McConnaughy Cemetery in Ox Bow Park

If not for the fencing and sign, one would probably not even know there is a small cemetery in Ox Bow County Park in Elkhart County. As the sign says, it is the McConnaughy Cemetery. According to the website findagrave.com, it is believed this cemetery was founded on land owned by George Keitner in 1846 and was originally known as the Keitner Cemetery. By 1915 Charles M. McConnaughy had possession of the land. He was the grandson of James Frier, who settled on the Elkhart Prairie in 1830 and was the first county assessor. The same website says there are four internments in the cemetery, two of which have the last name Keitner. It’s possible, though, there are others buried in the cemetery but with no available records. Also, there are no visible grave markers. They may have been destroyed by the weather elements. It was common for families not to be able to afford a marker that would last. Now this is part of Ox Bow Park and it is near the banks of the Elkhart River. Findagrave.com also says there are 63 lots in the cemetery, though I would assume no one has been buried there for quite a long time.

Old cemetery in Elkhart County.

Old cemetery in Elkhart County.

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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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