Masterton Burial Place
Miami Township, Cass County

During the period when the Bog-Iron ore industry still was in North central Indiana, a quite 
important one (1846 - 1855), catalan forges water-wheel power bellows, trip hammers, and 
6 furnaces made the point which later became known as Limekiln, Indiana, on the old 
Wabash & Erie Canal, and important industrial center; for here members? John P Baker 
and (later) Richard Green, Samuel Panabaker, and Joseph Penrose had their watch-power 
Iron-mill, Which "knocked" iron - ore hauled (or "boated") here from the swamps of Clay and 
Miami Townships of Cass County and from even White County, Indiana (and other such 
places).  The road which led to the mill was long known as the "Forge Road," tho now state 
Road and modern.

     In this busy industrial plant, in an era before, safety devices had been invented, 
accidental injuries to workmen were not in-frequent; and in about 1850, William Masterton 
was either accidentally killed, or else died suddenly as a result of having been overcome by 
the excessive------- and unavoidable----- heat, in this mill.  He was laid to rest half a mile 
north of the mill on what then was the Green farm, but later became the J. G. Meck farm, 
and is today (1940) the A. E. Packard Farm on The "High St. Road," about eight miles east 
of the Cass County Court House at Logansport at this beautiful place selected by Mr.                        
 Masterton's employers for the grave, Mr. Green determined to build a church and to establish 
a burial ground, a plan, however, which the declining prosperity of the Bog-Iron Ore Industry 
prevented his ever executing accordingly, there is but one (known) grave at this point.

     William Masterton's (unmarked) Grave is near the extreme eastern edge of the "Nancy 
Burnett Indian Reserve," and may be described as follows:

It is approximately 3 rods south of the "High Street Road," and a little less than half a mile 
east of the point where the "Broad Ripple Bridge" Road goes north from said High St. Road (to 
cross eel river).  The grave is about 3 rods north, and 50 rods west, of the southeast corner of 
Section 22 of T. 27 N., R. 2 E 2no Ind. p.m. Miami Township.  It is in a small triangular 
southeastern corner of section 22 which (triangle) lies south of High St. Road, which Road is 
here Running not east on said section 22's south line, but north east (into the south portion 
of sec. 23.

Authority:  Mr. Jonas Parker (via Dr. J. Z. Powell , and Mr. J. Slaton Kline R. R. 4 Logansport

This L'Anguille Valley Memorial Association Report was input by Rebecca Miller, Feb. 13, 2007 for the Cass County INGenWeb Project.

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