Issue 4-14 discusses an 1880 death certificate from Illinois. It was analyzed in relative isolation to other information on the family–except for their 1880 census enumeration.
The church register of the Lutheran Church indicated that a Habben burial was the first funeral in the church register. The name is Habbe Rolfs Habben–not Harm.
A personal inspection of the cemetery by a relative today indicates that there are burials from the 1870s in the cemetery–so Habben wasn’t the first burial.
I need to see when the cemetery land was actually obtained by the church. That may help me determine when it was first used as a cemetery.
That one death certificate has caused me to have quite a few more questions.