Droney Pasture Cemetery

Chaffee County, Colorado

Researched by June Shaputis

Copyright (c) 1987 by June Shaputis from book CHAFFEE COUNTY, COLORADO, BURIALS.
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Droney Pasture Cemetery is off County Road 140 one and one‑half miles southwest of the Fairview Cemetery on private property. (Section 2, Township 49 North, Range 8 East, N. M. P. M.)

The first person known to have died in Chaffee County was James MAXWELL.  He and about fifty to sixty others were buried at the DRONEY ‑ HOLLENBECK Ranch.  A broken headstone dated 16 November 1870 indicates that MAXWELL was not moved in the 1880's when the area became too wet for irrigation.  It is told that pioneer families gathered, had a picnic, and moved the bodies to higher ground above Poncha Springs.  Some were moved later to other sites.

The cemetery was abandoned by 1883.  No records were kept of the burials.

 Mrs. Mary Sue FRANCIS,  Star Route, Box 159, Howard, Colorado 81233,  has submitted the following information about the cemetery:

   "... Not much left there, only two stones .... There are still a number of large holes where the bodies have been removed. Our older daughter remembers seeing maybe half a dozen stones about 10 (ca 1970) years ago.  My mother‑in‑law says Dr. Wendell HUTCHINSON came out with a group some years ago and they may have taken the others."

Headstones remaining in the cemetery as of March, 1983:

MAXWELL, James W. -  d. 21 Nov 1870;  Aged 63 yrs, 5 mos, 21 dys  "Though lost to sight, to memory dear." See:  UNDER THE ANGEL OF SHAVANO)

SMITH, Jno. W. died 28 Nov 1880 Aged 50 yrs, 11 mos, 20 dys (Mountain Mail,4 Dec 1880: John William SMITH died in Salida on Sunday from typhoid fever, burial at the Poncha Springs burying ground.)


I will be happy to add any information or make corrections regarding these individuals.  Submitters must allow me to use their contact information with the new information they provide. Sources that I used to find information are listed.


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