Crooked Creek Baptist Church Cemetery is located in Harrison Township near 400W and 475N. Following is an excerpt from Powell's 1913 History of Cass County, Indiana.
Like nearly all the early burial grounds, this cemetery was used many years before any deeds were executed. Ground was secured for church and burial purposes, of John A. Calvin and Wm. Grant, in 1856, and additions to the original tract have been added in 1872 and 1882.
This is a large and beautifully located cemetery, in reality two cemeteries, the old and the new, the latter across a ravine sometimes called the Hanna burial ground, which is enclosed by a separate fence, has a few native and evergreen trees. Samuel Hanna and wife were interred here in 1871 and 1894, respectively, and other members of his family as early as 1843. Earliest inscriptions on monuments are: Loretta, daughter of G. and P. Harwood, 1846; infant son of A. A. Mehaffie, 1848.
Soldiers: Joseph Specie, Company B. 46th Indiana; Riley Martin, Company G, 155th Indiana; Wm. Laycock, Company F, 151st Indiana, d. 1893; Samuel Hanna; Jacob W. Walters; Isaac Grant, Company B, 46th Indiana, d. 1907.
L'Anguille Valley Memorial Association Report (transcribed by Pat Fiscel):
Cemetery is near N.W. corner of
S.W. 1/4 of N.E. 1/4 Section 32, T.28N.R.I.E.,(of 2nd IN P.M.)
is 1 1/2 miles E. of Boone Twp., and
3/4 mile N. of Noble Twp. Cemetery
lies NE of a small stream now known
as the MILLER
Tributary to the SHEETS DITCH, which latter stream is better known as
“CROOKED CREEK”. Since Crooked
Creek is about a mile from this cemetery & church-site, it is difficult to
understand why the Church & Cemetery were named after it unless the Stream
now known as “Miller”, was formerly considered as (not merely a Tributary),
MAIN CHANNEL [or a North fork] of CROOKED
CAUTION: Do Not confuse this
Former historians say that
Former historians say that
In 1848 a
building site was chosen for the erection of the church but the deed was not
issued until 1856. In 1871 as services were about to begin one morning, the old
church burned to the ground and was replaced in 1872 with a handsome frame
church, which in 1901 was renovated but vanished by 1941 leaving only a scar to
show where it had stood, (north and west of the Elbowing Road), about 35 yards
west of the cemetery. The nearest
Included in this report are the reports of J.Z. Powell, local historian
and The L’Anguille Valley Memorial Association report from Oct., 17, 1941.
Included in this report are the reports of J.Z. Powell, local historian and The L’Anguille Valley Memorial Association report from Oct., 17, 1941.
The earliest birth recorded in this cemetery is that of Vincent Calvin 1780.
names, no dates between H.M.McGraw &
Baker, Mary recorded as Mary Barr in one transcript but exact same demographics as Mary Baker (see grave picture)
Binney, Lucy "Dear Sister, We
Calvin, Vincent: Earliest birth recorded in this cemetery. Located in the very center of the cemetery on a huge old slab Is a wheeping willow & “Remember me as you pass by”…etc.
Deboo, Jas. E. & Frederick Dodt (?
Footstones ( Sarah & Jas. E. Deboo) “Father”
Samuel: death yr. rec’d as 1890 but it is 1889 per R.B.Whitsett Jr. upon
closer examination of the stone it was determined that the engraver had engraved
the 9 backwards.& the ae. Correlates with the 1889 date.
John T. & Mrs. Samuel-missing card in metal marker
J.T. & B.A. Grauel-A polished red
granite cylinder between them without any dates, names, etc
Fergus, William M.
" O'er His Head The Storms May Mutter; This Can Wake Him Never More; Yet We
Do Not Say We've Lost Him, Only That He's Gone Before." & a companion
slab matching his that’s undecipherable.
Philip & Lorette: Stone is broken off at top & names are lying on the
ground facing the standing stone so that Lorette’s dates (partly
undecipherable) are opposite her name as seen by the “Daug.” At the top
left. & Philip’s is reversed from his name & also partly
Jackson, Nancy E.: Cass
d. index says “ 8/7/1840-6/23/1893
William: Cass d index d: /1893 &
Co .F. 151st. Ind. Inf.
7/09/1894 & Co F. 20th
to him, 2 small headstones, undecipherable & than the ruins of a missing
Powell, Jane: d: 02/21/1877 or
Cass Co. d. index-02/21/1882 aged 60-3-20
George: Cass d. index omits the W. & says d: 8/17/1865
Burroughs: Brother to Miss Alma
Shideler widely known principal of
"Remember, now, as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am so
you will be, Prepare for death and follow me.”
Steel, William & Mary; A striking dbl.
slab (heart-shaped at top) in a curbed burial lot “Blessed
are the dead which die in the Lord.”
V.C. no name no dates between J.T. Lytle & G.W. Washburn
Walter, Mrs. Margaret:
"Here lies One Who in This Life; Was a Kind Mother and True Wife; She was
by Many Virtues Blessed And Piety Among The Best."
"Baby Daughter" R.B. Whitsett Jr. checked data & found carver had
corrected a mistake in 18(6)9 & it came out looking like 1889 but when
closely examined the corrected 6 does not look like the other 8’s & do to
the inscribed “Baby Daughter, the date 1869 would make sense.
A.A. & M.A: unmarked grave between them
Photos & reading of Crooked Creek Baptist Cemetery by
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