Ault Cemetery Association Records, 1902-1993
Scope and Contents
The Ault cemetery lies on South Turkey Creek in Jefferson County, Colorado. It was also known as the Medlen Cemetery, due to its location near the site of the Medlen School and Post Office in South Turkey Creek, the South Turkey Creek Cemetery, and possibly Reed Cemetery. The cemetery contains the remains of approximately 80 people, mostly former residents of Bradford Precinct and vicinity. The Ault Cemetery Association records consist of a name index to burials, the association's incorporation documents, its deed, a minute and record book, burial permits, newspaper clippings, a cemetery plot map and a list of burials taking place from 1888 to 1990. The minute and record book of "The Ault Cemetery Company," as it is titled, is a wealth of information about the people who lived in the area and their efforts to maintain the local cemetery. It also contains a list of the family of Andrew J. Ault.
- Record Keeping: 1902-1993
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Biographical / Historical
The Ault Cemetery, named for the Andrew J. Ault family, lies six miles south and west of Morrison, Colorado, on an acre of land covered with mountain grasses and flowers in season. Most of its graves lie peacefully under towering ponderosa pines. In the southwest corner is a large wooden sign which reads Ault Cemetery, made and installed by Glenn Vining, who now lies buried near the sign. The first burial was Tressie Freeman, born July 2, 1861, died 1888. Tressie was the oldest daughter of Andrew J. Ault.
The Ault family came to Colorado from Wisconsin in 1881. Frederick Ault (the oldest son) filed for a homestead October 1, 1887 on land in Township 6 South, Range 70 West. Because there was a need for a community cemetery, Frederick Ault deeded land to the newly incorporated Ault Cemetery Association in 1903. Members of the first Board were Charles A. Rider, William M. Maple and James H. Pierce. According to the minute and record book of the association, in June, 1954, members of the Board identified and numbered the graves. The graves have also been indexed by the Foothills Genealogical Society and are listed on their website.
At least 10 of the Ault family and relatives are buried in the cemetery, but anyone could be buried there. No one was ever refused. One grave belongs to Maggie Crow, the mail carrier of the early South Turkey Creek route. Maggie's husband William Crow is also buried there. Corrine Cummins, who lived adjacent to the cemetery, kept the minutes in the 1960s and cared for the cemetery until the late 1970s when her eyesight began to fail. Her last entry in the minute book, dated April 20, 1977, states "It is with regret that I am unable to care for the cemetery (sic). I have loved doing it. I have enjoyed going up and tucking my beloved old friends in and I hope the care and love that I have for the old timers will continue."
The Homestead subdivision surrounds the cemetery now on three sides.
History note borrowed from essay written by Jeanne Brooks in 1981 in the book Mountain Memories: From Coffee Pot Hill to Medlen Town (edited by Betty Moynihan and Helen E. Waters), and an article published in Historically Jeffco magazine in May, 1980.
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Found in microfilm/microfiche cabinet in 2010. No documentation was ever found. Copies were printed from the microfiche when access to a microfiche reader was available.
- Ault Cemetery Association -- Colorado -- Certificates of incorporation
- Ault family -- Turkey Creek (Jefferson County, Colo.)
- Ault, Andrew J.
- Ault, Frederick, b. 1883
- Cemeteries -- Colorado -- History Subject Source: Local sources
- Cemeteries -- Colorado -- Jefferson County Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Cummins, Corinne
- Deeds Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Jefferson County (Colo.) -- Genealogy Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Minute books Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Newspaper clippings Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Plats (maps) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Language of description
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