Elder Warren. His warm personality made him many friends. He ministered to the spiritual needs of Warren’s early settlers. (from Leeson's History of Macomb County-1882) It is believed he was instrumental in the formation of the first Methodist church of Warren in which his son was one of the earliest temporary pastors. (Went on to pastor other churches) This was the first church of any denomination formed in Warren. The circuit riding or walking pastor met with pioneers in their lonely cabins and not only brought guidance in manners and morals but also often news. Sometimes he may have brought books. Of course he performed marriages, spoke at funerals and baptized believers. It is no wonder he was held in very high esteem by the early pioneers.

A hero of Bunker Hill Joseph Warren who never set foot in our area and was not even known to our pioneers who lived here. Joseph Warren had died 64 years earlier. Joseph Warren was born in Roxbury, Mass. 11 June, 1741; died in Charlestown, Mass., 17 June, 1775 in the battle of The Battle of Bunker Hill in the United States Revolutionary War for Independence. On 18 April, observing the movements of the British troops, Dr. Warren dispatched William Dawes, and Paul Revere to sound the alarm to the American people. He was chosen as president Provincial congress, and thus became chief executive officer of Massachusetts under this provisional government. On 14 June he was chosen second major-general of tile Massachusetts forces. On the 16th he presided over the Provincial congress. The next day upon hearing that the British troops had landed at Charlestown, he rode over to Bunker Hill. As he was rallying the militia, he was struck in the head by a musket-ball and instantly killed.

Prior to Civil War

KINGSCOTT, JOHN W was listed as a soldier in the 1850 US Census

Civil War Veterans at Warren Union Cemetery Warren Michigan

Much of this research was done by Mr and Mrs Allen

BENSON, IRA F He also had two brothers that fought in the Civil War

Berger Nicholas Born Nov 6, 1840 (Ger) Enlisted in Company G 52d Pennsylvania Infantry July 9, 1963. Mustered July 9, 1863. Mustered out Sept 1, 1863. Location not stated. There was a 52 Pennsylvania unit that served for a 3 year period. There was also a militia unit designated the 52 Penn Infantry which was organized on July 9, 1863 and was mustered out as a unit on Sept 1, 1963. It was the militia unit in which this veteran served.

Cole William L Burn March 1840 (NY) Enlisted in 23 Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery, Nov 23, 1861 at Niagara County NY for 3 years at age 22. Mustered Nov 25, 1861. Re-enlisted Jan 1, 1864. Mustered out July 14, 1865 at Fort Porter, Buffalo, NY. According to special veteran census of 1890, this veteran suffered from diarrhea as a result of service in war. In addition this veteran's soldiers home record indicated that he suffered from some level of deafness also. This veteran died in the Soldiers Home, Grand Rapids, MI. D 1927.

Cook John N Born Aug 14, 1823 (Ger) Enlisted in company G 14th MI Infantry, March 26, 1864 at Sterling, for 3 years, age 40. Mustered March 26, 1864. Wounded in action at Jonesboro, Georgia, Sept 1, 1864. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps. Discharged on Surgeon's certificate of disability at Indianapolis, Indiana, June 16, 1865 from Company F 17th regiment, Veteran Reserve Corps. Widow Margaret filed request 9/8/1892. Record lists this veteran's surname as Cook or Koch.
The pensioner's roll of 1883 lists a wound on the left hand. D Aug 20, 1892.

Crawford James M Born Nov 30, 1824 (NY). Enlisted in company I 8th MI Cavalry April 10, 1863 st Sterling MI, for 3 years, at age 38. Mustered April 23, 1863, Transferred fo Company F July 20, 1865. Mustered out at Nashville Tenn Sept 22, 1865. According to special veteran census 1890 he suffered from rheumatism and heart disease as result of the war. D Jan 31, 1912.

Eckstein Frederick Born July 3, 1810 (Saxony) Enlisted in Battery H 1st MI Light Artillery Oct 21, 1861 at Detroit for 3 years at age 44. Mustered Dec 24, 1861. Discharged for disability at New Madrid, MO Aug 1862. Widow Mary filed request 1/28/1891. Record of service lists his surname as Extine. The pension of record is under surname of Eckstein. Pension record also indicates service in Co A 2nd Veteran Reserve Corps. D Nov 12, 1890.

Gamble Benjamin C Born Jan 15, 1843 (Eng) Enlisted in Company H 2nd MI Cavalry Sept 15, 1861 at Warren for 3 years at age 19. Mustered Oct 2, 1961. Discharged for disability (gun shot wound in right leg) at Detroit MI Jan 15, 1864. Widow Isabella filed request 2/23/1900. Guardian Isabella Trudell filed request 10/5/1903. D Feb 6, 1900.

HEIPLE, JACOB

Hoard Levi Born June 24, 1807 (NY). Enlisted in Company L, 8th MI Cavalry, as wagoner, Feb 28, 1863 at Chesterfield for 3 years at age 44. Mustered April 23, 1863. Discharged on surgeon's certificate for disability at Camp Nelson, Kentucky, Aug 4, 1864. This veteran probably shaded the truth when enlisting. From birth date, as indicated by his cemetery headstone, he would have actually been about 52 or so when enlisting. In addition the 1960 federal census lists him as being born about 1808 and lists his age as 52. D Jan 20, 1888.

JACOB, CHARLES

Lorenz Ernst Born June 27, 1832 (Ger). Enlisted in Company H, 2nd MI Cavalry, as Corporal, Sept 3, 1861 at Erin, for 3 years at age 28. Mustered Oct 2, 1861. Promoted Sergeant March 1, 1862. Discharged at expiration of term of service at Nashville, Tenn Oct 22, 1864. Record of service list him as Lorenze, Ernest. D March 22. 1912.

Pereira Manuel J Born Jan 20, 1843. (OH). Enlisted in Company L 8th MI Cavalry as Corporal Feb 28, 1863, at Lenox for 3 years at age 19. Mustered April 23, 1863. Transferred to Invalid Corps Jan 15, 1864. discharged at Indianapolis Indiana Aug 1865 from Company G 17th Regiment Veteran Reserve Corps. According to veteran census 1890, this veteran suffered from having right ear injured. D May 2,1919.

Tatro Francis Born about 1843 (MI). Enlisted in company H 2nd MI Cavalry, Sept 3, 1861 at Warren for 3 years age 18. Mustered Oct 2, 1861. Transferred to Veteran Reserve Corps April 10, 1864. Widow Loretta filed request 12/3/1883. According to pensioners roll of 1883 he was wounded in left hand as a result of the war. D Oct 19,1883.

Civil War Soldiers/Veterans that were from Warren but we don't know whether their remains are buried here.

COOLEY, OSCAR

GAMBLE, CHARLES

HALSEY, SILAS

HARTMAN, JOHN

KIDD, CHARLES

METRO, JOSEPH

MOOR, WM

OPFER, FREDERICK

SMITH, JOHN

STANLEY, JAMES

Van Fleet Theodore F. Born June 23, 1842 (Pruss). Enlisted in company A, 22d MI Infantry Aug 11, 1862 at Pontiac for 3 years at age 20. Mustered Aug 14, 1862. Taken prisoner at Chickamauga, Georgia Sept 20, 1863. Died while a prisoner of war Sept 18, 1864. Pension request filed by father 9/17/1879. D 1864 Researchers state Considering where this veteran died, the headstone for this veteran may be a memorial headstone.

World War I

ABBEY, OTTO J

BLONDEEL, KAMIEL

JANNUS, ROGER

REID, NEIL W

STEVENS, ORMAL

THIMIAN, EDWARD

World War Two

ALEXANDER, HUGH

MISTOPOLOUS PETER C BRONZE STAR

STEVENS, MERRILL

REDDICK, LLOYD F

Vietnam

One veteran will be here when he dies.

Total List

Veterans with actual proof of being buried at Warren Union Cemetery
NONE except WWII vets who have funeral home verification

Veterans with a family marker with their name on it and possibly buried here
BENSON, IRA F
BERGER, NICHOLAS
COLE, WILLIAM L
COOK, JOHN N
CRAWFORD, JAMES
ECKSTEIN, FREDERICK
GAMBLE, BENJAMIN
HEIPLE, JACOB
HOARD, LEVI
JACOB, CHARLES
KINGSCOTT, JOHN W
LORENZ, ERNST
PEREIRA, MANUEL J
TATRO, FRANCIS
WWI
ABBEY, OTTO J
GRIMMS, EDWARD
REID, NEIL W
STEVENS, ORMAL
THIMIAN, EDWARD
WWII
ALEXANDER, HUGH
REDDICK, LLOYD F
STEVENS, MERRILL
PETER MISTOPOLOUS W/ A BRONZE STAR

Veterans with a marker but not interred here
VANFLEET,THEODORE
Veterans without a present marker those buried in France
at lease one unknown veteran from previous readings of this cemetery

Warren veterans with likelihood of having been buried here but need more verification
GAMBLE, CHARLES
SMITH, JOHN
STANLEY, JAMES
KIDD, CHARLES
HALSEY, SILAS
METRO, JOSEPH
COOLEY, OSCAR
MOOR, WM
HARTMAN, JOHN
UNKNOWNS such as Simon ?woodie?
Benson Brother