Private Cemetery

   [Now occasionally referred to as “The old cemetery on the HORN farm,” because ownership of surrounding lands passed to, for example, the late Mr. Levi Horn, and now, April 28th, 1941, is in the names of Burson L, and Flora Horn, who reside in a large two story brick farm house some ten rods southwest off this cemetery.]

   This long-abandoned and almost unidentifiable cemetery is about 3 rods west of paved State Road 25 and in the SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION FORTY-FOUR of the Michigan Road Lands ceded by the Potawatomi (and also the Miami ) Indians to the United States in 1826. (Between the towns of Fulton and Matea , Indiana , and near the northern edge of Bethlehem Township and of Cass County .)

   Cemetery is about one and one-half miles northeast of Metea, which hamlet is at the point where State Highway 16 (Monon to Roann) and 25 ( Logansport to Rochester ) cross.

   [ State Highway 25 (now hard-surfaced and heavily-traveled) is the historic old “ Michigan Road ,” which played a tremendously important part in the early settlement of northern Indiana and neighboring states.]

   On May 24, 1855, Aaron and Jane Tilton conveyed---as a free gift---to William and Joseph Studebaker twenty-eight square rods of land including this cemetery, for the use (of themselves and their heirs) for a burial-ground, and described the location as follows:

   Start at southeast corner of north half of southwest Fraction west of the Michigan Road , in Section 44, “ Michigan Road ” Lands. Go north three and one-half rods along said road, thence west seven rods, thence north four rods, thence east seven rods, and thence south four rods.

(See Deed Record Book “0.,” page 185, in County Recorder ’s Office Vault at county-seat city of Logansport , some nine miles southwest of this cemetery.)

   A local historian puzzlingly describes this cemetery as being in S. E. quarter of Section Ten (of T. 28 N., R.2 E.); but this description seems incorrect, and seems to overlook or ignore the fact that said section ten is overlapped and (virtually) almost entirely obliterated by Michigan Road Lands Section Forty-four.

   This almost entirely forgotten little cemetery has probably been plowed over; but in recent decades has been , we are told, carefully avoided (plowed around but not over), in respect to the persons who may still lie buried here in (now) entirely unmarked graves. The Cemetery is not fenced.

   Cemetery is about 150 feet northeast of a garden which lies just north of the Burson Horn farmhouse, which house sets back from (that is, is a bit west of) the [here northeastwardly running] state highway 25. Mr. D.W. Black reports that the graves are understood to be northwest of a stump (of a now long-vanished tree), and about three rods west of the state highway pavement, and about ten rods northeast of the Horn house, and about six rods south of this Horn farm’s north line. He thinks that few, if any, of the bodies were ever removed to other (larger) cemeteries.

   Unfortunately, there are now (April 28, 1941) no stones at all from which we might copy names and dates; but nearly half a century ago, it is said, there were still “three broken and crumbling marble slabs” here. But the late local historian, Dr. J. Z. Powell was told by the late Mr. David Studebaker (in about 1907) that a total of probably twenty-five persons were originally buried here and still remained buried here, in addition to several who were moved to other and larger cemeteries. Thanks to Dr. Powell (and Mr. David Studdebaker), we are able to submit the following names and approximate dates, and to them we have been able to add only one additional name, and, except for doing that, can merely and some editorial comment concerning some of those listed in this report,---comment based upon research at Court House at Logansport, Indiana.

SIMONS, Asa   and three other Simon’s died in the 1840’s

   “REMARKS” From about 1838 to at least about 1850, John Simon (whose wife was Ann Elizabeth) owned at least 80 acres just east of cemetery or in N.E.1 of Sec. 11 of this Township (28-2-E) See Deed Records “g”., p.310, and “J” p.342. Nearby contemporaries were Abraham, Isaac, and also Leonard Simon or Simons.



   “REMARKS”   3 children of Joseph Studebaker. Note: These three children’s brother David survived until about 1912, and became grandfather of William Studebaker, now (1941) manager of the Logansport Theater at nearby city of Logansport .


STUDEBAKER   4 children died during decade of 1840-9

   “REMARKS”   “Several” children of William Studebaker a pioneer to whom, present reporter finds, the State on 2-3-1843 patented north part of Section 44 of Michigan Road Lands; a tract which he and his WIFE SALOME sold in 1853. (see D.R.E..; p.216 and also D.R.L. p.24.)

 GOSS [or GOTH or GOTT?] (2)   Died during 1840’s and 1850’s

   “REMARKS”   Research discloses that a Wm. L. Goth or Gott, whose name might easily mistaken for Goss, owned Harrison township lands not far west of this pioneer-day cemetery, in 1836.  


JOHN?     (4) Died during decades of 1840 or 1850; but some of these four or more persons are said to have later been disinterred and removed to the far larger nearby Metea Cemetery .

   “NOTE” A Preble county, Ohioan, Joseph Jones (having wife SARAH), owned E1/2 NE sec.8 for a short time in 1843, but sold it to J.W. ROBBINS, also of Preble Co., O.

 BEATTIE, Rebecka ( Hull )   “Born in Canada ” ”Died about 1835”. “Maiden name was Hull ; was wife of Samuel Beattie”

Authority for this last entry is Mr. D.W.Black, a former teacher, now residing at the nearby town of Fulton , Indiana, a Gentleman who has been well acquainted in this immediate locality for a great many years.

   THIS REPORT (dated April 28, 1941) BY R.B. Whitsett, Jr., L’Anguille Valley Memorial Association, 500 Front Street, Logansport, assisted by D.W. Black, Fulton, Indiana, both of whom engaged (independently or separately) in fieldwork, though neither could locate any old slabs.   END OF REPORT.

This report was transcribed by Sadie Cunningham for the Cass County INGenWeb Project in September 2006.

Added 16 October 2006

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