a.k.a. Spring Creek Baptist Cemetery


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This cemetery is in active use and appears to be well-maintained.  I visited there briefly in Summer 2006 and took a few photos.  Sadie Cunningham input the data from the L'Anguille Valley Memorial Association report for use on the Cass County INGenWeb site.  That report follows.  Additions & corrections may be sent to Debby.

   Near west edge of S.W. ½ of MICHIGAN ROAD LANDS Section 45 (the most southern one of all the Michigan Road Lands sections) and in T. 28 N., R.2 E., of Second Indiana Principal Meridian. This cemetery accordingly is northwest of the very center of BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP , in northeastern           

CASS COUNTY , in northcentral  INDIANA .

   Cemetery is in the spacious grassy and scantily wooded churchyard lying to the westward and also southward of the METEA BAPTIST CHURCH , one of the largest and finest rural church-edifices in all of Cass County . This Church is on the northwesterly side of northeastwardly-running paved and heavily-traveled STATE HIGHWAY 25 (the Logansport-to-Rochester Road), which here follows the route of the historic old “Michigan Road”, over the [then] stump filled, or corduroyed, or planked, or (at length) graveled course of which the northward tide of American settlement for many years was necessarily channeled.

   Cemetery is less than half a mile northeast of that point, at the south edge of Section 16, where said State Highway 25 is crossed (from west to east) by State Highway 16 (the Monon-to-Huntington Road); and is only a short distance northeast of the northern edge of the present hamlet of Metea (pronounced MEE-tee-ah).

   Metea (a Potawatomi Indian word said to mean KISS ME) was the name of a very colorful and eloquent Potawatomi Indian chief of the early nineteenth century. Although he had no village of his own in this immediate locality, his fellow tribesmen were found in large numbers here at the time, and for some years after, American pioneer settlers began (1826) to arrive in this region. (The surviving ones of these Indians practically all moved to the trans-Mississippi est shortly before 1840.)

   In memory and honor of the hundreds of pioneer mothers and fathers--- and other worthy residents of this locality—who lie buried here, and in line with the plea of the INDIANA HISTORICAL SOCIETY for the compiling of a detailed record concerning this cemetery’s marked graves, fieldwork was completed on November 27th and 28th, 1941, by Robert B. Whitsett, Jr., Secretary, L’ANGUILLE VALLEY MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION, 500 Front Street, Logansport, Indiana, under cordial sponsorship—on recommendation of  L’Anguille association member and church-trustee WILBUR E. ZIEG, Route One, Lucerne, Indiana---of the METEA BAPTIST SUNDAY SCHOOL, of which RICHARD CROOKS, Rural Route 1, Logansport, is Sunday School Superintendent. On the back of this sheet is given the general plan followed in fieldwork.





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