Strolling through the northeastern section (Section 9) of the Fulton Street Cemetery in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I came upon the following stone buried in the sod. Given the stone’s condition it had been this way for quite some time… neglected. Once the sod was removed and the stone washed, the inscription appeared, not having been read since at least the July 1929 Daughters of the American Revolution headstone reading.
HORACE B. SEYMOUR
Sept. 2, 1864
Aged 47 Yrs
The following clip appeared in Albert Baxter’s “History of the City of Grand Rapids” published in 1891. It reads:
“January 12, 1848, an association, in which Horace Seymour was a prominent and active worker, was organized in the township of Walker under the comprehensive title of “The Walker Agricultural Society of Kent County.” October 27, 1848, this society held a fair at the west end of the Bridge street bridge, at which premiums aggregating $31.75 were awarded. This display was an attractive one for those days. Addresses were delivered by the Rev. Joseph Penney and Dr. A. C. Westlake. At the next annual meeting the name was changed to “Grand River Valley Agricultural Society.” Its membership included residents on both sides of the river.”
The Walker land plat for both 1855 and 1863 shows a farm for H. Seymour in the northeastern quadrant of section 21 that is sold off on the 1873 plat.