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Old Palestine Cemetery
 

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         Old Palestine cemetery, located at the north end of a large abandoned gravel pit, north and west of the intersection of State Road 25 and County Road 300 S. It occupies a space about 125 by 200 feet, with steep raw banks on three sides.
        This cemetery has been abandoned for many years and is overgrown with brush and briers. Many stones are broken or have fallen over. Some remains have been removed, and there appear to be several unmarked graves. These inscriptions were recorded on 2 November 1976 by L.H. Binnie, Rt. 4, Albion, Indiana. The data was checked against the partial D.A.R. records made about 40 years ago. Underlined portions indicate corrections made to older records. In some cases, parts of the inscriptions could not be read, but the D.A.R. records provided the missing parts. These parts are proceeded by an asterisk.  Questionable figures or other parts are enclosed in parenthesis.
The "Combination Atlas of Kosciusko County", 1879 does not provide any information on this cemetery. It states that the town of Palestine was laid out by Isham Summy.

         Unless otherwise stated, all odd numbered rows were recorded from north to south, even numbered from south to north.

Row 1 (At the east side of the cemetery)
         1. DELANEY,  Dennis died 5 Feb. 1866, age 26-3-9
         2. "   Elizabeth, wife of J. died 20 Nov. 1864, 55 Years
         3. "    John 20 Feb. 1814, 10 Oct. 1856, 42-7-20
         4. "    David died 3 Nov. 1865, 47-11-10
         5. "    Mary, dau. of D. & B. died 24 June 1868, 19-11-24
         6. HUFF,   Matilda, dau. of Wm. & M.F. died 2 Mar. 1866, 2-10-13
         7. BOWERS,   Laura A. dau. of L.L. & M.J. died 31 July 1864, 0-9-20
         8. ALLMON,   Henaldo S. son of  J. & S. died 20 May 1862, 7-11-18
         9. ALLMAN,   Sarah A. dau. of J. & M. died 19 Mar. 1866, 4-6-18
         10. "    Jacob. son of J. & M. died 31 July 1860. 3-1-9

Row 2
         1. HOUGHTON,  Horace B. son of T.M. & Julia, died 21 Aug. 1855, age 7 Months
         2. "    Julia A. wife of T.M. died 19 June 1857, 33-7-8
         3. JOHNSTSON,  Angeline, dau. of J.W. & M.C. died 15 Nov. 1855, age 0-1-11
           (A large white oak tree)
         4. BARNES,   Elizabeth, wife of Elmer, died 17 Nov. 1844, 53-0-28
         5. "    Elmer died 24 Nov. 1854, 66-6-3
         6. M.E.H.   footstone
         7. MELTIN,   John H. son of A. & (M) died 14 July 1869, 30-1-25
         8. HUBLER,   Mary, wife of  D. died 14 Mar. 1864, *26 Y. & 6 Mo.
         9. MELTIN,   Andrew died 7 Jan. 1867, 74 Years & 5 Days

Row 3
         1. WARRAN,   Sophia E. dau. of W. & S. died 19 Nov. 1857, 11 Months
         2. LITER,   Elizabeth, wife of John died 2 June 1864, 66-6-27
         3. BARNES,   Rucy, wife of Emry, died 21 July 1847, 22 Years
         4. UNDERHILL,  John died 23 Oct. (no year stated) age 59-2-14
         5. PRICE,   Hannah M. dau. of  (F) & E. died 20 Nov. 1853, 0-7-21

Row 4
         1. UNDERHILL,  Catharine, dau. of W.P. & M.J. died 8 Mar. 185(3) age 0-2-9
         2.    "         Icedora, dau. of   "      "     "   21 Oct. 1862, age 1-9-22
         3. SUMMEY,     Isham died 14 Mar. 1856, 49-5-26
         4. "    Nancy, wife of Isham, died 3 Nov. 1836, .31 Years
         5. MAYER,   Jacob H. died 28 Apr. *1864, age 61-?-?
         6. "    Leroy, son of  (L) P. &  (E) R. died 15 Sept. 186(3) age 1-10-28
         7. WORSHAM,  Elizabeth S. wife of  Wm. died 22 Dec. 1843, age 25-6-6
         8. Mayer,   Levi P. died 5 Feb. 1864, 24-11-22

Row 4
         1. VANDERMARK, Mary A. wife of  Jeremiah, died 23 Sept. 1850, age 29-11-23
         2. SMITH,   Ephraim M. died 9 Nov. 1856, 43-8-9
         3. GRASS,   Charlott, wife of John, died 24 Apr. 1862, 20-5-(10)
         4. CHARLES,  Martha A. dau. of H.F. & M. died 2 Oct. 1847, age 0-5-24
         5. A large base
         6. GOCHENOUR,  Catharine, wife of  Wm. died 11 June 1854, 35-3-2

Row 5
         1. RUPE,   Geo. W. son of  W. & H. died 20 Feb. 1845, 0-6-9
         2. DRIESBACH,  Samuel S. son of Geo. & C. died 11 Dec. 1872, age 0-2-27
         3. "   Stanton P. son    "     "   "   July 1866, age 4-4-26
         4. "   George P. son     "     "   "   3 Mar. 1859, 0-2-27

Row 6

         1. A small illegible stone
         2. FRUSH,   Elizabeth, wife of John, died 26 June 1852, 58-1-24 ).
         3. F.M.   footstone
         4. MILLBURN,  John Uriah, son of  H. & E. died 18 Nov. 1853, age 11-0-23
         5. BLUE,   Minerva, wife of Peter, died 22 June 1857, 23-5-22
         6. "   Zelpha J. dau. of Jas. & Mary, died 1 Nov. 1859, age 5-1-15
         7. WINTERS,   William died 8 Nov. 1858, 64-8-25
         8. "   Christina died 20 Dec. 1864, 63-11-20
         9. BLUE,   George T. husband of Sarah, died 27 Sept. 186(8) Masonic Emb.
            age 34 Years & 5 months
         10. "    Rachel, wife of G.T. died 9 Apr. 1862, 24-3-10
         11. "   John, son of G.T. & R. died 28 Apr. 1862, 26 Days
         12. WASHAM,  Jeremiah died 16 Oct. 1867, 36-5-4

Row 7

         1.ANDERECK.,  Sarah E. wife of  W.W. died 15 Apr. 1867, 23-7-27
         2. "    William W. son of  J. & P.A. died 21 Jan. 1861, 0-5-12
         3. ANDERECK,  Ida A. dau. of W.W. & S.E. died 29 May 1862, 1-3-12
         4. "    Mary, wife of  D. died 17 Jan. 1861, 50-8-23
         5. "    Daniel died 14 Nov. 1859, 50-3-5
               (These  previous five stones were enclosed with a
                wire fence, now fallen down.)
        6. WHITE.   Horace G. son of G.W. & E. died 13 Mar. 1859, 0-7-13
        7. CUPP,  _________ *Elizabeth, according to D.A.R. records wife
            of Daniel died 15 July 1858, 28-4-2
        8. "    Catharine. wife of Daniel died 28 Sept. 1855, 43-8-28
        9. "    Daniel died *1863, (A broken piece shows age 57-?-19)
        10. BOGGS,   Emeline, wife of M.M. died 29 Feb. 1856. 27-4-15
        11. MILLER,   Elizabeth, wife of Jacob. died 29 Dec. 1853,
              age 51 Years
        12. "    Andrew L.D. son of J. & E. died 11 Nov. 1852,
            age 21 Years
        13. "    Benjamin F. son of  "       "    " 13 Feb. 1847,
        12 Y. & 2M.
        14. STEFFY,   Jacob died 26 Sept. 1851, 60 Years
        15.McSHERRY,  William, son of Wm. & L.R. died 27 Jan. 1847, 7-7-11
        16. "    Robert,   son of  F. & C. died 24 Feb. 1852, 21-8-24

Row 8
        1. GARWOOD,  Charles died 31 Oct. 1862, 24-7-3, Co. C 77 Reg.
            Ind. Vol. (Other sources say he died at Lexington, KY.)
        2. "    Armanda, dau. of C. & E. died 17 Oct. 1862, 1-9-30
        3. HAYDEN,   Infant -9 Sept. 18 (58)
        4. BAUGHMAN,  J.H. died 8 Oct. 1853, 40-3-11
        5. "    Wm. F. son of  H. & S. died 8 Mar. 1854, 0-10-4
        6. HATFIELD,  Clene, dau. of  J. & M. died 2 Dec. 1852, 0-2-8

Row 9
        1. HAYDEN,   Lovina M. wife of Elt died 25 Mar. 1863, 19-1-4
        2. MESSERSMITH,  Matilda, wife of E. died 28 Mar. 1869, 50-5-8
        3. "   Benjamin, son of  E. & M. died 22 Mar. 1869, age 24-0-5

Row 10
        1. LATIMER,   Lyman L. died 4 Dec. 1862, 46-11-4
        2. " Matilda E. dau. Of  L.L. & S. died 7 June 1862,5-1-13
             (These two are inside an iron fence.)
        3. BAKER,   Susan, wife of  Ira, died 8 Nov. 1857, (22-6-17),
            possibly 27-10-0.
        4. "   J. Quincey, son of I. & E. died 6 Mar. 1861, 1-1-9
        5. "   ? of  I. & E. died 6 (Nov.) 1862, 0-10-7
        6. --CHONE,   (_____) died 1842, age (57) Years & 2 Months

        End of stones found in 1976.

        Of the 84 inscriptions found in the Old Palestine Cemetery in 1976, the D.A.R. recorded 48 about 40 years ago. These older records contain the following additional inscriptions, not found in 1976. It is possible that some of the stones involved have been moved to other nearby cemeteries.

        1. DREISBACH,  George died 1872,45 Years
        2. "   Hannah died 1867, 75 Years
        3. FRUSH,   Geo. son of  John & Elizabeth died 1862, age 24 Years
        4. GRASS,   John died 21 Dec. 1862, age 25 Years
        5. HARTMAN,  Jacob, son of  J. & E. died 14 Jan. 1852, 9Y.
        6. (MACHONE)  Nimrod, name uncertain, died 22 June 1842, age 53 Years
            & 2 Months. This is probably the same stone as No.6, in
            row 10, and the data should be considered more accurate than
            that found in 1976.
        7. MAINS,   Rebecca, wife of A. died 16 Feb. 1869, about 77 Y.
        8. McSHEERY,  Frederick died 8 Dec. 1857, 64 Years & 6 Months
        9. NORRIS,   Jane, wife of M.H. died 1858,  32 Years
        10. "    Morris died 1871, 57 Years

        End of additional D.A.R. records.

        The following was received 3 Mar 2003 and augments the above document:

"Hello,

I was searching the Kosciusko county website and found the story of your visit to the old Palestine Cemetery. Perhaps you would like to add the following information to your page.

The following is from my husband's family:
Row 10

3. BAKER, Susan, wife of Ira, died 8 Nov. 1857, (22-6-17), possibly 27-10-0.

4. " J. Quincey, son of L. & E. died 6 Mar. 1861, 1-1-9

5. " ? of L. & E. died 6 (Nov.) 1862, 0-10-7
Note: On 4 & 5 the "L" should be "I"

# 3 is Susan Kessler Baker, first wife of Ira Baker Susan KESSLER ----------------------------------------
Birth: 21 Dec 1834 Death: 8 Nov 1857 Kosciusko County, Indiana

#4 is John Quincy Baker, son of Ira Baker and 2nd wife, Elizabeth Burkett
John Quincy BAKER (Died as Child)
Birth: 27 Jan 1860
Death: 6 Mar 1861 Kosciusko County, Indiana

#5 is Leroy Elijah, son of Ira and 2nd wife, Elizabeth Burkett Leroy Elijah BAKER (Died as Child)
Birth: 29 Dec 1861
Death: 6 Nov 1862 Kosciusko County, Indiana

Ira Baker and Elizabeth Burkett Baker are the GG grandparents of my husband. They later moved to Missouri and then on to Kansas where they died.

I was hoping to find out where the rest of Ira and Elizabeth's children were buried, but only your cemetery list was transcribed on-line.

Ira had 15 children and 8 of those died in infancy/childhood.

Thanks,
Gale Stafford-Wall"

 
 
 

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