The cemetery was moved 100 years ago, but they left Hannah here. Now we know her story and wanted to share. Her resting place lies just a few dozen feet south-south-east of the cache location.
HALTERMAN CEMETERY was located in Lincoln Township on the 1872 Warren County Atlas. Due to the change in township lines, it is shown in Palmyra Township in 1887, across the road from Linn Grove School House. The cemetery no longer exists.
Between 1850 and 1860, John Halterman lost his wife and four children to typhoid fever. The five Haltermans were buried in walnut caskets on the Halterman farm. A short time later, Hannah Nicholls, the baby daughter of Mr. Halterman's friend, Jeff Nicholls, died, and the little girl was buried beside the Haltermans. John Halterman saved three of his children and moved to Story County where he remarried and raised a large family.
In the late 1920s permission was granted for the area around Halterman Cemetery to be farmed. The graves of the five Haltermans were moved to Palmyra Cemetery. The Nicholls family did not want Hannah's grave moved, so they had the headstone buried below farming level, above the casket. The ground has been farmed for many years.
Warren County Genealogical Society. Cemetery and death records of Warren County, Iowa. Marceline, Missouri: Walsworth Publishing Company, 1980.