Cornell Cemetery in Elkhart County

Drive through rural areas in northern Indiana and one thing you will surely see, eventually, is an old country cemetery. Some of them are next to churches, others are just on plots of land next to a farm field or farm house. Shown is the Cornell Cemetery on the east edge of Jefferson Township on County Road 31 in Elkhart County. If it was on the other side of the road, it would be in Middlebury Township. It dates to approximately 1834 and is one of the oldest cemeteries in the county. It is likely named after Benjamin Cornell, who came to the township in 1831 and was one of the earliest settlers in the township. He is buried in Cornell Cemetery. There are some quite old grave markers still readable, which I always find remarkable given the longevity and the harsh weather conditions throughout the four seasons of northern Indiana. It should also be noted CR 31 was once routed on the other side of the cemetery. County Road 22, the old Logansport-White Pigeon State Road, is close by too.

Old country cemetery in Jefferson Township, Elkhart County.

Old country cemetery in Jefferson Township, 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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