Centreville Cemetery


Centreville, as Madison Village settlement was then called had it’s public cemetery on the corner of West Main and Eagle Streets. Gen. Abel Kimball, in his “General History of the Township” wrote in 1880 about the earlier proposed Commons Burial Ground. In the chapter about the Congregational Church he said, “It was thought to be unadapted to the purpose and an exchange was made, by the aforesaid owners in trust, [40 subscribers to the commons] conveying to Silas Newcomb this burial lot, and said Newcomb executing and conveying to them, Aug. 19, 1817, one-half acre and 28 rods of ground, ‘To be tenanted, improved and occupied and made use of as a burying ground or deposit for the dead, and may be occupied and made use of by all religious societies of the township of Madison.’ This lot was situated on the corner of West Main and Eagle Streets. In 1854 a cemetery association was formed which purchased the site of the present Village Cemetery, to which the bodies deposited in the former burying ground were removed.”

This property was much later owned by the Kibbe and Grabski families. The cemetery ran from Mr. Louis Grabski’s house at 15 Eagle Street, west about 1/4 mile behind the houses on Main Street. Gen. Kimball stated that the remains from this cemetery were moved to the Village Cemetery, which would now be Fairview Cemetery, but Mr. Grabski was told they were moved to Middle Ridge Cemetery. Mr. Grabski related that when the basement for his house was dug, remains were found.

In front of Mr. Grabski’s home at 15 Eagle Street was a sidewalk block in which had been written “The Old Centerville Cemetery Est. 1843.” The sidewalk was replaced in 2001.