Family Burial Ground
the Wilson farm north of Eel River, just outside the city, in the center of a
field opposite the north end of Seventeenth street are buried Gen. Walter
Wilson, March 18. 1838, age fifty-six; Gen. Walter Wilson's wife, January 6,
1865; Wm. Wilson and son Alex, and other members of his family, but the latter
have lately been removed to Mt. Hope.
There is a large monument to mark the grave of General Wilson and the lot is
surrounded by a hedge fence and several large trees which can be seen from
This Farm belonged to Walter Wilson and he selected a beautiful burial ground
overlooking the town. He was born 1782, died 1838. He was a general in the
Indian wars and fought at Tippecanoe; was a member of the first Indiana
legislature in 1816; came to Cass County in 1828 and again served in the
legislature in 1831-32."
Above Submitted by Mark;
28 Oct 2007.
History of Cass County Indiana; Dr. Jehu Z Powell, 1913
Published: March 16, 2007 Pharos TribuneCemetery uncoveredAfter many years, resting place of general clearedby Kevin LillyPharos-Tribune staff writerCity crews recently removed years of debris from the Walter Wilson Cemetery in a wooded area south of Smith Street.For
the past two weeks, as schedules permitted, Street Commissioner Don
Crain and Sexton Mike Nicoll have put city workers to the task of
clearing fallen limbs, weeds, saplings and full-grown trees from the
said when he arrived a person could hardly enter the cemetery walking
upright because the undergrowth was 10 feet high in places and thick.The crew’s efforts revealed weather-worn headstones and the resting place of a general who served in the Indian wars.According
to Richard Copeland’s History Buff column, Wilson, born in 1782, was a
spokesman for Gov. William Henry Harrison in communicating with the
Native Americans. At the age of 29, he traveled to Prophet’s Town and
spoke with Tecumseh to relay Harrison’s message of disappointment with
the broken treaty.Wilson was also put to the task of resolving dangers to Indiana settlers from Native Americans.On
Nov. 7, 1811, Wilson fought to victory over the Native Americans in the
Battle of Tippecanoe. He later achieved the rank of brigadier general.
He fought Native Americans once more at the Mississinewa villages.Before
coming to Cass County, he got involved in politics. In Knox County,
Wilson served in the Territorial Legislature and later was elected a
member of the first Indiana Legislature in 1816.
Wilson and his
family arrived in Cass County in 1828. He was one of the first farmers
to work the fields north of the Eel River. The general died on March
The cemetery cleanup will continue.
“We’re not done yet,” Nicoll said. “The weather tells us when we can go out there.”
a factor is department workload. Nicoll and Crain say they have been
sending workers to the old cemetery as they had time available.
cemetery is in Clay Township “north of the Eel River just outside the
city in the center of a field — opposite the north end of 17th Street,”
according to Cass County records.
There is no public access. The
land, once owned by the Wilson family, is part of a 24-acre plot that
belongs to Chase Associates out of Indianapolis, according to records
from the Cass County Auditor’s Office.
A history of the Walter Wilson family cemetery
the Wilson farm, north of Eel River, just outside the city, in the
center of a field opposite the north end of 17th Street, is a cemetery
containing the graves of Gen. Walter Wilson, March 18, 1838, age 56;
Gen. Wilson’s wife, Jan. 6, 1865; Wm Wilson and son Alex. The cemetery
once contained the burial sites of other family members, but those have
lately been removed to Mount Hope.
There is a large monument
to mark the grave of Gen. Wilson, and the lot is surrounded by a hedge
fence and several large trees that can be seen from 17th Street.
was born in 1782 and died in 1838. He was a general in the Indian Wars
and fought at Tippecanoe, was a member of the first Indiana legislature
in 1816, came to Cass County in 1828 and again served in the
legislature in 1831-32.
Source: The History of Cass County by Dr. Jehu Z. Powell, 1913
Want to help?Cemetery
supporters are searching for a group of volunteers to keep the weeds in
the cemetery down during the summer. Those interested should contact
Thelma Conrad at the Cass County Historical Society at (574) 753-3866.Kevin Lilly can be reached at (574) 732-5117, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
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