S side of 1100S Just West of 700E

Jackson Twp., Cass Co., IN


at north edge of N.E. 1/4 of N.E. 1/4 of Section 24, Township 25 North, Range Two East, of 2nd Indiana P.M., in western or west-central JACKSON township in southeastern CASS County, Indiana. Cemetery is on the north terrace-rim of Deer Creek which here flows in a generally westerly direction), a beautiful and rather important tributary of Wabash River; and is just south of an east-to-west road which here separates sections 13 and 24. ("Commencing 2 rods E. of the N.W. corner of E. 1/2 of N.E. 1/4 of Section 24, thence E. 12 rods, S.7, W.6, northwesterly 7, N.4."-D.R. 44, p.8.) Cemetery is only about one thousand feet west of extreme northeast corner of said section 24, and little more than 3/4 mile east of the Deer Creek township line, and two miles west-southwest of the town of Lincoln, Indiana. Fieldwork by Mrs. Lillian S. Patterson, Rural Route 2, Galveston, Indiana; and Mr. R.B. Whitsett, Jr., 500 Front Street, Logansport, Indiana, the latter of whom compiled this report.

Fieldwork on this cemetery was done Thursday, April 10th, 1941.

The very first persons buried in this little pioneer-day cemetery, which is situated on what long had been the Great Miami (Indian) National Reserve, are said to have been:

Edwards, Mrs. Thomas J. ------ 18 Jun 1844
Edwards, Infant ------ 18 Jun 1844

but there are other marked graves almost this early, and also apparently many entirely unmarked graves, some of which might be earlier still.

The land on which this cemetery is situated is said to have been selected by one or more neighbors of the locality, and despite the fact that the charmingly situated terrace-rim at this point was owned by a non-resident investor (in lands acquired by the United States government from the Miami Indians), and, it is rumored, entirely without that gentleman (a Mr. Meherry?)'s knowledge or consent, a thing which is understandable because the creek winds, and has changed its course, considerably in this vicinity, and, in an era before the building of many section-line roads, left many settlers not entirely sure as to the exact boundaries of their own holdings. But in later years, legal title to the region containing this old pioneer-day cemetery came into possession of Joseph Gray, who legalized the use of this spot for cemetery-purposes by deeding it outright to the County Commissioners for use as a cemetery, (1888), for a stated cash consideration of $5.

Report respectfully submitted to Indiana Historical Societ, Indianapolis, by


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