Sparklin Cemetery one of county’s oldest

The very old cemeteries in Elkhart County are an integral part of the county’s history. In Elkhart Township is the Sparklin Cemetery. It is on the west side of State Road 15 (which at one time was the Logansport-White Pigeon State Road) just south of Waterford Mills. If you are driving by in a car, you could easily miss it. I spotted it, but I was looking for it at the time too. The cemetery was founded on the Azel Sparklin property and it is said the first burial was Azel’s wife, Elizabeth, who died at the young age of 32 in 1829. There are several very old tombstones in this cemetery, some of which are no longer readable. It is also said some of the stones were removed and others destroyed, thus it is not really known for sure how many people are actually buried in Sparklin Cemetery. Off in the background is the Elkhart River. There are some who believe this is the second oldest cemetery in Elkhart County. I would tend to agree it is possible. It is not a very large cemetery, but it has a lot of historical significance. Azel Sparklin was one of the county’s earliest settlers.

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Sparklin Cemetery near Waterford Mills in 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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