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Trails Grove Cemetery - Greensboro Township

    The Trail's Grove Cemetery was the burial grounds for the William Trail family, A former slave who came to Henry county in 1833 after buying 160 acres of land in Greensboro township on 16 Apr 1832. He had four sons who served in the Civil War, two who gave their life to the cause of freedom. The first known burial was that of William Trail Sr. who died in 1858 in his seventy-fourth year of age. The last burial was in 1950 when Leora Trail, William Trail's granddaughter who had requested to be buried in the cemetery upon her death. In her will, executed in April, 1954, Leora Trail stated "It is my will and I hereby direct my executors to pay to the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (Now known as Tuskegee University.) Tuskegee, Alabama, all of the residue of my estate ($5,408.63) and I charge the Tuskegee Institute to take care of and keep in a respectable condition at all times a certain burial lot known as the "Trail's Graveyard", one-half mile east of the town of Shirley, Indiana. The Tuskegee Institute gladly accepted such a generous offer, but the cemetery has been forgotten about all of these years.

NameBornDiedOther Info
Dempsey, Infant No dateNo dateson of John F. & Martha
Dempsey, Ida Alice17 Oct 187211 Jan 18733m, 24d
Freeman, Alfred18451865on stone w/ Mary & Son
Freeman, Mary18121878Same stone w/Alfred & Son
Freeman, Inf. SonNo dateNo dateSame stone w/Mary & Alfred
Johnson, Bennie B,5y, 9m, 6d28 Apr 1878Son of W. & L.
Trail, Barzillai 18351917Mason's stone
Trail, David31y, 22d6 Apr 1869Mason's stone
Trail, Ginerva29y, 9m, 14d13 Aug 1890D. of B. & S. E.
Trail, Joseph26y, 25d31 Dec 1868S. of William & Sarah
Trail, Joseph J.15y, 7m, 9d2 Apr 1880S. of Joseph
Trail, Julia E.17y, 2m, 14d16 Nov 1885D. of B. & S. E.
Trail, Leora18671950D. of Barzillai & Susan
Trail, Sarah77y, 5m, 10d1 Nov 1877Wife of William
Trail, Susan E.18341905Wife of Barzillai
Trail, William74y, 6m16 Sep 1858Husband of Sarah
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