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LAKE COUNTY INDIANA
CEMETERIES PRIOR TO 1873

[Info from "Lake County, Indiana from 1834 to 1872" ©1873]

I -- WEST CREEK TOWNSHIP.
1. A very retired, quiet resting-place over West Creek, on the Fuller place, where the dead of that neighborhood have been buried. Not fenced by itself nor deeded to trustees ; but well cared for.
2. The Hayden Burial Place. Now West Creek. Not deeded. Protected.
3. The Methodist Church Burial Ground, near the bridge. Cared for, but too small.
4. Old Burial Ground near the Wilkinson place. Only some six graves. Private property. No special care, but not disturbed.
5. The Sanders Burial Ground. Probably not deeded to the public, but protected.
6. The Belshaw family ground, now owned by S. R. Tarr. Ought to be deeded to the County Commissioners. It is enclosed, contains some fine, large evergreens, but there is no security that it will remain undisturbed, and the dust of one of Lake Prairie's loveliest daughters, with several other once loved forms, is there reposing.
7. Lake Prairie Burial Ground. This is large, well protected and cared for ; is on a sightly eminence, one of the best located cemeteries in the county. I can find no deed of this ground to trustees on record. It ought to-be thus deeded.
[Info from "Lake County, Indiana from 1834 to 1872" ©1873]

II. CEDAR CREEK TOWNSHIP.
1. Lowell Cemetery. Fenced, cared for, and well filled with graves. Needs a gate.
2. Orchard Grove Burial Place. Well kept.
3. Tinkerville or Cedar Lake Cemetery. This is protected, is used as a public burial place, but is private property on the land of A. D. Palmer. It ought to be deeded to Trustees, or the Commissioners.
[Info from "Lake County, Indiana from 1834 to 1872" ©1873]

III. EAGLE CREEK TOWNSHIP.
1. Plum Grove Cemetery. Private as to ownership; public as to use. Needs fencing.
2. South East Grove Cemetery. Is near the school house, near where a church should be built; is fenced and deeded. It contains one of the finest gray marble monuments in the county, erected to the memory of Otto F. Benjamin, a very promising young man, who died suddenly, at the school house where he was teaching, in 1871. Only two burials at South East Grove up to the year 1843.
[Info from "Lake County, Indiana from 1834 to 1872" ©1873]


IV. WINFIELD TOWNSHIP.
1. Deer Creek Cemetery, near the school house. This place of burial, used for many years, seems to be properly kept.
2. Old Burial Ground at Hickory Point.
[Info from "Lake County, Indiana from 1834 to 1872" ©1873]


V. ROSS TOWNSHIP.
1. Cemetery at Ross.
2. Cemetery at Merrillville.
3. Family burial place at Deep River. This is, perhaps, the oldest in the county, having been first used in 1836. These are cared for.
4. An old burial place near the Wilkinson Ford of Deep River, from which some bodies have been removed, but where many yet remain. This old spot is now part of a cultivated field. It seems a pity that the little ground required to receive the dust of human forms may not remain undisturbed. This spot ought yet to be rescued from the plowshire, consecrated, as it has been, by the burial of old settlers; or the human remains there resting should be removed to a quiet cemetery which is sacred to repose.
5. A cemetery near the Joliet road, between Deep River and Merrillville. Tolerably protected.
6. Ground on the farm of W. T. Dennis contains some thirty graves. Here were buried many old settlers, as the Beebers, Dustins, Sturdeyvants, Clevelands, and others. Has not been used for burial purposes for five or six years (note: from 1873). It ought to be protected and secured against desecration.
[Info from "Lake County, Indiana from 1834 to 1872" ©1873]


VI. HOBART TOWNSHIP.
1. Catholic Cemetery at Lake.
2. Protestant Cemetery at Lake; laid out in 1871. Unused at this date.
3. Hobart Cemetery. All these are properly cared for and kept.
4. An old burial ground that has been used for thirty years, south of Hobart, on a farm formerly owned by Wm. Banks. This is private property, the right of use for burial purposes being reserved when deeded by W. Banks, but not the land itself. It ought to be surrounded by a fence, as it is located in a road-side pasturage.
[Info from "Lake County, Indiana from 1834 to 1872" ©1873]


VII. -ST. JOHN'S TOWNSHIP.
1. Hack Family Cemetery. A beautiful situation.
2. St. John's Cemetery.
3. Dyer Cemetery. These, as consecrated grounds, are protected and kept in order.
4. An old burial place east of Shererville, on the east end of the sand ridge. Not protected by any fence, probably deeded to no trustees. It is Protestant ground, and shows neglect. The neighborhood interested ought at once to secure, by a suitable fence, this place, where for so many years their dead were buried.
[Info from "Lake County, Indiana from 1834 to 1872" ©1873]


VIII. - HANOVER TOWNSHIP.
1. A burial place on the west side of West Creek. The ground belongs to the public, although undeeded, as it lies on a portion of land set apart for a highway, other land for the highway having been purchased beside it. This cemetery has been sadly neglected. It is the last resting place of the remains of some old and highly respected citizens and deserves far better care.
2. The family cemetery of H. Sasse, Sen. This is well kept.
3. A little knoll near Cedar Lake, originally claimed by S. Russell, has been consecrated by occasional burials since the spring of 1837. The body of a little daughter of Solomon Russell, drowned in an unfinished well, was the first one there committed to the dust. A young Norwegian passing through this region, taken sick and dying at the Cox place, away from all friends and kindred, buried in December, 1837, was the second to find there a resting-place. Since then many residents
near Cedar Lake, have, during the past years, been added to those slumberers. This knoll, by right, belongs to an uncle of that Norwegian, a man of intelligence and wealth, who came out from the city of New York many months afterwards, found the house in which his nephew died, the spot where he was buried, and who for that spot of ground paid Solomon Russell five dollars, the value then of four acres of land. H. Sasse, Sen., and myself have a knowledge of that purchase. John Meyer, of Hanover, is the present legal owner of this land; and I take the liberty to suggest that he ought, in consideration of its ancient purchase, and of its use for so many years as a place of burial, to deed the few rods in this little wooded knoll to the County Commissioners, that it may, in the language of the Statutes of Indiana, "be dedicated as a public burying place forever."
4. Hanover Centre Cemetery, consecrated; belonging to the Church of St. Martin.
5. A cemetery connected with the German Methodist Church.

[Mentioned in the addendum:]
One in Hanover - connected with the German Evangelical Church

[Info from "Lake County, Indiana from 1834 to 1872" ©1873]

IX. CENTRE TOWNSHIP.
1. Old Burying Ground.
2. Crown Point Cemetery.
3. Crown Point New Cemetery.
4. East Cedar Lake.
5. Old County-farm Cemetery.
Mentioned in the Addendum:
A cemetery belonging to the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary - well-kept

Not one of these, I am sorry to make such a record, is cared for as it should be, except the new cemetery. The idea of removing the dead from place to place, not allowing even their bones to rest in peace, and the idea of leaving graves unprotected, or of running the plow-share over them, seem to me alike to do violence to the better impulses of our hearts ; and I express here the hope that my fellow-citizens, in the different parts of the county, in other respects so considerate, so humane in feeling, so noble in disposition, so cultivated and intelligent, will awaken to a just sense of what, in regard to our thirty-eight burial places, their own civilization demands at their hands.
[Info from "Lake County, Indiana from 1834 to 1872" ©1873]



ANOTHER OLD BURIAL PLACE.
In our earlier history known as "Lake County, 1872," thirty-eight burial places were named and locations given. Since 1872 at least two other old cemeteries have been located, and now, in May of 1907, the Lake County Star mentions another very little known ancient ground which may be called the Foley Mill Cemetery. The authority given for this statement is Mr. Abe Sowards, born in that Foley neighborhood and now sixty-five years of age. Sixteen bodies, it is said, were there committed to the earth, and the STAR says: "They have been there now sixty years and over, and it is still a lonesome, unsettled place, where nobody but hunters have ever traveled."
The Historical Secretary remembers well a time, in 1843, as he was a young teacher in that district then, when in that Stringham and Foley neighborhood there was abundant life. But that was sixty-four years ago.
[Source: "Reports of the Historical Secretary of the Old Settler and Historical Association of Lake Co, IN From 1906 to 1910" - Submitted by K. Torp]


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