Hire Cemetery another old one in Elkhart County

My last post was about Sparklin Cemetery in Elkhart Township. This one is about Hire Cemetery, another very old cemetery in Elkhart County, but this time in Benton Township. It is on the north side of County Road 148, about a half-mile east of US 33. The oldest known grave marker is that of John Hire, a small child who died at the age of 2 in September 1833. I do know the Hire name still has a presence in this area of the county. I would assume they are related to the Hires who settled the land in the 1830s. There was also once a church at the site of Hire Cemetery. It was known as Colclazer Chapel. But when the Richville Methodist Church was built in the 1870s a couple of miles away, it was decided the church building at the cemetery was no longer needed, so it was discontinued. The older rural cemeteries often have an interesting history and Hire Cemetery is no exception. We can learn a lot about the history of a given area by going through a cemetery. I should also note the cemetery will, if it hasn’t already, be getting one of the blue heritage signs issued by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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Hire Cemetery in Benton Township, 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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