Cathcart Cemetery-Bristol

If not for a sign indicating its name and historical significance, few would probably know or realize the Cathcart Cemetery in Bristol even exists. A small white fence surrounds the cemetery, located a little north of State Road 120 in Bristol behind the Elkhart County Historical Museum and next to a town park. The last readable tombstone date is 1881 and there are only a few tombstones left standing in the very small cemetery. There is at least one Revolutionary War soldier buried there with the last name of Cathcart. Very little is known about Robert Cathcart. The sign seen in the photo here is one of several erected at cemeteries in Elkhart and other counties that were issued through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources as part of a program identifying historically significant cemeteries in the state.

Old cemetery in Bristol, Elkhart County


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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3 Responses to Cathcart Cemetery-Bristol

  1. Marker Hunter says:

    The “Cathcart Cemetery – Bristol” (Indiana Cemetery Heritage) marker is not only welcome – it is needed on (“Historical Markers Data Base”). HMdb has a special “Marker Series” already set-up for these specific historical markers.
    All other historical markers and War Memorials / Honor Rolls are also welcome on HMdb.

    • historynut11 says:

      How do I get the photo there?

      • Marker Hunter says:

        Click on “Add-a-Marker”, log on (use any name that you wish), and follow the ‘fill as you go’ boxes.

        I uaually copy the text in my word processor to have ready for the ‘text section’. A quick copy and paste can be used.

        The markers GPS can be easily gotten by using:
        If you have trouble, e-mail HMdb and one of the editors will work with you.
        After the editors are done (in a few short days), it will be published for all to enjoy.

        Relax with it and have the fun of the inter-net world.

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