Hicks Mill Cronktown Cemetery is located about 3 miles west of Kirkland on
Route 72, then 7/10 mile south on Irene Road in Section 28.
On January 24, 1862, Daniel Cronkhite and wife Phila D. Cronkhite deeded
one acre (part of the southweat quarter of the northwest quarter of
Section 28) intended as a public cemetery for $100.00 to Hicks Mills
Cemetery Company. The cemetery was surveyed by William Mack, under
the direction of Hicks Mills Cemetery Association in 1863. The
association trustees were Jacob Overocker President, William Mullin
Treasurer, Daniel Cronkhite, Isaac Drake, and William H. DeLavargne.
The 104 cemetery lots start in the northwest corner and run from north to
south, then south to north in 13 rows. Lots numbered 97 through 104
were set apart forever as Potters Field for burial of strangers and
indigents. The known veterans buried in the cemetery include: 7
Civil War, 1 service, 1 World War I, and 1 World War II. According
to Cemeteries of Franklin Township, "there are 12 negroes buried in
Potters Field along the East fence line, they were killed in a railroad
accident West of Kirkland years ago and each has a square stone marker,
flush to the ground and no names, one was the cook at the old hotel.
There are veterans buried here and an Indian warrior, but the place of
burial is not known."
The Franklin Township Cemetery Association oversees the three
cemeteries in Franklin Township: Hicks Mill Cemetery, Charter Oak
Cemetery of Cherry Valley Road, and Maple Cemetery in Kirkland.