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Delaware (At Linwood) Cemetery
Leavenworth County,

Here is the text of the statement inside of a glass stand near the front gate of the cemetery.

The Delaware Indian tribe originated in the State of Delaware and made peace with William Penn in 1682. Later a Treaty was made with the English government promising they would not be molested if they would live west of the Appalachian Mountains. They were eventually pushed back to Ohio, and then to Indiana and Illinois, across Missouri , and into eastern Kansas by 1829.

The original tribe numbered near 15,000 when in the east. Hardships of the journey were starvation and disease, reducing their number to near 1,000 by the time they reached Kansas. It was then reduced to 800, then grew to 1,160 people by 1867. Some of the tribe later settled in Oklahoma which still lists them as one of the tribes in their State.

Evidence of Delaware Indian history can be seen through community names. Tonganoxie was named after Chief Tonganoxie and Fall Leaf after Chief Fall Leaf. The Delawares smoked their peace pipe and had a saying , “We will have peace as long as the moon shall rise and set on the Kaw.

During the Civil War the Delawares were loyal to the Union Army and 107 of the 201 men between ages 18 and 45 volunteered for service in the Union Army and some of the braves fought in Custer’s Last Stand.

The first Eudora settlers came to build a community with schools, churches, businesses, and farms. Some early Eudora residents are buried In the north east corner of this cemetery, but there is not a record of their names. The Retsinger family deeded this plot of land as a burial ground for the Delaware Indians. Some Indians married with German settlers, and most of the names listed here are part Delaware.
Louie Koerner, Former Caretaker, Deceased 2003

The cemetery was restored in 2007 by the members of the Eudora Boy Scout Troup.

To submit corrections/additions contact Joseph Walker – Eudora, Kansas – Walker.Joseph@gmail.com or Kelley Sevitis – Tonganoxie, Kansas.

Contributed on 5/15/14 by JimNebraska99
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Submitted: 5/15/14 • Approved: 5/15/14 • Last Updated: 10/12/18 • R31665-G0-S3

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